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 Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:18:04 CST Wed, 25 Nov 2015 16:18:04 CST Gallery Zoo Art Home Decor & Accessories On Fine Art America <div>I have partnered with <a href="">Fine Art America</a> to make my art available not only as prints, but also as iPhone cases, tote bags, pillows, and even shower curtains (I know, but they look so fun!)</div><div>&nbsp;<div><img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="221" width="278" />&nbsp;<img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="216" width="216" /></div><div><img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="198" width="200" /><img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="224" width="253" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="270" width="308" />&nbsp;<img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="233" width="179" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<div>Pillows and tote bags are available in a range of square sizes: pillows from 14x14 to 26x26 inches and tote bags in three sizes (13x13; 16x16; 18x18.)&nbsp; Only select artworks are currently available on Fine Art America, but more art is always on the way.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You may wonder if there is a difference between buying my prints on Fine Art America and buying them on Etsy.&nbsp; Yes, there is...and a crucial one.&nbsp; When you shop on Fine Art America, you purchase directly from them--they manufacture the products and the merchandise ships directly from them.&nbsp; Prints bought on FAA are NOT signed by me.&nbsp; When you purchase prints from me on <a href="">Etsy</a> or&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, I either print them in my home studio or personally pick them up from the printing lab and hand-sign each print before packing and mailing to you.&nbsp; Art prints from each online venue are professional quality...but the ones from my studio have the "extra touch" of the hand-signature that makes the prints more personal.&nbsp; It all depends on what you prefer, really.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So if you are looking for some fun and unique home decor, please stop by <a href="">Fine Art America</a>.&nbsp; I'd love to hear what you think!</div><div>&nbsp;</div>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.&nbsp;<br /> </div> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:37:46 CST Coffee Art and the Branding of a Holiday Cup <div>&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/WinterDreams_web.jpg" height="245" width="245" /></div><div>It's made headlines on CNN, CNBC, USA TODAY, and Forbes.&nbsp; It's dominated social media for days.&nbsp; And it's all about a cup.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Honestly?&nbsp; I could care less that <a href="">Starbucks</a> has changed the design of its holiday cup. (I love coffee, I love Starbucks, and I love the holiday season.&nbsp; End of story.)&nbsp; What interests me is how a simple change on a holiday cup--not a change in the company logo but <em><strong>a design </strong></em><strong><em>on a holiday cup</em></strong>--has created an amazing amount of publicity for Starbucks.&nbsp; Not only are those who are protesting the design change drawing attention to Starbucks, but they are also <strong><em>still buying the product.</em></strong>&nbsp; Think about that.&nbsp; It's a boon for Starbucks...and perhaps a glaring testimony to the idiocy of the individual who has encouraged people to give their name as "Merry Christmas" to the barista when they order their coffee.&nbsp; Yeah, "tricking" Starbucks to write "Merry Christmas" on the holiday cup they just purchased?&nbsp; I'm sure Starbucks will be crying all the way to the bank.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And while I'm on the subject of coffee...</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3><a href="">Coffee art photography.</a></h3><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One reason I love the arrival of cooler weather is because I love feeling cozy in a good sweater and most importantly, with a good cup of coffee.&nbsp; Here are some images from my coffee art print series.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PumpkinLatte_web.jpg" height="238" width="238" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/SpicedLatte_web.jpg" height="247" width="247" /></div><div>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CafeAParis_web.jpg" height="178" width="232" /><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CoffeeSquare_web.jpg" height="247" width="247" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Yum.&nbsp; On this rainy autumn day, time to have a cup.&nbsp; And holiday snowflakes be damned.