IFJM: Otherwise known as International Fake Journal Month is here.

International Fake Journal Month.

It’s here—the month when I challenge myself, along with many others, to create a new fake  identity through a journal. As usual, I cannot change my thinking so much so that I paint from an entirely different perspective, yet I will try to venture out into a different style. Usually, I have few words to add to my art, so I would expect the same in the coming month from my fake persona.

In my last blog I asked for suggestions on style, content and medium. I got zero. Friends, if you want to see something special from me you may need to respond. So, after much deliberation, I have decided not to paint anything. Wait, hold on, really I am still participating in IFJM. I have created a new character, her name is Abbie and she only paints abstract pictures. So for the next month I will be painting as “Abbie Abstract.”

Here is Abbie’s first journal entry:

Abstract # 1

If you are interested in seeing some more IFJs, click on the link in the right column,
“the dog” will take you to the official IFJM blog. Thanks and keep posted for more from
“Abbie Abstract.”

April means International Fake Journal Month

Last year for the first time I joined a blog challenge at International Fake Journal Month.

You can check out my first post as “Mimi” as woman who only used primary colors to paint from 2010 here. This year I need to come up with a new persona. My temptation is paint what I like—pets. If you want me to put a new twist on it, or if you have a subject or style you want me to try, please leave a note below. And if you would like to participate with me, follow the link in my right column to the International Fake Journal Month.

Here are a few of Mimi’s posts from 2010:

Dogs for the Deaf dog portraits available soon.

© Holly Herick Design

"Jigsaw" © Holly Herick Design

"Scooter" © Holly Herick Design

"Topher" © Holly Herick Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Dogs for the Deaf. It is a great non-profit that trains dogs for the people with hearing disabilities and rescues dogs from around the Northwest and California. Dogs for the Deaf (DFD) resides in Central Point, Oregon. Central Point, Oregon is about 5 miles away from Jacksonville where I live. Dogs for the Deaf is one of my favorite local charities.

Recently, I answered a call for local artists to donate artwork to their cause. Today I was blessed to deliver three dog portraits to Kristine at DFD. Soon the portraits will be available as a set of cards—and possibly more—through DFD. Hopefully my pet portraits will help raise money for a cause I believe in—nothing gives me more joy than to help others.  You may also purchase prints of these three dogs on my Zazzle website: http://www.zazzle.com/hollyherick. (prints coming soon)

If you have never visited Dogs for the Deaf, I urge you to drive on out the the base of the Table Rock Mountains and take a tour. visit the Dogs for the Deaf web page for more information.

If you are interested in having your own pet painted in this style head to Holly Herick Design and contact me. Or send me an email for more details hollyherick@charter.net

Experimenting with Art

A common theme among many of my blog posts is experimenting-trying new techniques, subjects or mediums. I have not come across an artist yet that does not get bored with things fairly quickly. Recently I tried a tool called Scribbler. To say the least, I had some pretty scary drawings using Scribbler. Most artists create way more artwork than the public ever sees. In one of my recent posts, I displayed some of my bad artwork. It was torture for me. I want to be hide my failures from public view. Most of us do. Being creative is not about pure success. Being creative is about searching, practicing and not giving up. I don’t believe artists start out creating successful work, it is the result of much practice. Every artist I have met merely enjoys the creative process and is willing to do it over and over again. Art takes practice just like sports or math or woodworking. Be willing to experiment is part of that process. My goal is to encourage people to be creative, make mistakes and try new techniques. Here is what I tried recently, minus the really bad attempts (too painful to share). Portraits of my kids:

Creative friends, what have you experimented with lately? Send me a note about what inspires you. Creative challenge: google Scribbler and try it yourself.

Start your Holiday shopping now.

If you are looking for a custom portrait of your dog, cat, horse, or any pet, you need to plan ahead. An original custom portrait takes about a month to create. From the first contact about the portrait, through planning, sketching, painting, drying, framing and shipping, it takes time. If you want to give a Pet Portrait for Christmas you need to contact me now. Prices start at $225. Sample pet portraits below:

CHONGO

COCO

LUCY

If you can’t afford giving a custom portrait as a gift, consider ordering a print, poster, or set of cards to give as a gift. As I create, I am added my art to my own shop at Zazzle.com. Check it out. Products include, pet portraits, watercolor illustrations of flowers, photography, paintings and more. Items can be ordered in a variety of forms such as, cards, prints, posters, coffee mugs, hats, mouse pads and t-shirts. If there is an image you like and it is not offered in the product line you are looking for just drop me a note and I will create it for you. Fine art prints and posters will be created with archival quality inks and you have the option to have it framed at a reasonable price. Below are samples of some of my card and poster images.

FOXGLOVE

POPPY

ROSE

BLEEDING HEART

I plan on creating a line of cards with historic buildings of Jacksonville. The Pink Church is the first of one.PINK CHURCH, JACKSONVILLE

If you like my style please pass my store link along to a friend. You can also find a link to my Zazzle store on the top right of my blog: PURCHASE MY ART.

New Wedding Invitation

Ray and Jennifer are getting married! The bride contacted me asking for a design for their destination wedding in Newport Beach, California. Because they are getting married on a private cruise ship called “Destiny”—we decided that the invitations would reflect the idea of an actual cruise ticket. Jennifer sent me a photo of her bridesmaid in a  beautiful burnt orange silk dress, thus the color inspiration. The soft sea-foam aqua color comes from the ocean. She also requested that I use a seahorse on the invitation, what a great way incorporate her personality. I created an insignia for them by facing two seahorses toward each other; if you look closely you will see the seahorses in the damask pattern.

INVITATION

MAP & INFO CARD

MATCHING CARDS AND ENVELOPE