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Work in Progress: Loch Ness Monster

I started a new artwork a few days ago, first staining the paper with various colored inks as well as red wine, and then starting the pencil sketch. Now I am currently inking in the artwork and I expect to be at that for a few more days. “Loch Ness Monster” measures 22 × 30 inches and I will most likely (if I am happy with it when it’s completed) be submitting it to an art show in 2012.

Here are some photos of the work in progress.

Win a Free Signed Print From Me

I am giving away a free print for the holidays to anybody who “likes” me on my facebook fan page.

You MUST be a a member of my fan page in order to be eligible. So please “LIKE” me if you have not already on my facebook fan page here: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Lynnette-Shelley/...

TO ENTER TO WIN A FREE PRINT YOU MUST:
1. Email me at redeye@designbyredeye.com with FREE PRINT in the subject header
2. Go to www.lynnetteshelley.com/store.html and select your top three choices in order of preference for my 8×10″ prints and include this in the body of your email message.
3. Include your mailing address so I know where to mail a print. I will ship globally so everyone, no matter where, is eligible as long as they “like” me ;)
4. Make s…

Goodbye to Harley Cat; Plus Featured on the homepage today

It’s been a very rough week for me as my lovely cat Harley died this past Monday. The vet thinks he had cancer and it spread very quickly; he had been going downhill all weekend and I was hoping he would die quietly at home as he did not seem to be in any pain, however, after he had a really bad seizure, I took him to the vet to euthanize him as I didn’t want him to suffer that again. He was almost 15 and a half, and I had him since he was about 5 months old so the whole experience was / is very painful to me.

Picture of my buddy before he got sick

Here he is about a month before he died.

Portrait I made of him a few days before he died:

So, it was nice to get cheered up a little when I saw my artwork “Go! Fish” was featured on the homepage. Thank you so much …

ANIMALIA: my solo show at the Painted Bride in Philadelphia, PA

InLiquid at the Bride presents:

ANIMALIA
Work by Lynnette Shelley

November 4 – January 6, 2012

Painted Bride Art Center Café Gallery

-First Friday receptions: November 4 and December 2, 5-7 pm -

Gallery Hours: Tues. — Sat. | 12pm — 6pm

More info:

PAINTED BRIDE:
http://www.paintedbride.org/events/animalia-wor...

LYNNETTE SHELLEY
http://www.lynnetteshelley.com/

ABOUT
Across cultures around the world the animal kingdom has remained a fascinating force throughout time. With ANIMALIA, Lynette Shelley’s rich illustrations take inspiration from the myth, magic, and mystery the many motifs used ubiquitously in legends and folklore. Individual narratives are nuanced within the tone of each piece. The works are intertwined through a contrast of bold, confident lines and ornament…

Work in Progress - Karen's Totem (a commission)

A couple of months ago I got a very interesting request from a woman who wanted to see if I could draw her animal totem, which she had dreamed about. Her totem consisted of a wolf, a golden eagle and a cobra all morphing into one another. In addition the eagle’s wings were patterned like a monarch.

I don’t mind saying that this was a challenge for me to draw, to make it look right without looking ridiculous or unnatural. The client and I went through a couple of sketches to get the right composition. Compositionally, the sketch the client ended up agreeing to looked different than what she originally envisioned (she was VERy particular about the composition as the artwork is very personal to her), but I felt that it was a stronger choice, that it got across the spirit of her v…

Work in Progress - "The Watering Hole" plus SALES

I finally had time to sit down and work some more on my artwork “The Watering Hole” yesterday; hopefully I can finish it up either tonight or tomorrow, as I have a commissioned artwork that I need to start shortly. In the meantime, please enjoy these work in progress photos.

SALES

I also want to thank the various anonymous purchasers who bought some more of my work on redbubble this week – from cards to stickers to tees to prints. Thank you.

Also I participated in an street fair this past weekend and sold the originals of

“The Octopus”

“Illuminated Seahorse”

“Blue Note”

And I also sold the original of “Totem V” just before the close of my September solo show.

I’ve got three more art shows going on this month s…

Need Your Votes

I normally don’t do these online art contests, however, there is a first time for everything! I entered a contest over on Saatchi Online to be a part of an art show at Saatchi Gallery in London. To be a part of the show, I have to get past a first round of online voting, before moving on to another round in which a guest judge will determine who are the top winners. I submitted my artwork “Go! Fish” for the drawing challenge. You can vote for my artwork here.

Thanks in advance!

2011 Drawing Day Book

I just found out that my work “Peacock Blue” has been included in the 2011 Drawing Day book!

Back in June I took part in the annual Drawing Day , in which artists (and others so inclined) drop everything they are doing to participate in a worldwide one-day drawing event. The artwork I created that day was “Peacock Blue”, one of my ink / red wine pieces. To my surprise, the Drawing Day organization has included “Peacock Blue” in their 2011 book , which features artwork from that day. It can be ordered through Amazon.com

Work in Progress - Needs a Name

I started a new artwork yesterday, which still needs a name. I’m considering calling it “The Watering Hole” though, because to me it looks like the crocodile and the cranes are all gossiping together. This piece measures 20 × 26 inches.

I was just going to have a picture of a crocodile in the river but I was at a wildlife refuge on Saturday and took lots of photos of various water birds, including a lot of egrets and cranes of various types, so decided to add in a couple of cranes. It was a really cool place called Bombay Hook Wildlife Refuge in Delaware – I recommend it if anybody is near there.

The initial pencil sketch. I increased the contrast so you could hopefully see the pencil lines a little better. Paper color is actually a light robin’s egg bl…

Work in Progress - The Maiden and the Unicorn Pt II plus Other News

A little while ago I posted a journal entry showing the start of a new artwork I was working on called “The Maiden and the Unicorn”.

Well, it’s been coming along nicely and I have some more photos of the artwork in-progress. I hope to finish this up in a day or two.

SALES
I had a bunch of sales on this site recently from various anonymous buyers that I’d like to thank generally. Also I recently sold two originals this past week, one at a current show, and another from a contact I made at another show.

The two sold works inlude:

TWO QUAIL (2011)

and BADUK API (Fire Rhino) (2009)

UPCOMING / CURRENT SHOWS

I have a bunch of art shows coming up as well. I hope I will get to see some of you there!

Through September 30, 2011 | Solo art exhibition at The High Poin…

Help Me Choose

I have a big presentation coming up where I have to show some work to a juried panel to see if I can get into a really big / prestigious show that is next Spring. I have to bring four larger works (which I have decided on) as well as four smaller works.

