Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Arte y Pico Award

This is long overdue. A big thanks to Ivan Chan for selecting Zen-Images for the Arte y Pico award last July. If you don't know Ivan's finger painting, you are in for a real treat. His work is exotic & sensual and his Asia-Pacific scenes remind of us of the great French artist, Paul Gaugin.

Ivan wrote that the "bloggers at Arte y Pico (this is a Spanish language blog, so if you don't read Spanish, get your Internet translators ready) created the Arte y Pico Award to honor artists who create, design, and inspire regardless of language or culture. It's an international award for a global community of artist-bloggers, acknowledging that what we create helps make the world a finer place."

Now we have the honor of giving this award to five of our peers. Here are the rules for the Arte y Pico Award:

1) Award five blogs that contribute to the blogging community through creativity, design, and interesting material, regardless of language.

2) Name each of the five blog authors and provide a link to his or her blog.

3) Award recipients must show the Arte y Pico Award image and the name of the award-giving blog author, as well as the award-giving blog author's blog link.

4) Award recipients must provide a link to the Arte y Pico blog.

5) Award recipients must show these rules.

Here are our five choices for the Arte y Pico Award. We know you will enjoy their creations.






Saturday, October 4, 2008

Back to Work

Last May, we stopped working to go to the US to help JW's 95 year old Dad recover from a stroke. After 3 months, we returned to our home in France to find a garden overrun with grass and weeds and a house reminiscent of Ms. Haversham's. A month later, we've finally found the calm needed to return to our Ikebana Art Blog. Here are a few of Baiko's new creations.

Grape vines and wild flowers in ceramic vase.

Lotus leaves set in pine section.

Gerberas and bear grass in glass vase.

Abandoned tractor part, gerberas and willow branches.

Welder's mask, gerberas and grass.