Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Visit with Fellow Online Artist Lynn Cummings of the Jeweled Caress

 In the rain and wind artist Lynn Cummings and her partner Michael welcomed me yesterday with tea and pumpkin bread in their Victorian house/studio in the historic district of Tacoma, WA. Do you have any idea what happens when online artists get together to share their creativity in art and business? Well, we talked and shared all afternoon and didn't cover every topic! Imagine that!

Let me introduce you to the work of Lynn and Michael showcased on their recently established Facebook page, The Jeweled Caress. Their page describes their work "as a treasure-trove of unique and decorative adornments...as well as the occasional "something different", collected throughout the years. Our own artisan jewelry designs lean towards the tastefully extravagant, fanciful, or even whimsical. Most of the findings and components used in our creations are antique or vintage bits and baubles that originate from every corner of the globe. This can include "new old stock" from the late 19th century through the 1960s, which languished nearly forgotten in warehouses...and even newer pieces stamped from vintage tooling."

Artisan jewelry by Lynn Cummings of Tacoma, WA The Jeweled Caress
Dragonfly Sky and Garden Rhinestone Cuff

The Jeweled Caress Shop  


 Already they are enjoying international interest in their unique jewelry. Please check their shop for more pieces beyond the one I've included above. And do give them a "congratulations" by "liking" their Facebook page. While there look at the many photos of previously sold work, a gallery of fine jewelry art. 


Reminder to myself:  visit other online artists nearby in addition to those I meet on trips. Anyone else in Puget Sound region wanting to spend the time to share art and business one-on-one?


Monday, October 1, 2012

Oregon Vineyards Landscape Oil Painting Small Art by K. Joann Russell

Vineyards Landscape Oil Painting by K. Joann Russell
"Spring Vineyards"
5 x 7" oil painting 

This rural landscape oil painting reminds me of the many vineyards among the hills and mountains of Oregon in the spring. I painted this 5 x 7 inch small painting in an impressionistic style somewhat like my quick glances driving down Interstate 5 to the southern part of the state. As a child I have fond memories of the vineyard on my family's acreage in California.

Small daily paintings like this one demand a simplicity in composition, colors, and brush strokes. I find them very helpful to balance a tendency toward sharp focus realism. The challenge is to say what you have to say as quickly as possible which is the essence of en plein air painting.

Enjoy the warm sunshine and peacefulness of the spacious vista of this small painting. Start to celebrate your originality with a one of a kind small painting which is not a print.

"Spring Vineyards", original oil painting 5 x 7" on archivally prepared mat board, is varnished and ready to place in a standard size frame. The painting comes to you unframed. 


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