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Evelyn McCorristin Peters: 11.2010

Evelyn McCorristin Peters

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Proceed Go to Help Snow White and Bentley

25% Of All Proceeds to Help Two Boxers In Need

This weekend only 25% of all sales at Barking Dog Creations will go to help Snow White and Bentley. They are two boxer dogs in need of quiet a bit of medical help to ensure they live the happy, healthy lives they deserve! Please click on the pictures to learn more about these two wonderful dogs!

Don't forget to visit Barking Dog Creations December 3rd, 4th and 5th to find some terrific holiday gifts and do a good deed at the same time! Your recipients, Snow White and Bentley will be very thankful!




What's Happening This Holiday Shopping Weekend You Ask?

What's Happening at Barking Dog Creations?
30% OFF all Greeting Cards!
20% OFF all Prints!
15% OFF Custom Portraits!
15% - 25% OFF Jewelry!
And...FREE domestic shipping!

What's Happening at Evelyn McCPeters Art?
30% OFF all Greeting Cards!
20% - 25% OFF all Jewelry!
20% OFF all Paintings
25% OFF all Photographs
And...FREE domestic shipping!

Check back often, there will be announcements for the Zazzle stores and my Meylah shop!
A little secret...there will be some special additional off sales throughout the weekend for a limited time!!!



Shhh...Don't Tell ANYONE but...

Ruff and His Red Bandanna

Shhh...Don't Tell Anyone But...
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters of Barking Dog Creations
November 24, 2010

I know it's been awful quiet over here at my blog! There has been so many exciting things about to happen that I needed to prepare for. Here's the first one!
This Wednesday November 25th ONLY!
(from 12:00AM until 11:30PM)


Just use coupon code GOBBLEWOOFWOOF when checking out, it's so easy! 

And please make sure to share with family and friends!

Here's a peak at some of the awesome items at the shop!




A Lovely Bunch of Bananas

"A Lovely Bunch of Bananas" Evelyn McCorristin Peters
Growing my own, another form of the "new normal" lifestyle
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
November 15, 2010
This lovely bunch came from my friend's backyard tree. I've planted several trees myself now along with orange, grapefruit, persimmon, mulberry, papaya, mango, and avocado. I will have grapefruit and oranges real soon! It is so wonderful to grow your own fruits and vegetables!

I also have jalepenos, green and red peppers, radishes, broccoli, I love broccoli, have ten of them planted! Oregano, basil, tarragon, thyme are also dill. Tomatoes are green and growing!

This is a great resource for my "new normal" way of living. But to be honest it's something I've always done, just love to grow! Which is evident from the 3000 palms I have growing in our five acre field! If we don't manage to sell them some day I figure we could have a really cool maze for Halloween!

related posts: The New Normal vs. I Want My Country Back




New Normal vs. We Want Our Country Back

New Normal vs. We Want Our Country Back
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
November 14, 2010

Like most people these days I've been muddling over the state of our economy and our country. I don't dwell on finances. I am responsible, save when I can and pay my bills on time, which is a huge improvement from my younger days. I don't get overly anxious about money because I realize the only way I wouldn't worry about it or the lack of it, is if I were rich. And since that is not the situation I don't want to waste my energy the rest of my life worrying about it. And yes, I realize I have the luxury to have that attitude because I actually have some money.

When the happy balloon burst over our financial world many people were talking about the "new normal." A time when people didn't own ridiculously large homes, autos, and have tons of toys. Somewhere along the road we  have become a nation of entitlement. We believe we should have everything and not make any sacrifices. People say they will never drive an electric car because they don't want to give up power. Many are saying they want to keep the parts of the new healthcare bill they like and get rid of the ones they don't. They don't seem to realize that the parts they may not like are the ones that PAY for the parts they do. I'm not sure if or when people will realize that we cannot drive the same road for the rest of our history. The world just doesn't work that way. So I don't think as a whole we have embraced the theory of a "new normal."

The resistance to establish a new style of living could not be more evident in the people who say they "want their country back."  I need to clarify something here first. I want to say that I think it is absolutely fantastic that a limited amount of people managed to get together, make their voices heard and make an impact on our government representatives. I may not agree with a darn thing they say, but I respect their efforts and their success no matter how much it befuddles me. 

I just wish someone would tell me where the country went if people want it back. Not a whole hell of a lot has changed lately, no matter how much we thought we were going to embrace something different. Change is scary, good or bad, it's still scary and most will resist it.  We cannot go back in time. The past always looks better when we look back at it. But I'm pretty sure that when it was the present there were a lot of unhappy, struggling people then as well. Life styles and governments, religion and politics change. That's just the nature of the beast. 

But of all times in our country's short history, we have to change. Everything is global now, we are not alone no matter how much you might believe we are by watching the evening news and its lack of coverage of world situations. It would be nice to go back to a time when we were a country immune to terrorism, where we were the super power that could fix the world's problems. But quiet frankly we couldn't really fix them then and we sure can't fix them now. Our military is the biggest in the world but has not had much success for a while. Most times when something is that big someone is over compensating for something that is missing.

So I am creating my own "new normal" and I'll share more on that soon. But I feel pretty good about it. More care is going into my actions, purchases, and choice of how I'm going to live my life. In other words I'm taking time to think about what is important and realize that those are the goals I should be working toward.

