Catherine Jeltes Fine Art ~ Painting ~ Photography ~ Artisan Jewelry News The latest news from Catherine Jeltes Fine Art ~ Painting ~ Photography ~ Artisan Jewelry. en-us Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:47:20 CDT Wed, 29 Mar 2017 19:47:20 CDT Custom Floral Art: Indigo Flower Paintings on Paper <h1> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0562.jpg" height="375" width="375" /></h1><h1>One of my favorite excuses for not </h1><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h1>blogging is painting.</h1><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><strong></strong></div><div>This time around I quite happily blame it on my latest commission based on my <a href=""><strong>Indigo Flower Series.</strong></a>&nbsp; This custom floral collection is a series of nine 10x10 inch abstract flowers on cotton ragg paper in indigo/navy blue.&nbsp; All of the flowers are in the same style but each presents differently, whether in size, as groups, or fractions of a whole flower.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0559.jpg" height="312" width="312" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One even has a bit of fuchsia for a surprise pop of color.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0579.jpg" height="292" width="292" /> Love how this flower just peeks from the edge of the paper.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Once this commission is complete, I will add a couple more originals in this 10x10 inch size--like the one below--to my website (and definitely more in indigo.&nbsp; I adore navy as a neutral, but had to play around with some different colors for variance.)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0580.jpg" height="311" width="311" /> In the meantime, you can see more of my Indigo Flower Series in my <a href=""><strong>Flower Painting Gallery</strong></a><strong></strong>.&nbsp; You may also like this blog post:&nbsp; <a href=""><em><strong>Modern Floral Art:&nbsp; Indigo Flower Painting Series</strong></em></a><em><strong></strong></em>.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>&nbsp;All artwork &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</strong></em></div> Wed, 04 May 2016 15:02:58 CDT How I Use My iPhone To Market and Manage My Art Business <br /><h1> </h1><h1>I love my iPhone.</h1><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You probably hear many other people say this, but probably not for the reason I am about to give you.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I love my iPhone for marketing and managing my online art business.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Before I got my iPhone, I never had a smart phone.&nbsp; My phone--which I reluctantly carried once I became a parent--was used to make phone calls, period.&nbsp; I didn't even text.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The landscape of online selling platforms has changed drastically in the past several years, catering their marketing capabilities and visual formats to mobile users.&nbsp; In order to stay competitive, I caved and joined the ranks of iPhone devotees.&nbsp; Here is how my iPhone helps me market and manage my online art business more effectively:</div><div><ol><li>&nbsp;<strong>The <a href="">Sell On Etsy App</a>.</strong>&nbsp; This app is specifically for mobile devices, and allows me to manage my shop on the go.&nbsp; My phone now notifies me with a loud audio CHA-CHING every time I make a sale, as well as allows me to post Shop Updates instantly from anywhere, linking my update directly to any item in my shop.&nbsp; Honestly, this app is worth it for the "cha-ching" sound alone. <br /></li><li><strong>The high quality on-the-go camera.</strong>&nbsp; Now, I don't take my print photography on my phone, but my iPhone camera allows me to take artfully exposed still life images for my shop updates, <a href="">blog</a>, and social media posts--I can even edit them directly on my phone if I want to crop or tweak the exposure.&nbsp; This saves me EONS of time as I don't have to use my slr camera, hook it to my PC, download the images, then edit them in PhotoShop just to get a quick image.&nbsp; Plus, the images are so high quality I can use them as references for my art paintings.</li></ol><p>&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0242.jpg" height="351" width="273" /> <em><strong>Room image of canvas art on wall &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;&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;&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;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong></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;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; </strong>3.&nbsp; <strong>I can customize my iPhone with my own art on a case.&nbsp; </strong><span>Using <a href="">Fine Art America</a>, I purchased a <a href="">custom phone case</a> using one of my paintings.&nbsp; Now every time I use my phone in public there is an opportunity for someone to see and ask about my art.&nbsp; Bonus.&nbsp; <br /></span></p></div><div>&nbsp;<span><img alt="" src="" height="279" width="211" /> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/iphonecases_web.jpg" height="270" width="339" /><br /></span></div><div>4.&nbsp; <strong>I can manage all of my e-mail accounts in one location.&nbsp; </strong><span>Self-explanatory, but I can contact clients and monitor all of my art sales on the go.</span></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>5.&nbsp; <strong>I can post directly to my social media accounts from my phone.&nbsp; </strong>Enables me to keep fans and clients in the loop--as well as touching base on-the-go (not just from my studio.)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>6.&nbsp; <strong>I can make in-person sales directly from my phone.&nbsp; </strong>Yep, using the Sell On Etsy app, I can accept payments via credit card on my phone--and the inventory in my shop will immediately reflect the sale...meaning I don't have to sort through my listings later.&nbsp; Yippee!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>What do I do with all the extra time I have now?&nbsp; Create more art of course!