SO now I need to pick out the smaller works. I set two pieces aside that are definitely going (see below)

But I need to pick out two more. Some of my favorite smaller works have sold in the past couple of months so I need to pick out the strongest work from the following:

These are all 6×9 inches. Please vote for two that you think are the strongest technically as well as aesthetically.

A

B

C

D\

E

I may try and make a couple of more before the jurying, which is in less than two weeks, and see if I have something even stronger to pr…

Festival Recap: Brandywine Festival of the Arts (DE)

This past weekend I took part in the Brandywine Festival of the Arts held at Brandywine Park in Wilmington, DE on September 10-11, 2011. This is something like the 54th year for the festival, and my second. Outdoor festivals can be a lot of fun, but they are also pretty grueling, because of all the logistics and long hours associated with making them happen.

Since my car was destroyed in the flash flooding in my area earlier in the week (see earlier journal post), I rented an SUV and we managed to fill every nook and cranny of it with original paintings, prints, tents, tables, easels, display stands, tablecloths, tent gear, hammers and other associated tools and miscellaneous gear. Then we drove to the Brandywine on the evening previous to the festival start and had to unpack and set up e…

Here Comes the Flood

I woke up afround 3 AM this morning due to neighbors knocking on our door. We had a flash flood outside our apartment (caused by some rains by Hurricane Lee which, compounded by the flooding caused by Hurricane Irene, just oversaturated the waterways) and our entire parking lot (and street) was under water. Luckily my husband was able to move his car to a space uphill before it was too badly affected but it was too late for my car. Alas poor silver, I knew you well.

Video footage from around 4 AM.

http://youtu.be/l9XQzsydgKE

EDIT
Here is video footage from a local news crew that shows the devastation that occurred just a few blocks away

http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/video?id=8346268

Work in Progress plus Apologies for Not Commenting lately

First of all I wanted to say if I’ve seen a bit quiet lately, it’s just because I’m in the midst of a very heavy art production period in getting ready for a bunch of upcoming art shows, as well as doing some design work for various clients. I do appreciate everyone’s feedback, even if I don’t always get to answer a comment back!

Secondly, I thought I’d share a new work in progress. I started a piece earlier this week called “The Battle”, which depicted a unicorn and lions fighting.

See below:

Today I decided I was unhappy with some of the drawing, and, as it was too late to fix some of it, I started over with a new drawing. (I may use part of the old artwork in a collage though as I do like the unicorn’s head from the previous work)…

Sales Thank Yous

It’s been a very busy couple of weeks for me as I prepare for a bunch of upcoming art shows – one large arts festival in September and then two arts festivals and two art shows in October, and then a huge solo show in November and December (and I also made a website for another artist and am currently working on a logo for a company to boot!).

I’ve also been doing well at my current solo art show at a cafe in Philadelphia and have sold out of all of my smaller works. I’ve got some inquiries about some of the other larger pieces so I am keeping my fingers crossed on them as well. The show is at the High Point Cafe in the Mt. Airy section of Philadelphia and it runs through September. My art reception is THIS SATURDAY from Noon to 2 Pm. I’ll most likely be brin…

Sales

Just a quick thank you to the anonymous RB members who recently purchased:

Serpent Tree Tee

Mosquito Tee

and two greeting cards of Minerva

Also I recently sold two of my artworks at my current solo show at the High Point Cafe in Philadelphia, which opened last week and runs through the end of September.

Info:
SOLO ART SHOW
The High Point Cafe, 602 W. Carpenter Lane, Philadelphia, PA; 215.849.5153. Artist Reception is August 27th, Noon to 2 PM.

Hidden Hare and Smile

For more info on all of my upcoming art shows, please visit my website

Work in Progress - "Circe"

I started another large ink/oil pastel piece a few days ago, roughing out a sketch and staining out a large piece of watercolor paper with some red inks. The subject matter is Circe, who is an enchantress / witch / goddess in Greek mythology. She is best known for turning Odysseus’ men into swine after a feast laced with her magic potions. She lived on an island in a mansion surrounded by woods and enchanted animals (i.e. men turned into wild beasts).

Although you can’t see much of my sketch in these photos, Circe is standing amidst some pigs, and she has an empty wine goblet in her hand. There will be some trees in the background.

Some photos of the work in progress so far.

My August Solo Art Show plus Four Year Art Anniversary

Back when I lived in the Northwest area of Philadelphia, my favorite coffee shop was the High Point Cafe in the Mount Airy section of the city. Besides having the most amazing coffee ever, and the nicest staff, they also get involved with the local community quite a bit and regularly host art shows in both of their two locations.

n fact, they hosted my first ever solo art show back in 2009. It was well received and I did another show there last year that did very well for me, so I couldn’t pass up this third show, which will run until the end of September. August marks my four year anniversary of quitting my day job (as well as my birthday!) so my annual August show at this particular cafe feels a bit like a lucky rabbits foot to me and something I will try and do every year (or at …

Latest Artwork - "Artemis", Art Show News, Sales & More

I finally finished my most ambitious ink (mostly) piece to date: “Artemis”. I worked on this off and on for about two weeks. Artemis is the Greek goddess of wild animals, the hunt, the wilderness, virginity, young girls and childbirth, amongst other things. She is associated with the crescent moon as well as the stag, which, along with the cypress tree, is considered sacred to her.

“Artemis”
22 × 30 inches
Ink and oil pastels (with a little colored pencil) on Fabiano watercolor paper
Original is for sale. Please email redeye@designbyredeye.com with sales inquiries or visit my art website to view more of my original artwork sales.

ART SHOW NEWS
This is the last weekend for my group art show the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center. Tomorrow (Sunday) is an awards cere…

Work in Progress - "Artemis" - Pt II

Some of you saw my tentative beginnings of my latest artwork, “Artemis” on this journal last week. I had just worked out a rough sketch and was inking in some of the hair. This past week, I’ve changed the stag three times now (he was too small compared to Artemis), but Artemis herself is almost done (famous last words). I just need to work on her right arm and hand, and her left hand.

In progress photos below.
Ink and oil pastels on Fabiano watercolor paper, 22 × 30 inches.

Work in Progress - Artemis

Sneak peak of a new in-progress piece. This is 22 × 30 inches, ink on Fabiano watercolor paper.

“Artemis”
Work in Progress

The sketch is still being tweaked. I resized her head a little (it was too big) and I need to fix her left forearm and hand, as well as change the stag’s head and move him up in position on the paper.

SALES THANK YOUS
Thank you to the anonymous buyers who recently purchased:

“Gaia Tee” in black:http://www.redbubble.com/people/lynnetteshelley...

Blue Whale Tee

and Greeting Cards of Hidden Hare , Arabesque , and The Garden of Honu

AND a sticker of The Serpent Tree

Thank you!

