Friday, August 14, 2015

August's Nibblefest Theme: 'TEA TIME'





"Under certain circumstances 
there are few hours in life more agreeable 
 than the hour dedicated to the ceremony 
known as afternoon tea...."

~Henry James






Art by Nbblefest artist,  Christine E.S. Code, of CES






The start of our next round of  

 
 
The Nibblefest Art Contest




  begins in less than a week....!




  (on the 20th) 




The theme for August 2015 is: 









~'TEA TIME"~
Art by Nbblefest artist, Heather Sims
 

"A woman is like a tea bag 
- you can't tell how strong she is 
until you put her in hot water...."

~Eleanor Roosevelt 
 
 
Art by Nbblefest artist, Diane Ursin


"Never trust a man, 
who when left alone with a tea cosey...,
doesn't try it on."

~Billy Connolly



Art by Nbblefest artist, Robin Jayne






"You can't get a cup of tea big enough 
or a book long enough to suit me...."

~C. S. Lewis


Art by Nbblefest artist, Christine E.S. Code, of CES








"Where there's tea, there's hope...."

~Arthur Wing Pinero

Art by Nbblefest artist, Vicky Knowles, of Wibbley World




"If this is coffee, please bring me some tea; 
but if this is tea, please bring me some coffee...."

~Abraham Lincoln  



Art by Nbblefest artist, Jenny Luan Frye






"I got nasty habits; I take tea at three...."

~Mick Jagger


Art by Nbblefest artist, Penny Stewart



........................................







So wont you join us for this month's





Nibblefest Art Contest...?
  



Art by Nibblefest artist, Barbara Donati





When, starting on AUGUST 20th, artists near and far will gather via Ebay to present their own unique and one-of-a-kind interpretations of the theme....:

~"TEA TIME"~

Art by Nbblefest artist, Patience, of 'Art of Patience'



 
The Nibblefest Art Contest (NFAC) is the fun and friendly, monthly-themed art competition that begins on the 20th of each month, and is open to all.  
Art by Nbblefest artist, Jodi Anderson Oster


 


Hosted via Ebay, all Nibblefest art entries start 

at just .99 cents 
-- Fun for artists AND collectors....! 



Art by Nibblefest artist, Leola Goldsmith Walker




To view upcoming monthly themes, see this post.
For complete rules please visit our NFAC Facebook Page, or check out the information on the side of this blog....)

  

 
(*Please note: The art by Nibblefest Artists featured in this post may represent past portfolio works, not current NFAC entries.)

 

HAPPY NIBBLEFESTING....!!!!! 
 

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Nibblefest Artist Interview: Penny Lee StewArt

Nibblefest Artist Interview: Penny Lee StewArt


Art by Penny Lee StewArt

How long have you been creating art (and/or) selling it online? 

For almost 20 years now . . .
In 1996 I created www.craftylady.com to sell my tole painted items online. The Crafty Lady Boutique was my brick and mortar store in San Gabriel, CA, and I had 26 crafters renting booths and selling their handmade creations. I convinced about 10 of these brave souls to let me make a virtual booth for them in my online store. The internet was a scary place back then. They were afraid that they would sell so much they would not be able to keep stock on hand!  Eventually they all quit because sales were so slow, but I am still here, selling art online.
 
"The Crafty Lady" selling saws at an art fair!

 


How did you first hear about Nibblefest and when did you first start Nibblefesting?

I think a posting in the ACEO Ebay Facebook group was where I first heard of Nibblefest, and I started, I believe, in November of 2012 with the mushroom theme.

What do you enjoy about Nibblefest? 

I love the challenge of creating or recreating art to fit the theme. My first thought is usually, “I don’t think I have anything that fits that topic.” Then as I rummage thru my stash I usually find several that fill the bill and I have to narrow it down to only three pieces. If I am truly inspired I begin an entirely new artwork, usually in a different style or using mediums that are unfamiliar to me. I use Nibblefest as a muse, to get my creative juices flowing.


Who are your Favorite artistic influences?

Recently I started painting ACEOs (2.5 x 3.5 inches) of the Masters and studying their lives and methods. They all are influencing me in one way or another. I particularly love Cezanne and Picasso right now, but that changes as I find a new old master to emulate. Tammy Gulat inspires me, too!


Art by Penny Lee StewArt



Tell us something interesting about you that many people online don't already know.

