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