Friday, December 5, 2014

Make Art Magic December Theme


November Theme: Your Childhood Hideaway

This can be an actual place or something from your imagination that captures the feeling you associate with a childhood hideaway. Maybe that is a feeling of independence and adventure or maybe for you, it is a feeling of peace and calm or maybe it is place where you can just let your imagination run wild or just be you without pretense. Remember it doesn't have to be illustration of a place, it can be an abstract piece or a character or whatever your heart is calling to you to make. The theme is just a gentle guide. Feel free to follow your heart's calling.
Ways to Share Your Make Art Magic Artwork between Dec 1-31, 2014:
1. Post your artwork to Instagram with the hashtags #MakeArtMagic #ArtChallenge
2. Post your art to the private Make Art Magic Facebook Group (click the “join group” button to request an invite)

*Don’t forget to put your name/signature/website on your piece so that everyone will know you created it.

Benefits of Signing up for the Ghostkitten Newsletter:

1. You will get the theme 1 week earlier than everyone else. (ex. you will get December's theme on Nov 23)

2. You will get goodies each month to help get the creative juices flowing from music downloads to inspiration boards to guided meditations to poetry.

3. It is easier to keep track of the new themes if it just comes to your inbox rather than having to remember to seek it out online.

You can sign-up here:http://ghostkitten.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bd9e5773ece976191cfef8d9e&id=76d61e367d

Monday, December 1, 2014

Lovely Ink: Interview with Cori Dantini


This month's Lovely Ink was created by the whimsical and sweet mixed-media artist, Cori Dantini. You will be enchanted by her cute bird, delicate line work and snippets of everyday poetry.

If you want to receive a free 8x10" printable and desktop wallpaper of this  print sign-up for Lovely Ink here. Every month, Lovely Ink delivers free inspirational art to your inbox.

II was lucky enough to interview Cori and get a glimpse into her world. Enjoy! 

 


Take us through your creative process of making your piece for Lovely Ink?
I never know how to answer this kind of question because i just make things... I try to get out of my way and let the art happen, and that is what happened here! (Hope you like it).



What drew you to the inspirational saying, "i have a song in my heart!" that you used in your Lovely Ink piece?
Well...I really do have a song in my heart at any given moment, and if you were here I would
sing one for you! I don't really talk too much about it any longer, but i grew up singing. In fact, I started in 6th grade. By 9th grade, I was being trained classically and by the time I was 15, my voice coach made me choose between jazz and classic opera. I chose jazz. so, that left me without a voice teacher, singing in jazz choir which I did from 10th grade until I graduated from college.

One of the only regrets I have to this day is the fact that I stopped singing and performing, but honestly, I never liked everyone looking at me – so it was sort of easy to give it up because of that. I guess it's never too late to begin again. 



Was there a moment in your life when you first fell in love with making things?
Not that I can recall (how boring is that answer)! I suppose what I know to be true is that I have always enjoyed making things with my hands, or should I say that I have always had busy hands, that were willing to get dirty, that were willing to pretend that they knew what they were doing. 



Where in your life do you find the most inspiration for your art?
I find "inspiration" all around me. what I am moved by are the little tiny moments that are tucked into the nooks and crannies of daily life. sweet little hands, giggles, bugs, walks, friendships, sadness... and especially the birds. 

What would be your absolute dream project - no limitations?
That's easy! I would like to illustrate a book – a book that speaks to the hearts of children (and their parents), something that has a wonderful message that little people can take with them as they grow up.

Who are some of your favorite artists, illustrators or surface designers?
Keiko Minami (Japanese Artist, 1911 –2004): I love her... as in my knees get weak when i look at her (good) work. It speaks to my soul with its tender care to small detail and quiet color.

Emily Sutton: I love how she weaves a sense of place into her work. i always find this to be very challenging, and she gives you just enough information so that you can feel like you are actually there.

Kristin VestgĆ„rd: I love her fresh take on the face... it is ethereal and abstract yet I feel like I am truly looking at real people.

Diana Sudyka: an illustrator from Chicago. What I love about her work is that it has magic in it.
I can feel it in my bones... it seems like she speaks with moths and butterflies and they tell her secrets that will warm your heart- then she takes the time to share those secrets with all of us.



What are your favorite design or art blogs that you would like to share with your fans?
Yours of course! and... well, I am so busy these days that I hardly can keep up with my day to day life but when I have time I check in on Pikaland and Smart Creative Women. not to mention the deepest rabbit hole i know PINTEREST. i get on there to look at ceramic tumblers and the next thing i know i have lost an hour! if you want to see the (many) rabbit holes i go down, feel free to go and take a look.

Sunday, November 30, 2014

Los Angeles Underground Map Art Print Release

This is my love letter to the Los Angeles Underground scene filled with misfits, dreamers, artists, twirlers, and music-makers. 

I am taking orders for my LA Underground print Now through Dec 8. 

Then, I will be doing the print run in time for Christmas. I may not do a second run so if you want one, now is the time. I decided to do 3 colors because I just a know a few of you would be sad if the purple was left out.





Saturday, November 29, 2014

Lumina: Nov. Make Art Magic

Meet Lumina. She is my imaginary friend who comforts me when I am feeling down. I painted her for my ‪#‎MakeArtMagic‬ Art Challenge. There is still one more day to participate if you feel like joining me in making some magical healing art and having a chance to win some lovely art books.

