Thursday, November 20, 2014

Something New for You!

I've started a new project that is near and dear to my heart. It's a break from fiber and jewelry, and represents a kind of "Best of" showcasing my 2D images. You'll find art from oil paintings and digital drawings. Some are recent and some hearken back to all those years ago (i.e. the 90's) when I was active on Why should you see these images? Well, this is a great way to see some of my personal favorites in a format that is more manageable than the rather sizeable originals I was making at the time. Is it just a bunch of prints? NOOOO! You can get the images on a wide variety of fitting items such as home goods, clothing, drinkware, articles for computing and office, stationery, bags, jewelry and even pet items. So, what am I leading up to?
I HAVE A NEW CAFE PRESS SHOP (just in time for holiday shopping - hint, hint).

Please follow that link, because I don't know when I'll show up in Google, and CafePress is not organized in such a way that you can search for my shop name (boo, hiss).

So why are these pieces special to me? These are pieces that have survived the years and have hung in my own home, to the delight of many a visitor. They are the most-viewed items from Etsy and DeviantArt. Come along with me through the following lines and I'll tell you about a few.

This is my favorite painting, after a photograph by an artist name Siskin on DeviantArt. It has a bit of history behind it. I have a little bit of a canal phobia. I used to have a recurring nightmare that I was sinking in a canal, thick with polluted water, and there was some unseen force waiting to get me. Thankfully, after trips to Venice and Amsterdam, I'm pretty much okay with canals now. So, here you have a rather dreamy canal picture, sans monster. This one hangs in my home.

This is a recent one - an image that got into my head one day and just wouldn't leave. I played around with completely-hand drawn and computer assisted versions before deciding on this one. Something about everyone having different paths in life. 

One from my days when I was a big fan of the photography of Lexidh Solstad. This is her flower, which I had quite a good time with. I like to say I got "all graphic designy" with this one. I love the vivid colors and combination of organic and geometric forms. It's one I always enjoy seeing again. I must admit, I was overjoyed when I saw it as a duvet cover. This is saying something, because I'm not ususally *that* enthusiastic about my own stuff.

This one is *almost* as good as caffeine for waking up! It was some fun I had using a drawing app on a tablet. It was an almost meditative process drawing this one. I had been inspired by some folk art paintings I had seen of villages, so I put my own spin on it. I am a fan of the reflected elements, because it kind of confuses the whole design and makes it even more fun. This one is supposed to be out-and-out light hearted. I hope it brings a smile.

It's so happy, I could just burst. Another big one that hangs in my own home. I had wanted to paint a Gerber Daisy for years and had never gotten my nerve up. There were many things to consider: color, layout, background, free-form or plotted, open or potted. With this one, I wanted to get away from my comfort zone with color scheme. This is what I came up with and I am happy to see it every morning. Imagine this against a bright green wall. Kaboom! 

So there you have it, a preview of a few of the graphics featured in my CafePress shop. The others stand out as well, so please do give it a gander. I will be adding products for a while still, and hopefully still creating in the near future. Other than that, stay tuned, because I have a really neat nuno-felted garment almost ready to debut!