Posts Tagged ‘art’
Ok, ok. So, I know I have been absent as of late, but it has been a hectic couple of months! On top of doing several shows this past holiday season, we moved down the highway and over a mountain to Waynesville (where we seem to have a giant snow magnet on top of our house…brrr!), and I am gearing up for a couple of upcoming shows.
But before I elaborate on that, I have some very fun and exciting news to share with you! I am honored to announce that I am the current Featured Artist over at ZaPOW! Gallery’s website. I am so excited about this!Woot! Woot! Insert little happy dance here. You can check out the little feature on my here. And if you are in the Asheville area, get your bumpers (I learned this word at my daughter’s preschool) over to ZaPOW! and check out all the awesome art!
Oh, yeah. I mentioned getting ready for upcoming shows. On February 7th from 7-10PM, there will be an opening reception for my new circus themed series, SideShow, at Desoto Lounge in West Asheville. This series has been so much fun to work on. I’m actually still working on more pieces, so send your art vibes this a way because I’d love to include The Tattooed Lady and The Horned Man in this show!
And while we are on the subject of shows and circuses, I am also participating in the ZaPOW Group Show: Steampunk Carnival next month. The show opens on February 9th, and you surely don’t want to miss this themed show that coincides with the Asheville’s Mardi Gras! Hope to see you out and about!
I am thrilled to announce that as of today, I am now an artist at ZaPow Gallery. I am super excited about this. ZaPow is definitely one of the coolest and most artist-friendly and artist-minded galleries I’ve ever had the pleasure to step foot in. Thank you, Lauren Johnson (and husband Matt that I haven’t had the pleasure of meeting yet), for your creative genius in opening such a fun and welcoming place!
I was so excited in bringing my offerings in today… and not just fine art, but wearable art in the form of pendants and earrings and functional art in the form of cosmetic bags… that I totally forgot to take pictures to share. And London, who will be a whopping four in a little over a month, was having way too much fun discovering all the treasures that ZaPow has to offer. Thank goodness hubby was on hand to help me set up my space and wrangle London!
But not to worry, because I will have a chance on May 4th to snap some photos at ZaPow’s May the Fourth Be With You Star Wars Party! Is that a great name for a Star Wars party or what?!?! May 4th…May the force…Love it!
There are actually two parties, one for the kiddos from 3-5 complete with a costume contest, crafts, and hello…CUPCAKES! London and I will be there with our dear friend, Shannon, for this par-tay! Then, at 7, is the Big Kid (ahem…FREE beer, wine, costume contest with awesome prizes like tattoos and tickets to LaZoom Comedy Tours!!!) Party! Hello, funness! I hope we can make it to the big kid party, too!
All I can say, is I really do like these ch-ch-changes (yeah, you know you’re singing it with me)!
What’s the difference? In the winter that seat is close enough to the radiator to remain warm, and yet not so close as to cause perspiration. In the summer, it’s directly in the path of a cross-breeze created by opening windows there and there. It faces the television at an angle that is neither direct, thus discouraging conversation, nor so far wide as to create a parallax distortion. I could go on, but I think I’ve made my point. -Sheldon Cooper, The Big Bang Theory
Let’s catch up! Grab your coffee/tea/beverage of choice, and curl up around the old computer screen.
Seen the Gallery page lately? It’s changed a bit. You can now order prints (paper and canvas…metal and other options coming soon), greeting cards, and e-cards right from my website from Fotomoto. You need another reason why this will rock your socks off? Previously unavailable illustrations and paintings are now available in print! Of course, there is and will continue to be a great selection that you won’t find elsewhere, in my Etsy shop.
Speaking of greeting cards, I have some that will soon be offered solely in my Etsy shop next week. Here’s a sneak peek…I’m also working on some new holiday designs that will hopefully be available in the coming weeks! The greeting cards (including envelopes) will retail at $3.50/ each. Also in the works… more Lolee Bird Ornaments and some other little special woodland friends! Last night, as I finished up another bird ornament, I couldn’t get this cute little fox sculpture I had in mind out of my head. So, instead of making a dozen birds last night, I ventured deeper into the forest. I must say that I am pleasantly pleased with the outcome of my little foxy friend, a scarf sporting owl, a whimsical holiday tree, and even another style of bird. Here’s a peek at the sculptures as I wait patiently for them to dry before I get to slather on the paint! And creatures! I did mention something about creatures. Well, creature, singular rather. I don’t know if you recall the art creature creation, as it has been eons since I posted about it, but over the summer, me and some fellow artist friends started a trans-continental collaboration that began in England, ventured to Scotland, made it’s way around the Netherlands, journeyed to Oregon, then land at my doorstep in Savannah. Well, due to our impromptu move and the craziness that pursued, the creature finally was unpacked and finished in my new studio in Asheville.