Three Sai Babas

Earlier this summer I mentioned I was doing a commission for a new company, which will be licensing some of my work in the coming months. The online store has launched this week at http://www.poornavatar.com/ . Poornavatar specializes in selling prints of artworks depicting the popular Indian spiritual leader Sri Sathya Sai Baba , who died earlier this year. I made three artworks for the store, which is still being updated, but should be seen on the site shortly. Some other RB members, including Moonspiral (aka Tammy) also have work on the site too.

It was an interesting experience for me, as well as a challenge, as I had never been asked to do a portrait specific person before. My favorite of the three works is probably the ink one (top artwork below). Check out the site here.

“Sa…

Pictures from an Exhibition: Photo Recap from MRAC show

Today was the kick off (and reception) for the Manayunk-Roxborough Art Center’s 3rd annual juried exhibition. I was honored to be chosen in the show for the third year in a row, as well as have my artwork “The White Buffalo (and the Red)” awarded third prize by guest juror Michael Adams . The group show runs weekends until July 31st (with a closing awards ceremony on the 31st from 3 to 5 PM). All of my artwork at the show is for sale. Please email me at redeye@designbyredeye.com with inquiries.

Some photos from the reception earlier today.

“The White Buffalo (and the Red)”

“Arabesque” (Top artwork)


“The Locust” on right. Artwork by Lord Masque on left.


The Elusive Lord Masque in front of his artwork. He is also wearing a Redbubble…

Sneak Peak / Preview of a new artwork

I picked up some oil paints the other day, after having not used them in about 15 years or so, and am experimenting with using them again. However, they do take a while to dry. So, while I was waiting for some of my layers to dry yesterday, I started a small ink piece in the meantime.

I’ll try and finish this up sometime tonight perhaps.

Here is a sneak peak:
9 × 12 inches
Ink / red wine / coffee on 140 lb. watercolor paper.
WORK IN PROGRESS
Still needs a name…..

3rd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC)

July 10-31, 2011
3rd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC),
419 Green Lane (rear), Philadelphia PA 19128, 215-482-3363.

Opening Reception is Sunday July 10th, Noon to 3 PM;
Awards Ceremony: Sunday July 31, 3-5 PM.

I will have three artworks at the MRAC show, including “The Locust”, “The White Buffalo (and the Red)” and “Arabesque”. “The White Buffalo” also won third place at the show. Hope to see some of you there!

Waiting to get loaded into my car to bring to the show

3rd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC)

July 10-31, 2011
3rd Annual Juried Exhibition at the Manayunk Roxborough Art Center (MRAC),
419 Green Lane (rear), Philadelphia PA 19128, 215-482-3363.

Opening Reception is Sunday July 10th, Noon to 3 PM;
Awards Ceremony: Sunday July 31, 3-5 PM.

I will have three artworks at the MRAC show, including “The Locust”, “The White Buffalo (and the Red)” and “Arabesque”. “The White Buffalo” also won third place at the show. Hope to see some of you there!

Waiting to get loaded into my car to bring to the show

Inked! Raven Steals the Sun

I was contacted recently by another person who wanted to use my artwork “Raven Steals the Sun” as a tattoo on themselves (I had been previously been contacted by someone else, also about using that artwork as a tattoo on themselves). I agreed, and the person was kind enough to send in a photo of the results. Looks smashing, I must say, and I’m honored somebody would want to tattoo one of my artworks on themselves.

Here is my original, which was made with Ink and Red Wine and a little gold leaf for the sun.

And here is the previous person’s tattoo of the same artwork.

My Music Video

Thought I’d share. As some of you know, I am the vocalist in an avant / progressive rock / psychedelic band The Red Masque. Our drummer recently put together a video of one of our songs taken from a couple of different camera angles at a show we performed in an art gallery in Washington DC. You can see the video here if you’re so inclined.

Or press play below.

We’ll be putting up more from this concert soon(ish).

Phoenix Rising - WIP of a Tattoo Commission

I was recently asked by someone to make a custom design for a tattoo that they are going to put on their back. They are also buying the original painting. I ended up using gold leaf on the artwork (which obviously can’t be recreated by tattoo inks, but makes the original look good), however, we’re going to pick a color for the tattoo person to use in those areas instead.

“Phoenix Rising”
Mixed Media on paper

Some pictures of the Work in Progress

New Interview with Me Posted Online

A new interview with me about my artwork has been published in the online fantasy and fairytale-themed magazine Quail Bell, written by Josephine Stone. For those interested in reading it, click here . There are a couple of misheard typo quotations but otherwise it’s a good interview. Check it out!

Work in Progress - "The White Buffalo (and the Red)"

For those of you who are curious, I had posted the start of my latest artwork in my last journal entry. I have some more photos of the work I’ve done the last couple of days and hope to finish up the piece tonight. I originally just had a white buffalo in this piece but as I worked on this I realized he needed a companion.

The White Buffalo (and the Red)
work in progress
19 × 25 inches
Oil pastels, colored pencils and liquid gold leaf on Canson pastel paper

Art Festival Recap, New WIP photos plus Sales Thank Yous!

Whew! It’s been crazy the past few days here. I just participated in the 12th Annual Art for the Cash Poor at the Crane Arts Building in Philadelphia on June 11 and 12. AFTCP is a large art festival featuring all handmade items at $199 or less, plus live music, lots of food, raffles and other fun. I decided to participate this year and brought out a ton of art prints as well as some of my smaller originals. All in all things went well for me, and I even had a buyer who could not make it out to the show in person send me an email to purchase one of my originals at the show.

(Here I am looking a little worse for the wear in this photo. This was taken just after set up on the first day. The space for the show has no air conditioning at was pretty hot and humid out and I had just finis…

Work in Progress - The Locust - Part III

I am actually just about finished with my latest artwork"The Locust" as I am writing this, but I won’t be posting final photos until tomorrow. In the meantime, please enjoy work in progress photos from the past couple of days through this morning. See previous posts to see earlier drafts of this artwork.

Ink on Fabiano Watercolor Paper
22 × 30 inches
Work in Progress photos of “The Locust”

Work in Progress - The Locust - Part II

It’s not even officially summer yet it’s been sweltering here in Pennsylvania the past few days (over 90 degrees Fahrenheit). I’ve been locked up in my studio working on my latest artwork while marathon watching old “Stargate Atlantis” episodes on Netflix instant. Yes, I am a geek. ;)

However, I did get a bunch of work done. It may not seem like much since my last post of a couple of days ago, but crosshatching is a somewhat time consuming process, and “the Locust” is about 22 × 30 inches, which makes for a lot of lines!

