2014 in review

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 8,500 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 3 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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Hummingbirds in the Garden

Black-Chinned HummerSometimes there are wonderful stories behind a drawing, and this was one of those drawings.

Early this spring, 2014, we had the most amazing hummingbird grace our backyard. Our backyard is blessed (and cursed) with amazingly beautiful trumpet flowers. They range in color from yellow to red and all of the colors in between.

The cardinals seem to love the flowers when they turn red. The bees seem to love the flowers as soon as they sprout. And the hummingbirds seem to love them throughout the spring and into the beginning of summer.

While I’m accustomed to see the hummingbirds with the green backs, this one hummingbird kept appearing and was quite different in appearance. Only after discussing this with an avid hummingbird aficionado did I realize that we were looking at a Native Texan.

Below is the difference…

Black Chinned Hummer

Black Chinned Hummer

Green Hummer

Green Hummer

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Who Dat?

Angus cows…

Who Dat FinalAs a graphite pencil artist, there is nothing exciting about black Angus cattle. So to make it look like something more than just a black blob is quite difficult.

I think I succeeded in bringing character and life to this little guy.

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Why Come to an Art Festival?

As an artist, you spend countless hours in your studio. Hours developing the story behind each drawing. Days working endlessly creating the perfect drawing, ensuring even the tiniest of details – the ear hair on the kit fox – is just right.

So when the time comes, and we are out at the local art festival – it truly is a festival. A time to breathe in and enjoy the people who come out to look at all of the artwork. But for me, it’s much more than that.

In my own circle of friends, I can be fun and social. However, even my close friends will admit that I am not the life of the party. It isn’t all about me. I am slightly reserved and shy, letting the spotlight rest on my friends, while I sit on the sidelines and laugh and encourage them to take that spotlight.

When it comes to my artwork, there is an intimacy that I share with the rest of the world. Sharing my artwork exposes me to criticism and applause. Art critiques and Art enthusiasts. But what it has done for me personally is silently improve my ability to believe in my God given talent. I’ve had no formal education within the Arts. It has provided a foundation for me to build my confidence, and allow me to grow and to be able to talk about my artwork.

Most recently, while attending the Cottonwood Art Festival in Richardson, Texas, I was speaking with an artist friend of mine. We both agreed – the very best thing about participating in Art Festivals is the opportunity to meet and identify with the crowd.

Cottonwood Art Festival

Where else would I get all of the positive feedback, to encourage me to continue drawing? The Art Festivals are an opportunity to connect with individuals and share my story behind each drawing. To see the look of appreciation, amazement and joy as the collector falls in love with my drawing. To have someone leave with one of my drawings in their hands – and have the honor of them hanging my artwork in their homes – to me that feeling is worth all of the long hours in the studio. That feeling doesn’t come from a Gallery, or a Museum Event, or an Opening Artist Reception.

So the next time you have the opportunity to go to an Art Festival – check it out! You never know the impact you might make on someone’s life.


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It’s Not Too Late to Get the PERFECT Gift for Christmas!

With December quickly approaching comes the hectic frenzy of trying to figure out what to get your loved one for Christmas.  Not to worry – this year, why not get them the PERFECT gift they will always remember and treasure?

It’s not to late to get in touch with me and arrange for a commissioned drawing of a favorite pet! Below are a few samples of completed commissions. They come in three sizes – 8×10, 11×14 and 12×16. Framed or unframed. I can make your pet leap off the paper and come to life!


Give me a shout for more information, including prices and timelines. Hope to hear from you!


Geri Dunn      ph# 972-695-9592          email: geridunn@aol.com

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Making a List (And Checking it More Than Twice!)

23Making a List!

Within the last two weeks, I’ve taken an online seminar to improve my planning and implementation. After all, without planning, you just won’t get to the next plateau!

Believe me, I love planning – and I think I’m pretty good at it too. But a little shot of adrenaline from a few well placed blogs and such is just the cure to boost your business.

While I’ve found several articles helpful, this checklist, posted in August by The Entrepenette, really spoke to me, and I felt compelled to share it with anyone interested in keeping their marketing mojo in line and moving forward.

To learn more about The Entrepenette just click on the name.

Click on August-Checklist to download

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American Bison

 “Call of the Wild” Graphite Drawing by Geri Dunn
Call of the Wild

The American Bison is a symbol of our culture, when the West was once wild and untamed, and these magnificent beasts would spend the warm hours of the day resting, chewing its cud or wallowing in dirt.

Females and young males may live in groups of up to 20 bison. Males also can live in groups of up to 20 males, or they can live in smaller groups or individually. Mature males and females usually live apart except during breeding season.

It is during the breeding season that one might have the best opportunity to hear these big guys bellow. When a female runs through a group of males, the males often respond by bellowing and fighting each other.  While one may think that the loudest bellows impresses the ladies, researchers actually think the low deep rumbling bellow wins the girl every time.

This completed Graphite Drawing is available. Completed size is 12 x 16.

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