Thursday, December 8, 2011

Santa Claus is Coming To Town, You better watch out!

Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

You better watch out 
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

He's making a list
And checking it twice;
Gonna find out Who's naughty and nice
Santa Claus is coming to town

He sees you when you're sleeping
He knows when you're awake
He knows if you've been bad or good
So be good for goodness sake!

O! You better watch out!
You better not cry
Better not pout
I'm telling you why
Santa Claus is coming to town

"Santa Claus is coming to town"

"Santa Claus Is Coming to Town" (sometimes with Coming changed to Comin') is a Christmas song. It was written by J. Fred Coots and Haven Gillespie, and was first sung on Eddie Cantor's radio show in November 1934. It became an instant hit with orders for 100,000 copies of sheet music the next day and more than 400,000 copies sold by Christmas.

More Info:

"I love to collect and draw Santa's. When I was a kid, my Uncle Steve would call and pretend to be Santa. My sisters and I absolutlely believed it was Santa and that he was checking his list to see if we'd been good. Artwork below was inspired by my Uncle Steve"

"Santa's Checking his list. . ."
5x7 watercolor, artist: Darcy Gerdes
Christmas Cards

Available in your choice of paper stock--High quality, chlorine and acid free matte paper consisting of 30% post consumer waste and 50% total recycled fiber--Twelve point, one-sided glossy paper--20 per package/envelopes included--Measures 4.25" X 5.5


Thanks for stopping by... Happy Holidays, Darcy

    "Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination"

Flying Pigment Studio

© 2011 Darcy Gerdes, Flying Pigment Studio

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

"Story of the Rescue" by Janice Toepfer

"Story of the Rescue" by Janice Toepfer, owner of the bike that I used to sketch & paint "Crow Spirit"

She said it was love at first sight. Well, she is a kind soul and looks past the obvious.

I was derelict and unable to get myself off the side of a barn in an apple orchard I had been living in for quite some time.
The woman I had been living with just couldn’t get me going and wanted a divorce. “I will find you a good woman who will love, inspire and care for you,” she reassured. I sat silent for months waiting for “that woman” to rescue me.
Early one cold January morning many years ago, a truck pulled onto the dirt road and backed up next to the barn. The cold keeps people in their beds longer in the winter, so in the quiet and solitude, she got out of her truck and started to hunt for me.
She looked weary from driving all night through snow, rain and hail. In jeans and a black leather jacket, she quietly searched the barn. The dog, Flea, gave her away. Flea is a nasty little thing always pissing on me. Alerted, the woman came out in her bathrobe and asked her inside.
first sketch

I had been moved up beside the house, silent and shabby and waiting. She came up the walk and smiled and ran her hand across my back as she passed and went inside. The woman told the story of my demise and the divorce and all the other sordid details. She listened, then quietly laid out hundred dollar bills on a table and shook the woman’s hand. I had been rescued.

My life changed dramatically that morning. I now live in California away from the cold. She had the best in their field give me back my youth and vigor. I wear leathers made in England embedded with silver conches from New Mexico. People comment that I am positively dashing. I turn heads and stop traffic. Everyone wants to talk about me and I am now rather famous.
work in progress . . .

My portrait was painted at Flying Pigment Studios and can be seen on that web site. I have been in parades, worshipped in Laughlin Nevada, vacationed in Monterey and Yosemite and lovingly cared for since that cold January morning. I am now proud to represent my Milwaukee birthplace. At fifty-nine-years-old, life is somewhat bittersweet as she ages gracefully, yet I remain timeless. “You will always have a good woman who will love, inspire and care for you,” she reassures. I trust she will.

Written By: Janice Toepfer

 I have known Jan since high school. We party now & then . . . lol!

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Crow Spirit, 1949 WL Flathead Harley Davidson, 24x36" giclee canvas print

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"Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Robert Genn's Ten Commandments of Art Pricing:

 Thought that this was a good guide as far as pricing artwork. I receive Robert Genn's newsletter and follow him on twitter. Plz follow @robertgenn 

My answers are in italic.

Thou shalt start out cheap. ( I did . . .)
Thou shalt publish thy prices. ( They are . . .)
Thou shalt not lower thy prices. ( Won't . . . not fair to previous clients.)
Thou shalt raise thy prices regularly and a little. ( I do . . .)
Thou shalt not have one price for Sam and another for Joe. ( Haven't done this . . .)
Thou shalt not price by talent or time taken, but by size. ( I do, $3.50 sq inch . .)
Thou shalt lay control on thy agents and dealers. ( Have gallery rep . . .)
Thou shalt not easily discount thy prices. ( if you buy more then one  OR amp; will send 10 %  in your name to local art alliance. )
Thou shalt deal with those who will honor thee. ( so far so good . . .)
Thou shalt end up expensive. ( getting there . . .)

From: Robert Genn's Ten Commandments of Art Pricing: 

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       PS. Stop in at the Spruce Moose located in the "Fort" downtown Idyllwild, CA to view art up close & personnel.

