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Anthony + Jess

Posted by on Sep 8, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

This wedding… These people… I had to remember to breathe.

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Witnessing Anthony and Jess unite in marriage was like watching a sunrise… All hopeful and triumphant, grand and wonderful…

 

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…yet deeply natural.

 

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It’s true. Love is stronger than all else. And worth celebrating.

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More pictures here: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.636950236327306.1073741829.457395740949424&type=1&l=fe847513b6

Asa’s Easter pictures

Posted by on May 18, 2013 in Blog | 0 comments

I had the incredible privilege of taking some pictures of this darling little guy, all dressed up for Easter. He and his mom have endured so much in his nine months of life… procedure after procedure, and seemingly never-ending hospital stays. Their love for each other is a beautiful thing… and keeps them going.  They awe and inspire me.

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Check my facebook page for more pictures: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.579734838715513.1073741828.457395740949424&type=1&l=308a33b385

New site, new giveaway

Posted by on Jan 16, 2013 in Blog | 117 comments

**Edit** Comments seem to be working just fine, but if you have any issues, please email me: beccayoderart@gmail.com

After a long delay in which lots of things have happened, thereby submerging me for a while, here it is:

The Official Becca Yoder Art Grand Opening/Merry Christmas/Happy New Year/ Thank You For Supporting My Art Giveaway.

That was a lot of capitals.

But they describe a capital idea I got from my friend, Bekah. (Different girl, different spelling… lots of confusion. And fun. Lots of fun.) Here’s the idea:

Remember this piece?

No? Well, it has been a while.

Here’s the description I wrote of it previously:

“As a kid, I spent hours in nature. Thinking, imagining, talking to God, and making things of mud and acorns. My wonder at the colors, life, and complexity of creation just keeps growing. This piece was inspired by watching sunrises, when all the world is fresh and waking quietly. The colors, movements, and sounds harmonize in a tune too real to be audible, and you have to both see and listen to feel it. I tried to convey a bit of every morning’s magic by using earthy colors, realism for the Queen Anne’s Lace, and a more abstract symbolism for the birds. The idea of birds as notes on a telephone wire staff helped capture the idea of music being everywhere, and also provided a middle ground between the symbol (G-clef) and the realism of the flowers. This is Nature Song.”

Because of the canvas’s irregular dimensions, and the extra cost and headache making prints would cause, this original remains without duplicate. Yup, this is the one and only. I love it dearly and hate to part with it, but art is for sharing. I believe that firmly. Also, I need to diminish the stack of finished canvases behind the chair in my living room. Furthermore, my art site could use some publicity.

So. Want to help? Want a chance to win “Nature Song”? (One requirement: you must give her a loving and understanding home, should you win her. This feels a bit like hurling a baby rabbit into the unknown, its big, liquid eyes all questioning. And its little, pink nose twitching in its soft, furry face. Alright. You get the idea.) Here’s what to do:

1) Post a link to this blog post on your blog, facebook, twitter, or other manner of social media.

2) Leave a comment here, on this post, saying you did so.

3) Each comment is one entry, or chance to win. Please leave as many comments as times you shared the link. Easy, no?

I will draw a winner on February 14, because I think this is going to be pretty sweet. Get it? Valentine’s Day? Sweet? Oh, nevermind. But I’m serious about the 14th.

Let’s do this!

 

Spare Thyself

Posted by on Sep 26, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on Spare Thyself

I like living in a small house. It teaches sentimental me that I can’t keep every object that is symbolic to me. Especially where art is concerned. So I’ve been living in a simpler mode the past year-and-a-half, severing emotional ties with pieces and giving them away or selling them. Artists should be givers. That’s what I think. And so I try to live like that.

I highly recommend the lifestyle, in case you’re wondering. It does good things for the soul to give things of value. Plus, without going all feng shui on you, I find that I am not as inspired to create more art if the corners of my rooms are standing full of finished work.

But do yourself a favor. If you think you will ever… in the next fifty years… in whatever alternate life you imagine… embark on an art-selling venture… GET YOUR WORK COPIED. As in, professional-copied. And put all your copies in a nice, archival-quality portfolio. Expensive, yes.

But spare thyself the emailing the new owners of your art and asking politely if they could mail the piece back to you so you can copy it and return it. That feels a little strange.

Spare thyself also the drama of diving into every stack of paper you own and scouring every level spot you could possibly have thought at one time was an obvious and safe location for art while muttering little “God, help?” prayers until you hold within your trembling hands the piece everyone seems to want.

Putting a few dollars into the preservation of your work may never generate massive monetary returns, but your work is worth preserving. So is your sanity.

It’s live!

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Blog | Comments Off on It’s live!

At long last, my art is available online! This feels like a big step in my “career”, if you can call it that. I’ve been selling artwork privately for ten years and have had a public gallery event/sale in Meadville, but this is definitely the biggest marketing venture I’ve undertook.

One catalyst in this initiative is this: my family underwent a crisis last summer that resulted in legal fees and other expenses, for my dad, sister, & brother-in-law, especially. I work in human services, and, as a result, my resources to contribute to my family have been a little limited. Part of the profits from the sales I make here will benefit my family, so I thank you in advance for your contribution to this.

I’m humbly grateful to my pastor, Ryan Zook, of http://www.zookcomputer.com/ for building my (fabulous) website. Really, I can’t recommend him enough. My ideas turned into a site even cooler than I envisioned, with immediate and detailed support while I navigated the learning curve.

Also thanks to my friend Tim Kirk, of http://www.meadvilleart.com/ for giving me artistic advice and being my convenient source for printing. All of my prints and cards will be printed by Meadville Fine Arts, and I know you’ll be satisfied with the quality of his work. If you’re ever in Meadville, PA, stop by his gallery on the corner of Chestnut and Market Street and check out paintings, photography, and pottery from local artists.

And thank you to YOU! The amount of interest you’ve shown on my Becca Yoder Art facebook page has been jaw-dropping. I’m awed and honored by your interest and support. Many, many thanks!

A few notes:

I tried to keep shipping rates as low as possible, but I do apologize that they add to your expense. There is only one shipping charge per order, though… so the more you order, the better value you receive for your shipping. 🙂

Don’t be confused by the high prices on prints. 🙂 Click on the photo, click “add to cart”, and you’ll discover several options, some as low as $25.

Ideas? Questions? Problems? Contact me directly at beccayoderart@gmail.com.