Though I REALLY am dying to share my contribution to the project, and especially the entire project as whole, since it looks so neat, I am not at liberty at this time to do so. But in the meantime, do check out the Art School Grad Blog, where you can see the talented artists’ contributions and read their bios. I’m hoping to do a little Meet the Creature Artists Artist du Jour interview style in the next few weeks.
Ok, since I teased you with the creature, I’ll share with you my studio! Mind, it is still in progress, but at least it is a workable space no longer piled high with boxes of random stuff! And actually, it is a bit more together since these photos, I’m just being lazy and haven’t taken any new shots, but you get the gist!
And the hubs was nice enough to locate this bookshelf at a yard sale, slap on a few coats of spray paint, and then some lovely little stencils. It’s now in my studio, but like I said, lazy today.
Oh, and another exciting tidbit! Just had the Young Maya illustration printed on canvas, which you can find here. It’s pretty neat to see my illustration on canvas! Also, I have some new prints of the illustration on Somerset Velvet paper, which will be available soon in my Etsy shop.Well, folks, that’s all I have to share for them moment. And I’m feeling it’s time to break fast, as my tummy is a rumbling. But now worries, I’ll be posting again a lot sooner then later. I can’t wait to share with you the new woodland friends sculptures once completed!
Wow, in less then two hours, it will already be July! I’m about to head out on a semi-mini holiday to the great state of North Cackalack, but I wanted to post a little something-something, as I have been absent from my musings and interviews for a bit now.
So, I’ve been truly slack with my art over the past month. Though, I’m happy that I can now share with you the painting I created for my mom’s birthday!
She has my mama’s red hair. Oh, and notice the little red cardinal in the upper right…… that’s my ode to Grandma Jeanne, my mom’s mother, who was quite fond of the lovely little red feathered creatures.
Quick story for ya: Cardinals, as I’ve mentioned, tickled Grandma Jeanne’s fancy. I had a dream about a year after her death that she called me on a cell phone -early 2000s and the lovely green-screened Nokias were all the rage- to tell me to let my mom know that she was OK just as a cardinal flew in front of me. So, after sharing this dream with my mom, we always felt a sense of comfort and nostalgia when we saw a beautiful red cardinal nearby.
Upon moving to Savannah in 2006, a male and a female cardinal took up residence in our back yard, and have been there since. We like to think of them as Grandma Jeanne and Grandpa Ira, and that they’ve come back to watch over us.
Well, you can wipe that tear away now. We’ll have no caterwaulin’ on my watch. Besides, I have good news! The talented Mr. Michael Shewmaker has given me permission to share with you the poem which inspired a piece of art work that I shared with you here! I’ll be posting that for your reading enjoyment as soon as I get back into town, being that it is 11:01, and I have not yet packed my bags for our Northern journey.
On another note, the Art School Grad team that I’ve been working with over the past few months has a new featured artist up. Check out the interview that I did with thelovely, palette-painting, Davs here. Davs is the winner of the team’s second Line and Lyric competition. She painted this piece, which was inspired by the poem Hellgirl by the talented Miss Anastasia Brown, who will have a featured spot on the ASG blog in the coming days, with an interview by your’s truly. So stay tuned!
Well, it is LATE! And I’ve a very important date with my pillow…right after I shove some clothes in a suitcase and come up with a vegetarian dish for Second Line, the new New Orleans style bar and restaurant in downtown Savannah. I hear their po’boys are well worth the visit, and for you fellow veggies, hopefully my dish will satisfy your bellies!
If your in the Savannah area, head on down to Factor’s Walk and check them out… the hubs will most likely be bartending Thursday through Saturday night, so tip him well! And they have some interesting New Orleans inspired art on the walls!
Until next time….