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          "Art is a Pigment of Your Imagination"

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!"

Shadows of a thousand years rise again unseen,Voices whisper in the trees, "Tonight is Halloween!" ~Dexter Kozen

Awhile ago, a friend, showed me one of her favorite trees, that she called "The Witch Tree", it has a profile of a Witch seen within the knots & bark . . .only a few locals know where it is. All I can say is the it is located somewhere in the San Jacinto mtns. I've been sworn to secrecy of its location . tho I did snap this photo . .

Happy Halloween & Best Witches~ Darcy

"Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination"

Flying Pigment Studio

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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

"Love at First Sight"

"Love at first Sight" 16x20 acrylic on canvas. private collector
"A Native American Grandfather talking to his young Grandson tells the boy he has two wolves inside of him struggling with each other. The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness. The other wolf is fear, greed and hatred. "Which wolf will win, Grandfather?" asks the young boy. "Whichever one I feed, " is the reply."
Native American Proverb.

Thanks for stopping by~ Darcy
Flying Pigment Studio
"Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination"

Friday, October 14, 2011

Visitors flock to Hill for art, wine and entertainment

"chit chattin" it up with local Idyllwildians
work in progress "Yard Art"

The Spruce Moose was the setting for artists and visitors to gather, including Idyllwild artist Darcy Gerdes, left.

October 11, 2011 -

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Art Alliance Of Idyllwild, Art Walk & Wine Tasting, Oct 8

Kuscher tackles Art & Wine Walk
Gary Kuscher, vice president of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild (AAI), has taken on the responsibility for planning the 14th iteration of the organization’s very popular Art Walk and Wine Tasting, to be held in town from 2 to 5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 8. Last year, a committee performed much of what Kuscher is now doing as an individual. .
READ MORE HERE: Idyllwild Town Crier,  Author: Marshall Smith

 Buy your 2011 AAI Art Walk & Wine Tasting tickets online now at

Thursday, September 1, 2011

13th Annual Juried Members' Show, Sept 10-11th

Idyllwild artists will put their top work on the line when the Art Alliance of Idyllwild hosts its 13th Annual Juried Members' Show. The artists are putting the finishing touches on their work, which covers a variety of mediums including oil painting, watercolor, acrylics, glass art, photography, ceramics, 3-D art and mixed media. With more than 75 AAI Member Artists participating, there is sure to be something for everyone's taste.

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Come view the artwork from 11:00am until 4pm on Saturday, September 10, at the Open Exhibition, located in The Grey Squirrel Building (54300 N. Circle Dr.). Be sure to come back for the evening Reception and Awards Ceremony, from 6 - 8pm, when the Juror awards will be presented for the best photography, abstract, representation and three-dimensional work. Cast your vote for the People's Choice Award and see which talented artist wins this year's Artists' Choice Award.

The Open Exhibition continues the next day, Sunday, Sept. 11th, from 11:00am - 3:00pm. As is tradition, the Exhibition features the popular "Under $100" section, which offers art lovers a chance to pick up a fine, original work of art for $99 or less. It's the perfect opportunity to add to your existing art collection or begin a new one for a bargain price.

The Juried Members' Show, sponsored this year by Idyllwild Gallery owner Chris Maxson, is part of the Art Alliance of Idyllwild's Second Saturdays' series, in which a noteworthy art event is offered on the second Saturday of each month from March through October. The series culminates each year with the Annual Art Walk and Wine Tasting, slated this year for October 8, from 2-5pm. A commemorative wine glass serves as your ticket to sample fine California wines as you peruse exquisite works of original art. Reserve your wine glass now through the Town Crier web site,

The Art Alliance is a 501(c)3 organization designed to support local artists and galleries while promoting art and art education. For more information on the Juried Member Show, or other AAI events, please call our toll free number, 877-439-5278, or visit our web site at


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Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to comment ~ Darcy!/Forestfairy27

Flying Pigment Studio
"Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination"

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Incredible Audible & Studio Tour 2011

Incredible Audible & Studio Tour
Sign-Up Information for Galleries and Artists

Sponsored by Frank & Eveline Eaton with
Debbi Howard & Jim Yaple

Flying Pigment Studio

Saturday, July 9th, 2011
12 pm - 5 pm Gallery & Studio Tours
(Music and refreshments at Galleries from 12 - 3)

We would love you to participate in the upcoming Incredible Audible Gallery & Studio Tours.

To participate, please fill out the attached two page
Sign Up Form for Incredible Audible & Studio Tour and mail it to our PO Box by June 30th, 2011. Then we will place your gallery/studio location on a map that will be given out to the public at the Gazebo from 10 am to 4 pm. We will post signage to direct people to the studios.

work in progress~

Galleries are responsible for arranging their own musicians and refreshments. Refreshments at the studios is optional and no music is required at the studios.
If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to shoot us an email at, or give us a call at the numbers listed below.

