Monday, December 23, 2013
Thursday, December 12, 2013
Hi guys... here is a play by play update for the Loren's Annual Friends and Family Greeting Card Design 2013. Well, the new design was completed on paper and then scanned into the computer to be tweaked some, a couple days ago. I had to make changes from my original idea because it would not fit in the envelope! ARRGGHH!! I had to spend quite a bit of time making prototypes and moving things around. Finally, I was satisfied that it was done and I took the new card design to the printer yesterday. Joe, my printer guy, printed them up really nice for me. They came out
Holy cow...I spent all afternoon and evening yesterday cutting the printed design out of card stock. After I finished the cutting my hands were killing me. (I think I have arthritis) The living room was filled with tiny papers and card stock everywhere. UGGHH!! Nevertheless, I managed to get them all done before getting blisters. After cutting them, I had to put 3 colors of glitter glue on each one. This took a couple of hours, as well. So, at the end of the evening, I had greeting cards laid out flat and drying everywhere I could find in the living room. I realized that I still had two more steps to go before I could start writing them out!
Today I spent 2 hours cutting shapes out of the design with an exacto knife. I now unfortunately, have a blister on my finger! I thought I was going to stress out over the cutting with the knife because it just seemed like it would never end. Ultimately, I got the cutting completed and now knew I still had to score the design in two places to fold them. More hand work. And I need to write each one out and write out the envelopes.
I thought about abandoning the card altogether, however I had done so much work already, I couldn't give up now. So I stuck with it and now I am almost done and coming down the home stretch. I anticipate getting them completed over the weekend and mailed out by Monday. Wheeww... I hope I have enough time to mail them so they will arrive by Christmas Day?
So, this is the update for the new design and I am including a peek-a-boo photo, so you can just get a glimpse of the design.
Stay tuned for the design to be revealed next week. I hope you will think it is something special? My fingers are crossed.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
|'HEY, ROCKIN' AROUND THE CHRISTMAS TREE, HAVE A HAPPY HOLIDAY' 2011|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 2011
Hey guys...Well it is that time of year again and you might know what that means? If you follow my other blog MIND GIGGLES, you will have the scoop on the Annual Friends and Family Christmas Card Design? If you do not know, click here and here and here to get the skinny on how I create these cards and how I come up with the ideas. In previous years, I have made pop-ups, Christmas tree ornaments out of aluminum, mobiles, swinging trees, snowflakes and rubberstamped designs just to name a few.
|'POP-OUT" FRIENDLY SNOWMAN Blank inside 2005|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 2005
Every year, I try to create this handmade 'gem' of a Christmas card that goes out to my all my friends and family. I have been doing this since around 1987-88. I have to check on that to be sure. The design is always a challenge to create because I have to create something better than I did the previous years. I put a lot of pressure on the concept and idea of the card design. The bar is always set high by everyone and myself, so they will be thrilled and excited when they open the envelope. They have to experience the 'MIND GIGGLE". Receivers of these cards say that they know that it is indeed 'The Holiday Season' and Christmas is on it's way when they get the card in the mail. As my brother Ken puts it." It is like the very well known window designs at Macy's in New York City, at Christmas time. When they go up, you know Christmas is near."
|'SNOWMEN ARE REAL COOL DUDES' (inside) 'so you be a cool dude, too!' 2006|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 2006
As I have mentioned, each year the designs have been such a stressor a lot of pressure and they wear me out! I 'hunker down' for 3-5 days and just go to town, cutting, gluing, folding, scoring, paper punching and coloring, There are usually little papers all over the floor that I track around the house, but I don't care at the moment. I am in the 'zone' and a woman on a mission. As I say each year, "I am not going to do one this year, I ultimately feel compelled like something greater than me, has to get them done and sent out on time no matter how I feel. Some times I don't feel in the Christmas spirit. I'm feeling tired, low energy and just have some seasonal 'mood problems'. But each year as the date for completion comes closer, I ramp up my creative drive , and I put it in 'high gear' because it has become such a family tradition. I ask myself, "Would snoopy not decorate his dog house, if he was in a 'low mood'?" No way! " Would Santa not deliver the presents on Christmas Eve because he is 'too tired? Absolutely, not. They journey and carry on." So I have to say, "Let the game begin!"
