Expanded View: Getting Active With Art

May 21st, 2019

Textures: Bark and Wood ©2018, Patricia C Vener

June first is going to be a landmark day, I hope. I am participating in my town’s first art, craft, and antique festival. I will be showing my jewelry and some of my two dimensional art and will even have some of my greeting cards that I sell through Greeting Card Universe. I haven’t done a booth fair in ages! But I do have a pop-up canopy, table cloth and table, display adjuncts, and – most importantly – works of art!

Please come if you are going to be anywhere near Hamden CT. Hamden Town Center Park 2761 Dixwell Ave, Hamden, Connecticut 06518 Between 11 AM and 4 PM. Should be lots of parking and you can’t miss the locale – it’s right by the giant gazebo!

Regarding the photo at the top of this post: it’s the inverse of an expanded view. It’s a very close close-up of a tree trunk undergoing some kind of immense change. As for me, doing this fair is an immense change as I am getting out of my studio and expanding my reach.

PS, if you can’t make it to Hamden on June 1st, sign up now for my online “Time to Let Them Go” studio sale taking place this week. For those of you who want first pick, sign up for your advance notice email which will provide a link to the pre-sale starting tomorrow!

Coming Out of the Studio

May 17th, 2019

Late Afternoon ©Patricia C Vener


this small watercolor is one of the pieces so close to my heart. It made me feel so free and unfettered. Which is one of the nice things about paints in general and watercolors specifically. Not that you can’t be very detailed oriented but you don’t have to be.

To read the story of the painting, you can click on the image to visit the “Time to Let Them Go” studio sale website, or follow this link here, to the studio sale web page!

This is an online sale and takes place over several days, from May 23 through May 26. For an advance reminder, please contact me to put you on this one time mailing list.

Thank you for supporting the Arts (and the artist – me).

Letting Go to Make Space for New Work

May 14th, 2019

Sea foam green cabochon and bead weaving necklace is part of my studio sale May 23 to 26

Celedon, ©2011, Patricia C Vener

“Celedon” was whimsically named from “celery,” an unassuming vegetable that tastes great sauteed in butter or used as a holder for peanut butter and other spreadables. Mainly because the color of the cabochon (variscite) and the seed beads reminded me of the color of the vegetable. I’m not always into greens but I love this one!

It was also one of my earliest successes using bead weaving as the sole bezel support of the cabochon focal piece and fun to wear. (It always got me compliments when I did this.)

But now I see that I have saved far too many works and my studio has gotten kind of cramped. So, based on the saying “if you love them, let them go,” I am letting go of much loved work I’ve hung onto so that I have room for my new series of paintings embellished with bead weaving. “Celedon” will be participating and I know she will delight whoever purchases her.

The “Time to Let Them Go Studio Sale” is an online only event and will be held from May 23 though May 26 (four days). If you would like a reminder please let me know and I will add you to a one time only reminder email list. Your email address will not be saved after that use. You can also visit my event facebook page during the sale where a live link will be provided.

Thank you for supporting the arts and this artist.

Best Mother’s Day Cards for 2019

May 6th, 2019

Here are my picks for this year’s best Mother’s Day cards. “Best” is, of course a personal definition. Let’s see if you agree.


Lauren Reeser’s card is a wonderful example of the Art Nouveau style as seen in works by Alphonse Maria Mucha who worked at that time period. Her take, however, is quite original using a goldfinch and a thistle as the main subject matter. Her use of form, color, and font are absolutely perfect. I’d frame this one!


Lynne Reichhart’s watercolor still life is nothing short of sensational. The silver goblet shimmers, the glass is ethereal, the colors are tranquil and all together set the kind of rejuvenating scene every busy mother deserves. Another card that should be framed.


Karen Blados uses similar media as I do for my cards – pen and ink with watercolor, but her look is completely different from mine. This shows how versatile art media can be! this card has almost a wood block or linocut feel. The colors are crisp and clear and impart a feeling of a sunny Spring day! (Yes, frame this one, too!)


This card by Carol Kearns is a watercolor that harkens back to the classic Mother’s Day cards of the previous century. Light, delicate, and aspirational, they never go out of style. I can so see this card being saved for the great-great-great-grandchildren to marvel over. Keep this one in a silk pouch!

Who Doesn’t Like Getting a Greeting Card?

April 17th, 2019

Greeting cards come in both virtual and physical formats. While virtual cards do have a role I much prefer the physical kind. If they’re gorgeous enough, they can adorn a small space as a work of displayable art!

Here are some Pesach (Passover) and Easter greeting cards from Greeting Card Universe I’ve curated for you.


Starting with a black and white card that can be colored in! Physical and interactive, this card is one of mine. It is an ornate Easter Egg inspired (though nothing like) the beautiful Ukranian dyed Easter eggs.


Here is another Easter card, this one by artist Nan Wright. It is an alluring abstraction of flowers. This card is very unlike most cards seen at this season and I hope she’s getting a lot of sales!


This is another of my cards. These woods are less about the “dark and deep” and more about the green new growth announcing impending blooms. This one is for Pesach. I used this same image for an Easter card, as well. It shouldn’t surprise you that the same image works for both since both are harbingers of Spring.


Here’s an Easter card I’d describe as whimsical. Very pretty, very sweet, very engaging. The artist, Laura J. Holman had to have been in a great mood! It’s a “make someone smile” card for sure.


This is my very first customizable card. All those words at the top? You can change them to say whatever you want (as long as it fits). I’d be happy to create a customizable card for any occasion and (almost) any of my images.


