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 Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:30:45 CST Mon, 08 Feb 2016 10:30:45 CST Think Before You Cut Down That Tree <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Whispers_web.jpg" height="309" width="414" /><br /><h2> </h2><h2>I have an affinity for trees.</h2><div>They set the stage for mood.&nbsp; Ever walk into a grove of old trees?&nbsp; They command respect simply by presence.&nbsp; Lean against the trunk.&nbsp; Soak up the warmth from the sun.&nbsp; Feel the braille-like texture of bark beneath your hands.&nbsp; Breathe deeply of the scent of soil and foliage.&nbsp; Listen to the rustle of leaves and branches in the wind.&nbsp; It is an experience that connects to the energy of the the earth like almost nothing else.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Trees live longer than humans, surviving and thriving in nature's elements and harboring entire ecosystems.&nbsp; They are essential to life on our planet, so it puzzles me when healthy trees are casually destroyed without thought or conscience, merely because a property owner is inconvenienced by upkeep.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BarredOwl_web.jpg" height="303" width="457" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Some trees are necessarily harvested and cut down all the time for resources, property development, improper placement (ie. a large species is planted below power lines), etc. but at this point in the game, we should know better--and have more respect for our planet--than to indiscriminately label a tree as "an unnecessary inconvenience TO ME" and have a hundred years of growth and history destroyed for no reason other than laziness.&nbsp; The inherent problem with that mentality is the "me" perspective--the flaw of the human race.&nbsp; At what point do we realize that we are guests on this planet--that we are merely a part of an ecosystem that is shared by all life?&nbsp; We have a responsibility to use all of the information available to keep this planet--OUR planet (not yours, not mine, not theirs, but OURS) as healthy as we can for our children and our children's children.&nbsp; So many things in life are out of our control (such as acts of terrorism, world hunger) but choosing to destroy a tree is not.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/BirdTreeNest_web.jpg" height="273" width="365" /> My neighborhood recently lost two healthy one hundred plus years old trees on city-owned property simply because new home owners didn't want the maintenance.&nbsp; I knew the elderly woman who planted one of the trees as a little girl in 1915.&nbsp; Now a part of our neighborhood history and landscape has been permanently lost.&nbsp; It sickens and saddens me.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Think before you cut down that tree.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/SnowMagic_web.jpg" height="298" width="398" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>All artwork &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.&nbsp;</strong></em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>Art in order of appearance:</strong></em></div><div><ul><li><em><strong><a href="">Whispers</a></strong></em></li><li><em><strong><a href="">Barred Owl Dreamy Landscape</a></strong></em></li><li><em><strong><a href="">Bird Nest Sepia</a></strong></em></li><li><em><strong><a href=""></a><a href="">Winter's Fairytale</a></strong></em> <br /></li></ul></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 04 Feb 2016 12:04:38 CST Art In Progress: Mixed Media Painting on Claybord <div>My current art studio project is an 18" x 36" mixed media painting on cradled claybord.&nbsp; The initial intention was to create a large floral painting, experimenting with the techniques I use on paper and applying them on a larger scale to a harder surface with a smoother finish and more absorbancy than my regular canvas.&nbsp; </div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I soon decided, however, that of the three flowers I loved the fluidity of the flower on the right, whereas the other two...not so much.&nbsp; They were simply too dense and not as airy as I wanted.&nbsp; Knowing I could not get that quality back at this point, I first took a picture of the flower on the right to sell as a print, and then I did a 180 and--gulp--<em>painted over my flowers.</em></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0073.jpg" height="214" width="286" /> <strong><em>Flower that I liked before being painted over.</em><br /></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Now that the painting has taken a new direction, it is all about layers and texture, both adding and revealing them.