Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Valentine Wishes and Versatile Blogger Award

Valentines Day...for thinking of our loved ones, family and friends. Pondering what we love about our passions and our lives. Debra of 5th and State has Given me the Versatile Blogger Award.So, I need to tell you some things about myself you may not know!

Ode to Helen Frankenthaler. I love the woman and the art that inspired this piece. The past year and a half I had lost the passion to paint. Granted I was dealing with some serious health issues. Most of my time on this blog is spent supporting other artists of all kinds, designers, entrepreneurs,etc.  I am so happy to say that I have picked up the brush again.

Mark Rothko White on Red. Another painter who has inspired me. Look how art inspires fashion and design Color Blocking is very current. There are many living artists I admire as well and will continue my artists series for 2012.
Cy Twombly This work of art is mesmerizing to me!

 This little girl looks so much like me at that age. I have always loved pets.
I have a loving, very furry Himalayan cat, Miss Belle!
Audrey Hepburn, a woman who lived a superb life, set a great example, always gave back, my style icon! Two of my older cousins, my Mother (who should be sainted) plus Audrey were my mentors!
Oh yes my dream was to be a Prima Ballerina and I love to dance.
My Dream to Visit France in the Autumn this Year! Art by Fifi Flowers

In the winter I wear every shade of gray possible and then a bright top or scarf. However in the spring and summer the brighter colors come out! This from Fresh Produce!
I have a huge family and have a son and daughter plus four grandchildren. Isabella is the one who spends the most time with me. She is growing up too fast. How does that happen? We have many fun family get togethers.
My Favorite all time Scent Chanel # 5. Given to me by my first boyfriend along with the dusting powder. A gift I will never forget! I think a woman is more alluring and mysterious wearing a subtle scent of perfume. Another benefit is that it truly boosts your confidence.
I love, love to read! As a little girl one of my older cousins, Sharon gave me her books when she finished with them. As the eldest of eight children, this was such a special gift. Reading took me away to another world and I have been an avid reader ever since. My daughter and her boyfriend gave me a Kindle for Christmas and I love it. I do still like to have my "Real" Art and Interior Design books. 

Work on my latest painting!

I would like to pass this award on to:
Andrea at The French Basketeer
Jane of Empress of the Eye 
Linda of Surroundings
Heather of Habitually Chic
Tish of A femme d'Un Certain Age
Artie of Color Outside the Lines 
Michele of MY Notting Hill
Rebecca of Acanthus and acorn

Tell us several interesting facts about yourself your blog friends may not be aware of!

Thank you to all of my friends, followers, and family who show me love all year long!


Art by Karena


Barbara von Enger said...

I adore Rothko's artworks. Congrats on the award. Loved reading more about You.xx

Simply LKJ said...

So happy to hear you are back painting, it is lovely. Your granddaughter is beautiful! Have a Happy Valentine's Day!!

Unknown said...

Happy Valentine, Karena! You live a wonderful life!
Congrats on the award!
Love to read about your passions!

Kerry Steele- Design du Monde said...

Can't wait to see more of your lovely art work!

Sherri said...

Happy Valentine's Day Karena!!

LaPouyette said...

Yes, Love is in the air....

Lovely post!

Happy Valentine's Day, Karena!

Jan said...

Great to know more about you.
Who better to be inspired by
than Rothko?
Happy Valentine's!

michelle said...

Wonderful post!
Happy Valentines Day Karena!

French Basketeer.com said...

Good morning, and thank you for the award, which I will now have time to do!! Have a lovely Valentine's Day, Karena, I wish you were here to eat some of these chocolate covered cherries!!

Tricia Rose Rough Linen said...

It is so interesting to hear more about you! I envy you your grandchildren Karena, I am a thwarted granny and look set to remain that way until I am in a Bath chair.

DolceDreams said...

Happy Valentines Day Karena! It is wonderful to hear that you are painting again, and it was a delight to hear more about you ~
Have a lovely day filled with love from your family,

Noel Solomon said...

Sending you lots of love today~ Such a sweet post!

Xo Noel

Splendid Sass said...

Chanel no 5 is my favorite too Karena! This is such a thoughtful and beautiful post!
Happy Valentine's Day!


Beautiful post, Karena! Happy Valentine's Day! xoxo

La Brocanteuse said...

Thank you for sharing yourself with us, lovely! I am happy that you have started to paint again, you have to be good to yourself...
Thank you for your visit to my blog and kind words.
Have a lovely eve

ceecee said...

