Sunday, November 7, 2010

Saturday, November 6, 2010

Pet Portraits

I would love to start a business of making pet portraits. I love animals and think other people love their pets too. I hope this holiday season I can start and sustain a pet portrait business. If you know anyone that loves their pet a whole lot, let them know about me. Thanks.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Perfect Ratio

The perfect ratio in art is consider to be, 1:1.16. The Pyramids of Giza and the Venus de Milo are two examples of this superior ratio.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010


Silhouettes were the portraiture for the thrifty, it cost less than having a painting done of yourself.

The portraitist would set his subject up behind glass and use a backlight to reveal the silhouette or profile, which he or she would then trace. This was then transferred to black paper which was cut out and then mounted on white paper. A silhouette was the cheapest way to record someone's appearance, also the profile deviates less with age, weight, and illness. Figures were represented on coins in the Roman era in this way. Nowadays they are used for traffic signs and other signage meant to be read quickly.

I like the idea of a silhouette, it's attractive, mysterious, and leaves the rest to the imagination. I started a series of silhouettes and plan to do more. These are the first three.

I do pet portraits for families and friends, and I'm thinking of adding this to the services I provide, especially since I've seen it in the Pottery Barn catalog, it must be turning trendy again.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Brick Oven Art

LAST DAYS to see my art at The Brick Oven. The art will be coming down Oct. 31st. Please go by and check it out, and have some yummy food too!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Art History is...

An artwork, although created in the past, it continues to exist in the present and viewers can see and interpret the work in the light of their own experiences keeping the original meaning and circumstance in mind. Artists and Architects can reinforce or challenge values and practices through the objects they create. As students of art and art history we must look at and discuss art and architecture in order to better understand the social, historical and cultural influences they had then and now.

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Free Souvenirs

A fun idea to make a souvenir instead of spending a small fortune in the gift shop is to collect rocks, shells, or leaves on a nature walk during your next outing and put them in a jar, then let the kids decorate the jar.

Naming Art

I have so much trouble when it comes to naming completed artwork. I would resort to the dominant color in the painting or being obvious and boring. I wish I had a process for figuring out what to call my paintings. Well, I started thinking, what if I started with a title and then painted.

My first painting will be titled "Wings of a Dream"

Toy Portraits

Toy portraits are whimsical and playful. I love these as decoration for the kids' rooms or as an art project for a rainy day when they can't go outside and play. You could make a scavenger hunt out of it with a list of items to get a picture of. Then upload them to the computer and print them as is, or use the color adjust feature in your photo editing program to give it a modern, Andy Warhol-esque look. These are some examples from my son's toy box.

Have fun!!!