About Me:I am a singer & arranger for The Spirites Consort (which are Enchanted Folk members & listed in my friends). I am also a visual artist & I tend to make fantasy images, so I thought it was fitting for me to have my own site here. I work all of the time & I am a bit overwhelmed with trying to keep up with two occupations. I try to do my art in the morning and music in the afternoons. It doesn’t always work out especially when I have to be in the recording studio for long stretches or preparing for a gig or getting pieces ready & framed for an art show. I somehow keep my sanity by making art in the same "genres" as my music.
Music:I tend to be drawn mostly to acoustic music (music that doesn’t always need electricity to be heard). I perform in a variety of styles: Renaissance, Medieval, Celtic, cross-over, classical, folk, new age and originals. I play guitar in our band. I also play a little recorder, Celtic harp & cello too.
Movies:Some favorites are: Amadeus, Impromptu, Romeo and Juliet (Zefferelli version), The Seventh Seal, The Marquise of O, Jane Eyre (2006 BBC version), The Gold Rush (Charlie Chaplin), Dersu Uzala, Kundun, The Weeping Camel, 400 Blows
Books:Reading includes: biographies and histories, research, current events, art & music books and the classics (Shakespeare, Dickinson, Virginia Woolf, Dostoyevsky, Henry James, Tolstoy, Proust, Zola, etc)
I call this faerie, "Diamond Trump, the Insect Faerie". It's a play on words, of course. This is one of the most bizarre faeries I have made, but sometimes I'm in the mood for something weird and off-beat.
I can't seem to upload the close-ups of her on this page without the photo going to the top of the page (which I don't want), but you can see them on my blog here.
I haven't posted here in a very, very long time. I haven't been doing many faerie pieces lately. But I did one in time for St. Patrick's Day. Here is a close-up of the faerie:
close-up of faerie for "Shamrock with Faerie"
I'm selling these as greeting cards in my Arfire shop. I'll have them available in my Etsy shop soon too, but my Etsy shop is being delegated to seasonal items (i.e. rotating seaonal items) whereas my Artfire store is year-round and will feature more items.
One of the reasons why I got distracted from painting faeries is that I have been performing a number of concerts in recent months. One of them was at Troy Music Hall to a crowd of about a thousand people. The hall is quite ornate and Victorian; it is where the Baltimore Consort (a traditional Renaissance ensemble) performed for most of their CDs. It has excellent acoustics. I tried to capture this photo off of Troy Music Hall's website, but only got a sliver (you can always see the entire picture through this link, which takes you to their website):
inside Troy Music Hall
We had the concert video-taped. Hopefully, I will have some clips up soon.
I hope to have another faerie piece up soon here (I have had one piece on my drawing table since November).
(note: copyright watermarks do not appear in actual painting)
The original is 14" x 18.25" in watercolor and ink.
This one has everything in it: pumpkin wings, autumn wind, a jack-o-lantern, a moon, bluejays, oak leaves, acorns, a nest and a Celtic inspired border.
She is up for sale in ye olde online store. You can see more details in the painting by going here and clicking on the images to the right (when you get to the page).
This one took forever: I have been harvesting, applying for a jured art show at Lower Adirondack Regional Arts Center, painting frames (for a gallery show), playing gigs, applying for grant-funded concerts, putting food by (freezing, canning, making lots of pesto) and getting distracted by smaller art works-in-progress. Whew! I'm exhausted! But I am looking forward to quieter fall days when growing a food garden isn't so time consuming.
This is the kind of art I have producing during heat spells. The top 2 are ACEOs (2.5" x 3.5"), the next row are OSWOAs (4" x 6") and the last 2 are an odd size of 3" x 5".
I don't have air conditioning & I refuse to give into it because:
1. not earth friendly the more people use air conditioners, the more energy is used which creates CO2 & global warming which makes everything even hotter (thus creating a desire for more air conditioning & the cycle goes on!).
2. it costs a lot relative to the benefits you actually receive & you never become accustomed to the heat when you have to be out in it (as I sometimes do for outdoor concerts).
3. shady trees, losing weight, swimming, keeping windows open at night & closed during the day, north facing porches, loose white cotton clothing and a hand-held fan are the best alternatives
AND FAERIES AND TREES GO TOGETHER! yippie!
Anyway, during dog days, I put off the more ambitious projects & focus on smaller endeavors, such as painting miniatures on a little board I can place on my lap & bring to a lake.
I have these for sale as original paintings in my Etsy store (for now, though I may bring them to a gallery if they don't sell there).
Now that it is cooler, I will go back to the more ambitious art I started before summer got into full swing.
This is my latest piece in the series of trees with knotted roots and knotted border. Except this time, I decided to try to knot the sky too. I like the idea and I haven't seen anyone else try this before. I may try some others in the near future.
Feel free to comment. I would love some feedback on this new style.
These pieces take a very long time to create which is why I'm not posting often!