This project is a custom made framed mirror. The artwork for this project was taken from a high resolution photo of his truck door. The design was sandblasted into the back of a mirror and then back painted red. The frame for the mirror was custom made from old barn wood with beveled strips that came off the old barn. Custom made projects make perfect personalized gifts. Mirrors can be custom made for weddings, man caves, bars, home established, racing, business logo’s, birth certificates and for that special event in your life. Check out my web site for more information.Comments Off on Back Painted Framed Mirror Project
Clara Berta started painting in 1988, but as many of us do, she let it slip away. One day, while going through some personal and difficult experiences, she returned to painting as a way to heal and found it very rewarding. It was then that she was hooked, again.
Around 1999 her creativity began to soar, and in hopes of learning more about technique and composition, she took off for Florence, Italy to study at the Santa Reparata School of Art.
Today she is teaches art at the Berta Art Academy in Studio City, California and has gallery shows throughout the United States. Read the interview by Alyice Edrich here.
When Mya Bessette became pregnant with her daughter she had to quit her job in the oil fields of Alaska and search out a new career. It was also during that time that she decided to start painting.
As her painting skills improved, Mya’s sister gave her the idea that she could start selling her paintings, and perhaps earn a little extra money on the side.
Thanks to that encouragement Mya now knows the joy of being a successful, selling artist.
Interview by Alyice EdrichComments Off on Guest Artist Mya Bessette
Last year Daniel Hernández left his native Chile for Buenos Aires, Argentina — arguably the typographic capital of South America — to become a full-time type designer. His dedication has paid off. In the brief period since his first typefaces appeared on MyFonts, he has become a regular on our bestseller lists. His typefaces are also quite special, with that mixture of novelty, fun and craftsmanship that we have come to know as, somehow, typically “latino”. Having published his first fonts with Sudtipos, he is now part of LatinoType, a successful new Chilean foundry with international ambitions.
To read the interview, Go here.Comments Off on Daniel Hernandez Interview with MyFonts
Check out the people behind the FORM show. Master Mind Award winners.Comments Off on FORM Show Pictures
Instead of the artist of the month being a single person it is about a show that has over thirty artist. The Lumiary in St. Louis is having its second annual Form Contemporary Design Show on August 12-13th at the Temtor building. The Temtor building is located at 8125 Michigan Avenue St. Louis, Missouri 63111. The show is based on artist that are on the cutting edge of contemporary designs. FORM is presented by The Luminary Center for the Arts as a forum for exceptional designers to showcase their work, connect with the community of other designers and sell directly to supporters. To learn more about the show, Visit the link. FORM 2011 For those of you that do not know about the Luminary, here is a little more information.
The Luminary | Center for the Arts is a 501(c)(3) artist resourcing institution that seeks to provide meaningful support to emerging artists, audiences and appreciators in the St. Louis area. As a combined studio, education, and exhibition space, we bring together a conversation from all areas of the art world, encouraging creative engagement with contemporary art production and processes.
The Luminary merges the ideas of art and service, providing needed resources to artists through our residency program, opening our space for free use to the public and bringing the greater community into direct contact with the diverse landscape of contemporary art through interactive art projects and engaging events.
The Luminary was founded in late 2007 as an artist-run resourcing organization in an effort to provide a sustainable platform for artists in the St. Louis area. Initially formed as a cooperative, The Luminary was established as a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit in order to expand its influence into the greater local, national and international communities through its exhibitions, events and programs.
Today, The Luminary operates an internationally-recognized 9,000 sq/ft gallery, studio and event space in a renovated former Convent and has received numerous awards and accolades including “Best New Multimedia Gallery” by the Riverfront Times and “Best Multipurpose Venue” by St. Louis Magazine.
The Luminary’s Residency Program is a part of our extensive interaction with the landscape of contemporary art. The Residency Program forms an integral element of our role as an originator of new works as well as providing unparalleled opportunities for artists to engage with the local community. The funded residencies bring together some of the best emerging artists working locally and, increasingly, around the world.
Our curatorial program presents 4-6 group exhibitions each season focused around a year-long theme. We showcase emerging local, national and international artists with an emphasis on cutting-edge contemporary practices. Our 4500 square foot gallery space is equipped with flexible lighting, video capabilities, and moveable walls for customized layouts for each exhibition.
