Thursday, June 11, 2015

Magical Adventure

I cut my teeth on science fiction and fantasy, and my art, on occasion, reflects that.  When photographing gardens of flowers, I see tiny, winged dragons flying from blossom to blossom to suck on the nectar.  Stone arches beckon for dark, mysterious clouds and cloaked figures or dragons in flight in the distance.  Ruins call to mind rebirth, and from that I envision dragons emerging into a new day. 

This is my fantasy art.  It speaks to my love of the genre and is born from a well deep within.

The Passage
SIM: Elfennau
Completed: October 24, 2014

Dragon Gate
SIM: Aurore, Crimson Lotus
Completed: May 31, 2015

Once Upon a Dream
SIM: Annon
Completed: March 30, 2015

SIM: Prymal
Completed: April 18, 2015

Once Upon a Time
SIM: Kalepa, Da Vinci Gardens
Completed: May 19, 2015

Calm Before the Storm
SIM: Palau, Caelestium Isle
Completed: March 1, 2015

And the Dragons Return
SIM: Wandering Dew, Ruins
Completed: March 23, 2015

Dragon Path
SIM: Crystal Gardens Estates
Completed: May 31, 2015

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Wednesday, June 3, 2015

News of the Week

I’m excited to announce that I’ve opened another art gallery on Temprus.  In addition to Art in the Park, which features a variety of very talented artists each month, I have opened a gallery to showcase some of my digital art. 

A year ago, on June 13, 2014, I joined Facebook and found myself amidst a large number of digital artists.   I marveled at the beauty and skill of the digital artwork that I was seeing and decided that I wanted to try my hand at it.

I took a number of selfies in world and then picked a couple that I liked the best.  I had a vague idea in my mind of what I wanted to accomplish and turned to my husband, a real life artist for advice. [He had been telling me for years that I was an artist.  Even though I have made numerous decorative items in real life, the term artist didn’t sit well with me.  In my mind, I was decorating or designing.]  With his help and with a lot more instruction on Paintshop Pro (which I had only used before for product pics and ads) I completed Midsummer Night.  I added Adobe Photoshop soon after and began to experiment with Digital Art, joining Deviant Art at the end of July 2014.

I was fortunate to be surrounded by a number of very talented people.  Adrian Harbinger, my business partner and owner of Temprus, is a real life artist.  He continues to be very supportive.  In October 2014, we opened Temprus and had our first Art in the Park contest. 

I named Adrian as a judge and included other people in the art community such as: Slatan Dryke, Toysoldier Thor, JM Balogh and Argus Collingwood.  I did not include myself in the list of judges as I hadn’t felt qualified.  It was Toy who had recommended JM, and JM in turn recommended Slatan.

Toysoldier, who had helped me when I first joined Deviant Art, helped to promote Art in the Park.  But the moment that still remains with me was when Toy had said that The Backwoods (a piece that I had displayed in Art in the Park as filler only) was a quality piece.  It was one thing for my husband or long-time friends Argus and Adrian to say that they liked my work, but to have another artist that I met only a few months prior say that my work was good meant a lot to me.

On May 3, 2015, I exhibited ten pieces of art at the Raglan Shire Art Walk.  This was the first time that I had shown any of my work outside of Temprus and also the first time that I had put any of my art up for sale.  And people bought my art!  People that I didn’t know at all!  I cannot find the words to express how much that really meant to me.

I began to think that it might be fun to have a gallery.  I built the structure myself and then transformed a portion of Temprus to accommodate the building.  So far, I have set out art pictures and a few original art embedded objects.

Let me know what you think.

Thank you all so much for your continued support.