Brand New Greeting Cards and Prints!

Hi all,Just wanted to let you all know that some new greeting cards and some new prints will be available in my Etsy shop very soon :-)

Here are the cards:

Greeting Cards by Stacey-Ann Cole

Greeting Cards by Stacey-Ann Cole

As will all of my printed greeting cards, these will come with their own envelope and will be available as single cards or as a multipack.

And here are the prints:

Curvaceous Artwork Print by Stacey-Ann Cole

Curvaceous Artwork Print by Stacey-Ann Cole

Retro Hair Artwork Print by Stacey-Ann Cole

Retro Hair Artwork Print by Stacey-Ann Cole

These prints are approx. 6" x 8" and are printed on 200gsm watercolour paper using archival inks.  The images are fade resistant for up to 200 years.

I'm wondering whether to offer them framed using a lighter, warmer wood effect frame or unframed.  What do you think?  For those of you who buy artwork, do you prefer them ready framed or do you prefer to buy your own frames?

Thank you for your help!

Watercolour Painting Practise

Here's is a really quick painting I did in my sketchbook today which I copied from a magazine page.  It's been painted on totally the wrong paper but it was fun because I had no expectations about the outcome - I just did it :-)  Must do more of these types of paintings!

Original Watercolour © Stacey-Ann Cole 2012

Creativesque Featured in Vogue Magazine!

Hi all, I just wanted to write a quick blog post shouting about the fact that I've had my Afro Caribbean Greeting Cards featured in the Vogue Magazine August 2012 issue!

I didn't really believe it would happen until I received my copy of the mag through the post and saw my cards looking lovely on the page.  Can you spot them below?

There are my cards at No. 6 along with a little write up.  The page is called 'You Are Cordially Invited To.....' and is full of products and services that brides to be might be interested in.  Here's what the full page looks like:

So yay! I'm really pleased and excited and grateful to have gotten this opportunity.

Speak to you all soon.

Figures With No Faces

One day recently whilst I was working on one of my paintings, my son asked me why do some of the ladies that I paint have no faces i.e. no eyes, no nose and sometimes no mouth.  The question threw me a bit as I've never thought too deeply about it.  I must have said to him something along the lines of "Because they're expressing themselves with their bodies" It probably sounded a bit lame and I'm not sure if he understood but he nodded his head and eventually wandered off after watching me paint a bit more.

So naturally after his question I started to really explore why I do this.  These are the answers I came up with which expand on what I told my son:

Reason 1.

Whenever I try to add facial features to these particular types of paintings, it just doesn't look right!  The ideas that I draw on paper always seem to emerge with just the shape of the face, the hairstyle and body shape already in place.  Every single time I try to draw in eyes and nose, it always looks weird so I just stopped doing it.  Lips are a bit better as sometimes those add to the personality of the lady I'm drawing.

I remember an art teacher telling me once that I should never try to fit facial features into the outline of a face.  She said that I should always draw the features first and then draw the face around them and it is actually a principle that I do apply when I'm drawing portraits.

'Mother's Pride' Watercolour ACEO 2.5" x 3.5" © Stacey-Ann Cole 2012

Reason 2.

The ideas I have for these paintings seem to always have a theme and the figure I draw is an expression of that theme.  It really is mostly about expressing an emotion through the posture, the placement of an arm or leg and the tilt of the head.  The body is saying something specific and there isn't the need for facial features to express that same thing.

'Dance & The World Dances With You' Original Watercolour Painting 5.75" x 8", part of the Serenity, Joy Art Series

© Stacey-Ann Cole 2011

So it's been a good exercise in delving a bit deeper into some of my art and figuring out why I do things in a certain way.  It's given me new understanding and hopefully I've enlightened anyone else who may have been wondering this about my work too!

Any other artists out there who draw figures without faces?  Is there a particular reason?  I'd love to hear your comments below!

Collage Art on Recycled Kraft Card

I currently have an artwork obsession:  adding collage to my drawings on recycled kraft card.  I have lots of ideas brewing and in order to keep the momentum going, I'm having to teach myself to accept that not every piece will be perfect.  Making mistakes is a part of growing as an artist, right? So here are some greeting cards that I've been working on, incorporating collage elements cut from old book pages.  I love the contrast of the book pages against the kraft card:

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All above greeting card designs @ Stacey-Ann Cole 2012

Once I've refined the designs and am happy with them, I'm going to get them printed like my watercolour cards and see how they turn out.

Inspired by my work on these cards, I've decided to start a larger piece of artwork on A4 size kraft card.  Regardless of how it turns out, I'm calling this piece '3 Sisters'.  Although I'm not yet confident working on a larger surface area with this new technique (the greeting cards are only A6 size and smaller) I'm gonna do it anyway!

© Stacey-Ann Cole 2012

What do you think?  Let me know in the comments if you have anything new that you're also obsessed with - I'd love to know!