I also signed a new licensing deal for an artwork that I have been commissioned to create. I won’t go into the exact details yet, but I plan on starting this next week, which is another reason I wanted to try and get in…

Work in Progress - "The Locust"

I just started this artwork last night. I’m just at the pencil sketch phase so don’t know how well you can see what I’m doing in these photos.

Working title is “The Locust”

The paper has been stained with inks, and the picture on the left is a reference photo I took so I could have a visual for basic body shape / positioning, how the fabric falls and also for the hands. The actual figure in this piece, however, won’t look like the reference photo as I’m adding a beard and will most likely be aging the face up a little as well. Paper size is 22 × 30 inches.

adding the locust
(yes I know this locust is way too big proportionate to the man but I wanted it be large).

Latest Artwork Reveal: "Sour Times"

Finally finished this up. Which is good, because I have a (hopefully) cool idea in my head for my next piece that I am itching to try AND my package from Jerry’s Artarama arrived in the mail with some new supplies. So I’m like a kid in the candy store, impatient for my fix! lol

“Sour Times”
25 × 19 inches approx
Mixed Media on paper

Art Interview in The Journal Of Unlikely Entomology

The first issue of The Journal of Unlikely Entomology is now online and I am pleased to be the featured artist for its inaugural issue. This new online magazine is devoted to all things creepy and crawly. My artwork “The Mosquito” is used to illustrate the short story, Love in the Absence of Mosquitoes by Mari Ness. In addition, editor Bernie Mojzes and Art Director Linda Saboe conducted an interview with me, which you can read here


The Mosquito

And speaking of mosquitoes, thanks to the anonymous buyer who recently purchased my Mosquito Tee

Bye Bye Birdie

More good news today. Another one of my artworks at my current show at the 28th Immaculata University Art Show sold today, and I have an inquiry for another one. Be sure to check out the show if you are in the area. It runs until this Sunday!

Otherwise, go see my show at Annex 24 Gallery in Lancaster, PA (runs through the end of May), or my artwork “Young Carravogue” at the Gods and Goddesses Group Show at C’Est Le Vin in Richmond, VA (runs through the first week of June). Or view all of my current original artwork sales on my website .

The sold artwork:

“The Oracle”
2010
Black and Gold Ink and Tea on cold-press watercolor paper

Question for the artists

Hi all
I recently was contacted by Artists Alley out of San Francisco. I’m doing a little background research on them before I speak with them, so if anybody here has worked with them in the past, please send me a bubblemail or email me and let me know your thoughts / experience….. Thanks in advance!

Work in Progress - "Sour Times" plus SALES

I started this piece last night. It’s a raven in a lemon tree. I still need to work on the bird (torso is a little too short I think and shading/highlighting still needs work) and obviously the tree in the background is only sketched in right now.

“Sour Times”
19 × 25″

SALES

As I’ve posted earlier, I have three arts shows going on this month. I went back to one of them today (the 28th Annual Immaculata University Show in Malvern PA) to see how things were going, and found out I sold another artwork there. In addition to “The Sun Wheel” which sold this past weekend, “The Entanglement” also went to a new home this week.

The Entanglement

The Sun Wheel

Also I would like to thank the anonymous buyer who bought a mounted print of I

Pictures from an Exhibition: Photo Recap from my Current Art Show

This friday was the kick off for the 28th Annual Immaculata University Art Show with a ticketed preview party. Today the show opened to the public. Myself and 185 other artists from across the country have work on display and for sale in the University’s Alumnae Hall. The show will run through the 22nd. For more information on the art show, please click here

Some photos from Friday night’s reception:

Some photos of my ink “minis” (the top seven pieces).

Below: “Leaps and Bounds” (The Impala)

Below: “The Sun Wheel” (SOLD earlier today)

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I have one other artwork in this show, but unfortunately, my camera died before I could take a photo of it hanging on the wall. Here it is pre-frame:

“The Entanglement”

In addition I …

Behind the Scenes with Illuminated Lemur

My newest artwork is “Illuminated Lemur” which I made yesterday in one (longish) sitting. But I had some help from my husband and friends in keeping me company as well all had a bit of an art party, working on different art projects together.

Photos below

Illuminated Lemur
11 × 15″
Ink, Tea, Red Wine and Gold Acrylic on Watercolor Paper
Original is for sale.

The initial sketch on the tea and red wine stained paper

Artist Cam:

Adding ink

With a little help from my friends….
(RB Members Lord Masque and Lilana )

Art Show Recap and Sales Thank Yous

Whew! Sorry if I have not been around much the past few days. I have THREE art shows going on this month. ON friday I dropped off 25 pieces at a show that will open this coming Friday and then drove to another art reception THAT evening. I took some photos if anyone is interested in seeing some shots of the reception.

This is at Annex 24 Gallery in Lancaster, PA. There were several artist’s work on display there.. It’s a really cool contemporary gallery in the downtown arts district section of Lancaster.

(Sorry about the smudge on the lens in this picture!)

SALES
I recently sold an original artwork to a fan through facebook. Today I finished matting and framing “The Donkey” so I could ship him off to his new home!

“The Donkey”
Tea, Acrylic, Ink, Pas…

Whoo! Print and Original Artwork Sales

I made this little guy yesterday, then posted to my facebook page. Within a couple of hours someone contacted me to buy it. :D Anyway, I’m off in a bit to pick out matte and frame for this (ivory matte, gold frame).

I think my next mini will either be some sort of big cat (lynx maybe) or perhaps a wolf or coyote. Maybe even a dog.

The Donkey
9 × 6 inches
Black Ink, Gold Acrylic, Tea, and White Pastel Pencil on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper

Also a big thank you to the RB member who purchased a matted print of The Chase yesterday!

Thank you!

And for those in the Lancaster, PA area, I have a show coming up at Annex 24 Gallery. The show starts this week but my art reception is THIS FRIDAY, May 6th, from 5 to 9 PM. Here is the facebook event page

The Show will run through t…

May Art Newsletter

“Arabesque”, on display at Annex 24 Gallery in Lancaster for the month of May

This Month’s Events
April showers bring May flowers, or in my case, May shows! I’ve got three different art events in the works this month – I hope to see you at one of them!

May 1-31, 2011
Featured artist at Annex 24 Gallery
24 W. Walnut Street Lancaster, PA 17603; 717-341-0028.
First Friday Reception is on May 6, 5-9 PM.
Also part of the Spring Art Walk on May 7, 10 am to 5 pm & May 8, noon to 4 pm.
Link to the Facebook Event Page

I will have 16 originals for display / sale at this fun and friendly gallery in the arts district of downtown Lancaster.

