Inaugural Exhibition

I’m very excited to be participating in the Frankfort Art Association’s inaugural art exhibit, “Dreams Come True” to kick off the grand opening of the new Frankfort Art Gallery. And dreams do come true…my art career continues to grow with new milestones each year. And, I couldn’t be more excited for my art association, because opening a gallery in Frankfort was one of their dreams just a few years ago. I’m very blessed to be part of this great bunch of creatives!

New Gallery

I am so excited that the Frankfort Art Association will be opening a new gallery in Frankfort! What a great step for our Association. I will be participating in the first exhibition, Dreams Come True, from November 17 – December 21, 2019. I hope that you will be able to visit the exhibition and see some of the amazing art created by our local artists. They are truly amazing and work in all different mediums. Many items will be for sale. I am blessed to be part of such a passionate art community. I continue to grow daily as an artist and being able to work with such a gifted group of creatives is a big plus for me. Hope to see you there!

Art Show

I just received word I’ve been accepted into the Brookfield Fine Arts festival. In addition to the great art of many mediums, there will be a sidewalk chalk contest, duck race down Salt Creek, live music, beer, wine and more. I so enjoy the art shows, meeting customers face to face, talking with art enthusiasts, enjoying the other artists’ fine works, and grooving to the live music and festivities. Hope to see you there!

Fractal Art

While my heart and passion will always be with animal art, this year I became aware of another form of art which apparently is very popular, but of which I was completely unaware, that has captured my interest… it is called fractal art.  Honestly, I have always frowned upon the digital or computer-generated art, because I am a purist and feel a true artist works with their hands and creates using the actual physical medium, whether it is paint, clay, pencils, pastels, whatever.  I saw a piece of fractal art at an art show several of my pieces were featured in recently and one piece really caught my eye.  The colors and image were breath-taking, but I wasn’t sure how it was created.  Fortunately, at the artists’ reception, I was able to link up with the artist and ask her about her piece which I told her was striking in terms of the visual appeal, depth, color, light intensity, ambient light, and more.  She told me the work was “fractal art,” and she that she had created the piece digitally.  I was fascinated, so I immediately looked into it and was intrigued to get a program and start creating.

While colored pencil and pastel art will always be preferred mediums, I have started to venture into fractal art because I find it fascinating that you can create such beautiful pieces of abstract art with mathematical expressions.

Fractals are unique and complicated mathematical forms of art.  Fractals are patterns, and they continue forever. Repeating these simple patterns over and over is what makes them become more and more complicated, detailed, and unique. There are different types of fractals, and you can actually find fractals in nature (maybe that is why I like them so much!) and not just on a computer screen.  The fractals are generated and can be manipulated manually by assigning different geometric properties to produce multiple variations of the shape in continually reducing patterns.  The image can be changed by altering mathematical equations or values.  Below are a few examples of my fractal art.  I enjoy it because I can create a piece in much less time than my colored pencil art which takes hours or days.  I hope you enjoy a few of my creations!

What Medium Do You Use?

Frequently, people ask me what medium I use and assume my paintings are done with just that, oil or acrylic paint.  However, I have worked exclusively with colored pencils and pastels/pastel pencils since the start of my art journey.  While I drew in high school, I put off my interest in art for many years until recently (the past few years) when I decided to dive in again and give it a try.  At the time, I was just drawing for me/the sake of drawing, but I soon got strong reactions from my family and friends about my finished pieces and even offers to purchase what I had drawn, so I started to think about art more seriously.

Since the beginning, the majority of my work has been with colored pencils.  These are not the colored pencils you may remember using as a child with your color-by-number sets.  These are professional-grade pencils that are made for artists.  Some are waxed based and some are acrylic based — basically paint in a pencil.

With colored pencil, you can achieve a painterly affect or your drawing can also be very detailed with colored pencils, in essence, you can create a hyper-realistic/photo quality  (if you are talented enough, and I’m still working on that).  You apply many layers of color to achieve these effects, sometimes 8-10 or more layers of color within a single piece.  These layers can then be blended together.  Colored pencil artists use a variety of means.  Some blend with the colored pencils themselves, others use a blender pencil created specifically for this purpose, others use a blending solvent; I prefer Gamsol — an odorless mineral spirit (or commonly known as OMS).  I use pastels or Pan Pastels for backgrounds when I am going for a blurry or “Bokeh” effect.

My art pieces are always finished off with several layers of spray fixative.  I prefer the one sold by Brush & Pencil or another by Krylon, but there are many fixatives on the market to preserve your artwork.  Some of my friends even use varnish to finish their pieces.  I haven’t dived into using paints for several reasons:  I love colored pencil, they travel well and aren’t messy, but with paints — they are messy, you have to wait for them to dry before you can do more work on a piece, and, knowing me, I’d spend a fortune on supplies if I tried them and liked them, and my current artwork requires its own art supplies, and I’m perfectly happy working in colored pencils — in fact I love them.

Currently, I use many, many different brands of colored pencils, but there seems to be a number of “go to” pencils that I reach for the most:  Faber Castell Polychromos, Caran D’Ache Luminance, Prismacolors, and Derwent Lightfast, Inktense, and Coloursoft pencils, among others.  Next, I will be writing about some of my favorite “gadgets” to use with colored pencils.  Stay tuned!