Tuesday, October 08, 2013
Yes, the blog is different. I've updated the color scheme to reflect the overhaul of my web site. The web site isn't ready for launch yet, but it will be eventually. It's something I've been working on for years - converting it to the Wordpress platform. It's slow going because there is a lot of material to transfer, so I work on it in fits and starts. The beta version is accessible, if you'd like to see it here. Today I decided to come up with a different header for the new web site. I wanted to use the same header for the blog, and that required an update to the color scheme. So there you have it and now you see it.
In other news, I applied for membership to Women Artists of the West (WAOW) and was accepted. I'm now an Associate member.
I'm gearing up for the first of two fall open studios this weekend. #1 is the Newcastle Art Studios Tour (October 12/13), #2 is the Autumn Art Studios Tour (November 8 - 10). My studio is full of art and just needs a good vacuuming to get rid of assorted insects and cobwebs.
The bison you see in the header is a new scratchboard drawing. I created "Call of the Prairie" for our Newcastle Tour's preview show, which is on display through the Tour weekend at Lone Buffalo Vineyards. I scanned the bison in various stages as I worked on it, you can see those images in my WIP (work in progress) album on Facebook. Scroll down to the bottom of the album. Donna Ridgeway provided the terrific photo I used for reference.
|"Call of the Prairie", 5" x 7" scratchboard, tinted with ink|
Monday, September 23, 2013
It's been over a month since my last post, I'm sorry for ignoring you, my dear blog . . .
I love blogging, but it's much quicker and more immediate to share on Facebook, and that's exactly what I've been doing. I realize and understand that many people are averse to Facebook, and I was too, at first, but now I really enjoy it. I have two pages there, one's my personal page (where I'll admit, I spend more time than I should), and the other is my professional art page. Even if you're not on Facebook, you can still see and browse my art page. So if you'd like to see what I'm doing on a more regular basis than what you will find on my blog, please check it out.
To flesh out this blog post, I'll share the condensed version of what's coming up and what I've been doing lately:
It's time for fall open studios tours and I'm participating in two of them. The first features a group of Newcastle-area artists. The second features a much larger group of artists in the western portion of Placer County. For details about both, see the invitation I just sent out to my subscribers via e-mail.
Well, that's a snapshot of what's been happening, check back here in a few weeks or visit Facebook for the next update!
Thursday, August 08, 2013
My ostrich egg supplier commissioned this egg to be given to Cabelas' Wichita, KS store in honor of a number of milestones. He requested the Cabela's logo on it, which was a challenge, but I was pleased with the way it turned out. The cattails on either side of the logo were an extra touch. He had initially wanted all the text shown on the plaque on the back side of the egg, but I suggested he have the egg mounted in some fashion and have a plaque made. Lettering is really tough to do, and getting the logo right on the front side was all I wanted to tackle! He took my suggestion and boy, did he run with it! I love the way this turned out. I sent the egg to him in February, but hadn't heard anything until last week when he sent some photos. He told me everyone loved it and even Jim Cabela, the founder, was at the event!
|Three views of the logo art|
|The egg mounted, with deer antlers and the plaque|
Saturday, August 03, 2013
The latest issue of my e-newsletter is available.
Here's what you'll read about:
- "Award of Excellence" - For my tiger scratchboard drawing
- Colfax Art Walk - August 9th, 2013
- Basics of Art Marketing - I'm presenting in September at the Sierra Vista Art Center's monthly meeting (Colfax, CA)
- Style Magazine Cover - my painting of Ernie is big & bold on the cover of the August 2013 issue
- More Happenings
- July Discount Coupon - for any purchase in my Bonanza shop