Leona Bushman Art Walkabout

Published September 12, 2014 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Today, we’re doing something a little different. Some of you may know Leona Bushman as a writer or editor, but you may not know she’ll also a talented artist – I know those multi-talented people make you sick, right? :) Anyway, she’s dropping by today to share her art with us, and to talk about how it gets about!

Hi everyone!! *waves ecstatically*

Thank you for having me on your blog again! I’m here today with my art. I’ve taken many art classes, but it’s been years and years, and I’ve been out of practice. This year, I renewed my commitment to my arts—painting, quilting, sewing, crocheting, writing, oil pastels, soft pastels, etc. as well as adding in a new one, designing fabric.
And what a rush it has been!! Throughout time, I try all sorts of styles. Some successful, some not so successful… LOL I have two styles now: Impressionist expressionist, and palette knife a la Georgia O’Keeffe. Love a lot of different types of art, but these seem to be the ones I can do successfully.
victoria pantheonAnyway, today, we move from Scotland to the US and the state of Georgia. This was done as a gift bought from one friend for another. It’s really some of my best work. I was given plenty of lead time. The friend who received it, loves ancient Greek and Satyrs. She writes about some that have different horns (the two different shaped horns, one the tradition “spike” and the others the rounded that I’ve used here) and it sets them apart as to which type of Satyr they are.
It ended up coming at a critical juncture that she really needed a happy thought for, so it made me and the gift giver doubly happy.
heather commission detailsAnd let’s travel north and a bit west to Indiana. Here there’s a wedding gift, and a composite animal portrait. For the cat portrait, I was given 3 separate cat pics, taken at random times, and put it together.
commission take 2 002And let’s roam on down to Phoenix where another commission is:

Where My Art Roams is the first of what I hope to be many virtual walkabouts. I’m taking you on a tour of my paintings that I have given away and sold. From Australia to Washington, to Scotland, and places in between, I will show you the paintings in their new homes.

 

Told you she was talented! I’ve been lucky enough to get a gorgeous personalised painting from Leona, and since I know she has a bit of soft spot for Edinburgh sites, I decided to take it on a bit of a photo walkabout of its own! (Possibly I have too much time on my hands lol). See what you think :)

CastleSo, it wouldn’t be Edinburgh without the castle, would it? Now, I did want a piccie right from the entrance but sadly they are still taking down the stands from the Tattoo, so this is from Princes St Gardens.

 

 

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This is taken from the Royal Mile, the historic street that runs from Edinburgh Castle to the Palace of Holyrood House, the queen’s official residence. In the background you can see Waverley Station and Calton Hill.

 

 

 

 

 

MoundOverview of Edinburgh from the Mound :) In the background you can see the Scottish National Gallery, the Scott Monument (the tall tower) and Princes Street.

 

 

 

Police BoxAny Doctor Who fans out there? :) Yes, we do still have these but sadly not for much longer! A lot have already either been removed or converted into kiosks or wee coffee stalls and the last few are now being sold off. So, you could buy your very own Tardis but the rather mean people at the council will make you move it or paint it another colour straight away! Shall miss seeing them.

 

 

 

 

 

Piper

Well, come on, no tour of Scotland would be complete without a man in a kilt now, would it? *looks innocent* It’s purely showing our culture and all that – education purposes! Possibly I’m smiling too much to pull that one off. :)

 

Anyway, so ends our painting walkabout tour of Edinburgh. I hope you’ve enjoyed – and I really hope you go and check out Leona’s work. I shall hand you back over to her to give you all the details!

 

 

I have a FB art page: https://www.facebook.com/LeonaBushmanArtisteExtraordinaire

And an Etsy page: https://www.etsy.com/shop/LBushmanStudios

You can follow me on twitter: @L_Bushman

My blog where I share my writing journey and post some of my artwork is here: http://www.lbushman.blogspot.com/

Do you have a favorite artist? From past and present? I love the impressionists, notably, Monet, Renoir, and Van Gogh (I hated Van Gogh during art classes…learned to like him as I was exposed to more of his work ), Georgia O’Keefe, a lot of Dutch artists, particularly Jan Van Eyck, and his painting, Arnofini Wedding. Modern day includes Russ Potak and Jennifer Beaudet. Okay, anyone who comments, can PM me on FB and get 50% off any artwork they’d like! Also, will provide an ACEO (2.5 x 3.5 inches) if I get 20 comments or more on today’s blog. Open to USA, UK, and Canada
This concludes the summer art walkabout, Where My Art Roams. I hope you enjoyed your tour of the world where my art resides!

