If you’re curious why I’ve not blogged much this fall/winter well here is one reason – I was busy finishing the drawings for my second coloring book! I don’t have a firm date on when it will be published but it IS available for pre-sale on Amazon already!
I’ll post an update once I have all the details. In the meantime, here’s a sneak peek at a few of the pages inside:
Thanks for continuing to follow this blog!
I thought I’d be remiss if I didn’t remind my readers that I have gift-priced artwork available for the holidays! To help you locate & purchase those items I’ve added a storefront to my website. All items are under $100, most under $50 and quite a few are available in the $20 range. Specifically created, smaller pieces that I’ve decided to call “Giftables”. You can view/shop right HERE. I thought I’d share a few images of items that are available too, just to tempt you a bit!
As an added temptation I’m sharing a coupon code with you that is valid through 12/10/14: ONLINE10 will get you a 10% discount on your order. Hopefully you also receive my newsletter, there will be another (even larger!) discount available in the edition that scheduled to be published in the next day or two. Click here to sign up!I’ll be adding too and changing the store inventory as items are sold so be sure to visit often!
SO, by request, the Fall Tree Workshop has two one more dates coming up. The first is October 24th and the second is November 6th! Here are is the flyers for each the workshop, sign up by contacting the gallery that is hosting the workshop (click the flyer and it will take you to their webpage). Hope to see you at one (or both?) to get your creativity on! 10/29/2014 NOTE: The topic for the October 24th workshop has been changed from Fall Trees to Moon, Sun & Stars!
Okay, so I know I’ve been trying to catch up with all the upcycled/recycled artwork from last year but in the meantime I’ve been doing some other fun art so I thought I’d take a little “time out” and share something new with you before we finish up with the last half-dozen or so pieces from last year. My obsession with trees continues, both in my art and at home. Both in the form of bonsai trees! I’ve adopted a little juniper bonsai tree and have two other types I’m trying to grow from seed (as I wait impatiently for sprouts!). I’ve always loved the “personality” of trees, how they branch this way and that, twist, lean and each just seem to have a story to tell us if we listen closely enough. With the way bonsai trees are pruned and trained into such interesting shapes I suppose it would be inevitable that I wouldn’t be able to resist them and, after trying for several years, I gave in. My sketch book is slowly filling up with trees from my imagination and now I am producing some in a more presentable manner. The first three started together with a (very) rough outline of the trucks and limbs.
From there I added some softly blended layers of color to the background areas.
After that dried I began adding the areas where the leaves would fill in the image.
I am always amazed at how much difference adding some shading can make in an image. Suddenly the tree has some dimension and looses that flat feeling!
If you know how I like to make art you might have guessed what happened next. Yes. Doodling, Zentangles, whatever you want to call it…lots of tiny detailed patterns!
After the patterns were all added then came the color! I’ve clumped together the rest of the progression shots, you can click on them to enlarge the images and scroll through at your leisure.
All of which leads us up to the finished image:
Since this is the first one that I finished I took lots of progress shots with my camera. When I share the other two finished pieces there is not near as much to see!
I’m so excited about this show!
I’ve been busy selecting and creating works to bring. Here’s a peek at some of the “tiny” pieces I’ll have available that evening:
Little canvas pieces, with art created on old dictionary pages – only $20 each, including the tiny easels to display them on! Of course I’ll bring some medium and large size pieces as well. I hope you will be able to come and support the public library in Avon, Indiana while viewing/purchasing a wonderful variety of artwork.
I finally got around to sending out a newsletter. You know, the newsletter I say I’ll send to you twice a month but haven’t sent since sometime in June. Yeah, that one. And, even though I’m embarrased that it’s been so long, I’m a bit proud to have gotten that much done! Right now my world consists of cramming my belongings and art life into boxes. Moving day is approaching FAST. I’ll be so happy to be done with packing, unpacking and arranging. I’ll be even happier when I get my new studio space set up but that’s going to be a while. In the meantime I am getting a bit of art finished in and around the moving confusion.
I’ve been working on these panels with trees on them…first a small “sample” piece (above) to see how I liked it and now several larger (1×4 foot) ones. All the backgrounds were spray painted with a mix of colors, then the branches were laid in using old dictonary pages. Some ink, charcoal and pencil finished it off.
Their finish vs. moving day happening first? It’s anyone’s guess! I’ve moved them to the living room hoping that as I sit on the couch, exhausted from packing, I’ll pick them up and work on them. It hasn’t happened yet but I can still hope, right? 🙂
I have a feeling that as much as I enjoy making art with trees in it, once we move I’ll be even more inspired. This is a peek at part of our new property – it has several acres of beautiful rolling wooded terrain like this.
As I look at it I’m reminded why it will be worth all this upheaval and effort! Not a subdivision in sight. 🙂
Next time I post it’ll be from my new home, we start moving things in there in less than a week. Until that time, love & peace to you!