Before painting I took up bellydancing and sold Middle Eastern Dance supplies online at www.pinkgypsy.com, which is still very popular, and well known in the dance community. My stage name was The Pink Gypsy. Actually, I only did it because I loved to dress up in the sparkly costumes. LOL. I was never a good dancer. In my spare time I host and maintain websites for a few clients who have been with me for the past 20 years, mostly bellydancers! I did a whole series of bellydancer art, ACEO size. I like to do a series until I run out of ideas. I have done at least 30 pieces for each of these topics: Nutcrackers, Witches, Bellydancers, Mini Masterpieces, Flowers, Dogs, Food, Rainbow Cats, Faces, Couples and more.

Art by Penny Lee StewArt


What is your favorite Nibblefest ever sold?

That would be my Devo Dog, Whip It, the Whippet! My grandson had remarked that my painting of a whippet dog made him laugh because he thought of the 70’s Rock Band Devo, and their famous song “Whip It,” so I added a red hat to conform to the theme, “Animals With Hats” and voila! I actually made in the banner that month, July 2014, Third Place! I won another 3rd place in March 2014 for my watercolor Tardis. I never know what will sell best, so I just paint what pleases me. Mostly they sell for 99 cents, but I have gotten lots of new “collectors” through Nibblefest.



Art by Penny Lee StewArt

What would be your Nibblefest dream theme? 

Whatever you come up with next time will be great. I have no dream themes, sorry. I expect the themes to inspire me. I enter every challenge on every site that I can find, whether I like the theme or not, because it stretches me, and gives me inspiration.

Art by Penny Lee StewArt



What do you do to drive traffic to your Nibblefest auction(s)?

I make a blog post, tweet daily, post on all the Facebook groups that I can find, and pin on Pinterest, pretty much just like I do with all of my “For Sale” items. Paint, Post, Pin and Promote.



What are you working on right now? (Side projects? Wip?)

The current ACEOs that I am working on include my Miniature Masterpiece series and I am starting to work on Halloween and Christmas. I have made over 900 ATC/ACEOs. I have to work small because I have more than 500 paintings sitting here right now, and if I keep making big ones I will have to move. My living space is very tiny.

Art by Penny Lee StewArt



Where can people find your work?

I am a daily painter, so over the years, especially since retirement, I have accumulated quite a stockpile of art for sale. Since there is no particular style, medium or subject that I am drawn to, I probably will never be a “famous” artist, but the joy I get from the creative process is priceless. I sell the more crafty items like tole painted saws and rustic wood framed art in my Etsy store, but the majority of my sales happen on Ebay where I continually have over 200 items for sale. I use Daily Paintworks as my Gallery since I can also link to the other venues from there. My Business Facebook page, Penny Paints Pets, is all about my animal art, and my personal page is where I post my other paintings.


Art Gallery: http://www.pennyleestewart.com (Daily Paintworks site)



Facebook:







Art by Penny Lee StewArt








Tuesday, July 14, 2015

July's Nibblefest Theme: 'SOMETHING HIDDEN'







"Three things cannot be long hidden: 
the Sun, the Moon, 
and the Truth."


~Buddha




Art by Nibblefest artist, Mary Ann Ward






The start of our next round of  





The Nibblefest Art Contest



  begins in less than a week....!



  (on the 20th) 



The theme for JULY 2015 is: 





~'SOMETHING HIDDEN"~


 
Art by Nibblefest artist, Diane Ursin





"The hidden harmony 
is better than the obvious."
~Pablo Picasso
 
Art by Nibblefest artist, Jenny Luan Frye






Beauty is a manifestation of secret natural laws, 
which otherwise would have been hidden from us forever.

~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


Art by Nibblefest artist, Fran Brooks





"Nature is often hidden,
sometimes overcome, 
seldom extinguished."
~Francis Bacon 






Art by Nibblefest artist, Patience, of Art of Patience




"Everything in this world has a hidden meaning."
~Nikos Kazantzakis


Art by Nibblefest artist, Fran Brooks




"Time will bring to light whatever is hidden; 
it will cover up and conceal what is now shining in splendor."
~Horace 






Art by Nibblefest artist, Christine E. S. Code, of CES



........................................






So wont you join us for this month's




Nibblefest Art Contest...?

Art by Nibblefest artist, Joy Redington


When, starting on JULY 20th, artists near and far will gather via Ebay to present their own unique and one-of-a-kind interpretations of the theme....:

~"SOMETHING HIDDEN"~
Art by Nibblefest artist, Penny Stewart





The Nibblefest Art Contest (NFAC)
is the fun and friendly, monthly-themed art competition that begins on the 20th of each month, and is open to all.  

