Archive for November, 2007

Aprons, Brand new prints!

Friday, November 30th, 2007

I’m trying out some new ideas.  I love aprons and I have a small collection of them.  I don’t hang them up because I don’t want them to get dusty, but I like the idea of being able to hang up apron art.  I’m also interested in using more texture in my work.  Let me know what you think.

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Red Apron   Pink Polka Dot Apron  White Stripe Apron

December Embroidery Pattern: Reindeer

Friday, November 30th, 2007

Here is my second free monthly pattern.  I decided to go with a holiday theme so I chose a reindeer.  I keep  thinking that this pattern would look good stitched onto a light blue Christmas stocking.

Click on the image to get the full size pattern.

Christmas Reindeer

Let’s talk about Artist Block.

Monday, November 26th, 2007

Like all artists I go through periods where it seems that all the creativity has been drained out of me.  I have a few techniques that help me get back my vision. 

1. Play.  Sometimes I get too serious about my artistic vision.  Do a stupid or silly painting, print, etc.  Nobody has to see it, it’s just for fun.

2.  Experiment.  Try a different medium.  I switch around from oil paints, watercolors, drawings, digital, fabric, mosaic and others.  It helps keep me interested.  (more…)

Feel like going native?

Thursday, November 22nd, 2007

Tribal Girl

I am having real fun with this batch of oil paintings.  I love the contrast of little white girls wearing New Guinea tribal headdress and face paint.Tribal GirlTribal GirlTribal Girl  This reminds me a lot of myself when I was a little girl.

Preparing for a Show.

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Sunshine

In February I will be having a show at Galleri Urbane in Marfa, TX.  I have been having a bit of an art block, but it finally released this last week and I have already done 5 paintings!  Once I get going the ideas just flow.

T-Shirts for Everyone!

Friday, November 16th, 2007

Many people have asked that I offer t-shirts, so I now have a Cafepress store.  They are pretty cool. Check them out!

www.cafepress.com/zuill

Cafepress

A Pattern a Month!

Wednesday, November 14th, 2007

Many people know that I sell embroidery patterns in my Etsy store.  But, I have received request for patterns that look like my own personal embroidered art.  So, I will try to post a pattern, once a month, that is in a style that I would personally use for my own artwork. 

I would like to present Rabbit Queen.  Have fun with her!  And if you can, please send me a image of your completed embroidery.  I would like to post it on my Blog. 

This pattern is for personal use only, Thanks!

 Rabbit Queen

Who doesn’t like Owls?

Tuesday, November 13th, 2007

My best friend Jean has 3 owl boxes on her property.  An owl box is basically a nesting box, with four sides, floor and ceiling.  One end has a door cut into it.  Almost as soon as she put up these boxes into her trees, she had owls.  They are beautiful barn owls.  I don’t know about owls being wise but I do know that when I am in her driveway at night they like to yell at me.  And, when the babys are out in her trees, learning to fly, they fight A LOT!  They are very bossy, and slightly cranky all the time.   But, gosh they are beautiful.

Owl on Red Branch  (Not a barn Owl)

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