May 13-22, 2011
28th Annual Immaculata University Art Show
1145 King Road, Immaculata, PA.
Preview Party ( entrance by ticket only ) is on May 13th. $75 …

Totem III - Online tutorial / WIP photos from start to finish

I wrapped up work on “Totem III” last night, which is the latest in a series of mixed media animal totem works. Below I’ve included photographs of the entire process of making Totem III from start to finish. In total I probably spent about 7 maybe 8 hours on this.

Totem III, along with Totem I and II, as well as many other works, will be in an art show at Annex 24 Gallery in Lancaster, PA during the month of May. The first friday artist reception will be on May 6th from 5 to 9 PM. I’ll be there so please stop by and say hi. All works will be for sale.

Totem III
Ink, Acrylic, Coffee, Red Wine, Paper Collage on 2" Deep Wood Panel
12 × 12 inches

Step 1: Creating the totem image. Ink on 140 lb. cold press watercolor paper which has been stained with coffee and…

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 10!

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie 10!


The Sun Wheel
by Lynnette Shelley


Gaia
by Lynnette Shelley

Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to have my art selected for the special Earth Day celebration theme to exhibit in SoJie 10. SoJie 10 takes its name from the Solo Exhibition group’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 10th one, ever, and 100 other artists, besides myself, are represented.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on April 27th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhi…

Sneak Peak at Totem III Plus May Art Show Preview

Work in Progress: Totem III (the Ram)

I am currently working on the ram collage section of my new totem piece. Ram is ink on 140 lb cold-press watercolor paper stained with coffee and red wine, 6 × 9 inches

See below for Totem I and Totem II to get an idea of where I am going with this. I still need to prepare the wood panel section. If I get the artwork done in time I’ll bring it to my show at Annex 24 Gallery in Lancaster, PA in May (where Totem I and II are going, amongst other artworks).

And a sneak peak at a bunch of my “minis” going to the Immaculata University Art show in Pennsylvania, also in May. I will also be bringing by some larger works but they are still in the process of being framed.

See my full show schedule for May (three shows in two states!)

Work in Progress: Totem II

I thought I’d share my current artwork, “Totem II” while it’s still in the work in progress phase.

I have applied acrylic paint over a 12 × 12″ deep wood panel board, with some iridescent medium for effect. Currently I am inscribing ink patterns over this acrylic background with an empty mechanical pencil dipped in an ink well. I’ve also made a pen and ink scarab beetle on watercolor paper, which I’ve cut out and will be applying to the panel with acrylic medium. Once attached, I will coat the final artwork with several layers of the arcrylic gloss medium to finalize.

Work in Progress - "Totem"

Trying something different….. may become part of a series of “totems”

12 × 12″
Paper collage, ink, tea, red wine, acrylic on 2" deep wood panel
still some tweaking to do plus I bought some acrylic clear glossy medium to glaze over the whole piece. I will test out first on a piece of paper to make sure it won’t ruin the paper component.

One more day until my new camera arrives! until then, here are crap photos.

Scan of the paper bird section:

Double Dragon Sales plus New Artwork

I’m doing the happy dance again this week as one of the galleries that I am currently in contacted me recently to let me know they had sold two of my originals. These are both older pieces, from 2008 and 2009 respectively.

“The Green Dragon”

“The Feathered Serpent (Quetzalcoatl)”

In the meantime, I’ve also completed another artwork this week. Both “The Kraken” (see previous posts) and this one, once they’ve been professionally photographed, should be up on Redbubble within another day or two.

I had mentioned in a previous post that I was also working on a slightly “darker” variation of my artwork The Rat King

E.T.A. on my new camera is Thursday so I’m still using this really crappy camera here to take photos. So these…

Work in Progress - "The Kraken" (AMOST DONE)

My new camera will be delivered this week (turns out it had been out of stock and had to be reordered, so that is why it is taking so long to deliver. So, in the meantime, more crappy photos from an old crappy camera I had lying around! :D

This is just about done. I had thought it was done last night until I looked at it this morning and realized the background still needs more work (I need to “connect” up some of the waves) and do some more tweaks with shading on some of the tentacles.). Also keep in mind there was bad lighting when I took these photos.

But here it is so far:

The Kraken
16 × 20″
Ink (and a smattering of white pastel pencil) on 140 lb. Hot-Press Arches Watercolor board

(and can I say I think I am hooked on these watercolor boards now? lol The only t…

More WIP Photos, Sales and More

Lots of news today but first off, here is the latest with my current artwork-in-progress, “The Kraken”

I still don’t have my new camera coming in the mail yet, but I found an old cheapie camera tucked away someplace. It’s not very good, but you can at least see what I’ve been up to since my post yesterday. The silver ink is glaring a bit in the second photo.

The Kraken (work in progress)
ink on 140 lb. hot press Arches watercolor board
16 × 20″

SALES
Thank you to one of my facebook fan page peeps for purchasing my Aegipan tee yesterday.

I also have a very big potential sale at one of my current art exhibits as I have had a serious inquiry to purchase one of my originals. The sale is still being negotiated so keep your fingers crossed for me! :)

I a…

Virtually Speaking

The following is an article written up on The Maryland Federation of Art’s current “Works on Paper” national juried art show that is also available as a “virtual” gallery online. Disclaimer: One of my pieces is in the show.

However, having never seen a virtual gallery tour before I was very excited by this new way of getting to see artworks online. I think it’s def. a new way for galleries to interact with the public, particularly those who live too far away to attend physically. The cons are it can be expensive to do, but perhaps in the future this will be a commonplace add-on that many galleries will be able to offer. While a virtual gallery is not as good as actually getting to see the work in person, it can be the next best thing for art collectors …

Work in Progress - The Kraken

As some of my you may know, my husband and I were robbed last week of a bunch of our musical equipment while coming back from a band gig. My camera, unfortunately, was also in one of the gear bags that was taken. I do have a new camera coming to me but it’s not here yet. So in the meantime, here is a partial scanned detail of a much larger image of my current work in progress. This section comes from the bottom right corner of the artwork. I couldn’t fit the whole artwork into my scanner bed though. The art measures 16 × 20″

The actual artwork is ink on Arches 140 lb. hot press watercolor board, with a little bit of white pastel pencil

there is still much work to be done. I also finished up another artwork (“The Rat King”) that is currently at a photogr…

Please Welcome Bernardo Corman to Redbubble

Please welcome one of my favorite sculptors Bernardo Corman to redbubble. I first became familiar with Bernardo’s work several years ago when I did some web design work for him and have been a fan ever since. His work is unlike any others you have seen before and defies categorization, but he describes it as “Pop-Surreal Automotive Art”. Various pop culture artists like Blondie, Elton John and Stephen King have collected his works (as well as other collectors). I have a small piece in my own collection as well.

