In getting ready to begin a new series of work for next year, I've been trying to pay attention to what I can do that helps me keep doing the next thing. Starting a new series is exciting, but can also be intimidating. So I've found that starting with a drawing really helps. We've all heard that working out the composition using just line and areas of tone is important, but sometimes it takes a long time of practice before really understanding that idea. And maybe for you too, but for me, I had a lot of frustration with drawing for a very long time. I'd encourage you to study the sketchbooks and drawings of artists that you love.
We don't have to be excellent at something in order to benefit from the practice. After looking at the drawings of Pierre Bonnard and other post-impressionist painters, I notice the different styles of drawing and the evidence that they really are using their drawing as a part of the process of working out the many puzzles involved in painting. So it really is ok if my drawing doesn't look anything like DaVinci. I've embraced my own scribbly style of drawing and am enjoying the process so much more now; not to mention getting a lot more paintings completed satisfactorily.
I'll be sharing the new work with you as it gets completed, and come back to visit for more information on spring shows. The first will be during the Tulip Festival the first Friday of April 2018. Scott Milo gallery will be featuring my work as well as Tulip Festival merchandise. Thanks for visiting and have a delightful Holiday Season!
It's time to talk ornaments! I'm happy to offer the third series of hand painted ornaments for Christmas 2017. The well-known carol represented this year is, "Joy To The World." Just visit the NEW SHOP page to find out more information and to purchase. (Oh my goodness, I'm really excited about the new shop by the way!) If you have any questions, please feel free to drop me a line from the Contact Page.
It has been such great fun to create these over the years. This year's shape is different: a slight teardrop shape, which I think goes nicely with the globe design this year. Same high quality heavy porcelain and gold metal leafing accents. I always add a double-faced satin ribbon hanger. Each is signed and numbered on the back. Are you feeling the Joy? I really am.
It was exciting to see how the poster turned out, and much of the new festival merchandise. As a painter with a design background I get really excited about this kind of thing (creating everyday practical items with art). But this year is extra special, being able to contribute the painting and work with the great people of the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival. Many people work very hard all year round to grow the tulips and organize the festival. They depend on about 50 volunteers from the area as well. Did you know that the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival won the "Best Festival" award from Best of Washington? Hundreds of thousands of visitors attend each year, and last year 93 countries were represented among them! Three cheers for the tulips! Don't miss the floral majesty in the fields this April!
From the Skagit Valley Tulip Festival website:
Springtime came early at Skagit Valley Gardens when the crowd got its first glimpse of Melissa Jander’s new poster art. She and Matt Ray from Heritage Bank revealed the 2018 image to applause of the crowd, followed by the unveiling of official jewelry, wine, beer, cider, brochure, chocolate and coffee. 2018 merchandise from Jody Bergsma impressed the crowd as new designs and items were shown for the first time.
Tulip Festival sponsors and supporters enjoyed the Tasty Tidbits supplied by Max Dale’s Steak and Chop House, Swinomish Casino and Lodge, Valley Shine Distillery, Skagit River Brewery, Olive Garden, and Big Scoop Sundae Palace. They also got to shop from the many Christmas trees decorated with ornaments at Skagit Valley Gardens.
2018 Festival official merchandise will be available on-line and in the festival office on Nov. 15. Office hours are 10 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday at 311 W Kincaid St. in Mount Vernon. The office will be closed Nov 23 and 24 and Dec. 25-Jan. 1.