|THIS SEASON LET'S CELEBRATE... ( inside) World Peace! 1998|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 1998
So, you might be wondering, "do I have an idea for this year yet?" Well, I am happy to report, that "I am almost there." I am so excited about it and I hope the final design looks as good as I have created in my mind. You can read here to see how I came up with an idea for past card design. I will be posting glimpses of sketches, mock-ups and prototypes that I use to help generate the final design, however I don't want to give away the idea, until the card is in the mail. Timing is everything. This year's design will be something inspired from my much missed Gram who passed away last year. In this card design, her memory will live on especially, at Christmas time.
|DEAR SANTA, WE HAVE BEEN REALLY GOOD THIS YEAR SO, PLEASE SEND SOME HOPE, LOVE AND JOY! IF NOT... (inside) JUST SEND CASH! MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU! 2012|
(c) Loren Fidalgo 2012
Keep following along on this blog and my MING GIGGLES blog to see the evolution of the Annual Friends and Family Christmas Card Design take shape.
Saturday, November 23, 2013
Hey guys...I am going bonkers with nerves tonight. By the time you read this, I will be attending an all day intensive art licensing workshop. There will be 7 other women and fellow artists as well. I do not know any of them. The trip takes an hour to get there and I am so-so with the driving directions. I am so excited and so nervous at the same time! I have no idea what to expect and the anticipation has got me all tangled up. I have never done this type of thing before so, I am bracing myself for the all day experience.
The woman who is holding this event is an artist named Tara Reed. I don't know her, however I have read her art licensing blog a few times and I have seen a small bit of her work. Her blog is excellent and chock full of information about the art licensing industry. If you are interested in licensing your art, you have to read her blog! She covers everything you can think of and all aspects of licensing and you will surely find a lot of answers to your questions. I highly recommend reading as much as you can. You might wonder why I have only read the blog a few times? The answer is complex and complicated. I was out of the art licensing pursuit for a couple of years. You can check out my licensing website at http://lorenfidalgoportfolio.blogspot.com and my MIND GIGGLES blog at http://lorenfidalgo.blogspot.com Without going into too much detail here in this post, you can read more aboit it here, I believe that after my head injury and my sudden obsession with painting, I needed to focus on that for some time to develop my skills and see where it led me. Also, I was becoming uncertain as to how I wanted to proceed since I was not having too much success finding an agent. It has only been recently that I wanted to get back into the pursuit of licensing my art and paintings. I am attending this workshop to see if art licensing will work for me with this new medium of painting and whether I need to get an agent or not? I will write more about this when I get back from the workshop. I don't know what will happen tomorrow and where my mind and heart will be. I hope I come away with a clear direction and path to take the future of my art career. Wish me well.
Friday, November 8, 2013
|'The Cross Of Life'|
Just a note: If you would like to purchase a necklace, I offer gift boxes along with the display card that accompanies the necklace. The display card has all important information and it makes it easy to wrap up if you prefer to not use a gift box. They can be wiped clean however, they should not be submerged into water or worn in the shower.
|'On My Way'|
Monday, November 4, 2013
This posts painting is titled, 'The bombs bursting in air 9 11'. This painting is 24x30 and oil on canvas.
|The Bombs bursting in air 9 11 2013 oil on canvas 24x30 (c) Loren Fidalgo|
I was also stunned at what I had created on the canvas. It was not planned nor was it intentional. It just flowed out of my hand and brush and onto the canvas without consciously thinking about it. If you might ask," how did I really create this experience in this painting"? I can only tell you, "I do not know" What I do know is that something was channeling through me about the horror and sadness of that day 9 11 and it appeared on my painting. I was just the vechile and I had to paint it on the canvas.
Thanks for reading this post. Please feel free to leave comments or messages. It's greatly appreciated.
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Monday, October 28, 2013
I've been listing my large 24 x30 abstract paintings in my etsy shop and they are currently for sale. Most of these paintings are featured in my 'abstract' art portfolio page, however I will post a few here so you can view them more quickly if you would like to. If you would like to purchase a painting, please click on this link www.lorenfidalgoart.etsy.com Here you can find more 24 x30 paintings than are featured here in this post.
|'Thoughts Spinning Round And Round' 24x30 oil on canvas 2013 (c) Loren Fidalgo|
|'Stepping In And Out Of Life' 24x30 oil on canvas 2012 (c) Loren Fidalgo|
|'Path To Enlightment' 24x30 oil on canvas 2013 (c) Loren Fidalgo|
|'Blue Mood' 24x30 oil on canvas 2013 (c) Loren Fidalgo |
|'Finding My Way' 24x30 oil on canvas 2013 (c) Loren Fidalgo|
|"Beginning Again' 24x30 oil on canvas 2012 (c) Loren Fidalgo|
I hope you enjoyed seeing some of my larger paintings. Don't forget to click on link if you are interested in purchasing a painting. Please leave a comment if you would like to.
