Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Photorealism vs Photographic Art Exhibit

I have written once before about how photographic art and photorealism can confuse the viewer with regards to the method of creation of the artwork. I am excited to revisit this topic and let you know I will be taking part in an upcoming exhibit that will give viewers the ability to see some work in both styles side by side. The exhibit will be at the Creativity and Wellness Center in the Riverside area of Fort Worth during the month of June, 2016.

To recap, my photographic art starts out when I snap a digital image. I then digitally alter the images I take so that they often resemble paintings or sketches in a variety of artistic styles. I will have several pieces of my ready to hang photographic art that most closely resemble nature paintings or pastels in the exhibit. Images of two of my pieces are included in this post. I am also anticipating a couple of photographic art pieces by David and Carol Kelly that I have collected to be part of the exhibit.

Photorealism will be represented by John McCauley. I have seen some electronic images of his artwork and I can't wait to see them in person. (Update: I got to see John's work when I went to hang my artwork for the exhibit and his paintings are even nicer in person.)

The Creativity and Wellness Center's hours vary some. Check out their calendar of classes and open studio times. These times are likely to be best for visiting and viewing the exhibit. It is recommended that you call to verify before venturing out to make sure the Center will be open when you want to visit.

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Eclectic Design Choices to be at Herb Festival

The Greater Fort Worth Herb Society holds its Herb Festival at the Fort Worth Botanic Gardens this coming Saturday, May 21, 2016 from 9am - 3pm. Your $4 entry fee (children under 12 are free) helps support the Herb Society and you gain access to a great selection of plants and artisan creations as well as a couple of gardening related lectures.

I will have a large selection of my photographic art for you to browse through. You will find ready to hang images on canvas and metal, matted prints, note cards, purse hangers, bookmarks, clocks and more. I will also have a limited selection of my jewelry creations with a focus on crystals and nature. If you make it to the festival, please stop by my booth and say hi.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Design This - Quilled Bird

Most of my Design This series posts showcase requests that I have been commissioned to make or projects I am making for myself. Only one of these posts so far has focused on a custom order I asked someone to make for me. This post also focuses on a custom request I made but the end result would be the focal point of a gift for a friend and not something for myself.

A friend recently opened a brick and mortar store front, The Creativity and Wellness Center, and she was about to get married so I wanted to get something special for her. I had recently seen some beautiful quilled artwork on Etsy that reminded me a bit of the bird that she was using in her branding. This inspired me to see if I could find someone to interpret her bird in quilling that I could attach to a blank plaque that had been waiting for a project.

I searched quilled art on Etsy and found a shop, GeorgianaArtAndStyle, whose work reminded me the most of my friend's bird. I inquired about a custom order of a quilled bird inspired by the image on my friend's website, of a particular size, with the black tail and head feathers navy instead of black and without the legs. The shop owner gave me a quote and I happily purchased my custom listing.

My order showed up in the expected time frame and was beautiful. It even included the heart that hovers over the bird in the image I supplied to the quilling artist. The details were executed in exquisite detail. However, it was larger than the specs I had asked for, so the plaque I had planned to use would not work because it was not large enough. I had to come up with another way to mount the bird.

I had a small log cross section that looked like it might work if I let some of the tail feathers hang off, but after sanding the face of it smooth I decided it also was too small for the lovely piece of quilled art. After hunting around some more I noticed a piece of wood in my scrap pile that turned out to be a good size. I sanded the faces and took off the sharp corners of the edges. I painted it white with dark blue edges. I think this color combination actually worked out much better than the original wood plaque I had planned to use. Now my only problem was that the balance of the bird and heart on this shape block was not quite right. I decided it needed its legs back so I played around with some simple legs that would complement the bird and added a real paint brush for the bird to stand on similar to the bird in the branding image.

If you need something made by a creative person, there is a really good chance you can find someone on Etsy to make it for you. Search for something similar to what you have in your mind's eye and ask the shop owner whose creation most closely matches what you are seeking about a custom commission. Hopefully you will have a successful outcome like I did.

Sunday, May 8, 2016

Thanks for the Treasuries - April 2016

Three Etsy shop owners and one Etsy team let me know they had featured one or more of my items in a treasury during April. Nine April Etsy treasuries, that treasury makers let me know about, included one of my creations. You can see a collage below of my items from EDCCollective and EclecticSkeptic that were featured during April. (Click on the collage to see a larger view.)

I really appreciate being featured by the treasury makers. To thank them, I have listed below a link to the Etsy sellers that let me know they had featured one or more of my items, as well as an item from their shop that I like. In addition you will see information about the TexasFriendsTeam that also featured an item of mine.

Enjoy window shopping and please click on the links of anything that catches your eye.

Girlie Gals offers you sparkle and shine at affordable prices. "It's a Bling Thing!"

This shop owner turns graphics into button dangle earrings, hair clips, keychains and more.

Handcrafted quilted items make cheerful gifts full of homemade goodness & care.

Past, present and future Texans are welcome and encouraged to join this team. The only real rules of the group are to promote friendly, The TX Way, and be respectful to all who participate.