Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Leaving Purr Prints: The First "Surprise Me!" Commission

"Leaving Purr Prints"  6 1/2" x 9" Acrylic on wooden board.

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Yea!  She got it today, so now I can talk about it!

I happen to know that she's a really big fan of cats, as well as the owner of two beauties (:

So I decided that for my first, "Surprise Me" commission, I would do a pet portrait:

The title of the piece comes from the quote:

"Cats Leave Purr Prints on Our Hearts Forever" --Kimberly Day

It's very subtle in the finished piece, but if you check out this progress picture it's more apparent:

The four paw prints in the corners are the same pattern (and mildly shaped like hearts) like the heart I put on the cat's hip (:

Then I sent it off in the mail to her, let her know her "Surprise Me!" Commission was on it's way-- and waited for her to get it.

So you might be wondering "What's a surprise me?"

AKA, the "Surprise Me" Commission (:

No hints or themes are allowed-- It's not in the gist of -this- particular offer, as part of the thrill is I don't know how much you're sending and you don't know what you're getting!

So I emailed her my address and she sent me a check for an amount I didn't know was coming, and this is what I made for her

--that she didn't know anything about until she opened it today.

My absolute favorite part was her posting the first picture and telling me that she loved it!

That's -exactly- what I hoped would happen (:

So if you're interested in getting your own surprise commission or commissioning a pet portrait, use the message tab on my main Wise Ramblings: The Art of Janin Wise page and send me a message and we'll see what I create for you (:

Monday, April 1, 2013

I Shall Fear No Weevil

"I Shall Fear No Weevil".  7.5" x 9.5" Acrylic on dictionary page.

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Although I've actually been a member of deviantART for two years, I didn't actually post any of my work until last week.  So I'm actually quite new to it.

In fact, until I got a notice that I was being asked to add my Goddess Snake to a group and I got my first critique, I hadn't realized there were groups on deviantArt.

My curiosity piqued, I checked it out.  And discovered -immediately- that I wanted to join!  They focus on stylized animals-- which is kind of my thing right now (;

AND they do a monthly challenge!

I adore challenges!  But more importantly, they happened to be running a challenge that I felt uniquely drawn to.

You see, this month's challenge is to represent the weevil.  Little bug.  Loves to eat cotton.  Has a fun to pronounce name.

But even MORE importantly-- I happen to live all of 20 minutes away from the only place in the world with a monument erected to celebrate the Boll Weevil!  Enterprise, Alabama erected the statue in tribute to the weevil that decimated the cotton crop and forced them to diversify their crops-- before the bottom fell out of the cotton market.  So in a way, a small disaster averted an even bigger one.

I've always loved that this monument is a celebration of thankfulness for the disguise of small blessings.

I put it on the dictionary page for Enterprise.  I love that there's a person visible behind the cotton blossom, directly in front of the weevil.  It makes me feel that it gives the title even greater strength.

And so this is my dual tribute.

Both to the weevil for the deviantART group challenge and to Enterprise, Alabama and a statue that has always made me smile.

"SOLD" Amazing Grace, 350 Likes, and a Winner!

'Carrier of Hope'. 8.5" x 11" Acrylic painting on "Amazing Grace" sheet music.

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On my facebook page Wise Ramblings: The Art of Janin Wise, I wanted to reach a milestone of 350 likes.  So I offered a contest to help me reach it.  The winner would get 1 free commission of their choice.

And last Thursday, I reached my first milestone!

To pick a winner I randomly selected a number.  It turned out to be 38.  So I chose the person 38th from the top of the list and announced my winner.

She had one week to contact me.

She contacted me within 10 minutes (:

Through a series of brief email exchanges, I discovered she lives locally.  And we discussed her commission.  She wanted "Amazing Grace".  We decided on wisteria and a hummingbird.  And today, I finished, "Carrier of Hope".

As a piece on one of the most moving and inspirational of music, I did some research on the meaning of hummingbirds.  They actually show up in several Native American and South American tales, but the story that resonated with me for this piece appears to have come from a printing company.

"Legends say that hummingbirds float free of time, carrying our hopes for love, joy and celebration. Like a hummingbird, we aspire to hover and savor each moment as it passes, embrace all that life has to offer and to celebrate the joy of everyday. The hummingbird’s delicate grace reminds us that life is rich, beauty is everywhere, every personal connection has meaning and that laughter is life’s sweetest creation.” - Papyrus

I will be sending it off to its new home tomorrow.

I enjoyed this so much, I anticipate I'll probably do another give away when my page hits 700 likes (hint, hint)  (;

Celebrating Easter With Three Paintings

Oh my goodness I've been so busy!!

But I didn't want you to think I didn't finish my Easter 2013 short series of paintings, so I'm getting them posted (a day late).

One of the first comments I got when I asked for Easter suggestions was for a rabbit with an edge-- not the typical cutesy stuff you see at Easter.  So for day 4, I created:

'Spring Rabbit'. 5 1/4" x 7 3/4". Acrylic on the hymn "This Little Light of Mine".

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Two of the other suggestions were for "Unexpected things coming out of eggs" and "Dragon Eggs", so for day 5 I painted my own Easter egg (;

'Hatchling'. 8.5" x 12" Acrylic. 

Dragon hatchling on a page of "Puff the Magic Dragon" sheet music.

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And for the final day, I decided to go with a more traditional celebration, as it was Easter:

For the month of April, I plan to be working my way through Mythical and Fantasy creatures, so if you have a suggestion, please leave a comment (:
'The Lamb of God'. 5 1/4" x 7 3/4". Acrylic on the hymn "Like a Melody"

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