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, 29 Aug 2015 18:25:24 CDT Sat, 29 Aug 2015 18:25:24 CDT Applying Heat Patina To Copper Sheet Metal <div> If you work with copper metal, a simple way to create a unique finish is to apply a heat patina.&nbsp; 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.&nbsp; The result is a stronger, sturdier 1" x 3" metal piece.&nbsp; Before applying the patina, I used a texture hammer to give the copper a more interesting surface.&nbsp; Now I was ready to work with the heat patina.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>To remove any surface oils and what not from the metal, I scrubbed it with an old toothbrush and Dawn dish detergent soap (baking soda works well too.)&nbsp; After rinsing the metal clean, I dried it with a paper towel, using only the towel to handle the freshly washed metal to avoid any oils from my hands transferring to the copper.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>My materials for applying the heat patina were a small butane torch, a dish filled with clean water for quenching the hot metal, <a href=""><strong>a pumice filled soldering pan</strong></a> with a locking tweezers holding clamp, protective eyeglasses, and two locking tweezers (one for the soldering pan and another to remove the heated metal to quench in the water dish.)&nbsp; *<em>Note:&nbsp; If you fire too long, the copper will get a black residue.&nbsp; If this happens, you will need to "pickle" the metal to remove the oxide using a <a href=""><strong>pickle pot</strong></a>.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeatPatinaC_web.jpg" height="300" width="399" /> <em><strong>Soldering Pan<br /></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>What I love about heat patina on copper is that the metal behaves differently every time.&nbsp; Sometimes I get a pinkish rosey brown (one of my favorites); other times there are deep rusty oranges with wonderful blues and greens.&nbsp; The first firing here produced a bit of pinkish brown, though you can see a bit on the right where hints of other colors began to develop.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeatPatinaA_web.jpg" height="322" width="412" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>After a few more firings and quenchings, I got a color patina that appealed to me.&nbsp; Love that orange and blue!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeatPatinaB_web.jpg" height="278" width="420" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Once you have the heat patina you want, dry the metal thoroughly.&nbsp; If you know your jewelry design, punch or drill any connection holes.&nbsp; If this is your focal piece, you may wish to use an engraving tool to sign the back. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One of the most important steps in applying a patina to metal is to seal the patina.&nbsp; How to seal the patina varies as to the type of patina, but for heat patina on copper I recommend <a href=""><strong>Renaissance Wax</strong></a><strong></strong> (aka Ren Wax) applied with a soft cloth.&nbsp; The wax hardens instantly, after which simply buff gently with a cloth for shine.&nbsp; (You may note the colors appear less vibrant in the finished picture, but rest assured that is not the case--or due to the Ren Wax.&nbsp; Rather, it is simply my personal challenge photographing patinated metal without glare :)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeatPatinaE_web.jpg" height="201" width="181" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeatPatinaD_web.jpg" height="237" width="347" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This metal piece will be used as the focal in a new bracelet design, using the rich warm tones of autumn.&nbsp; Stay tuned!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>You can see my metal jewelry designs in my <a href="">Rustic Artisan Jewelry Gallery</a>.</strong></em></div> Thu, 27 Aug 2015 15:52:37 CDT Gallery Zoo Art Studio: Textured Mixed Media Painting In Progress <div> Back in February I wrote this post <a href="">"Art Studio Bits:&nbsp; Mixed Media Painting In Progress,"</a> showing the textural details and early color palette of a large 24" x 36" canvas.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MixedMediaIP4_web.jpg" height="157" width="104" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MixedMediaIP5_web.jpg" height="142" width="249" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MixedMediaIP1_web.jpg" height="173" width="261" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MixedMediaIP3_web.jpg" height="173" width="262" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>At that time, the color palette was quite bright...the turquoise and orange very vivid.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>However, something about the composition was "off"--just not coming together.&nbsp; I sat with this painting on hold for several months while working on other projects.&nbsp; Recently, I began adding more layers of color and working it into the existing textures.&nbsp; Thus far the results are a near 180 from February.&nbsp; Deep and golden earth tones have replaced much of the early blue and green palette, giving the textures a much more varied depth and rustic feel (think fossils emerging from stone.)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EarthToneMMIP4_web.jpg" height="175" width="264" /> <em><strong>Before detail<br /></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EarthToneMMIP2_web.jpg" height="175" width="265" /> <em><strong>After detail<br /></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here are more details of the painting in its current phase where I've allowed blues and greens to show through.