“Art Sparks” blog

Shades of Gray with some black & white

I know that I was born an artist, I’ve always felt it way down deep in my soul.  As a matter of fact, when I was a little girl I would always use “the whole box of crayons”!  Yes-siree, sometimes, when there wasn’t enough room on the paper, I even used them on my bedroom walls.  Well, unfortunately, I did that one too many times so my mother painted my bedroom a deep, dark shade of charcoal gray.

e4bxxyw92k-6Today when I recall my dingy room I wonder if maybe, Mom, that might have been a bit extreme? 

Frankly, I really didn’t care much about it, after all Mom did say that it matched the dark room (where Mom and Dad would develop their 35mm film and print black and white photographs).  

Sometimes she’d let me go in the dark room with her  to develop a few photographs myself.  After which, wet photographs in hand, Mom would plug the canvas drier in to lay the dripping photographs carefully in the drier. The air in our kitchen was filled with the sweet smell of cooking paper.  When the photos were dry and pressed, I’d wait to see how long it would be before Mom would get her flat little wooden cedar box.  It was in that box where she kept her small tubes of oil paint, a little bottle of turpentine, toothpicks and cotton.  She used these little treasures to add color to otherwise lifeless photographs. 

Maybe that’s why I love color so much today!  After all, I spent many of my formative years growing up in a dingy, charcoal gray bedroom, that could explain my need for color.  Then again, it may just be that I watched the miracle of color as my Mother used her tinting treasures to bring lips, cheeks and more back to life.

Growing up I actually had a lot of fun with Mom in the dark room.  There weren’t many kids that got to watch the miracle of photographic images, as they slowly appeared from what seemed a blank piece of paper.

And as for my dingy and deep dark charcoal gray bedroom walls, I was pretty busy playing outside and hanging out with Mom to spend much time in my bedroom those days.      Love, Sharon




Heart Beat Drums ~ hand-painted primitive shaman drums


I’ve always loved the energy created by drumming, only recently did I begin painting my own visionary art work on all sorts of Mexican-Indian primitive drums and drum beaters……I hope you’ll love my heart-felt drum sets as much as I do.   ~Love, Sharon

What is Shamanic Drumming?

For thousands of years, most of the indigenous peoples of the Earth, including Native North Americans, have known drumming as a powerful spiritual tool and a form of prayer.

The ability of sound to induce meditative states was also well known to ancient Hindu and Buddhist cultures, which used rhythmic chanting, singing bowls and other methods to transcend ordinary consciousness, as well.

It has been said that the beat of the drum, as used to transport native peoples into shamanic states of consciousness, closely approximates the base resonant frequency of the Earth. It also connects us to the very first sound vibration we experienced while in our mother’s womb.

Only recently have the therapeutic effects of drumming become evident and popular. Many are discovering that drumming is not only a powerful meditation tool that lowers stress and blood pressure levels, but that it can also be used to tap into innate psychic abilities and effect cures. I wonder, as more people congregate to find that drumming is both a joyful and a beneficial method to calm the spirit and to focus healing energies, wouldn’t that have the potential of contributing to a more peaceful Earth.

What the heck is a Responsive Website?

ARTwithVISION.com has been live for a few years now.  Not too long ago, I discovered that my site might be frustrating those who ventured in via cell phone or other device.  Why? 

Because…..today we need websites that are


No, technology is not about to cut us a break! 

Voila!  Enter my newly update responsive website. 


If you’re like I was, you may need a better understanding of just what “responsive” means (in regard to websites, that is).  I’ve shared some basic information below thanks to google search and “Hoodzpah Design”

Excerpt from Hoodzpah Design Co., author: Amy Hood

Without getting too technical, a responsive website detects the device you’re using, be it a smartphone, a tablet, a laptop or a giant desktop computer, and resizes itself to best fit that screen. Responsive websites are built in such a way that the scale and layout of the website elements can easily adjust, reformat, and even resize, according to the size of the screen accessing it. Users who view the site on large desktop monitors will see the site one way, while users who view the site on mobile device screens will see it another way – but no matter which device they use, it will be optimized for easy navigation and readability.

This is important because the increase in mobile web browsing has brought a wide variety of screens into play over the past few years. On larger screens, websites can display large quantities of text, detailed navigation menus, multiple distinct text columns and sidebars, and a variety of images. But try cramming all of that onto a mobile phone screen; The text won’t be readable, the navigation buttons will be too small to see or push, and the columns will be too narrow. Responsive design solves this problem.