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Surfboards and Chickens

Surfboards and Chickens

Summer is flying by! Whew! I dove in to more new projects as soon as that was over. More surfboard pieces are in process, and some are in the shop. Background colors are done, and more ocean creatures will be appearing over the next couple of weeks. The current boards have ghostly sea turtles, tribal turtles, jellyfish, a plankton party, and an aboriginal octopus. (All art ©Dawn Schmidt Ventimiglia/Eclectic Dawn Arts. All rights reserved. Please visit our Licensing page for usage information.)

Sea turtles, work in progress by Dawn Schmidt Ventimiglia of Eclectic Dawn Arts.Turtle surfboard by Dawn Ventmiglia of Eclectic Dawn Arts..Plankton Party on a surfboard by Dawn Schmidt Ventmiglia.Jellyfish surfboard art by Dawn VentimigliaAboriginal octopus surfboard wall art by Dawn Schmidt Ventmiglia.

BTW, if you are a member of the VIP Club, you will get a “heads up” before the pieces are posted so you get first dibs on the new artwork. The VIP Club is FREE, and 0ccasionally, VIPs will get a chance to enter giveaways for artwork, too.

Large tree down in storm.Last month, I heard and felt the LOUDEST rumble, almost like that earthquake we had here a few years back. I thought it was an oddly long peal of thunder or maybe a truck. Nope. That’s wasn’t it. OH, NO!! It’s a TREE FALLING!! I grabbed Lola and dragged her to the inner bathroom in case it was heading toward the house. So thankful that it didn’t! Absolutely unreal that the loud noise was all the way behind our back fence! That 120′ tree fall from a portion of our yard ALL the way across our neighbor’s back yard to the edge of the next neighborhood. The photo of the tree? That’s just a bit more than half of the tree!
It did take out some other trees as it fell, but nobody else was hurt. A BIG chunk is going to a sawmill, and another piece is being carved to honor the tree. My friend, Michael, traded some art time with me, so I painted his Shamo rooster, Siddhartha, and he is chainsaw carving a Moai (Easter Island statue) out of a chunk of the tree! John and I will now have a permanent piece of our woods in the form of a cool piece of art from my friend, Michael. Below, you can see the piece I painted for Michael (pre-clear coat) and the reference photo I used. Certainly the most unusual pet portrait I’ve ever done. Remember, I do take commissions for pet portraits! I’ve done llamas, manatees, roosters, dolphins, dogs, cats, and other creatures!
Shamo rooster that the portrait is based on. Shamo rooster surfboard by Dawn Ventimiglia of Eclectic Dawn Arts.
In July, Miss Gigi, the adorable and wacky Chi mix that we rescued from being PTS went to her new home with our  friends, Tracy and John. Almost a year to the day after we took this frightened, unsocialized baby into our home, she went to her furever home. Gigi and DawnShe still has a ways to go to conquer her fears, but I am SO proud of how far she has come, and Tracy and John are doing a great job keeping up with her training! Miss Gi has settled in nicely with her new dog-bro, Jax, and cat-bro, Bob. Happy Adventures, Gigi!
I hope you like the updated beach look of the site! Enjoy the waning moments of summer, feel the magic of the eclipse and the shooting stars, and find something to be grateful for every day.
GRATITUDE ATTITUDE,
Eclectic Dawn

 

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THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE!

There’s so much life and art stuff to catch up on here, including “thank you’s,” so bear with me! Everything was put on hold after I took JohnnyV to the ER on May 5th with a numb, gray foot. He was bedridden all May, had aortobifem surgery in June, and then recuperated in bed for several weeks after. But he’s here, and he has his foot! Some surgeons say this is just about the worst surgery for the body to handle, a 9.5. He is a trooper, for sure, especially after having three surgeries in 2013!

