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It seemed fitting to put the commissioned piece I did for the Humane Society of the United States up for the topic, rescue.
The organization http://www.humanesociety.org/. does so much in many areas affecting the well being of animals. They are a wonderful organization.
I just received a sample of the flag I did that will be in Lowes this year for Christmas. Always fun to get samples.
There are so many ways to think about the word power. My first thoughts are about the power of nature, especially the sea. Maybe because I've been living near the ocean for several years and have seen what some of those gigantic waves can do. There is also power in the beauty the sea gives us not to mention all of the creatures that live in it's depths. The image here is from the Two Can Art collection of work that I do with my son, Noah's painted textures. Those who know me know that Noah is autistic and that he creates painted textures that are wonderful using a variety of techniques. I take his textures and use them to create images.
I went through a phase of painting vegetables and did this image of red peppers in oils. After starting to do images using Noah's painted textures I did a different version of the red peppers using his textures. I really love exploring different ways of creating. Who knows what the next red peppers will look like.
The first thing I thought of when I saw this topic was an image I did years ago. I was playing around with the idea of a rousseau kind of feel in an amazonian jungle. There are some things I still like about this image, but there are others I would go back and change. It's interesting looking back on previous work.
I haven't posted on my personal blog for a while. Things have been very busy. I exhibited for the first time solo at the big licensing show, Surtex in NY in May. I've been doing follow ups from the show since. I wrote a little about the show in the previous post. I also just finished a book dummy that a publisher is interested in. (fingers crossed on that one)
I have also been posting on a regular basis to my Illustrator's Market blog that features illustrators from all different markets. I love looking at illustrator's work and reading the stories of their journeys.
Here is the link. http://theillustratorsmarket.blogspot.com/.
I happen to have a pattern I designed that fits the robot topic today. I like that whole retro look. It's fun to play around with a different feel.
I think everyone's experience at the Surtex show is individual. Having read and talked to so many others that have already exhibited was a big help as far as expectations go. I have always been there through an agent in the past so this was the first time I exhibited on my own. I had so much fun and was really happy with how everything went. I ended up doing paper banners and was really pleased with them.They were easy to hang and the printer did a fabulous job. I was nervous about having them shipped directly to the hotel and didn't see them until setup. It all worked out. Phew! I'd made a little dummy of the booth before hand to determine where all the panels were going to go and the design. I used both notebooks and an i-pad for my portfolio. That worked well for me. I think some clients liked the notebooks better, so it was good having both.Casey Spencer a talented designer helped me in my booth. She was such a great help in many ways including set up and pull down. We also had a lot of fun!
The show had some quiet moments, but the booth in general was pretty busy.
I did a lot of prep work before the show reaching out to companies that I'd worked with in the past or that were familiar with me to make appointments. I loved connecting directly with the people at companies. It's so nice to put faces with people I've known on the phone or internet for years. I had been told that Tuesday is usually really dead, but I found it as busy for me as the previous days.
Another great thing was getting to meet so many other artists. I had the nicest neighbors to my booth and several artists stopped by to say hello. Great to meet so many of you! I also got to meet several at a get together one of the companies I work with did at an Irish pub Monday evening. I'll be doing interviews with several of them on The Illustrator's Market blog in the near future.
The most exciting part was the positive reception of the Two Can Art collection that I do with my son, Noah. For those that don't know, Noah is autistic and paints beautiful textures that I then use to create images. This collection is really special to me.
Overall, I had a really exciting and fun time at the show. I am now doing follow up. There are some promising leads that look really good.
I have everything on my checklist completed to exhibit at the Surtex Show in New York. Heading out this coming Friday. The show starts on the 19th and goes through the 21st. My wall panels are getting shipped to my hotel my bags are already full of everything I am carting there. My appointments are made. I will be posting about my experiences here and on the Illustrator's Market blog. It will be really fun to meet so many other artists that are attending the show. A mix of business and fun.
This is the first product I have gotten samples of with a Two Can Art image on it. That is the collection I do with Noah,
my son. He painted all of these textures that I created a garden from.
For those that don’t know, Surtex is the biggest show of the year for art licensing. It is at the Javits Center in New York and runs from May 19th to the 21st.
This is the first year that I will be doing a booth. (Patti Gay-Design #442) I have always been there with an agent in the past. I have decided to go out on my own. Of course prep for the show has been going on for a couple months now. There are lots of decisions to be made. Am I doing panels in the booth? Am I doing them in vinyl or paper? What app is best for the ipad to put my portfolio on? Am I advertising and where? What is the design for the press kit? What is the design for business cards and post cards? Fortunately, I have slowly been working my way through all of the decisions and am on track with getting everything ready. There is still a lot to do, but I am really enjoying the process as well.
I am really excited to be featuring the Two Can Art collection, which is the collection I do in collaboration with my son who is autistic. He paints all of the textures and I create images from the painted textures. I will also be showing new work in the Fun & Bright collection, the Realistic collection, the Simple Notions collections and the Amanda and Max collection I will also be debuting the Heartmade Inspirations collection.
After the show I’ll be writing an article about the experience and will also be featuring some of the other artists who are exhibiting at the show on my Illustrator's Market blog. Stay Tuned.
