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The September issue of Artwork Reveal is an amazing bouquet of floral, fauna, and nature. What exactly, you may ask, is Artwork Reveal?  Artwork Reveal is a free monthly e-mail list you subscribe to that essentially drops eye-candy art directly into your inbox.  All featured art is recent…(continue reading)

Applying Heat Patina To Copper Sheet Metal

If you work with copper metal, a simple way to create a unique finish is to apply a heat patina.  Here I used a 2" x 3" piece of copper sheet metal that I fold formed along the length, bending and folding it over then hammering to make it flat.  The result is a stronger, sturdier 1" x 3" metal...(continue reading)

Gallery Zoo Art Studio: Textured Mixed Media Painting In Progress

Back in February I wrote this post "Art Studio Bits:  Mixed Media Painting In Progress," showing the textural details and early color palette of a large 24" x 36" canvas.      At that time, the color palette was quite bright...the turquoise and orange very vivid. However,...(continue reading)

Art Painting In Progress: Zoo Art For Nursery--Giraffe

Yay!  My commission triptych--animal art paintings for a nursery--is at last complete.  At 10" x 20" x 1.5", the final painting of a baby giraffe is larger than the baby rhino and baby hippo...(or should I say taller?) making it perfect to vary the art display to suit the wall space. ...(continue reading)

Art Studio Bits: How A Simple Paint Palette Can Work For You

Many artists have favorite go-to colors.  Mine are blues and oranges.  With those two colors plus white, I can create a palette which includes green-blues, yellows, and many derivatives of gray. Take my two recent abstract paintings, for example.  Hard to believe I used exactly the...(continue reading)

Taking Risks: Why Trying Something New Is Worth It

I love trying new things and having new experiences...with other people.  On my own?  It's mostly just scary.  If you view yourself as an independent woman though (or even simply envision yourself as one), then this is something you must take a deep breath and just do.  Every. ...(continue reading)

What Is Summer? Art In the City

School buses have made their final rounds and the kiddos are home for the summer.  Summer is different for everyone.  Beyond the more standard fare of barbeques and swimming pools, we all have different things that evoke summertime for us.  When I was a kid (I'll never say growing-up because...(continue reading)

Art Painting In Progress: Zoo Art For Nursery--Rhino

A couple of weeks ago I shared the first completed painting in my commission triptych of baby animal art for a nursery, along with this sketch of the next painting--a baby rhino.  Here is the completed 10"x10" painting:  Baby Rhino, © 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights...(continue reading)

Art Prints: How To Make Different Prints From One Painting

In April I wrote a blog post titled "Art Photography:  How To Use One Image To Make Different Prints."  The same concept can be applied to using a single painting to make different prints.  Ever create a painting and wonder how it would look--or sell--in a different palette?  Here...(continue reading)

Art Painting Series: Abstract Flower Blue

Flowers rock.  Quite simply, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, thrive in most any climate, and are in a constant state of transition.  They can be appreciated en masse as well as up close--with macro photography or even X-rayed.  How could I ever get bored?  My most recent art...(continue reading)