Join me for an out of this world interview with the newest Artist du Jour interviewee, the lovely and inspiring Joyce Tremethick. I am lovin’ Joyce’s exploration of deep space nebulas and planets through acrylic paints!
Who are you and what do you do?
I am a 54 year old single and self-taught artist living in Highland Village, a suburb of the Dallas Metroplex. I was born a native Mississippian, but moved to Texas in 1984, with three children and a husband. I went to work for the Xerox Corporation for a time, and transitioned from there to opening my own business.
In 1996, I founded and operated, solo, One 2 One Fitness for 14 successful years. During my tenure as owner and manager and trainer, I was successful at helping to lead thousands to a healthier, nutritional lifestyle. In 2003, One 2 One Fitness, and me, were recognized in an article by Woman’s World Magazine, a well-known and national publication. In addition to that recognition, numerous other awards and recognitions graced my hard work over the life of the business. In 2010, I closed One2 One Fitness to pursue my second passion: an artist who absolutely loves to create Art that when one looks at it, feelings of all kinds are evoked.
Three words that best describe your art…
Bold, but in some ways delicate
Spiritual because it evokes tranquility
From your beautiful, bold paintings of the universe and beyond to your lovely and more delicate floral renderings, who or what would you say has been the biggest influence to your work?
On the landscape and floral side of my work, definitely Claude Monet; I realize that he was an impressionistic Artist, however, because his art is so stress- relieving for me, and peaceful, and pretty, I believe my admiration for his art stimulated me in that direction, maybe subconsciously.
On the Universe or deep space side of me, Stepehen Hawkins, inspired me. Stephen Hawkins, I am aware, is not an artist, but because he helped us to understand space and astronomy like no other astronomist or scientist, I was intrigued, and in so being, I put it to canvas.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Super Cynicism Eradicator
The power to eradicate cynicism. I think this could cure many of society’s ills, namely: racism, gossip, rudeness, etc.
If you could meet one artist, past or present, and ask them one question, who would it be and what would you ask?
Claude Monet. How can we keep original, hand-painted art competitive and in the forefront?
When did you first discover your creative side?
I will always remember it: In March 2008, it was snowing and I was bored. I have always written poetry, but at that particular moment, I pondered picking up a paint brush putting a picture to what I was thinking and feeling. I can’t draw and to this day, I can’t draw. But I can paint it… and that was the beginning and discovering of my painting artistic side. I had little tubes of paint and brushes on hand for other kinds of craft. Never did I ever think that it would it lead me to where I am now .
Where can we find you?
MCL Grand Theater, a 40,000 square foot art gallery and Theater owned by the City of Lewisville in Lewisville, Texas, another suburb of the Dallas Metroplex. In January of this Year, I placed second for a trydich of a “texas blazing sunset” painting. The MCL asked my permission to keep the painting on loan, where it remains today.
You can find me at the City of Lewisville Library in one of their massive exhibit windows
As a member of the Visual Art League of Lewisville
You can also find me as a juror of V.A.S.E.—Visual Arts Scholastic Events, an organization hosted by Texas Art Education Association which recognizes exemplary students in the area of visual arts.
On the web:
You can find me on facebook under: Joyce Boyd
- http://www.redbubble.com/people/thisarttobeyour This is prints of my work can be ordered.
School’s out, y’all! Time to head down to the pool, the beach, and the farmer’s market… and what better way to make a splash beach-side (or pick up a bushel of those fabulously fresh Georgia Peaches if you’re in the south) then with the super chic Little Mermaid Eco-Tote designed by Artist Andrea?
You may recall another one of Andrea’s awesome totes featured a while back, Ooh La La (find the fashion print here). And at the fab price of only $TEN BUCKS$ a bag, why not get two…or three! And what was that???… oh, yeah!!! YOU can enter this super FABULOUS GIVEAWAY hosted by the Art School Grad Blogspot to win your own FREE Little Mermaid Eco-Tote! Who doesn’t like FREE STUFF???
Andrea also recently released another fab design in her eco-tote line that will have even the landiest of landlubbers a droolin’. Ahoy! Check out this here booty! Ok, going a bit ‘overboard’ with all the pirate talk. I’ll go walk the plank now.