My Sexy Saturday – 16th August

Published August 16, 2014 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Well, today I’m thrilled to be joining in on the My Sexy Saturday blog – and it will probably come as no surprise that my seven paragraphs this week are from my new release, Follow the White Rabbit. It’s a fun, short read inspired by the world of Wonderland – I really hope you enjoy! Don’t forget to check out the other great excerpts here.

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Mary Ann was embarrassed to feel tears burn her eyes, and she squeezed them shut. “If anyone was looking for me then they would have found me by now. Obviously no one cares.”
The silence stretched out, and she forced herself to open her eyes, needing to see his face, though half-expecting there to be disgust etched on it. She was pathetic; apparently she couldn’t even do a one-night stand without fucking it up before it even started. He was staring at her, but the look on his face was odd and unreadable.
“I’m sorry,” she whispered. “I just feel so alone sometimes, I think I’m going mad.”
A small smile curved his full lips. “We’re all mad here, little mouse.”
She found herself reluctantly smiling back. Perhaps he was right. His smile suddenly broadened into that wide grin.
“I think perhaps you need to see something strange and beautiful.”
He held out his hand, Mary Ann took it before she thought to question. Her feet instantly felt rather odd, as though bubbles were tickling her skin, and looking down she gave a shriek of alarm to see them starting to disappear. He winked at her.
“Don’t let go.”

 

Blurb:

In Wonderland the strange and magical is everyday, but when a woman who can’t remember her own name meets a shape-shifting cat, anything can happen.
Mary Ann doesn’t remember her life before she wandered into the Woods of Forgetfulness. She doesn’t remember who she was, where she came from, or even her real name—and she’s given up on anyone coming to look for her. Now, she works for the White Rabbit, and if she’s not deliriously happy at least her life is content.

Until, that is, she comes across a Cheshire Cat, a rare shape-shifter, who may be about to turn her life upside down.

In Wonderland, things are rarely what they seem.

 

If you’d like to read more, you can find Follow the White Rabbit here:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

Hope you all have a fab weekend x

Follow the White Rabbit – Release Day!

Published August 15, 2014 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

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It’s release day!! I don’t think it will ever stop being the most exciting day for me. The fact that I can log onto Amazon and see my name there, and know that complete strangers around the world can read my words – it’s still slightly surreal to me!

So, Follow the White Rabbit is my Wonderland flirt, which releases into the big, bad world today. Fingers crossed my new baby makes some friends :)

 

Blurb:
In Wonderland the strange and magical is everyday, but when a woman who can’t remember her own name meets a shape-shifting cat, anything can happen.

Mary Ann doesn’t remember her life before she wandered into the Woods of Forgetfulness. She doesn’t remember who she was, where she came from, or even her real name—and she’s given up on anyone coming to look for her. Now, she works for the White Rabbit, and if she’s not deliriously happy at least her life is content.

Until, that is, she comes across a Cheshire Cat, a rare shape-shifter, who may be about to turn her life upside down.

In Wonderland, things are rarely what they seem.

 

This is a cute and sexy short read, and I had such a lot of fun writing it. I really hope people have just as much fun reading it! You can buy it on Amazon now:

Amazon US

Amazon UK

 

Hope you give it a try! Take care x

Believing in Impossible Things

Published August 12, 2014 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

Follow the White Rabbit 200x300Well, it’s busy here as usual and the countdown is on until Follow the White Rabbit is release this Friday! The festivals are on in Edinburgh, which, like anyone else who lives here, I both love and hate it. The atmosphere, the bustle, the huge variety of things to see and do everywhere, the creativity that just seems to be in the air. Sounds great, right? And it is, until you actually want to get anywhere or do anything  in a hurry :) Still, it is only once a year and on the upside have seen some great shows already – not to mention got to see George R R Martin doing a talk last night at the International Book Festival.

He’s an author that I have a huge amount of respect for (read, may have fangirl squee-ed a bit at actually getting to meet him!) and several key points I took away from his talk were that success doesn’t come overnight – it may seem to but every author that you see appear to ‘come out of nowhere’ has actually been plugging away for years in the hopes of one day getting that ‘instant success’ everyone will talk about. The other point was that he was constantly told that what he was doing was ‘wrong’, that it was impossible or shouldn’t be done. He’s combined sci-fi and horror in his books, while his most famous ‘Song of Ice and Fire’ series is a combination of fantasy and historical fiction – taking inspiration from a lot of British history in order to add grit and realism to a fantasy world. Sometimes, we need to aim for the impossible and not listen to those who tell us it can’t be done.