Hosted via Ebay, all Nibblefest art entries start 
at just .99 cents 
-- Fun for artists AND collectors....! 



Art by Nibblefest Artist, Lynette Sims Clay







To view upcoming monthly themes, see this post.
For complete rules please visit our NFAC Facebook Page, or check out the information on the side of this blog....)

 


Art by Nibblefest artist, Penny Stewart







 
(*Please note: The art by Nibblefest Artists featured in this post may represent past portfolio works, not current NFAC entries.)

 
HAPPY NIBBLEFESTING....!!!!! 
 

Tuesday, July 7, 2015

Nibblefest Artist Interview: Tammy Gulat

Nibblefest Artist Interview: Tammy Gulat

Art by Tammy Gulat

How long have you been creating art (and/or) selling it online? 

Wow! Like so many of us, I can’t remember a time without art in my life. I love it and have tried my hand at many things, like wood carving, quilting and other fiber arts, fused glass, and sculpture, but painting is my true passion. In particular ACEO (art cards editions and originals) and small format acrylic painting. In February 2012 I got up the nerve to try selling some ACEO on eBay. I was terrified, wondering if anyone would put up the $2.99 opening bid for one of my paintings. Happily someone did!


How did you first hear about Nibblefest and when did you first start Nibblefesting?

I was fortunate early on, to meet a gal through eBay who was not only an avid collector, but also a fantastic person in general. She was the one that turned me on to Nibblefest. In July of 2012, I entered for the first time, and came in second with my painting titled “Fairies Three”.

 Art by Tammy Gulat


What do you enjoy about Nibblefest? 

My favorite thing about Nibblefest is the number of people who view our art. The first time my eBay counter went to 100, I was stunned! Whether people bid or not, the exposure alone makes entering the contest a MUST.


Who are your Favorite artistic influences?

I have a handful of artistic influences. The biggest being my artistically gifted father who taught me some simple truths about art and life which live in my heart. To him I am forever grateful.  Next is the amazing Frida Kahlo for her honest art. She is a person I enjoy painting almost as much as she did. I admire both Salvadore Dali and Pablo Picasso for giving me the freedom to explore my head on canvas, no holds barred. Last but not least, I owe a nod to the man who spent his life painting the strange and odd on a grand scale, with bold color and humor, the king of freak show banners, Fred G. Johnson.

Art by Tammy Gulat




Tell us something interesting about you that many people online don't already know.

Here's something not too many people know. I just got two budgies (parakeets). My menagerie grows! I’m at two dogs (Marvel and Poky), two cats (Charky and Cheety), nine wacky goats (Really? Name them? Sis, Georgia Brown, Lucy, Weedy, HiDeHo, Clawdy, Zippy, Blazy, and Breezie) and two birds (Bullet and Trixie)! OMG! And now everyone knows I’m a nut too!

What is your favorite Nibblefest ever sold?

My favorite Nibblefest ever was the “Doors” theme. I felt my painting was just the right combination of ‘what the heck’ and cool.


Art by Tammy Gulat

What would be your Nibblefest dream theme? 

I don’t have a dream theme. Trying to come up with a painting for a random theme is part of the challenge and is totally fun!

What do you do to drive traffic to your Nibblefest auction(s)?

My favorite thing to do is share my auction links in Facebook Groups. Sometimes I just post with my link, “It's time for Nibblefest!  All nibbles are welcomed!” I hope it makes people chuckle and a little curious.

Art by Tammy Gulat


What are you working on right now? (Side projects? Wip?)

Today I have a cute half painted Patriotic ACEO longing to be finished on my table. It’s been sitting there since Friday. It was supposed to be listed on the Fourth of July, but the Fourth of July festivities got in the way! Thank goodness Patriotic cutie pies with their Boston terrier and an American Flag never go out of style!

Where can people find your work?

So, if you are interested in my brand of Art, the wacky and weird, or perhaps a little something adorable and Patriotic (if I ever get it finished), visit my Etsy shop TammyGulatArt , friend me on Facebook  at Tammy Gulat Art , to see my rarely blogged on blog  Tammy Gulat Art2o , and of course, feel free to nibble on ebay, where I am also known as speedyt123, but searching Gulat will get you all my current auction listings!




Art by Tammy Gulat