Tuesday, January 27, 2009

Painting on a Hubcap!

I have been accepted by a project on www.landfillart.org to create a piece of art from an old hubcap. I just got my primed hubcap in the mail today. Should be fun! I will post the before and after pics when I am done.

To participate you can apply here: http://www.landfillart.org/index-5.html. Ken is looking for participants from all PA counties, all 50 states and as many countires as he can get - for a total of 1041 artists.

It is for a great cause!

Wednesday, January 21, 2009

Another exciting installment of 'Fall Market'

Here we are again. In this episode, I finished up the reflections in the closest window. I then started the long process of doing the trim work - kind of like painting a room in your house :)

I mixed up a blue I liked and then mixed a couple variations - lighter and darker for the closest window. This was the hardest to paint since any variations from straight lines are more noticeable. I really liked the reflections once the criss cross on the window was done.

I then lightened and dulled ever so slightly each blue variation for the next window and repeated the process. After the 2nd window, I was running out of paint so I tried doing some trim around the door. It turned out too light so I will start again there next time. Same Bat Time, Same Bat Channel.

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Work in Progress~! Fall market!

I just love Fall subjects. This is a local Farmers Market that sells all the usual fall goodies including all kinds of apples! Yes, it really is painted that color! As you can see, I have a pretty good start on it. I tried to paint the wall gradually getting duller as it gets farther back - same goes for the pumpkins and flowers. This pic really isn't very good - the pumpkins really glow. I used a bit of blue in the highlight - complimentary colors work great as highlights!

Now, I decided to work on the reflections in the glass. They were quite detailed. I paid more attention to the detail closer to the viewer. This took quite a bit of time and I still need to do more on the reflections. I may need to dull the close one a bit so it doesn't look like you are seeing through the glass. I also may need to adjust the colors and brightness once I add the trim color which is next on the agenda. I also worked on the open door area. That may need darkening a bit later. Everything is in relation to the other colors so I want to get the trim on before I adjust anything else. FYI that big blob in the middle will be a large hanging petunia basket - kind of looks like an octopus right now:)

Friday, January 16, 2009

I am now offering Giclee Reproductions!

I am so excited! I finally decided what to do about giclee prints. I was waffling between getting an expensive printer that requires even more expensive inks or find a place to order professional giclees. Also, not a cheap endeaver.

I wasn't sure where I would put another large printer. With the cost of ink I would still need an everyday printer. My Epson printer clogs if I don't use it for a while so I was afraid that the jets on the new printer would keep clogging from unuse.

My Vast (Visual Artist Street Team) group on Etsy came to my rescue. I heard good things about iPrintFromHome.com. I tried a test print and was very pleased with the result. Their prices are reasonable and they are in my state so I get my orders quickly.

You can check out my Etsy Giclee section here! http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5381568&section_id=5864694

Monday, January 12, 2009

New Facebook Page

Well, I succumbed to the pressure and created my own facebook art page. I would love for you to 'fan' me and 'friend' me if you get a chance.

You can find it here:

So far is has been fun. Some of my relatives are on it so I can see what they are up to as well as promote my work. It is easy to do quite and quite powerful. I am still just scratching the surface:)

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

How about a new T-shirt?

I just added a couple new designs to my CafePress store. I think they are kind of fun. You can find then on lots of t-shirts, sweatshirts, tote bags, tiles, magnets, mugs and lots more! Each one features my original artwork so they are unique and creative.
Visit... http://www.cafepress.com/artgiftsbylmr

Friday, January 2, 2009

Happy New Year~

Wow! Time flies this time of year. I want to wish everyone a happy and healthy New Year.

I have been busy 'undoing' Christmas so to speak. I have most of the decorations down - tomorrow is the tree and then I can get cleaned up and back to normal. I hate to take it all down - everything looks so bare.
This is a pic of our winter wonderland here on my street. We had a storm the previous day and everything was covered in white. It is so beautiful! Thank you for stopping by!


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