Catherine Jeltes Fine Art Decor Photography, Painting, Artisan Jewelry News The latest news from Catherine Jeltes Fine Art Decor Photography, Painting, Artisan Jewelry. en-us Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:17:39 CDT Mon, 06 Jul 2015 15:17:39 CDT What Is Summer? Art In the City <div> School buses have made their final rounds and the kiddos are home for the summer.&nbsp; Summer is different for everyone.&nbsp; Beyond the more standard fare of barbeques and swimming pools, we all have different things that evoke summertime for us.&nbsp; When I was a kid (I'll never say growing-up because I feel as if I am still growing-up), summer meant weekend trips to the lake house, donuts with Grandma on Sundays, and 4th of July fireworks watched from a boat on the lake.&nbsp; It meant trips to Six Flags, popsicles, bike rides to the Seven Eleven for comic books, more time to torment my little brother, and summer reading club at the library. </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BeachRead_web.jpg" height="227" width="304" /> Okay, so summertime is still summer reading club at the library...only this time its for Cardinal baseball tickets (yeah, suck it Cubs!)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Now summer is gardening--both flower and vegetable, making homemade pesto from fresh garden basil.&nbsp; It is time spent traveling to visit family...and when very lucky, time spent going (and trying not to stay forever) to the beach.&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BeachScape_web.jpg" height="348" width="348" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>These are some of my images that best illustrate my idea of summer.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="" height="321" width="321" /> Outside dining!&nbsp; How could I forget dining al fresco??<strong><em><br /></em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/5x7BeachSet_web.jpg" height="389" width="389" /> </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A beach series that looks like retro postcards.&nbsp; Need I say more?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Sailboats_web.jpg" height="347" width="347" /> Sailboats in Chicago...though I think I actually took this in November.&nbsp; Hey, sometimes in the Midwest Lake Michigan is the closest beach you can manage.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BeachCombingShells_web.jpg" height="309" width="309" /> Shell collecting.&nbsp; My favorite beach activity.&nbsp; Ever.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/SunflowerBashful_web.jpg" height="288" width="288" /> </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sunflowers. Farmhouses and outdoor markets.&nbsp; And lemonade.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/JuniperBerryJarBitter_web.jpg" height="324" width="260" /> Mason jars.&nbsp; Canning fresh garden veggies and making jam.&nbsp; Or peach cobbler like mom did one bumper crop summer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Locust_web.jpg" height="267" width="334" /> The evening cicada symphony.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RedPorchChairs_web.jpg" height="376" width="376" /> </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sitting on the porch watching fireflies...or much more likely...watching the toads eat the fireflies.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>What does summer mean to you?</div><div><em>(I'll be back in July</em>...<em>taking some time to enjoy the summer :)</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h4><em>Artwork in order of appearance:</em> <br /></h4><div><ul><li><em><a href="">Beach Read</a></em></li><li><em><a href="">Assateague Island</a></em></li><li><em><a href="">Traittoria Italiano</a></em></li><li>&nbsp;<em></em><a href=""><em>Summer Beach Print Set</em></a></li><li><em><a href="">Vintage Style Sailboats</a></em></li><li><em><a href="">Seashell Collection</a></em></li><li><em><a href="">Sunflower</a></em></li><li><em><a href="">Juniper Berries</a></em></li><li><em><a href="">Cicada</a></em></li><li><em><a href="">Red Rocking Chairs</a><br /></em></li></ul></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>All artwork &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.&nbsp;</strong></em></div> Thu, 18 Jun 2015 19:38:39 CDT Art Painting In Progress: Zoo Art For Nursery--Rhino <div> 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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RhinoSketchWeilbaecher_web.jpg" height="256" width="255" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here is the completed 10"x10" painting: &nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RhinoWeilbaecher_web.jpg" height="283" width="275" /></div><div><strong><em>Baby Rhino, &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In keeping with the nursery theme, I am continuing to integrate a lot of color into my palette.&nbsp; The blues and greens compliment the orange and purple-y blues of the hippo painting quite nicely.&nbsp; You can check out that first blog post here:&nbsp; <strong><em></em></strong><a href=""><strong><em>Art Painting In Progress:&nbsp; Zoo Art For Nursery.</em></strong></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Stay tuned for the final painting in this triptych:&nbsp; "Baby Giraffe."</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>If you like this article, you may also be interested in:</strong></em></div><div><ul><li><em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Art Studio Bits:&nbsp; Mixed Media Painting In Progress</strong></em>&nbsp;</a></li><li><em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Fine Art Painting:&nbsp; A Walk Through The Commission Process</strong></em></a><br /></li></ul></div> Thu, 11 Jun 2015 16:12:50 CDT Art Prints: How To Make Different Prints From One Painting <div> In April I wrote a blog post titled <strong><a href=""><em>"Art Photography:&nbsp; How To Use One Image To Make Different Prints."