Check out his gallery on Redbubble or visit his website

Take a Virtual Tour of my Current Art Show!


Above: Screen capture from the virtual exhibit

Can’t make it out to the gallery in person?
Take a Virtual Tour of my current group exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art in Annapolis!

Click here: http://www.panoramastreet.com/live/Demos/MDfederationofart/

My piece in the show is “The Harbinger Birds”, which measures 22 × 28” framed and is on sale for $1000. Please contact the gallery to purchase.

ART ON PAPER 2011
March 18 – April 17, 2011

MFA Circle Gallery
18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401

Reception: Sunday, March 27, 3-6pm
Awards presented at 5pm

Juror: Johanna Halford-MacLeod,
Publications Manager at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA; Executive Director of the Franz & Bader Fund

Artists Include: Carol Aaron, Maggie Aston, Christina Batipps, John Bildahl, Amy Boone-…

The Black Buffalo stomps off & Other Sales

I’m pleased to announce that someone has contacted me to purchase my original Black Buffalo artwork this week. This is one of my quickest sales as I the person offered to buy it just from seeing work in progress photos posted on facebook a few days ago.

I originally created the artwork for an upcoming art show but decided to let him go to his person’s home instead. So now I have to go back to the drawing board again ;) (Rumor has it it the subject matter might be a bull!)

I always want to thank the RB member who recently purchased my Laughing Fu Lion Tee in dark green. Congrats and I hope you enjoy!

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie9

MY WORK HAS BEEN NOMINATED FOR SoJie9!


Conjoined – the Geckos
by Lynnette Shelley

Join me at the Juried Invitational Exhibition…

I am very excited to have my art selected, from over 66000 works of art, to exhibit in SoJie9. SoJie9 takes its name from the Solo Exhibition group’s Juried Invitational Exhibition. This month is only the 9th one, ever, and 77 other artists, besides myself, are represented.

Winners of the invitational will be announced on March 30th, when a 1st, 2nd and 3rd place will be awarded in three categories: digital art, photography, and traditional art.

Non members, as well as members, ARE welcome to view all of the work nominated. So I hope that you will click the show banner, above, and follow the link to view my fellow exhibitors. The works are shown &…

Wave Goodbye To Melusine Plus Other Good News

I had some good news in the past couple of days and thought I’d share. I sold an original artwork ( Melusine II ) to a guy in the UK whose daughter is currently in art school and is a fan of my work so he’s buying it as a present for her birthday (which is sweet). I am writing up a letter to the daughter to include in the package.

I got featured on the front page of Etsy for a while yesterday so got a rash of print orders and then also got contacted by a woman who is starting a store in Florida selling various handmade and eco-themed products. She’s going to buy a bunch of my prints wholesale to sell there. Check out my Etsy shop here

So, more happy dancing is going on right now. :D

Melusine II

Starting Tonight: Works on Paper National Exhibition at the MFA in Annapolis, MD

From March 18 – April 17, 2011
Group exhibition at the 34th Annual Art on Paper National Juried Exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art’s (MFA) Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401.


The reception will be held on Sunday, March 27, 3-6pm with awards presented at 5pm.

There will be 77 artworks (out of over 1000 that were submitted) from around the country on display / sale and my artwork “The Harbinger Birds” will be one of them.

Gallery website: http://www.mdfedart.com/
My art website: http://www.lynnetteshelley.com/

Latest Artwork,The Reveal: "Arabesque"

For those of you following along my journal entries for my work in progress photographs of “Arabesque”, you’ll be happy (I hope!) to see the final completed work. I finished this last night and I still need to get professional photographs made of it so I can upload it for prints, but here are my snaps of it.

This measures 19 × 25 inches and was made with 18K gold leaf, liquid gold leaf, oil pastel, colored pencils, sharpie marker and gold ink on pastel paper.

As usual, Harley Cat is not impressed with anything other than himself

Work in Progress - Leopard Artwork - "Arabesque"

I thought I’d share some more work in progress photos of my current project, now named “Arabesque”. I did not get as much work done as I would have liked in the past day or so as I had to run down to Annapolis to drop off my artwork “The Harbinger Birds” for a group show at the Maryland Federation of Art’s national “Works on Paper” show. See www.lynnetteshelley.com/exhibitions.html for my current event info.

Anyway, here are the pics

Upcoming Art Events - Spring 2011

UPCOMING EVENTS (REVISED)
I have a bunch of art events coming up in four states: PA, MD, DE, and VA. Hope to see some of you there!

March 18 – April 17, 2011
Group exhibition at the 34th Annual Art on Paper National Juried Exhibition at the Maryland Federation of Art’s (MFA) Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401. The reception will be held on Sunday, March 27, 3-6pm with awards presented at 5pm. http://www.mdfedart.com/

March 19, 2011
Southern Delaware Heart & Stroke Gala, Sheraton Dover Hotel, 1570 N Dupont Hwy, Dover, DE. 8-11 PM. A 16 × 20″ matted and framed print of “Leaps and Bounds (The Impala)” will be auctioned off at a charity auction. Facebook Event Page: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=195825080...

April 1-30, 2011
Solo…

Work in Progress - Leopard Artwork - Day Three

I spent today finalizing which artwork I would be taking to the Immaculata University Art Show in Pennsylvania in May as well as working on my latest artwork. It does not have a title yet, but I have a few ideas on mind but will choose once the picture is finalized.

This piece utilizes oil pastels, colored pencils and acrylics so far, and lots of cross-hatching with an exacto knife over multiple layers of pigment, so it’s a little slow going.

Sneak Peak at another Work In Progress

This is obviously at the very beginning stages. I hope to get a good chunk more work on this done tonight….

It’s going to be a leopard in a tree, but I was thinking of doing a slightly Moorish style design in the background, but in leaf colors. I’ll have to see how I feel as the leopard progresses though.

AWESOME! online artist statement generator

For those struggling with writing their artists statement, may I point you towards this artist statement generator:

http://10gallon.com/statement2000/

Here is my new “improved” statement:

Through my work I attempt to examine the phenomenon of Puff the Magic Dragon as a methaphorical interpretation of both Klimt and terrorizing.

What began as a personal journey of fuckism has translated into images of chocolate and neck that resonate with celtic people to question their own redness.

My mixed media dragon embody an idiosyncratic view of dalai lama, yet the familiar imagery allows for a connection between elvis, tigers and pancakes.

My work is in the private collection of Tom Seleck who said ‘Frak!!, that’s some real curious Art.’