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>Art in order of appearance:</em></strong></div><div><ul><li><strong><em><a href="">Peppermint Latte</a></em></strong></li><li><strong><em><a href="">Pumpkin Latte</a></em></strong></li><li><strong><em><a href="">Cinnamon Latte</a></em></strong></li><a href=""><li><strong><em>Coffee In Paris</em></strong></li></a><li><strong><em><a href="">Un Cafe</a></em></strong></li></ul><p>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</p></div> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:26:37 CST Flawed Beauty Is Perfection <div><h2> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RustyLeaves_web.jpg" height="373" width="499" /></h2></div><div><h2>Perfection. <br /></h2></div><div>We are constantly inundated with what it means to be perfect--the perfect spouse, the perfect partner, the perfect friend, to have the perfect body.&nbsp; To have "ideal" beauty--either for ourselves or in our home, society tells us things must look a certain way and if not, we are told what we need to do and what products we need to achieve it.&nbsp; To obtain perfection is always the goal (Martha Stewart's brand is built on it); to reach anything less than that is simply to <em>be </em>less<em>.</em>&nbsp; Oh the horror.&nbsp; To fall below society's ideal seems to mean: "Better scramble, honey.&nbsp; You have work to do."&nbsp; Personally, I prefer flaws--they are real and as a result are much more interesting.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It is easy to appreciate flowers in full bloom or a sunny autumn day, but how much more satisfying is it to see the beauty in spent flowers, seed heads, fallen leaves...a cloudy, chilly autumn day where the breeze is brisk and the air heavy with the promise of rain?&nbsp; When I find beauty in the flawed--all those things that are deemed no longer perfect--the world becomes larger, full of promise and hope...a place I want to be.&nbsp; Just like in the <u>Velveteen Rabbit</u>, flaws make things real.&nbsp; There is a strength in imperfection that takes me beyond myself, connecting me to something larger and timeless.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/FlowerSeedHeads_web.jpg" height="242" width="242" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PodStillLife_web.jpg" height="243" width="243" /></div><div>I enjoy exploring that "realm of imperfection" in nature, showing people that which might otherwise pass them by.&nbsp; Being in that moment of recognizing oft overlooked beauty allows the extraneous to fall away, providing me with focus and balance.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/ButtonFlower_web.jpg" height="208" width="270" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RabbitSkull_web.jpg" height="208" width="279" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Flaws show a history...a becoming...a wisdom...a strength of endurance.&nbsp; Society's version of perfection, while obtainable, is certainly not sustainable.&nbsp; True beauty is not perfect, but transient and evolving.&nbsp; It serves as inspiration and is not simply the end result...but the evolution of the journey.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>All artwork&nbsp;&#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>Art shown in order of appearance:</em></div><div><em><a href="">1. Rusty Leaves, 11x14 print</a></em></div><div><em><a href="">2. Seed&nbsp; Stalks, 11x14 print</a></em></div><div><em><a href="">3. Orchid Seed Pod Still Life, 8x10 print</a></em></div><div><em><a href="">4. Flower Button, 11x14 print</a></em></div><div><em><a href="">5. Rabbit Skull, 11x14 print</a></em></div> Fri, 30 Oct 2015 11:19:48 CDT Painting in Black and White: A Bold Art Palette <div><h1> October.&nbsp; <br /></h1></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The month of Halloween.&nbsp; The season of scary.&nbsp; A time when fall fashion is in full swing.&nbsp; The one color that fits all those things? <br /><h1>&nbsp;</h1><div><h1>Black.</h1></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Black is a classic color for a reason.&nbsp; Black is <strong>BOLD.&nbsp; </strong>Black is striking.&nbsp; It compliments both decor and wardrobe.&nbsp; Black is modern and elegant.&nbsp; Black, my friends, is timeless.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>As an artist, black is one of the simplest palettes to work with yet creates amazingly complex results.&nbsp; With regards to efficiency?&nbsp; The majority of grounds--canvas &amp; paper--are white.&nbsp; Add black paint and voila:&nbsp; a two color palette for the price of one (and depending on how much you dilute the paint with water, varying shades of gray up the ante.)</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/LandscapeBlkW1_web.jpg" height="324" width="455" />&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong><a href="">Landscape Black 1</a></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It is important to note that not all black paint is the same.&nbsp; <a href="">Golden acrylics</a> alone has bone black, mars black, and carbon black.&nbsp; Some have cooler undertones; some have warmer undertones.&nbsp; My personal preference is carbon black.&nbsp; The undertones tend to be warmer and when used in a thicker, heavier application the black is deep and rich, resulting in a wonderfully high contrast.