Just a couple of news items regarding my Art Fire shop...
I am offering free worldwide shipping on everything in my store through December 31, 2009. I've already had one customer take advantage of this special offer!
Plus I will be listing a new product over the next few days. I will be offering blank notecards featuring my artwork and photography, both single cards and sets! There will be various themes, such as flowers, Hawaii, puffins, and landscape, to name a few. Here is a little preview of some of the cards:
There are more! I'm quite excited to be able to expand my shop and offer more products. This is something that I've wanted to do for a while. This first batch will include mostly my photography, but I plan to feature cards with more of my artwork in the near future.
Thanks for checking out my blog. See you next time!
Friday, November 27, 2009 | | 0 Comments
So I took a bit of a break from the latest cat painting to do some work on the diptych paintings I am doing for my best friend.
Alicia, if you actually check this... DON'T LOOK! :)
I'm a horrible friend. We decided last year to do a piece of artwork as our present for each other. She gave me a beautiful hand-painted mask. I started a painting for her, but it went bad. VERY BAD. So, I'm doing the diptych paintings for her - one painting for last year, one for this year. LOL! Thank God I have a wonderful and very understanding best friend. :)
I still have more work to do on these paintings, but it's off to a good start. The background has a subtle golden shimmer to it that I just love and the sides are painted the same dark brown as on the design below. I have to touch up some of the brown, then on the whirls and flowers and birds, I'll be adding flourishes of the burnt orange and gold from the background.
I think tomorrow after the Thanksgiving get-together with my family, I'll be settling down and working some more on both this painting and the one of the cat on the woman's head. I really, really want to get the cat's face painted and then I need to sit down and get the woman's face painted. I did an initial layer of the skin tone, but it just didn't come out right. Hoping the second times the charm!
Wishing you all a very happy Thanksgiving!
Thursday, November 26, 2009 | | 2 Comments
Starting today, my shop - Quirky Dame Designs - has joined the Virtual Craft Show at Cafe Handmade! I am proud to be in the company of other wonderful artists and their gorgeous creations. Seriously, I'm seeing some unique, beautiful things featured. You can check it out at:
Take a peek at the shops. Who knows? Maybe you'll find a present or two for the people on your list. Or a treat for yourself! And if you see something that really catches your fancy, leave a comment or vote for your favorite shop. I guarantee you, it'll make that person's day!
Want to see the latest progress on the painting of the cat perched on the woman's head? Here's a little glimpse of the cat:
Sunday, November 22, 2009 | | 2 Comments
So yesterday at work, I found myself daydreaming. Not an unusual occurrence, but an idea came to me that I felt I had to sketch. So when my co-worker came to cover me for lunch (I'm a receptionist, so someone has to cover the desk whenever I step away) I grabbed my sketchbook and pencil. I had that feeling, the one that I have begun to realize is a sign that I need to sit down and sketch immediately. It was one of those moments where the lines seemed to go down on the paper just as I wanted them to, where things just fell into place and I didn't have to draw and erase lines a million times before I got them right. I love those moments.
So I did just that and got those lines down on the page. Just a bare bones sketch, so that I could fill in the rest of the picture when I painted. Here's the sketch:
Wednesday, November 18, 2009 | | 0 Comments
I was just sprucing up my blog and preparing to make my next post when I realized that I never posted the finished picture of the owl painting I had been working on. It's now listed on my Art Fire shop (also have one on Etsy) so it's about time I posted it on here! So... without further ado, may I present...
Sunday, November 15, 2009 | | 1 Comments
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