Memories Of Our Artists – #CIJArtGallery

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

We spent the months of January, February and March strolling the first Christmas In July Art Gallery! Since the CIJ team is worldwide we held a virtual #CIJArtGallery right here on our blog!

The CIJ Art Gallery opened on Wednesday – January 28th, 2015 and closed on Tuesday – March 31st. As I mentioned the team is international and we featured artists from many countries!

We wanted to include as many of our talented team members as possible! The participation was fantastic! Our team members are creative artists!

Each artist shared with us their art, as well as a little bit about themselves. Please join me as we close our CIJ Art Gallery! Watch for new opportunities in the future!

Here are the featured artists:

1. January 28th – ColourScapeStudios/Kel
2. February 6th – hjmArtGallery/Helen
3. February 10th – modernimpressionist/Christine
4. February 12th – GraciousArt/Pamela
5. February 17th – SSFDesigns/Susan
6. February 24th – GinaWaltersdorfArt/Gina
7. February 26th – AngsanaSeedsPhoto/Ivy
8. March 3rd – Angelshaug/Anne Irene
9. March 10th – StockLaneStudio/Mary
10. March 13th – LeeArt/Catherine
11. March 19th – CarmensArt/Carmen
12. March 31st – DeeDeeDeesigns/Dawn

A special thank you to the blog contributors who were the hosts of the CIJ Art Gallery!

Megha from byTheArtBug
Alicia from AliciasFindings
Amy from BeadsandThreadsbyAmy
Michelle from EviesToolEmporium

Please use #CIJArtGallery on social media as you visit our virtual art gallery!

Thank you so much for joining us on our #CIJArtGallery!

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#CIJArtGallery – DeeDeeDeesigns

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Virtual Art Gallery – Dawn from DeeDeeDeesigns

1. What is your work of art?

My work of art is a charm necklace featuring a handmade ceramic heart, a crystal bead and multistrand tassel.

DeeDeeDeesigns

DeeDeeDeesigns

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

This necklace is inspired by romance and delicate femininity.

3. What keywords describe your work? 

heart necklace, crystal necklace focal beads, romantic jewelry

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Most of my work is ceramic with some works, such as jewellery containing other components, such as in this necklace. I also use upcycled buttons, and paint and draw original art gift cards.

5. What fascinates you?

The natural world and all of the repeating colours, textures and colours it contains.

6. What are your social media sites?

You can find me on:
www.facebook.com/deedeedeesignsaustralia
www.twitter.com/deedeedeesigns
dawnwhitehand.wordpress.com
plus.google.com/u/0/+DawnWhitehand

#CIJArtGallery – CarmensArt

Contributor post by Michelle of EviesToolEmporium

Virtual Art Gallery – Carmen from CarmensArt

1. What is your work of art?

The work I am submitting is titled “Green Grapes” and is an original oil painting, 8×10 inches, on canvas panel.

CarmensArt

CarmensArt

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

My painting group had a glorious day at Grandfather Winery in Boone, NC, and this represents that happy memory.

3. What keywords describe your work? 

Keywords: green grapes art, oil on canvas, grape vineyard, grape painting, original painting

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Oil is my favorite medium, but I also do collage–mostly portraits in black and white.

5. What fascinates you?

I am fascinated by light and color, and I love to see dramatic lighting in a painting.

6. What are your social media sites?

My blog: carmenbeecher.blogspot.com/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/carmen.beecher
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/carmensart/
Twitter: twitter.com/CarmenBeecher

#CIJArtGallery – LeeArt

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Virtual Art Gallery – Catherine Lee from LeeArt

1. What is your work of art?

An acrylic painting on canvas.

LeeArt

LeeArt

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

My inspiration is the fresh meadows of Spring on Sunday morning at Church.

3. What keywords describe your work?

Church, Sunday, valley, landscape.

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Acrylics are my favourites to paint, although I will do the odd oil painting.

5. What fascinates you?

I am fascinated by art, all art, it’s inspiring, makes me happy and I could look at it all day.

6. What are your social media sites?

FB – Lee Art, TW – LeeArtPaintings, Pinterest – Lee Art, Etsy Lee Art

#CIJArtGallery: StockLaneStudio

Contributor post by Amy of BeadsAndThreadsbyAmy

Art is always so much more appreciated when we know the story behind the piece or behind the artist.  I hope you admire this stunning piece, and its story, from our CIJ Member StockLaneStudio on Etsy.

1. What is your work of art?

I have submitted a European Travel Photograph of an old worn red brick walkway of Beersel Castle outside of Brussels, Belgium.

StockLaneStudio

StockLaneStudio

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

This curved pathway reflects the many travels my family and I have taken and the cultural riches we have gained because of that.

I captured this shot on a visit with my children to the castle while living in Belgium. We were the only visitors there at the time so we had ample room and time to explore.

I love how the shadows enhance the curve of the path. Looking at this photo always brings back the feel of the old sunken brick and the thought of so much history passing under my feet.

But this pathway is appealing even if you have never been to this castle. The red brick is both a rich color yet earthy and neutral creating a fitting accent piece many rooms.

3. What keywords describe your work?

colorful travel photography, cultural impressions, wanderlust

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Yes, photography is my favorite, but I also enjoy other graphic art such as word art, typography.

5. What fascinates you?

Cultures, people around the world and how they make their lives meaningful. The natural world and how we take part in it.