I am a recipient of a grant fro…

The Entanglement

I finally finished up my medieval / celtic gargoyle/dragon-inspired artwork last night. More professional photos to come soon, but in the meantime, here are my snaps.

“The Entanglement”
19 × 25″
Mixed Media on Paper

Escape to Canada!

I just wanted to announce that a new fan from Canada has purchased the original of The Escape after seeing it online. “The Escape” is currently at Nichols Berg Gallery in Philadelphia as part of my current solo show, which runs through this Saturday, Feb. 26th. I’m very excited this artwork will be going to a new home as it’s one of my favorite pieces.

Work in Progress: The Entanglement Pt III

Please see previous two journal entries for earlier posts in this series.

I have some more photos to share of my current in-progress piece, “The Entanglement”. I hope to finish it up by this weekend. I will probably color the two tadpole/dragonettes/eels left in a purplish color, or perhaps dark blue.

Work in Progress: The Entanglement Pt II

Please see my previous journal entry to read part 1 of this Work in Progress series.

Got some more work on my new medieval dragon / gargoyle-inspired piece called “The Entanglement”. This measures 19 × 25″ and is mixed media on a heavy textured dark green Strathmore pastel paper.

Work in Progress: The Entanglement

only just started this the other day so not much to see yet. Also, due to lighting etc, not sure if you can really see what is going on with the lines yet (until I ink them in more and start coloring). Basically, it’s two dragon/gargoyle type of creatures intertwined, with two more eel-esque/dragonettes/gargoylettes interweaving between the main two. This is very very loosely based off a medieval gargolye / dragon sculpture in London that someone showed me (and I asked permission to use as reference), though the composition has been changed drastically (and added to with additional creatures).

Thinking of calling it “The Entanglement”. Here are several WIP photos.

More Cool News Today!

More cool news today! My artwork “The Harbinger Birds” was just accepted into the 34th Annual Art on Paper National Juried Exhibition at Maryland Federation of Arts’ (MFA) Circle Gallery, 18 State Circle, Annapolis, MD 21401. The show will run from March 18 – April 17, 2011. The reception will be held on Sunday, March 27, 3-6pm with awards presented at 5pm. http://www.mdfedart.com/

There were over 1000 pieces submitted by 358 artists, so I am honored to be one of the 77 artists that were chosen!

Tee Sales~

Thank you to the anonymous buyers who recently purchased five of my tees and one sticker

Tees include
Beautiful Bast Tee

Panther Tee

Ring of the Raven King Tee

Fenrir Tee

and a sticker and tee of “Mosqito Tee”

I can attest for the quality of the last one as I recently purchased a hoodie of it myself

It's Official: I signed an interntional art licensing deal this past week.

I can now spill the beans officially: I have signed a non-exclusive licensing contract for nine of my images with Price Imports LLC . Price Imports sells art products to retailers all over the world – including Bed Bath and Beyond, Kirkland’s, Hobby Lobby and many more in the USA, and in Europe, companies like Carrefour, and Metro and many others.

Artwork that is going to be licensed includes: THE ESCAPE, LEAPS AND BOUNDS (The IMPALA), BIRD’S EYE VIEW, THE FLIGHT OF HONU, THE GARDEN, MINERVA, BLUE BIRD, CHEETAH GAZE and ILLUMINATED SEAHORSE .

PS Big Kudos to Redbubble, as they discovered my artwork through this site!

Shiny New Website for The Red Masque

As some of you know, I am in a band (The Red Masque). Anyway, it’s our ten year anniversary this month and we have had member changes in the past year or so as well as a bunch of upcoming shows (including one this Wednesday with Martin Bisi and the drummer from the Dresden Dolls). So I scrapped our old website and have unveiled a brand new website that is hopefully easier-to-use and runs faster. Check it out here: www.theredmasque.com.

If you have any technical issues, please email me at lynnette@theredmasque.com as I am still testing out a few things on different browsers.

*Gallery pages are still under construction, but will be up in the next week or so.

I am also very pleased to announce an unique show coming up THIS WEDNESDAY at the North Star Bar in Philadelphia, PA.

GO TO THE

Sneak Peak at a New Mini Ink Artwork

Got a sneak peak for you guys on a new “mini” ink artwork I am working on which will be completed in the next day or two.

For those of you who are familiar with the sci fi TV series, Doctor Who, I’m working on a mini of one of the daleks. For those of you not familiar with Doctor Who, a dalek is an evil alien race of genetically engineered mutants (roughly). In practice they look like art deco robots .

Work in progress: Ink / Coffee / Red Wine on cold-press watercolor paper

MAJOR NEWS
Also, while I can’t reveal the details just yet, I was recently contacted by a company that sells wholesale art products to major chain stores across the USA and internationally. I am currently going over the paperwork/contract but it is likely that I will be licensing some of my artw…

Young Carravogue

I finally finished my Celtic goddess artwork last night. I’ll have more professionally made photos taken in a bit, but here are my snapshots. The background looks a bit silvery in these photos but it’s actually metallic gold. To see photos of this piece in progress, please refer to my previous two journal entries.

“Young Carravogue”
12.5 × 15″ approx
Mixed Media on Paper (oil pastels, colored pencils, liquid gold leaf and a touch of acrylic)

Background:
Carravogue
Other Names: Garbhog, Gheareagain.
Location: Ireland, Britain.
Description: Local Crone Goddess from County Meath who was transformed into a huge snake for eating forbidden berries. Her original purpose is basically lost in modern times because her stories became so absorbed by Christian legends w…

Pictures from an Exhibition: Solo Show at Nichols Berg Gallery

Hey all, just got back from taking some photos of my artwork on the walls at Nichols Berg Gallery in Philadelphia. The show runs Feb 4-26 and the art reception is THIS FRIDAY Feb. 4 from 6 to 9 PM. If anybody is in the area, please feel free to stop by. And for my friends on RB who are out-of-state, I posted some photos below. I’ve got both prints and originals at the show

Feb 4-26: Nichols Berg Gallery, 8611 Germantown Avenue (Chestnut Hill), Philadelphia, PA; 206-380-4070

Facebook Event Page: click here

(was running around like crazy all day through ice and slush so not the best picture of me, but you can see the size of the painting from this)

Work in Progress - Carravogue

I have the opportunity to submit some work to a juried art show with a theme of gods and goddesses. Six female artists and six male artists will be chosen for the show so I am working on a couple of pieces to see if I my work can be at the gallery. My first goddess has a Celtic origin (the second one I am thinking of doing is Egyptian).