We had some extremely tough days, but we got through it thanks to my Mom, who flew in the day before surgery to help me while John was in the hospital, and my BIL, Tommy, who arrived for the final hospital days and helping us the first week JohnnyV was home! Additionally, my SIL, Nan, sent tons of food with Tommy, and my friend, Colette, brought meals over, which helped when I was too exhausted to cook. Being a caregiver ain’t for sissies!

august, 2016, post-op  2 days after aortobifem surgery 20160612_090438momlo

Neighbors (Fred, Ryan) took turns cutting our grass, friends (especially Andy) hauled heavy things that my back can’t handle, and did errands for us (Bruce & Pat, Dale & Dorsey). We had angels who gifted us above and beyond, and we are very grateful – you know who you are! 200th item soldYou sure find out who really cares when you go through a major crisis. When I put out the call that we would have huge medical bills and other expenses, clients almost emptied my etsy shop.
We recently sold our 200th (!!!) item from the EDA shop, and the purchaser of that 200th item got to pick out whatever she wanted, which was a hand-painted henna elephants tray. Congratulations, Nancy B!

TRINKET TRAYS, JEWELRY TRAYS, COLORFUL PAINTED BOWLS
14598684338313111625octavia3_tbRecent bowl subjects: sharks, turtles, flamingos, dots, hearts, finger labyrinths, MidCentury Modern abstracts, pumpkins, peacocks, nebulas, French Bulldogs, puffer fish, seahorses, whales, and octopuses! If you’re upset that you’ve missed out on a certain item (a lot of times the items are sold on Facebook before I can ever get them into my shop), note: VIP Club members get notified when items will be listed,  so they get first dibs. I am so grateful for my collectors!
JOIN the EDA VIP Club for first dibs on Dawn’s latest artwork, discount codes, wisdom, info, and more!

peacock feather henna peacock bowl fall leaf bowl pumpkin bowl boston terrier pawprint bowl pumpkin bowlflying swans

HOW-TO: DOTD FIGURINES

DOTD figuresHalloween mode begins! For the last few years, I’ve done some sort of DOTD project, including painted skulls and purses. This year: fingurines. Here’s a brief “how-to” if you’d like to make your own (these are in my shop). Step 1: gather thrift store figures. Step 2: scrub and degrease them. Step 3: spray with adhesion promoter. Step 4: spray black. Step 5: draw a few “bone” guidelines with white water-based pencil. Step 6: paint white bones. Step 6: embellish design with other colors. Step 7: wipe away leftover pencil marks. Step 8: spray with clear coat. Step 9: enjoy what you made, or give them as gifts!

janasignCustom Sign: Bellydance camp needed hookah and dinos!

Fun work has come across my desk, but the most interesting recent piece was a custom camp sign. The request: “it’s for our bellydance camp, and has to have a hookah and dinosaurs”! Each sign is handpainted (not vinyl lettering), and is designed to your specs, with creativity to bring your idea to life in a colorful way. (Photo: my client and her daughter with the finished sign at a drum and dance camp in Stuart, VA.)

Do What You Said You Would Do

0405871 fabricFirst rule of business: do what you said you would do! The woman who was supposed to sew our camper awning literally forgot about us, even after I sent our own fabric to her! This isn’t a guess – she TOLD me she forgot when I contacted her to find out why there was a delay when it didn’t show up when it was promised. Then she mixed ours up with someone else’s, shipping them to the wrong homes, and I had to deal with the shipping mess the day after John’s major surgery. You think she’d offer a discount for the wait and the shipping hassle? Nope. She’d come highly recommended for her work, but that is not good customer service. I refuse to mention her name. When someone PAYS you and sends materials, their project GOES ON YOUR CALENDAR so you can ship items as promised. DO WHAT YOU SAID YOU WOULD DO. And if you screw up, make it up to your customer.

THANK YOU so very much for your patience and continued patronage while John was recuperating. It really means the world to us, and helped pay the bills while our world was topsy-turvy. Things are far from “normal”, but looking a LOT better! Thank you!!

Until next time (and beyond),
be kind and patient to each other,
Eclectic Dawn

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