Capturing the Gleam!

A tutorial on how to effectively digitize reflective and relief elements. Working with metal leaf in a painting can create some very beautiful textural effects that make an original painting that much more of a unique creation. It becomes not simply a static image, but something that changes in its presentation and the mood it depicts, depending on the ambient lighting. It is interactive with its environment. That same quality however, makes it very tricky to digitize a painting that has reflective qualities. The main issue is that you have two things at odds with each other: (1) Reflective effects …

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Descants

Descants watercolor art by Stephanie Law

Descants Medium: Watercolor & gold leaf Size: 12×18 Original painting is available via Tighnabruaich Gallery. There were a number of paintings I did in the past month that led up to Descants, where I was exploring various aspects and elements of the painting in a smaller or more isolated form. Some pieces I was playing with texture, or exploring color combinations. But I finally felt ready to tackle the painting in its entirety that I had imagined. After scribbling out and settling on a thumbnail, I transfer and finalize the sketch on my final painting surface. And then begin the …

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Dragoncon 2015 matted remarques

It’s that time of year again when I’m preparing for Dragoncon. I won’t be there in person this year, but my art will still be in the art show. Here’s the first batch of pieces that I have just finished matting and drawing remarques on. As usual, my prints for the art show are made unique with individual hand-drawn remarques in ink. The remarqued versions are only available via the auction. If you’re interested in prints of any of these pieces, you can click on the titles for the links to my shop. * * * Dreaming Blossoms * * …

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A lot of small original paintings

I was digging through the storage trying to locate a painting, and I found a whole stack that I had forgotten to put up on the website. Mostly because at one point I was holding on to them waiting until after publication to release. Prices for these small pieces range from $75.00 – $245.00 To view the whole gallery of images, -click here-. I’ve only showcased a few of my favorites in this post here. * * * A large number of pieces from the most recent Dreamscapes book, Fantasy Worlds.    This mermaid is from the original Dreamscapes book, …

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Gaze

“Gaze” 6×10 inches Watercolor & gold leaf Started with this little thumbnail drawing in my sketchbook for this mini painting. I knew the general composition, as well as the tonal focus. I had some initial ideas for coloring, and though I stuck to them for the most part, a few things got changed around during the process of painting. A more refined sketch on the Arches Watercolor Board surface that I like to paint on. I actually enjoy Fabriano Artistico the best, but with a lot of my recent techniques, I tend to lay the watercolor ground on very thickly …

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Lulls

Immortal Ephemera finally happened this month, and I had a wonderful trip to Seattle for the opening reception. Many familiar faces, old friends, and some new ones. Thank you Yeechi & Frank for being my gracious hosts, and sending me back to California several pounds heavier for all the fantastic food (Amy & Darren, you’re equally responsible, although I did manage to resist the chocolate). Thanks to Julie Baroh, Kathryn McDivitt, and Yvette Endrijautzki for the amazing work in preparing the gallery for the show, hanging and for having my art grace the walls for a month. Thank you Susan …

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Insecta Notecards

New blank notecards are in for the Insecta paintings. Six designs: Cicada, Dragonfly, Honeybee, Ladybird, Damselfly, and Scarab. They’re 4.25×6 inches and come with white envelope. They are printed on recycled paper that has a lovely satiny finish. Available either as a 6-pack assortment (one of each), or in individual packets.   

Sylph

Sylph size: 5.5×10 inches medium: watercolor prints ($16.95)  available -here- First chance I have had in many months to just do a piece for no other reason than “because”.  Now that everything is shipped out for Immortal Ephemera, and the next few deadlines are at least a month out on the horizon. Here’s a little sketch that happened the other night. I wanted to go for more muted colors. Not the crazy bright blues, greens, and reds in the recent paintings. Started with my india ink texture techniques for the background. Layered a thin glaze of Daniel Smith watercolor ground …

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Long Roads

It’s been a long road these past 6 months, painting all the pieces for Immortal Ephemera. The experience was a journey, pushing my artist limits. One week before the show opens, I find my art seems to have developed in a way that I never would have imagined a year ago. Or even half a year ago. I always find it interesting how the creative process is like a slow stream of consciousness that moves inevitably towards an unseen goal. “Unseen” because I think that the best evolution happens when you simply exist, and chase each spark of inspiration as …

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Dragonfly wings

Before I get to the meat of this post, I wanted to express my thanks to all of you who have written in the past week after my previous entry to tell me how you appreciate reading my blog.  It is wonderful to know that these are so helpful, and it is inspiring to me to hear how it inspires you! So, onward! This is a piece in progress still, but I have been getting questions about the wings in many of these recent pieces. So here is a closer look at how it goes. I start with the pencil …

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Trance

I have fallen a little bit behind in keeping the blog up to date these days! Lots of events happening, a whole lot of art happening, and also a little bit of uncertainty about the audience interest in reading blogs these days. much as I love this format, the bite sized tidbits of social media seem to be the preferred choice of information consumption. However, I was gratified to hear from many of you that you have missed my blog posts on the process of my paintings. Now that i am coming to the end of a big deadline crush, …

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Interviewed on One Fantastic Week

Yesterday morning, I sat down to chat with Peter Mohrbacher and Sam Flegal of the video podcast “One Fantastic Week” for an interview. We talked about how I got started in the industry and the direction I took my work, the business of being a creative professional, making art, and how being a parent fits into all of that as well.  Oh, and bubblewrap. Can forget the bubblewrap! If you missed the live event, you can still come check out the hour long conversation on youtube here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RU09FQP75q8