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EarthToneMMIP3_web.jpg" height="330" width="497" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EarthToneMMIP1_web.jpg" height="331" width="500" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And the text I spoke of adding in the initial blog post?&nbsp; Gone.&nbsp; I decided the words were too distracting and didn't work with the composition.&nbsp; In this case, it's better the painting speaks for itself :)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Stay tuned for the completed art.&nbsp; I hope to have this painting completed in the next several weeks!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><div><em>To see more of my paintings, please visit my <a href=""><u><strong>Abstract Painting Gallery</strong></u></a><u><strong></strong></u>. </em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>&nbsp;<em>All images &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</em></strong></div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 20 Aug 2015 15:03:27 CDT Art Painting In Progress: Zoo Art For Nursery--Giraffe <div> Yay!&nbsp; My commission triptych--animal art paintings for a nursery--is at last complete.&nbsp; 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.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/GiraffeWeilbaecher_web.jpg" height="464" width="230" /> <em><strong><a href="">Baby Giraffe &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art.</a></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Sticking with my bright and cheery color palette, I deepened the blue to contrast nicely with the bright yellow while complimenting both the baby hippo and baby rhino paintings.&nbsp; Here is what the completed painting set looks like together:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/WeilbaecherNurseryB_web.jpg" height="465" width="465" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And here it is displayed in another configuration:</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/WeilbaecherNursery_web.jpg" height="426" width="426" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Though the original paintings are sold, each of these baby zoo animals are available as fine art prints.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><ul><li><em><strong><a href="">Baby Hippo 8 x 8 inch Print</a></strong></em></li><li><em><strong><a href="">Baby Giraffe 8 x 10 inch Print</a></strong></em></li><li><em><strong><a href="">Baby Rhino 8 x 8 inch Print</a></strong></em> <br /></li></ul></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<strong><em>If you like this post, you may check out the first two posts in this series here:<br /></em></strong></div><div><ul><li><em><strong><a href="">Art Painting In Progress:&nbsp; Zoo Art For Nursery</a></strong></em><br /></li><li><em><strong><a href="">Art Painting In Progress:&nbsp; Zoo Art For Nursery--Rhino</a></strong></em> <br /></li></ul></div> Thu, 06 Aug 2015 16:49:19 CDT Art Studio Bits: How A Simple Paint Palette Can Work For You <div> Many artists have favorite go-to colors.&nbsp; Mine are blues and oranges.&nbsp; With those two colors plus white, I can create a palette which includes green-blues, yellows, and many derivatives of gray.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Take my two recent abstract paintings, for example.&nbsp; Hard to believe I used exactly the same colors of navy blue, rust orange, and white, isn't it?&nbsp; The difference is the ratio in which those colors were applied to the paper.&nbsp; This particular painting style is very free-form, very open--allowing the paint palette the freedom to blend and merge at will on the paper or canvas.&nbsp; I've heard artists speak about how paintings often reveal themselves...and this is exactly what happened with both of these paintings.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BlueMountains_web.jpg" height="379" width="376" /> <em><strong><a href="">Blue Mountains &#169; 2015</a></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In <strong><em><a href="">Blue Mountains</a>, </em></strong>the shades of blue formed from the ink-like navy blue are more pure; there is less blending of yellow tones from the orange paint. &nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EyeOfTheStorm2_web.jpg" height="371" width="372" /> <em><strong><a href="">Eye Of the Storm II &#169; 2015</a><br /></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Eye Of the Storm II</strong></em></a>, on the other hand, allows much more interaction between the orange and navy, creating a greater tonality of gray-green and yellow than in <em><strong>Blue Mountains.&nbsp; </strong></em>And in <em><strong></strong></em><a href=""><em><strong>Eye Of the Storm I</strong></em></a> (below) notice how the white separates the yellow from the blue, considerably altering the color landscape from its successor.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EyeOfTheStorm_web.jpg" height="380" width="380" /> <em><strong><a href="">Eye Of the Storm I &#169; 2015</a><br /></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So for me, a simple (or basic) palette is not boring...but instead allows me to create paintings with a complimentary tonality--working effectively for a series or commission requests for custom work.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>To see more abstract art in this style, please visit my <a href="">Abstract Paintings Gallery.</a></strong></em></div> Thu, 30 Jul 2015 11:26:02 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