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Ashley for the Arts 2015

Dear readers,

Well, I’ve taken a little break from blogging since my art show back on the 7th and 8th of August.  It was a great show, and I enjoyed it very much!  I thought I’d share some photos from my tent display.  This is just my 3rd art show so far, but I hope to do more of them in the future.  They are a lot of work, but also such great fun!  I met some wonderful people, both fellow artists with their own work at the show, and the visitors who came to explore the art fair.

If you happened to attend Ashley for the Arts (located in Arcadia, WI) and visited my tent, I want to say thank you for looking at my work!  I hope you enjoyed what I do, and please remember that I would be very happy to draw your old family snapshots by offering Ancestry Art, or also would be happy to draw your beloved pet.  Please don’t hesitate to contact me at   indee.artist.jen88@hotmail.com   if you’re interested!

And now, on to the show! 🙂

It was pretty windy as we set up on Friday, but it calmed down, and the weather was perfect after that for both days.  This was my first two-day show, so there were some new challenges faced, but it was a good experience.

Since my first art show, I’ve changed a few things.  I invested in some pretty curtains to give my tent more personality and character, and also to make it feel like a store instead of just a tent.  Some displays are new since my first show, such as my Christmas art and card display, my Ancestry Art display, as well as some new shelves and boxes for my artwork.  I really wanted a timelessness in my display, so many of the items are reclaimed and old.  Since so many of my drawings are animals, especially farm animals, I like keeping my own family farm’s heritage here with some of the wood boxes that are from around my home.  I like to keep things cozy, so that people feel comfortable coming and going. The two black things up at the top inside the tent are fans, and they were so worth the investment!  They feel great on a hot day!

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This is my Ancestry Art display.  I am happy to say people seemed to respond to it well.

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This is my display for my photo notecards, as well as my fine art prints.

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My new sculpture display.  Some of these sculptures still need to be posted here on my blog.  I’ve fallen behind!

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My art wall, featuring all animals this time, since my drawings of people got their own feature in the Ancestry Art.

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This table is a new addition to my tent this year.  I wanted my newest drawing, the Draft Horse to have his own space.  I also had my scratchboard prints available on this table.  Yes, I now have scratchboard prints available at last! 🙂

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I hope you enjoyed this little taste of my art show.  I had a great time, and for those of you who visited, I hope you had a great time, too!

 
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Posted by on August 20, 2015 in Odds and Ends (Uncategorized)

 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear readers!

As is my tradition, here is my annual Christmas drawing, and the finished Christmas card.

I’ve dedicated this drawing to my wonderful, creative aunt Diane, who, sadly, passed away last October.  I miss her so much that I almost skipped making a Christmas drawing this year because my heart was so heavy.  She died about the time I was planning to start this drawing.  But I decided to do the very best I could, because she was a great encourager of my artwork, and she would have been sad if she knew I wanted to skip my annual Christmas card drawing.  As you can see in the photo below, she loved getting my Christmas cards, and displayed them at her house every year.

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This year’s drawing was quite involved and detailed, and those of you who follow my blog know how much I enjoy details in drawing.

The Magi

– 8×10 inches in size, drawn on Strathmore 500 series Bristol Plate paper.

– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, varying in size from 005 (primarily), 01, and 03.  I haven’t used these pens much, but the ink is a bit warmer, and it flows quickly from the tip, which is nice for deep darks, though it can feel a bit out of control sometimes.  But the quick darks that can be achieved make them a delight to use.

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Here is the finished card.  We did something different this year by choosing to print the drawing on parchment paper, which really warmed it up nicely.

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Continuing with our tradition, my mom and I put our heads together to make the cards.  In the end, as usual, we are happy with the result, and though they require a lot of work, they are worth it.

The inside of the card.  The left side has the lyrics of the hymn “Come Thou Long-Expected Jesus”, and the right side has a message that we created ourselves with some inspiration from other sources.

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And here is the back.  In memory of Diane.

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Merry Christmas, dear readers.  Thank you for looking.

 
 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, my dear readers!

I hope you have a wonderful and warm Christmas surrounded by loved ones and good memories.  Since it’s Christmas, it is time to share my annual drawing for the cards that are sent to family and friends.  I finished this drawing some time ago, but I like to save this for Christmas itself.  My gift to you. 😉

Anyway, this drawing was done in pen and ink, and it is an image of Mary and Joseph showing Baby Jesus to Simeon.  It was a little daunting to draw faces with ink…I haven’t done that much.  It was really fun in the end though!

I’ll share the Christmas card all finished first.  My mom and I work on these together, and she’s the one who so beautifully assembles these cards.  Click to view it larger.

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We spend hours looking for the perfect papers, ribbons, embellishments, and ideas in stores and at home.  It’s one of my favorite traditions.  This year marks the tenth anniversary of this tradition, and it’s going strong.

Here is the Scripture passage we put inside.  Click to view larger.

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The original drawing…

– 8×10 inches in size

– Drawn with Prismacolor Fine Line Markers sized 005 and 01.

– Drawn on Strathmore 400 series Bristol Smooth paper.

Click to view it larger.

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Merry Christmas!  Thank you for looking! 🙂

Interested in buying some of my Christmas cards or other notecards?  Feel free to email me at indee.artist.jen88@hotmail.com for details.

 
 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas!  Today, at long last, I am going to share my Christmas card drawing.  While not everyone on my list of friends and family have yet gotten their cards, I wanted to share this on Christmas Day.

This year, I worked from a photo I took last winter after a breathtaking storm.  There was a woods laced with snow and ice, and a single Angus cow standing before it.  It was a beautiful scene, and I was fortunate to have my camera handy.  It was very, very slow mapping out the whole woods for this drawing.  Talk about time consuming!  But I always do love a challenge, so that was ok.  I enjoyed this one a lot.

Christmas Cow

– 8×10 inches in size.

– Drawn in pen and ink.  Almost exclusively the Prismacolor Premier Illustration Marker, 0.005 mm size.

– Drawn on Strathmore 400 series Bristol Smooth paper.

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Feel free to click on the images to see them larger.

Below is the actual Christmas card we used the image for.

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And here is the inside.  I wrote the poem for the card this year.  It was the first time I wrote the inside message, but I do love to write, so it was fun.

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I hope you are warm and happy and surrounded by family and friends.

Merry Christmas from Oliver and me. 🙂

Yes, he actually seems to enjoy being dressed up.  He feels extra special then.

Thank you for looking.

 

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Christmas Drawing and Card 2006

Here is another of my cards.  This time, I decided to break my graphite tradition and give this one a fresh feel with ink and colored pencil.  I was somewhat new to ink at the time…but I had fun using it for this drawing.  Back then I probably didn’t realize that I would come to almost favor ink over graphite.  My mom is very talented at calligraphy, so the lines written in the banners above and below the angel were done by her.  Isn’t she great at it?

It seems I forgot to sign and date this drawing, but I know it was ’06 because all my other Christmas drawings are dated.

Angel

-8×10 inches

-Done in ink, and then colored pencil for color.

-I used parchment paper for this one, as I wanted the antique look, and I also wanted the paper to work well for Mom’s calligraphy.  As you can see, the paper is somewhat transparent, especially when mounted on black paper.  I rather liked that quality though.

Thanks for looking. 🙂

 
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Posted by on December 26, 2011 in All Artwork, Christmas Drawings and Cards

 

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