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Study Shows Making Art Reduces Stress

15 Jun

Making art reduces the levels of stress hormones in your body, according to a study from Drexel University. And it doesn’t matter if your art is “good” or not — just that you do it. Says Science Daily:

Whether you’re Van Gogh or a stick-figure sketcher, a new Drexel University study found that making art can significantly reduce stress-related hormones in your body.

Although the researchers from Drexel’s College of Nursing and Health Professions believed that past experience in creating art might amplify the activity’s stress-reducing effects, their study found that everyone seems to benefit equally.

According to Amazon rankings, adult coloring books are one of the site’s biggest sellers.


New Follower

7 Jun

Thanks to my latest follower, Sabiscuit, who blogs at an extremely cool site. I’m humbled to be followed by somebody with a much cooler blog than mine. Go check out the site!

Self-Publishing Costs

7 Jun

From Jen Owenby, a useful post about how much you can expect to pay to produce a finished indie book, using free-lance editors, designers and proofreaders, etc.  I haven’t used any of these services myself, but it’s good to have a guide for future references.

New Old Work Listed

2 May

I’ve decided to sell this older watercolor painting, from around the early 2000’s, entitled “Blue Iris.” 

Original Water Color Painting, "Blue Iris", Very Large Wall Art, 23" x 32"

How de Kooning and Motherwell Won the Cold War

26 Mar

The CIA promoted Abstract Expressionism during the Cold War as a cultural weapon against the Soviet Union. No, really. From Junkyard Arts, the whole story.

Second Garrotte, California

21 Apr

This old Gold Rush ghost town near Yosemite National Park might make a good locale for a ghost story–what do you think?

There was actually a First Garrotte, too, but the citizens changed the name to “Groveland” after awhile, because they thought the original name was a bit on the uncivil side.

Another Four Star Review

16 Mar

Another four-star review at Amazon for my short fiction title, The Frenemies (two short stories from Foleytown.) Quote:

The history of California is more than you’ll find between the covers of a work by Bancroft. Some of the most memorable histories I’ve read of the Golden State were… Well… memoirs of “ordinary” life, often by women, and often illuminating minute and picturesque domestic tableaux. It takes tremendous will to write down such things, as their true importance is not revealed til many years later. I suspect many of the images herein will stick with me, and that my next drive through the Inland Empire will remind me of these relatives I never had.

Thanks so much to the latest reviewer!