Friday, August 22, 2014

Summer Sunshine

We're in the middle of a heat wave, with daily temperatures in the nineties.  It's not a sunny heat wave. It's a rainy one.  It's humid, so humid, and raining so hard I think we are in the middle of a monsoon.  If the sun was out, it would be drier, but the temperatures would be into the hundreds.  The sun here is brutal!

Summer Sunshine by Tori Beveridge
Summer Sunshine by Tori Beveridge  Water color, ink and acrylic on watercolor paper.

All I can say is, thank goodness for air conditioning!  I've been quite happy indoors painting and watching the rain through my window.

I made a Squash Book to be used as a mini art journal and made bright summery front and back covers for it.  They were both done on 140 lb cold press watercolor paper (a nice weight for a cover) with acrylics and ink.

Squash Journal Front Cover Art by Tori Beveridge
Squash Journal Front Cover Art by Tori Beveridge

It will be going in the mail on Monday, off to it's new home, as part of a Happy Mail Art Exchange.

Squash Journal Back Cover Art by Tori Beveridge
Squash Journal Back Cover Art by Tori Beveridge

I  "arted" on a few of the inner segments, but I won't show you inside, because I want it's recipient to see it first. 

This next piece is a little cooler, but still summery I think.  She makes me think of summer nights.

Brown Eyed Angel by Tori Beveridge
Brown Eyed Angel by Tori Beveridge  Water Color and White Acrylic on Mixed Media Paper





Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Alexandra Rena

I'm so delighted to introduce our sixth Enchanted Visions Artist.

Alexandra Rena


Enchanted Visions Artist, Alexandra Rena
Enchanted Visions Artist, Alexandra Rena

Who is, "Alexandra Rena"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I live in Houston, TX with my wonderful boyfriend and a dog and cat.  In 2010, I graduated with my BFA in Studio Art and German Language as my Minor. It took me a few months after graduating to pursue art again, but I would say I have been selling since June 2011. This spring, I got the opportunity to be an artist full-time. It has been quite the adjustment, but I enjoy it and am very thankful to have this opportunity.

Primarily I work with the human form, with fantasy or historical subjects. In addition to the fantasy pieces I create, I have ongoing series of Celtic Gods, Norse Gods and Middle Earth. Both the Celtic and Norse Gods series are composed in watercolor, but the Middle Earth series is ink only. Most inspirational to me are the Art Nouveau and Pre-Raphaelite movements, however most pre-1900s art --especially statues-- is inspiring to me in one form or another. I am also heavily influenced by history, literature, music and historical fashion. My most-often used medium is watercolor, though I also fully enjoy using Prismacolor Marker, ink, Prismacolor pencil, and graphite.

Aside from painting and drawing, I am also a costume designer, and take on costume work in my spare time. My eventual goal is to run my business off of both art and costuming, but for now, art is the primary passion I pursue.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist?

The organizer, Coriander Shea, sent me an e-mail back in October 2010 with an invitation to join. I gladly accepted, and jumped in with that month's theme, "Crimson Wings". I definitely have Coriander to thank for my return to art after graduating college. This is one of the things that pushed me to get my art back in gear and ready to begin selling.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.

Lady of The Forest by Enchanted Visions Artist, Alexandra Rena
Lady of The Forest by Enchanted Visions Artist, Alexandra Rena

Lady of the Forest - One of my favorite things is a lush summer forest after a rain. I was inspired to draw a queen of the forest, walking through the intense and fertile forest, drawing you in with her gaze. I didn't think about the color scheme, I just painted a green, wet forest, similar to the forest in summer after a rain.

Stardancer by Enchanted Visions Artist, Alexandra Rena
Stardancer by Enchanted Visions Artist, Alexandra Rena

Stardancer - The zodiac is what came to mind when thinking about the stars. Instead of associating with or favoring only one sign, I decided to draw all twelve, united by the dancer in the center of the collage.


The Last Candle by Enchanted Visions Artist, Alexandra Rena
The Last Candle by Enchanted Visions Artist, Alexandra Rena

The Last Candle - For this piece, I was simply inspired by music. Specifically, the German band Blind Guardian's song, "The Last Candle". Blind Guardian always makes me think of wizards and all things epic and fantasy, so I created this wizard. At the time, I was also watching the original Star Trek, and that inspired my color scheme and background.

EV has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

No, I haven't tried yet, but I should! I mostly sell my work at some events on the weekends such as festivals and conventions, as well as Sherwood Forest Faire, a Robin Hood-themed festival that runs for 8 weekends in the spring.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

It is inspiring and motivating that there are so many artists. I love seeing each individual interpretation, and it's wonderful to see each artist grow with each new piece they create.

How do you care for and nurture the creative you?