For the topic wings I thought I would put another Two Can Art Collection image up. My studio has a big wisteria vine right outside my window that the birds love. It's nice to see them flit about. This little chickadee is in a different setting. I love the orange-red berries against the blue texture. As you may have seen in previous posts the textures are all painted by my son who is autistic and loves the whole sensory experience of paint to paper. I use the painted textures to create images. This is one of my favorite images from the collection.
If you haven't heard of Spoonflower, It's a great site to open a store for fabric. They also do wallpapers,and decals. I've put together 30 designs from the Two Can Art Collection. These are all patterns with images that I have pieced together from the painted textures of my son, Noah. He paints all of the textures and I create the images. Avery nice collaboration. Here is the store site if you want to take a look.http://www.spoonflower.com/profiles/patti_.
Here's a look from the Two Can Art Collection.
Well we are back to the sea on this image. This is another of the Two Can Art images that I used my son's painted textures for. This image is also about the Great Barrier Reef and all of the life that it supports.
I did some research over the past few months on The Great Barrier Reef. When I think of the word edge it comes to mind. Due to environmental issues and global warming the reef is disappearing. It is on the edge as are all of the creatures that live there. Half of the Great Barrier Reef has died in the last 30 years. It is home to thousands of fish species and other creatures. The more I learn the more alarming the facts are. I think the reality of the situation is staring us all in the face. The big question is how do we as a human race make a difference?
This image is from the Two Can Art collection of images. The collection is a group of images that are a collaboration with my son, who is autistic. He paints all of the textures and I put them into images.
This is a piece I did a while ago in oils for a gift bag. My moonlit snowman. We don't get snow where I live now, but to be honest I think I saw enough of it growing up in the midwest to last me, and don't miss it much. It is pretty. I like to look at it in pictures.... I do have fond memories of making snowmen with my sister and brother as kids and of making elaborate trails in the field behind our house and making games using the trails.
I was picking up wrapping paper at Dollar Tree this morning and found 4 of my Christmas bags. They did some nice things with the gussets and interiors. I like the google eyes on the reindeer and penguin and 3-d mustache on Santa. Always fun to find things in the store!
Whiskers is the topic this week. Need I say more?
Over the years the cats that we have shared our home and lives with have kindly submitted to being models for my paintings. This is Amanda who has graced the pages of children's books in both realistic and stylized form.
This is Scotia, who was the sweetest cat that ever lived. All of the other animals loved him too. He had huge paws with extra toes and was the first cat I ever lived with.
This is Reggie. He was one tough cat. He had been the runt of the litter that was abandoned. He ended up being huge around 19 lbs.
This is Leonardo. We had him from a young kitten. He was incredibly playful and loving.
This is Zoe who was very shy and very sweet. She was a model for this United States Humane Society Holiday Card that was commissioned. I loved doing this piece and was very pleased that it received several design awards.
All of these guys were in the pages of this Golden Book. I thank them all for the joy and warmth that they bestowed.
Okay, I know I used this image for a previous topic, but it fits the topic tree so well. It did take me quite a while to paint so I figure it gets to be up again.....right? I live in an area full of monumental redwoods. It still awes me that they have been around for so long. If they could talk the stories they could tell. There is a park nearby with a huge grove you can hike through and there are stories of those who came before us that stood beneath these same trees.
The samples for the cutting boards I licensed art for came today. I think they came out nice. It's always fun to open boxes with product with your artwork on it. Christmas in August!
I found identical an interesting idea for a topic. Even when things are close in look that are rarely identical. I found these beautiful onions at the farmers market and HAD to paint them. This is oils on canvas.
Simon and Schuster is having a competition for a new cover for Ray Bradbury's book Fahrenheit 451. It is celebrating it's 60th edition. He wrote one of my all time favorite books. Dandelion Wine and I felt compelled to enter. Here is my submission.
Well here's an opportunity for shamelessly showing my book covers for animals MUST BE and Friends, Amanda and Max. Both are e-books. These projects were a labor of love. Amanda and Max actually got made into 3-d characters for Christmas last year by a company. Which was really cool when I got these gigantic boxes with them in it. The Amanda and Max book is in watercolor and the animals Must Be is all done in oils.
I thought this image would work well for the topic Mirror for this week. This is one of the Two Can Art images that I have been working on. For those who don't know Two Can Art is a collection of work that is a collaboration between my son, Noah who is autistic and myself. Noah paints all of the textures that I then take and create images. I am really loving working with the textures. Our next project is to create papers together. I just built a screen for it, so I am looking forward to what kinds of new textures will come from that. It will be fun to mix them with some of the painted textures.
For the topic water, I thought I would put up an image that I did inspired from a story from a member of my writer's critique group. The image illustrates one of the dangers in the water for elephant seal pups. I really love the effect that water has on objects. I am also really curious and awed by life in the seas, so this was a joy to paint. It is in oils on board.
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I thought hmm sky and October. What would work for that? Ah yes a friendly witch flying with her trusty purple bats against a cyan sky. I love doing Halloween images and this one was really fun. I did this painting in oils on board, but recently went into photoshop and added a few touches. Happy Halloween all!