Light My Fire

Robert will be at the State Fair this week! Rebecca did such a beautiful job of capturing his work place. Here’s her wonderful blog post. Enjoy

Eclectic Images

studio 6 I belong to a co-op gallery in Silverton, Oregon called Lunaria Gallery.  Each of the 25 artists are beyond talented and I feel so lucky each time I get to visit one of their studios. Since I’m a fine art photographer (and a pet photographer), I use outdoor light.  I own lots of lenses and several tripods but no big lights and ergo – no studio.  So I’m always fascinated by all the cool things artists use to create their work.

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The other day I went to Robert’s studio to photograph a glass mobile he is working on for a show the two of us will have at the gallery in April (more about that in my next post).  Robert spent thirty years as a welder and he uses that talent with flames to create whimsical glass pieces like mermaids and turtles as well as commissioned glass buttons and beautiful…

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Kelly Rae Roberts – Featured Artist



“Explore” by Kelly Rae Roberts

Around my house you would see many home made art pieces.  I’m lucky to be surrounded by artists.  I also dabble in a variety of art styles myself; the walls and curio cabinets display art explorations created by my husband and myself.

Yet, beyond our own art, you will notice quite a few pieces of art (from calendars to bookmarks) created from the fertile and upbeat imagination of Kelly Rae Roberts.  During the season of Thanksgiving, you will more often than not see her work above the mantle, bearing words of gratitude.

Her website and blog are both uplifting.  Enjoy her story as well as how she builds a business on hard work, imagination, and joy.

Dive in and enjoy Kelly Rae’s blog and website.



Caroline Patrick BorNei: Featured Artist

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Caroline Patrick BorNei: Featured Artist

Medium: Oil, Acrylic, Watercolor

Home: Camano Island, Washington, USA


Website, combination Feng Shui and Art:

Caroline, thank you for taking some time out of your busy schedule to share your passions.  I was captivated by your paintings of poppies, but understand there is so much more than painting those rich colors.

Everyone loves the Fire Element of Poppies. Washington state, in the Pacific Northwest of the USA, has these lovely poppies up and down the back roads.I took a picture on the way to a painting class a few weeks ago. Several of us get together and paint every week.

I like the idea of getting together for painting.  What are some of the first memories you had relating to art before you could just snap a picture of poppies by the side of the road?

My first memories of doing art was when I was around 3 or 4 years old and I remember drawing on the back of my mother’s Sunday Church bulletin (or program).  I remember working with oil clay to make furniture for my doll houses. And there was that time I drew with Crayola on our home walls!

Yikes, I guess that is something you don’t forget.  Were you always drawn to art?

Yes, I loved the outdoors and studied nature and environment from pulling   petals from flowers and seeing how they were formed to seeing perspective of buildings and all things. The brilliance of light and the beauty of darks. Seeing the vibrancy of life through color, sounds, smells, texture, memories of places and things. I feel an urgency to record things visually or from dreams and experiences.


The above picture looks as if it came straight from a dream.  

I call it “The Guardians” It relates to the Heaven section of a home in the immediate far right corner of a home when coming into a house by the front door. This relates to my expertise in feng shui principles.

I can see that you take pleasure from combining your skills in both art and feng shui.

At 6 years old my father bought me a box of oil paints and found my first teacher which was a distant aunt. Later a summer time teacher and as an adult would take workshops from instructors whose work I admired. But I am mostly self taught.

On the road to being self taught, I noticed you studied the masters.  Share the process you went through to make your version of the famous “Madonna.”


This is my rendition of Botticelli’s Madonna. It was a picture I admired which I completed in the old master’s way of painting in oil. The painting was done on unfinished Masonite which I cut and sanded until it was as smooth as glass. Layers  of varnish were applied, then dried and sanded each time…over 10 or 12 times. Then I drew the figures and begin painting the flesh and facial features and sanding them again each layer. This way the paint builds up bit by bit giving the piece a glow. This painting took many hours and layers of the linseed oils. After drying for weeks. I added gold leaf to the background and sealed the picture. A woman from the East Coast saw it in a California gallery and flew out to see it and bought the picture. This woman is a healer and uses it to help her bring the Christ energy to her clients. I wish I hadn’t sold the painting. Some pictures can never be reproduced, but I’m happy she saw the value of its healing properties.