Lumina is a combination of a forest spirit, my best friend, and some comforting memory fragment from my childhood. Read more about the Make Art Magic Challenge HERE.






Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Let Me Paint Your Kitty


I had such a inspiring and delightful time painting cats everyday for the month of October that I want to paint more kitties! In fact, I want to paint your furry feline friend.

I am so excited to announce that I will be offering 5 Cat Commissions. You could have your favorite kitty painted in time for the holidays. This is art that is guaranteed to make your heart purr.

Also, I am running a special Early-Bird Discount of $50 off a Kitty Commission. Just my way of celebrating this magical new offering.

You can get all the details and purchase your commission HERE

See some of the photographs of your cats that I used as inspiration for my #MonthofCats Project alongside the painting I created.











Monday, November 3, 2014

Make Art Magic November Theme



November Theme: The Imaginary Friend who Comforts You When You are Feeling Down

This can take the form of a person, character, or animal but it can also be an abstract piece, a landscape, an imaginary place or words. Delve into your inner world and find that feeling of nurturing, healing and protection. How this translates into an artwork will depend on the special alchemy of your voice and style.

Ways to Share Your Make Art Magic Artwork between Nov 1-30, 2014:
1. Post your artwork to Instagram or Twitter with the hashtags #MakeArtMagic #ArtChallenge
2. Post your art to the private Make Art Magic Facebook Group (click the “join group” button to request an invite)

*Don’t forget to put your name/signature/website on your piece so that everyone will know you created it.

November Make Art Magic Giveaway: I am honored that the incredibly talented Artist Sisters, CJ Metzger and Miss Mindy have provided their whimsical and magical Children's Book Box Set for the November Giveaway. I treasure these books in my library and I don't even have kids.

Share the art you create for the November Make Art Magic for a chance to win this box set of delightfully-illustrated books.
 


Benefits of Signing up for the Ghostkitten Newsletter:

1. You will get the theme 1 week earlier than everyone else. (ex. you will get November's theme on Oct 21)

2. You will get goodies each month to help get the creative juices flowing from music downloads to inspiration boards to guided meditations to poetry.

3. It is easier to keep track of the new themes if it just comes to your inbox rather than having to remember to seek it out online.

You can sign-up here:http://ghostkitten.us5.list-manage.com/subscribe?u=bd9e5773ece976191cfef8d9e&id=76d61e367d

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Lovely Ink: Interview with Victoria Johnson, Artist and Surface Designer


I am so thrilled to share this month's Lovely Ink created by the talented English artist and surface designer, Victoria Johnson. She has vintage modern sensibility that is full of cute lovable characters and fresh color palettes. Her "Choose Happiness" illustration has warm breezy feel that reminds us to enjoy our lives.

If you want to receive a free 8x10" printable and desktop wallpaper of this "Choose Happiness " print sign-up for Lovely Ink here. Every month, Lovely Ink delivers free inspirational art to your inbox.

I have this super special interview to share with Victoria. Peak inside her creative process, learn about her favorite artists, and see her lovely studio space in Rome. Enjoy! 


Take us through your creative process of making your piece for Lovely Ink?
I was in the middle of doing my Surtex promotional material when I did my Lovely Ink piece , so lots of elements of the piece found their way into the promo and lots of the promo found it's way into the Lovely Ink piece. The flowers were all inspired by some 1940's dress prints. They also inspired the palette.


What drew you to the inspirational saying you used in your Lovely Ink piece?
I like the saying 'choose happiness' because it implies that you can control whether you enjoy your life or not. It's so easy to slip into the attitude that life is 'happening' to you and your reaction to the problems it presents are incidental. I like the idea that you can choose whether to be defeated or not.



Was there a moment in your life when you first fell in love with making things?
No - I think I was born that way. Honestly. I know it sound's pretentious but I can't remember a single period in my life where it wasn't important to me to be creating something, even during my apathetic teenage years - and my parents actively encouraged it. I've always had access to loads of art equipment for as long as I can remember.


Where in your life do you find the most inspiration for your art?
I like old stuff - from all periods - old bits of strange furniture, old fabrics, old dishes and vases. I like finding ways to make incongruous things sit well together. The challenge of doing that inspires me. I do it with colour too, trying to find harmony with unusual colour combinations. I adore playing with colour - in everyday life as much as in design. At the moment I'm super inspired by geometric forms. They're creeping into so much of what I'm doing.





What would be your absolute dream project - no limitations?
Dinnerware at Anthropologie. Or bedding. An entire interior decor line with them if we're being silly.

Who are some of your favorite artists, illustrators or surface designers?
I like so many (obviously) but some of my current favourites are Lola Donoghue, Elaine Pamphilon, Josef Frank and Marimekko. I also love anything by Vera and a lot of Mid-Century Russian illustration/graphic design. I love Inaluxe because of the way they combine geometric shapes with painterly textures and imagery and fresh, feminine colour palettes - all my favourite things in one beautiful package. It goes without saying that I like the Mid-Century illustrators Mary Blair and Esme Eve too.


What are your favorite design or art blogs that you would like to share with your fans?
Print and Pattern - to be honest it's the only one I read with any regularity. But I'm always entertained when I have a look at Dawn Machell's http://pop-i-cok.blogspot.it. She's really funny and massively talented.




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