Finally, for you quilters and quilt-lovers, here’s a Passover card you will love! The artist is Colleen Kong-Savage.

March 1st, 2019

My first Purim card is an abstraction of a seated woman. The story of Purim is one of very few featuring women in lead roles; from Vashti, (who refused to debase herself for her husband’s whims), to Esther, (who after some convincing), takes a life threatening risk. Purim is, however, at once a particularly jocular holiday and one with serious lessons.

Purim for 2019 begins at sunset March 20th. Jewish days end and begin at sunset so our holidays do the same. You can either click on the image to get to that card or click my store at Greeting Card Universe to visit my store.

Enjoy your hamantaschen!

13 Valentine’s Day Greeting Cards to Buy Online

February 7th, 2019

It’s February! Here 12 terrific Valentine’s Day greeting cards to buy online from Greeting Card Universe.
This first card, by Audry Ascenzo, features a beautifully illustrated birthday cake whimsically decorated with hearts, and flowers.

This card is one of mine. It is a vignette landscape on an opened fan, pen and ink over a watercolor wash. The inside greeting says, “from your number 1 fan!”

Third in the series is a traditional floral Valentine, a sweet bouquet with its greeting front and center. The artist is Joy Ellaga who has designed the card to be fully customizable inside and on the cover!

This next card is both beautiful and uses the unusual design concept of overlaying the painting of a huge peony overlaid on an enlatgement of the same flower. The greeting overlays that. And it works so well! The artist is Trudy Wilkerson.

This is another one of my cards. The pen and ink heart inspired zentangle-like design looks to me like an ice cream cone.

Here go a bit modern (maybe even a bit mid-century modern) with cheery pink hearts and white font on a perfect black background. The artist is again, Trudy Wilkerson.

Herre is a wonderful card for your son! Happy bird tweets tiny hearts while resting on the electric line (or maybe it’s an old fashioned telegraph line?). I love the font artist Corrie Kuipers chose, don’t you?

Artist Stephie McCarthy chooses a different perspective with her detailed painting of an old country truck with a heart painted on its door and flowers in its bed.

The artist is Cherie and the card is an abstraction of a Valentine on a brightly hued background in colors you don’t often see in a Valentine’s Day card. I love how the oranges and lime greens just pop out at you!

But why not totally abstract? ThAt’s what Itaya Lightbourne does with this classic abstract painting in brilliant red (with touches of golden yellow and greyish black.

Digital Art by Monica Palermo insists Valentine’s Day greetings can be made using blue, and she is very convincing.

diana Ting Delosh takes us back to figurative art with this colorful greeting card featuring a pair of peacocks. It’s stunning!

Last is another of my own cards, this is one of my cards focusing people with dementia. Please don’t forget about your loved one who has dementia. A card is sure to gain you at least a smile.

Special Valentines are for Special Sisters

January 17th, 2019

The original work of art (without the lettering) is called “Positive Space.” But this card that I designed is a “Special Valentine for a Special Sister.” Some of you might ask if all sisters aren’t special? I would hope so, but of course they aren’t. When you do have a sister who is above the average of sisterly-ness, it’s worth taking note of!

This is one of my favorites out of all the more than 100 vignettes in this series of hand drawn over watercolour artwork. I love how the immense intricacy balances with the unadorned space that emerges as a traditional loving heart shape. It takes time to do all that drawing and if I had made a mistake – it would have been all over. No mistakes, the work came out exactly as I intended. This piece is special! (Hopefully like your sister, certainly like mine.)

This card and others are in my shop at Greeting Card Universe. Please take a look (GCU offers free shipping for 10 or more cards or free pickup at Target Photo).

Not a Snow Post

January 3rd, 2019

photo of long shadows of trees on a sunny winter day

Looking out at Winter’s long shadows

This is what it does not look like outside my window. So far we’ve had two snowfalls that both melted away pretty quickly. I just felt like sharing the image of a traditional Winter scene; since it is Winter.

"Love Grows" ©2013, Patricia C Vener is a watercolor and ink vignette drawing

“Love Grows” ©2013, Patricia C Vener

This pen and ink over watercolour is part of a series within a series. The umbrella series name is “Stream of Consciousness.” This sub-series is “It’s All About the Heart” but that’s kind of a long name so on the computer its folder name is “Valentines.” I created these a few years ago as part of a self directed challenge to create 100 vignettes before the end of that year’s Summer. I succeeded! Now I am beginning to use the individual works as licensed art, mainly Greeting Cards. This particular image is about to be used for another Valentine’s Day card there. It should be up and available some time next week. So far I have seven Valentine cards up, two for Chanukah and one sympathy card. Making greeting cards is fun!

You can watch my collection of greeting cards grow at my store at Greeting Card Universe. If you celebrate Valentine’s Day, I hope you find my cards are just what you are looking for.

Thank you for supporting the arts and living artists!

5 Favorite Cards For Thanksgiving and National Family Caregivers Month

November 13th, 2018

Here are five wonderful greeting cards you can find at Greeting Card Universe. Click on the links to view individual cards and learn more. As much as I love showing off my own work, I think it’s also good to show off the work of other artists I admire.

This first card is by Ramelle Richardson whose cards make use of her own original paintings.

I love the very bold colors of this leafy card by Ron Magnes, a professional illustrator with over 30 years of experience.

A welcome vision of calm for Family Caregivers by Denise Trocio.

Another card for Thanksgiving, all about the elegance of calligraphy is by Teri Nelson Kuster, who aims to spread joy with greeting cards.

I’ll end with one of my own cards for National Family Caregivers Month. It features a list of tasks the card giver can volunteer for (or the recipient can request!).