I understand how an artist can be happy and sad when a special work of art has been sold. Seems you have taught yourself well, because now you are a guest teacher at the Lotus Institute in Seattle, Washington, USA.  Wonderful how you can combine both your passions so effortlessly.  I understand there is a new book on the horizon.

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While traveling in China with a feng shui group, we rode almost to the top of this sacred mountain called Jiuhan Shan. I followed behind the group taking pictures of monkeys and soon found myself alone on this mountain top as the group had gone on to the top passed the Monastery. Not knowing where they had gone I became tired and decided to go back down the steep stairways to the gondola cable car and on arriving realized I didn’t have a ticket to descend to the village. A kind Chinese woman paid my way to the bottom. We could only talk with our eyes and hands, but she understood my dilemma!  This is an acrylic and oil painting of the Monastery which was chosen as the cover to my book which is on Kindle.

A great book cover.  What would you say to an artist who is reading this and thinking….I want to have adventures and paint, too.  What would you say?

Don’t wait another minute, sign up with a teacher that resonates with you and the medium that pulls at your heart strings. Although I do all mediums such as oil, acrylic, watercolor, conte’ crayon, clay, pastels, pen and ink and all new things, as there are new products every day to explore. For instance I would rather teach someone who has never picked up a brush, in fact I love to create with sticks dipped in ink or maybe crinkle a piece of rice paper and drop watercolor or ink to see what shapes inspire me.Another big piece of advice is to treat yourself to the best watercolor paper, I use 300 lb and the more expensive paints. This is your gift to yourself as cheaper supplies will only be frustrating. Save all the ‘opps’ paintings and cut them up for a new creations.There are no mistakes!

For people who want to make a living as an artist? Paint every day or at least 3 days a week. Take advantage of all the new paints and products, get friendly with technology or find someone who loves this piece of the puzzle. Giclee or prints are the norm for sharing your work affordably, such as cards, prints, wearable art and more. Get a website or use constant contact and go on facebook and show your work to prospective buyers. Learn all you can from artists who are making it happen. Join organizations if possible. Don’t let anyone stop your dream and of course in my opinion since I am a Feng Shui professional practitioner use feng shui in the home and or your studio to support your dream!

Very inspiring, Caroline.  Thanks for participating in this interview.  It’s good to know we can see more and even buy some of your art on

Time for a change…


Through the seasons I’ve been sharing my mantel place with you.  For years, I only had two mantel decorations.  One was Christmas, and the other was for the remaining 11 months of the year.  I’m the type of decorator who does not change a great deal.  I set up the room, and then it’s that way for the next several decades.  Birthday cards or flowers come and go….but it mostly stays the same.

The last few years I’ve noticed a change.  For some unknown reason, I’ve wanted to reflect either the seasons outside or the mood within.

Outside my window the rhododendrons and azaleas paint most lawns with amazing colors from pale pink to blood red.  Trees bloom, and the irises amaze.  I have bamboo and azaleas from the front yard, but the rest in warm browns.


To the left is an elephant and baby made from clay by my husband.  While he usually likes to do representational art, the clay pods to the right are hand made by him as well.

In the center is a beautiful art piece in steel given to us by a dear friend and art lover, Peg Pink.


Ferencz Reka – Featured Artist

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Ferencz J. Reka: Featured Artist

Painter, Acrylic

Home: Visegrad, Hungary

Saatchiart Website:

Art Majeur Website:




When I first looked at your art, I was impressed with the movement of the images and how there seemed to be a layers of meaning in your paintings.  What inspires you to put these images on canvas?

Mostly social situations what I find interesting, lots of my work is about them. Today’s social loneliness, fake friendships, virtual communities, the quality of our lives, finding ourselves and our inner peace- these are the thoughts and feelings that I try to infuse in my work. Because I only paint 10-12 pictures a year I still enjoy every a part of the process. I’m only going to my studio and paint if something started to get a form inside me and want to get out really bad and be on a canvas. I enjoy the whole process :).

 Did you always like to paint? 

