Monday, July 27, 2015

Plein Air in July

These are both 5 x 7" pastels done on sanded paper. I did an underpainting with the pastels and an alcohol wash to establish values. The house was done in the morning and the road with the long shadows was in the very early evening. I needed to put a mat over them to take photos since the sanded paper was curling.

Wednesday, July 8, 2015

Chimpanzee Mask

The original art for my chimp mask was created with pastels on a very textured pastel paper. I haven't decided if he's cute or ugly. It just reminds me of the movie The Planet of the Apes.
He is available here.

Monday, June 29, 2015

Wedding Animal Masks

I'm sending out a large order of masks to be used at a wedding as favors. The original art is created with soft pastels on colored paper. They're then printed on card stock. Check them out at my Etsy shop. I offer a discount for bulk orders.

Friday, June 12, 2015

Taking photos for your Etsy Shop

I've often had difficulty photographing artwork to put in my Etsy shop. Sometimes the photography seems to take me longer than creating the original piece of art. After all, you want images that are strong in terms of composition and accurately portray what you are trying to sell. Also, if an image of the work is accurate on my monitor, how do I know what it will look like on another computer. Sometimes I'll check out my shop when I'm at the library and I'm disappointed at how washed out my page looks.
This week I had been putting off photographing a couple of new art blocks and three new calendars designs for 2016. I know that Etsy advises sellers to use a white backdrop for the primary shot and natural lighting. I'm accustomed to photographing a flat piece of art in the shade on a sunny day, but with three dimensional objects like the art blocks I had trouble getting images that I found engaging. The blocks also looked distorted and I would have to manipulate the exposure on my computer. So, I decided to take some shots in the full sun and use nature right from my back yard for some of the backdrops. The colors seemed to pop and be accurate to the art.
A crab and a rooster seemed well suited thematically to being photographed in nature, plus I lied the textural effect that it provided. Here is the link.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Turkish Fold

The Turkish fold is a format that has always intrigued me, partly because it can be used as a clever method of imparting information in a concise manner. For years I have held onto a map of NYC that folds down to the size of a credit card, using this very method. I followed the very good directions at Green Chair Pressto learn the technique.

 

My artist's book contains information on the history and preparation of tea. The cover is printed from an original pastel of the tea cup. The back cover is illustrated with the Chinese symbol for tea.

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Plein Air in May

I got out on Monday to do some plein air work for the first time this spring. The temperature got up in the 80s and since the trees were not completely leafed out, it was hard to find good shade cover. However, it felt great to be outside. This is a pastel done on UArt sanded paper.

Monday, April 13, 2015

Growling Wolf Mask

I finished up this new wolf mask over the weekend. I used several photos as reference and tried for the most menacing look I could achieve.