If I am in the process of creating something, and need motivation to continue, then I ensure I get a good dose of exercise and sunlight so that I don't feel trapped. Mental and emotional health is important to creativity for me, and both of those things (and eliminating sugar) make me happy and creative. I will admit, Britney Spears' "Work" song is the most motivating song, and when I feel like I need to get pumped for the work day, I play that song. Music keeps me going, and if I need help brainstorming, reading and researching history helps me as well. If I am trying to create something new that isn't a commission or EV theme, I go to my list of ideas on Trello. Any idea I get for a new art piece, I add it to the list so when I have time, I will go back and create it later. (www.trello.com is a great organisational tool!)


Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?

Alexandra Rena's Workspace


My workspace is a room with my computer desk on one side, and sewing desk on the other. There is a butcher block wood table that is raised, and I use that for mat cutting, fabric cutting, and I will stand there and paint and draw instead of sitting sometimes. The walls in my studio are covered by art prints from other artists, a bulletin board with works-in-progress and things that motivate me, and I have my 2nd Dan black belt certificate as well as my diploma framed and hanging on the wall above. A tall bookcase containing art and costume books, as well as art supplies is also on that wall. There are two large windows that let in a lot of natural light, and I hang my necklaces and some lanterns from the curtain rod. A nice touch to the studio: our dog usually lays down next to me all day.

I love my studio, but I would like some more art prints from favorites to hang in there....that's an immediate, tangible change. My dream studio would look a bit like John Howe's studio that he shows in his book "Fantasy Art Workshop", because look at this desk and shelves:

http://www.john-howe.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2004/09/Studio1-port.jpg .

My dream studio is also in a mountainous region with outstanding weather, lots of windows overlooking a fabulous view, and a garden and orchard out front...The Alps in Austria would be nice...or the Canadian Rockies....Now I'm off in dreamland ;)


"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

Accepting
Analytic
Assertive
Determined
Friendly
Logical
Observant
Organized
Passionate
Xenophile


Thank you so much Alexandra for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.


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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Alexandra's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Alexandra's art, you can find her at the following links:


Thursday, August 21, 2014

ATC/ACEO Girls

Today I'd love to show you two new little aceos/atcs  that I did for art swaps.  They've been sent and received by their new owners, so I'm not ruining any surprises.

This first one, done with ink and colored pencils, was for an Alice in Wonderland theme.  There had to be one red heart in the finished art, so my thoughts immediately went to "The Queen of Hearts".

The Queen of Hearts by Tori Beveridge 2014
The Queen of Hearts by Tori Beveridge 

The second had no theme, so I started with her face and let her lead me where ever she wanted to go.  It seems she wanted to go "Under The Sea".  This was done with Faber Castell Gel sticks and Pitt Artist Pens.

Under The Sea by Tori Beveridge
Under The Sea by Tori Beveridge


Their new owners are very happy with them, and that makes me very happy too.




Friday, August 15, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Tricia Danby

It's time to meet our 5th Enchanted Visions Artist.

This week I'd like you to get to know

Tricia Danby


Enchanted Visions Artist, Tricia Danby
Enchanted Visions Artist, Tricia Danby

Who is "Tricia Danby"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a spiritual artist and I never went to any art school or what so ever. Only art classes I had was in school and that is a long time ago now. Besides being an artist I am also an energy worker, writer and photographer and as long as I can remember, I had contacts and encounters with the spiritual world. Angels, spirit guides, etc. are a part of my day-to-day life.

In 2008 I picked up the brushes again and started working with acrylic and canvas. My skills had not been very well, to say that. I've forgotten a lot. So I practised and finally put away the acrylics and picked watercolour pencils instead. In 2011 I did start painting with Corel Painter 11 and since that time I am mainly painting digitally.

When I am painting angels, spiritual beings, saints, etc. I am mostly picked by them – It is like someone would be knocking at my door and wants to be painted. So I am connecting with the energy and channel their image and energy to portray them the way they do reveal themselves to me.

In my “normal” life I was a degreed translator for English and Spanish. Now I am retired as I am unable to work due to two severe burnouts leading to depression. I am still recovering. Painting and going on my spiritual path, which includes being a cleric in minor orders of the Open Catholic Apostolic Church , is what really kept me up and keeps me going. It is pure fulfilment.

To sum it up – I am 40 years now, sharing a flat with my very best friend and fellow artist and our four cats: Merlin, Merlin (we never knew we would have a flat sharing), Lily and Piers.

My soul sings when I am seeing the beauty of life surrounding us and I am trying to show that in my works.

How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist? 

