April Artist of the month

This months artist is Carolyn Gimarelli. She is a photographer and painter. I liked her work.  Please check out her website for more information. Carolyn’s Website. A little about her in her own words.

Art is something that is personal, something that reflect’s the soul and that is one reason why we all choose to have photographs, paintings, collages, posters, etc decorating our homes. Whether it’s a painting of a ruby red apple to brighten the kitchen or funky, abstract design that adds spunk to living room we hang art that makes us feel comfortable and happy, we display our favorite pieces because that little piece of inspiration makes us enjoy life more.


What I design here is not simply a picture, it’s a memory or desire that transports you to your favorite time and place. I have all different styles of art available and if you don’t see something right away that catches your eye I am always more than willing to provide you with the perfect custom piece for you.



Carolyn Gimarelli

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March Artist of the month Marc MacCallum

I saw Marc’s work at the Lee’s Summit Art Fair. It is the kind of thing that jumps out and grabs you. The colors and effects he gets from the metals are amazing. I am posting his own words from his web site.

Copper Metalwork

Marc MacCallum - Biography


Well,  I would like to say I have been a artist for as long as I can remember but unfortunately I have not. I guess you can say I am an accidental tourist in the world of art, falling upon it by chance.

My work is noted for its intensity of color and bold use of abstractual elements. I create two dimensional and sculptural pieces, incorporating a wide range of different artistic processes, from acetylene and propane torches to Pace picante hot sauce. My process may be random or spontaneous, an idea or an emotion beginning with a concept of a single piece of copper or pattern of colors and evolving with the completion of each work.

I now work with many types of metal, creating free form, smooth flowing abstract art and landscapes hoping to provoke emotion into to others as the the pieces of art did for me in the beginning opening up a whole new world of design for me.

Marc MacCallum

As apposed to placing his art here I am adding a link to his Gallery. If you have a few moments, check out his work. The metal becomes the artwork. It does not have to be framed. It is bold and alive. The designs he creates and the colors he comes up with are why I chose him as the artist of the month. His website gives you more information. I was really busy and did not have time for an interview but perhaps in the future. It would be interesting to ask some questions about what he does.

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Cabinet Glass

There are numerous types of pattern glass that can be used for your kitchen cabinets. The problem with pattern glass is that most of it is opaque. If you wanted pattern glass and a design I can etch the design onto the pattern glass. If you want to make a statement or include a design from your wallpaper or a favorite rug, I can create a custom design. Etched glass makes wonderful cabinet glass. Grape designs work really well in the kitchen. The etched Pantry door is becoming more and more popular. The great thing about custom etched glass is the numerous ways a design can be done. If you will picture a bunch of grapes on your cabinet glass I will tell you the different ways. The first way is to etch the grapes and leave the rest of the glass clear. This gives a very delicate effect and allows you to see through the glass. The second way is to leave the grapes clear and etch the rest of the glass. This is a reverse etch and is for when you want to cut down on being able to see inside the cabinet. It makes a bold statement and stands out. The third way is to lightly carve the grapes and then solid blast the rest of the glass. This is when you have glass cabinets but wanted them to be completely obscure. The reason I say lightly is because cabinet glass is usually 1/8 inch thick. If you carve to deep into the glass it would have to be tempered safety glass. This would strengthen the glass and allow the design to be carved up to half way through the glass.

I am working with a client to create a design for the cabinet glass and I came up with a contemporary design that I liked. I thought I would share it with you since the design world seems to be moving toward modern and contemporary designs. I would love to work with you to design your custom kitchen cabinet glass.Contemporary Design for Kitchen CabinetsModern Design for Kitchen Cabinets

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Febuary Artist of the month Aaron Coleman

I saw this artist work at the Lee’s Summit art fair last fall. His work seems to leap of the canvas. His technique creates a three dimensionality that is uncommon in the painting field. He did not want to discuss his technique, which is understandable, so I am just recreating his website to show you his work. I think this is one of my favorites.

