DJ Geribo's Art Apart Newsletter

Art Apart — Vol. 2 / Issue 3 — * Summer 2010 *

Welcome to DJ Geribo's Art Apart Newsletter!

On Monday, July 12, while coming downstairs to have me put her harness on to go outside and do her morning business, my 8-year old Pomeranian, Kameko, collapsed. Fortunately, I was sitting just two steps away and caught her. We thought it was a fluke, she went from AC bedroom to a warm house (we have been having an unusually warm summer). About an hour later, again, she collapsed. We rushed her to the vet where they took blood samples and said they would call the next day. When we got the call, our vet wanted to see her right away. Her pcv (blood count) had dropped significantly and we rushed her to CAVES (Capital Area Veterinary Emergency Services) in Concord, NH, about forty minutes from where we live. Our Kameko's life over the following weeks involved 4 blood transfusions, vomiting, hospitalization for several days at a time because her blood kept clotting, ultrasounds, and a myriad of medications to first get her blood to stop clotting and then to get her pcv blood count to go up and stabilize. Exhausting for us, but nothing compared to what our little sweetie has had to endure.

Fortunately, I have my art. When she was first hospitalized, all I could do was cry. But everyday we visited her, usually in the evening, and I filled my days with painting. Although I feel I am not producing at the rate I usually do because of this stressful time, still, my art was my saving grace. Painting and writing are the two activities that I can truly lose myself in and shut everything else in the world out.

I did recently manage to complete a couple of new art works and I have my 2nd batch of Eye Help Animals paintings nearly completed (the wolf and cub painting is complete, the horses will be complete this week). The ones I have completed, along with a couple of landscapes, have been added to my New Paintings category.

We know this process for Kameko is a long process before the correct dosage for each medication is found, and when we can wean her off the medications because her immune system is back to working as it should. We are in it for however long it takes. As of September 2, her pcv count is up to 34 (normal is 40-55) and she is pretty much back to her usual playful self.

New Paintings
See ALL of my Art works that are available for purchase at Polaris Art. (NOTE: I am transitioning my artwork sales to my own website via PayPal's checkout process. If you see a piece of art that you want to purchase, and there is no 'Buy Now' link, please contact me directly and I will help you!)

Green Queen — "What I Do to Help "

Although I use several different mediums when creating my art, I do what I can to be green, as futile as it sometimes seems. Unfortunately, paints are what they are. Some paints have more toxins than others so I'm conscious of this fact and do what I can to not only protect myself but to also protect the environment. To compensate for my almost daily use of these mediums, I help the environment in many other ways.

First, I don't eat any red meat, pork, or chicken. I also pick up trash along our road (a two mile section of our road has been named for our business, Eye Help Animals, since we have committed to picking up trash 4 times a year on this road where we live). I recycle as much as I can, or as much as our town allows. I have been switching over all cleaning products to more environmentally friendly products. I only use white Kleenex tissues (no dyes) and limit paper napkin use (using cloth mostly), and paper towel use (having a hand towel always available).

I'll be using paints for as long as I can hold a paint brush (I do use water-soluble oils only) and I will also continue to make environmental changes in my home and my habits for equally as long. Every little bit helps. If we all commit to do a little, it will soon add up to a lot.

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Art Quote

" If a day goes by without my doing something related to photography, it's as though I've neglected something essential to my existence, as though I had forgotten to wake up. "
              — Richard Avedon

Tips for Artists

I'm sure many have heard the saying, "Those who can, do and those who can't, teach". This can be applied to anything we do but I've heard it mostly in relation to the arts. Writers who can't finish that first book, teach. The ones who can finish writing a novel, do it and keep doing it and never have to resort to teaching.

Well, I was recently approached by the Director of Education at the Kimball-Jenkins Estate — School of Art in Concord, NH, to teach at their school. Although I haven't done a lot of teaching I know I am qualified to do so. As it turns out, summer isn't the best time to offer art workshops since so many people have so many commitments and therefore the workshops were both canceled. Both workshops are being offered this fall, a time when most people's lives have quieted down and we in the northeast move back indoors.

As for that saying, I decided to change it since I am an artist who can do — you only have to check out my website to see how many paintings I'm either working on or that I've completed since my last newsletter — and now I've decided to teach, also. I'm also offering private lessons in my studio for individuals who don't feel ready to join a workshop but want private instruction. I am looking forward to seeing the progress of my students as they learn and grow in the mediums they choose. I've learned more than I could ever have imagined from painting for a decade and a half now. And I'm looking forward to growing and becoming an even better painter in the years to come.

And so, my new rewording of the famous quote is "Those who can, do and they also teach!" Both painting and teaching are my choices — I don't have to pick one or the other. I believe they each have their own rewards.

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Art Quiz

This Month's Question: —

Before he became the famous artist we all know, Henri Matisse got a degree in another area. What was it?

  • A)  Medicine
  • B)  Law
  • C)  Politics
  • D)  Religion
Answer in my next Art Apart Newsletter!

Answer to Last Month's Question  —

Fall of the Damned by Piers Paul Rubens

The answer is:
D) Fall of the Damned

(See Last Month's Issue)

About the Artist

"My purpose in painting animals and nature is to show the beauty, the fragile condition of nature.  I see this as a challenge in my art and hope I can reach others through my art so that they, too, will come to love and appreciate the beauty on earth that is ours to cherish and protect."
— DJ Geribo

DJ Geribo gives 10% of the profits on the sales of her artwork to animal protection organizations.