Saturday, June 25, 2011

Sportsmanship-Ball Field To Board Room.

The Week has been full of the National Profastpitch League for Women's softball on TV and streaming. What exciting games. Games that showcase young talented women in the team sport of softball. These young ladies are playing with heart and sportsmanship and definitely being roll models for young girls. They are displaying all the character building they have learned in the teamwork of the game for many years of their young lives. In college years they prepared for their careers. The final product-young ladies with talent, skills, education and character.

This year 20 young ladies were drafted into the NPF after completing their senior years in college. Will they carry forward the character building skills to the corporate world? Will they take sportsmanship from the ball field into the board room?

What are the characteristics of sportsmanship?

Respect-a good sportsman respects both his teammates and his opponents equally. True in the board room? Respect for one another means not trying to out show one another. Respect opponents-bad mouthing gets no respect personally for you or your company.

Accountability is being responsible for your actions. In the real world are you responsible for you own actions or do you continually blame others. Do you have a million excuses for you miscues and expect no consequences for your actions.

Responsibilities- doing your part and being prepared. When you appear in the board room are you as prepared for the playing field of business? Have you equipped yourself with the necessary information to speak with authority?

Teamwork-Do you have the unselfish desire to work with members of the team and share the
combined efforts for success?

Integrity is being honest with all that you do. Give credit where credit is due. Do you present others work as your own. Do you do your part in teamwork? Be honest in dealings with your opponents because you want to be treat as you would have others treat you.

The qualities of sportsmanship on the ball field can be a "board room" fit. Bringing those character building qualities into the board will keep board members with a positive attitude. Board room sportsmanship can boost morale, promote teamwork, and provide honest good solutions to build a better business. Yes there is a place for sportsmanship on the ball field to take a seat in the board room.

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Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Colored Pencils

I was introduced to colored pencils about two years ago. It has been a most rewarding experience. First of all I find it very relaxing. I find it is both opaque and translucent at the same time. As you layer the colors all colors show through. I also like to take my colored pencil with me. There are no brushes, water containers, paint tubes or bolltles to pack.

Secondly, you can do most themes and subjects with colored pencils. You can find the supllies most any where you travel. And, like in any art work you have your favorite brushes, paints,

and supplies. PrismColor is my favorite in colored pencils. You can order direct at

Friday, August 1, 2008

Let Me Share My Joy Of Painting

My August schedule is to feature my paintings which I started out to do when I first began painting a few years back. There are others but this seems to be my favorites that I have right now. All three are watercolor.
My first experience in painting was oils. I did that for about a year and when I discovered acrylics. I did a lot of decorative paintings.
for two or three years. From there I did pen and ink with acrylic wash. That was fun and different.
Then came watercolor and into a serious year of painstakingly working with it. The flow of the medium was so entirely different. But I did like it so much and work so hard at it. Then I did some pen and ink with watercolor wash. This was another great effect and made an impact on me.
As you can tell I do love flowers. They are so delicate an esquisitely designed. I have heard many
times that "Flowers were God's Art Work". If anyone knows where that came from let me know.
I just can't remember.

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Fond of Little Art Pieces

When I first started reading about ACEOs, Art, Card Editions, Originals. I began to take interest in what they were and why they are made.
The Art Cards are not new. Years ago artists started creatng them so that people who could not afford large art pieces or had no where to display them could have a little pice of art at an affordable price. The little art work pieces measure 2.5 inches by 3.5 inches. They are always the same. Some are originals but many artists have started making prints of their originals and making the little cards.
It is also popular to make these cards by colleaguing many different textures, art forms, vintage collage etc. The size is also popular. The cards can fit into the baseball card holders. There are three ring binder art card holders . Placing your art cards in the page holders and placing them in a three ring binder album makes a wonderful conversation piece for the coffee table. I have a little easel and I change the card out every month. Right now I am having fun displaying flowers of the month. The poppy posted above is on display now. When the month ends I will place it back in my album and display a new one.
My daughter has so many things I have painted her. She does not have room to display it all.
And too, some of the paintings are not her color or style. So what better way to leave her mother's work with her is an album documenting her work in the form of ACEO's

Monday, July 14, 2008

Secret Little Tresure Boxes

My youngist sister asked me a few years back to hand paint some little wood boxes with designs on them to give to her five small grandchildren. She want the children to leave the boxes at her house so that when they came to visit they had something special they could discuss with grandma. So Memaw's Little Treasure Boxes were born. Each child's box was a different color and had a different design. They had something of their own that was very special.

Sister Sue passed away a couple of years ago and I think of her and these little boxes often. So now I making a line of Little Secret Treasure Boxes for all Memaw's to share with their grandchildren. What do you put in them. Well, I have seen a pretty special marble. Oh yes, a neat rock, a necklace, a small shell, and a smushed up cookie to name a few. I forgot to say a bug or two. You will find them in y etsy shop.

Bookmark originals

Sometimes you get into a rut even though you love what you do. It is that same old, same old feeling. Each time I go to paint a new item I practice my strokes a little. You might call it a warm up. It is necessary to insure you have loaded your brush right and have the proper amount of paint in the brush. It also makes a difference if you are switching from one medium to another.

For example, I have been doing colored pencil drawings. Now I have just finish an acrylic painting. So I am turning my practice sessions into practice and then pratice my strokes by doing bookmarks for my collection "Bookmarks Originals" For me this is something different to help break up that same old routine. So take a look at some my originals.

Friday, June 13, 2008

" On the Cutting Edge "

I was sending out an email to my friends and family about a Yart Sale on the Handmade Site of Etsy. I explained in the email about having the Yart Sale right from my computer on line. One of my friends came back with "you are soooo on the cutting edge of technology"

Some one on the Etsy site came up with the clever idea of having a yard sale on the Etsy network-art plus sale giving it the name of Yart Sale.

With the help of Etsy Admin shoppers began to put items in their shop up for sale from June 14-June 20,2008. By filling in the proper tags for the items so it would show up as yart sale and changing the price, shoppers began their Yart Sale. It took a little computer work but it was so much easier then a typical yard sale where you had to pull everything out, mark it, and sell it.
Promotional work is needed for either method.

The whole idea is just so interesting. Most people at my age would even shutter to turn a computer on. But I wanted to share my love of painting and earn a little extra money for art supplies I turned to the Internet and began to learn so many things. How to use the computer was the first thing , of course. The came the digital camera. Hewlett Packard On-Line Lessons provided me with an on line course, How To Use Your Digital Camera Beyond Shoot and Point.
Next came the use of a Scanner to scan some of my art work. My color printer was my next step. From there I came back to the computer and learned how to use some of the programs to
edit my pictures, up load to the web , and learn some marketing techniques.
I am still learning and I will continue to share information and pictures with my friends and family. As the youngsters say, "It is so cool"!