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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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Shelby the Blue Heeler Commission – Finished

After filling in the last few details, thickening up her fur, finishing her collar and tags, and, of course, signing it, this drawing is now complete.

Shelby is a beautiful dog, and it was a pleasure to draw her.  With all of that thick, plush fur, the deep blacks of her face and spots, and the whiskers…this one kept me alert and focused.  It was a great dog to draw!

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

– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens, ranging in size from 005 (primarily), 01, and a touch of 03.  Despite the darks needed for this drawing, I stuck with a very fine-tip pen as much as I could, so it wouldn’t look blocky or rushed.

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A couple of close-ups.

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And finally, here is a short video of the progress from start to finish.

https://thecozyred.files.wordpress.com/2015/02/shelby.wmv

Thank you for following along, for the likes, and for the comments.  The support is much appreciated! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 15, 2015 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink, Videos

 

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Shelby the Blue Heeler Commission WIP 7

I’ve done quite a bit with this since I last posted. The fur around the neck and chest is thick and dense, and it’s been interesting trying to get the textures and values to work. She has muscular shoulders, so there is a lot of width to them. The collar is more in place, and the metal parts I’m saving for last, because they will be fun to do.  I’ve gone a little darker again with the mask on her face, and have added some more textures to her face as well. Not far from done now. 🙂

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Thank you for looking.

 
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Posted by on February 11, 2015 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Shelby the Blue Heeler, Commission WIP

Hello there,

After a long span of time since my last post, I finally have some art to share here on my blog.

I am working on a new commission of a pretty Blue Heeler by the name of Shelby.  She is friends with Buddy, whom I had the pleasure of drawing some time ago.  This drawing had a bit of a bumpy start, as I had some trouble getting the graphite preliminary sketch to look correct (it’s still so-so), but today, I realized I have to stop second-guessing myself and just start with the ink already.  What you’re seeing is the ear.  Shelby’s face is mostly black, with some gray markings, so I really need to push the values on this drawing.  I’m enjoying it very much.

This drawing is essentially a series with Buddy, so the crop and “feel” of the drawing will be very similar.  This is 8×10 inches, and I’m using Strathmore 500 series Bristol Plate paper.  It is amazing paper, by the way.  So strong and smooth – perfect for applying a lot of ink (…or for erasing many mistakes… 😉 ).  I’m using a different kind of pen this time, Sakura Pigma Micron Pens, which are a little inkier and slightly warmer in color than my usual Prismacolors.  I like them for the most part, though the flow of ink can be a little intimidating for a detail freak like me.  However, they work very well for Shelby, since she’s got such dark coloring.

I hope you will follow along with this WIP, and feel free to leave a comment if you wish.  Thank you for looking.  I hope you’re all having a good Christmas season. 🙂

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Posted by on December 13, 2014 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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