That is somehow a quite funny story. I have heard of it a couple of years ago – I think it was Rowan coming to me and telling me about it. We have checked it out and thought that it is a pretty good thing. At that time I was still working with watercolour pencils so it must have been before 2011. I had been accepted but somehow I never was able to upload one single piece of my works, due to a problem with my account there. So time did pass and was put off the artist list – no-one to blame here. Last year I thought why not trying my luck again and so I did try to enter with some public topics – finally I got accepted again.

I think that EV is a wonderful opportunity, enhancing your skills, getting new inspirations and showing your works. I love seeing other creations, being inspired … that is, to my opinion, a wonderful thing for artists.

Each month, Enchanted Visions artists are challenged with creating a piece of art for that month's theme.  Please share some of the art you have created for Enchanted Visions with us.  For each piece of art, please describe how it interprets that month's theme, any story behind the art, and the theme's meaning to you.

Odin and The Runes by Enchanted Visions Artist, Tricia Danby
Odin and The Runes by Enchanted Visions Artist, Tricia Danby
Odin and the Runes was made for Spooky Eyes. I did paint Odin with one eye (the missing one) still bleeding, looking up while receiving the runes. It is a very strong a meaningful painting to me. Odin has a very strong and strict energy and so it was a challenge painting him. I never did paint blood before, so this had been another challenge to me. For me it is a bit of spooky, having gone through tough times, still bleeding and in pain but being blessed with the runes and the sight … this is kind of spooky, isn't it?

The Key by Enchanted Visions Artist, Tricia Danby
The Key by Enchanted Visions Artist, Tricia Danby
The Key shows the Celtic Goddess, Cerridwen holding a key. The key here is a symbol and she is questioningly looking … “Do you dare using it?”, “Are you ready?”, “Do you want it?”
She is holding the Key in her hands, and the key is the key to your life, your decisions and she wants you to take it and use it, as you are holding the key to your life in your hands (soul).

Silence by Enchanted Visions Artist, Tricia Danby
Silence by Enchanted Visions Artist, Tricia Danby
Silence is showing an elven princess and her companion a frog. It was such a fun and pleasure painting them. To my opinion she is asking for silence so you can hear what the frog is going to tell you. The painting is also part of the oracle card deck and I really do love it a lot.

EV has a monthly auction of the work created.  Do you sell your work there?

I am trying to sell some prints. However, never did so … but I won't give it up.

Are there challenges knowing you are one of many artists creating art for the same EV theme?  Does this knowledge hinder you or give you momentum when creating for the monthly theme?

Not at all. I do create what is there … what wants to be created by me. I have my own style, my own kind of work and the works of others are unique in the very same way. Sometimes I think that we might all end up with the same gesture in a topic, like for example “Silence” and then I am surprised with all the many and different interpretations of that topic and that is simply wonderful.

How do you care for and nurture the creative you?

I am taking my breaks when breaks are needed. Sometimes I am just playing a bit of World of Warcraft and doing nothing at all … my mind though is already working on some problems while I am playing. Nature is nurturing me, too … seeing little creature there, visions popping up here and there while walking or driving through nature, my camera at hand.

Describe (and provide a photograph if you like) of your studio/work space.   What would you change about it, if anything, for it to become your dream work space?

My work space is in my bedroom. My computer is standing right in between two windows. Ivy is crawling up the brick walls outside and through the other window I see trees and sometimes birds chirping and hopping there. In front of me is a wall and there are some of my paintings hanging there and one from a fellow artist. My desk often enough looks like a mess.

EV Artist Tricia Danby's Art Workspace
EV Artist Tricia Danby's Art Work Space
I am working with Corel Painter 11 and there I am mainly using oil brushes. So one good thing is I don't have all the colour tubes laying around here.

My dream work space would be a room with a lovely view, a balcony where I can step out from time to time, to relax and gain new energies, a comfy chair with roses on it and all a bit shabby chic.

"Paint" a picture of yourself for us using 10 colorful words to describe you, the total picture.

Tender, thoughtful, soulful, blessed, depressive, nerdy, artistic, anxious, traveller, life-liver-n-surviver


Thank you so much Tricia for this wonderful look into your creative process, your art and you.


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Please visit ENCHANTED VISIONS to see more of  Tricia's art and what she has created for the latest theme.

If you would like to see more of Tricia's art, you can find her at the following links:

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Your Heart

When I started this, I had no idea where I was going to go with it.

Your Heart by Tori Beveridge - Details

First there was the heart on her dress, then another and another....

Your Heart by Tori Beveridge

No matter how fragile you think you, or your heart are, don't let those thoughts stop you from following your heart, your dreams.  Be brave!  Be daring!  Have courage!  Listen to your heart.

Water color pencils, collaged papers, rub on words, Pitt pens , Faber Castel Gel Stick to edge, gesso and white acrylic on 6x8 mixed media paper.



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