Thursday, July 31, 2008
To claim your prize just go on over to my Etsy Shop and start looking around. Place any print ( $24.99 or less) in your shopping cart and then choose to "pay by check" ... ( then just DO not send the check!). You will not be charged anything at all and I will e-mail once I see your order. If you prefer you can also e-mail me and then write out your item choice, and your shipping address.
You have until August first to claim your prize.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
I am offering 2 free reproduction prints on canvas from my Etsy Shop to 2 lucky winners. You can win a reproduction print of your choice ( no not your own pet, sorry ) valued at $24.99 or less. To win just be the first or the last person to comment on this post.
How To Enter This Contest:
#1 Post a kind comment on this post by midnight tonight ( 7/30).
#2 Check Back on 7/31. Was your comment the first on this post or the last? If so ... then you WIN! You have to post a comment to have a chance (no e-mails please). Multiple posts by the same person are not allowed if you are trying to be last.
#3 Tomorrow I will post the winners and tell them how to redeem.
Click on any image below to visit my Etsy Shop. Shoppers are welcome!
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
(See all 6 proofs)
According to an article by Mary Hanna "In the world of dog-naming, human names continue to dominate, according to a company that sells engraved dog tags. The top five male names are Max, Jake, Buddy, Bear and Bailey. For females, dog owners prefer Maggie, Bear (the gender-neutral name of the dog world), Molly, Shadow and Lady".
Monday, July 28, 2008
In googling Klimt and his cat I also found a rather charming little book over at Amazon for kids called Klimt and His Cat.
Saturday, July 26, 2008
I bumped into Eve on Flickr several months ago when I discovered some crazy lady covering an entire section of wall with a giant squid mosaic. At that time I too was nipping glass in pursuit of squid themed mosaics. It has been over a month since I have worked on any mosaics and I am missing it. So today I post on someone that seems to be going at full-time. She has been showing a lot, and is even being represented in Daas Gallery.
Her subject matter includes aliens, squid, skulls and more.
Go check out the Kraken Mosaic Etsy shop and support this talented artist.
Friday, July 25, 2008
Are you using video yet to promote your art or business? After you watch this scroll down for some video resource links. Next Friday I will try to post an interview I am going to do with a local artist pal of mine on her handmade Jewelry studio.
Video Resource Links:
How To Create a Video Cast from Shelly Hall
Web Video Marketing:
Trends, Techniques, and Copywriting Tips
Another great post from Copyblogger about Video
Copyright Free Music links:
Thursday, July 24, 2008
See all 6 proofs
See all six proofs
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
When I was studying jewelry & metalworking back in the 80's at college I dreamed of taking courses at Penland. Penland is an amazing school located in the Mountains of North Carolina. While on vacation last week we toured the campus and I realized that all the mythology about this place was true. It really is a magical place to create. I never got around to leaving my kitties for the summer back when I was 20 to head off to Penland, but it is never too late. I think next summer may just be the summer that I take a workshop.
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
24 x24 pet portrait on canvas
I am still settling in from our trip, playing with video and photos. I am back at work today and working hard to get caught up. I will be posting new art and trip pics soon.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Monday, July 14, 2008
We are traveling today. I miss my Scotties so much, but we are fortunate to have one of my best pals house sitting for us. Today we visited Graceland in Memphis. I am posting a few photos from our visit, starting with groovy retro pink poodle wallpaper found in Elvis' down stairs bathroom. Other pooch related stuff would be a vinyl poodle handbag, his gold record for "Hound Dog" and of course it was sporting a terrier as the RCA logo.
No matter where you go in this world you can find doggy related visual stuff if you just look for it. Try it yourself today when you get in the car and go to the grocery store, post office, or other errands. How many ads, printed phrases, etc can you find that relate to dogs? You will be surprised.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
My digital studio is organized chaos all the time. I am so excited, I just signed up for Alyson Stanfield's on-line class for getting organized. I am optimistic and nervous about this new commitment. I hope it changes my life and that I can tame the clutter monster that dwells at the heart of my business, studio, and yep, my home-life. Today is the last day to sign up ... so check it out. I would love it if some of my artist pals would join the class. My good pal Sheila called me today to remind me, and we both tried to come up with a dozen reasons why we should not do it ... in the end we would not let the other off the hook.
Monday, July 07, 2008
I also worked on some adorable pop art kitties named Sammy & Snuggles. Also proofed today was a groovy Warhol inspired Boxer named Hobbes.
Art Paw is hiring. We are looking for local Dallas Photoshop talent.
I am swamped with summer orders, and currently taking commissions for the holidays. Due to rising material costs our prices will be going up in August so this is a great time to order and save.
Sunday, July 06, 2008
Saturday, July 05, 2008
Thursday, July 03, 2008
I know I sound just a wee bit sarcastic, but 65% of our clients send us sweet adorable images that are so low in resolution they hurt my eyeballs when enlarged ... we are talking huge jagged pixelation. You guys all did a great job on the photos!
Now the 2nd goal was to get some of you long time blog lurkers to post a comment to enter ... yep, I wanted you to step out of the shadows and say hi on my blog! Bloggers love comments ... it is what we live for. Three of our 10 winners did not do the commenting part that we stated in the rules. They did send us their photos at the right size, and their address. If Artie, Murphy and Sunny will post a comment or ask their humans to post a comment and say hi then they will be official winners too. I am eager to work on Artie ...check out those goggles! Please leave me a comment Artie!
Now ... Ruby where is your photo? You were an early commenter, but no photo made it through to us ...send us one to today and we will add you to the list.
Thanks to everyone that commented! If you missed this contest do not feel bad. I will be giving stuff away all month. You have to read the blog to win though. You never know what day of the week I will be posting a comment-contest. It will not always be breed specific either.
Wednesday, July 02, 2008
Be sure and scroll down to see our free portrait offer at the end of this post.
#1 This offer is good only until midnight tonight (7/2/08) for the 1st 10 people to leave a comment on this blog. In your comment tell me if you have a Scott or an adorable mixed breed pup.
#2 YOU MUST BE ABLE TO UPLOAD A 1 MB file or larger. No you can not send photos by mail, and NO a 10k image from your cell phone will not work. Images that are too small will be rejected.
#3 You must have either a Scottie or a Mutt to qualify for this offer.
#4 Free portraits will take between 6 to 8 weeks to deliver.
#5 No custom proofing included on this offer, we just create the artwork and ship it to you.
#6 You must leave a comment so we know when we reach our limit! The comment text link is at the bottom of this post on the hand right side. It has the current number of comments and you just click on that, a window opens up, you type a few words to tell us about your dog. Even if it shows 10 comments go ahead and leave a comment as some folks will not be able to send an actual high resolution 1 MB image, trust me on that one.
Don't have a Scottie or a Mutt? Don't feel bad, we will have more free offers later this month.
Tuesday, July 01, 2008
I just finished "most" of the work on this new doggy pet portrait. The title comes from the funky blue heart that is formed in the negative space between the two pups. I first noticed this shape on my friend Melissa's Puggie artwork a few weeks ago. Of course her ground was red so the heart shape really jumped out at me. For those of you not seeing it .... look at the light blue color in between their ears and the heart's point is where their bodies meet.
About The Artwork: This painterly style portrait of Smoochie & Chloe has bold colors highlighting their coat. I also have a full body sample or two that I will be proofing the client with later today. The original low resolution photo pixelated like crazy upon enlargement ( see below). On this piece I went pretty heavy on the dry brush filter and added tons of painted lines and brush strokes to smooth out the original texture.
Click image below to see pixelation that occurs with low resolution images.