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Christmas Cards for Sale!

Hello dear readers,

I hope you’ve all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!  Just to kick off the Christmas season, I would like to share with you my Christmas cards!  I’ve just posted them for sale at my shop (you can find it at my website, just follow the link). https://www.thecozyred.com/shop

If you’re interested in purchasing some beautiful, handmade cards for your loved ones this Christmas, check them out.  Hurry, though!  They’re quite limited quantity!  Here’s a little preview:

 

Nativity Front CR

Wise Men Front (inserted jewel) CR

Winter Cow Front CR

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I have seven different cards for you to choose from.  I do hope you’ll check them out.  And don’t forget, it’s gift-giving season.  Feel free to explore my shop to see if anything else catches your eye. 🙂

Thanks, and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

 

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Norman Finished

My little monochrome friend is all finished.  Fortunately, I did manage to finish this drawing before my art show last weekend.  The show, I’m happy to say, went very well and I had a great time!  If you visited my booth at the Banbury Art Crawl, thank you very much for stopping in!

After thoroughly pushing the darks all over, as well as finishing the shoulder, thinning out the whiskers, and adding some other last-minute touches, Norman is complete.

Norman

– Measures 8×8 inches.  Drawn on Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate paper.

– Drawn with Sakura Pigma Micron pens.  005 was, as usual, the most frequently used size, as well as 01 and a touch of 03.  For the tiny changes in light and shadow in the white parts of the fur, I actually preferred to use a 005 pen that was mostly dried out.  It leaves much smaller dots since it is getting dry, yet it is still very consistent and trustworthy.  It helped a lot in those faint, tiny dots you see around the nose and mouth, as well as the throat and chest.

Norman Finished - CR

Here are some close-ups.

Thank you for looking!  I hope you enjoyed watching this drawing take shape, and would love for you to join me in my next drawing work-in-progress! 🙂

 
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Posted by on February 8, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Norman WIP 2

I’ve got Norm’s eyes in place now.  I wanted to build the values very gently, so I used a 005 size pen, and a somewhat dried out one at that.  I keep the older, well-used pens because they create smaller dots while still being consistent in their performance.  They are not good for building quick values, but for delicate work, the worn-out pens are the best.

I’ve also got the second ear further along, too, as well as the values across the head and cheeks.  He’s taking shape. 🙂

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Thanks for looking!

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2016 in All Artwork, Pen and Ink

 

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Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas, dear readers!  I am hoping you have a warm and cheerful season and remember why we celebrate this time every year – because Jesus was sent to save us from our sin.  That is truly the greatest gift of all!

Following my own tradition, I have done another drawing to use for Christmas cards this year.  I started in early October and finished it in mid-December.  It is larger than usual, so it took some real dedication and time to complete.  It also has a full background, which I don’t do too often.  One more factor that made this particular year a challenge is the fact that, aside from a few basic references and inspirations, this is hugely from imagination this year.  Was that ever challenging!  The details were slow coming to me since most of them had to be imagined up first.  It was a very good stretch out of my comfort zone.

Nativity

-Measures 8 x 14 inches.  I happened to have a nice frame of this size, and I really liked the idea of a panoramic shape for this drawing.

-Drawn on Strathmore 500 Series Bristol Plate paper.  I started by making a light but detailed preliminary sketch in graphite.  After several long sittings working on the graphite outline, I began to add ink.  As usual, this is mostly done with stippling, though hatching and some other marks were used, as well.  I used Sakura Pigma Micron pens for this drawing, mostly the tiny 005 size, but a bit of 01 was used, too.

Complete Drawing CR

And here is the finished Christmas card.  My mom and I work so hard on this every year, and it is one of the greatest traditions I can imagine having.  I am so thankful for this tradition!

The card-sized prints we made of my drawing were done in a slight sepia tone so it would draw all the colors of the Christmas card together.  The card has, as usual, several layers of card stocks and papers, and brads hold the banner with John 1:14 on the bottom of the card.

Christmas Card 2015 - CR

And here is the top part of the inside of the card, which is “There’s a Song in the Air” by Josiah G. Holland.

Christmas Card 2015 Top Insert - CR

Here is the lower part of the card, the greeting.

Christmas Card 2015 Lower Insert - CR

And finally, here are some close-ups of my drawing.

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I certainly had fun with this, and I hope it will bring all of you some Christmas cheer.  Thank you for looking.  Have a Merry Christmas!

 
 

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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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Josephine

I’m skipping ahead to one of my newer sculptures.  I was having a difficult, desolate day a few weeks ago, and I knew that if I didn’t sink my thoughts and my focus into something creative, I would probably start punching walls or something like that.  Though I won’t go into details about the reasons for my feeling that way, I felt it was important to point out why this sculpture is near and dear to me.  It got me through a hard day and left me smiling and feeling that my anger has been released through a much needed creative outlet.

This is also a first for me.  I’ve done wire animals up to this point, but this is the first time I’ve attempted a human sculpture.  It was incredibly fun and I hope to make more like this one!  I’ve named her Josephine for two reasons.  First, I have two grandmothers (one great, and one great-great) with this name, and I also have a book character whose name is Josephine.

Josephine

– Measures 9 1/2 inches tall by 3 inches wide.

-Made with numerous kinds of wire, both steel wire and dark annealed wire of various gauges.  She has more embellishments than most, which made her interesting to assemble.  Her dress is made with a collection of metal flower pins that I purchased some time ago.  Under the flower “skirt” is a solid mass of wire, which was handy for attaching the pins with wire.  I bought a lot of 100 of these pins, not sure what I’d use them for, but knowing they would be great for something.  The bodice of her dress is an embellishment I got at an art store.  Her arms are recycled from a broken doll I had on hand.  The hat is an old pin which was a dated gold color.  I painted it to suit the sculpture, and sealed it with a clear coat to finish it.  Her hair is a long length of gold chain wound around to look like long tresses.  She stands on a metal base which was a piece of junk that a friend gave me, knowing how I love metal junk for my work.  Thank you, Jana. 🙂

Thanks so much for looking!  I hope you like this sculpture.

 
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Posted by on August 5, 2015 in All Artwork, Sculpture & Mixed Media

 

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Draft Horse Finished

At long last, after working on this for the last six months, I am finally calling this piece complete.  It was worth the time…I had a lot of fun with this drawing, and I’ve learned a lot, too.  The variety of textures in the reference made this very challenging, but as I’ve said before on this blog, I do love a challenge. 🙂

Draft Horse

– 8×8 inch Ampersand scratchboard.

– Tools used: Mostly an X-Acto Knife with a #11 blade, and also two sizes of fiberglass brush, and Faber-Castell Pitt pens.  I used the black pen for correcting mistakes, and various gray shades to add depth and dimension.  The leather and fabric textures were done by “whitening” out the shape with a fiberglass brush and X-Acto Knife, and then going over them with pale gray pens to obscure the individual marks and give the surface a soft, even texture.  In the leather parts, I went in stages.  White out, soften with pen, white out, soften with pen, and finally ended with bright, worn spots where they were needed.

Draft Horse Finished CR

Some close ups for those interested in seeing the details. 🙂

Draft Horse 12 - Finished - Crop 3 CR

Draft Horse 12 - Finished - Crop CR 2

Draft Horse 12 - Finished - crop CR

Thank you to everyone who followed along and commented along the way.  The company makes me happy.  I hope you’ll join me for the next work in progress!

 
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Posted by on July 8, 2015 in All Artwork, Scratchboard

 

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