I am reprinting his web page for you to read, he felt that would tell you about him and his art. This is his Biography and Mission statement.
Before embarking on this artistic endeavor, Aaron had the opportunity to work for one of Orange County, CA top landscape architecture and planning firms. It was here that Aaron was able to meet many great mentors and creative people.  He became a licensed landscape architect in California and was optimistic about a bright future in the field.  The collapse in 2008 shifted the sails as the construction industry became as dry as the southern California climate itself.  Aaron took a couple months to backpack Europe hoping things would quickly rebound.  They didn’t.  He then spent most of 2009 enjoying the California sunshine and developing his creative abilities.  In November of 2009 Aaron had to return to his home state of Missouri where he began fervently creating artwork.  Eventually his artwork began to take off as art festivals and local galleries took interest.   Aaron is proud to be an emerging artist, and hopes to inspire other people to follow their own passions.

Mission Statement


This work represents my official breakaway from the path that I had been indoctrinated to follow.  This linear path was shattered into a web of possibilities in August of 2008 when I got my now clichéd pink slip.  I was free; free to own my own mind, at least until that next job came around the corner.  Of course weeks turned into months and now almost two years of “owning my own mind.”  Some rewiring has occurred.  It turns out I’m an artist…damn it!  And not the kind of artist that you take and put through landscape architectural school and then expect to sit at a computer for a decade doing computer aided drafting until they can finally move up into middle management.  No!  You can’t tame this creativity and manage it into schedules and profit margins.  I’m a bonefide stay up all night, exhilarated-paint flinging, creative maniac.  You can’t cage this soul!  So I say thank you Mr. Goldman and Mr. Sachs, Freddie, Fannie, and Sallie, and the late Lehman brothers; thank you for helping forge the hammer that shattered my predictable path and reminding who I am as a human being.  I hope my work can be an inspiration to the viewer to follow their own passions in life; enjoy the ride.

His Art.

These are some of the pieces he has for sale on his website. If you are interested, be sure and take a look.

Andromeda Nebula

24″ x 30″ original mixed media painting.

Moonlight Through the Forest

24″ x 24″ original mixed media painting.

Emerald Pond

24″ x 48″ original mixed media painting.

A New Culture on the Horizon

24″ x 48″ original mixed media painting.

A Calming Resolve
24″ x 48″ original mixed media painting.

Dream Catcher
30″ x 48″ original mixed media painting.
When I spoke to Aaron he was busy on his Winter Sun Tour. If any of the shows are in your area, be sure to get out to see him.
2011 Winter Sun Tour:
Jan 8- 9:  24th Annual Boca Fest – Boca Raton, FL
Jan 15 -16:  22nd Annual Downtown Downtown Delray Beach Festival of the Arts – Delray Beach, FL
Jan 22- 23:  2nd Annual CityPlace Art Fair – West Palm Beach, FL
Jan 29 – 30:  8th Annual St. Armands Circle Art Festival – Sarasota, FL
Feb 5- 6:  10th Annual Hobe Sound Festival of the Arts – Hobe Sound, FL
Feb 12-13:  5th Annual Coconut Point Art Festival – Estero/ Bonita Springs, FL
Feb 19-20:  13rd Annual Downtown Sarasota Festival of the Arts – Sarasota, FL

2011 Raising Arizona Tour:
Mar 4- 6:  Carefree Fine Art and Wine Festival – Carefree, AZ
Mar 12 – 13:  13th Annual Litchfield Park Art and Culinary Festival- Litchfield Park, AZ
Mar 18 – 20:  Fountain Hills Fine Art and Wine Affaire – Scottsdale, AZ
Mar 25- 27:  Tempe Festival of the Arts  – Tempe, AZ

2011 Going Back to Cali Tour:
Apr 1-3:  Indian Wells Art Festival – Indian Wells, CA
Following shows are tentative
Apr 9-10:  California Desert Arts Festival – Palm Springs, CA
Apr 15-16: Downtown Burbank Fine Arts Festival – Burbank, CA

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Custom Glass Name Plates

Custom glass name plates make perfect personal and corporate gifts.People love gifts with their names. Not only is it as personal as you can get but it also shows them that you cared enough to do some gift planning in advance. Most of the name plates you see are of polished edge glass without a base. My custom line of name plates feature a edge that  has been chipped by hand. They are offered with both a wood and glass base to support them and give them a finished appearance.

