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 Sat, 23 May 2015 06:50:48 CDT Sat, 23 May 2015 06:50:48 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 Feeling Mellow? Purple Art Photography For A Rainy Day <div> Rainy days--especially during the warmer days of spring and summer--tend to fill me with a sense of mellowness and nostalgia.&nbsp; Muted purples and greys further reflect this tranquil mood, and I find myself drawn to that dreamy world where the only sound is the drip, drip of raindrops rolling off the leaves of the trees.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/ChivesText_web.jpg" height="347" width="347" /><strong><em><a href="">Chives in Purple &amp; Gray</a></em></strong></h4></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Red bud trees are just beginning to leaf, their heart-shaped leaves pooling water until they can hold no more.&nbsp; <em>Drip...drip...drip </em></div><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RedBudLeaf_web.jpg" height="281" width="281" /> <a href=""><em><strong>Pixie Dust</strong></em></a><em><br /></em></h4></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The allium flowers spread their floral spindles outward, catching each gentle drop.</div><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AlliumLavender_web.jpg" height="275" width="275" /> <em><strong><a href="">Allium Flower Purple Gray</a><br /></strong></em></h4></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;And when the rain is over, green slowly overcomes the gray, mixing with deepening purples...awaiting the warmth of the sun.</div><div><h4><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AlliumPurple3_web.jpg" height="398" width="265" /> <em><strong><a href="">Allium Flowers</a><br /></strong></em></h4></div><div><h4>&nbsp;</h4><div><h4><strong><em>All artwork &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</em></strong></h4></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div> Thu, 14 May 2015 09:58:21 CDT New Work: Abstract Art Mixed Media Painting La Bonne Vie <div> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/LaBonneVie2_web.jpg" height="359" width="268" /> I have had this canvas painting in varying stages of progress in my studio for probably over 2 years.&nbsp; For whatever reason, I reached a point when I simply was not inspired to proceed.&nbsp; And let me tell you, that painting looked nothing like <strong><a href="">La Bonne Vie</a></strong>, its final outcome.&nbsp; In fact, the only remnants of its early stages are a tiny piece of dictionary text in the lower left quadrant and the raised textural layers, which I emphasized and continued to build on.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/LaBonneVieTexture_web.jpg" height="173" width="261" /> Viewed from the side, the raised textures create a whole other visual landscape.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I love adding French text to my mixed media paintings.&nbsp; "La Bonne Vie", meaning "the good life", is not only the perfect sentiment but it adds visual balance to the composition.&nbsp; Like the flowers, the text provides identity in the midst of the rustic abstraction.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>If you like the rustic "paint peeling" quality of <a href=""><strong>La Bonne Vie,</strong></a><strong></strong> you may also like the diptych painting <a href=""><strong>Meadow Bloom.</strong></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For more floral and flower paintings, please visit my <a href=""><u>Floral &amp; Flower Gallery</u></a><u></u>.</div> Thu, 07 May 2015 10:35:46 CDT Art Photography Print and Canvas Print Pricing <div> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PrintSizes_web.jpg" height="340" width="513" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It may seem that art photography prints and fine art prints listed on my website are different prices than what you see in <a href="">my Etsy shop</a>.&nbsp; Why is that?&nbsp; </div><div>Two reasons:&nbsp;</div><div><ol><li>The photograph or art print may be listed in different sizes</li><li>Photography and art print pricing on my website <a href=""><u>includes shipping charges</u></a><u></u> (for Continental United States)</li></ol><p>Prefer an image at a different size?&nbsp; To purchase an art photograph or art print at a different size than what you see listed here on my website, you may either contact me here OR simply go to my <u><strong><a href=";ref=shopsection_leftnav_8">Choose Your Print Size </a></strong></u>gallery on Etsy where you can select your own print size for nearly any image.<br /></p><div>Prints 13x19 and smaller are printed by me in my studio and ship via USPS First Class Mail.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>All prints are made with archival inks printed on Velvet Fine Art paper, an archival (acid-free) 100% cotton ragg paper with a matte finish.&nbsp; All prints are hand-signed.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>For prints larger than 13x19 and for all canvas gallery wrap prints, I have partnered with a professional photography lab based in St. Louis, Missouri. I have been working closely with this lab for over 3 years.&nbsp; Prints produced in the lab ship via USPS Priority Mail or FedEx Home Delivery.<br /></span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><span>Regardless of size, all prints ship directly from my studio--never the lab--and are always personally inspected and packaged by me.</span></div></div><div> </div> Thu, 30 Apr 2015 10:35:39 CDT Art Photography: How To Use One Image To Make Different Prints <div> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/QAnnesLacePrints_web.jpg" height="294" width="304" />How many hours are in a day?&nbsp; Easy.&nbsp; Not enough.&nbsp; We all spend our days trying to be efficient, trying to get the most things done in the least amount of time.&nbsp; As an artist, I know how long it can take to develop a painting to its completion or to take that perfect picture.&nbsp; Well, if there is a way to use that perfect image as a "base" to create other print options, why not?&nbsp; Not only will you have a series of themed prints to match a variety of home decor color palettes but you will expand your portfolio gallery both exponentially and efficiently.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In the image above, I used a macro photography image of Queen Anne's Lace and simply varied the color palette.&nbsp; In a photo editing program such as PhotoShop, you can also "flip" the image as a layer, as seen in the <a href=""><strong>green flower</strong></a><strong></strong>.&nbsp; Notice how the green flower emerges from the left side of the page versus the others that emerge from the right?&nbsp; That is a result of "flipping" your image layer.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Another option is to change your image to black and white.&nbsp; Go one step further, and <a href=""><strong>"invert" your image</strong></a><strong></strong>, making what was white, black and what was black, white.</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/QAnnesLaceBWPrints_web.jpg" height="468" width="272" /> Quite a dramatic difference, huh?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>For my two <a href=""><strong>floral photography</strong></a><strong></strong> prints of this zinnia, my original intent was not to make two different prints.&nbsp; During the editing process, however, I realized that I was drawn to both the <a href=""><strong>pale pink zinnia</strong></a><strong></strong> and the <a href=""><strong>sepia zinnia</strong></a><strong></strong> and simply could not choose between the two.&nbsp; The best part is that they are compatible and work effectively together as a print series.&nbsp; With this set, I can even go one further and create a black and white print.&nbsp; Hmmm...I wonder how this flower would look as an inverted white on black image?</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/ZinniaPrints_web.jpg" height="361" width="250" /> Go through your portfolio and see if there are other variations you can use on your images to maximize availability of new work.&nbsp; I guarantee not only will you have fun, but I assure you will be pleasantly surprised!</div><div><em><strong>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved. </strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 23 Apr 2015 15:06:07 CDT