Battlefield – A Haiku

Battlefield

Gone long before us,

their silent tears covered fields

patchy blood-soaked grass

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Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

available here 

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Claudia Blanton is a published Author, Novelist, Graphic Designer, Social Media Expert and Poet. Her work has appeared and is forthcoming on numerous publications and venues, including Yahoo, and Chubacabra Magazine. Her art and designs are available via RedBubble and Zazzle on various applications, featured as art prints, home décor, cell phone cases and more. When she is not writing or creating practical art, she runs various successful entrepreneurial collaborations with her husband, educates her children, and tends to their ever-growing flock of rescued pets.
Her book “Mixing Spices – A Flavorful Guide to Creating Awesome Herb And Spice Mixes” is available via Amazon and Kindle Unlimited, and her Flash Fiction Collection “Flashes Of Light”, will be available mid-August, also via Amazon and Kindle Unlimited. She is currently working on her debut romance novel and an Urban Fantasy Series.

Leonid Afremov – An Artist With A Unique Technique

Leonid Afremov struck my interest due to his unique technique, utilizing solely a palette knife to create his warm oil paintings. Vividly stunning images of people and settings, this artist was born, raised and trained in Vitebsk, Belarus. .
He now lives in Israel. Watch a video at the end of this blog post, featuring the Mr. Afremov in action!

The following images are examples of his work, with a link to where you can purchase them.

Spirit Of The Lake
Spirit Of The Lake

“Spirit Of The Lake” is available here.

Seated Dancer
Seated Dancer

“Seated Dancer” is available here

Misty Moods
Misty Moods

Misty Moods is available here

The artist is very active on youtube, often sharing a video of himself painting, a perfect time to appreciate his unique style and technique

A Moment Of Gratitude – A Celebrate The Small Things Blog Post

It is time again to join Lexa Cain for her weekly blog hop “Celebrate The Small Things” You can join this ever-growing list of gratitude practitioners there. Remember, when you look close enough, you will always find something to be grateful for.

This week I am grateful that our move is now in it’s final stages, and we are actually getting on the road on Tuesday. I am looking forward to finally moving out of here, and toward the West, something we all have been looking forward to for a while now. Las Vegas, here we come!

I am grateful that I am getting better at moving efficiently and in a more organized manner. This will come in handy in the near future again, our stay in Las Vegas is limited to about 6 months. So, basically as soon as we unpacked, we are going to re-pack. I better have that down to a science by then!

I am grateful that I have chosen to take the next few days off, and that I am flexible enough to do so. It is so much harder when your schedule is dictated by a typical job. I am glad that I am in charge of my own schedule.

I am grateful that found some baby pictures of my daughter, I did not remember we had. Somehow they got mixed in with some tax papers (I don’t know how that happened), but they are adorable, and put a smile on my face. I can’t wait to tease her with them later on today.

Speaking of pictures, going through all of our stuff, I also came across my own basic training pictures. Now there is something to scare the kids with. Is it a bad thing to be grateful for having been hurt bad enough in basic training to receive a medical discharge? Well, I am, because it brought me to this time and place, something that might have never happened would I have actually been physically able to stay. I guess it is possible to be grateful for torn ligaments and improper medical treatment after all. Was not that much fun when it happened, though.

What are you grateful for this week? I hope you take the time to write a blog post, and join the hop, or create a list in your journal. Gratitude is a practice that should be held sacred by everyone, no matter which spiritual background or the lack thereof  one comes from.

Have a great weekend!

Claudia

P.S. I will not be a part of next weeks hop. Monday will be the last day I will be on this blog until end of June. See you in July!

The Girl – A Five Sentence Flash Fiction

Flash Fiction: The Girl

The spunk in her eyes surprised me.
I thought the torture he had put her through would have already taken all of her will, broken her and made her a heap of injured flesh, but instead she looked at me as if she was about to take me on, with the determination to win.
I suppressed my smile, and the flicker of pride, to look professional, after all, our cover could not be blown.
How otherwise would I be able to save her from the monster, in whom’s hands she had fallen?
I reached out toward her, half expecting a move back, but also ready for her to attack, while I whispered, “Let me get you out of this hell.”

Copyright Claudia H. Blanton 2015

This post was inspired by this week’s Five Sentence Flash Fiction writing prompt “Spunk”, by Lillie McFerrin. Find out what others wrote this week here

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A Dash Of Color – Our Very Own Pillow Collection

Over the last few weeks, we have been enjoying the creation of our own designs just as much as the promoting and assisting of other Print On Demand Artist. Today, I wanted to take the opportunity to highlight my favorite pillow designs we created exclusively for Avalon Media.

I hope you enjoy them as much as we enjoyed designing them for you!

And as always, please support independent artists! Thank you!

5 Quick Tips For New Print On Demand Artists

Beginner's Tips for Print On Demand Artists

Getting started on Print on Demand sites, like RedBubble or Zazzle, can be overwhelming. To ensure a smooth start, I have compiled five quick tips that can assist you on your journey of selling your art online via these platforms.

1. Use strategic listing titles
A Day in the sun might sound poetic, but does not describe your art very well – instead go for something like “A Watercolor rendition of a family relaxing in a park”. Does not sound that good, but it gets the point across.

2. Use the hashtags.
Make them relevant, but make them thorough – the more, the better. In Zazzle use your most descriptive to the point tags first – the first ten are considered your power tags.

3. Make sure your designs fit properly.
Zazzle has a great little tool, that allows you to see if your design is big enough to fit properly – this is especially important with items such as pillows. In RedBubble, you can adjust the design in the individual product category. Use it. What might look good on a pillow, might not look that good at the same size a cell phone cover.

4. Write clear, and informative products descriptions that include keywords.
Be precise, to the point, but try to convey the product in a way that someone who can  not see a picture of it, would understand the basic idea of what it is about. Include the customizable options, and size options (if applicable) in your description as well. For example “Customizable to fit a variety of cell phone covers for you newest phone, to include the iPhone 6, Samsung Galaxy S6, and more”

5. Tell your story!
Make sure you have a compelling profile, that includes a little personal information and how you came to be an artist. Talk about your passions. The more you care about your art, and voice that, the more your customers will care about it too. Make it personal.

Wishing you the best success on your journey as a print on demand artist!

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