custon chipped edge nameplate with glass baseThe glass in the picture is low-iron glass. It was created by lowering the iron content of the glass to reduce the green tint that you see in glass. These name plates are made from 3/8 inch thick glass. The chipped edge catches the light and makes it dance across the surface.

corporate style of name plate with wood base

This is my corporate version of name plate. It is taller and has room to etch the name and logo of the company. I etched my company tag line into this name plate. That would give you an idea of how small lettering can be etched. If you are interested in more information on name plates and the options that are available such as size, shape , font styles, thickness and base options, visit my web site. My site is set up with Google Checkout to provide you with ease  of use and credit card protection.

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January Artist of the Month David Beal

Happy New Year and welcome. My Artist of the Month is David Beal. David is a fine artist  that prefers to paint portraits. The reason is because he enjoys the challenge of capturing a person’s personality and attitude. He strives to tell a story about the person and get an emotional response from the viewer. For instance he told me the story of his son in this painting. He was waiting for them at the art gallery and David took his picture and painted it later. You can instantly tell by the look on his face he is ready to go. At first I thought the background was live people but David pointed out it is a painting he is standing in front of. After pointing it out I saw the second frame. Both frames match, I thought that was a nice touch.Painting of his son

David prefers a live model and his sons made perfect candidates. You will notice several portraits of them in his body of work. One of my favorite story’s he told me was of him painting his son. He started out the setting with a happy look but it eventually got to the point of the look he captured. The look he came to recognize as yes Dad, I get it, While dad was handing down advise. This look also became the I have had enough look. What I liked the most about this story was that David was able to capture this look and the emotion that came with it as it transpired at the end of the setting. He changed the emotion of the setting while the work was in progress. Another testament to his skill as an artist. The second portrait of his son has quite a different look on his face. Both paintings masterfully done.

Painting of his son

David named this painting “Knowing Jacob”- because Jacob is saying ” I know Dad, I know!” with his eyes. Jake had reached a stage in his life where he thought he knew it all…and didn’t want anymore wise, fatherly advice.Happy portrait of his son

I first viewed his art at a Hallmark weekend show. I was instantly impressed. I met with David in his studio and visited with him about his art.  I personally like realism and his paintings are very real. What impressed me the most about his portraits is the depth. The deep contrast between shadow and color that make the subject come alive. I asked if he had a favorite pose and he said no, the light was more important than anything. He said his style of painting lends itself to the shadows. He paints the background and the darkest tones first. Then he removes the paint from the canvas where he will later add color for his subject.  After the background he adds his shadows. This is directly related to his education and the people he has studied with. His education is clearly explained on his website so I hope you will visit his site for more information. From the paintings in his house and studio these are my favorites. To me they look like they could move at any time. I think the shadows give them life.

David works in oils. He likes to slow down the paints drying time because he likes the paint to blend together. This takes longer for the paint to dry so he usually has three canvases going at one time. He goes back and forth working on one while the other dries. This is a picture of his pallet. This is as much his skill in blending the colors to get what he wants as is the depth of shadow that he uses them to create.

Pallet of paintsThe painting he is working on now is a self portrait from a photo taken in Chicago. He is working on using patterns and contrast in his paintings. His goal is to create shapes and patterns from the background that shift into the subject. You can see the intriguing study of designs in some of his paintings. His goal is to create  mystery and tell a story. He wants the people that look at his paintings to relate to the people in his paintings.

work in progressI like that the figure on the left is not as far along as the center subjects. This is because it is a work in progress. He is working on the detail of the wall tile now. Bringing the tile design out in the shirt to blend it together. This is a large canvas. I am sure it will be amazing when it is finished. He works full time for Hallmark Cards so he is limited to nights and weekends in his studio. This is another reason he works from pictures but says he prefers a live model. Here is a picture of a piece he has just finished.

portrait he has just finishedMy pictures don’t do justice to the original portraits. He has two shows coming up where you can see his work in person. The first one will be at the Truman Medical Center at Lakewood at 7900 Lee’s Summit Road Kansas City, Missouri in the lobby starting the 8th of January 2011 and running for three months. The second show will be at Leedy Voulkos Gallery, 2012 Baltimore Ave. Kansas City, Missouri from the 4th  until the 26th of February 2011. I will list some of the pictures I took. Some of these will be in the show so be sure and see them in person if you are in Kansas City.