And hey, c’mon, that hot pirate chick needs somewhere to stash her booty…ahem…makeup. Artist Andrea is hitting the nail on the head with her line of bags. Check out the lovely new line of cosmetic bags… the perfect size to fit in your overnight bag or even a large handbag! And the interior is a cushion-lined polyester which equals super easy cleaning in case of a little shadow spillage. Not to mention a great little zippered interior storage pocket! And did I mention that she has two super adorable designs? I have the Juliet style… GORGEOUS!
Disclaimer!!! I feel as though I should mention my recent obsession with turning photographs into vintage, digital Polaroids… check out this site to turn your fave snapshots into classic looking Polaroids by Polardroid.
Let’s get back to fun in the sun…
Days beach-side, pool-side, park-side, what have you; if you have kids (and even if you don’t and you’ve been enjoying that pre-mommy bikini bod and a Pina Coloda in Cabo), then you know summer time not only equals squeals of delight, fun in the sun, and hours of splashing in the waves (followed by others’ squeals of delight if you’re single.. in Cabo… and just lost your top); you’re also familiar with sand in the most unimaginable cracks and crevices; sunburn, sunburn, evil, awful sunburn; and cranky, cranky, sun-drained tiredness. Oh, the joys of parenthood…and singledomhood…or whatever. Ha!
Really, I’m going somewhere with this…
What better way to wind down that cranky, tired, over-sunned beach bunny? LAVENDER! From the Greek word, ‘lavare’, which means to wash, lavender is known for it’s reputable relaxation qualities. Heck, apparently, in the Middle Ages, Queen Elizabeth used it to treat frequent migraines! If that’s not relaxing, I don’t know what is!
I recently started bathing my three year old wild, sun child, London, in Baby Swank Naturals: Lavender Chamomile after our nearly-daily pool trips. After a few hours at the pool, becoming over-tired and over-saturated in chlorine, a dunk in this lovely baby wash has become my saving grace. I think London likes it, too.
The light, floral scent of lavender, which is not as overwhelming as similar products I’ve used, is so relaxing for nerves frazzled by a three-year old’s poolside temper tantrum… and it’s relaxing for the child, too! I have to admit, one thing that I was concerned about with using this product, was the effects it would have on London’s skin.
See, London has uber sensitive skin. Right before her second birthday, she developed a rash. I thought it was a heat rash for the first two weeks. But then it began to spread, and it was a horrible, horrible sight. We were out of town, visiting my parents, at the time. And it just kept getting worse. So, I finally took her to my childhood pediatrician, who then referred us to a dermatologist that confirmed our lingering suspicions… the dreaded eczema!
Eczema, eczema, eczema! So many potential causes, so hard to determine…and after of over a year of trying to figure out if it was laundry detergent or the world’s most navigationaly-capable cat (oh, that is a story all in itself…remind me, and I’ll tell you some other time) or just life in general… nothing. So, back to the Baby Swank Naturals Baby Wash… I was nervous.
At first, I dabbed just a bit on a washcloth, and washed my daughter gingerly, nervously. Everything seemed fine, no rashes out of the ordinary. So, the next day, I added a bit more (though a little of this product goes a long way), and scrubbed her down… her steroid creams and lotions by my side (yeah, sadly, it’s that bad). Nothing. Nothing at all. Just a clean, less-cranky, and smelly-good baby girl. Ok, toddler girl, but she’ll always be my baby!
With that said, definitely check out Meagan’s new line of baby washes, especially if you’re like me and prefer natural products free of junk like parabens and preservatives, and all those crazy long names that take you an hour of tongue twisting to pronounce.
This week, the Artist du Jour series catches up with the lovely Marina Taliera ,who, through her stunning portrait and map series, reminds us to look within ourselves and, with borrowing the words of Gandhi, be the change in which we wish to see in the world. I have fallen in love with Marina’s expressive use of emotional line and captivating color, as I’m sure that you will as well. Enjoy!
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Marina Taliera, and I am a painter of “Maps” and “Abstract portraits”.
I’ve always been a creative person; my childhood was filled with travels and
never ending questions about the world and its mysteries.
After studying costume design, I fell in love with painting.
I can spend hours in my studio, reading listening to music and painting. Originally from
the south of France, I currently set up my “atelier” in the beautiful town of Oaxaca, Mexico.
The Abstract Portrait series has such a raw emotional beauty about it.
Where do you find your inspiration?
