Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Going To Cape Hatteras and OBX this Summer?

I just had to share this with you! My childhood memories of OBX and some great merchandise from one of my favorite paintings of Hatteras Light.

One of my fondest memories of child hood was camping at the beach. One year, in the 1960’s we traveled all the way down to Cape Hatteras. I will never forget running on the beach at twilight with our dogs. My sister’s dog Toquin loved to run. He would run so far that we couldn’t see him anymore. I was afraid he wouldn’t come back. But dad said “watch he will come back”. That silly dog would return every time. He had a blast. He loved to run! I remember campfires and sing-a-longs, Staying up late when it was cool and sleeping when it was really hot. We were really crowded together on the weekends and stayed so long that we actually had tent neighbors we got to know quite well.

When a friend from down near the Outer Banks approached me about painting a series of Light houses in 2004, I was thrilled to do it.
Let Your Light Shine! These are wonderful designs based on a series of Hatteras Light that I painted in 2004 from photographs my friend had taken. I hope you enjoy these and share them with your friends.
And, hey, if you forgot to bring a souvenir back from your OBX visit,for your favorite aunt; Well consider ordering through my store hosted by cafepress. You can get there by clicking this link:
See the rest of my art at:
Dont forget to check out the Gift Shop!
Thanks for Stopping by!

Thursday, May 21, 2009

LLMartin House Cat Annie Products

Need some Gift Ideas?? Fill an Annie Toe Bag for under $100.00

Look at this wonderful house cat Annie.

I painted this watercolor in 2007 as a gift for a friend. Now Annie is the quintasential house cat that any house cat lover can relate too.

Annie has her own full line of products. Annie is ready to adorn your dresser with this wonderful little gift box, your arm with her Annie tote bag, your head with this wonderful annie cap in three colors to choose from and of corse a wonderful tee shirt that you can wear proudly. My favorite is the Annie Journal where you can write down your own cat stories or just your special private thoughts.

There are 36 products in the LLMartin's House Cat Annie store. You can mix them and match them for a wonderful birthday surprize or just a great gift grabbag for your special cat loving friend.

Shown Here:
Annie Totebag: $16.86
Annie Keepsake box $19.49
Annie Woman's Tee Shirt $19.49
Annie's Journal $12.29
Annie Round Ornament:$7.79

You can see all the LLMartin Designs on her website http://www.llmartin.com/ Just check out the Gift Shop link on the first page.
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Tuesday, May 05, 2009

Cafe Press and Merchandizing LLMartin.com

I feel like I have been planted in front of this computer for days. It amazes me how many designs can come from one painting. And I am sure that within the limits of the programs available to me to manipulate the images I might not have found them all yet.

I must say it has been lots of fun. I have 11 of them up. That is to say it is recommended that we have 50 pages of 50 products with our designs. So that is basically 50 design themes. What a challenge. However I have plenty to work with, as my assistant

Today after about 4 days of wonderful soaking ran I choose to work on one of my Blue Ponies. This one is called Runnin’ Blue. Runnin’ Blue was originally exhibited on line as a sand pony in the Crazy Horse Collection. There are actually two of these sand ponies. But Runnin’ Blue is my favorite, so of course I picked him to use as the basis of the designs first.

The more I thought about Runnin' Blue the more I thought about the ponies I had been around in my twenties. These are hard working ponies, who spent hours patiently teaching young children how to respect horses and care for them while having fun. Then on their day off instead of complacent slow plodding animals they stand for a moment before the gate. The take off once that halter is removed. Its their version of the weekend. They Stretch, roll, race, eat and anything they want to do, they do it. Freedom! That moment when every pony was out there just doing what ponies do and enjoying it. As we all know a little freedom never hurt anyone.

Check out the new Runnin' Blue designs at : http://www.cafepress.com/RunninBlue
Or checkout the entire collection so far at www.LLMartin.com and click the gift shop link.