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Introducing Shayla Maddox – contributing writer

shayla maddox, artist

I met Shayla a while back in early 2008 on Etsy. We quickly become friends and even exchange handmade Christmas balls at Christmas each year with each other. While we have never met in real life, she is as dear to me as the friends I have in real life. And above that, she understands what it’s like to work online and be self employed in the fine art and illustration business. She is a beautiful person inside and out.

shayla maddox, light reactive painting, acrylic

Shayla lives with her husband and works out of her home studio in Southern California. Shayla will be contributing one blog post each Wednesday to the Art & Musings blog. Her posts will be about… to quote her…

A bit back I suddenly had this burst of an epiphany, from watching Sex and The City no less (which I wouldn’t say I watch regularly or am even a fan of, but there was nothing else on while I was sitting on the ground working on my Christmas balls and now I’m thinking it was bizarrely fated that I watched it.) Anyway, I suddenly saw myself writing a column, a Carrie Bradshaw like column, though discussing art and life as opposed to dating in NYC.

And a bit more about Shyala in her own words…

I paint, and travel, and absorb the universe. And then I paint about those things. My work is a blend of science, Zen style, and Sacred Geometry.

I am inspired by stars, moons, sunsets, tropical beaches, humidity, coloring books, crayons, glo-worms and lite-brites, the Disneyland Main Street Electrical Parade, Jules Verne, The Science Channel, ancient technology and civilizations, the study of the universe, spirituality, stained glass windows, sea glass, telescopes, down-tempo music, Zen wisdom, rainbows, fireflies, water and light.

You can read Shayla’s personal Blog here and visit her Etsy Shop here.

Her first post will be up tomorrow!

Welcome Shayla! xo

My 2011 Sea Life calendar is featured in the radical makeover of Dr. Walsh’s Office

It is with great pleasure that I share this feature with you. An acquaintance of mine, Judy Farquharson emailed it to me today and then Judith Mackin, uber-talented local, Saint John Interior Designer let me know about it too.

My 2011 Sea Life Wall Calendar is featured in the makeover of Psychologist Dr. Jane Walsh’s Office. How exciting!

You can read all about the design makeover and see the before and stunning after pictures on Judith’s fabulous blog.

Thank you Judith and Judy.

Photo credits go to Hemmings House Pictures.

And if you are looking for the 2012 Creatures of Whimsy Calendars they are listed on Etsy and in digital fine art download format on HandmadeCloud.

2012 Handmade Wall and Desk Calendars Are Here – The Creatures of Whimsy – Also available as a digital download to print your own

2012 wall calendar, handmade, jessica doyle, creatures, bird, science fiction art illustration

After much thought and deliberation of what illustrations to use in 2012 calendars I couldn’t help myself and used all the crazy creatures and fantasy themed illustrations that I’ve been creating over the last year.

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The wall calendar is 14 pages and includes a back and front cover. This calendar measures 4.25 by 11 inches (10.5cm by 27.5cm)

desk calendar, science fiction, 4x6, illustrative, dragon, monthly, handmade, printable, digital download, jessica doyle

The desk calendar measures 4 by 6 inches (10cm by 15cm) and is 12 pages with a neeto paper wrap-around that shows each calendar month on the back.

Each 2012 calendar features a different whimsical creature from The Land of Whimsy for each month including a collaborative piece with author, Christopher DeWan for the month of November. The popular Chasing the Dragon is also featured for the month of September with The Messenger of Whimsy leading you into January.

I print each calendar page using archival ink on cardstock. The wall calendar pages including a front and back cover are bound together with a sheer ribbon while the desk calendar is palced into a sturdy jewell case for display.

The wall calendar is available here.

The desk calendar is available here.

AND you can download either one in high resolution print ready pdf format from HandmadeCloud to print and assemble on your own, from the comfort of your home, as many times as you like!

LittleStar Boutique is Fabulous!

CEO of LittleStar Boutique

I’d like to formally welcome LittleStar Boutique to the blog as this blog’s first sponsor. LittleStar was founded by Monica Danielski (CEO), in Douglas, New Brunswick which is about one and half hours North from where I live in Saint John. Continue reading

ACEO Gallery Hop Poster – You are invited

Jorgen Klausen, photographer and owner of the Klausen Gallery designed this fabulous poster for the upcoming group exhibit taking place on May 7, 2010 during the next Saint John Gallery Hop.

Both Milton the Fish and Annabelle the Fish are featured on the poster.

I am madly working on those ACEO’s. I have four more to finish then must scan them and bring them over to the gallery. I will post the final scans to the blog so that you can see them to. I will have both open edition and limited edition ACEO prints, originals and boxed sets of ACEO’s on hand at the show.

An ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They must always measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches and can be created with any medium. They are the exact size of a hockey or Magic trading card. And trust me, they do look lovely matted and framed into an 8×10 inch frame.

Hope to see you out at the Gallery Hop! xo

Video Interview with Elastic Lab – Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me

Last Fall, I was contacted by videographer Frank Sheppard of Elastic Lab to do an interview for their Culture of Content Creation Series. The interview is live now! Go watch it! or watch it below.

Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me from Elastic Lab on Vimeo.

From the site:

In today’s world of social media, digital voices rant and rave, ruminate on their experiences, give life to the world’s causes, bring fame to the worthy, bring shame to the unworthy, denounce dishonesty and evil, and preach a million variations on truth. But while the voices are loud, the social media movement is, for the most part, a faceless movement. Conversations, discussions, relationships, business partnerships, and friendships exist where face-to-face encounters do not. Such is the nature of the Internet, and why this project, The Culture of Content Creation, was launched.

My segment is entitled Working the 9 to 5 job was killing me. I talk about how I how and why I began blogging and how it lead me to what I do today.

I’m honored to be a part of this project. Hope you all enjoy the interview.

And thank you Frank for contacting me to do this!

UPDATE – Thank you to Julie Morey who pointed out in the comments that I could embed this video into my blog from Vimeo! 😀 And to see pictures of my studio please visit this blog post.