My Minted Design

Monday, August 12, 2013

New Place

Hello Friends! 

I have a new place now,
 so join me there to see what's happening in my art world.

Make sure you hop over to 
the sweet and talented Alex Colombo has shared her interview of me.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Make Art Thar Sells - an e-course

Make Art That Sells...what a course. WOW!
5 intense weeks
 followed by a two week period
 to create a piece of art for the 
Global Talent Search

The course was amazing.
My portfolio grew and will grow with at least 3 new collections.
 This was my first assignment. I drew everything, painted it, scanned it and created the layout in Photoshop. Things got a little distorted, but now I know how to do it. One lesson learned.
 This is one of the layout's with handwritten lettering and a light chocolate background.
 I really liked the cream colored background. I think it would make a nice kitchen towel and I like the clean font.
 I played with Photoshop and created the pattern from the spots on one of the mushrooms.
 While working on the pattern I also played with colorways...another lesson learned!
 One more pattern from the peas.
 This was in my comfort zone, but not something I would have ever dreamed of painting. Acrylic on canvas board.
 This one a favorite. I love collage. I love the intuition it takes to create such a piece. This will grow into a 4 piece collection. Mixed media on 24x24 wood panel.
 This one was just fun! 100% Photoshop. I went through my pictures and chose some colorful pieces, cut them out from the backgrounds and collaged them together. This will also become a collection. After I submitted I realized I had made a mistake. The word bubble should come from one of the other animals. I have a special place in mind to submit this collection. I hope they like it!
 Another fun piece.Every week I wanted to incorporate my chickens into a piece of art, but they never fit the assignment. Finally, I got to fit them in. Would make a great journal cover, huh?
This will also become a collection of four. They will be perfect for a set of dinnerware.

Here is the link for Make Art That Sells with Lilla Rogers.

Hugs! Kim

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Represented by Lilla Rogers

2 year deal with Lilla Rogers
What a Dream!
The contest deadline is Wed June 26 @ Noon EST.

Although my art is completely different than that of Lilla's Artist, I'm still going for it....
with All my HeART and Soul!

Join in on the contest.
I BeLiEvE it will change your life!

There are several surprises that go along with it!

So GO!
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Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Make Art That Sells an e-course with Lilla Rogers

an e-course about Licnesing
and I am taking it!

The course is in two parts. 
We are in the third week of Part 1, 
but don't worry it begins again on October 7. 
Part 2 begins October 7 as well.

Be sure to click the link above to read all about it.

Peas and Mushrooms

 My Portfolio is growing!
The class is awesome. Definitely pushing me out of my box. I drew the mushrooms, peas and bowls. Colored them in by hand, but changed the colors in Ps. Then laid them
                                    out in this pattern. All new to me.
 The Peas and Mushrooms was my first assignment. Don't get excited now....the next class Part 1 will have different themes. I loved the creamy background of the first one, but agreed with friend Deb Velasquez that the darker background made the icons 'pop'. I am such a beginner with Photoshop, I can do a little, but as you layout is a little squished.

 Above on the first pattern I played with Colorways. It began as red, but for my assignment I used more of an orange which reminds me of candy corn. All created in Ps except the little circles. I took them from the mushroom cap shown at the top of the blog.

My second assignment was Pods...flower pods in a circular design. This one stressed me out a little, so I went to the studio and painted this Passion Flower on Mulberry paper. This was my finished assignment. Several friends thought it looked like needlework...hum...great idea! I am in licensing discussion with a needlework company. I think I'll share it.

My art is being viewed by Lilla !
and many top companies anyone would love to be licensed with.

Connect with me on Facebook to see all the little doodles.

Monday, April 15, 2013

How did I make it on the front page of the Surtex site?

          What did I do to get on the front page of the Surtex site?
Well, I'm not sure how that happened, but I'm thrilled about it. I can tell you what I did to prepare my booth for my first time at Surtex. 
First I found out the size of my booth walls and how many panels with measurements. This is how I found the dimensions.
    * Artist/Agents/Licensors
              *Set-Up Manual/Exhibitor Kit
                           * Exhibitor Information
                               * Booth Descriptions

I chose to have banners printed to fit my panels.
I bought all the industrial strength velcro squares I could find.
I also bought lots and lots of packages of Command Strips.
I also took S hooks for extra security, by hanging them over the top of the wall.
I took alcohol swabs for cleaning, but really didn't have anything to clean off.

I chose to have large prints on the banners to catch attention. I dedicated an entire banner to my main Rooster, Cuppa Joe. He greeted everyone who walked down the aisle. He received lots of compliments and brought lots of smiles and laughter!
 Before the show we had a little shopping trip. I wanted to blend with my art, so we chose to wear white pants and skirts with tops matching the colors in the background. We were complimented many times for our 'look'. So I suppose that's why and how a Newbie got on the front page.
 Don't miss the latest design trends at Booth #451!

Visit us in our new booth to see our latest designs. We look forward to seeing you May 19-21.

Kim Gann
KG Art Studio
New Booth #451