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, 28 Feb 2015 06:20:43 CST Sat, 28 Feb 2015 06:20:43 CST Etsy And Me: How Do I Shorten My Shop Links? <div> </div><div>Have you ever been browsing through Etsy and notice that some sellers have cute, short, clickable links in their item descriptions instead of cumbersome links that go on for two lines?&nbsp; They look something like this:&nbsp; <a href="" target="_blank"></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>My first thought was "I LIKE those."</div><div>My next was "I gotta do that."</div><div>And then "How do I do that?"</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>It took a bit of stumbling around in both Etsy's forums and Google, but I finally found out how: &nbsp; <a href=""></a></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>This amazing website--and yeah, it's free!--will shorten any link into something more manageable.&nbsp; Simply paste any link into the box at the top of the home page on bitly, click the orange box that reads "Shorten", and voila...the site provides you with a unique, shortened link you can copy and paste anywhere.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>If you include links to other sections of your Etsy shop within your item listings, it may be best to keep a list of those frequently used links handy to quickly cut and paste into new and existing item descriptions.&nbsp; Since I have prints of various sizes in my shop, my favorite way to address this issue is to list all of my print sizes and bitly links in <a href="">my Etsy shop</a> announcement: </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/GZA_Etsy_BannerB_web.jpg" width="563" height="74" />&nbsp; <br /><div> <h2>GalleryZooArt's Shop Announcement</h2> </div> Artist Catherine Jeltes | Still Life Botanical Flower Photography | Coastal Decor Prints Beach Art | Abstract Landscape Paintings | Fine Art Giclee Prints<br /> <br /> For prints in a specific size, you may go to my Choose Your Print Size Gallery: <a href="" target="_blank"></a> or use the following direct links:<br /> <br /> &#9829; 5 x 7 or 5 x 5: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> &#9829; 8 x 10 or 8 x 8: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> &#9829; 11 x 14 or 11 x 11: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> &#9829; 18 x 24: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> &#9829; 16 x 20: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> &#9829; 20 x 24: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> <br /> Canvas Gallery Wrap Prints:<br /> <br /> &#9829; 8x10 or 8x8 CGW: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> &#9829; 11x14 or 11x11 CGW: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> &#9829; 16x20 CGW: <a href="" target="_blank"></a><br /> <br /> </div><div>This allows me quick access to copy and paste my shortened links wherever needed, as well as having them in one place for my customers.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I encourage you to take advantage of <a href=""></a>.&nbsp; I'm sure you'll find it's quite worth it!</div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 26 Feb 2015 14:34:52 CST Modern Home Art Decor: Flower Photography Prints Orchid Art <div> in the Midwest can be quite a meteorological adventure, particularly as late winter transitions to early spring.&nbsp; Personally, I adore my four seasons AND I love snow, but I would be untruthful if I said the occasional 70 degree winter day did not make me long for the warm, sunny, and flower-filled days of spring.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Perhaps to assist in making the wait for spring a bit easier to bear, our local botanical gardens hosts its annual orchid show each February.&nbsp; Just entering that once stark space now transformed to a tropical and fragrant floral paradise successfully chases away any winter doldrums--at least for a bit.&nbsp; I must admit that I am super fortunate, though:&nbsp; my husband grows orchids in our sun-drenched back studio room.&nbsp; We have tropical florals blooming at any given time throughout the winter months, along with geraniums and gerbera daisies that we winter over from our summer garden.&nbsp; As such, I am a happy camper.&nbsp; To help boost you from any winter blahs, here is a cyber orchid show of my own <a href="">orchid photography</a> gallery, including new <a href="">flower art</a> prints:</div><div><h5>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/WhiteOrchidsGray_web.jpg" height="291" width="291" /><em><a href="">Zen Orchid Photograph &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes</a></em></h5><div><h5>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/OrchidPink_web.jpg" height="212" width="212" /><em><a href="">And The Orchids Sing&nbsp;&#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes</a></em></h5><div><h5><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RedOrchids_web.jpg" height="212" width="212" /> <a href=""><em>Untitled, &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes</em></a><em><br /></em></h5><div><h5><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/RedBlushOrchids_web.jpg" height="164" width="206" /> <em><a href="">Red Blush &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes</a><br /></em></h5><div><h5><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MiniPinkOrchidB_web.jpg" height="278" width="186" /> <em><a href="">Until You &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes</a><br /></em></h5><div><h5><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CaramelVanillaOrchid_web.jpg" height="231" width="231" /> <em><a href="">White Orchid, Untitled &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes</a><br /></em></h5><div><h5><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/YellowOrchid_web.jpg" height="208" width="208" /> <em><a href="">Yellow Orchid, Untitled &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes</a><br /></em></h5><div><h5><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/YellowOrchids_web.jpg" height="263" width="263" /> <em><a href="">Cascade, Yellow Orchids &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes</a><br /></em></h5></div><div>&nbsp;</div></div></div></div></div></div></div></div><div>I find that adding a new floral print to my walls or mantle adds a bit of visual freshness to my winter decor and helps me prep for spring inside...long before the last snow melts and chilly winds blow.