Saturday, March 17, 2012

Artist's Play Room #1

We're finally here! The VERY FIRST Artist's PLAY ROOM!!

I had a wholly different Challenge Theme picked out and even wrote the post. Then I realized (last minute this morning) that tomorrow is ST. PATRICK'S DAY! I have a very special reason to celebrate this holiday this year. Six weeks ago mom received an email from her brother, my Uncle Dan. He had been building on the work my mom had done on our family tree and had a little tidbit of information to share. Now, as mom told me about the conversation she had with Dan I'm thinking... "Hmm, I wonder if we owned a castle in England or were Dukes or Duchesses or something. I mean, mom discovered that a few generations ago, before Abbotsford was was a part of the outlying area of Vancouver, we OWNED it. Ya, I KNOW, sooo cool. How stuuuupid were we to sell off what was then called Pierdonville to those who would develop it, but, whatcha gonna do, eh? So... I was prepared to hear something cool. I was STUNNED by the reveal. I'm NOT Scottish, I'm IRISH!! I could HEAR my Grandmother roll over in her grave. 

WHAT??!? How could this be? Gramma had married a PROUD Scott and become a proud Scott herself, she celebrated Robert Burns Day and dressed in our tartan from head to toe 5-6 times a year when she was going somewhere extra special. It thrilled me to see her so enthusiastic about our heritage. How could we NOT be Scottish?

It seems that a hundred and fifty or so years ago we immigrated to Scotland from Ireland for a very short generation (like 30 years or so) before moving to England then Canada as new settlers. Who had decided to lie to the descendants and tell them we were Scottish? Why?

Who knows, I sure don't. So now I find myself, because of my Grandmother's example, a PROUD Scottish-Irish Gal! I'm thrilled to be able to claim my new heritage. I understand the Irish to be a friendly, happy people, I'll fit right in. And my favorite color is GREEN

So, onto the first challenge of The Artist's Play Room. In honor of my NEW Irish heritage I want everyone to draw/sketch/paint/create me SOMETHING GREEN! It can be anything, draw me a tree if you like. Or, what about a frog or a landscape? You can always collage something for St. Patty's Day and add green things within it. How about paint a plant or crochet me a pair of green shamrock socks! (you don't actually have to send them to me, unless you want to of course, lol.) I'll accept anything, just as long as it's GREEN.
Artist: Rukshana Hooda
Etsy Shop: RukArtz
Artist: Jenn Koutecky
Etsy Shop: JennsHandmadeJewelry
Artist: Sharon Foster
Etsy Shop: SharonFosterArt
If you need to read the Rules & Guidelines go here. After you're done the artwork for this week please link up your post using the Linky Tool below. Of Course, if you DON'T want to do anything green, I'd still love to see your artwork. Remember, you don't have to be great, just create!

China Glaze, "MoonPool"
Oh, and by the way, I've got my green on! Now all I have to do is convince my mom to go with me to an Irish pub for a pint O' green Ale. So far, no go. :o(  If I owned one of those silly hats or t-shirts that sported a Leprechaun and the saying "Kiss Me, I'm Irish" I'd totally be rocking the town looking like an Irish fool, hehehe. But a PROUD Irish Fool! I'm so totally thrilled to embrace my Irish-ness. If you see me, go ahead, wish me the Luck O' the Irish, buy me a green beer and we'll be best friends before the pint is empty.

See you all later,
If you're in my part of the world I'll be the one wearing all green and kissing as many Irish men I can get my hot little hands on!
To all my bloggy friends, Happy St. Patrick's Day!

I'm Out,

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  1. She's not entirely Green, but I thought she would fit. :)) Happy Saint Patrick's Day!!

  2. and a Happy St Patty's day to ya! So glad the APR is up & running! already looking forward to the next challenge :D

  3. There's no convert like a new convert--welcome to Irishness! Enjoy.

  4. My family was the Murray clan in Scotland. No Irish for me. Thanks for the follow! I'm now following on GFC, Linky, and twitter, @ChasingWolfPack.

  5. Jennifer:

    I posted one of my illustrations called "Peas in a Pod. It's one of the few works I've done in green. As I think back on it, green wasn't a very popular color with art directors because the color shifts and alters more than others during the printing process. But I hope this image makes people smile.

  6. Hey Jenn,
    I enjoyed playing today!
    I hope you had a Happy St.Patty's Day!

    Kim from IA

  7. Hi! I found you a day late, however, may the luck'o the Irish still be with you! Though you might be wanting a cup'o tea today, so here's my green entry, St.Paddy's Teacup! (In case the linky doesn't work)

  8. Thanks for following me, I'm now following you. I live in Indiana so we don't have citrus tree's growing here of course but I have always wanted them so when we built our new home I made sure I had a room for all my "baby's" as my kids call them. I'm excited to see how well they do!
    Natalie from In My Garden--wow I thought I had alot of blogs,four and a forum, you have alot too!

  9. Congratulations! You won the Versatile Blogger award :) Stop by my blog to collect

  10. I cannot draw a straight line but I do paint on occasion. I am following along! Easy2Save

  11. Hi Jennifer. Just thought I'd play this week. Thanks for hosting. Have a great week.

  12. Sounds like a fun challenge. I will be giving it some thought.

  13. This is a great idea. How fun. You might have to remind me a few times, if you don't mind. :) I'd love to join in. :D


  14. Happy St. Pats, Jenn.
    We did it up REAL big here in Savannah, GA.
    Hope you had a good one-

  15. I actually linked the picture and it worked! I have linked my blog before but this is my first picture.
    Thanks for letting me play in the Artists Playroom. Looking forward to checking out the other people.
    Glad to see you have Irish blood in you. My grandmother was Irish.

  16. Just for you: green peas! You MUST love them, for my children do NOT:-) Thanks for alerting me to The Artist Playroom.

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  18. this is a wonderful linky event, I found out a little too late so I would love to join next time, I have taken the button so I will remember by placing on my side bar, what an excellent heritage discovery, (poor gramma though) thats really something!

  19. Well, Mr Linky won't let me add my link, keeps saying "missing op" so I guess I will add my link here.

  20. LOL..... o.k. so it's wayyy past St. Paddy's Day, but I just stumbled across your blog and read your Irish Discovery Post..... I LOVE it!!!!

    My Father thought he was of Scottish blood for years, turns out he is of Finish decent with a stay in Sweden and then Scotland....

    Me Mether, is an Irish Wanna-be via the great Rock of Newfoundland!!!
    So how exciting for you, I hope you will be successful getting your mom to embrace the Green ♣....

    p.s. I to love to paint, perhaps I will get courageous and join the next "Play Date"



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