It’s Otterly C.O.L.D.!

Such beautiful and inspiring artwork Sharon – love the energies at work here my friend! jd

Abstract Art by Sharon Cummings


New Otter Animal Print

Painting/Collage/Mixed Media

Sharon Cummings


Brrr…It’s so cold in my studio this morning.  Even my Carmex will not come out of it’s tube.  It’s hard as a rock.  But I will not be turning on the heat as that will turn my little creative box into a skin dehydrator.  So instead I will warm myself with the colors of my new Color Fusion series.  Yup, I’ve got some serious ottertude.  Enjoy!







Otter Art Prints Animal Paintings

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Thank you to Jo Ann Tomaselli for writing this wonderful blog post….

Jo Ann Tomaselli ~ Visual & Verbal Reflections

blue hour sunrise sunset image art BLUE HOUR

Jo Ann Tomaselli ~ Fine Art Photography

I’m an early riser and consider it a blessing to be awake during the most magical time of day, valued by artists and photographers, and appropriately called ‘the blue hour’.

The blue hour happens as a result of science and to garner an understanding of the forces that align to make this magic light appear, it’s best to let Wickipedia explain it:

“The blue hour is the period of twilight each morning and evening when the sun is a significant distance below the horizon and the residual, indirect sunlight takes on a predominantly blue hue. This effect is caused by the relative diffusability of short blue wavelengths of light versus the longer red wavelengths.

During the blue “hour” (typically the period is about 40 minutes in length), red light passes straight into space while blue light is scattered in the atmosphere…

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Check out my new Ebid Store – Art & Jewelry – Buy or Sell You can also sell on Ebid~!

I purchased a couple of items from Ave and her quality is awesome…good prices and excellent service!!

Ave Hurley Illustrations

How about this?
Check it out & make money selling your art & items without laying out any money and get your profits up front~!

Sign up free Ebid account
Visit My store link is :
You can also create and sell products at no cost to you where you will get paid FIRST and then order the items for your customers~!

Go to my – use the DIY uploader – create an art print item ~ then post it for sale on Ebid~!
When it sells, you get paid direct from the customer~ and then you just order the item from ARSC for your customer and have it shipped directly to them~!

You will have your profit up front without waiting for some minimun like you have to on sites like FAA RB etc.No costs laid out by you for this service~!

If you join Ebid…

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Christmas sales on Ebid to help a disabled guy in trouble~!

Ave Hurley is a wonderful artist with a heart of gold…she would give you the shirt off of her back if she thought it would help – now she needs our help; look at her site and plan on doing your holiday shopping there – she has some wonderful items and her prices are incredible – I recently purchased two items from her and am really very pleased with the quality, price and how quickly she got them to me…..

No More Negativity!

In an effort to eliminate any and all negativity from my life; I have reviewed this “column” and it appears to be a form of negativity in itself so as of now, I will no longer be posting “My Pet Peeve of the Week” – I will find something a bit more upbeat and positive to post in its place 🙂

The Healing Power Of Art – A True Story

The Healing Power of Art

I am honored by the invitation to be a guest speaker on Today’s Visions Talking Art, and excited to share my story on the Healing Powers of Art.


On October 8th, 2011, I suffered a ruptured brain aneurysm; to make a very long story short I will not go into detail, but just say that while laying in ICU I found that I was getting frustrated, noise of any kind bothered me, as did lights and even people. In an effort to find some relief from the stress that I could feel beginning to build, I picked up the tv control and started browsing through channels.   Probably a hundred or more channels into this I came across one that was displaying beautiful artwork. Each image filled the entire screen and was displayed for approximately 5-7 seconds and then on to the next, and there was no break in this activity – it went on just like that 24/7 – no advertisements, no disruptions of any kind, just pure and beautiful art.


I cannot express enough how truly good this made me feel – it took my mind off the fact that I had just almost died, it gave me a real sense of peace, it even brought me joy on many occasions, depending on what the artwork was – I mean a real good sense of well being, and here I was laying there with tubes in both arms and hooked up to all types of life support systems, and I just felt good – the majority of it was actual photographs and since that has been my specialty for quite a few years, It was just what I needed! As long as I could view these beautiful images, and keep my mind off of what put me there, I was ok – it was this beautiful artwork that just sent me such a peaceful and beautiful energy; it seemed to just slowly ooze out of the tv and wrap me up in a nice warm bundle and embrace me and fill me to the brim with love. And, that is what that really good energy is; it is LOVE!