Sunday, October 13, 2013
Sunday, October 6, 2013
|MY DAD AROUND 36 OR 37 YEARS OLD. BOY, HE WAS HANDSOME!|
|OUR VERY FIRST VACATION AT NIAGRA FALLS. MY DAD WAS ESTATICALLY JOYFUL.|
My siblings and I are in a 'super market' and we see my Dad in the Produce aisle. I run up to him sobbing and call to him, "Daddy, Daddy, where have you been?' He replies,"I've been living in the house across the street ,(my Gram's old house) and I have been watching over you" "But why did you leave us"? Unfortunately, there is no answer because I wake up too soon. Ahhh...if I could only get an answer.
I tell this dream for everyone who knew my Dad and remembers him, that he is indeed somewhere on a higher plane in the universe or in heaven and one day we will see him again.
|I THINK THIS PHOTO IS FROM OUR SECOND VACATION AT FORT HENRY, NEW YORK.|
I posted some of the very meaningful and emotional photos of us kids and my Dad on our very first vacaction in Niagra Falls, Canada. I think I was 10 or 11 and my Dad was 36 or 37 years old. My Dad was so happy because he felt like for the first time we were living like a 'normal' family. No one knew, not even him that he would tragically leave us at the young age of 40 and we would never be a 'normal' family again.
|MY DAD FOOLING AROUND WITH ME, AND MY TWO COUSINS KAREN AND JILL.|
|ALL US KIDS WITH MY DAD. NOT SURE WHERE THIS WAS TAKEN.|
I am missing all that my siblings and I could have been had we finished our childhood years with a father ( and a mother) raising us until we were adults. I ponder what would have been possible for all of us and what different directions we all might have taken had we had a 'normal' family.? Ahhh... what might or could have been?
Thanks for reading this post.
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
|'PEACHES AND GREEN' 24x30 oil on canvas (c) Loren Fidalgo 2013|
They are finally in the shop!! I wanted to let everyone know that I have featured some large abstract 24x 30 paintings in my etsy shop. Scoop them up if you can. I am really loving the abstract paintings these days and I hope that they appeal to you too? These featured on my blog are available in my shop.
You can also check the ABSTRACT page to view larger images of the paintings on etsy.
|'PATH TO ENLIGHTENMENT' 24 x30 oil on canvas (c) Loren Fidalgo 2013|
Scroll through the written content for each painting to read up on what inspired me to create each painting, what paint colors I chose as well as the technique I used. The paintings are painted on the sides so they are ready for hanging. They have hooks and wire on the back, too!
|'JOURNEY TO HOPE' 24x30 oil on canvas (c) Loren Fidalgo 2013|
Friday, September 6, 2013
My friends Rebekah and Nerida also came to show there support. They got lost on the way to the show so thank goodness they made it there. They brought me a small birthday cake and a birthday gift. It was very sweet and I was thankful for having them as my friends.
Well, the day flew by and it seemed that just as how soon we put everything up, we had to take everything down and pack up. So pack up we did and off to home we went. Good-bye Landsdale. See you again next year.
Leave a comment if you would like to comment about what you think about my booth display and the artwork showing. I'd love to hear what my viewers think about my work, so feel free to comment.
Thursday, June 27, 2013
Sunday, June 9, 2013
|Center of my table at Art Fair. New jewelry pendants shown in this photo|
|My new line of cartoonish mixed media ladies named 'SWEETIE CURVES TM'|
Lampshade displays made with velvet. I made them myself! They worked like a charm!
|Nerida and I in front of table|
|My friend Donna. She is just great and funny, too!|
We had to put up a not so friendly tent, and amongst the four of us, Donna, Sheri and her friend Lisa, we managed to get the tent up in about 1 hour 15 minutes!
|My dear friend Sheri and I . She is the best!|
|Full display of my table and small paintings|
|Myself in front of my table|
I think yesterday's experience brought out the best in all of us and the day running smoothly could not have happened if not for my friends. It just brought my friendship, faith, trust and belief in them to a higher level. These friends are 'the bomb" and when they need something, you can bet I will be there to help! They are the best you can ask for. Anyone that knows me knows I am all about feelings and emotion and when I feel happy I express it and sad I express that too. Yesterday was a happy, happy day and even though the day was not a business and artistic success, it was a personal success. I couldn’t ask for anything more.