6 thingsThat brings me back to one of my favourite ‘Alice in Wonderland’ quotes. What if the only reason we can’t believe in the impossible is because we just haven’t tried hard enough? Maybe we just need to practice harder, until we can think of six impossible things before breakfast :)

Follow the White Rabbit is now up on Goodreads here, so please add if you have an account!

Take care x

 

Off to Wonderland!

Published August 1, 2014 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

I know, I’ve been terrible at keeping up with this blog lately! How has everyone been? While I’ve rather slipped on the updates I promise I have still been busy working – and have lots of news for you. :)

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Firstly, my publisher, Breathless Press are having their 5th birthday and we’re all celebrating by heading off to Wonderland! Inspired by Lewis Carroll and Alice’s Adventures there is a series of short stories being released, both individually as ebook ‘flirts’ and as an anthology available in both paperback and special limited edition hardback under the title ‘Wonderland Tales’. (Isn’t the cover pretty?) The anthology is actually out today (woot!) and is available from the Breathless Press website.

 

My contribution is called, Follow the White Rabbit, and is set in Wonderland but showing an alternative story and obviously with my own twist on it. :) It will be released as a standalone flirt on the 15th August – so just 2 weeks away!

 

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Blurb

In Wonderland the strange and magical is everyday, but when a woman who can’t remember her own name meets a shape-shifting cat, anything can happen.

Mary-Ann doesn’t remember her life before she wandered into the Woods of Forgetfulness. She doesn’t remember who she was, where she came from, or even her real name – and she’s given up on anyone coming to look for her. Now, she works for the White Rabbit, and if she’s not deliriously happy at least her life is content.

Until, that is, she comes across a Cheshire Cat, a rare shape-shifter, who may be about to turn her life upside down.

In Wonderland, things are rarely what they seem.

 

It’s available for pre-order now here so feel free to pop over and have a look, and stay tuned as I’m going to be running some Wonderland related events and giveaways over the next few weeks :)

Take care x

 

A to Z Challenge – V is for Villain

Published April 26, 2014 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

As some of you may know I have a soft spot for villains :) In Avengers/Thor I was always ‘team Loki’, the Walking Dead I liked Shane and then the Governor, I could go on… Now, there’s a slight possibility that that Tom Hiddleston/David Morrissey might have something to do with the obsession but I shall choose to believe that it is more because of the complex nature of the characters.

writing_quotes_from_writers_write_20-scaled1000People aren’t black and white, villains are rarely ‘purely’ evil – if they are then they tend to come across as dull and one-dimensional. With the odd exception then if they don’t have valid reasons for doing what they do then the character simply comes across as unbelievable.

I think it’s important to also be aware of this in your own writing. It’s not enough for your villain to simply do something evil, or to obstruct your hero in some way. You need to explore your character – why do they do what they do, what’s their motive and reasoning behind it, what has made them the way they are? Are they reaching for their own goals, escaping their dark history or even looking out for the ones they love. When you start to explore your villain as a complete character, when you put yourself in their shoes, then it’s hard not to start to emphasis with them – to see the shades of grey.

1450210_616174215112164_240985850_nPersonally, I probably get too attached, in two books I have written now when I go back to do a sequel than it’s the villains who are clamouring for their own story to be told. Are they redeemable? Well, I have no idea yet – but hopefully the fact that I do want to find out means they at least aren’t suffering from the dreaded ‘one-dimensional villain’ problem.

Have a good weekend x

A to Z Challenge – U is for Unicorn

Published April 24, 2014 by shellirosewarne

Hi all,

So, I was going to do something longer for today, but after two 12hour+ shifts in a row my brain has slightly gone to mush, so thought would just share this with you instead.

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What do you think? Made me smile this week at least. Though I think I may slightly prefer the dragon one.

dragonWhile they are both cool and magical, being a dragon you could fly – and also crispy-fry anyone who annoyed you too much! Maybe I’m just not pure and innocent enough to be a unicorn :) Help me out and share which one you’d rather be (or which one you think is more you).

Take care x

 

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