Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
Saturday, November 29, 2008
I am working on Christmas gifts and this is a sketch for one of the pins I am currently working on.
Sunday, November 16, 2008
The red dots are the beginnings of a hanging Geranium plant, and at this point all I have done is located the space in the painting it will occupy.
Sunday, November 02, 2008
This is the completed painting of Pewter "Just Hang'n Out". Finally got to a point where I feel satisfied with the image. This is the initial sketch and this is the in progress painting. I always find it hard to know the exact time to stop working on a piece, I'm sure many others do too.
So now that I am rested and inspired, I saw some great art work last week along with some beautiful scenery, it's back to work!!!
Monday, October 27, 2008
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
Monday, October 13, 2008
Sunday, October 05, 2008
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
Boy, what a week! That is all I can say. I felt a little better after reading other bloggers with their concerns and worries. Actually there have been some great posts, how to regroup, rethink and keep creating.
Monday, September 22, 2008
My Christmas card is finished, I tried to photograph it tonight but it didn't come out clear enough and it is still too tacky to put in the scanner. Once I have it scanned I will post it.
I have started a second blog - it will have both my Christmas cards and other Illustrations. I've posted 5 images so far - I'm picking out which images I want to add. You can click here to see it or click on Holly Zemak Design Studio in the right hand column.
Tuesday, September 16, 2008
The weather is getting cooler and there is just a hint of color in a few trees, just a tease of things to come. I have really noticed how quickly it gets dark now. Cats are starting to think about staying in at night. Wow, where does the time go.
I'm not finished yet with my card and I have worked on it a little every night. But, I am at the point where I am just wrapping up loose ends which feels good.
The above painting - oil on board - 5" x 7".
Sunday, September 07, 2008
Saturday, September 06, 2008
We never knew where he came from, what his "real" name was - we called him "Ember" - nor where he went during the time he was gone those days during his average week with us.
He was gentle with our new kittens a few years back, though they didn't deserve it most of the time, and he made a great lap cat on those cold winter nights.
He'd eat anything you placed before him, and Oh boy did he like his canned milk!!!!
There were times he spent several weeks straight enjoying the good life with us, then he'd disappear again, only to materialize days later.
When he left us he had two favorite directions he'd wander off in, so he must have had an extended family of loyal milk suppliers. Wish I knew what they called him, what his "other " names were, and what his favorite sleeping nooks looked like.
He cashed in two of his 9 lives during the last decade he was with us, but pulled through thanks to our vet's good care.
During his later years with us , he got thin and bony, lost some teeth, and went blind in one eye - and on one sad lonely unremarkable night he walked out of our lives forever.
Where ever you are Ember, what ever happened to you, we miss you pal. Thanks for all the great memories. You blessed our lives.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
After I finish the sketch, it is traced and tranfered to a gessoed board. I like the flat surface, especially when it comes to illustrations like this where it will be scanned and printed. I've tried canvas images and was just not happy with the results.
The original is painted in oils and I am more than half way complete.
Monday, August 18, 2008
Last Sunday we took a ride up to the Berkshire Botanical Gardens in Stockbridge. What a beautiful place, I think what I enjoyed the most where the benches and chairs placed thru out the garden to let you just sit, relax and enjoy the view. Well I've had it for tonight. Hopefully we will be back up and running soon.
Sunday, August 03, 2008
I have been working on several projects - but nothing to show for it tonight. One of my goals for this year is to become more fluent with Photoshop so that I'm not asking my husband for help quite as often. It is very important to me that I become as independent as possible -to create the work and than have the necessary skills in place to work on my images whether it be posting to my blog or creating prints or cards. So this was one of those weeks were I was more a student than an artist. But is for a good cause because in the end I will actually be more productive.
Friday, July 18, 2008
I may do one of my Christmas cards in pastel this year, I have some blue paper and have tried a few ideas out.
Thursday, July 03, 2008
The above painting is a small 5" x 7" oil on board. Using this small format is helping me actually finish some pieces. I seem to get bogged down at some point in a painting and it stops and sits for quite a while. I would hate to say that I lose interest but that could be the case. Anyway this is working and I am quite happy with the results. Its nice to look back and see a body of work instead of a pile of half completed paintings.
Wednesday, June 25, 2008
Tuesday, June 24, 2008
Wednesday, June 18, 2008
I have been working on Greeting Cards this past week for Etsy. Several of my recent cat paintings, two new Corgi images and some flowers, all of which had been completed and just needed to have me sit down to proof and print. And so this weekend in between thunder, lightening and minor flooding situations I finally got some work done. But don't feel too sorry for me because on Saturday we went for a lovely ride, a house and garden tour and lunch.
I try to have several different products for my more illustrative pieces. Besides cards, notecards and prints I also have textured art tiles and sometimes gift tags. I have been thinking about opening up a second blog to keep the illustrative work seperate from my oils and pastels. Just thinking out loud at this point.
I am thrilled that we finally have a Hummingbird at our feeder. We started feeding last summer and have been patiently (?) waiting to see if we would be visited again this year. I have been planting Impatients all around the house. Tonight he or she has been back several times.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Wednesday, May 28, 2008
Over the Memorial Day weekend we visited the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme, CT. Miss Florence Griswold ran a boarding house in the early 1900's that became extremely popular with a group of well known artists (men & women) who painted almost exclusively in the new art form known as Impressionism. Her boarding house, which was really a beautiful mansion, eventually became "The Home of Ameican Impressionism" on this side of the Atlantic, and better known simply as the Lyme Art colony.