6. What are your social media sites?

Instagram: instagram.com/stocklanestudio/
Facebook: www.facebook.com/SLSnyEtsy
Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/stocklanestudio
Pinterest: www.pinterest.com/stocklanestudio/
Twitter: twitter.com/stocklanestudio

#CIJArtGallery – Angelshaug

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Virtual Art Gallery – Anne Irene Angelshaug from Angelshaug

1. What is your work of art?
My work of art is an acrylic on canvas.

Limited edition Giclee print "The Searching the blue" A4

Angelshaug

 

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

Since I have always enjoyed “drawing stories” it is what I still do. I have fun creating, I like the challenges to my mind, and also the technical challenges it makes me face. But it is also a medium for me to communicate to others my thoughts and feelings around subjects that I find important. One of the subjects that “drives” me and I feel there should be a lot more focus on is the state of the planet and the destructive side of man. Again and again, we make bad choices with horrendous consequences for this beautiful planet and this saddens me more than I can say. There is a lot of this in my work.

3. What keywords describe your work?
Popsurrealism

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Acrylic and oils.

5. What fascinates you?
Since the subject matter that I want to explore and communicate is so dark and melancholic I like to juxtapose this with a beautiful fairytale-like look to the image. I want to “draw” the onlooker in and then let them discover that everything is not as it should be in this “beautiful” place.

6. What are your social media sites?
Website: angelshaug.wordpress.com/
facebok: www.facebook.com/artofangelshaug
instagram: instagram.com/anneangelshaug

#CIJArtGallery – AngsanaSeedsPhoto

#CIJArtGallery – GinaWaltersdorffArt

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual Art Gallery – Gina from GinaWaltersdorffArt

1. What is your work of art?

Fine art photography with 30 years experience. I had to retire from taking weddings and portraits with my Hasselblad cameras last year because of my husband being diagnosed with Parkinson’s.  The fine art image I’m sharing is a red wooden bridge over a creek in one of our state parks in Bucks County, PA. “The Red Covered Bridge” is so special because it received a blue ribbon at our art center. While I was waiting one hour for the sweet light I was able to walk on rocks in the middle of the creek.

GinaWaltersdorffArt

GinaWaltersdorffArt

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

My inspiration for this print was the sweet light hitting everything in sight. We have four state parks in our county and my goal was to photograph each one in the best light.

3. What keywords describe your work? 

The keywords that describe my work are nature, landscape, water, seascapes, architecture, historic buildings, flowers, trees, mountains, autumn, winter, spring and summer, feathers, birds, photographs and fine art photography.

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Photography is my passion, and now my second one is typography. I love fancy fonts used for one word prints or quotes and scriptures matching my photographs.

5. What fascinates you?

When people buy what I love to design and handmade, taking images in the golden light and the sweet light.

6. What are your social media sites?

Pinterest, LinkedIn and Twitter

Facebook: www.facebook.com/ginawaltersdorff

#CIJArtGallery – SSFDesigns

Contributor post by Megha of byTheArtBug

Virtual Art Gallery – SSFDesigns

1.What is your work of art?

My work that I am sharing is a costume a commission I was contacted to create

SSFDesigns

SSFDesigns

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

I was asked to make a period dress but I needed to make it look old as if the person wearing was not among the living . This was a challenge . I first took some fabric dyed it a pale yellow color something that at one time was bright and beautiful , then I cut the pattern some of the pieces where large and I dyed then in the tub with lots of hot water and tea to make them old looking I then took some of the smaller pieces and rolled then and rubber banded those and left them to sit over night. My fabric looked great or bad you might say . I also took netting , cheese cloth and tea dyed that also .
Finally I sewed the dress then began to add draping and netting , then I began to ripe and tear fabric and netting adding and hand sewing .
I was happy with the effect and was surprised at how much work it was to make somthing new look old and worn.

3. What keywords describe your work?

My keywords would be texture, color, and vintage.

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

Fabric and creating clothing and costumes is my passion I do not work in other media at this time.

5.What fascinates you?

I am fascinated by a lot of thing of course nature is very facinating to me I get a lot of ideas from nature the creatures and the colores.
I am also facinated by the past and the clothing from the past.

6.What are your social media sites?

Twitter: SSFDesigns

#CIJArtGallery – GraciousArt

Contributor post by Alicia of AliciasFindings

Virtual Art Gallery – Pamela from GraciousArt

1. What is your work of art?

The title is Launiupoko, named after the beach park on Maui which is depicted.

It’s 12x16x3/4″, oil paint over mixed media surface (texture) on canvas.

I’m inspired by the beautiful universe we are blessed to live in, by found textural materials and by the colors in my paint box. I’m kind of inspired by everything!

GraciousArt

GraciousArt

2. Please share your inspiration for this piece.

When I first started this piece, I had no particular plan as to what the image or colors would be. I just decided to try texturing a canvas with an all over pattern using a very coarse sand, a very long and boring (or meditative!) process. I stained the entire thing with magenta oil paint. After completing this and some other textured panels, I found myself at this beach park in Lahaina. It was very atmospheric that morning and I knew just which canvas to begin. The formative part of the imagery was painted en plein air that day. It was completed in the studio later.

3. What keywords describe your work? 

texture painting, oil painting, original art, tropical landscape, impressionism, unusual technique, mixed media art, tropical art, original painting, OOAK,

4. Is this your favorite medium? Do you work in other mediums?

My favorite medium is whatever sparks my interest at the time. The texture series, Maui Dreamscapes, combines two of my uber favorites, found object/mixed media and oil paint. Keeping all the texture and random items separated by layers of artists’ gesso allows me to use mixed media and oil paint together without sacrificing an archival product. The paintings are museum quality in that respect.

5. What fascinates you?

The natural world fascinates me. I like to dwell on our place in it and watch life unfolding. I’m lucky enough to live on Maui, so the beauty of nature is always in my face. It never gets old. Even mixing the paint, unexpected things happen. When I’m gathering textural materials, it’s like a treasure hunt. People also fascinate me. Connecting with them through my art continues to be an amazing journey.