Tuesday, June 29, 2004

Dr Arvin Scott - Percussion genius! Athens, Georgia

Last night made a 75 mile trip to a bed & breakfast old mansion below Athens, Georgia to a jazz on the lawn, performance. It featured Dr Arvin Scott, percussion professor at UGA. What a treat! The rain held off (deluge and spectacular lightning accompanied the drive home). The soft twilight and balmy conditions, a gorgeous setting, lightning bugs and other delights all around. A garden full of gorgeous plants, water features and sculptures.

A lovely night to share.
UPDATE - 30th October 2011
Sorry, can't find these images. If I come across them I'll post them. I still remember this magical night.
Find Arvin's CDs on CDbaby website!

More miniature paintings.

Sunday night I decided it was about time I put some works up on ebay after a friend commented on looking at my 'new' site, and mentioned not seeing anything on ebay. Easiest way was to do some miniatures. I did 3 watercolors and 2 acrylics - am posting some of them up there now.
This one is my favourite - an acrylic on canvas. Just 1.5x2.75 inches!

Click on my ebay link to see current listings - check back if listings aren't up yet. I am hoping to do more really soon.

Thursday, June 24, 2004

Georgia Real Estate House sketches - Dawsonville

For the past month or two I have been working on converting architect plans into sketches of established homes for a North Georgia Real Estate agent. Quite a challenge as the homes do not 'exist'. Today I delivered the final work. I've now included one of the images in my black & white gallery.

I've also managed to progress more with my site, and have revamped up till my pastel gallery.
Next project a book cover then a commissioned sketch of a wonderful home that is indeed a castle!

Monday, June 21, 2004

Revamping again ...!!!!

I'm revamping my site ... finally. The home page and 'illustrations' changed so far. Still have a long way to go. But think it will be easier to view the larger images, and also should be easier to present works for sale from my site, which would be great. I've just had a cover design for a book approved - with raves! Now I just have to live up to expectations. I need to do a sketch of a guy's home that is a spectacular castle, and have some real estate sketches I've done, to color. Still finishing off the cartoon illustration project. As well as trying to do some creative artwork for myself. I took 700 rodeo photos Saturday night, and I'm itching to do some paintings from them. I also want to do some more roses (I'm a glutton for punishment, I'm sure!), as these seem to be readily accepted into galleries. I have 4, including the one in the last post at a gallery with an opening reception Friday night. I have 2 small ones at another small community gallery.
I'm definitely on an adventure.
Life is always a surprise, as is *art*.

Sunday, June 13, 2004

"Peaches and Cream" Acrylic Painting of Roses.

Well, this is a 14x18" acrylic painting I've been working on most of the week. Biggest I've done so far. Not sure how many hours in this. Quite a few, I suspect. The frame is only a virtual graphic 'display', not actual.


Thursday, June 10, 2004

Back of the miniature art gallery roombox.

There is a false 'door' on the back of the gallery, suggesting a back room or classroom.
To the left is a stand with fern, and a filligree 'iron' trunk to store artworks (works I didn't want to frame). The 2 paintings here are also my watercolours.
The nude Greek God statue is from my origins of loving art - reading about them in old encyclopedias, and my wicked sense of humour to have a nude male. The 'god' is leaning on a LION - again a link to my starsign (Leo).
To do a miniature gallery is a lot of fun, so might as well have as much fun with it as I can!
Hope you enjoy it.
http://www.JillianCrider.com (more photos of gallery on there - see 'galleries')

Back part of the miniature art gallery roombox

Forgot to say that the palette also has brushes.
This photo is the back of the gallery. There is a gallery sofa and a beautifully carved table for the opening food - with wings and meatballs and dipping sauce. I jug of punch with lemons, as well as 2 glasses of punch with lemon and straws. A cheese tray. There is a lion 'sculpture' - a symbol of my starsign (leo). There are also a couple of champagne glasses on the table, and a wine cup.
The back 'cabinet' has 2 bottles of wine, one of champagne. Champagne glasses and wine cups. There is a guest book with actual pages. There is a sea captain 'sculpture' - a symbol of my link to the ocean and to replicate a friend's link to the navy.
Both watercolors are by me! :)
Naturally I have LOTS of paintings to add to this room, yet to be done!


This is the left side of the gallery. The framed art are miniature watercolours I've done. The desk has a lamp, artist's sketchbook, desk can with pencil, scissors and ruler. There is also a phone and a decorative clock. As said before - the drawers of the davenport contain books for accounting, money and also door keys.
There is a canvas on easel for painting (at some stage I'll do some 'work-in-progress' on the 'canvas'). There is a glass of water with brushes, and palette with paint tubes on a small table. Desk chair, magazine rack and small gallery dog.

http://www.JillianCrider.com (more photos of gallery on there - see 'galleries')

miniature art gallery room box - interior

This is photo looking direct into the miniature gallery 'room' with the facade removed.
This miniature gallery came about from my desire to again have a gallery, so this is one way I can! But also I needed storage for my mini works of art. What better storage than a miniature art GALLERY! :)
To the left is a davenport, with drawers filled with money and accounting books. :) When not working on business, the gallery artist can indulge in painting, hence the easel and paints.

http://www.JillianCrider.com (more photos of gallery on there - see 'galleries')

miniature art gallery room box

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I received some of my missing pieces of my miniature art gallery recently, so have set about finishing it off. I still need more to do on the shop facade, windows, and side of the 'room'. As well as do more artworks to frame for the walls. Or even purchase more artworks to add, done by other artists.

It was good to give a final coat of paint to this. Because of attending a recent Art Gallery opening, I decided that I would portray my gallery as a working studio/gallery and have a perpetual exhibition 'opening' complete with food and drink. :) Fun!

Here is the front/facade - some of it. Windows are repeated on the right. I will put on signs, posters and faux finishes, but am still deciding what I want to do.

http://www.JillianCrider.com (more photos of gallery on there - see 'galleries')