Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Sorry, I've been away!

Hello everybody,
So sorry I've been away for a stretch, but for one thing I had a minor medical issue to attend to.
The other issues are emotional as I am in that roller coaster period from Oct.31st-through- March 24th.
Halloween, Thanksgiving,Christmas,New year,Feb 13th(my twin sons birthday), March 24th(the ann-
iversary of the death of one of them).......Miss him all year long, but this time frame is an endurance
check for me. This tests my love for others & my resolve to live more so than the rest of the days in
the year.  Like the tides with their ebb and flow, so too go my emotions. Sometimes a little stronger
as if in a seaside storm. I have yet to be pulled in by the undertow. The message for me is that I am
strong because I am weak, and ask for strength from above, from where the light shines for us all!
Yes these are the days that make me unafraid, if only to survive to give to others.
One other thing is the discouragement of working hard on my artwork, fundraising & just trying to
have a sustainable income in this down economy. Simply put I NEED to get paid for what I do as
much as I do like doing volunteer service! The two must go hand in hand! I now must go get some
work done.....till' later... Peace & take care.
                                           Tom

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

One day event-- report

I enjoyed the Oct 24th one day event at the Lachapelle funeral parlor in Pawtucket, R.I.
There were some very nice works of art & the conversations on healing through art were
enlightening. I was able to meet a lot of new people & personally met someone I met
on-line. Very enjoyable evening for me.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Dual post

I just finished preparing and delivering 3 painting for a one day event in Pawtucket, R.I. for Sat. Oct. 24th.
This is "The faces of adversity" show at Lachapelle funeral parlor--5pm-10pm-- There is a $10.00 admission
with all the proceeds going to - Knowledge is power and The Institute for the study & practice of
Non-violence.
On Thurs. I attended the opening reception for the "Cancer survivors & their families" show at the U.R.I.
gallery in downtown Providence, R.I. of which I have a painting & 2 short poems. As I had expected I was
impressed & inspired by the artworks and the cancer survivors behind them. Such courage & resolve leaves
me with no recourse but to leave excuses out when trying to reach my goals. This show is still on until Oct. 31st.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Cancer survivors & their families artworks show.

I am looking forward to tomorrows opening reception for the cancer survivors & their families
artworks show at the U.R.I. gallery in downtown Providence, R.I.  I hope to find more hope
and inspiration from the survivors of cancer & the family members who strongly stood by their
loved ones. I'm sure I will see a lot of wonderful artwork as there are about 30 artist including
myself entered in this event. Hope to see some of you there. 5pm--9pm on Washington st.
Peace & take care.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

In the mirror,
I see,
all the faults and power,
of me.
Humble and hard,
stumble and stand,
the depth of life seen over me,
in the mirror,
I see....

Copyright - T.L. Anderson-2009

Monday, September 28, 2009

Group show

                       I will have one of my paintings accompanied by two short poems in
            the cancer survivors exibit at the U.R.I. gallery in downtown Providence, R.I. . This
            group showing has works by about 30 artist relating to the theme. The show runs from
            Oct. 4th through the 30th. Opening reception is on "Gallery night" Oct. 15th-- 5pm--9pm.
                       This ended up being a quik think and do challenge as I submitted work
            months ago & received a phone call last Tues. informing me of where & when to deliver
            my works. Oops somebody forgot to e-mail me! No big deal tomorrow I will drop off my
            entry and it will be in the show. I am extending an open invitation to attend, and please
            remember the October is breast cancer awareness month. Thank you.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Views up close--local art

I visited with two local artists this weekend. It's so enjoyable to see
the works up close & talk with the artists in person. I first went on
Sunday 9/13/09 to see the works of  Lydia Stein @ AS220's 94
Mathewson st. gallery in downtown Providence.  I liked the unique
style & ideas of her works. It was a very informative & enjoyable
visit for me.
I next went to view the works of Julie Beck on Monday 9/14/09,
@ Tazza, also in downtown Providence. I first started following
Julie's blog here on blogspot. I was caught by the items she painted,
as they were familiar to me from younger days. It was again a very
informative & enjoyable visit.
Thanks to both Lydia & Julie! I need to close with the fact that I am
not a critic, but a fellow artist & lover of art. With this being said, I
think one should see for themselves.
                            Take care, all,
                                       Tom

Monday, August 17, 2009

Giving thanks to those that have taught,helped & inspire with my artwork.

Just wanted to thank those that aided in the learning & development of
my artwork. ;
At Lincoln High school: Mr Louis Fusco
Ms Joyce Pashalian
At Rhode Island college: Proffesor Horvat

From publications(As a youth): Victor Perard- Drawing trees- Copyright 1945
Joy Postle- Drawing birds- Copyright 1963
Conni Gordon-oil painting books--12 lesson,
Landscape,Flowers-Copyright,all rights
reserved by Conni Gordon
From publications(recent): Bet Borgeson- The colored pencil(book)- Copyright
1995
Gary Greene- Colored pencil(book)- Copyright 1996
Arlene Steinberg-Masterful color(book) - Copyright
2008
David J. Vanderpool- Pencil drawings-A look into
the art of(book)-Inspiration- Copyright 2008
Alyona Nickelsen-Colored pencil painting bible
(book)- Copyright 2009
Special heartfelt thanks to all the above & to all who I communicate with here on-line!

Monday, July 27, 2009

Perspective views?

I recently purchased the July 2009 issue of American art collector magazine to aid
in giving me insight as to what collectors & galleries look for in artwork. It is a great tool
for me so far in an information & ideas capacity. I would recommend it to other artist just
starting to market their works. There is however one item in this magazine that I'm not
too fond of. It's that little "price range indicator" box. It states that it gives an idea of
what price a potential buyer might pay for a particular artists work. The part that troubles
me is the "small", "medium" , & "large" part. What no "jumbo" eggs available? Or is that
Cups of coffee? Or maybe it's fries with the burger! I don't know about other artists, but
I tend to mark down my hours that are spent on research & the actual time spent on the
certain piece I'm working on. Not to mention the cost of materials I might purchase to
complete the project. So whats the deal are we selling coffee, or producing art? Does
anyone have any thoughts on this?

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Grey skies

The last two days have been overcast with gray clouds. This has
been making it hard to finish my latest piece of artwork. I may just
have to use artificial lighting although I prefer natural sunlight. It
should be done by this weekend none-the-less.
I came across some of my old poems and lyrics the other
day. I would like to share one here.
"I know what I can do with a word
an idea or a feeling
Let me show you,
the extent of my ability
the length of my soul
The words are my paint,
the pen is my brush
I create and destroy
at my own free will"

copyright - T.L. Anderson - 1978

Wow, I was only 20yrs young! What the hell happened? I thought I was
always going to be around that age! :)
Got to get some work done. See ya later.

Thursday, June 18, 2009

There is hope

"Life is not about waiting for the storms to end...it is about learning how to dance in the rain.
---Author unknown---
So simple,and yet, so profound. I find it amazing that these kinds of things come across my
path when I'm not looking for them.
Raise up everybody,raise up.
Take care,
T.L. Anderson
(coach Tom)
(the Dragon)

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Why??????

It's raining in my life again. I just got word that my
younger sister who is a survivor of breast cancer for many years, is to start
chemo treatments again. The cancer has spread to her liver. What the **** !!!
I think I'm about to explode emotionally! I can only hope I can do it in a creative
way.