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Evelyn McCorristin Peters: 08.2010

Evelyn McCorristin Peters

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3 Things I Accomplished Today...New Product...Plans...New Painting...

I've been following Tara Gentile's blog "Scoutie Girl." I'm not sure how I stumbled upon it but I am very glad I did! First of all she's from the Philadelphia area, so it's a little taste of home. I miss home and my family so it's nice to be reminded of places and stuff that is there.

I was attracted to her blog when I read her philosophy about buying handmade goods. She has a lot of great ideas about this and you should really go to her blog and take a look.

She is also a marketing guru and has many things to offer those looking to hone their skills. Visit here and see what services and products she has to offer for the creative business.  

Right now I'm on her mailing list for a short session about achieving your goals. Which I realize is a great marketing tool, because now I want to look into what else she has to offer which has a fee! Today she asks the question "what is the one thing you're going to accomplish today?" It's pretty cool because she actually wants you to REPLY and tell her what that is. So it kind of gives some accountability. 

So here's what I accomplished:
*Created my special Halloween line of Art to Wear...more about that on September 1st!
*Created a calendar to plan my holiday products.
*Realized I was just about finished the painting below, which is the first in a series of intimate moments while traveling, a series I'm hoping to stick with. I have a hard time committing to things!

So not a bad day all and all...oh yeah and I did this blog post!

What did you accomplish today...I would really love to know! Go write about it and link to this post!

Then come and reply so we can be inspired by your creativity!




3 Ways Orange Can Bring a Smile & Spread Joy!

"Well I had a dream, I stood beneath and orange sky..."
~ Alexi Murdoch 

As I was getting ready to post my new necklace "Orange Skies" I began to see an orange theme in my shop! Here's some bright and cheery items to make you smile!
Here's some interesting information about orange!

Orange Skies Glass Pendant Necklace available at EvelynMcCPeters Art


Meaning and Symbolism of the Color Orange
Orange, a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger "love it" or "hate it" response than other colors.
Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy. Interestingly, some of the tones of orange such as terra cotta, peach or rust have very broad appeal.

How the color orange affects us mentally and physically

Stimulates activity and appetite as well as encouraging socialization.

Orange around the World

Native American Indians associated the color orange with kinship
Orange is the national color of The Netherlands, because its royal family owns the principality of Orange.
In Ireland the use of orange dates from the reign of William of Orange, the Protestant English king and a Dutch stadholder.

(To find out more click here All About Orange)




Summer in Black & White

Summer in Black & White...
This week's We Scout Wednesday from Scoutie Girl asked others to express the summer season in black and white! Head on over
and share your black and white summer!
And check out the wonderful Scoutie Girl blog...she's awesome, terrific philosophy on handmade!




"Perfect Woman" by William Wordsworth

She was a phantom of delight
When first she gleam'd upon my sight;
A lovely apparition, sent
To be a moment's ornament;
Her eyes as star of twilight fair;
Like twilight's, too, her dusky hair;
But all things else about her drawn
From May-time and the cheerful dawn;
A dancing shape, an image gay,
To haunt, to startle, and waylay.

I saw her upon nearer view,
A Spirit, yet a Woman too!
Her household motions light and free,
And steps of virgin liberty;
A countenance in which did meet
Sweet records, promises as sweet;
A creature not too bright or good
For human nature's daily food;
For transient sorrows, simple wiles,
Praise, blame, love, kisses, tears, and smiles.

And now I see with eye serene
The very pulse of the machine;
A being breathing thoughtful breath,
A traveller between life and death;
The reason firm, the temperate will,
Endurance, foresight, strength, and skill;
A perfect Woman, nobly plann'd
To warm, to comfort, and command;
And yet a Spirit still, and bright
With something of angelic light.

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Consistency and Commitement

I constantly struggle to create a consistent body of work, but as a friend recently said, I haven't been creating like this for a long time, so it's kind of normal. I just feel like my work is all over the place, can't find something I want to commit to!
I had an epiphany this past weekend...commitment has never really been my strength either, I get bored really, really fast! But I think I may have come up with subject matter that stays interesting...I'm going to focus on the places I've been while traveling.
I really enjoy depicting those moments when people are at peace where they are. It seems so rare these days that people are fully absorbed in the moment. Distractions abound. These moments of calm resonate with me, they show the place I want to be.
This is my first painting in this series, let's see if it actually becomes a series! The first time I went to Paris, my soon to be husband said we had to stay one night in Pigalle. This is not the high end of Paris, but it certainly is an interesting part. I had a wonderful night. We stayed in a "seedy" motel. I was sitting on the edge of the bed with the windows open looking out to the street at dusk. The lighting was wonderful and Philip snapped this picture...I think to be honest the only really good picture he's taken. I know how happy I was then and how much in love with my I was totally in the moment.
So the journey's the work in progress.
"BluePigalle, Self Portrait" 




What I'm Reading Now!

