On May 7th, 2010 which is the next Saint John Gallery Hop, I’ll be exhibiting and selling my miniature artworks; namely ACEO’s at the Klausen Gallery in Uptown Saint John with other miniature artists in the city. It is the first show of it’s kind in this area.
An ACEO stands for Art Cards, Editions and Originals. They must always measure 2.5 by 3.5 inches and can be created in any medium on any surface. They are a great way to collect affordable art. ACEO’s are the standard size of a Hockey and/or Magic trading cards.
David Hayward of NakedPastor will also be exhibiting and selling his work at the show along with about 10 other artsists.
I will have ACEO mini prints, limited edition ACEO mini prints and ACEO originals for sale. Matting and framing will be available on site to, as the Klausen Gallery is also a picture framing gallery. Over the next few weeks as I prepare for the show I’ll be posting to this blog some ACEO’s that you’ve likely not seen. Some are available for purchase in my Etsy Shop. And if there is one you see that you need to buy and it not listed in my art shop simply let me know and we can set something up.
I am also working on my own shop that will be tied into this blog. It is set to open in a few weeks hopefully!
The original Bethany ACEO is listed for sale in my Etsy Shop.
I seem to float between drawing on paper and the need to paint three dimensional objects that are useful. Each little wooden box starts out naked… then I clothe it in Gesso and let it dry and harden overnight and upon waking, sand it smooth before decorating it’s skin.
When my mind is restless and full, it seems to gravitate towards painting freehand patterns to work those repetitive and occasionally obsessive thoughts out of my head. It’s gratifying to see a flirty flower, then pattern emerge stroke after stroke contouring the box surface.
When the pattern is complete I varnish it three times for good luck!
Each little box measures about 1 1/2″ – 2 11/16″ (4cm – 6,9cm).
Recently, I commissioned my father to build 10 trunks for me. These trunks are the old antique style trunks. They measure about 12 to 16 inches in width and are made from his own pattern. I’ll be painting larger and more one of a kind items this year. The trunk pictured below is one Dad built for me about 15 years ago!
And it’s still flowering! I moved it into the kitchen from the living room and set it on the central island there, as my coffee table (old vintage blue trunk) gets filled quickly with knick knacks, namely art supplies as I sit and doodle on the couch.
I’m officially renaming this Christmas Cactus, Birthday Cactus. The cactus will likely be moved again tomorrow. I’m hosting a little potluck with friends and family Saturday evening to celebrate my 36th Birthday (which is on Sunday) and we’ll need the island for food and wine.
I’m baking salt & pepper wings and also making from scratch two vegetarian quiches. The salt & pepper wings were on sale tonight at my local grocer. They are uncooked but oh so tasty.
I am rather loving the price checking war going on between Sobey’s and the Atlantic Superstore at the moment. Fifty percent of the groceries I bought yesterday were reduced to beat the competitors price. And here in Saint John, NB there are only those two chains of grocery stores to shop from with various locations scattered around the city. They can continue to battle it out. It’s fabulous for my wallet. There does exist the odd veggie, fruit and meat market but they are very far and few between and only located in the Historic Uptown core.
Happy Friday everyone!
You know how you move into a new home and you’ve got no clue what was planted or not planted, will grow or not grow, is a weed or not a weed; with the latter being the most important question.
So, I just let it all grow this summer to see what popped up.
Well, this lovely lily opened yesterday along the foundation facing north in the front yard. It really is that fuchsia and vibrant in colour!
Amazing! And it’s amazing that everything surrounding it, is sadly, weeds.
You might also like the backyard blossom…
This tree is loaded with pretty petite white blossoms. Each blossom turns into a miniature plum complete with mini pit and at the mature size of a blueberry they are the sweetest little plums I’ve ever had the pleasure of eating.
I’ll be regularly updating the Garden 2009 Set on Flickr with both photos from my current residence with my folks and that of my own house once I move in 😉
Each miniature original was drawn with india ink, pilot pens and opaque white ink on various acid free card stock and are available in the Original Art/Aceo Section of the shop.
Keep an eye out for much larger 10 to 19 inch prints in the shop. They ARE coming soon! Because my miniatures are very detailed in nature I can scan them at obscenely high resolutions and am able to print them out at much larger sizes all the while retaining that detail. And so many of you have been requesting larger sizes… hang tight. They are on their way very soon. Likely in May xo
It’s not often that I’ll share my process with you on how I create an illustration from beginning to end for a few reasons. Namely, it’s uber difficult when hit with inspiration to stop what you are working on and scan that in or take photos of it in equally timed steps. Two, it’s apparent that one runs the risk of being copied and I’m not talking about being inspired or learning from another artists work. Where would any artist be without being inspired! Three, I’m shy.
So, here I am revealing to you how I created this whimsical illustration aptly entitled Evolution.
Step 1 – Ink on paper
Using Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pens I drew the mandala shape freehand on Strathmore flower petal paper. I do not draw in pencil first and then ink over top. I eliminated that step a while back. I tend to use the Brush (B) tip to draw the illustration with and refine it with both the Fine (F) tip and Small (S) tip artist pens.
Update – And thanks to Lorrie who asked “how big is it?” Final finished size is 8×8 inches / 20,3cm by 20,3cm.
Step 2 – Watercolour on ink
By painting a thin wash of watercolour within the petals and varying shapes I created the underpainting of the illustration. I paint using Windsor & Newton Watercolour with a #8 long handled Deserres Turquoise Brush.
Step 3 – Coloured pencil
After the watercolour dried I highlighted and shadowed the mandala with Prismacolor Verithin Coloured Pencils. The image is beginning to pop now!
Step 4 – Ink details and coloured pencil refinement
I added the central stamens using a white opaque Pilot pen and added highlights with minuscule little dots to the ocher green watercolour. These pens are great and will remain opaque on most darker surfaces. And I added green ocher ink to the outer perimeter of the mandala.
Step 5 – Final
Drawing feathery wisps using a pretty pink Pilot pen I finished the outer perimeter of the Mandala and added a similar shade of pink with coloured pencil to create the illusion of melon… Well, that’s what I’ll call it. Melon.
•Prismacolour Colored pencils
•Windsor and Newton Watercolour
•Faber Castel Pitt Artist Pens
•Pilot Hi-tec C Pens
I welcome your feedback and hope you enjoyed learning about my creative process. Please feel free to share this post and/or link to any of your creative process blog posts within the comments below.
The original Evolution illustration is for sale in the shop and is also available a limited edition archival print.
The set is available here.
And in other news…
picked up pilot pen
drew on pretty petaled paper