Friday, July 25, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Deanna Bach

I'm so excited it's Friday because that means it's time to meet our second Enchanted Visions Artist,

DEANNA BACH


Enchanted Visions Artist Deanna Bach
Enchanted Visions Artist Deanna Bach

Who is, "Deanna Bach"?  Tell us a little about yourself.

My name is Deanna Bach-Talsma, but I use Deanna Bach as my artists name. I am thirtymummble and married with one 5 year old girl and we live in Ontario, Canada.
As a Canadian, I love double-doubles, smarties and drinking my milk out of a bag. ;)
I work part time as an artist, both the paintings and some vinyl graphics work (cars, signs, tshrits), parttime with my husbands business helping him hang eavestrough, siding, roofing etc... and full time as a mommy. We have two cats.
 I did not go to school for art but my dad is an artist (acrylic landscape) and he raised me to love art and pursue it from childhood until even now.
 My favorite things are my family and friends, foxes, blue everything,clouds (I have a mild obsession with the sky), lavender, chocolate, birds, watermelon, the number 73, reading, and fantasy anything.

Clouds in My Coffee by Deanna Bach
Clouds in My Coffee by Enchanted Visions Artist, Deanna Bach
How did you hear about Enchanted Visions and why did you want to become a member artist? 

I really don't remember how I heard about Enchanted Visions... I think I probably saw some of my fellow fantasy artists doing it and thought it looked fun.

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.


Enchanted Visions by Enchanted Visions Artist, Deanna Bach
Enchanted Visions by Enchanted Visions Artist, Deanna Bach
"Enchanted Visions" - For this piece I was inspired by synesthesia which is what some people have when senses mix... like seeing numbers and letters as colours or personalities (which I have) or seeing music as movement and colours, which is what is represnted in this piece.

Stardancer by Enchanted Visions Artist, Deanna Bach
Stardancer by Enchanted Visions Artist, Deanna Bach
"Stardancer" - She is fairly obviously a star dancer, literal interpretation of the theme. I had this image in my head and I wasn't sure I could pull of the effect of the skirt
turning in to stars in a sweeping motion, but I gave it a try and it worked out how I wanted it to! This is still one of my favorite paintings.

Wisdom (Kindreds - Ibis) by Enchanted Visions Artist, Deanna Bach
Wisdom (Kindreds - Ibis) by Enchanted Visions Artist, Deanna Bach
"Wisdom (Kindreds - Ibis)" - I wanted to do a different take on the Wisdom theme and pull from a different culture so I went with Egyptian where the ibis is associated with wisdom. I also thought it would be fun to try to do a typical Egyptian heirglypics as a background. It also happens to fit well in my large "Kindreds" series of a person and their kindred spirit animal.

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

Yes, If I have done the theme I do sell the original as well as prints on the monthly auction.

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?

I LOVE painting to a given theme and part of the joy and challenge is thinking of a take on the theme that will be original. Enchanted Visions is fantastic at giving very vague theme ideas that can be taken any number of ways and usually is by all the artists. I love seeing what the other artists come up with, its like seeing their muses and what they like, as art is usually pretty personal. Its a fantastic way of getting to know your fantasy art family.

Muse - Which definition works for you?  to reflect or think about, usually in silence , or a physical source of inspiration?  Which do you rely on to create your art?  What happens if your "muse" isn't working?  How do you break through?

My muse is a chatterbox! She is constantly tossing ideas at me. Some are good concepts, some are not. Some easy and others that I have to put in my "to do" file of my brain as I don't yet have the skills to pull it off yet. I think my muse is a combination of things. my brain taking in the beauty of the world and telling me to try to express my joy at these marvels by making my own version of the beauty. I also like to express some more suble of life complexities, usually topics dealing with women issues in some of my pieces.
I have had eureka moments of ideas at completely random times... like when doing something so mundane as driving or cleaning. Music is also a huge muse to me as a lot of songs have given me very clear pictures in my head based on the music and/or lyrics. I have such a huge love and respect for living that I seem to have an endless source of ideas. I cant think of a time where I have had nothing in my "idea drawer", seriously, my muse does not shut up. Thank goodness!

