I have been really busy this semester… This is going to be a rather long post as I have several things to cover. I guess will begin with a list of news and things I have planned for this summer:
*You can now access my website via www.katherinerosebarber.com – I have had countless people in the past try to find me by going to “katherinerosebarber.com” (even ones I have given a business card to that says moonpaw.com on it haha). So I figured it was high time I purchased it. I have not decided whether or not I will keep www.moonpaw.com or simply phase it out. I suppose it would be best to keep it so my rankings aren’t affected but that depends on my ability to keep paying for it. I will be keeping at least for a year so no worries about updating links to my website unless you want to!
*Portfolio – I will be putting together an online portfolio and resume for clients, licensors, and publishers. To allow for easier browsing of my artwork. I plan to keep this very simple, clean cut, easy to browse and to the point. I am hoping this will help to bring more attention to my artwork from companies wanting to license artwork.
*Releases of more artwork created in 2012! – I have quite a few pieces that haven’t been released as prints yet. I will try and release one now and then as I have time this semester but I probably won’t get around to much of them until the summer. I don’t plan to release them in any particular order and will be trying to release new artwork as I finish it (so I can get out of getting behind hah). If there are any in particular you’ve seen me post before to Facebook that you’d like to see released next feel free to contact me and let me know!
*Also the 50% off sale on Retired Prints will be over as of tonight. I got so busy with classes I haven’t had the time to sit down and update the site to end the sale … so you had some extra time to partake of that. You’re welcome. lol
*however I’ve decided I’ll still offer retired prints for a while at 25% off if you contact me personally about it THROUGH FACEBOOK! This only applies to retired prints. To qualify:
*You must like my page: http://www.facebook.com/FaerieArtByKatherineBarber
*OR already be a friend on my personal profile. (I encourage you to like my page rather than sending me friend requests.)
*Matted Retired Prints – I do have a few of the retired prints which are matted and can be hand signed at your request. Those will cost a few dollars extra to cover the matting and shipping cost. If you are not in the USA bear in mind the shipping cost can be exorbitant (it’s a crime how much it’s gone up isn’t it? ). There are a limited quantity and I’m really not sure which ones I have. I will try to make a post later with photos of the ones I have.
*St. Patricks Day! – In honor of St. Patrick’s Day I am keeping “Good Luck” up for another week at 50% off! Hurry and grab her while you can.
Approx 8.5″x11″ Prismacolor Pencil
*If you are interested in owning the ORIGINAL ARTWORK “Good Luck”!: I still have the original of “Good Luck” somewhere flitting about my studio… She’s an 8.5″x11″ colored with prismacolor pencils if memory serves me right. She was created in 2007 and is based off a costume created by the lovely and talented Firefly Path. If you are interested in purchasing the original artwork and would like to make an offer please contact me personally. Only serious offers will be considered.
*More St. Patrick’s Day and a couple of new releases below! Both Prints are 20% off for a limited time in celebration of St. Patrick’s Day!
18″x24″ Created with Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter
“Golden Rhythm” Details
This painting was very loosely based off this sketch that I did while back. As you can see as I paint these days the painting tends to change a lot from the original sketch… I don’t like to feel confined to making it just like the sketch anymore. It’s some wisdom I picked up along the way which seems to work wonderfully for me.
I had at first considered leaving him wingless and calling him a Leprechaun but I decided I liked the wings and kept them. It still has a bit of a Leprechaun-ish theme going on with the bit of a faint rainbow in the sky and the golden bird and butterflies.
“Lady of the Lake”
I was really going for the themes of “Rhythm” and “Abundance” with this piece… when I think of the spiral symbol it makes me think of “Rhythm”. So throughout the piece you’ll see a lot of visual rhythm… if you know how to look for it.
You might also notice the number 3 … 3 stones, three butterflies, three hills. I had intended to have 3 birds but for some reason that just didn’t look right so I took them out. I personally love the number 3 and it’s always been my favorite number… both good and bad things always seem to come to me in threes. =P
The color gold automatically says abundance or wealth in my mind… and it’s a very happy color. I could use some abundant wealth at the moment! ;D Really though I was trying to imply with this that gold or “wealth” doesn’t necessarily have to be actual “gold” or money. It’s more like the beauty around us in the world and the things we hold dear.
18″x24″ Created with Adobe Photoshop and Corel Painter
“Lady of the Lake” Details
I had a lot of fun creating this painting. It all started when I tried to root an ivy plant in a jar (it failed for some reason and the plant died… first time that’s ever happened and I’ve rooted tons of them). One day I was looking at it and noticed the roots in the jar looked kind of like a little swamp lady in there! So I took photos of it… and one of those turned into this painting. Here is the progression of it (first pic being the last progress pic I took before I finished the piece). I definitely am planning to do more paintings in this fashion… based off of natural plants and things. There was no sketch for this piece… just an old plant in a jar and my imagination and photo references of an afro and a torso as I was having trouble with the arms. I really wanted her to be an African American looking woman but I’m not sure if I pulled it off very well. She at least looks like an ethnic mix of something or other so I’m happy enough with it.
I really wanted to make her not typical of the way the Lady of the Lake is usually depicted. I wanted it to look like a real murky seaweedy/algae infestered lake/backwater swamp/or cove…
*Some fun stuff below!
Here are some images you can share via Facebook. Please click on the image and it will take you to my page on Facebook where you can then “share” it! If you decide to download these and share them elsewhere I ask that you please also place a link to my website in the caption where it is clearly visible. Please do not attempt to alter or change these images in any way. Thank you.