Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Sneak peek - new handmade artists cards!

These miniature collage pieces have been in the making for a long time. They incorporate digital media as well as 3D embellishments (pendants, brads, fabric flowers, crystals and stickers.) They also include found anonymous quotes which centre around the theme of stillness and silence.
I must say, they are SO much fun to create and highly addictive! I can see myself cutting, glueing,  sticking and sewing to all hours of the night!!! – a total escape from my 'real' job. What I didn't realise is that just as much time goes into making these miniatures as it does with larger pieces. The artist's style, design and use of colour are all still contained, except in a much smaller format.

And these art cards are small !!! – 2.5" x 3.5" (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm) – no bigger than a playing card. This is the standard size of an ATC (artist trading card), sometimes also referred to as an ACEO (Art Cards, Editions and Originals). And yes, these cards are sold or traded all over the world - by artists, enthusiasts and collectors. This may just turn into a lifelong pursuit for me!

These can be found in my Etsy shop under the section ATCs.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Name this print competition! NOW CLOSED

Just lately, I've been going through a bout of 'artists block' (too much work and not enough play!). This piece was a result of 'digital doodling' on a self-portrait during this time. I virtually gave myself 'digital cosmetic surgery' including a nose job, collagen injections, contact lenses, and 'medusa' hair! The finished pic is interesting to look at, but has no real meaning!

This piece needs a name! I invite anyone to give this piece a title, an identity. All suggestions will be considered. The winner will be chosen at my discretion and the piece will adopt the winning title. As a reward, the winner will receive for free, their choice of any two 5x5 prints from my Etsy shop (valued at $26 USD). This competition is open to anyone. Leave your suggestion in the comments below (one per person please), and don't forget to include your favourite 5x5 prints. Feel free to invite anyone else you know to enter this competition. Alternatively, drop me a line at crimsoncirclestudios@hotmail.com.
See all my 5x5 prints here.

Entries close August 31st. Winning entry announced September 1st.
Good Luck !!!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

How the Chinese do Swan Lake - A MUST SEE

Aside from a life long passion in art, I also have a keen interest in dance (of any kind). Having taken adult Jazz and Tap classes for almost two years, I appreciate the hard work that goes into making a performance look effortless. But I know my limitations and realise that to look and move like a professional dancer, one has to start from a very, very young age. Well........the ballet dancer in this clip must have learned to dance before she could walk!!! I've never seen anything so breathtakingly beautiful! This is definitely a new interpretation of Swan Lake, done to the utmost perfection....as only the Chinese circus can do. Enjoy!


Wednesday, August 3, 2011

The joys of selling local

I always feel a sense of achievement every time I sell a piece of my own work - more so
when I sell to repeat customers.
This set of notecards was sold to local customers in my hometown who have regularly purchased from me in the past two or so years. There's a lot to be said about getting to know your customers, because I met this couple face to face only once at a local market stall many years ago where they first saw my artwork. I didn't even have an online shop back then, just an email address and a handful of business cards. They must have been impressed because they've followed my progress to this day.
These and all other customers are like gold to me, not because they buy my stuff, but because they help push my work a little further around the globe - and for this I'm truly indebted to them.