Expanding Art on the Net

Last fall, my friend Toni and I helped each other to make Etsy shops.  My Etsy shop can be found at https://www.etsy.com/shop/HanaMeleArt.

My Etsy Shop!

I’m very excited to have this shop as it is one more way to have my work available to the public.  Bluebirds of Happiness are the latest creations I’ve been working on at the Farmers Market and what doesn’t sell at the market will be available at my Etsy shop.

- created at the Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisians Market at Art on the Spot
– created at the Iron Mountain Farmers & Artisians Market at Art on the Spot

 

Buzzing along …

This shows the beginning stages of my next three paintings, themed with bees and blossoms.
This shows the beginning stages of my next three paintings, themed with bees and blossoms.

One of my goals as Springtime approaches, is to incorporate bees into three collage/paintings measuring 11″x14″.  Above, you will see the beginning stages of my work using my blossom sketch, bees I’ve drawn and cut out pieces of paper.  I find as I walk outside and see beautiful pink blossoms on the trees and pink and yellow tulips popping, I want to incorporate those into my artwork.

detail of painted background applied leaves and beginning of painted blossoms
detail of painted background applied leaves and beginning of painted blossoms

Shown above are the blossoms I painted this morning as well as the background color and the collaged leaves.  While working, the thought crosses my mind, “do I want to apply any ink to these paintings, or just stay with embroidery for detail?”  Time will tell!

Have a great rest of your week!

Paint Cut Glaze Paint Draw

more collage Prior to the NoBo First Friday show (in the usual creative frenzy of thinking I will get even more accomplished before the show), I began nine more bluebirds for 5×7 paintings.  I finished my first one last night!  A section of it is shown in the upper  right corner of the photo.

I began with a small canvas and applied color to the outer edges.  While at one of my favorite stores, Two Hands Paperie, I found a beautiful pack of papers.  After choosing one of these lovely paper as a background for the bird, I cut it to the desired size and applied it to the canvas.  Using one of the previously painted nine birds, I trimmed it out (similar to the one with the white background) and applied the bird to the background.  At this point the background competed for attention with the bird and I brushed on a glaze to tone it down.

Next, I painted more leaves and branches.  After allowing drying time, I picked up a pen and added lines for shading and outlining.  The ink added more depth and dimension to the piece.  All that is now left to do is sign it!

If you are so interested by this little bluebird and would like to inquire regarding purchasing, contact me through the “contact” tab above.

Have a beautiful day!

Joan

The Gypsy Cart of Art and More

I hope you are enjoying your summer!  With the warm temperatures and cooling nights, my summer is very enjoyable.  Much art activity has gone on during the past three months.

The Gypsy Cart this past Saturday at the Farmers Market!
The Gypsy Cart this past Saturday at the Farmers Market!

Three times now, the gypsy cart of art has made it to our Farmers Market.  I’ve been very happy with the response from people enjoy the cart and my artwork!  On the cart I have smaller original paintings, prints, hand colored prints, floral garlands, notecards, bookmarks, vegetable bags, and pallet paintings (which are actually off the cart) for sale.  The market is held downtown Iron Mountain, across from the library by the stage.  If you get a chance, stop by say hello and you may the perfect piece of art for a gift.

Some of the art for sale on top of the gypsy cart.
Some of the art for sale on top of the gypsy cart.

A few weeks ago, I helped The Friends of the Braumart to put together the “framework” for the Inaugural Mostra D’Arte show, held during the week before Italian Fest weekend.  It currently is the only gallery style juried art show in Iron Mountain.  Sixteen artists, three jurors, and numerous hours of planning and setting up and striking the show, made for a wonderful exhibition of art.  I was surprised and delighted to win the Third Place Jurors Award on my watercolor painting of The Three Graces which depicted three women stomping grapes.  Sometimes hanging a show can be challenging, but I was so happy with the ease that two women and I had in curating it.  We received many positive comments regarding the hanging!

Meanwhile, up in the studio I’ve been framing watercolor and ink paintings to hang in the gallery.  This is the week I plan to rehang!  During the week, feel free to stop by the gallery downstairs to see what’s new.

The Dig In and Bike On project continues to move along.  Through Kickstarter, 3 racks have been funded and created. Outside of Kickstarter, 3 racks are ordered and a voice agreement for another.  Ronnie Bradke is doing a fantastic job of fabricating the racks.  Two have been installed in the downtown and I hope the third can be installed this week in time for the Labor Day weekend.

May the rest of your summer and the coming weekend bring you much delight!

Joan

Boulder Creek Painting and Photo

Boulder Creek photo w painting

Many times I’ll capture a photo of a beautiful place with the intention to someday paint it.  Now as I write this, you need to understand that creating a painting from a photo is not the same as to make it look just like the photograph.  If that is the intent, why bother in the first place, just use the photo.

I use the photo as reference for shapes and placement.  If you look at the picture above you will see my original photo of Boulder Creek and the unfinished painting.  The original photo is dark due to the overcast day.  I love to use color and using brighter colors, especially compared to the muted tones in the photo, gives the painting more life and joy than the photo.  The color gives me more of the emotion of how I feel when I think of Boulder Creek.  I use the photo to get a general idea of placement, a starting point for a composition, not as a compulsion to put every single bush, branch and stone into my painting.  The photo is a starting point only.

Cast your vote for Soulfood to win a Peoples Choice Award!

Hello Everyone!

I’m very excited to announce one of my pieces of artwork is showing in an online exhibition for the Artist Table titled “Let’s Get Acquainted!”   I’m very excited about this because Soulfood (pictured above) is one of my favorite pieces of artwork.

Click on the link below to see Soulfood.  Once you have it enlarged, in the bottom left corner is a small Google + button. Click on that button to cast your vote for my piece titled, “Soulfood” to receive the People’s Choice Award! I would really appreciate your vote! This piece of artwork measures approximately 4′ x 4′! ♥https://sites.google.com/a/artisttableonline.com/lga/13

Thank you for voting and feel free to share this post with your friends so they can vote, too!

New projects

New inspiration can come from an old design. We own a small trailer that is in dire need of fresh paint, so I began to think of the uses of this trailer. Uses ranged from hauling kayaks to anything else! My thoughts drifted to the delightful carts in the markets in Florence and my wheels began to turn.
Trailer seems like such a mundane word for this project so I now refer to it as my gypsy cart!
Remembering a design I made for a letter boxing project turned to a graphic for my Out On A Limb line, I began to play with the tree image.
Proportions of the original design match the back gate of the gypsy cart, so that will be easy. Next, I began to play with the tree and expanded it. Now the plan for the sides will be and extended play of the tree morphed into 3 different trees!
Working along the “green” lines, I’m choosing to use the paint I have on hand … let’s see what we come up with!