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AbstractFlowerBlack1_web.jpg" height="330" width="274" /> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AbstractFlowerBlack2_web.jpg" height="327" width="232" /></div><div><strong><em></em></strong><em><strong><a href="">Abstract Flower Black 1</a></strong></em><em><strong>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; Abstract Flower Black 2</strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Notice how diluting the paint more in the first flower image results in more shades of gray, causing the black to blur and bleed a bit more into the surface of the paper?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I challenge you to simplify.&nbsp; Take some basic black and experiment.&nbsp; Reducing your palette is a great way to hone technique--be it strengthening composition or expanding on a particular painting style.&nbsp; Have fun!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>You can find this art and more on my website, <a href=""></a>, as well as on <a href=""></a>.</em></strong></div><div><em><strong>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All rights are reserved by the artist and may not be copied or reproduced in any way except by the express permission of the artist.&nbsp;</strong></em></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 22 Oct 2015 14:56:38 CDT Gallery Zoo Art: Making Art Mugs With Shutterfly <div> Today's photo market has a plethora of options for turning your own photography and art into home decor and useful household items.&nbsp; For me, this is where being an artist comes in handy, as I have plenty of my own designs to choose from.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Perhaps I should start with a simple truth:&nbsp; I like mugs.&nbsp; This is fact.&nbsp; I collect mugs like some collect shoes.&nbsp; I have mugs I prefer for coffee, big oversize mugs for tea, seasonal mugs for Halloween, Christmas, winter...well, you get the idea.&nbsp; Plus, you can use a pretty mug for a short-stemmed flower vase.&nbsp; When I discovered I could use my art prints and photography to make my own mugs on<strong> <a href="">Shutterfly</a></strong>?&nbsp; I was giddy.&nbsp; Here are the mugs I have created so far:</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Mugs1_web.jpg" height="211" width="538" />&nbsp;</div><div><strong><a href="">Shutterfly</a></strong> allows you to choose from two sizes of ceramic mugs; all of mine are 8 oz. mugs.&nbsp; They can remain white like the leaf mug on the end, or they can have different colored backgrounds and/or handles. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For the butterfly mug, I used the same image twice to wrap around the mug, choosing black to off-set the butterfly and provide a more striking (and elegant) presentation.</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Mugs4_web.jpg" height="310" width="245" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Mugs5_web.jpg" height="239" width="290" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For the leaf mug I used the same image three times as a wrap, using <strong><a href="">Shutterfly's</a></strong> image editor to rotate the leaf image--making it seem to tumble around the mug.&nbsp; I kept the background white to highlight the minimalist design.</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Mugs2_web.jpg" height="229" width="248" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Mug3_web.jpg" height="226" width="181" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In my Halloween mug, I used the image only once, but added a yellow handle and interior to echo the feel of the giant harvest moon.&nbsp; The yellow of the mug doesn't quite match the yellow of the moon, but it was a difference I could live with.</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Mugs6_web.jpg" height="269" width="246" /> Here is perhaps the best part about these mugs:&nbsp; two of them were FREE.&nbsp; Yeah, that's right:&nbsp; FREE.&nbsp; If you sign-up to receive e-mails from <strong><a href="">Shutterfly</a></strong>, they send promos for sales AND free gifts--no extra purchase required (though you do have to pay shipping charges.)&nbsp; But, if you combine the free gift with a purchase (and often you can use an additional percentage discount on another item) you can still get a significant deal.&nbsp; For example, I bought two of the mugs together:&nbsp; one was free, and the other was 40% off.&nbsp; Including shipping, I paid only $21.00.&nbsp; You simply can't beat that for a one of a kind gift.&nbsp; And if you want to go beyond your child's photograph on a mug, you can scan one of their drawings to use--a perfect gift for grandma and grandpa.&nbsp; Whatever images you use, make sure they are yours or you have permission to use them--don't violate anyone's copyright.&nbsp; Have fun!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>The images used are my original artwork.&nbsp; You may find these prints in my online gallery using the following links:<br /></strong></em></div><div><ul><li><em><strong><a href="">Painted Maple Leaf</a></strong></em></li><li><em><strong><a href="">Butterfly Art Photography</a></strong></em></li><a href=""><li><em><strong>Bird Wizard</strong></em> <br /></li></a></ul></div><div><strong><em>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Mon, 12 Oct 2015 18:14:40 CDT