Thanks for stopping by, please feel free to comment ~ Darcy

Flying Pigment Studio

"Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination"

Monday, May 23, 2011

Idyllwild Plein Air & 3-D Art Festival

Idyllwild Plein Air & 3-D Art Festival

Watch artists paint, draw and sculpt throughout Idyllwild. Idyllwild Galleries feature 3 dimensional art & artists.

Sponsored by Trish & Peter Daly & Quiet Creek Inn

...Friday, June 10

7 – 9pm Artist’s Panel & Demonstration

Quiet Creek Inn Barn Loft

Saturday, June 11

8am – 4pm Plein Air Experience

View the progress of artist's site specific creations around the village of Idyllwild.

Saturday, June 11

Noon – 5pm 3-D Art Festival

Member galleries feature three dimensional artists in clay, glass, fiber, furniture, jewelry, and mixed media. Member galleries have maps of the tour.

Sunday, June 12

9am – 1pm Plein Air Reception

See finished work and vote for your choice for the People's Choice or Artists Choice Awards. Awards will be given out, and art will be up for sale.

Quiet Creek Gallery

Plein Air Artists: Please mail in the Plein Air participation form, which will be located on our web site's main page, with your entry fee ($35.00 for non AAI members & $30.00 for current members)

Directions to Quiet Creek Inn:

26345 Delano Dr., 951/659-6110. Take 243 from Town, Make Right Turn on Tollgate Rd., First Right Turn, take Delano Drive. Inn is located on left, block and a half from turn.

26345 Delano Drive Idyllwild, CA 92549 (951)659-6110
Art Alliance Of Idyllwild:
Nestled among the majestic pines of the San Jacinto Mountains, Idyllwild is one of the premier art spots of Southern California. The Art Alliance of Idyllwild strives to promote the beauty of this mountain hamlet as well as its artisans. The Art Alliance of Idyllwild is an organization that is dedicated to the Arts
and Art Education. We bring art alive in our community with our annual events we put on throughout the year. We hope that you take a minute to explore what we do and look forward to having you up for our events.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

May 14th Members Show Information for Artists, Art Alliance of Idyllwild

"wild solitude" at the Spruce Moose Gallery located in the "Fort" downtown Idyllwild

14th Annual Artist Members' Show,
Treasure Hunt & Gallery Tour! - May 14

An open show of works from over 75 AAI member artists. Also
this weekend guests are invited on a treasure hunt through the
member galleries.

May 14th Members Show Information for Artists

Alliance member artists display and potentially sell their work in this annual open show of works from over 75 AAI member artists featuring People's Choice and Juried awards. Selection of Artists' and People's Choice Awards will be made at the reception. Points earned from these awards will move you one step closer to AAI's Artist of the Year. Our Members' Show is a wonderful opportunity to show your latest works of art. It is also a great time to sell some work. If you have some smaller pieces that you would like to sell we offer at this event a space for pieces to be sold for under $100. All work must be hand-delivered to the staging point (Caine Learning Center from 1 to 5 on May 12th or 13th) and picked up from the exhibit area at the end of the show on Sunday May 15 from 1 to 3 pm.

Primary Location: Caine Learning Center

Drop off work May 12 & 13 (Thursday & Friday) from 1 – 5 pm

Pick up any unsold art on Sunday May 15 from 1 - 3pm
Event Schedule:

Saturday, May 14th 9:00 am – 8:00 pm Open Exhibition of AAI Members' Show Art Work

Saturday, May 14th 6 pm - 8 pm Members' Show Reception & Award Night

Sunday, May 15th 9:00am – 1:00 pm Open Exhibition of AAI Members' Show work

May 14th Treasure Hunt Information for Galleries

Member Galleries, please join AAI’s May 14th Treasure Hunt & Gallery Tour. All you have to do is provide refreshments (music is optional) from noon to 5 pm on Saturday, May 14th and by May 1st provide us your “clue” and “answer” for the treasure hunt. The clue should be something relating to a piece of art in your gallery. For example, “This artist painted a beautiful elephant”. Then when visitors come to your gallery with their treasure hunt map in hand, they will clearly see the artist name for the elephant painting and write it down on their map. Please confirm your participation and send your “clue/answer” combination to the AAI Email address by May 1st. The Treasure Hunt/Gallery Tour is Saturday, May 14th from Noon - 5 pm. Participating art lovers will pick up maps at the Gazebo at noon.

General Announcement Section

AAI is in search of a juror for our May 14th Juried Members Show! If you are interested, please send a letter of your interest and qualifications to
AAI is seeking donations for prizes for our upcoming Treasure Hunt. Please contact the Art Alliance if you are able to donate, please call 877-439-5278.
Thanks for stopping by~ Darcy
Flying Pigment Studio
"Art is a Pigment Of Your Imagination"

"Wild Solitude" 12x36" acrylic
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