Saturday, February 7, 2015

29 Faces - Face 2

For my second face, I finally did the first week's lesson of Life Book 2015, Beacon of Light.

Of course it took on a life of it's own and although influenced by Tam's beautiful art, looks so different from the painting in the lesson.  I'll probably end up doing another or others.

Believe in Yourself by Tori Beveridge 2015
Believe in Yourself by Tori Beveridge 2015

Believe in Yourself was done on 9x12 inch 140 lb cold press water color paper with acrylics, Faber-Castel gel sticks, ink, Pitt artist pens, graphite, gesso, collaged papers and stamps, gel medium and Ranger distress inks.

29 faces


Friday, February 6, 2015

29 Faces - Face 1 Sherry Malone

When I realized that the 29 Faces Challenge February 2015 was already underway, I had to stop and evaluate where time had gone and what the heck I'd been doing that made me go through the whole month of January without getting paint on my hands every day.  (I have done art, but it's been digital and it's just not the same.)

Time for some catch up.

So, here's Face #1, with piled up hair and a slouchy cowl neck sweater to keep her warm. 


Sherry Malone by Tori Beveridge 2015 Face 1 for 29 Faces Challenge 2015
Sherry Malone by Tori Beveridge 2015 Face 1 for 29 Faces Challenge 2015

I had nothing planned when I started.  I love that I had colorful fingers when I was finished.

I worked with gel medium, gesso, Faber-Castel gel sticks and Faber-Castel Pitt artist pens on 4x6 inch mixed media paper.  When I finished I decided she needed a name,  I went to an online random name generator and out of the 6 names that it gave me, Sherry Malone stood out, so that is what I've named her.

My goal is to catch up and do all 29 Faces in February.



29 faces


Saturday, January 3, 2015

New Digital Art - 'Angelic Wonder' & Happy New Year!

Happy New Year Everyone!


Angelic Wonder by Tori Beveridge 2014
Angelic Wonder by Tori Beveridge
I created this angel to promote MDD Olivia for V4.2 by Maddelerium available at Renderosity

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season.

I've been busy with some digital art lately, as I've joined the team at Sympatico Studio, creating digital art for promotion of 2D and 3D products by various vendors.  That means you will be seeing more of my digital art this year.

And, YES, there will be more of my mixed media art also, because I've joined Life Book 2015!  I'm so excited.  So far, I've been watching the first week's lessons on video.  I'm almost ready to put paint to paper, so stay tuned!  (If you don't know about Life Book 2015, click the link on my side bar to visit willowing.org, Tamara Laporte's site for all the information.)

It's promising to be a very artful year.  I hope you'll join me on my journey and adventures through 2015.



Friday, December 12, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Monica N. Galvan

Happy Friday everyone!

Today I have another interview with a talented Enchanted Visions artist for you.  Please meet the delightful

Monica N. Galvan


Enchanted Visions Artist, Monica N. Galvan
Enchanted Visions Artist, Monica N. Galvan

Who is, Monica N. Galvan?  Tell us a little about yourself.

I'm a teacher, fantasy writer and illustrator from Spain. I'm a versatile artist who uses traditional and digital media; inks and water colours are my favorite along with CG. I'm currently working in some comic projects and role-playing games, but I started seriously in this world... illustrating my own novels and fairytales.

Art is my passion in any form, I also enjoy reading historical, fantasy and mythology books, listening to classic and folk music...

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

I was invited in 2010. I never heard about it before, but I considered it a lovely and inspiring project and instantly decided to join.

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.

Each year I used to create a series of 13 pictures, each one with a very different style and technique. I wanted to do something new, like a collection. At the moment I have started my fifth series based in fairytales.

You can see all of my series and their works here: http://monicang.com/en/galleries/enchanted-visions-project/

These are my picks to share with you:

La Fata by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
La Fata by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
La Fata - "The Arrival of Spring" This was my first contribution to EV. It's a sort of self portrait in faery form. I always wear that celtic necklace. Her counterpart is a witch "Darkness Falls". This was something very special, and part of the first series I made for Enchanted visions. This series featured faery creatures with a very stylized comic style, red cheeks and heavy jewels, made with traditionally inked drawings and digital colours.