Portrait of woman

Portrait of boy and man

Complete portrait of woman

His website is run by A Stroke of Genius Portrait Artist. The artist with this group were juried in after submitting their work. There are only two artist in Kansas City area. One in Kansas and one in Missouri. So please show your support and visit Davids website and his shows. If you would like to commission David for a portrait in oils and he is also available for portrait drawings.

portrait drawingportrait drawin2A special Thanks to David for his time. Remember to visit the shows. All images Copyright David Beal 2011.

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Artist of the month follow up

I let the artist of the month run into December because I was a little late posting him for November. I would like to thank all my artist this year for their time and inspiration. I hope that next year brings more great work from all of them. Since it is December I thought it would be best to show you some of Michaels winter theme work. He is proficient at creating snow flake designs. I think that the delicate lines of the snow flakes lend to his artistic expression.

snow flake glasses

These glasses made it to the front page of Etsy. They would be perfect for anyone who celebrates the winter season.  To make it to the front page of Etsy is to be recognized for his work. I think he deserves a pat on the back for all his hard work. For those who like the winter months would like his snowman design.

snow man designHand Engraved with ‘Snowman And Floating Flakes’ surrounding the glass. Perfect for your holiday party, bringing a beautiful glow to any environment. A unique gift, housewarming, Christmas, weddings, anniversary, birthday, camping, or outdoor celebrations. Tea lights glow best.

fir tree designBeautifully hand engraved with ‘Fir Trees’ wrapping each glass. These elegant candle holders are perfect as gifts, for winter weddings, favors, anniversary, or on display. Fitting for any outdoor or holiday celebration.

These are some of my picks for the winter season. Please click the link to visit Michaels Etsy shop to order and get more information. He has several seasonal designs for you to look at. So be sure and stop by his shop today. Have a great Holiday season and we will see you next year.

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In Memory

Losing someone you love is the hardest thing we endure in life. I heard someone say that you don’t want to bring it up to someone that has lost somebody because you don’t want to remind them. The thing is, they never forget. It’s always there. So don’t be afraid to bring it up, it shows you care. I have lost people dear to me. I lost my best friend two weeks before I lost my sister. That makes me want to help people feel better. Nothing someone says really changes how you feel. But, this is my attempt to say something to make you feel better. The relationship doesn’t end when someone dies. The relationship becomes very one sided but it goes on. They are gone but you are still there. It changes because it becomes very lonely and tends to consume your thoughts. It gets better with time. I know you don’t want to hear about time, I didn’t,  but time is hope. That’s why they say time heals all wounds. Time is hope. I think for me it was because I came to accept it as a change but not a loss. They would always be with me. They would always be in my memory’s. If I could help you, that would be it. Accept the change but not the loss. Love lives on.

Then there is the guilt. You wonder why them and not you. You wonder if its your fault. This is not something you can allow your mind to dwell on. Stop. You are here and alive. You must live so they can be remembered. They would want you to go on. I just think if you could ask them they would say live for us both. I think you must live on. You are the only person that will be with you your whole life. Allow the people you love to touch you and live on. Guilt is self inflicted and evil. Please stay away from it. The people who have been in combat and lost friends suffer the most from this. They try to reason something that has no reason and makes no sense. I have never been there so I really have no right to even bring it up but is it possible to choose not to feel guilt? Is it possible that it was meant to be, that you are here for a higher purpose?

If you have not heard heard of Jim Rohn  click here. I recommend you read his teachings. This is a quote from Jim Rohns Grandson.“When we miss them, there is powerful sorrow. When we remember them, there is joy. And when we contemplate that they are no longer in this dimension, there is mystery and wonder.” Nathanael Pangrazio Follow the link an listen to the music he composed in the memory of his grand father Jim. I am sure that Nathanael is who he is because of his grand fathers teaching and nurturing. We are who we are because of the people who have touched our life. If we must choose, let us remember them with joy. This is the way you might think it should be, The grandson remembering his grand father after many years together. When someone passes from this earth early it seems so wrong and is the hardest to deal with. We are not expecting it. I would say that this is when time is the hardest to endure. This is when you must remember the fact that your love lives on forever.

