30 Years an Artist
Dialogue about what makes up the life of a working artist
The Celestial Sphere framed in Gold.
Snowflakes and Winter Moon. A winter sky with deep blues, blacks ad purples and a large Moon and Snowflakes makes a Holiday image. Snow Crystals by WA Bentley’s published in 1933 have been of been multiplied and manipulated into a snowfall against the moon and a night sky that like I imagined you can see anywhere it is cold. The simple setting of the abstract sky was created from a pastel drawing on asphalt roofing material. The rough tooth of the roofing material is a wonderful surface for pastels, as it becomes a flat, reusable layer of pastel with a beautiful black ground.
Then the fun begins, with lots of experimenting until I have something I just can’t change any more. Then I make a print with a pigment-based printer and the result is a unique hand-made/computer made collage; AN INKJET PRINT THAT CAN BE CUSTOMIZED BY COLOR AND SIZE FOR YOU.
This print has been mounted on board and then painted with an semi-gloss acrylic glaze to protect the surface so no glass will be need when framed. The printed is then framed in a gold leaf wood frame with 3 inch width and a black linen liner. This framed print is for sale at
Dec 2017 Leslie Miller
"An online lit mag where artists of word and image explore the ephemeral boundary between human and animal. Each month we publish one story, one poem, and one essay that teeter on the divide between wild and domestic."
. Each month we publish one story, one poem, and one essay that teeter on the divide between wild and domestic. We create a space where readers, viewers, writers, and artists expand the human experience by engaging their imagination with other creatures.”
See my Print River Otter with Kit as the December cover art.
River Otter with Kit . Female otter curled up with a kit near blue pond in the summer. Figures of photographs of my favorite American River Otters from the St. Louis Zoo.
A work starts with a main idea, theme and subject matter and then I choose and draw the main stage or background. I draw usually with pastels or oil sticks or watercolor on a rough ground. When I have finished the ground it is photographed and placed in the computer. After the stage is set, the main characters are chosen from my database of hundreds of my own photographs, drawings and collected illustrations.
Then the fun begins, with lots of experimenting until I have something I just can’t change any more on the computer. Then I make a print with a pigment-based printer and the result is a unique hand-made/computer made collage; AN INKJET PRINT THAT CAN BE CUSTOMIZED BY COLOR AND SIZE FOR YOU.
ARTaboutEDEN is only about custom made prints. There is no inventory in this shop.
*All of these collages are printed on Fine art paper, a museum quality, acid-free, mat paper with rich saturated colors and archival ink are guaranteed to resist fading under normal conditions for 100+ years.
*This print is also available on canvas with a satin finish (slight gloss, not shiny).
these are Gallery Wrapped prints so the image will wrap around the edges of the stretcher for a finished look that does not need framing
34x34 paper and wrapped canvas prints
Snowflakes large and small, stars glowing and twinkling against the Milky Way and a little house glowing in the dark.
Snowflakes large and small, stars glowing and twinkling against the Milky Way and a little house glowing in the dark with doors and windows shut snug for the night.
One of an on-going series of prints of the winter sky, Snowflakes Stars and House, one of a set of two, glows in a glittering pastel sky of blues, purples and black.
This series is beautiful for the holiday season and also for the Winter months.
This print will look great in a gold or silver frame and comes in sizes from 8x10 to 30x40. A Canvas wrapped print is also an option.
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December 12 2017
Some ideas and tips about hanging art on a wall.
A large work on a small wall can look great. Night Sky Snowflakes and Moon framed in gold wood.
This holiday season bring the night sky indoors to your walls with affordable prints from ARTaboutEDEN.
An ongoing series of prints of the winter sky with imaginary stars and snowflakes in a glittering sky of blues, purples and black falling around the moon, houses, globes and so on. Snow Crystals by WA Bentley’s published in 1933 have been of been manipulated into a snowfall against a night sky that like I imagined you can see anywhere it is cold. The simple setting of the abstract sky was created from a pastel drawing on asphalt roofing material. The rough tooth of the roofing material is a wonderful surface for pastels, as it becomes a flat, reusable layer of pastel with a beautiful black ground.
Research indicates that wearing black and white together is the key to staying comfortable.
Zebra are called the same names, as horses so there are stallions, mares, foals, colts and fillies. They are very social also and travel and live in herds. A herd is usually one stallion and several females and their foals. There are three species of zebras: the plains zebra, the mountain zebra and the Grévy's zebra. 1.
