Artists in Our Midst: Holiday Shopping Edition



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There are any number of gifted artists and crafters among the Balloon Juice readership. If you are one of them, this is the place to add a comment linking to your paintings, needlearts, sculpture, photography, music, cooking, house-building, graphic novel/comix, etc. website or contacts. If your highest art form is shopping, here’s your chance to browse for gifts without having to put your shoes on… and you can buy stuff for other people, too!

Pictures here by commentor Tim, who gets pride of place because he demanded it. From his website:

Legendary pop entertainment icons such as Madonna, Bette Midler, Judy Garland, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cher, James Dean, and Marilyn Monroe, re-imagined in bright acrylic paint, enriched with pastels, charcoal, pencil, and pigmented glazes.
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I often surround my finished paintings with solid, industrial-inspired frames which I design and embellish with steel spikes, nails, chains, ceramic spheres and hand painted metallic highlights in silver, copper, bronze, gold and pewter over rich black-lacquered wood.
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My celebrity art has been evolving ever since I began making it just three years ago after leaving a 20- year career in public relations and advertising. In the beginning the portraits were exaggerated, cartoon-inspired caricatures of a sort. Then they took on a more realistic aspect but maintained an illustration/graphic novel feel, at which point I began to refer to them as “Portraicatures.” I felt they were something between a representational portrait and a caricature…

So, readers… What’s in your studio?

Added: If FYWP is skrwing your link, send it to me at AnneLaurie@verizon.net (or click on the link near the top of the right-hand column). The farce is strong tonight…



Artists in Our Midst

Been a long while since we have had one of these, so I figured tonight is as good a night as any. The point of these threads is that a lot of you are pretty talented people or married to talented people, but you never talk about it, so here is a thread for you to link to your artwork, music, photography, etc., and share it. I’ll start with reader Larime, who is a disabled artist who paints with his mouth. Here is one of his works that you might recognize:

His website is here, and with California screwing up his assisted care and the economic crisis, I bet he wouldn’t mind an influx of traffic and customers.

So go check out Larime’s work, and link your own or someone in your family’s below.



Artists In Our Midst

The UPS truck dropped off these beautiful pictures today:

Those were taken by one of you- I’ll let the offending party speak for herself in the comments. I can’t wait to get them framed and hung.

At any rate, it has been a while since we had one of these threads, so I thought this would be a good time to have one. If you are your loved one are an artist and sell your wares or just share your craft, drop a comment with a link to your website or your store. You all would be really surprised by how creative so many of you are.

Here are some other things crafted by you commenters. Two pictures hanging in my living room that were taken by commenter Renato (at an angle because I am a shitty photographer and the flash kep showing up in the glass):

And LauraW made this frame for the Blog Stars Tunch and Lily, and it hangs in the guest bathroom right off the living room:



Artists in Our Midst

I just got my prints that I ordered from the last time we had one of these (I got two nice pictures from 30fps), have them all framed up and hanging in my home office. They really look sharp.

At any rate, been a while since we had one of these, so I thought I would put another one up. If you are an artist and have wares for sale or stuff you just want to share, throw it in the comments section. Who knows- someone might be looking for what you have to offer.

Also, don’t worry if you go into the spam filter, there is no need to post twenty times. I’ll check in every hour or so and clear you out.



Artists in Our Midst, Round Two

This was really successful the last time we tried it, with a lot of people linking up and finding reliable vendors with whom they could establish good relationships, so I thought we would do it again.

If you are an artist and selling your craftwork, link your wares and a description of what you do, and hopefully folks will find their way to your site. And don’t be shy. If you participated the last time, throw your info up again.

Also, if you need something, specify what it is and maybe someone can help you. Personally, I need a new night stand and would be thrilled to pick up a nice piece of handcrafted work. Here was one of my favorites from the last time.

Also, I would be remiss if I did not mention the work frequent commenter Laura W. does, as she is also one of our advertisers through Project Wonderful, an ad site I have really started to appreciate because of the niche it fills.



Artists In Our Midst

It occurred to me that besides Laura W. (whose ads are prominently on display) and August J. Pollak, there are a number of artists who frequent this website. Let’s have a roll call, and put your links to your wares in the comments. The best way to support the arts is not more funding for the NEA, but for buying art that you like.

Let’s help our own.