I am a glass etcher so as you may guess when I wanted to remember I created it on glass. I don’t know if a plaque would be right for you but I know it makes me feel better to remember with joy. I have made several pieces in my sisters honor. I gave one to my parents and I kept one for myself. I was nervous to give to my mother because like I said at the beginning, I didn’t want to bring it up. But I am glad I did. She loved it. It was close to mothers day when I gave it to her and my father quickly called it a mothers day gift. I think Nathanael, said it best “When we remember them, there is joy”. I want you to know that it has been 25 years so I have had time to sort it out. This is why my message is remember them with joy, the relationship has changed but you still have the love forever.

I will tell you the story of how this piece was made. I had back painted a piece of glass blue. It is transparent paint, meaning you can see through it. I had a customer that wanted to see different shades of blue so I painted white paint over the blue. This would lighten the blue and make it opaque. It loosened up the blue and put black streaks in the glass so I could not use it. Well I hardly ever throw anything away. So it laid around for awhile and one day I was chipping glass. So I chipped the edges and really liked the shape and color. I was etching some other pieces so I cut a stencil and I etched it too. I thought it would look great to etch the back but it did not work. You could hardly see the lettering. So I back painted it white again and etched the front. I was very happy with it this time. For some reason I became attached to this piece of glass. Maybe it reminds me of my sister, beautiful but not perfect. I keep it on my work table in the shop.

Memory plaque for my sister.

If you look at the large picture you can see the black streaks on the side. The reason is I used a brush to put the white on instead of spraying it. If you wanted a piece of blue glass I would spray the paint on. I have created a web page so you can look at the different kinds of glass that I can etch memorials on. I have plaques, framed mirrors with etched portraits, sun catchers and vases. I have seen the sign makers cutting stencil signs for people to put in the windows of their cars and I thought I could do something really classy. That’s what gave me the Idea to create a line of In Memory plaques and gifts. Something a little nicer to keep in your house or to give a friend. Click here to go to my Memorial page. Post a comment and let me know what you think or if what I said helped.

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Christmas is coming

It is that time of year. Everyone will soon be stressed out about what to get people on their list that “have everything”. I am writing this to let everyone know that etched glass makes a perfect gift for any one. How is that? Etched glass is the process of creating designs on glass. Any glass can be etched and the design can be very personal. Including someones name on a coffee cup or incorporating their favorite hobby will create a one of a kind gift that they will cherish forever. The great thing about etched glass for a Christmas gift is that it can be as small and cheap or as large and expensive as you need it to be.

I just etched some coffee mugs for a lady for her friends. They turned out really nice.Etched coffee mugsI will be getting my website geared up for Christmas so you can shop and buy it now. For now you can send me a message and I will be happy to create a one of a kind gift for you. I have my new Gift pages on my website completed. I will be adding more so post a comment if you have something you would like to see. Thanks Dean

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1/2″ Double door shower

The project of the month is a custom heavy shower. The double door is hinged on both sides allowing for the complete opening instead of the more common door and panel. The design was provided by the customer. They saw a picture of the etched double doors in a magazine. After etching the doors I applied ClearShield sealer to the etched part of the doors. This makes the etching easier to clean and helps it resist dirt and grime. The inside of the doors can also be sealed. The inside of the doors are the only side to get sealed under normal circumstances, but with a solid blast on the outside it is best to seal both sides.

Etched shower doorsEtched design

The design reminds me of cabinet doors with the different panels. The glass fills the opening completely. There is a 1/4″ gap around the outside of the doors and a 1/8″ gap between the doors. This is a good gap for heavy doors. It is possible for water to splash out of the gaps in smaller showers.  The normal design for a heavy shower would be a panel on the shower head side and the door hinged off the far wall. This double door set up looks awesome. It also gives you more room.

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