I am a voracious reader! Always have been, since I was a little girl sitting out on the front steps of our apartment. I always had my nose in a book. It's of the reasons everyone was so surprised when I ran away and joined the circus, I was always so quiet and studious!

Historical novels of artists are my very favorite. I just started "Claude & Camille, A Novel of Monet." So far it's magical, referencing Renoir, Manet, much fun! I'll keep you posted, but I think this is definitely one I will recommend!

Pierre Auguste Renoir - "Claude Monet Reading" 1872
"Camille Monet on a Garden Bench" 1873, photo taken by shooting brooklyn



No Rest for the Weary!

Print Rosieweary

Print was downloaded from this fabulous blog "Daisy Janie" which I read about on the blog "Scoutie Girl!"




A new Zazzle store for EvelynMcCPeters Art!

Yes, it's happened, as if I didn't have enough to manage...I'm building a Zazzle store for EvelynMcCPeters Art! I'm just starting, so more products will be added. This store will focus on my landscape, flora and fauna paintings. I'll mostly have them on paper products, but you may find a few mugs or keychains added in.
I hope you'll visit and let me know what you think. And as always thanks for taking the time to read my blog and your constant support!


A letter from Gustave Flaubert to Louise Colet

From "A Writer's Almanac" Saturday, August 7, 2010

On this day in 1846, Gustave Flaubert  wrote a stunning letter to his lover, poet Louise Colet.

The two writers met at a sculptor's studio in Paris. Colet was married when she and Flaubert began their wild love affair. She'd gotten married young, to a Parisian professor of music, in order to escape a life in the French countryside. Once in Paris, she became a famous poet. During the eight years of his affair with Colet, Flaubert wrote his masterpiece Madam Bovary, about a woman who seeks out adulterous affairs in order to escape from provincial life.

On this day in 1846 — 164 years ago today — Flaubert wrote to Colet:

"Separated, destined to see one another but rarely, it is frightful ... and yet what is to be done? I cannot conceive how I managed to leave you ... your image will remain for me suffused with poetry and tenderness, as was last night's sky in the milky vapours of its silvery mist. This month I will come to see you, I will be with you one big whole day [...]

"You are certainly the only woman that I have loved. You are the only woman that I have ventured to wish to please. Thank you, thank you [...]"

The following day, Flaubert began another long intense letter to Colet. In it, he wrote:
"I'll arrive some evening about six. We'll set the night ablaze! I'll be your desire, you'll be mine, and we'll gorge ourselves on each other to see whether we can be satiated. Never! No, never! Your heart is an inexhaustible spring, you let me drink deep, it floods me, penetrates me, I drown. Oh! The beauty of your face, all pale and quivering under my kisses!"

**Translation Note**

The first letter (Aug. 7, here beginning "Separated, destined" is translated by John Charles Tarver and appears in his Gustave Flaubert as seen in his works and correspondence, published in 1895.

The second letter (Aug. 8, beginning with "My Deplorable mania") is translated by Francis Steegmuller and appears in The Letters of Gustave Flaubert: 1830-1857, published in 1979.




A Little Recognition!

It's always nice to get a little recognition for a good deed! Here's what I'm donating to the upcoming Florida Boxer fundraiser!
Peek at the Prizes




What are your Creative Intentions?

I've been asking myself this question a lot lately. What motivates me to create? Some say that art is their life, they simply have to create. Not for me. I get a bit antsy if it's been a while, but I get along okay. Some do it for a living. I've done that, worked as a scenic artist for Ringling Brothers...if you have to have a job it was a great one!

Others create to fulfill a personal need or to help fulfill the lives of others, two very noble causes. It does fulfill me, and I do like to share, but I still don't feel like these are my motivations.

Right now I think I am creating because I am and have been so tired of the "Big Box" concept of life. Everything seems so much the same. This has become so clear with the current economy. There aren't any companies out there MAKING something, it's all about service. If the country doesn't start actually creating things besides "apps" we are going down a very slippery slope! Don't get me wrong, I really like "apps" but there just has to be more to life.

So right now I create to provide a difference, to help in some small way to provide variety. I search for different ways to make what I create accessible to all. I think if we all focus, are not afraid to be different, and create, we will all be better off for it. Spread can be incredibly interesting if you just open up and jump in and that jump is always exhilarating!

What and why are you creating right now? I would really love to know...




I'm in a lovely Treasury at Etsy!

Heather Kent has created another lovely treasury on Etsy! She's featured my painting "Laughing Bones!"

"My My Don't You Look Sharp!"

...and tomorrow I will be posting on..."What is your intention when you create?" Think about it and let me know if you have something to add!