&nbsp; I envision keeping more neutral tones, yet revealing and adding color for maximum impact.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0087.jpg" height="208" width="208" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0088.jpg" height="207" width="207" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I love the rustic look of paint that looks sanded or worn, showing layers of color beneath.&nbsp; I am also including elements of old dictionary pages that will be painted over and selectively shown.&nbsp; While I won't necessarily choose particular words to include, I've discovered the importance of editing what words I DON'T want to show.&nbsp; For example, on the same page as the word "mastodon" is the word "matricide".&nbsp; So not including that word in my art!&nbsp; Somehow it just doesn't say peace, beauty, and tranquility--qualities I want my art to bring to someone's home or work space.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/IMG_0086.jpg" height="287" width="287" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Stay tuned for more on the evolution of this mixed media art.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>All artwork &#169; 2016 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</em></strong></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em>If you enjoyed this post, you may also like:</em></div><div><ul><li><em> <a href="">Original Art: Abstract Mixed Media Painting Equinox</a></em> </li></ul></div><div><ul><li>&nbsp;<a href=""><em>Textured Mixed Media Painting In Progress</em></a><em><br /></em></li></ul></div> Fri, 29 Jan 2016 16:04:51 CST Original Art: Abstract Mixed Media Painting Equinox <div> <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EquinoxLandScp_web.jpg" height="491" width="491" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><em><strong>Il est fini.</strong>&nbsp; </em>After many phases, layers of paint, and varying textures, this large <a href="">24 x 36 inch mixed media painting titled Equinox</a> is complete.&nbsp; This painting truly was a labor of love.&nbsp; The palette that evolved is warm and welcoming: the energy of the oranges and yellows balances with the coolness of the blues, resulting in a tranquil abstract that hums with life. &nbsp;Copper is a favorite metal--particularly the color of the verdigris patina that emerges over time--so I integrated green-blue shades for a more rustic tone and feel.</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/Equinox_web.jpg" height="533" width="533" />&nbsp;</div><div>Equinox is a fusion of nature's two transitioning seasons, spring and fall, and invites close inspection and interaction with its textures.&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EquinoxDetailC_web.jpg" height="243" width="367" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EquinoxDetailB_web.jpg" height="241" width="364" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>I chose to include the ginkgo leaves as an organic component for their ties to all things Zen--not only a fitting representation for the botanical element but also a link to serenity, tranquility, and mindfulness.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/EquinoxDetailA_web.jpg" height="242" width="365" />&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Do I always think these sorts of things out as I work through a painting?&nbsp; I wish!&nbsp; Sometimes...but most often I simply let the materials guide me.&nbsp; As they are applied, the art design tends to reveal itself by how materials interact with the canvas and how components relate spacially within the composition as a whole.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Interested in seeing more of my art?&nbsp; Please see these galleries on <a href=""></a>:<br /><ul><li><a href="">Abstract Modern Art Paintings</a></li><li><a href="">Floral and Flower Paintings</a></li></ul><p>&nbsp;<em><strong>If you enjoyed this post, you may also like:</strong></em></p><div><p><a href="">Gallery Zoo Art Studio: Textured Mixed Media Painting In Progress</a></p><div><p><a href="">Art Studio Bits: Mixed Media Painting In Progress</a></p>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>All images &#169; Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</em></strong>&nbsp;</div>&nbsp;</div></div><div>&nbsp;</div> Thu, 21 Jan 2016 13:59:31 CST Gallery Zoo Art Home Decor & Accessories On Fine Art America <div>I have partnered with <a href="">Fine Art America</a> to make my art available not only as prints, but also as iPhone cases, tote bags, pillows, and even shower curtains (I know, but they look so fun!)