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<strong><em>All artwork &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>If you enjoyed this article, you may also like: </strong></div><div><strong><em><a href="">St. Louis Springtime Flower Tour Via iPhone</a></em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 31 Mar 2016 14:07:14 CDT Original Art: Modern Floral Painting On Canvas Wisps <div> After several months of working with my <a href="">abstract flower paintings series on paper</a>, I was able to design the first of my modern floral series on canvas.&nbsp; Titled <u><strong></strong></u><a href=""><u><strong>Wisps</strong></u></a>, it is a still life portrait of four flowers in shades of yellow, white, and brown presenting on a gray background with a hint of blue-green undertones.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Wisps_web.jpg" height="511" width="408" /> <strong><em><a href="">Wisps, 16 x 20 x 3/4 on canvas</a></em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The flowers are very airy and ethereal, seeming to float on "wisps."&nbsp; I chose the palette of yellow and gray to compliment the feeling of serenity and tranquility I wanted this painting to convey.&nbsp; Thus far, the flowers in my paper series have all been designed on a white background.&nbsp; For the beginning of this flower on canvas series, however, I wanted a heavier (read "toned") background and I used the flowers' wispy white plumes to offset this.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/WispsDetailA_web.jpg" height="284" width="469" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Though <strong><u>Wisps</u></strong> is on the smaller size with regards to canvas paintings at 16 x 20 inches, it accents a space rather charmingly when grouped with similar elements.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0363.jpg" height="428" width="428" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>For more original flower paintings, or to see my abstract flower on paper series, please visit my <a href=""><strong>Floral and Flower Paintings Gallery.</strong></a></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>All artwork &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.&nbsp;</em></strong></div> Thu, 24 Mar 2016 16:24:54 CDT St. Louis Springtime Flower Tour Via iPhone <div> Spring has arrived in St. Louis in glorious scented color.&nbsp; As it's quite simply too beautiful to be cooped up in my studio, I've decided to try an experiment and tour my neighborhood with my iPhone, snapping photos of spring as I go.&nbsp; Here is a snippet of my discoveries...</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0259.jpg" height="304" width="304" />&nbsp; <em><a href="">Star Magnolias</a></em>.&nbsp; The first to arrive.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0286.jpg" height="310" width="234" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0313.jpg" height="308" width="308" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I'm sure they have a fancier name, but I refer to these as the "regular" <a href=""><em>magnolias</em></a><em></em>.&nbsp; They are my fave...and I am not necessarily what you'd call a "pink" type of girl.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0309.jpg" height="275" width="275" />&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0316.jpg" height="276" width="276" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Daffodils and purple hyacinths.&nbsp; Together they are absolutely striking!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0304.jpg" height="273" width="273" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0307.jpg" height="273" width="273" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><a href="">Bradford pear tree blossoms</a></em> and the brief but oh-so-vibrant forsythia shrub.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0311.JPG" height="271" width="271" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0310.jpg" height="271" width="271" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>A rare find in front yard landscaping in my neighborhood:&nbsp; hellebore.&nbsp; Gorgeous!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0328.jpg" height="277" width="277" /> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0326.jpg" height="277" width="277" /><br />&nbsp;</div><div>Last but not least...a weeping cherry tree.&nbsp; A fountain of showy blooms that only lasts about a week.&nbsp; Sitting beneath this floral "umbrella" and listening to dozens upon dozens of bees drone in a buzzing symphony is amazingly tranquil and a favorite spring rite.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So yeah...I deem my iPhone camera experiment a success.&nbsp; Now if I can just transfer my photos to my PC without e-mailing them...!</div><div></div><div><strong><em>All photography &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.&nbsp; Use without express permission of artist is a violation of copyright law.<br /></em></strong></div> Thu, 17 Mar 2016 16:10:37 CDT How To Make A Simple Copper Band Ring <div> </div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HammeredCopRingB_web.jpg" height="393" width="393" />&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong><a href="">Hammered Copper Wide Band Ring</a></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>By now you may know that copper is my favorite metal to work with.&nbsp; As a base metal, it's less expensive than silver, it's rustic, warm in tone, and allows for a rainbow of patinas.&nbsp; With some basic tools, you can make a simple copper band ring that stands alone as a minimalist design or can serve as the framework for more complex designs.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Here are the tools you will need:</div><div><ul><li><strong>Copper sheet metal</strong></li><li><strong>Metal shears</strong></li><li><strong>Fabric tape measure &amp; pencil<br /></strong></li><li><strong>Hammer</strong></li><li><strong>Texturing hammer (optional)<br /></strong></li><li><strong>Steel bench block</strong></li><li><strong>Metal file<br /></strong></li><li><strong>Ring mandrel (or something cylindrical to shape ring)</strong></li><li><strong>Vise to hold mandrel (optional)<br /></strong></li><li><strong>Nylon jewelry pliers (to help bend edges of metal before hammering)</strong></li><li><strong>Torch</strong></li><li><strong>Tweezers to handle hot metal<br /></strong></li><li><strong>Glass or ceramic bowl filled with water</strong></li><li><strong>Soldering pan or block</strong></li><li><strong>Safety glasses</strong></li><li><strong>Old toothbrush and dish soap to de-grease metal<br /></strong></li><li><strong>Renaissance wax (to seal patina if heat patina is applied)</strong></li></ul><strong><br /></strong><h3>Step 1:&nbsp; Determine the size and width of your band ring.