</em></a></strong>&nbsp; The same concept can be applied to using a single painting to make different prints.&nbsp; Ever create a painting and wonder how it would look--or sell--in a different palette?&nbsp; Here is where you can experiment inexpensively.&nbsp; And if the print doesn't sell--or doesn't sell well--you won't be left with extra stock.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>My original painting--<a href=""><strong>Of Indigo and Copper</strong></a><strong></strong>--was done in an inky blue and copper palette and was only 6" x 6":</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeartAFlutter_web.jpg" height="301" width="304" />&nbsp;</div><div>On a whim, I began to play with the color adjustment in PhotoShop.&nbsp; </div><div>I now have <a href=""><strong>Heart A Flutter in green</strong></a><strong></strong>...</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeartAFlutterGrnBlub_web.jpg" height="287" width="291" /><br />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><a href="">Heart A Flutter in copper brown</a></strong>...</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeartAFlutterBrnBlub_web.jpg" height="289" width="295" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And for those who prefer the more traditional <a href="">red heart...</a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeartAFlutterRedPrint_web.jpg" height="277" width="280" /> I recommend always photographing (or scanning) your original artwork as a large high resolution file so you have the option to offer prints in a range of sizes.&nbsp; This <em>Heart A Flutter</em> print series is offered as 13" x 13" <a href=""><strong>fine art giclee prints</strong></a>--double the size of the original artwork.&nbsp; And I have the option to print them at other sizes as well.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Pull your art into your digital studio and experiment.&nbsp; You may find not only find a whole new world, but discover an additional income stream as well!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.&nbsp; </strong></em></div> Wed, 03 Jun 2015 12:03:14 CDT Art Painting Series: Abstract Flower Blue <div> Flowers rock.&nbsp; Quite simply, they come in all shapes, sizes, colors, thrive in most any climate, and are in a constant state of transition.&nbsp; They can be appreciated en masse as well as up close--with macro photography or even X-rayed.&nbsp; How could I ever get bored?&nbsp; My most recent art paintings are a series of small abstract florals.&nbsp; The Abstract Flower Blue Series paintings are on cotton ragg paper.&nbsp; Each painting is only 5" x 6".</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AbstractFlowrBlu1_web.jpg" height="244" width="281" /><strong><em><a href="">Abstract Flower Blue 1</a></em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AbstractFlowrBlu3_web.jpg" height="242" width="282" /> <em><strong><a href="">Abstract Flower Blue 2</a><br /></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AbstractFlowrBlu2_web.jpg" height="248" width="289" /> <em><strong><a href="">Abstract Flower Blue 3</a><br /></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AbstractFlowrBlu4_web.jpg" height="247" width="289" /> <em><strong><a href="">Abstract Flower Blue 4</a><br /></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You may follow the title links for more details on each art piece, or simply visit my <a href="">FLORAL &amp; FLOWER PAINTINGS</a> gallery.&nbsp;&nbsp; Next week, you can check out the completed baby rhino painting from my <a href="">Zoo Art For Nursery triptych</a>.</div> Thu, 28 May 2015 12:48:48 CDT Art Painting In Progress: Zoo Art For Nursery <div>Much of my time recently has been spent working on this charming painting series of zoo animals for a client's nursery.&nbsp; When completed, it will be a triptych (three paintings), two measuring 10" x 10" and the other measuring 10" x 20".&nbsp; </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The first painting of the set is a baby hippo.&nbsp; Because this is art for a nursery, I used bright complimentary hues of blue, orange, and yellow.&nbsp; The model, of course, was my black and white photography, <a href=""><em>Baby Hippo</em></a><em></em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HippoWeilbaecher_web.jpg" height="264" width="266" /> <strong><em>Baby Hippo, &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The second painting in the series is a baby rhino.&nbsp; Here it is sketched out, ready for the easel.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RhinoSketchWeilbaecher_web.jpg" height="266" width="265" /> I never add much detail in my sketches as I prefer to improvise with color and loose brushstrokes during the painting process.&nbsp; Keeping with the colorful nursery theme, I have since added a yellow green background.&nbsp; The rhino calf will be rendered in shades of turquoise, perhaps with accents of yellow and orange to compliment the hippo.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The 10" x 20" painting will be hung in a portrait presentation.&nbsp; Any guesses?&nbsp; That's right--a baby giraffe will present in the final painting of this nursery series.&nbsp; Stay tuned for the finished triptych.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>If you like this article, you may also be interested in: </strong></div><div><ul><li><em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Art Studio Bits: Mixed Media Painting In Progress</strong></em>&nbsp;</a></li><li><em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Fine Art Painting: A Walk Through the Commission Process</strong></em></a><br /></li></ul></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</strong></em></div> Thu, 21 May 2015 16:51:17 CDT