Upstairs, we have a unique, dedicated installation space that often runs parallel to our main exhibitions. The 500 square foot space was formerly a chapel and has vaulted ceilings ideal for site-specific and immersive installations. We encourage artists to work within the space itself to create an engaging work that pushes the boundaries of what can traditionally be done in a gallery setting.
To buy tickets for the show you can click here. Be sure and visit the Glass Design LLC booth to see the latest in frameless mirrors.Comments Off on Artist of the Month is The FORM Design Show
For years the trend in new construction has been plate mirrors in the bath rooms. We are now seeing the trend revert back to framed mirrors. The other problem with plate mirrors on the back splash is people using a ammonia based cleaner on their mirrors and the silvering going bad and turning black on the edges. One solution to removing the plate mirror, is to add chipped edge strips to the face of the mirror. The chipped strips can be custom made to fit your mirror and a do it yourselfer can transform a mirror into a show piece in a couple hours.
The corner pieces are optional. They could be left off and the strips placed together on the mirror. Long strips will be very hard to ship, so it is recommended that shorter strips be used next to each other across a long mirror. This will make the border more interesting. This will also make it much easier to install. Two faced tape and mirror mastic are used to hold the strips on the plate mirror. This holds them away from the mirror about an eighth of a inch away. The two faced tape holds the strips while the mirror mastic sets and acts as a mechanical holder. The light from the chipped or scalloped edge reflects off the plate mirror and makes the edge sparkle and dance. The only downside that has been brought to my attention is that it may be hard to clean the plate mirror in the corners where the chipped edges meet. This problem could be remedied with a feather duster.
The chipped strips would need to be custom made to fit your mirror. You can contact me at email@example.com if you would like a price quote. If you are going to add strips to your existing plate mirror always make sure that the mirror is still firmly attached to the wall. I have seen mirrors that are very loose and unsafe.Comments Off on Chipped or scalloped edge mirror strips
My Artist of the Month is a painter and photographer. Her Mother and Sister are also artist. You can visit their site at lathamstudios. I found her by reading a interview by Alyice Edrich from the emptyeasel. You can read the article here at emptyeasel. She also has a blog you can visit here at Rebecca’s blog.
Please visit my favorite place, her animal gallery. Thanks to Rebecca for letting me feature her work this month. Please visit the links to learn more about her.Comments Off on Artist of the Month Rebecca Latham
Enjoy the interview and please visit her website for more information and to find out how you can see her art in person.
Thanks to Rhoda and click here to see her gallery.Comments Off on Artist of the month Rhoda Powers
This is who she is in her own words. I am a artist, writer, photographer & instructor and all around, all American smartass. A dreamer, lover of nature and a big believer in miracles. I am a avid collector of words and I adore animals, children, whimsy and most things-odd. I am a most willing student of life and some say I am a purveyor of hope and a distributor of kindness.
I am a incurable optimist. I immerse myself in the wondrous magic that creativity offers and my life is richer because of it. I delight in simple pleasures. I look for the extraordinary in the ordinary and I wholeheartedly believe in possibilities.
Alyice Edrich interviewed Chrysti for the Empty Easel blog. I am including the first little paragraph so you will go and read the entire interview.
Chrysti Hydeck calls herself a Creatologist—an artist who combines various forms of artistic techniques under one roof. Online, she is best known for her “Artography” series, while her collectors know her for her mixed media.
As a toddler, Chrysti was a natural born mixed media artist, ripping apart her books and creating masterpieces on her bedroom walls with anything and everything she could get her hands on.
When diagnosed with Tourette’s Syndrome, Chrysti used her love of creating to help calm her ticks. Later on, she discovered art to be a viable career choice, and in only seven short years, Chrysti has gone from unknown to well-known.
Today, she has generously offered to answer questions about how she uses the internet for marketing and social networking, and how her efforts online have impacted her art career.
You can read the entire interview along with many other great interviews and articles at the Empty Easel Click here. The article is based more on educating other artist from her success than telling about her art. To see her work you can visit her web site. She has a very large and impressive collection.
The trees is the reason I choose her for the Artist of the Month.
These photos were taken with her iphone. That alone should be an inspiration to all of us.
Chrysti also has a blog and I invite you to visit in order to see more of her art. Click here for her blog. Thank you Chrysti for your work and inspiration. A special thanks to the Empty Easel.