Thursday, December 14, 2017

Get Noticed


"Why fit in when you were born to stand out!"
                            --Dr. Seuss

Monday, December 11, 2017

La Flor de La Noche Buena


"Christmas waves a magic wand over this world, and behold, 
everything is softer and more beautiful."
                                                        --Norman Vincent Peale

Thursday, December 7, 2017

El Sol

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"The sun shines not on us but in us."
                                             --John Muir

Monday, December 4, 2017

Starry Night

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"There wouldn't be a sky full of stars if we were all
 meant to wish on the same one."
                                         --Frances Clark


Thursday, November 30, 2017

The Little Things



Where did this come from?  Recently I was looking through some holiday images that I'd taken a few years ago and stumbled upon this shot of colorful plastic strips full of rain drops.  Initially this appears as abstract art loved most by the artist; however, there is a deeper message that invites us to consider the beauty that surrounds us in all the things we often overlook.  Upon second glance one easily recognizes the subtle yet delightfully beautiful water droplets that give so much depth and texture to the smooth, rich colors.

"The details are not the design.  They make the design."
                         --Charles Eames



Monday, November 27, 2017

Holiday Exhibit


Make plans to attend this annual opening reception that features artwork by local artists listed above.  A variety of mediums are included to offer something for everyone.  Enjoy shopping for unique holiday gifts and speaking to the artists as well as listening to music and enjoying some light refreshments.  The event is this coming Friday, December 1st, 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the Carnegie-Stout Public Library in downtown Dubuque, Iowa, at 360 West 11th Street.

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Gratitude


"The essence of all beautiful art, all great art, is gratitude."
                                                          --Friedrich Nietzsche

Monday, November 20, 2017

Circles


"Thoughts will lead you in circles.
Silence will bring you back to centre."
                                     --Rasheed Ogunlaru

Thursday, November 16, 2017

A Glimpse of November


"So dull and dark are the November days.
The lazy mist high up the evening curled,
And now the morn quite hides in smoke and haze;
The place we occupy seems all the world."
                                                                 --John Clare

Monday, November 13, 2017

Without an Eraser


"Life is the art of drawing without an eraser."
                                            --John W. Gardner

Monday, November 6, 2017

Shades of November


"November comes
And November goes,
With the last red berries 
And the first white snows,

With night coming early,
And dawn coming late,
And ice in the bucket
And frost by the gate.

The fires burn
And the kettles sing,
And earth sinks to rest
Until next spring."

                                       --Clyde Wilson

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Still Pumpkin Season

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

Advice from a Pumpkin:
Be well rounded
Get plenty of sunshine
Give thanks for life's bounty
Have a thick skin
Keep growing
Be outstanding in your field
Think big

                                  --Ilan Shamir

Monday, October 30, 2017

Pumpkins Galore





"When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam,
May luck be yours on Halloween."
                                                                --Unknown

Thursday, October 26, 2017

Just Tangle

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"Creativity takes courage."
          --Henri Matisse

Home

Monday, October 23, 2017

Simplicity


"Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication."
                                              --Leonardo Da Vinci

Thursday, October 19, 2017

Join In

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT


The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. All purchased supplies will be yours to take home and continue practicing of this exciting method of pattern drawing. The class instructor is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) who has trained with the Zentangle founders. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com
Class #:         59487
Date:              Wednesdays, Nov. 1 –15
Time:             6- 8 p.m.
Cost:              $39 / Additional Supply Fee Due the First night of class
Instructor:    Stephanie Funke
Location:      NICC Manchester Center, 1200 ½ W. Main St.

Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 30
           
         563.822.1016
         www.nicc.edu/solutions

Home

Monday, October 16, 2017

Fall Mosaic


"Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower."
                                                                                                   --Albert Camus

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Seek Peace

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT


    "Seek peace and pursue it."
                                                                                                                                  --Psalm 34:14


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Monday, October 9, 2017

Backbone State Park


This image is of the boathouse at Backbone State Park in scenic northeast Iowa.  As the state's first state park, it remains one of the most unique as it is named for the steep and narrow ridge of rock cut by a loop of the Maquoketa River.  And, as a result, the highest point in this area was formed and is still referred to as the Devil's Backbone.  Although it is delightfully beautiful in all seasons, autumn is a perfect time to visit.

Thursday, October 5, 2017

Register Now!


The Zentangle® Method is an easy-to-learn, relaxing and fun way to create beautiful images by drawing structured patterns. All purchased supplies will be yours to take home and continue practicing of this exciting method of pattern drawing. The class instructor is a Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT) who has trained with the Zentangle founders. "Zentangle" is a registered trademark of Zentangle, Inc. Learn more at zentangle.com
Class #:         59487
Date:              Wednesdays, Nov. 1 –15
Time:             6- 8 p.m.
Cost:              $39 / Additional Supply Fee Due the First night of class
Instructor:    Stephanie Funke
Location:      NICC Manchester Center, 1200 ½ W. Main St.

