Self Portrait

March 19, 2007

 This is a recent self portrait. My first attempt at a self portrait actually. I found the model to be exceptionally patient and easy to please.

With a Little Help from my Friends

March 18, 2007

Thanks to Jessica and Surface Earth for the referral to Etsy as a gallery space to host my artwork.

My new online gallery is still very much in the construction phase. Working on photos of my self portrait to use as header and on new paintings to list.

Answering a long denied artistic calling is supposed to be enough. But it is my nature, after 30 years in the biz world, to turn any past-time into an entrepreneurial experience.  I know that the first few paintings I sold (from my first showing) gave me such a rush… that I could have actually created something of beauty that someone else was willing to pay money to own.  To be paid for an activity that so throughly filled me with a child-at-play kind of joy was very rewarding.  The opportunity to share my work with other artists on Etsy and around the world is quite a bonus. Stop by and check it out. Would value your comments.

Need Savvy Blogging Help

March 12, 2007

This blog is to ask the advice of my bloghood here at wordpress. After three successful careers (yes I am grateful to the Universe), I am re-inventing myself once again as an artist and writer.  (My writing has been published in regional newspapers and magazines, and at my first art show, I sold 5 of 17 of my oil paintings which I am told is not bad.) This time I am on the clear path of intention. 

What I don’t know… which place would be better for me to post my art and writing.  What about Yessy?  I want to be in a space that is an artist community where I can feel the support but also have a marketplace to sell my creative efforts.  Is a website of my own design enough? I would like to have a lot of control (website design templates that are attractive and customizable because I am lame with code) and be able to reach interested buyers. Doubt it since marketing is so important.  Is what I am doing here on wordpress enough with the right web-working… links elsewhere?  Help blog family!

String Band

March 8, 2007

I have been around musicians and music stores all my life. My father was a musician (future blog) and my brother now heads up the family’s music equipment biz (future blog) that Dad started 46 years ago, when I was 5. 

My sweetheart (for 23 years) and I owned a guitar shop for 17 years on a sunny tropical island where music was carribean flavored and sultry. Mui caliente!  (future blog).

 We now live in the mountains were the music is a tradition as old as the blue hills and valleys of my birth.  The country and bluegrass music here is soulful and unique to this region (future blog). When I hear it I feel connected to something that stitches through me and backwards through many generations to the very ships that brought us from Europe. A sweet country ballad covers me with warmth, the same as my mother’s handmade quilts. (another blog)

This oil painting is 18″x24″, on canvas, framed and available from anitamorrell at aol dot com. For now I better get busy. Apparently I have many future blogs in me that need to pop out soon.  See my art blog at   Warm wishes til next time.  

Having a Tantrum

March 7, 2007


At our place in South Florida we have Lantanas that have grown into a HUGE bush. One sunny day I picked a few blooms and plopped them in a vase. The resulting oil painting is one of my favorites. On canvas, 18″x24″, framed. Available for sale. Contact anitamorrell@aol for details. If it is true that each of us have within us an artist child, then today my normally small quiet child is screaming and having a tantrum! Better get to creating! Warm wishes.

Penelope from Palm Beach

March 5, 2007

See my new art blog at   From a series of paintings I call “City Girls”, there is “Penelope from Palm Beach”.  She is an original oil painting on canvas, framed, 18″ x 24″.  Last year (B.D.D.), Penelope and her “sisters” were born during a happy, south Florida time where I painted daily in front of a great window looking out over the lantanas and bougainvillea. 

Let’s see, besides “Penelope from Palm Beach” there is also “Becca from Boca”,  “Gail from Ft. Lauderdale” (already purchased), and “Holly from Homestead”…    They are all spunky with lots of attitude.  A little edgy but uplifting, these gals sprang from my canvases as if their lives depended on it.

Am getting back into my painting now and will have new pieces finished often (if you believe my new blog: dailyart).  Warm wishes until then.<a href=”;add=”><img src=”” alt=”Add to Technorati Favorites” /></a>

First Exposure

February 11, 2007

Hi everyone! Welcome to my first exposure to blogging. 

 If we define ourselves in terms of how we spend our time, I have been: a college student, a department store buyer, a music store owner, a real estate investor, rehabber and Realtor, and now a want-to-be artist and writer. 

If we describe ouselves in terms of where we have lived, for me that would be the amazing blue hills of East Tennessee or the tropical sanctuary of Key West. I lost count with over a dozen residence changes since college days.

No matter how we define ourselves, whether by address or occupation, it is certain that life is not static and change happens.  Whether we change jobs, move to a new home, suffer some great loss like the death of a family member or friend, retire, start anything new or give up a bad habit, we have all had the feeling of starting from the beginning.  

For me just now, a new life cycle began with the death of my father.  We were close and the past seven months since his passing have been some of the most difficult days of my life.  I can’t help thinking in terms of B.D.D. or A.D.D., which is before Dad’s death or after Dad’s death.  I was a different person B.D.D.  A person that had never experienced the gut wrenching pain of loss. I know for me it represents one of those starting over moments.  Starting over without Dad. 

B.D.D. I could call on my father’s wisdom anytime I wanted, A.D.D. I can only guess how he would advise me.  B.D.D. I thought he would be around forever, A.D.D. I know none of us will be.  It’s a hard pill to swallow.

And now as a card carrying blogger, I wonder about the starting over experiences of others.  Let me know about your starting over experiences. Hope to update often. Thanks for visiting and warm wishes to all.

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