I started that series back in 2005 with a painting called “BRUJA”,
I was talking on the phone with a friend, sketching and I ended up
painting a face on top of an unfinished abstract painting I liked the
result , got commissioned to do two more and decided that they’re was
something to explore there. I have no fear of a wrong line or a wrong
color when I paint; it starts as an abstract, a collage; recycling
papers and textures then I layer paint, oil pastels, and a story takes
place. The “Abstract Portraits” reminds us to look within, the eyes
are closed meditating, leaving a certain mystery, the strokes are raw
and express movement.
Moving to Oaxaca a city known for its colorful art, crafts and
architecture was a great way to stimulate my creativity. Traveling,
stepping outside of your comfort zone, helps I’ve noticed to get the
best work out .
Tell me about ‘Recyclarte’ and the Map Series.
“Recyclarte” is the name of the etsy store that I started with my
partner J-Paw. We are both passionate about art and the idea to reuse;
giving new life to objects, papers, metal, bottles… it just made sense.
“Recyclar”-”arte” became the perfect word to describe what we do.
Art like music is a great way to spread messages and I think the “Map
Series” is a way to remind people to cherish simple things, the
texture of a tree the shape of a coast line.
In my paintings, I use recycled papers , dried leaves and flowers,
onion skin, cardboard, sand; anything organic that catches my attention
by its uniqueness.
I come from a generation that has been hearing “the
world is polluted, sick, dying” since middle school but I try and always
stay positive. A lot of amazing people are changing the way they live
and consume, and I am hopeful that in the next few years more will
What’s your favorite part about the creative process?
Finishing a painting is always a great feeling, showing it for the
first time , getting different reactions from people, etc . I usually
start 3 or 4 at the same time so there’s always a canvas calling my
attention. If i get blocked on one piece, i can always move on to the
Selling on Etsy has led me to experiment more when it comes
to taking pictures of my artwork. I really fell in love with it ! I
look for the perfect place now, the perfect outdoor wall or tree to
photograph my work. I think it gives art a different approach showing
it in nature vs a gallery wall.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
Probably telekinetic powers! How great would it be to be able to
paint, holding the brush with my mind only.
I would definitely be working with animals. That used to be my
dream job as a kid. We have rescued 3 cats and a dog so far since
we’ve moved to Mexico. I definitively plan to open a shelter for
rescued animals with the sale of my artwork . It’s something that is
really needed here and that I believe can be helped.
Where can we find you?
More of my work is available online at : www.http://mtaliera.mfbiz.com/
I also upload weekly pictures to my Facebook page:
J-Paw’s recycled masks and paintings can be found at :
Some of my “Arte rocca” pieces are currently being displayed at Black
Box studio: http://www.la-blackbox.com/ and I’m currently working on
some pieces for the upcoming 2011 FONCA art festival.
It is my pleasure to introduce you to the newest addition of the Artist du Jour interviewees, the enchanting Julia Finucane. The talented Miss Julia is also the winner of the first ever Art School Grad Line and Lyric Art Contest, which is hosted by the lovely creator of the Art School Grad Etsy Team and Blog, Brienna Pruce (you might recall her fantastic interview from a while back), and your’s truly.
Who are you and what do you do?
My name is Julia Finucane. I am a fantasy, fairy, big eye girl, whimsical themed artist. I am currently a freelance, self-employed artist. I travel back and forth from my hometown of Buffalo, NY and NYC pursuing my love of art creating.
Three words that describe your work.
Whimsical, imaginative, fairy tale
What has been your most rewarding moment thus far as an artist?
When I made my first sale. I sold an ACEO art card on Ebay and it wasn’t for much, but knowing that someone liked my art enough to purchase it was great. I also love knowing that a piece of me is in that persons home.
If you could have one super power, what would it be?
To live forever.
Where can we find your work?
Website Gallery & Gift Shop: http://juliafinucaneartstore.blogspot.com
Etsy shop: http://www.etsy.com/shop/juliafinucane
Want to read more about this lovely artist? Check out Julia’s winning illustration and the another round of Q’s and A’s on the Art School Grad blogspot! Julia has been gracious to bestow upon you lovely readers a special discount code!!! Use the code: LINELYRICSALE and get 10% of f in Julia’s lovely Etsy shop, including Original art.