Thursday, September 30, 2010

Autumn Shepherd

Finished my first autumn inspired piece! I've become a fan of the blurry/smushy backgrounds. I've also been busy preparing for Mutts Mania, a pet expo event sponsored by one of my favorite shelters! Hopefully I'll have some luck selling a few prints & cards...We'll see!
Medium: Pastels on sanded pastel paper
Size: 11x12

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Getting ready for fall & the holidays!

This year I've decided to try the fall and holiday themes. First is a fall inspired piece. A work in progress that is turning out nicely.
Medium: Pastel
Size: 11x12

And in preparation for the holidays I'm offering this adorable holiday card!

A seasonal greeting card featuring a print of my scratchboard piece titled "First Snow". A cat delighted by catching snowflakes. The cat is framed in a snowflake border. 

This card is printed on Bright White Cardstock with nothing printed on the inside of the card. Not only is this a card but the a print that can be cherished and put on display.
Envelopes included!

A pack of 2: $6

Ask about varying pack sizes.
Contact me to order!

Friday, September 17, 2010

Scooby Finished

I'm happy to announce that the adorable kitty under the blanket is complete. A lovely "in memory" commission as a birthday gift
Medium: Pastel pencils on sanded pastel paper
Size: 8x10

And I have added a close up shot of Scooby to see the finer detail.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Online Newspaper Review of Gallery Opening

I'm so excited to announce that my first art show made it into the local online newspaper!

Artist’s Love of Animals Comes to Life at Art Show

BY   |  SEPTEMBER 15, 2010 11:42AM  |  COMMENTS (0)
If you were lucky enough to attend Jessica Kale’sfirst art gallery opening last Friday evening at Erin Anthony’s Artistic Endeavors Art Studio & Gallery  in Little Falls, you’re probably still marveling at the expertise of Kale’s intricate artwork.  Perhaps you even purchased a print or an original. Perhaps you’re already a collector.
Kale’s etchings and watercolors speak to animal lovers of all types because her work primarily focuses on animals.
“I find the creative use of animal subjects gives the subject of my artwork an essence of spiritual power,” states Kale in an Artist Statement distributed at the opening.
Using a technique known as scratchboard, Kale meticulously creates warm renderings of animals ranging from cats and dogs to wolves and birds. Some of Kale’s art is done with watercolor paint.
The daughter of a well known etcher in the art world, Linda Kale, Jessica was born weighing a mere one-and-a-half pounds.  Tragically, her mother died during childbirth.
Jessica is proud to carry her mother’s talent gene for art saying, “When I’m painting and etching, I feel a connection to my mother.”
Diagnosed at three months with pulmonary hypertension, the artist underwent two double-lung transplants in early adulthood at Columbia Presbyterian Medical Center.  Today, she volunteers her time with NJ Sharing.  The artist holds an associate’s degree in fine arts and is currently studying for her bachelor’s degree in illustration.
The collection of 26 pieces was exhibited at Artistic Endeavors and works not sold are still available on her website.  Her work may also be commissioned through her small business venture.
Kale lives with her dog, Ellie, and two cats, Jasper and Evey. Her proud father, Marty Kale, said that seeing his daughter create art and smiling is one of the most important gifts in his life.

Scooby WIP4

I fixed up the blanket. I just need to pick a color for the floor. I'm starting classes at the art center tomorrow so I'm going to bring it in and ask around.
Medium: Pastel pencils on sanded pastel paper

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Scooby WIP3

Another update on Scooby the adorable cat covered in his favorite blankie. I just need to finish the blanket and put finishing touches on it and it should be done!
Medium: Pastel Pencils
Size: 8x10

Monday, September 6, 2010

Scooby WIP2

I've been busy getting all of my artwork together for my art show. Through this experience I have learned that I should always measure my drawings to fit a standard photo frame because getting custom matting to fit odd shaped drawings is a huge pain. Also, do it yourself framing is a pain as well. Next gallery show I may have someone frame for me.

In the midst of everything I did get some work done on my commission.
Medium: pastel pencils on sanded pastel paper