</h3><div>Find the size on your mandrel you want your ring to be.&nbsp; Using your fabric tape, wrap it around the mandrel and measure.&nbsp; Add about an inch to that length to account for bending the metal at the ends of the band (you will bend about 1/2 an inch on each end.)&nbsp; Measure on your own finger how wide you want the ring, then add about 1.5 inches to that width.&nbsp; Mark the measurements on your copper sheet metal.&nbsp; Wearing your safety glasses and using your metal shears, cut out your ring band.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3>Step 2:&nbsp; Add some texture.</h3><div>Wearing your safety glasses (do you sense a theme here?) put your band on the bench block and hammer away.&nbsp; You want to apply just a bit of texture here before bending &amp; hammering the edges, but don't hammer too much or you will work harden the metal and will need to heat it in order to soften it up.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3>Step 3:&nbsp; Bend &amp; hammer the edges.</h3><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0227.jpg" height="296" width="296" />&nbsp;</div></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Using your nylon pliers, grip a bit inwards from the corner along the long edge of your band and bend.&nbsp; Do this on the corner opposite along the same long edge.&nbsp; This should have the metal curved upwards just enough to allow you to lay the metal on the bench block and hammer it flat.&nbsp; You may need to use the pliers in the same manner in the middle of the edge before hammering.&nbsp; Repeat this process on the second long edge and hammer flat.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>If your metal is not too work hardened at this point, you should be able to apply this same process to each of the short ends.&nbsp; It will be a bit more difficult as you will be bending two layers of metal and hammering four layers.&nbsp; If you find it is too difficult, you will need to use your torch and soldering block or pan to heat the metal to a workable consistency.*</div><div>*(If you apply heat too long, your metal will develop a black substance known as fire scale.&nbsp; If this happens, you will need a <a href="">pickling agent</a> to remove it.)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><h3>Step 4:&nbsp; Hammer texture.<br /></h3><div>If you want to add more texture to your metal, now is the time.&nbsp; Wearing your safety glasses and using either a texture hammer or a regular hammer, place your metal on your bench block and pound away.&nbsp; When you are satisfied with your texture, use your metal file to smooth any sharp edges (usually on the corners.)&nbsp; If you don't want to add any more texture beyond what you did in step 2, file any rough edges and move onto step 5.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3>Step 5:&nbsp; Apply heat patina. <br /></h3><div>You will need to clean (ie. de-grease) your metal before applying your heat patina, as any oils or substances on the metal will impact the development of the patina.&nbsp; Using an old toothbrush and dish soap (I prefer Dawn.&nbsp; If it can remove oil from bird feathers, it is perfect for cleaning metal), scrub the copper front and back, rinsing and repeating several times.&nbsp; Carefully lay on paper towel, touching minimally with fingers.&nbsp; Dry and use paper towel to put copper on soldering block or in soldering pan, or use a tweezers if you have one.&nbsp; Wearing your safety glasses, use butane torch to apply heat.&nbsp; Stop heating when desired patina develops.&nbsp; Use tweezers to pick up metal and quench in water.&nbsp; I find it is helpful to heat for a bit, then quench in water, then heat again to get the patina I am most satisfied with.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0228.jpg" height="342" width="342" /> <em><strong><a href="">Soldering Pan with Pumice</a><br /></strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div><div><h3>Step 6:&nbsp; Shape your ring.</h3><div>Using a ring mandrel or other cylindrical shape, gradually bend your metal to form a curve and slowly shape your ring.&nbsp; You may need to use a rawhide mallet to gently hammer your metal into the form you desire.&nbsp; If your metal is highly textured and you aren't concerned with adding more, you can also use a regular hammer to gently--gently!--shape your metal into cylindrical form.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HammeredCopRingC_web.jpg" height="392" width="392" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3>Step 7:&nbsp; Seal your patina.</h3><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HeatPatinaE_web.jpg" height="168" width="151" /> Using Renaissance wax, take a soft cloth and rub it onto your ring, taking care to cover all the exposed metal (you will need to apply in stages as part of the ring will be touching a surface.)&nbsp; Allow to dry and then buff to shine with another soft cloth.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HammeredCopRing1_web.jpg" height="247" width="247" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/HammeredCopRingE_web.jpg" height="247" width="307" /></div></div><div><p>I made my band extra wide--more of a statement ring--to give it a bit of character.&nbsp; There are lots of other patinas you can try--Guilder's paste, salt and vinegar...endless possibilities.&nbsp; Play around with it and see what you can come up with!</p><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>All&nbsp; photography &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.&nbsp;</strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>If you liked this post, you may also like:</strong></em></div><div><ul><li>&nbsp;<strong><a href="">Applying Heat Patina To Copper Metal</a></strong></li><li><strong><a href="">Working With Metal:&nbsp; Hammered Copper Rings</a><br /></strong></li></ul></div></div></div></div> Thu, 10 Mar 2016 11:07:14 CST