Month: October 2014

FRIDAY FRIGHT: THE BELL WITCH

October 31, 2014 Last of Friday Fright and it’s Halloween and what a way to end it with this terrifying legendary tale by Bobette Bryan about The Bell Witch!   The Bell Witch By Bobette Bryan One of the most notorious American ghost stories of all time is the story about the Bell Witch. The Bell Witch wasn’t really a witch, but was a ghost or possibly even a demon. Tennesseans also sometimes refer to her as “Ol’ Kate.” This entity plagued the home of John Bell, a Clarksville, Tennessee cotton plantation owner of the early nineteenth century. John and his wife, had moved to Robertson County Tennessee from North Carolina. The woman whom John Bell bought his farm from, Kate Batts, claimed, to any and all who would listen, that she had been cheated by Bell, but no one paid her any mind and dismissed her accusations as mere senile ramblings. As a result, Kate Batts swore that she would get even with John Bell, even if she had to come back from the …

REFLECTIONS: THANKFUL

October 30, 2014 Morning all! Alas, October is coming to a close and the month of November is getting ready to appear. There is just one thing, what are you thankful for? People seem to voice what their thankful for at this time of the year, but I don’t do that. I’m thankful everyday, every minute, hour, month….every year! I’m thankful for the air that I breathe, for life, for family, friends, even when my days sometimes suck, I’m still thankful. I’m truly thankful for my followers for this blog. For the past few years, Esquisses has become my child of some sort. Nurturing and watching it grow. It’s great to know that all that work is worth it! So to my fellow readers, thank you! Take the time everyday to be thankful! featured image courtesy of automobilein.com

ARTSCENE NEWSLETTER: ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY FACULTY & ALUMNI FINE ART AUCTION

October 29, 2014 Good Morning peeps! There is an auction going on at the Academy of Art University. Read on…….   ACADEMY OF ART UNIVERSITY 19TH ANNUAL FACULTY & ALUMNI FINE ART AUCTION Saturday November 8, 2014 The Cannery, San Francisco Preview: November 6 – 7 / 10 am – 6 pm Reception & Live Auction: Saturday, November 8, 2014 / 2 pm: Reception begins / 3 pm: Live auction begins Silent Auction: Ends approximately 30 minutes after closing of live auction AAU Galleries @ The Cannery / 2801 Leavenworth Street / San Francisco, CA 94109 Benefiting the University’s Student Scholarship Fund To register now, view artwork or request a catalog go to: http://www.academyart.edu/auction / 1.800.544.2787 http://www.academyart.edu Sponsored by Academy of Art University Foundation and hosted by Academy of Art University’s non-profit galleries, directly supports the Fine Art Student Scholarship Fund. 50% of the proceeds are donated directly to the Student Scholarship Fund and are tax-deductible. The remaining 50% of the proceeds are dispersed directly to the artist. Enjoy and be blessed on your Wednesday! featured …

ART CLOSE-UP: HOW IMPORTANT IS ART AND MUSIC EDUCATION IN PUBLIC SCHOOLS?

October 27, 2014 Hello. Last Monday for the month and I’m asking this question: How Important Is Art and Music Education in Public Schools? How important is art and music education in public schools? I know the perfect answer to this: it is very important. You hear the words budget cuts, test scores, public funding, but art and music education play a very important role in a child’s education. I’ve heard about how art and music are taking a back seat, being pushed aside so that kids can focus on reading, math, and science. In an 2013 article from Think Progress titled Public Schools Slash Arts Education and Turn to Private Funding by Marina Fang, Chicago Public Schools laid off over 1,000 teachers as a result of its recent decision to close over 50 schools. Most of those teachers taught art or music, but the numbers were a bit higher than that. Chicago is not the only city slashing arts and music. It’s sadly becoming a trend, but there is hope. Not only do we want …

FRIDAY FRIGHT: IRINA ISTRATOVA

October 24, 2014 Friday……The week is coming to a close and today I want to introduce the beautiful and haunting works of artist and photographer Irina Istratova.   Like it, love it? You can go to bigbadred.com or bigbad-red.deviantart.com. Enjoy your Friday and weekend! Be blessed! All by Irina Istratova  courtesy of fineartamerica.com, ego-alterego.com, www.darkbeauty.com, www.advancedphotoshop.co.uk, ego-alterego.com, imgfave.com, and www.cruzine.com

ARTSCENE: deviantART CONTEST UPDATE

October 22, 2014 Good Morning! Fourth Wednesday has come. Today, I want to give you an update and reminder about What Does Your Artistic Journey Look Like? If your still interested, now’s the time to act. UPDATE FOR WHAT DOES YOUR ARTISTIC JOURNEY LOOK LIKE?  This was posted October 8, but this is not the last time, so here’s a quick look at what this is all about: How to enter: Download: You have a choice of three templates. Once you make your decide the one you want, you must use one of the template or copy in the same size and resolution and you need to use road provided in each template without moving the road and the road must not block the traffic. Create: You can use any medium or program to place your journey on to the road. You can either pull from your gallery, illustrate, collage, photograph, or create. deviantART has place templates into their muro. Submit: Use the button to submit your entry, which must be a single JPG or PNG …

FRIDAY FRIGHT: EDGAR ALLAN POE….THE TELL TALE HEART

October 17, 2014 Good Morning again! Friday Fright has more from Edgar Allan Poe. This time it’s story….the title? The Tell Tale Heart!   THE TELL-TALE HEART by Edgar Allan Poe 1843TRUE! –nervous –very, very dreadfully nervous I had been and am; but why will you say that I am mad? The disease had sharpened my senses –not destroyed –not dulled them. Above all was the sense of hearing acute. I heard all things in the heaven and in the earth. I heard many things in hell. How, then, am I mad? Hearken! and observe how healthily –how calmly I can tell you the whole story. It is impossible to say how first the idea entered my brain; but once conceived, it haunted me day and night. Object there was none. Passion there was none. I loved the old man. He had never wronged me. He had never given me insult. For his gold I had no desire. I think it was his eye! yes, it was this! He had the eye of a vulture …