So that distinctive striping? It may be more that good looking and camouflage, it may be a macro-environmental heating cooling system. Current research indicates that in hotter areas Zebras have more stripes and cooler areas have less stripes.
“Maybe micro currents of air move faster over sunlight absorbing (and heat) black and slower over white to create some crazy micro weather pattern! Like a mini fan all over! “ 2.
How about seasonal Artwork?
One of the best things about art school was art history. I love it all and one thing I really appreciate is the Japanese attention to the seasons. They constantly bring that focus indoors by decoration with changing flower arrangements, still life arrangements and artwork. Why don’t we do the same? Especially those of us with small homes or apartments or dorms? By changing one or two spots in a room, the whole space will be different. See future blogs for more on the subject of changing areas of the home seasonally. See ARTaboutEDEN for my color customizable prints. We can for example match a wall color in your home to a background color we incorporate into a print. Just ask!
This is a print of Six Blue Snapdragons on rose-gold. Printed with bold blues and red-yellow and black with flowers and lots of colors. Added to the illustrations out of old books is my own pastel drawings made on asphalt roofing material or Plexiglas. The rough tooth of the roofing material is a wonderful surface for pastels, as it becomes a flat, reusable layer with a beautiful black ground. I sometimes also draw and paint with pencil, oil stick or watercolors on the surface with beautiful results. After scanning all those images into the computer I usually have 8 or 9 different images layers to work with, and then the fun begins, with lots of experimenting until I have something I just can’t tamper with any longer. Then maybe I make a print.
This digital file is my original creation. I can then create one of a kind pigment prints on demand for you.
I can also customize any print based on your wall colors or decorative scheme, please just drop me a line.
One of the first things you notice on Safari is that the fences are tall, but now I think it is more to keep us out not them in.
One of the first things you notice when you go to the Reserves in Kenya like Aberdale National park , Ol Pejeta Reserve, and Solio Ranch is that not only are the fences tall and wicked, but the Rangers are armed and there are watch towers. They really are prisons, not only to keep the wild animals in, but to keep even more dangerous animals out, poachers. One day at Ol Pejeta Reserve, I missed my chance to take a picture of their helicopter, they had 2 that were used to search for poachers, but We did see them training 2 young bloodhounds. The same Ranger told us that they were starting to use drones also.
Animal Rights advocates do not want quotes bandied around about the monetary values of rhino horn, or any animal part on the black market, for that matter. Discussing prices of animal parts only adds fuel to the idea that there is value to these things, but the reality is that rhino horn is very big business in the black market.
“Poachers are now being supplied by international criminal gangs with sophisticated equipment to track and kill rhinos. Often they use a tranquilizer gun to bring the rhino down and hack of its horn leaving the rhino to wake up and bleed to death very painfully and slowly. Poachers are also often armed with guns making them very dangerous for the anti-poaching teams who put their lives on the line to protect rhinos.” 1
Rhishja Cota-Larson, the creator and head of the Saving Rhinos LLC, believes that rhino poaching is not taken as seriously as it should be: “Exactly like illegal drugs and weapons, the illegal rhino horn trade depends on activities such as fraud, money laundering, racketeering, and violence. It requires the involvement of corrupt officials at the local, national, and international levels.”
As these pictures show we met and talked with a group of really great guys how are doing hard, dangerous and lonely work for little pay. How dangerous to is I was shocked to learn. "Worldwide, about two rangers are killed every week," says Sean Willmore, president of the International Ranger Federation and founder of the Thin Green Line Foundation, a charity that trains rangers and supports the widows of those killed in the line of duty. "But that's only partial data," he adds. "It could be double that amount." 2
1. Reasons For Rhino Poaching
By Roseanna McBain on 28 February 2012
2. National Geographic,For Rangers on the Front lines of Anti-Poaching Wars, Daily Trauma,Laurel Neme
The more I photograph and learn about Monarch butterflies, the more I want! Here are two of my prints of Monarch, available at ARTaboutEDEN, and a few snapshots and facts.
Each Monarch butterfly has a complex life cycle; from the egg to the winged butterfly in fours steps. The egg, the larvae (caterpillar), the pupa (chrysalis), and the adult butterfly are the parts of the life cycle of an individual. But it also takes 4 generations of Monarch Butterflies to fly a journey of journey that totals 1,200 to 2,500 miles from Canada or the United States to forests in Mexico. Each generation travels part of the journey, lives only something like 4 to 6 weeks, all except the 4th generation which if they are in the warmer south will live up to 8 months. I have read that an individual can fly up to 80 miles in one day! One 3 to 4 inch butterfly!