I gave my Art ~ Writing ~ Life blog a new look again. It’s what I do when my blog looks cluttered and I’m at a standstill with whatever writing or art project I have going on at the time. I gave fellow blogger Lola her own space here. Having another artist and writer on
A quick shout-out to those of you who belonged to the Writer’s Block writing group in Corry, PA. I joined the group in 2002, three years after Corry author and newspaper columnist Beverley Bittner founded it. I decided to post some the group’s old news columns and stories for historical reasons. Our group didn’t have
Photography by Lola Gentry-Dey. All rights reserved. The other day I found a treasure of old photos, some of my old blog posts I’d saved on Microsoft Word, and a plethora of unfinished poetry. Since then, I’ve been rescuing my blog posts and adding them to my site. I deleted those old posts years ago
See You Next Year!
A little more than 2 years ago I created a blog for one of my fictional characters, Verawenda Erickson. I wrote an About page and 2 blogs, then got busy with other things in my life and never added anything more. I put it in storage and left it untouched until today when I gave
In my haste to post more often, I misspelled Margga, the witch-spirit character from the Vree Erickson story, Margga’s Curse, in my most recent posts. Corrections were made and, while I had a few minutes to spare, I redesigned my site to a slimmer, sleeker one. I plan to continue posting the revised version of
Hi. Lenny Stevens here. You may remember me from my last post, Help A Guy Out. I think Steve Campbell is making a mistake rewriting the Margga’s Curse story so that Vree Erickson’s parts are in first person point of view—aka 1p POV. He’s trying to be trendy because many young adult books today are
A follower of this blog once asked if I have a favorite riddle. I do. My dad asked me when I was very young, “You throw away its outside and cook its inside. Then you eat its outside and throw away its inside. What is it?” I couldn’t figure out the answer. He asked me
I spent the past two days creating another blog. I must be crazy, right? I barely have time for this one! I finished designing the blog today, but I plan testing it before I post anything on it. This is my dream blog where everything I post there will be based on the dreams I
Fires In Ashbarrels received a milestone today of 1,000 likes. That’s amazing! Thanks everyone; I’m honored by your kindness!
Fires In Ashbarrels received a milestone today of 500 likes. Thanks everyone; I’m honored!
This was a wonderful surprise when WordPress sent me this notice. Thanks everybody.
Thanks to everyone who has liked my new blog. Under a month old, Fires In Ashbarrels received its first milestone today of 100 likes. I feel like a proud mother!
I am feeling generous today, so I am revealing more about me. My legal name is Lolalia Colleen Gentry-Dey; my friends and family call me Lola. Lolalia is an unusual name, often mispronounced, which is why I prefer Lola. But I had a rebellious time when I was a teen and wanted everyone to call
Another old art piece of mine. This article was first published in an art newsletter dated 1998. The photos of my artwork that I’ve shared for this post range from the same year to 2001. While oil painting this month, I’ve been having fun painting with knives. Frosting the cake is what I call it
I like to draw. Figure drawing, cartooning, doodling … you name it. Graphite pencils, pen and ink, inked brushes, wax color pencils, crayons, charcoal, chalk, pastels, various kinds of erasers, markers, styluses. Line drawing, shading, hatching, cross-hatching, broken hatching, stippling, entopic graphomania (you make a dot at the location of each imperfection in the drawing
Here is a go at this week’s Throwback Thursday at my Facebook page. The 3 drawings below are some of the best of my art from 1983. Enjoy this peek into my past. Graphite on paper. The cat’s name was Mittens and the Spaniel’s name was Rags. I was studying fur when I drew this.
Many years ago, I taught wildlife and landscape painting classes. This is a lesson plan from those classes. Understanding and controlling values should be one of your first goals as a painter. When I began painting landscapes from life, I realized that the objects in my finished paintings lacked convincing form. When I understood how
While I have been busy working on my latest book project, I come up for air every few days to post here and at Facebook. Today I posted two events from my past. The first is from 1974; the second is from 1984. It is fun, interesting, and painful to look at works from the
Many years ago, I taught wildlife and landscape painting classes. This is a lesson plan from those classes. Alla prima is an Italian expression that translates into “at the first try.” The technique of alla prima is a wet-on-wet direct method of painting that completes the painting in a single session, without previous preparation or
I have many unfinished projects. Whether artwork or writing projects, I’m surrounded by incompleteness. But I will finish some of my projects. Others I won’t because of time and procrastination. I am not a morning person—I lack energy during the early part of the day. I’ve tried to be one of those people who are
Anyone following my blog would assume that I’m rarely busy writing or making art, simply because of the lengthy gaps between my posts. But that’s far from the truth. I’m busy every day working on my stories and art, from creating new chapters and editing old material, to sketching in my sketchbooks or actually composing
I am taking a 2-month hiatus from blogging so I can research and write my novel. I will return to blogging about art and writing in September. If you want to stay up-to-date on my novel’s progress, you can email me at campbell_artist at hotmail dot com. Meanwhile, feel free to read my past blog
My last post was March 11, during which I have been busy writing my next e-book. Currently untitled, the book will feature Vree Erickson and the cast from her first book, Night of the Hellhounds. Although her stories are considered YA, or teen literature, I aim my books for a general audience that includes adult
As soon as I began writing a new post for next week, I was informed that this blog received 500 likes. To celebrate and let everyone know about this achievement, I did a Happy Dance a few minutes ago, and then wrote this post titled Milestones. Other milestones today are: I finished creating the cover for
A while ago, I was nominated for the Super-Sweet Blogging Award by Sumithra Sriram. The rules are: Show-off the award on your blog. Thank the super-sweet blogger who nominated you. Answer five super-sweet questions about yourself. Nominate your favorite super-sweet bloggers. Showing off my award: The super-sweet questions and my answers:
Thank you Mizz Winkens for another award! The award calls for the recipient to share ten little known things about themselves: 1. I was once a licensed disc jockey / radio announcer 2. I’m allergic to bee stings 3. I boarded the wrong train at Naples, Italy and ended up in Rome 4. I boarded
Last month I was nominated for the One Lovely Blog Award by Lightningpen. I’m still surprised, delighted and honored. Here are the rules and my responses for the award: Thank the person who nominated me. Again, I thank Lightningpen. Share 7 things about me that you may not know. 15 years ago I co-founded an
Since the recent move to my new home, I have been decorating every chance I get. So when I took a tea break and came to my blog today, I could not resist sprucing my page. I chose a whimsical look because I feel impulsive right now. The country is abuzz with the Olympics and
I finished unpacking our last box today and had to be convinced by my husband to stop moving things around for now, that I am becoming a fussy decorator and I need to relax and take care of myself. He is so right, as usual. Finally, our move from Hawaii to the UK is done!
I discovered recently that I won the Reader Appreciation Award after being nominated by LightningPen. This is my first award for blogging, and I’m intrigued that it’s a reader appreciation one. And I’m glad to see that LightningPen was a recipient. He always dashes humor in his blogs, which I’m a sucker for—I love to