Happy Valentine's Day, Karena! Congrats on your award. Your choice of painters would be included in my list too! Best wishes, Karena.

drollgirl said...

well it is nice to learn a few things about you!

so glad you picked up the brush to paint again. i need to do the same. :)

and your cat is GORGEOUS!

highheeledlife said...

Happy Valentine's day my friend! It was wonderful learning a little more about you. Your Isabella is a beauty!! I'm certain she loves the time and memories you create together. and your furbaby is adorable... awe Ballet ... xo HHL

A Gift Wrapped Life said...

Always so much fun to learn more about the bloggers we know.............the first gift my husband gave me was Chanel No. 5, the dusting posder too. And I wanted to be a ballerina so we share a few things Karena. Happy Valentines Day.........enjoy. XO

Acquired Objects said...

Always nice learning more about our blog friends. Glad to hear you're back at your art. Happpy Valentine's Karena!


Susan @ Real Girl Designs said...

Chanel No. 5 is my favorite perfume, too - it was given to me by my father when I turned 18.

*Chic Provence* said...

HI Karena! really nice getting to know you so much better! and your painting is very nice... such a wonderful talent you have! Hope your Valentine's is wonderful!



Purple Flowers said...

Hi Karena: Your painting is beautiful. Would you ever consider making a list or catalog of your work?

anyaadores said...

WOW so many of my favorite things here Karena - Audrey, Rothko, Cy, Chanel , cats & France - I could go on!!
Congrats on the award :) - and have a special day,

Unknown said...

happy Vday, karena- miss belle is beautiful, as is your granddaughter!

Tish Jett said...

So lovely, as one would expect from knowing you.

Thank you so much for including me on your list. I'm very flattered.


Castles Crowns and Cottages said...

HELLO THERE GORGEOUS! I love your beautiful orange/red spring dress!!!! THANK YOU FOR VISITING ME YESTERDAY; I had a busy day yesterday and my Valentines Day was a wild party at school and dinner and SLEEPING on the couch!!!!!


Pamela Bates said...

Karena, you and your daughter are lovely. And i LOVE the new work in progress. beautiful colors!

Diana Mieczan said...

Congrats on the award, darling and that little girl photo melts my heart! Muah

My Notting Hill said...

Congrats on the award and thank you for awarding one to me, I really appreciate it. It was also lovely to read more about you. In 2 days I leave for a 9 day vacation in St John w/a mountain of things to do before going, so please forgive me if I don't get up a post.

Julie L. Light said...

I really love these posts. It's so fun to get to know blogging friends better.
Have a fabulous weekend!

Karla@TheClassyWoman said...

Congratulations on the award! Your cat is beautiful and I love her name too! :)

It was great to learn a little bit more about you.


24 Corners said...

Karena...I'm so happy you're feeling creative again and painting...that's a very sure sign of being well! It was so nice getting to know you a bit more...Isabella is adorable (and so is Miss. Belle)!
xo J~

Linda Merrill said...

Your Granddaughter is lovely Karena! And I too love Chanel 5 - just the perfect scent. Thank you so much for nominating me. I'm so honored!

Elizabeth at Eiffel Tells said...

Apologies for my late comment.
Glad you have returned to painting. You must have felt incomplete without it. I too love Channel No. 5 and dreamed of being a ballerina. My mother was my greatest inspiration and I can never resist an Audrey Hepburn film. She was a principled woman.Warm wishes

Francine Gardner said...

How did I miss this post! So beautiful, just as you are. I enjoyed reading about your thoughts, please keep painting... to have such a gift that is a part of you, is so rare. Cy Twombly is my favorite painter. His colors or his simple black and white lines touches a deep cord in me. I feel in a different world when in a space with the works of Cy Twombly, Alechinsky, Tapies, Zobel, Barcelo, Miro....

abercrombie UK said...

Happy Valentine, Karena! I wish you were here to eat some of these chocolate covered cherries!

shopgirl said...

Congratulations on the award Karena! Love the photos!

Country Girl said...

And now I feel that I know you a little better. I love Chanel and have been wearing Coco Mademoiselle for years. Audrey Hepburn was a true great.

Kathleen said...

I absolutely agree about Chanel No. 5. I had a bathroom full of cheaper stuff from Bath and Body works. I'm convinced I saved money by just investing in the best and sticking with scent perfection!

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