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 Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:17:11 CDT Tue, 28 Jul 2015 05:17:11 CDT Taking Risks: Why Trying Something New Is Worth It <div> I love trying new things and having new experiences...with other people.&nbsp; On my own?&nbsp; It's mostly just scary.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; Every.&nbsp; Single.&nbsp; Time.&nbsp; But once you do, I promise you will feel stronger and more empowered.&nbsp; It is better than that runner's high.&nbsp; It will be a high like you have never before experienced, simply because you chose to step outside your personal limits.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Back when I was a single girl, I wanted to go on vacation.&nbsp; My job had an odd schedule (my vacation time was in the fall) and I had no one to go with for varying reasons--but I was going to do what single girls generally didn't do:&nbsp; Vacation Alone.&nbsp; So I went to a travel agency on September 4th and booked my trip.&nbsp; Yay!&nbsp; I had a plane ticket!&nbsp; I had a car rental!&nbsp; I had a room at a bed and breakfast!&nbsp; I was going to the beach!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One week later it was September 11, 2001.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To say I was nervous about getting on a plane that October would have been an understatement, which wasn't made any easier by the fact that we had to switch planes 3 times before finally being on the actual flight that would take us to our destination.&nbsp; (The first 2 planes had mechanical issues, on the second plane it was discovered AFTER take off.&nbsp; Needless to say, all of us passengers were given copious amounts of travel size alcohol upon landing courtesy of the airlines, thank-you-please-fly-with-us-again.)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It must also be noted that I was greeted at the door of the bed and breakfast by the owner, who promptly handed me a glass of wine.&nbsp; Sensing a theme here?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>During my stay in this small beach side town, there was an oyster festival.&nbsp; Because it was October, it was cool...and rainy.&nbsp; I didn't bring an umbrella or a jacket, but I was determined to enjoy the festival and dammit! eat all the clams, crabs, or oysters I wanted, so I sat huddled in a beach towel against a tent post out of the rain munching seafood.&nbsp; I knew no one.&nbsp; I must have been an odd sight, because a group of guys just down for the weekend took pity on me.&nbsp; We hung out, chatted, danced to the festival music (it actually stopped raining) and we met for dinner and drinks at a fun bar on the wharf.&nbsp; I exchanged e-mails with one of the guys--Rob--who became and has remained a friend 14 years later.&nbsp; He was even at my wedding.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/OysterFest2001.JPG" height="281" width="396" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;So yeah, <strong><em>life changing.</em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Fast forward fourteen years, and my more recent attempt at trying something new:&nbsp; rock climbing.&nbsp; Let me put this in perspective.&nbsp; I am in my 40's.&nbsp; As I've gotten older, I've found that I no longer share the love of heights I had as a child.&nbsp; Mind you, this is likely because I now realize that death WILL happen; I am no longer an invincible 20-something; and I am now the age that my parent's were that I thought was "so old" that death was imminent.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RockClimbing_web.jpg" height="375" width="281" /> And no, I didn't try this on my own.&nbsp; Family was there, but let me just say that if I hadn't chatted down my mental limitations (read fear of falling) that I never would have done this--no matter what anyone in the group said to allay my fears.&nbsp; I also did not push myself to get to the very top.&nbsp; Going to where I felt comfortable--and just a little bit beyond--was enough to put a big fat check next to rock climbing on my List Of Things I Have Done.&nbsp; No, I will never be the woman in the commercial a top the tall rock finger in the middle of nowhere with nothing around her but air.&nbsp; But this?&nbsp; Was challenging, fun, and above all, did not require medical treatment or post-activity therapy.&nbsp; So yeah...for this girl, the risks are worth it.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 23 Jul 2015 16:43:56 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