Now, I am not a religious person, by far, I am not a religious person, but I am very, very spiritual and I believe in these cosmic energies that are around us all, continually.   What had happened to me and what continues to happen to me to this very day is that it was like a Light came on inside of me and showed me how easy it is to find these amazing energies every where around us. I have the ability to absorb these wonderful energies, from art, from nature, from music, which is of course another form of art and you also have these abilities, they are inherent.


During the course of my stay in ICU, which was lengthy to say the least, I was tested several times a day to make sure that there was no activity going on that would indicate a reoccurrence of the aneurysm, and after several days my neurosurgeon commented that I was healing very quickly. She said that this really surprised her as I was in critical condition and she was seeing remarkable progress. Besides her being such an awesome and skilled surgeon the only other thing I can contribute to this progressive healing is the wonderful energies that are abundant in art.


To say that this has changed my life would be an understatement! I am here to tell you all that the power of healing through art is not just a catch phrase and not just something to be shrugged off; it is a real and effective and very powerful tool that each and every one of us has built in – the thing is that we have to first of all believe in it, we have to be receptive to it and welcome it with open arms.  


Art of any kind, whether it be photography, painting, music, writing, crafting, stained glass or sculpture – it really has no limit as to the healing properties – that is something that is different for each individual’s receptiveness, and according to the specific ailment.   I have known others who were not as receptive to this concept as I, and have not healed to their full potential and some are no longer with us. For me, it seemed so natural and I searched it out the only way I could from that hospital bed and I am here to say it works!   Something inside of me said “find some art, you need art, your will find the peace and energies that you so desperately need; search for some paintings, some photography any form of art”. I don’t just see the beauty; I FEEL it.


I am so happy that I listened to my inner voice, and now that I think back through the last eleven years, which were pretty stressful for me in regard to my home life as well as vocational, I think that getting into photography back in 2003 slowly gave me the strength I needed to get through my life to this stage – now I am ready for the next phase and what ever it brings. BRING IT ON!



Study: 21 individuals exposed to music and art for 4, 8, 12 and16 second intervals; they were asked to rate the level of beauty between 1-9, 9 being the most beautiful

Music was first to record correlation to beauty in segments 1 through 3.

Art came in second correlating to beauty in segments 2 through 4.


So audio beauty triggers the senses just a bit earlier than visual beauty.

They further concluded that beauty correlates to the emotion of JOY.

Results: ‘Beauty is, for the greater part, some quality in bodies that correlates with activity in the mOFC by the intervention of the senses’.

Another Study:

June 2014 Neuroscience of Beauty


The Neuroscience of Beauty and the Vagus Nerve

There is real science emerging behind the emotional impact of design. Variations in space, color, texture, and light have profound neurological and physiological impacts on the human body. Just as music and laughter trigger the release of endorphins and exytocin, so does the beauty of our surroundings activate certain areas of our brainsDr. Dacher Keltnerco-director of UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, is exploring how these pleasing visual stimuli spark our Vagus nerve.

What is Vagus Nerve?

The vagus nerve is actually two cranial nerves that extend from the brain stem and connect down to the abdominal cavity. Sometimes this nerve is referred to as cranial nerve X, the 10th cranial nerve or the wandering nerve. These nerves are used to send a variety of signals throughout the body, but will also transfer signals back to the brain. The vagus nerve is also known for wandering through the body, weaving through the abdomen and branching into other nerves that extend through the limbs and organs.

The vagus nerve is used to regulate a variety of body functions including the heartbeat and the muscle movement necessary to keep you breathing. This nerve also regulates the chemical levels in the digestive system so that the intestines can process food and keep track of what types of nutrients are being gained from the food that is taken in.

The resulting hormones lower blood pressure and slow our respiratory rates. In other words, perceiving objects of beauty is like practicing meditation or yoga: these activities set off chemical effects that create and support emotional states of happiness, calm, compassion, and joy.

“The Vagus nerve is a key nexus of mind and body and a biological building block of human compassion.” – Dr. Dacher Keltner, UC Berkeley

Nexus: a relationship or connection between people or things