I Got More Elephants

First let me say sorry for the long absence. I have been quite ill with Bronchitis. First time I have ever had Bronchitis and once was more than enough for me. It kicked my butt.

Anyways, I am back and I have a new piece to share. It's titled, "Prickly Path". You can find it in my Etsy shop. I also have some new jewelry pieces that I will be listing today as well.

In addition, I have been accepted to Renegade Chicago this year. So if you are in Chicago September 10-11 of this year, stop by and say, "hi". I will post info as the date gets closer.

Some New Mini Landscape Collages

Mushroom Hill

Butterfly Chasing
These are both created on wood blocks and are one-of-a-kind pieces. You can find them on Etsy.

How to Make Your Work More Whimsical

I would like to share a couple of quick tips on how you can make your work have that fun,whimsical feel.

1.  Play With Scale.
Any time you have a giant figure next to a small one, or a figure that is small in real life, but large in your created image will equal instant whimsy. 
This also applies in reverse. A figure/item that is small in real life is made extra large in your image will give you that same whimsical feel. Children's stories are filled with these examples.

2. Make the Impossible Possible.
This is one of my favorite tricks. The elephant images above illustrate this well.
In the image on the left the elephant is spraying water from it's trunk and supporting a small ship while doing so. In the image on the right, a giant mushroom is supporting the weight of an elephant. Neither of these things of course, could ever happen in real life so they become whimsical.

What are some of your tricks for creating instant whimsy?

Another Elephant

Elephant Walk
Altered art elephant sculpture. The elephant is a found piece that I have altered with paint, paper and pen and ink details.
You can find him in my Etsy shop.

New Print

Trying to Fit In
5x7" open edition print which is now available in my Etsy shop. Or in a larger version over on Society6.
I will have more elephant themed work to share soon.

An Inetersting Read

I have had this blog for several years now, and I must admit that up until recently I didn't really get blogging or social media in general. I mean why would anyone care what I had for lunch?

I started blogging because I thought it was something that I should do for my business. So I posted new work and some news as it happened, but there wasn't much else in the way of content.

I have recently been making more of an effort to post actual content that I think will be beneficial to my readers and I have been educating myself on what exactly this whole social media thing is all about.

Part of this education has involved reading books. I recently finished UnMarketing by Scott Stratten.  This is a business book, but surprisingly not boring at all. Scott has a good sense of humor, and best of all, I get the social media thing now. It's about connecting with other people and sharing what you know. I'd recommend giving this book a read.

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