</div><div>&nbsp;<div><img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="221" width="278" />&nbsp;<img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="216" width="216" /></div><div><img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="198" width="200" /><img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="224" width="253" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="270" width="308" />&nbsp;<img tabindex="0" a6t"="" alt="" src="" height="233" width="179" /></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>&nbsp;<div>Pillows and tote bags are available in a range of square sizes: pillows from 14x14 to 26x26 inches and tote bags in three sizes (13x13; 16x16; 18x18.)&nbsp; Only select artworks are currently available on Fine Art America, but more art is always on the way.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>You may wonder if there is a difference between buying my prints on Fine Art America and buying them on Etsy.&nbsp; Yes, there is...and a crucial one.&nbsp; When you shop on Fine Art America, you purchase directly from them--they manufacture the products and the merchandise ships directly from them.&nbsp; Prints bought on FAA are NOT signed by me.&nbsp; When you purchase prints from me on <a href="">Etsy</a> or&nbsp;<a href=""></a>, I either print them in my home studio or personally pick them up from the printing lab and hand-sign each print before packing and mailing to you.&nbsp; Art prints from each online venue are professional quality...but the ones from my studio have the "extra touch" of the hand-signature that makes the prints more personal.&nbsp; It all depends on what you prefer, really.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>So if you are looking for some fun and unique home decor, please stop by <a href="">Fine Art America</a>.&nbsp; I'd love to hear what you think!</div><div>&nbsp;</div>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.&nbsp;<br /> </div> Thu, 19 Nov 2015 17:37:46 CST Coffee Art and the Branding of a Holiday Cup <div>&nbsp; <img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/WinterDreams_web.jpg" height="245" width="245" /></div><div>It's made headlines on CNN, CNBC, USA TODAY, and Forbes.&nbsp; It's dominated social media for days.&nbsp; And it's all about a cup.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Honestly?&nbsp; I could care less that <a href="">Starbucks</a> has changed the design of its holiday cup. (I love coffee, I love Starbucks, and I love the holiday season.&nbsp; End of story.)&nbsp; What interests me is how a simple change on a holiday cup--not a change in the company logo but <em><strong>a design </strong></em><strong><em>on a holiday cup</em></strong>--has created an amazing amount of publicity for Starbucks.&nbsp; Not only are those who are protesting the design change drawing attention to Starbucks, but they are also <strong><em>still buying the product.</em></strong>&nbsp; Think about that.&nbsp; It's a boon for Starbucks...and perhaps a glaring testimony to the idiocy of the individual who has encouraged people to give their name as "Merry Christmas" to the barista when they order their coffee.&nbsp; Yeah, "tricking" Starbucks to write "Merry Christmas" on the holiday cup they just purchased?&nbsp; I'm sure Starbucks will be crying all the way to the bank.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>And while I'm on the subject of coffee...</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><h3><a href="">Coffee art photography.</a></h3><div>&nbsp;</div><div>One reason I love the arrival of cooler weather is because I love feeling cozy in a good sweater and most importantly, with a good cup of coffee.&nbsp; Here are some images from my coffee art print series.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/PumpkinLatte_web.jpg" height="238" width="238" />&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/SpicedLatte_web.jpg" height="247" width="247" /></div><div>&nbsp;<img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CafeAParis_web.jpg" height="178" width="232" /><img alt="" src="/admin/../resources/img/blog_img/26/CoffeeSquare_web.jpg" height="247" width="247" /></div></div><div>&nbsp;</div><div>Yum.&nbsp; On this rainy autumn day, time to have a cup.&nbsp; And holiday snowflakes be damned.</div><div>&nbsp;</div><div><strong><em>Art in order of appearance:</em></strong></div><div><ul><li><strong><em><a href="">Peppermint Latte</a></em></strong></li><li><strong><em><a href="">Pumpkin Latte</a></em></strong></li><li><strong><em><a href="">Cinnamon Latte</a></em></strong></li><a href=""><li><strong><em>Coffee In Paris</em></strong></li></a><li><strong><em><a href="">Un Cafe</a></em></strong></li></ul><p>All artwork &#169; 2015 Catherine Jeltes, Gallery Zoo Art. All Rights Reserved.</p></div> Fri, 13 Nov 2015 08:26:37 CST