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April 11 Update

Here’s my finished tattoo commission –

A character sketch for a really long term project –

Practice sketches from my sketchbook –

 

Commission Status –

Dog Nouveau – transfering drawing to canvas

Knotwork tattoo – finished

Anniversary Spoons – finished

Eagle Spoon – on hold, spot open

 

I have one spot open for commissions right now. It has to be something small and simple. I can do a decorated spoon ($15-30) or a 5×7 painting ($45-60). Please let me know if you are interested by sending an email to fireoakstudio@gmail.com

Dog Nouveau and Smoke Bowl

Dog Nouveau

One of my current commissions is a pet portrait of  two adorable Boston Terriers. And since my client is open to it, I’m going to share my steps in completing the painting.

Here is the sketch I will be working from

copyright Christina Kester 2011

From this point, I will be transferring the drawing to the canvas. There are a few things I want to address while doing this, so it wont be exactly like this sketch. For example, I want to make sure I get the dogs’ likenesses down a little better. I also want to make the circle between the dogs a little bigger and add a border of sorts on the top and bottom of the painting.

Smoke Bowl

Here is an in progress shot of my latest bowl.

copyright Christina Kester 2011

This is a companion bowl to my Cloud bowl

copyright Christina Kester 2011

Commissions and Other News

I am closed for commissions currently, but I am accepting commissions for late May and June. If you are interested, please send me an email fireoakstudio@gmail.com.

I’m still gathering photos of my older work that I will be selling at discounted prices to help fund my move. I anticipate that they will be up by mid next week. I’m also having a sale at my Art Fire store, so please stop by and take a look.


ArtFire - Buy Handmade - Sell Handmade

News and Spring Commissions

News

I am moving across country at the end of April. My move has been brought on by a lot of drama in my personal life and is unexpected.  I need to raise some funds quickly. To do this, I am having a 20% off sale at my ArtFire store (http://www.artfire.com/users/FireOakStudio) and I will be auctioning off some of my older work and prints that I still have in stock on eBay. I’ll provide an update with more details on the auctions as they are set up. Please note that if you buy something close to the end of April, it might take a little longer to ship than usual due to the move.  I am looking forward to the clarity a new beginning will bring.

Commissions

I am currently full on commissions, but I am going to be accepting again in mid May. My spots have been filling up quickly, so if you are interested, please send me a note and I will save you a spot.

Current Commission Progress
Tattoo – final sketch
Dog Painting – Gathering references
Anniversary Spoons – finished
Eagle spoon – spot held

The Letter F

F is for Fir tree. Here is my latest finished letter of my Celtic Tree Alphabet.

 

Copyright Christina Kester 2011

 

 

 

Spoon pictures will be coming within the week. I just finished a commission based on my Love Spoon design. I am also working on a tattoo design commission.  I will be opening up my commission slots soon, so if you are interested please send me a note at fireoakstudio@gamil.com

In the Works

I have big plans for this blog. I am going to be doing some tutorials, featuring other artists, and plugging some great resources as well as posting my works in progress and finished pieces.

Currently I am working on my Celtic Tree Alphabet, a couple of new spoon designs, and a very complex bowl design. I have space for one or two commissions in there. If you are interested please contact me at fireoakstudio@gmail.com

Here are a couple of my recently finished pieces

copyright Christina Kester 2011

 

copyright Christina Kester 2011

Shows

The Longmont Art Link is tonight from 6-9pm. I will be showing at Maternal Instincts at 519 Main Street.  I will also be doing a demonstration. I’ll be working on Letter F of my alphabet. So if you are interested in my painting methods and are in the Longmont, Colorado area, I’d love to meet you.

In other news, I had a portfolio review at Art Mart on Pearl Street in Boulder. I will find out within a week or so whether they want to have my work in their space. The review went pretty well and I felt I was prepared, sporting my portfolio, resume, price list, and business card.

In addition to my ongoing alphabet project, I am working on a series of fish paintings. So far I have gotten a really positive response. I plan on doing more Koi paintings, but I am also working on some fantasy fish, including a sturgeon/lion fish hybrid.

New Work:

copyright 2010 Christina Kester

copyright 2010 Christina Kester

copyright 2010 Christina Kester

Plans and Ruminations

I’ve been wanting to make a serious go at switching careers and making art a full time gig for several years. I have consulted books, blogs, tweets, and podcasts on how to do it. I’m ready to act now and I am going to write about the process. This will include both my successes and my failures. Hopefully, someone else out there who is thinking about making the shift can gleam something useful from journey and apply it to their own.

For all intents and purposes I am pretty much a beginner with book knowledge and a portfolio.  Here is more detail on where I stand.

  • I have a very modest presence on the web, which includes a blog, a web gallery, a twitter presence, a facebook presence, and some activity on art forums.
  • I have some sales under my belt, but not enough to quit my day job just yet.
  • I have thought about what I want to focus on and I have a plan in the works.

So what is my next step? Paperwork. I am going to take stock of what I art I have, what I feel is ready for sale, prices, supplies and equipment.I am using an excel spread sheet from the SciFiFantasyHorrorSpace_ArtShows yahoo group. There are some good resources here, particularly for anyone interested in selling art at convention art shows.

One market I want to explore is art fairs. I need to find out what equipment I’ll need and how much it (and entry fees and travel) will cost. The Boulder Creek Festival is Memorial Day weekend. I plan on going and doing some research and networking as my first step. Ultimately I’d like to do several art fairs and possibly a renaissance festival or two a year.

I also want to submit work to publishers. I have done some research and picked five to start with ( I’m going to keep you all in suspense as to which ones for now). It is a small number, but I still have a full time day job and a toddler. I need to be able to keep track of who I  have contacted. After I finish my inventory, I will be putting together submissions for these companies. I will post more about this when I get to it.

And with that, the little one just woke up from his nap. Please feel free to leave a comment, give advice, or ask questions.

Letter E

Here’s the letter E all painted and pretty. I’m hoping to have some time to paint F this week. Now that I’ve had some time to adjust to my new job I think I can sneak some time in to paint.

Letter E Copyright Christina Kester 2010

Buy Art

I have 3 original paintings for sale.

for $50

for $145

for $195

Please send me a note if you are interested.

I am also open for commissions. Please take a look at my gallery to see what I can do and if you are interested please e-mail me at fireoakstudio@gmail.com. My price ranges are as follows, but if you want the details please check out the commissions page.

Up to 5×7 inches $40-65

8×10 $80-150

9×12 $175-250

larger than 9×12 $250+

Dogwood

The letter D is brought to you by ladyfireoak, aka Christina Kester.

I’ve started on E and F also, but if I get the job I just interviewed for they will take me a while to finish.

Please enjoy

Copyright 2010 Christina Kester