Carravogue
Other Names: Garbhog, Gheareagain.
Location: Ireland, Britain.
Description: Local Crone Goddess from County Meath who was transformed into a huge snake for eating forbidden berries. Her original purpose is basically lost in modern times because her stories became so absorbed by Christian legends which attempt to make her a Celtic Eve. It is believed St. Patrick tampered with her legends, which show that St. Patrick killed her with holy water that m…

Thought I'd Share

As some of you know, besides being an artist, I am also a vocalist in a band, The Red Masque. We recently had a photoshoot as we have some new members since our last album and I am currently redesigning our old website and needed to update the images. I’ll post a link here when the website has been redone (I’m cleaning up the old clunky code as well as streamlining and updating the look of the site). Anyway, I got back the photos from the photographer and though I’d share a few here as they are a bit “artistic” lol. My idea was to do a tarot-themed photoshoot. Although you can’t necessarily see the different cards in these images, each band member has their own unique spread based off their birth dates to represent them, and there is a spread for the ba…

The Dryad in Stained Glass; Plus Sales!

I am pleased as punch.

Some of you may remember seeing my artwork “The Dryad” from earlier posts (and I’ve posted it below as well). A stained glass artist that I know (Patrice Schelkun) and I got together and she created a piece in stained glass based off of “The Dryad”. I had always thought some of my artwork would work well as stained glass, so I am very pleased at the opportunity to see this idea in practice. We will be showing both pieces together at my upcoming solo show from Feb. 4-27 at Nichols Berg Gallery in Philadelphia.

Info:

February 4-27, 2011
Solo art show at
Nichols Berg Gallery
8611 Germantown Avenue (Chestnut Hill), Philadelphia, PA; 206-380-4070.

Artist Reception Feb. 4,
6 to 9 PM.

Photos:

My original artwork: “The Dryad”, Metal L…

Solo Art Show Feb 4-27, Philadelphia, PA

For those of you in the area, I am having a solo art show from Feb. 4-27 at Nichols Berg Gallery in the Chestnut Hill section of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Opening reception is Friday, Feb. 4. So please stop on by if you can. There will be complimentary refreshments and I’ll be there as well. This show will be featuring 20-plus mostly newer, never-exhibited-before artworks in wide variety of sizes and prices.

In addition to my work on the walls, stained glass artist Patrice Schelkun will be unveiling a stained glass piece based off of my artwork “The Dryad”.

Info
Nichols Berg Gallery
8611 Germantown Avenue (Chestnut Hill),
Philadelphia, PA; 206-380-4070.
Artist Reception Feb. 4,
6 to 9 PM.

And, although I will not be able attend the reception for this show as it̵…

Final WIP Photos: The Tyrant

I wrapped up work on my latest artwork “The Tyrant” earlier tonight. I still have to get “proper” photographs taken, as well as to glaze the artwork, but you can see the final results below (though I took these photos at night under an electric light so the colors may be a bit off). I’ll most likely bring this piece out to my solo art show at Nichols Berg Gallery in Philadelphia, which runs Feb. 4-27th.

“The Tyrant”
18×24″
Acrylic, Gouache & Liquid Gold Leaf on Wood Panel

Triple Tee Sales plus More WIP Photos of "The Tyrant"

A big thank you to the anonymous buyers today who purchased Tees of Queen of Hearts Fairytale and Minerva

Also I worked for another few hours tonight on my latest piece “The Tyrant”. In my previous journal post I had complained that the acrylic seemed too stiff, and was given some advice on how to get a better consistency. I heeded the advice and added some more water to my mix (I tend to work very thickly and that probably exacerbated the problem). I also mixed in some gouache in places and this also helped a lot.

As for the subject matter, one of the reasons I decided to depict a T-Rex, other than the fact that they are BAD-ASS, :D , is because I have had re-occuring dreams involving dinosaurs, and in particular, the T-Rex, for almost twenty years now. Sometimes I have th…

Work In Progress: Trying something different

Snapped a couple of photos of a piece I am currently working on. It’s a bit different than stuff I’ve done previously and only time will tell if it’s a success or a failure.
It’s acrylic on wood panel, 18 × 24″. I think I’m a bit frustrated with the acrylic medium as it seems “stiff” to me (as opposed to oils, which was my previous painting experience). So I may pony up the cash and get oils next time I try a primarily paint-based piece.

“The Tyrant” (Work in Progress)

Fun Online Drawing Tool & 15 Second Scribble Challenge!

Someone shared a link with me for a really fun online drawing tool. I could see this being very interesting if you have a pen tablet but irregardless, you can still waste a fun few minutes on this with a mouse.

CLICK HERE: http://www.zefrank.com/scribbler/scribblertoo/

Example
15 Second Lady Scribble I made.

For a fun challenge,
Post your scribbles below ( with a time limit of 15 seconds or less for any scribbles!).

Here is my second attempt at scribbler

Latest Artwork: "Trinity" - Need Advice

For those who were watching my Work in Progress photos, I finally finished up “Trinity” up last night. Or maybe not! lol.

I’m not sure if the background needs “something”. Does the mid/lower right hand side (near the green horse’s tail) seem a little unbalanced to you? My husband does not think the piece is as intricate as my other artworks, and while it’s true there are not lots of interlocking geometric forms on this, I was trying to emphasize different textures between the smooth gold painted sun discs, the crosshatching on the horses and the more creamy background. But maybe that is not enough?…

Also I may tweak the mane’s a little.

Anyway, here are some photos.

Untitled Work In Progress, Part III

I am getting ready to work on this piece again and hopefully it should be good to go within the next 48 hours.

As for titles, I am leaning towards “Trinity” right now (as suggested by RB member Steph Granshaw (thanks Steph!) or else another couple of suggestions made by others… (“The Procession” or “Behold the Bright Horses”. but we’ll see what I feel like when it’s complete. Right now I like the simplicity of “Trinity”.

January Newsletter

Happy New Year everyone!

NEWS & NOTES

  1. I am excited to start off the New Year, by being the featured artist on TheArtList.com, an online resource for artists and photographers. You can see my interview as well as some of my artwork profiled here: http://www.theartlist.com/aom_01_11.html
  1. Congratulations are in order to George A. from Pennsylvania who recently won a print of “The Garden of Honu” from my Holiday Print Giveaway Contest.

Upcoming Art Exhibit

Mark your calendars!

February 4-27, 2011 | Solo art show at Nichols Berg Gallery, 8611 Germantown Avenue (Chestnut Hill), Philadelphia, PA; 206-380-4070. Artist reception is on Feb. 4, 6 to 8 PM.

I am excited to announce that in addition to my own artwork at this upcoming show, stained glass artist Patrice Schelkun will be displaying a st…