Hoot's Gallery is named for my father, John R. "Hoot" Gibson, who left the earth suddenly in March of 2005.
I have spent my entire life - thus far - in Northwest Ohio. While I was growing up, I sometimes became disenchanted living in the country. I thought I was missing out on something huge by not living in a city. Eventually, I got the chance to live in the city and I absolutely HATED it! I realized how much the rural setting meant to me, how much I learned there and how much hidden inspiration those wooded paths and craggy streams actually gave to me.
I'm not saying there is anything wrong with the city, but in the end it's just not for me.
I am inspired by nature, mortality, ancestral heritage and a slew of other things and instances too vast to mention. I'm entranced by moments, memories, words, maps, photographs and what some may call trivial thoughts. Inspiration can come from something as vast as the mountains or as tiny as a speck of sand.
Music:I must admit, I am sort of odd when it comes to music. I am so sensitive to loud noises, and yet some of my favorite music comes from really loud bands like Tool.
I love Pink Floyd, Tool, Patsy Cline, Enya, Johnny Cash, Cat Stevens, Nirvana, Poe, Liz Phair, Beatles, The Doors, Led Zeppelin, Moody Blues, Velvet Underground, Jefferson Airplane, Grace Slick, The Monkees.
I really find that I don't like much new music which really irritates my husband!
Movies:Practical Magic, Harold and Maude, Sunshine (a TV movie from 1973), Witches Night Out, Nanny McPhee, Fairy Tale: A True Story, A Knight's Tale, The Labyrinth...
TV:Little House on the Prairie (I can't help it!), Days of our Lives, Six Feet Under, Bones...
Books:There are so many books that I love, it would be impossible to make a fair or accurate list of them!
Likes:Taphology, the moon, throwing hatchets and tomahawks like my dad taught me, Colorado (even though I've never been there), reading, writing, most 2-Dimensional art endeavors, fairies, The Case of the Cottingley Fairies (I don't care if it was a hoax or not), flowers, firefighters, paramedics, Victoriana, birds, cats, old letters and pictures, postcards, altered books, vultures, crows, ravens, rats (I had a pet rat once and he was splendid), books in general, earth religions, cats, animals, trees, paper, genealogy, ATCs, angels, Scottish Gaelic, Scotland, nature, mountains, rivers, streams, dirt, owls
Dislikes:Tomatoes, people that lie or stab you in the back, toothaches.
It's been a crazy year around here with lots of painting and creating.
I lost my older brother to pancreas disease this past summer, so that's been a rough situation. I really, really miss him. He was really supportive of my art, as most of my family is thankfully, so I have really been working on things to keep my mind occupied and to honor him. He was an amazing guy and a phenomenal artist himself.
There are a lot of new and exciting things that will be happening in 2010 and I'm hoping to be on Enchanted Folk a lot more often now!
I also set up an Etsy.com site to sell some of my prints! I don't know what took me so long, but I finally posted the prints for sale last night at www.hootsgallery.etsy.com.
I haven't been on this site much at all lately because I lost my beloved aunt and uncle to a drunk driver in October. My cousin and her darling boy were injured, but THANKFULLY they are here.
It's been a very rough couple of months and my family has had their hearts shattered through this.
I haven't been doing much artwork at all, but I recently decided to take the steps to try to actually sell my art and prints online. I'm still working on the whole thing, but I hope to have a shop open online by the beginning of the year. I want to make sure all the red tape is taken care of too.
My aunt and uncle were so supportive of me and my chosen path that I feel that they would want me to try to continue that.
I haven't been on here in a while! I just realized it's been almost a month and I really can't believe how fast time has flown by.
I've been working on a few projects for my upcoming show and trying to get my things in order a little bit. Plus, now that the weather is getting nicer I've been working out in the yard a lot.
I live in my grandmother's old house and my husband and I have been raking leaves and that kind of thing. We found hundreds of bulbs starting to sprout. I think my grandmother just dug random holes in the yard and dropped bulbs in. When my dad was alive and he took care of the yard, he just mowed over everything because there was no way to tell where grandma's flowers actually were. It's exciting to see the little sprouts popping up all over the place!
We have a little back patio that hasn't been used in years and we're trying to transform that into a little fairy garden where we can sit and look at all the birds and trees and whatever other creatures appear.
I just found out that I am going have a little one day show coming up in May! I don't want to give away too much since I don't know all the details, but I'm so excited!
I have so much to do between now and then. I have to get prints, postcards and the like. If anyone has any suggestions, please let me know. I would really like to buy a nice printer so that I can make the prints at home.
I'll post more when I know more. Thanks for reading this!