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

Well I had an art room (an unused bedroom), which was also a computer/files/junk room. After I had my daughter 5 years ago it was just not possible for me to use that room and watch my daughter so I moved most of my art stuff in to the dining room and I paint at the dinner table and store everything in a huge hutch in that room. Maybe some day I will have an art room again, but for now this works. My dream studio... this I have planned out in great detail in my mind. I will spare you the entire boring floorplan, but basically it would be on the top floor in a round room with a walk out balcony. Stocked with ALL the best paint and paper and with a section for my daughters art stuff too. And a large place for my friends to gather to do art and hang out, with a shop at the bottom for selling our art and other awesome goods. When my ship comes in...

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

 Optimistic, Breezy, Amazonian, Dreamy, Strong, Logical, Happy, Friendly, Intelligent, Hippie


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


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

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

www.deannabachart.ca
https://www.facebook.com/DeannaBachArt
https://twitter.com/@deannabachart
https://www.etsy.com/shop/deannabachart
http://www.zazzle.com/deannabachart
http://sylph7sky.deviantart.com/
http://instagram.com/deannabachart

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Doodles and Sketches

There's been lots of doodling and sketching happening here over the last few days, but no finished work, yet.

This flurry of activity was prompted by two things.

The first was a challenge by my mother to make some happy looking girls.  Smile, girls, smile!

The second was that I joined Junelle Jacobsen's Farmer's Market Summer Workshop.  This is absolutely right up my alley, with all of the herbs and vegetables and fruit coming out of my garden right now.   I photograph a lot of it for my other blog At Home with Tori, but why not sketch and paint it too.  Check out her Open House for a look at some of what we are doing in the workshop.  It's fun, fun, fun!  I'll be sharing lots more of what I've been doing in there with you later.


Girl and Garlic Sketches
I promise this girl will be smiling once I'm done with her.  The garlic makes me smile.

Happy Sketch by Tori Beveridge
She's looking happy.

I'm thinking one of these two girls should be offered as a Free Crudoodle Digital Stamp.  Which one?  Which one?

...and of course, I've been doodling just for doodling's sake... circles.. no reason.. just because...


The circles have been very relaxing and almost addictive.  I've been using some old Crayola pencils to do them.  I found the pencils at the bottom of my desk drawer all sad and unused.  They're great to play and practice with.

I'll share the finished works with you, once everything is done.

I hope you're enjoying your 'arting' as much as I am. 


Friday, July 18, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Rebecca Brogden N

Friday Featured Artists are back!


Coriander Shea, artist and director of Enchanted Visions, approached me a couple of weeks ago to ask if I would interview the very talented artists who participate in Enchanted Visions.  Of course I said yes!

Every Friday for the next few weeks, you'll meet one of the very talented artists who create art monthly for  Enchanted Visions.  You can read all about Enchanted Visions HERE.  

The first artist we are going to meet is 

Rebecca Brogden N.


Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogen N.
Enchanted Visions Artist, Rebecca Brogden N.

Who is, "Rebecca Brogden N."?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I am a digital artist who enjoys creating illustrations for all ages. When I first started drawing, I drew anime fanart. Even though it wasn't all that good, I kept practicing. I later drifted away from anime into more of a fantasy interest and started painting faeries in watercolors inspired by Amy Brown. Due to the high prices for traditional media, I switched to digital media only in 2008. After temporarily getting bored with fantasy in 2010, I began to paint animals. I would still do fantasy from time to time, but the focus was on animals. Since summer 2013, I have set animal paintings aside and reincorporated fantasy (but with an anime style) back into my gallery.

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

I first heard about it when I closely followed Amy Brown's website. It wasn't long after I was contacted by Coriander to participate in doing Enchanted Visions themes. I wanted to join in because I loved the idea. It would provide me a way to try something different and it would keep me creating especially since I was battling personal issues that damaged my "muse" at the time.

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.

Awakening by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
Awakening by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
"Awakening" - When I was pondering this theme, I kept revisiting the thought of a phoenix rising from the ashes. Or maybe rising for the very first time. I couldn't let the idea go so it turned into a phoenix 'girl' awakening from her slumber.


Changes by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
Changes by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
"Changes" - While brainstorming this thought, I kept thinking of a metamorphosis idea. Back when I was into painting animals, I particularly liked painting mice. So I decided to give a mouse a new set of wings instead of going with the realism of a caterpillar turning into a butterfly.


