more shops than you can shake a stick at!

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I started shaking out my online shops by collection, where art that’s kinda thematically linked goes into its own “shop”. Here’s where I am at present; several shops need more within-shop consistency (of items), all need more sales (oh, wait, that’s me), and not all art is available on all things. Email me if you’d like a particular something! I’ll make it so if the image original or scan is suitable.

Enjoy! Shop when you can, share when you can’t!…or something. I’m always embarassed to say that kind of thing….

Not the Grinch (WIP)

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Ink and watercolor pencil on cheap watercolor paper. I digitally darkened him down a bit. Questions:

* Should I apply water to the colored pencil? It tends to smooth and saturate the coors (good) but I have a heck of a lot of blending of colors (and two brands of watercolor pencil, Staedler & Faber-Castell).

* What background? Cut him out and make a collage on some abstract-but-with-perspective print pattern? Figure out how to put in a snowy village? Help!

* Should there be a trail of presents? Where and how to lay those out?

Done more or less for Sketchfest and might become one of our holiday cards.

Art for your very own!

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I’m selling originals! Lucky for most of us, they’re often small.

Here’s how to get one:

Browse the gallery (the deviantArt one is most complete), find something you like (I’ll note there if it’s been sold or given away already), and make an offer. Direct email is best (kir@metasilk.com). If I’ve already listed it somewhere, we may have to go through them (say, if there’s already a bid on it). Otherwise, let’s talk (or email).

OR

Find a listing in my Etsy shop and buy it there. Here’s the shop link: http://www.etsy.com/shop/StudioMetasilk

OR

Bid on an eBay listing. Here’s my eBay list: http://www.ebay.com/sch/elksdotter/m.html?_nkw=&_armrs=1&_from=&_ipg=&_trksid=p3686 (I know, ugly URL. Oh well, it works! )

Commissions are possible too (of course). I might even be able to do something small before Christmas. Let’s talk!

Star Geese (WIP)

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I did a fast pencil-and-paint sketch on totally the wrong paper for Sketchfest today. (Thank goodness for work breaks!). You can click the pic to see it bigger. The prompt was “it’s full of stars” and this is so much a WIP that it doesn’t even really express what I was seeing in my head. I don’t even know how to do what’s in my head. Nor do I really know where the geese go on the paper. But it tickles my brain!

I’m happy with the wings. The advantage of working in a Bird museum with a small library is lots of handy reference material. My bird-body clue is coming along nicely. Anyway, I hope to make something based on this. In meantime, a sketch, and happy to have it! More random nattering about how it’s made over at Sketchfest proper, if you’re curious.

 

“Mouse with Flowers”

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'Mouse with Flowers' ©2012 Kirsten Talmage
'Mouse with Flowers' ©2012 Kirsten Talmage

Mom had some scraps of mat board she was getting rid of, so I thought I’d try my hand at a technique I’ve seen Jessica Douglas [link] do some time ago. (Go see her very fabulous art, even though there’s nothing quite like this in her gallery right now.)

So. Colored pencil on mat board.

Very fun! Because of the darkness of the mat, and because of the thickness/strength of the board, I had to push my nervousness with applying color with a heavier hand. Very good for me!

I don’t have a mat cutter, so the other experiment was trimming away some of the red with an X-acto knife. Feh. I like it OK in the original (better than a smooth edge), but not in the digital versions, go figure.

Also, there’s clearly some dust on my scanner. Whoops. Nor am I at all sure that you are seeing the colors I am, and on my laptop’s LCD screen, the colors are darker and slightly more muted than in the original.

The original is about 6cm by 6 cm. Yeah, tiny! And that’s why this image is so small—sure, I scanned it at 600dpi (the scanner whined about 1200, silly thing, though that was before I rebooted it), so I could print it bigger, but … I probably shouldn’t! (Might anyway…)

Original SOLD at Art on Main’s 2012 Community Art Show.