Do you have a new normal, or are you struggling to understand the past. I would really like to know, please share.


Feature Friday!

Feature Friday
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
November 12, 2010

Margaret Zox Brown 
"Home in the Couch" by Margaret Zox Brown 2010
I was lucky enough to "meet" this wonderful artist when I first started on Twitter. Sometimes you're lucky enough to find someone you just "click" with even though you have never laid eyes on each other!

Maggie is an amazing artist. Every piece she creates is a celebration of form and color. There is an immediate intimacy in each work that draws you in and makes you feel part of the composition. 

Maggie's philosophy toward painting is a bit simular to my own, which may be why I'm so strongly drawn to her work.

"For the past several years, the 2 dimensional canvas has really been my muse with color being the true subject and my subject matter being the introductory form that leads the viewer through the journey of each painting. My paintings are neither representational nor abstract but somewhere in the middle. And, what I have ultimately created is quite simply the emotion behind whatever it is I am expressing."

Maggie's work is collected extensively throughout the United States and Europe. Please take a moment and savor her work, you will add a bit of joy to your day!

Margaret Zox Brown

Thanks as always for stopping by, have a wonderful weekend!



How to Care for Oil Paintings

You just bought a beautiful oil what?
How to care for original oil paintings
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
November 12, 2010

"Plane Trees of Albi II" by Evelyn McCorristin Peters 2010
    As an artist I want to make sure that those who purchase my paintings know how to take care of them. They remain a piece of me when they move on and I want to ensure they stay healthy! So here are a few very simple guidelines to follow. 

  • Prolonged exposure to sunlight will fade your artwork. No matter what protection an artist places on thier final work, paint colors fade in light, it's just a fact. So make sure you keep this in mind when placing your new painting.
  • Never lean the canvas on a sharp or pointed object, this will stretch and distort the canvas. If you have to lean your painting somewhere ensure that the stretcher bars are what is resting on the surface.
  • Dust your painting with a dry, soft cloth. Never use cleaning solvents on your painting. Many artists either varnish their paintings or will offer to do so at the purchaser's request. Varnish can enhance the painting but this is a matter of personal preference. Varnish will protect the surface from cracking under normal conditions. 
  • Never expose your painting to extreme temperatures, hot or cold. Humidity is also not good for a painting.
  • If something happens to your painting, do not try to repair it yourself, take it to a professional, you will be glad you did.
  • And lastly if for some reason you no longer can keep your painting and are unable to give it away, contact the artist, they will be happy to take it off your hands. It is also a good idea to contact the artist if the work changes possession...we like to know where our work goes!
These are very simple guidelines, if you have any other questions, contact the artist, they will be more than happy to help you!



Wordless Wednesday

Wordless Wednesday
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
November 10, 2010

"Gare du Nord" by Evelyn McCorristin Peters 2007
"Sagrada Familia Barcelona Spain" by Evelyn McCorristin Peters 2007
"Rose Window Notre Dame" by Evelyn McCorristin Peters 2009



Gliding Under the Turtle Original Painting

A new original painting; "Gliding Under the Turtle"
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
November 7, 2010

"Under the Gliding Turtle" by Evelyn McCorristin Peters 2010

  I recently completed this painting for an upcoming auction at The Studio at Gulf and Pine, which will be benefiting Sea Turtle preservation. 

I headed on over to Mote aquarium to take some photos of "Harry." It was a great moment to be there the manatees and the turtles were feeding and were very active. I imagined ( and this was confirmed when I dropped off my painting this past Saturday ) that there would be a lot of pretty smiling turtles so I wanted to do something a bit different!

The patterns and colors of the underside of Harry were wonderful so here he is! I'll let you know if the event is successful!

Thanks for stopping by and taking a look, have a great week!



What to do with those souvenirs...Memories and Magic of course!

Memories and Magic...
by Evelyn McCorristin Peters
November 7, 2010

"Paris Streets" by Evelyn McCorristin Peters 2009

You've come back from your wonderful vacation. You've just experienced a moment you will want to always remember. Look at the beautiful pictures you've taken, and those little pieces of ticket stubs from plays, museums, even the metro in Paris. 

Do the pictures make it to an album, or even to your computer? At least when we all had to develop film you were pretty sure to actually have the physical picture in your hand at one point. So many of us never even get them off the memory cards! All those cool little stubs you saved from events, they usually end up in a box somewhere. And, yes, you will eventually, some day see them again. Most likely when you're looking frantically for something else and stumble upon them. Hopefully you will take the time to go throught them and remember...but you might not. 

"Chagall Ceiling at the Paris Opera House" by Evelyn McCorristin Peters 2009

I'm a bit good about doing all that, most of the time. But I wish I could enjoy these reminders a bit more often. So I took some time and wondered how I could do that.  

Memories and Magic is my answer! My shop is's waiting for you to share your memories so I can make some magic just for you. I've set up some examples for you to see. My trips to Paris, my sister and her beautiful daughter Molly at the shore. I am also including photographs from my travels to share with you. But really I'm waiting for you...what would you like to remember that brings you joy. 

So in this coming season defined by joy I would love to share some of mine with you. Pssst...this also makes a wonderful customized gift for a special someone. But hurry, these special days are fast approaching!



Gather the Family for the Feast!

My very popular pears are in this lovely treasury, time to rally around for the holidays!

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