Winter's Song by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
Winter's Song by Enchanted Visions Artist Rebecca Brogden N.
"Winter's Song" - The title of this theme says it all. I was going to paint something for this theme that involved music. At first I struggled with the type of instrument to go with. I really wanted to paint a violin, but I couldn't get the violin to look right. So I went with the harp because it was much easier to design.

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

Because I am a digital artist, I don't have anything tangible to sell for the auction. I've thought about the rough sketches on paper I do before they are scanned into the computer, but they are extremely messy.

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

To me, I don't find any challenges. Enchanted Visions is not a competition, but collaboration. I'm thrilled to see how others interpret themes each month. I get momentum just working and brainstorming each theme and knowing that I'm not alone in the process.

Muse - Which definition works for you?  to reflect or think about, usually in silence , or a physical source of inspiration?  Which do you rely on to create your art?  What happens if your "muse" isn't working?  How do you break through?

I would have to say that my muse is a physical source. It's like my drive or will to do things. If I'm tired or going through personal issues, my muse isn't going to work. But there are days where I just feel uninspired. To get past that and get my muse working again, I find things to get inspired by such as music, other artists, tutorials, etc.

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

My workspace is ever changing when it comes to sketching. I might be sketching in my living room, den, office, or at Starbucks. When it comes to working on the final piece, I'm in front of my computer with my Wacom Intuos5 tablet in hand. I wouldn't change anything about it. I fits my needs just right.

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

Determined, Stubborn, Perfectionist, Loyal, Achiever, Underdog, Responsible, Passionate, Introverted, Dreamer

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


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

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

http://www.rbrogdenart.com
http://www.facebook.com/rbrogdenart
http://www.shadowness.com/rebeccabrogden
http://www.elfwood.com/~rbrogden
http://www.zazzle.com/faerieofwind

Thursday, July 17, 2014

SOC Week 6

Week 6.  The final week.  How fast these six weeks went by.  It really is true that time flies when you're having fun.

Our colors for this last week were raspberry and tangerine, with a smudge, splash, or pop of lemon.  



I will miss these deliciously colorful art prompts that inspired all those that took part to create pieces of art that they would not have done without Summer of Color.

I will miss even more, the community of artists who participated in this.

It's not that I became close friends with all of them personally, it's the fact that for one of the first times in my art career and my involvement with many different art communities, that I truly experienced and witnessed a close sense of community and support for everyone, no matter what type of art they created or how they did it, no matter if they were a beginner or an expert, all were warmly greeted, conversed with and supported.



Thank you Kristin for creating and hosting Summer of Color.  You, and the wonderful group of artists who participated, truly made my summer a wondrous time.

The final quote Kristin gave us rings so true:

"There shall be eternal Summer in the grateful heart"  - Celia Thaxter




Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Mailing Alice and A Practice in Painting

Over on Angela Kennedy's Community, Creative Souls, I took part in an ATC swap.  The theme was Alice in Wonderland.  Have I ever mentioned I love Alice in Wonderland?  I have adored the books, Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass since I was a child and have read and reread them more times than I can recall.

This is the ATC I did for the swap.  It went in the mail this morning.

Alice in Wonderland in The Mushrooms ATC OOAK by Tori Beveridge 2014
Alice in Wonderland in The Mushrooms ATC OOAK by Tori Beveridge

My interpretation of this passage from the book:

'...This time Alice waited patiently until it chose to speak again. In a minute or two the Caterpillar took the hookah out of its mouth, and yawned once or twice, and shook itself. Then it got down off the mushroom, and crawled away into the grass, merely remarking as it went, "One side will make you grow taller, and the other side will make you grow shorter."
"One side of what? The other side of what?" thought Alice to herself.
"Of the mushroom," said the Caterpillar, just as if she had asked it aloud; and in another moment it was out of sight.
Alice remained looking thoughtfully at the mushroom for a minute, trying to make out which were the two sides of it; and, as it was perfectly round, she found this a very difficult question. However, at last she stretched her arms round it as far as they would go, and broke off a bit of the edge with each hand. ...'
            -Alice's Adventures in Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

I usually start my art with an idea in mind, which I roughly sketch out.  This weekend, I decided to try throwing some paint on a loose journal page and see what happened.  I really didn't have anything in mind other than putting some colors on the page and let them take me where they would.
Trust Your Heart - loose journal page by Tori Beveridge


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