My first memories are about creativity, I wouldn’t call it art. As a kid I made my own jewelry collections from everything I could find around. I was always drawing, sewing, knitting, and embroidering. I’m good in all kinds of handicraft, even today. My passion is to invent and create.

Well, your present work with those bold colors is very inventive.  On road to where you are now, were there mentors, schooling, or disciplines that brought you to today?

I was studied textile designing; I think I can give a lot of thanks to my drawing teacher. He sent me out of the class because as he said I have a unique vision and style and the only thing what he can do with that is to ruin it. He asked me to find and walk my own path and try to isolate myself from the expectations and critiques of the professions and not to let any bad influence in. My husband’s opinion was the same, these things gave me the strength in the beginning, and I believed that what I’m doing is good.

Not every art teacher would challenge a student in that way, but it seems to have paid off with your unique style.  So to this day, you mostly work alone?

I mostly work alone, but from time to time I get involved with some projects. These are mainly charity events (for schools, homeless people or orphans). Isolation is what I created for myself. 16 years ago we moved from Budapest to the countryside, Visegrad, literally to the middle of the forest. We don’t really have neighbours; the only one who rings our doorbell is the postman. I love living here, our home and our life. I’m proud that by the age 30 I could get out of the running and fast city life and that I was able to change my whole life for the best. I participate in the Art Fair once a year (this year in London).These occasions are good to get back to the art jungle again and have a bit of a rush to charge up myself a bit. It’s more than enough for me.

Although you are isolated for your art, you have a great deal of presence online.  That must take a great deal of work as well.

Of course nowadays I can show my art to other people on FB, Twitter and other online communities. I got a lot of support from there as well. This path is difficult but also good. I got nice words, letters, comments what give me the push and the power to continue what I’m doing. I rarely do interviews.

I very much appreciate you taking your time to do this one.  What is your most recent work?

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My latest painting, I’ve finished it a few weeks ago. “On the path to adulthood”
I tried to paint the greyness, monotony and “dangers” of adulthood, when our inner child dies things lose their colours and our lives becomes grey.

I can see how your background in textile design has influenced your work.

Revealing Wistfulness

“Revealing Wistfulness” This picture is the straight opposite of what I painted on the first picture. I wanted to paint that feeling when we still wish that we were colourful and different than others. We try to keep our inner child alive, because if we still could find the beauty in a cloud, the perfection of a flower or admire a snowflake, then we can find our inner peace while drinking our cup of coffee in the morning.

I was taken with the painting, “Transition-And life goes by.”  Can you share a little bit about the meaning behind this?


I think about it as an exclamation point because life is for live it! Out life is like a glass of water, we can drink it or pour it out and waste it, it’s our decision. The biggest treasure in life is time and a lot of people still can’t understand that…

A lot of people don’t understand that.  I can see the themes of cherishing time and being yourself in your work.  What suggestions would you have for those who wish to make their living as an artist?

My advice is that if you don’t have endurance and willpower then don’t be an artist. The artist life from outside could seem fun and easy, but these days the ones go somewhere as artists are the ones who are single-minded and focused. If you want to choose this path you need to be sure that you can represent something and you have those values what you want to share with others.

I think that is very good advice, indeed.  To show how hard you work, I have included a list of important shows you have been involved in.  You don’t wait in the woods for someone to come by and purchase your art pieces.  You work hard at your discipline but also your shows and online presence.  Thank you,  Ferencz, sharing in this interview.


2015. Budapest (H)- Art Market
Paris (F)- Carrousel du Louvre
Miami (USA)- Museum of the Americas

Dubai ( UAE)- Dubai Art Fair
2014. Paris (F)- Carrousel du Louvre
Dubai ( UAE)- Dubai Art Fair
Santa Fe ( New Mexico-USA) Art Fair
Vác (H) – Atrium Art Gallery
Rome (I) – Hungarian Academy in Rome
Paks (H) – Csengey Dénes Cultural Centre
2013. Oslo (N) – S9 Art Gallery

Paris (F)- Carrousel du Louvre
Budapest (H) – Kertész29 Art Gallery

Miami (USA)- Museum of the Americas
2012. New York (USA) – National Arts Club

Tg Mures (RO)- Palace Culture

Budapest (H)- 2B Galéria