Thursday, March 12, 2009

A Special Thanks to Dean!

I was especially pleased to find I was awarded this "I Care" Keepsake by Dean Haven aka Deano's Den this week. This Keepsake was created by James Parker to show his appreciation of fellow bloggers. Here is the poem James wrote to accompany the Keepsake:

I had some folks come visit, my humble little blog
And leave a thoughtful comment, 'bout the painting I had
I don't know how to tell them, or even where to start,
Of the wondrous gift they gave me, bringing joy to my heart
Some days are dark and lonely...I feel that life's a bore
But those simple words of kindness, have brought sunshine
to my door.
As many of you know Dean is wonderful oil painter - I admire his work so much. Every day I have a new favorite. I also love the fact that at the end of every post Dean makes he includes a verse from the Bible - reading his blog is a true joy in more ways than one. Thank you Dean!
Now it is my honor to pass this Keepsake along to two deserving artists who make the blogosphere a brighter place. My choices are:
I admire Deborah not only because she creates the most beautiful pastels, and has written several how to books on pastels, and she now has her own workshop DVDs out, but because she declares her love of Jesus Christ right up front. I find that very beautiful and inspiring. Thank you Deborah!
Toni is another one of those multi-talented artists. She works mostly in watercolor and is an outstanding calligrapher, author, and she does some incredible mixed media pieces. She has a true love of nature, takes awesome photographs of butterflies and birds and then to see the pictures of the garden she keeps - WOW. I truly relish reading her blog and quite frankly I don't know where she finds the time to do all that she does. She is an inspiring artist to the "nth" degree and just a person that you really like knowing even via the blogosphere. Thank you Toni!


Unknown said...

How deserving and thank you for letting me discover the works of two wonderful artists!

Deborah said...

Aw, Karen--thanks! This is so sweet. I'm really touched by your words and passing the Keepsake along to me, too. What a nice idea... The generosity and caring of people on the blogs is so touching, at least in the art world. It's truly in the spirit of Romans 12:10--Love each other with genuine affection, and take delight in honoring each other.


Karen Hargett said...

Hi Shelia - thanks and I'm glad you have found 2 new artists to follow.

Deborah - you are most welcomed and you are very deserving. Your works and words do touch people that we probably aren't even aware of. Thanks!

Unknown said...


You are the one who is deserving of this award. I love your pastels especially when you paint your pets. The one of Zoe is outstanding!

Thank you so much for all your kind words. I'm almost done with what I had to get done and will be back at blogging shortly. Sometimes we just have to breath and know our limits.

You are a sweetheart. hugs.

Dean H. said...

Thanks for the kind words, Karen.
You are truly deserving of this award/keepsake.
And thanks for bringing these two artists to the forefront...they are great.

Marsha Robinett said...

You're very deserving of this award...couldn't be said better.

Thanks for sharing your art, your thoughts, and the work of others.

Karen Hargett said...

Thank you Toni very much! Can't wait for you to get back to blogging - but certainly understand the needed break and admire you even more for knowing you needed to take one ;-)

Dean thanks so much! I've thoroughly enjoyed your blog and it was easy to ID Deborah and Toni for this award - I agree they are great!

Marsha thank you! I appreciate your kind words. I'm so glad that I've come to know you - who knows one of these days maybe we will meet in person.

Holly Zemak said...

Thanks Karen for stopping by my blog and congratulations on the award.

Karen Hargett said...

You are welcome Holly and thanks!I'm glad to see you drop by here too.