Monday, March 16, 2015

New Art - The Beekeeper

Back in February, I did a sketch for 29 Faces.  Last week, when I had little bits of time, I finally painted it.  It's called The Beekeeper.

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Sketch and Painting Details

It's worked in watercolor, acrylic, collage, and ink on 9 X 12 140 lb cold press water color paper.  The actual painting is much softer, more pastel, and contains more yellow tones than this photographed version.  I'm hoping to get a more accurate scanned version.

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Detail 1

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Detail 2

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Detail 3

I would love to have bees and be a beekeeper.  We'll be preparing an area on our homestead for a hive and hopefully next year or the year after, I'll be The Beekeeper.

The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015
The Beekeeper by Tori Beveridge 2015 Photo

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, 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:

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:

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

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:

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.


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:




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