Catherine Jeltes Fine Art ~ Painting ~ Photography ~ Artisan Jewelry News The latest news from Catherine Jeltes Fine Art ~ Painting ~ Photography ~ Artisan Jewelry. en-us Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:23:17 CDT Mon, 23 Apr 2018 16:23:17 CDT Original Art: Fun With New Flowers <div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Yellow_Teal.jpg" alt="" width="500" height="500" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong>No other season inspires florals quite like spring.</strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The variety of colors and the abundance of new shades and palette combinations give me inspiration that literally makes me giddy. &nbsp;Yellow and teal florals herald the lightness of summer...</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/TealComm.jpg" width="480" height="360" alt="" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>...whereas flowers in a splashy blue and gray palette on white bring a taste of the sea indoors. &nbsp;Can you feel the energy of the ocean? &nbsp;Taste the salty air?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/AbstrFlowrPurple5x7_1_web.jpg" width="277" height="231" alt="" />&nbsp;<img src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IndigoAa2_web.jpg" width="258" height="251" alt="" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Purple and navy together always give a pop of color while complimenting the neutrality of navy blue.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And the beauty of painting on paper? &nbsp;It allows me to experiment more cost effectively than canvas...which enables me to pass the value along to my clients ;)</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Feeling inspired? &nbsp;See more of my F<a href="">lower Garden Gallery here</a>.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<em style="font-family: Palatino, 'Palatino Linotype', 'Hoefler Text', Times, 'Times New Roman', serif; font-size: 13px;"><strong>All artwork &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. &nbsp;All Rights Reserved.</strong></em></div> Fri, 31 Mar 2017 11:01:42 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