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Friday, February 27, 2009


Each night Issy would take out her favorite hair magazine and pray for
luxuriously long fabulous hair that was "Breezy" and easy just like the girl in the
magazine ad. Issy had an aunt Nessa who was bald and she prayed for her too.
he he he!

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Kids In Glasses

I can't resist kids in glasses. I just love it!!!! While working at a Jewish school in
Closter, NJ over the summer, I met a brother and sister and both
wore the coolest glasses. Bright blue ones for the boy and cool reds ones for the girl.
They where no more than five or so, but they where so cute.
I did this quick illustration in memory of them.

Saturday, February 21, 2009


Red's instinct told her to head of to Granny's house right away, but she simply couldn't
resist just one dance with such a charming wolf. Oh why, oh why do we ignore
the voice in the core of our being that says, " Something is wrong fool,
don't be a sucker for this foolishness!" We somehow put it in the back of our minds.
Instinct is there for a very good reason.
It's your indicator that let's you know, something is fishy.
So the next time your gut says ,"Don't buy that car it's a lemon!!!!"
or "I needed to call you just to say I love you and I was thinking about you."
or "Don't marry this chick she's a mental case run don't walk to the nearest exit now!!!"
Listen up Yall!!! and I know you know what I mean.
He he he he he! Instinct, it's more than a fragrance use it!!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Watercolor Wednesday "The Music Lesson

Two things that go together like Peanut butter and jelly? Kids and music!
I've had the pleasure of watching a bunch of kids at a party.
When the music came on everything changed. Boys under the age of 10
were busting moves that made me laugh and giggle. The girl too.
Kids just love music. It's a pity and shame that many of the music
programs have been taken out of our school. Music help builds the brain and
helps with self esteem and creativity. So give yourself, your child, or friend
a good dose of rock, gospel, hip hop or jazz and of course have a musical day!!!

Friday, February 13, 2009


Well yall, it's that time again. You know V day, Valentine's Day or love fest,
whatever you want to call it. I hope you get flowers and candy and a great card,
but for those of you who hate this day, do me a favor, will you take your own self
out? Will you buy yourself a card or some candy please? While you are waiting
for the right person to come along, take care, treat and love you.
However you choose to Celebrate, have a Happy Valentine's Day my friends.

Monday, February 9, 2009

Oh How My Soul Sings of Gratefulness

Hey There, I just got an award from a very talented and wonderful artist and designer friend,
Senta of YAYYYYYYY!!!!
She has given me another award. Thanks Senta from the bottom of my heart. You are so kind and
sweet to do that. I really appreciate you choosing me. Instead of posting just more
stuff about me, I wanted to tell you all about what I am thankful for. It is said that
thinking people are thankful people. I want to say to each and every person who
comes to view this blog and leaves and message or watches. Thank you from the
bottom of my heart. I am ever grateful to even be considered a part of this
great vast company of creative souls. It's amazing!!!! YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL SOULS!!!!
Each and everyone of you!
1. I am grateful for My God who loved me so that He would in His great love and wisdom
sent and gave His loving Son to give His life for me that I might have life.
2. I am grateful for my Husband of 16 years and our beautiful Zoe such fabulous gifts
3. I am grateful for a host of crazy, hilarious, messed up, dysfunctional, loving, kind,
fabulous, creative, brilliant and nurturing family and friends.
4. I am grateful for my hands and my eyes and my brain and my spirit and my imagination.
5. I am grateful that I am here.
6. I'm grateful for what each creative soul brings to the canvas called life. You are a gift not
to be measured by anyone else. You are as unique and different as your fingerprints. No one before
you or after you will have the same fingerprints for this I am grateful. You have left your fingerprints
on me. All of you.
7. I am grateful for expression!
8. I am grateful for your expression!
10. I am grateful for this day to share with you my heart with other BEAUTIFUL SOULS

Have a most wonderfully fabulous day my friends.

Friday, February 6, 2009

Princess Collage

Hello Everyone,
I'd like for you to meet a new friend. Meet Princess Collage.
She's from the Kingdom of Canvas Prime where everything is white and plain.
Princess Collage hates waste so she is out on while and crazy adventure
to take scraps, bits, and pieces back to Canvas Prime
and turn it on it's ear with recycled fabulous mixed media and collage art.
Okay enough with this. I have been doing collage for over 20 years now.
I love it. I find it very relaxing and fun. It's filled with flaws just
like me he he he!!! I take the stuff that nobody wants,
and turn it into art for my walls. Sometimes it doesn't even make it
to my walls before someone purchases it. I have learned to make prints of
my work before I sell now he he he! You can see more of my collage art at or Type in Vanessa Brantley-Newton.
Oh and yes, this is ruthless self promotion for my Etsy store.
Princess Collage is a story that I wrote and I am in the process of
creating the illustrations for the book. I'll keep you posted.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Tagged By Jane Winton

Hey I've been tagged by Jane Winton of and
She is a fabulous full time artist and
one of the sweetest people it's been my pleasure to know.
Well I'm suppose to tagged 8 other people.
Now I will be honest and tell you that I'm in the middle of a couple
of projects and some of you have been tagged already. So if would like
me to tag you, please stand still!!! he he he he!!! leave me a message and
I will tag you. Thanks so much Jane you are such a beautiful soul!
Have a good one everyone!