Monday, July 9, 2012

Preparing for a Gallery......

A friend of mine is opening a gallery and studio in our town in September, The Copper Frog, and she has asked me to be one of the artists represented in the shoppe. I am extremely honored and very excited about this opportunity. Needless to say I have been finding as much time as possible to work in the studio....with everyone home for summer vacation it is not always easy but I do manage to sneak in a few hours a week. Here are some of the pieces I have just completed....


This piece kind of ventures away from my usual style...but I wanted to try something different.
The illustration adorns the top of a beautiful wooden box that has been painted blue 
and given an aged look. The inside of the box is a beautiful cinnamon color.



This is Ghost Girl. I picked up some new paper a couple of weeks ago (I just have to have anything I find with black and white stripes!) and wanted to see how my pencils would work on the stripes. I fell in love with the look of the muted stripes on her face once covered in white pencil....I though she had a very translucent look and a ghost like appearance..hence the title. She has been mounted on a 12 inch x 12 inch wooden canvas and adored with black paper butterflies that have been edged with black glitter.



This is Natasha...my latest art doll faerie.....she is my first using two toned hair...but she won't be my last! I adore her black and white pig tails!




The Selkie Girl...she was inspired my a book series by Nicole Peeler that I absolutely adore!
She has been mounted on an 8 inch x 8 inch wooden canvas that has been painted black.




This gorgeous little star box was a very fun experiment in texture. I first painted the box a metallic copper...
then topped with a distressed crackle paint in tarnished brass...once that dried the box was then dabbed with 
a distress ink in a beautiful moss color. The inside of the box was painted teal and the dabbed with the 
distress ink in moss as well. Quite beautiful!





And last but not least....meet The Green Pixie....this is my latest faerie box and it is quite large. It measures 12 inches by 9 inches by 3.5 inches. She was drawn on a gorgeous paper that was printed to look like old book pages overlaid with a floral print. I aged it with a crackle glaze and distress inks. The rest of the box has been painted in brown and greens and a bit of gold. Cardboard butterflies that have also been given an ged look with distress inks and a beautiful hand dyed ribbon finish off this enchanting box.