The original home has been preserved as a museum along with a few of the out buildings and beautiful gardens. In the main house the down stairs portion is a self guided tour, with one room set up as an artist's bed room. There is the main hallway with paintings from the many artists who stayed there over the years and the main parlor. The upstairs now houses paintings done in that time period by many of the famous artists, such as Childe Hassam and Henry Ward Ranger, along with many others. The last room in the house that you see is the famous Dining Room, which is lined with wall panels that were painted by resident artists. This was done by invitation only, and considered a great honor.
There is also The Kreble Art Gallery on the grounds that houses temporary exhibitions. Currently there is an exhibit of Impressionist paintings by artists from Giverny, France which became "The Home of French Impressionism" on the other side of the Atlantic. Many of the American artists at "Miss Florence's boarding house" spent much of their time, when away from Lyme, in Giverny France, and that famous art colony.
From the Kreble Art Gallery, the lawn slopes down to a salt marsh & the Lieutenant River, where we sat and watched a pair of Osprey feed their young. As the day wore on I noticed more people bringing their own chairs down to river's edge to just sit and relax, while some even sketched with their children.
It was a great day and worth a trip to check it out - but watch for ticks - as my husband brought one back with him.
Tuesday, May 20, 2008
Tuesday, May 13, 2008
Scallions and Radishes on White Plate is an oil painting on 5" x 7" hardboard.
Saturday, May 03, 2008
I did want to mention that the color of the sanded paper I used on this piece was peach. I work with pastel pencils and hard pastel sticks to sketch out my image and to achieve detail, along with soft pastels for color. My pastel pencils are Derwent and the hard sticks are Faber Castell but on the soft pastels I have several different brands. When I go to the store to pick up some new supplies I just love to look at all the pastel sticks out for display, so many colors and I am still experimenting learning what works for me. This could get a little expensive.
From NPR, May 2, 2008 Storycorps. This was the last line from the interview with Lyle Link.
"Live with courage"
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Today was spent on this image, working in Photoshop getting it ready to produce a print. I have not even named it yet, hopefully something a little better than Cat on Pink Blanket. I have a soft spot for Calico's. The original is a pastel on Sennelier La Carte sanded paper.
Since Saturday was devoted to yard work, today I indulged myself. This morning I worked on an oil painting and this afternoon the above image. By mid week I should have the print ready for Etsy.
For now I am going to continue my indulgent Sunday and go watch Monk on TV.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Nodding Off as a print as been added to my Etsy store. The original oil painting measures 8" x 10" on hardboard, I have been working on this piece off and on all winter. I am a slow painter, its seems that I need time to evaluate each piece as I work on it. Or it could be that my comfort zone is just pokey. In any case, it is something I am working on, trying to speed things up a bit.
The painting is of Ember, our older male cat, who is the alpha of our herd. He has done well with each new addition, just letting them know his limits.
Monday, April 07, 2008
It is located on 55 Lexington St., and looks out over Walnut Hill Park. The museum has a great collection of Impressionist paintings in one room with ample space to stand back and admire each piece. One feature I did enjoy, they have a table with books on Impressionists for you to read in this gallery and in the gallery for the special exhibitions. Currently they have California Impressionist Paintings on display there.
All of the work is American Art, they have a display of Illustration, that includes N.C.Wyeth and Norman Rockwell.
We treated ourselves to lunch in the cafe and recharged our batteries. So if you live in CT. or are in the area please keep this art museum in mind.
Monday, March 31, 2008
Thursday, March 27, 2008
I have already started to buy my flower seeds for this year. I probably should order them in one shot from Burpee, but it is more fun to pick up a few at a time from the grocery store, big box store or where ever I happen to be. Each week my little collection starts to grow. Today I brought home Cosmos in orange and white. It will be a while yet before we can plant, snow, sleet and freezing rain for Friday.
This painting is oil on a 5" x 7" board.
Friday, February 29, 2008
We were very fortunate that one of the girls who works with my friend found a home for Mama and one of the kittens leaving us with two, "Pewter" and "Fred" (formerly known as Fredrika). Even though we really didn’t have the room those kittens just stole our hearts and it was hard to finally let go.
However, Mama did not like our dog - perhaps she was even abused by one and we did not have the room in our house to make it work. And yes, we were just as bad as new parents with the photographs and videos of the adorable kittens.
The above painting is of "Pewter" and the 3rd kitten my husband named "Cookie" (because he was black & white like an Oreo). While I really do not need any more cats, it was really a great experience even as we were wondering what we were going to do with them and how we were going to feed them all. And as a side note - Mama and her boys have all been to the vet so this won’t happen again.
The above painting is a 5" x 7" oil on board.
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
Nasturtiums are one of my favorite flowers. They are easy to grow with bright colorful blooms and great foliage. I have a small yard where space is at a premium so I grow these guys in pots and flower boxes as well as in my front garden. This painting is 5" x 7" oil on hardboard. I have been working on small paintings lately, and it really has been helping with a size that allows you to finish a painting in about a week. ( for me that is ). Here's how we use Nasturtium in Blue Vase as a greeting card.
My eBay store has prints & greeting cards of this image & others.
My Cafepress store has more samples on my 2nd new website.
My Etsy Store has more samples on my 3rd new website.