Wednesday, November 21, 2007

I've Been Tagged

This is sort of a blog chain letter, but better. I would normally throw out a chain letter and a chain letter is anonymous. This is actually pretty interesting. In fact, I have traced this back pretty far by just following the links and have found some interesting blogs and facts about the bloggers that make my five random or weird things look pretty boring. You can trace this backwards from Alicia PadrĂ³n because Eric Orchard did not post the full rules on his blog. He is pretty busy right now so he can be forgiven. Best of luck with your book launch Eric.

Here are the rules:
1. Link to your tagger and post these rules on your blog.
2. Share 5 facts about yourself on your blog, some random, some weird.
3. Tag 5 people at the end of your post by leaving their names as well
as links to their blogs.
4. Let them know they are tagged by leaving a comment on their blog.

Anyway, I've been "Tagged" by a blogger friend of mine Ambera Wellman. Ambera ia an emerging artist in Halifax.
Not only does she have a neat blog and a cool name but she is someone who's name pops up all over the place if you read the comments that people make on blogs. She is a good example that blogging is not only about showing posts and receiving comments, but actually making comments on other blogs.
She and Eric have been great about making comments on my blog and I am thankful for their input and friendship.

So here are my five random things. Reading these now I could have come up with much stranger stuff, like being kidnapped, but I'll stick to what I sent Ambera last night.

1. I DO have a license, drove to Mexico from New York 18 years ago and I'm still here. ( What's up with you and Eric that you don't have a license?)
2. I hate dirty brushes.
3. I have kid's songs in my head all day long.
4. I like to eat candy, a lot.
5. One of my favorite movies is "Being There" with Peter Sellers. This is a great movie to watch at this time of year by the way as we head into winter. If you have not seen it go out and rent it.

Which brings me to my picks for who I will "Tag".
I have just started out in the blog world and this being Thanksgiving and all, I would like to start with some bloggers who I am thankful for in one way or another.

#1. I will have to pick James Gurney. His blog Gurney Journey is the first blog that I check out every morning. He posts regularly and covers so many topics that I think there must be two or three of him somewhere. I am a big fan, a Gurney Groupie so to speak. If you don't already, you should check out his blog. If you know his blog and have not visited his other web sites here they are Dinotopia and James Gurney's web site. Thanks James, I am a fan from before your blog, but Gurney Journey is one of the reasons that I decided to blog myself and share what little knowledge that I have with others. I am really curious to see what James comes up with as his five random things.

#2. Will have to be Ed Terpening. I know that you have been tagged before Ed, but you are another blogger that has made a difference, and I'll have to "Tag" you again. Back when I was thinking of blogging, but not sure if I could do it, I was reading through Ed's Blog and came across this post. Why Artists Should Blog. I read some great reasons to blog which clarified my ideas and learned some new words like Lurker. I decided to not be a lurker any more and posted a comment on Ed's blog. I opened my blogger account and here I am. Thanks Ed.

#3. Is Mike Bailey. Mike was the first person to post a comment on my blog. Thanks Mike. You made me realize that there are actually people out there reading all of this and it got me to get some content on here fast. Mike has a great blog that you should check out. Thanks again Mike for posting on my blog. I know you must have some interesting or weird things about you.

#4. Is going to be Carol Marine. she is a great artist and one of the best "Daily Painters" blogging. You should all have a look at her work and bid on one through ebay if you like them. They are awesome little paintings and very affordable. I wanted to get some more painters in on this so here you go Carol. "Tag". I think that you must have some interesting things about yourself to share.

#5. Is Jerry Lebo. He has a blog, Sixty Minute Artist, that is just packed with interesting info on painting. It is hard to believe that he is not a full time painter with all of the content he has on there. If you want tips on painting I recommend that you check out his blog. Keep up the good work Jerry. I know that you will have interesting things, I wonder if you can limit it to five.

Thanks to all of you. I know that you are all busy, but I was not going to be the one to let this stop at my blog.
Happy Thanksgiving!


Ambera said...

You were kidnapped?! That's bizarre, Frank. I'd love to hear that story!
On another note, it's a pleasure (for both Eric and I) to visit your blog and see new paintings, it's one I look forward to checking up on!

Frank Gardner said...

Will have to tell you that story over a tequila sometime.
Thanks Ambera, I have taken care of my comments on my picks blogs. Now I'll just wait to hear their lists of five things.

Unknown said...

Hi Frank, Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family. You were kidnapped?

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks Eric, we will be doing a lot of cooking and eating around here tomorrow.
Yes. I knew I should have moved that to my five things.
No driver's license eh?

Ed Terpening said...

Hey Frank, thanks for your kind words, and for not being a lurker...not that there's anything wrong with that :-)

What a coincidence, "Being There" is my favorite movie, anything by the great Hal Asby, like Harold & Maud, etc. In fact, that reminds me, I need to watch that movie again, maybe this weekend.


Frank Gardner said...

Ed, Thanks for stopping by. You know, reading through your blog really did have a lot to do with me deciding to do this. I was un decided up till then. I really enjoyed the daily posts from SLO Plein Air.
I was going to watch my copy of Being There again this week too. This is the time of year that I always try and take some time off and just do some work around the house.

Anonymous said...

Hi, Frank,

Thanks for your incredibly generous comments. I hope you will forgive me if I forget to following up with the tagging. I'm just home for a few days from the book tour and swamped under with papers and messages. But off the top of my head, 5 random facts:
1. Can't read my own Dinotopian footprint alphabet.
2. Only real job I've ever held is as a dishwasher.
3. Favorite painters are the Russian Itinerants, especially Repin and Shishkin.
4. Strangest experience was getting lifted in the air by a drawbridge while sketching.
5. As a kid, collected street sweeper wires to make thumb pianos.

Thanks again for your generous words, and all the best to you.

Frank Gardner said...

Thanks for the follow up on the tag James. Don't worry about posting it on your blog. I know that you are very busy these days with your journey. I just wanted to use the oportunity to send thanks to a few of my favorite bloggers.
These five random things are great. I can imagine you sketching and being lifted with the bridge.
You are a great illustrator and painter.
This made my day.