General of Riga by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
General of Riga by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
General of Riga – "New Beginnings" This one is my personal favourite right now. She's one of my most loved novel characters, part of the Third Series I did for EV. The theme suits a very tragic part of her story and her rise from ashes. It's completely digital from scratch. Here is the process of this work:  http://monicang.com/portfolio/general-of-riga-ev-new-beginnings/


Frija Aretai by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
Frija Aretai by Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan
Frija Aretai – "Wonder" This is one of my latest contributions to Enchanted Visions. She's another of my novel characters, and probably the incarnation of one of my muses. Here we have a double wonder, Frija's magic and the tower behind her. Here is the process of this work http://monicang.com/portfolio/frija-aretai-ev-wonder/

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

I tried to sell there some times, but I have no luck with it. You can buy my art in my stores or personally request a print of any EV art I posted, I have all my stores listed here: http://monicang.com/en/shop/

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?

Sharing a project with many artists has its good and bad parts. Sometimes you loose a lot of visibility when a project becomes 'huge' (many artists, many pieces), so you try to do your best in every illustration and shine. And then it turns into a competition (I hate that). I love to create my pieces with freedom, for fun.

The hard part is choosing the right idea for the theme. I like open themes because in these ones you can see the most original approaches. When I studied illustration one of my teachers showed us how with themed artwork most of us, without a previous study, ended up with the same cliché idea. I try now to avoid these clichés, trying new techniques, experimenting a lot. EV is not work and I'm pretty happy with that.

How did your personal art style evolve, that thing that makes people say, oh Monica N. Galvan painted this?  Was it identifiable right away?  What inspired you on your way to your own personal style?

When I began years ago in EV I created my first series with random characters and these pictures were very generic and sometimes many artist had the same ideas, colors, compositions... In the following series I started to have my very own interpretations, with my novel characters and the theme that suited them. These paintings were more unique, and I tried to find a balance between what I loved and what my public wanted to see.

I started to develop my own painting style, a very painterly one, some years ago. I was just experimenting with digital colouring, trying to get the same effect I got in oil paintings, using strong contrasts 'chiaroscuro', and textures. People started to identify my work thanks to its style, the face features... And then, even if I changed the media, my work had my fingerprint. I know that I have to evolve, to refine my skills. I learn a lot in every piece I create. But start to have your own personal style is awesome.

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?


Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan's art studio
Enchanted Visions artist, Monica N. Galvan's art studio
At the moment my studio is this room. Here I paint most of my work right now (I love to ink watching films on the sofa though). I create my digital work with a double screen PC and a Wacom tablet. The rest of the room is full of furniture, where I store part of my traditional media. I also have a wall full of fanart from my readers and friends, and shelves full of all kind of books.

I would like a bigger studio with lots of natural light (mine it's so dark) and space for painting more traditional media. Or... maybe a little house hidden in the woods, or a castle with a courtyard full of flowers..

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

Curious. Loyal. Passionate. Witch. Faery. Pre-Raphaelite. Bookworm. Bard. Warrior. Freak.


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

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

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

Website: http://monicang.com/

FB: http://www.facebook.com/monicangalvan.art
Twitter: http://twitter.com/monicang
Tumblr: http://ltnnog.tumblr.com/

Instagram: http://instagram.com/ltnnog

Friday, December 5, 2014

Meet The Enchanted Visions Artist - Rowan Lewgalon

Hello all my wonderful friends.  Today I have another interview with another fascinating Enchanted Visions artist.  Please meet the lovely

Rowan Lewgalon


Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon
Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon

Who is Rowan Lewgalon? Tell us a little about yourself.

I wrote a poem some time ago, titled “The Song of my Soul”. This probably fits here.

I am soothing sun
and raging fire
I am warmest smile
and burning desire

I am the tender touch
and the cruel sword
I am a loving kiss
and a fiercly lord

I am sweet comfort
and bitter revenge
On the wings of love
I come to avenge

I am softest compassion
and most dire wrath
I will make thee stumble
to find back to thy path

Angel or demon
what dost thou see?
Open thy eyes
It is always just me

In the here and now I am a visionary artist, a writer, a photographer, a history nerd, a hotspur, a cleric, a Druid, a flame-keeper, a past life regressionist....

I am a self-taught artist, and I draw and paint for as long as I can think. It was always a thing I loved, but I never went to any art-school. For some time I suddenly stopped painting though, a lot was going on in my life then, and only started again back in 2007.

Apart from being an artist, in what people call “normal life” I've been a management assistant in publishing, a nursery nurse, and a civil servant.

After a severe disc prolapse in 2008, I'm still not able to work again. This holds a hidden blessing though as I now have time to do what I love: paint, draw, write, photograph, walk my spiritual path.
I'm a cleric in minor orders in the Old Catholic Apostolic Church and intend to be a priest one day; a Celtic Christian priest who mixes her Druid and Celtic Pagan beliefs with the old Christian faith. This and painting really fills my soul with song.