&nbsp; Until then...see you next week!</div> Thu, 19 Feb 2015 15:09:54 CST Art Studio Bits: Mixed Media Painting In Progress <div> My current painting in progress is a 24 x 36 mixed media painting on gallery wrap canvas, a fusion of <a href=""><u>botanical</u></a><u></u> forms and textures enveloped in a tranquil palette of blues, yellows, oranges, and deep warm brown.&nbsp; Here are some close-ups of the painting's textures:</div><div>&nbsp; <img alt="" src="" width="361" height="225" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MixedMediaIP2_web.jpg" width="369" height="244" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MixedMediaIP3_web.jpg" width="369" height="246" /> As I tend to completely immerse myself in the creation of an artwork, it is quite easy for me to get lost in these "macro portraits"--near abstract landscape images of the painting itself.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>In building these layers of texture, I have embedded sections of real botanicals.&nbsp; Here you can see a ginkgo leaf.</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MixedMediaIP4_web.jpg" width="284" height="427" /> Last but not least, a larger portion of the canvas, taken from the side in landscape format:</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/MixedMediaIP5_web.jpg" width="472" height="269" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Each day layers are added to various sections, allowed to dry, then evaluated as part of the composition as a whole.&nbsp; Today I began adding text.&nbsp; For me, creating mixed media art is not about the end result, but the celebration of the process.</div><div>&nbsp;</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> Thu, 12 Feb 2015 15:57:02 CST Design Studio Workbench: Metal Shapes and Patina <div> Currently on my workbench in my jewelry studio:&nbsp; shapes of patinated metals (mainly copper) in various stages of design.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PatinatedMetals_web.jpg" width="363" height="363" />The two flowers and long metal strips are copper sheet metal that has been cut, filed, textured with a hammer, and heated with a butane torch to apply a heat patina.&nbsp; Don't you love the variation?&nbsp; It just goes to show that for me at least, a heat patina can be quite inconsistent, and very difficult to replicate.&nbsp; The longer strips may be ring bands, pendants, or even cut into flowers.&nbsp; I haven't quite decided yet.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>The two smaller rectangles on the left, the pendant on the chain, and the ring at the top are all copper that has been patinated with a salt and vinegar solution (see <a href=""><em><u>Vinegar and Salt Patina </u></em></a><em><u></u></em>to learn how.)&nbsp; I love the results (feeds my draw to rustic textures and earthy color.)&nbsp; The rectangles may be destined for pendant design, or potentially trimmed for earrings.&nbsp; Many options!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Finally, the butterflies and the circle cut-out are both brass that has been treated to a heat patina, hammered for texture, and patinated with <a href=""><u><em>Gilder's Paste</em></u></a><u><em></em></u>.&nbsp; It may be hard to tell on your monitor, but the cyan blue in the "paste" patina is more blue and less green than the verdigris patina achieved with the vinegar and salt solution.&nbsp; I tend to prefer green of the salt/vinegar patina when paired with the copper.&nbsp; However, if time is a consideration, the quick application of a gilder's paste patina can't be beat.&nbsp; What possibilities do you see when looking at these metal elements?</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h5><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CopperFlowerVerdigrisA_web.jpg" width="181" height="181" /> <em><a href="">Copper Flower Earrings</a><br /></em></h5></div> Thu, 05 Feb 2015 14:05:46 CST Modern Home Decor: Silhouette Photography Botanical Art <div> As much as I am full of active energy and often drawn to the busy, modern minimalism serves as my perfect balance.&nbsp; Taking the transitions of nature and rendering them in <a href=""><u><em>silhouette</em></u></a><u><em></em></u> form not only reduces botanicals to simple shape but also creates modern home design in bold neutrals of black and white.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div> In this <a href=""><u><em>Tulip Poplar tree silhouette</em></u></a><u><em></em></u>, <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/TulipTree_web.jpg" width="342" height="342" /></div><div>I marvel at how the dried base (or cone) of the tree's summer flowers creates a charming winter beauty--simply stunning in silhouette!&nbsp; In another <a href=""><u><em>Tulip Tree art print</em></u></a><u><em></em></u>, I've added a touch of sepia, showing a bit more detail in the silhouette as well as providing a warmer tone to the overall image.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/TulipTreeBranches_web.jpg" width="322" height="322" /> A simple sprig of <a href=""><u><em>Queen Anne's Lace</em></u></a><u><em></em></u> becomes a fusion of retro and modern when combining a black and white silhouette with a smudged border edge.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/VintageLace_web.jpg" width="329" height="329" /> Using minimalist nature prints brings a fresh design approach to home decor.&nbsp; The best part?&nbsp; Whenever a palette change for a room is in order, neutral art compliments whatever the imagination dreams up!</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>For a more rustic, more romantic art design, you may like this blog post:&nbsp; </em><a href=""><em><strong><u>Home Decor Dried Flower Prints. </u></strong></em></a></div><div> </div> Thu, 29 Jan 2015 12:40:28 CST