Registration Deadline: Monday, Oct. 30
           
         563.822.1016
         www.nicc.edu/solutions

Monday, October 2, 2017

Octo

Octo by Stephanie Funke, CZT

Recently I named this creation "Octo" but upon further observation I noticed there were more than eight tentacles; therefore, this is more accurately known as Octo Plus One.  Unlike most of my tangles, this was different as I didn't have a preconceived idea about where it would end or the shape it would take.  And, I love it as it swims perpetually on the paper and flows effortlessly in all directions.

"My mind's an octopus reaching tentacles of thought in eight different directions at once."
                                                                                      --Unknown

Thursday, September 28, 2017

Fall Colors


"Autumn paints in colors that summer has never seen."
                                                    --Unknown

Monday, September 25, 2017

Here's One

Tangle by Stephanie Funke, CZT

Each time I tangle my tendency is do begin with something easy and or very familiar; however, I have challenged myself to try new patterns and incorporate those into new tangles.  This image is an example of trying a few new things.  And, what appears to be several 'yin and yang' circles are a new favorite as they are super easy, fit in anywhere and add a neat new dimension to a tangle.   Visit zentangle.com to learn more about this delightful art form. 

"Creativity requires the courage to let go of certainties."
                                                                   --Erich Fromm

Thursday, September 21, 2017

A Blanket of Blooms


Each year I look forward to this blanket of delicate white blooms that adorns much of our home's facade.  Specifically it is a perennial known as Sweet Autumn Clematis.  This is not the only late-flowering clematis variety but certainly is one of my favorites as it is hearty, and provides nesting habitat for small song birds and shade for the house.

"The foolish man seeks happiness in the distance; the wise grows it under his feet."
                                                              --James Oppenheim


Monday, September 18, 2017

Homecoming Parades



In Iowa an annual fall tradition is a Homecoming football game along with a parade.  Of course, two mainstays in these special events are the marching band and floats.  The week is filled with all sorts of activities that involve students and the community.  In my area of the state some high schools just concluded these festivities but most are still to come.  Look for what's going on in your area.




Thursday, September 14, 2017

A "Funke" Creation

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh, the thinks you can think up if only you try!"
                                                             --Dr. Seuss

Monday, September 11, 2017

Home Sweet Home


 "Be faithful to your own taste because nothing you really like is ever out of style."
                                                       --Billy Baldwin

Thursday, September 7, 2017

A Bit of Whimsy


"You must not ever stop being whimsical.  And you must not, ever,
give anyone else the responsibility for your life."
                                     --Mary Oliver

Monday, September 4, 2017

Mix It Up



Stuck in a rut?  If so, use these images as inspiration.


Begin with something mundane or predictable or common.


Then give it a slightly different twist.  Maybe that means drink your cup of coffee outside on the steps instead of at your kitchen table.  Or, instead of adding salt to your food, today you add pepper or some olive oil.  Take it easy on this Labor Day holiday but have some fun as well.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Rest


"Take a rest; a field that has rested gives a bountiful crop."
                                                               --Ovid

Monday, August 28, 2017

Mosaic

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT
Recently I completed these six tangles to give as gifts to my nieces and nephews.  Each contains a first initial with some, for the little tykes, being quite obvious and others, for the teens, a bit more inconspicuous.  Take a closer look and see if you can detect the letter.

Thursday, August 24, 2017

Snapdragons


"Just living is not enough...one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower."
                                          --Hans Christian Anderson

Monday, August 21, 2017

Originality

Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"It is better to fail in originality than to succeed in imitation."
                                          --Herman Melville

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Gardens at The Elms


My recent trip to Newport, RI, included at tour of The Elms mansion that was completed in 1901 for approximately $1.4 million.   Of course, the interior is stunning with a collection of Renaissance ceramics, 18th century French and Venetian paintings as well as Oriental jades.  But, my favorite part of the property was the Classical Revival gardens that were created between 1907 and 1914. Featured are a couple images that show the marble pavilion in the sunken garden; however, throuhgout the gardens are terraces with marble and bronze sculpture, a park with multiple prized species of trees, fountains, and a carriage house.  Have a look.


Monday, August 14, 2017

Inspiring Creativity


Artwork by Stephanie Funke, CZT

"Creativity involves breaking out of established patterns in order to look at things in a different way."
                                                                                --Edward de Bono

Thursday, August 10, 2017

The Breakers



As noted on the website of the Preservation Society of Newport County, "The Breakers is the grandest of Newport's summer 'cottages' and a symbol of the Vanderbilt family's social and financial preeminence in turn of the century America."  Commodore Cornelius Vanderbilt established the family fortune through his involvement in steamships and later in the New York Central Railroad.  Later the Commodore's grandson, Cornelius Vanderbilt II, became Chairman and President of the NY Central Railroad and was responsible for the creation of this 70-room Italian Renaissance Palazzo style mansion.  Be sure to check out my photos but also learn much more about all the Newport mansions by going to newportmansions.org.




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