I love history, especially the middle ages and Anglo-Saxon times - I can be a real nerd here and rant about historical incorrectness in films for ages if no one stops me. (Braveheart is the film that must not be named.)

Rowan Legalon, Enchanted Visions artist
Rowan Lewgalon, Enchanted Visions artist

My alias, Rowan Lewgalon, is derived from my tree, the rowan (shown to me by Brìde/Saint Brigid) and my spiritual affinity to the English middle ages resp. Great Britain. (Lewgalon is the Welsh word for “Lionheart”.)

I was born near Cologne in Germany and engaged myself in the Otherworld virtually from the cradle. Contacts and encounters with the spiritual world encompassed me as long as I can remember, and I am strongly associated with my angels, spiritual guides, and other souls and beings. From the age of twelve, I was dealing with witchcraft, magic, spiritual beings, rituals, divination, etc., but I would not call myself a medium, witch, or channel. For a time, I did call myself a witch, but this somehow does not fit anymore and never really suited me. I think I grew out of this term. I am just myself and don't think I can be pigeonholed.

In over seven years, it was granted to me to learn more about my past lives and the origin of my soul – something I'd never want to do without again. Although it's often bitter, it caused me to understand a lot of things better, helped in my spiritual and personal growth, and brought me one step further to myself every single day. I love nature and the little treasures life gives us and I'm a real Brit at heart ...or it's the soul of an Irish lass inside of me.

I am 41 now and share the flat with my best friend, anam cara, and co-artist Tricia Danby and four rescue cats: my Merlin, Tricia's Merlin, Lily, and Piers. I live in Germany in a lovely, rural area close to Cologne.

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

I cannot recall when I first heard about EV, but it was many years ago. I loved the idea of so many different artists who create art together. For a long time I did not dare to apply because I thought I'm not good enough (I still think that fairly often, but I think I'm in good company with that.) Finally, I took heart and applied with my watercolour paintings. And oh goodness...I was accepted!

Unfortunately, I've been unable to upload anything to the site due to some technical problems and so, when I came to Facebook and found Enchanted Visions there again, applied again. I think three or four themes later I was accepted, and I am happy and proud to belong to a group of such lovely artists. It's always encouraging and inspiring to work together with you.

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.



Rosh Madai by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon
Rosh Madai by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon

When I read the theme “Anima Sola” at SketchFest, he was immediately there. I knew that his name is Rosh Madai, he is trapped in his sorrow and drama and does not realise that his chains are broken. His wings burn, but they are not consumed by the flames. He's in his own purgatory of sorrow, regret and fear.


Shateiel by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon
Shateiel by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon

Shateiel came to me when I read of the theme “Silence”. He probably inspired the "creation" of the Greek God Sigalion - or is the very same.


Ashriel by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon
Ashriel by Enchanted Visions artist, Rowan Lewgalon

Ashriel is a very personal painting. I did it for the theme “Inbetween” and it sums up my poem from above.

(Yes...I do paint females, too.)

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

I have to admit that I never put up my pictures for auction there. I don't even know why, I always forget about that.

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?

The knowledge to create art with many other artists for the same theme is a wonderful thought. I love being part of that group and it is always exciting to see how others interpret the themes, what thoughts or beings came to them and are portrayed. It is funny that we sometimes even use the same colour palette.

Are you a story teller in your painting, using your imagination to create fiction with your art, or is your art a way to express feelings and emotion and/or portray the inner you?

That depends, I'd say. Most of the time I do not choose what to paint. The souls and beings come to me and show that they want to be painted.

Sometimes I am inspired by nature, music, places...and a picture pops up in my mind and won't leave until it's brought to (digital) paper. Most of my pictures tell some kind of story or carry the energies of those who are portrayed. Some very personal works show a lot of me though, and I suppose there's a bit of me in every painting I do.

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?

I'd better not show my desk...it's messy, scattered with post-its, notes, and stuff. My dream work space would have much more room for everything, but it's fine as it is now. I only should tidy up a bit more often..but when I do, I spend lots of time searching for the things that used to lay around on my desk.

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

Compassionate
Nerdy
Hot tempered
Know-it-all
Faithful
Blessed
Creative
Bright
traveling between the worlds
nature loving

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

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

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

Website: http://tir-anam.weebly.com
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TirAnam
Etsy: https://www.etsy.com/shop/TirAnam

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