31 March 2008
30 March 2008
Thanks for all your help! xoxo
28 March 2008
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18 March 2008
I have been getting a great response to my grid project and have been very busy adding new artists to my site as quickly as I have been getting them. I have "met" so many incredibly talented artists this way, and feel very fortunate to have them all included in this project. So many, in fact, that I have decided to take one a week and feature them as the super talent of the week they are. Jewels Curnow is beautifully well made, unique jewelry that blows Tiffany's out of the water. There. I said it. Step it up, Tiffany's, cause us indie designers are takin' over the world! Here is what I am drooling over:
If you are an artist, and haven't yet joined my grid, what are you waiting for?
17 March 2008
I'm Irish, and too busy celebrating to have new art today, so you're the lucky one! Buy anything from any shop (prints, clothes, original painting, vase, or anything else), and I will enter you to win an original, custom mini painting free. What a deal! I will paint what YOU want, for free!!
14 March 2008
13 March 2008
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07 March 2008
With digital cameras and photoshop, just about every artist is starting to photograph more and more of their own work. There are many ways to do this well, many requiring a certain amount of special equiptment. The most important things to remember, whether taking pictures for ebay or a website, is to have good lighting and crisp, in focus photos. You can take all your pictures outside, and alot of people do, but you are at the mercy of the elements. Instead, why not set up a small photo studio inside with just a few things, and get consistent pictures everytime.
To build a mini studio, you will need:
3 pieces of cardboard or particle board of some kind, at least 16x20, all the same size
1 or 2 tripods
I used the backing from 3 old frames, a desk light (garage sale find $2), a pendant light (IKEA $10), a shop light ($10 including bulb), tripod for shop light (free from friend-too broken for a camera, fine to hold a light), 3 daylight spectrum 100-watt bulbs, and a tripod for my camera (Best Buy $15). The idea is to use what you have, and buy as little as possible.
After you gather your materials, paint one side of the pieces of wood bright white. Paint several layers so none of the material shows through.
Next, fasten the sheets together as shown below. My wood had holes in the sides so I just tied it together with string at the corners/ edges.
Position your lights so one is above, and two are directly in front to the sides. You will have to experiment to figure out where to have the lights without blocking your camera.
Set up your camera on the tripod, turn off the flash, and go to town!
When you are done, your setup should look something like this:
This works for paintings or 3D objects. Just put something white or neutral on the table under your 3D piece so there is no distracting background. Good Luck and have fun! xoxo
06 March 2008
05 March 2008
Next week I will have the devil girl pinup. xoxo
04 March 2008
No, no, not art for babies! It's teeny tiny, itsy bitsy paintings! My newest paintings are mini- six inches square and one inch deep. Not only are they fun to do, they are my way of offering cheap art to anybody that wants original art without the snobby price tag. I enjoy doing them because it forces me to focus on one thing, instead of a bunch of different elements. Here is the painting I did last night. It is a study on color, and the details of one orchid. To buy any of my mini art, I have added a new page to my website- click here to see!
03 March 2008
My goal is to get artists from all over the country. Pass this along to anyone who might be interested...I want alot of variety!!! I am starting it, of course, with this tiny pic: