Sunday, July 16, 2017

New Website!

My New WeBSite!
I just realized that I hadn't written about my new website yet. If you found my blog through the website, this post is redundant but I will cover some new material or at least, lengthier explanations.

I've had so many websites before that I've lost track....I also have more blogs than I can keep up with but let's not talk about that. As for the websites, there has been: S. E. ~ Folk Art, Gray Horse Designs (mainly for my equine photography and graphic design stage), Sande Elkins ~ Photography, Sande Elkins ~ Artist, Sande Elkins Art....and probably a few more I've forgotten.

So, I'm sure you're asking, "Why did you choose to name this site Ginny Pearl ~ Sande Elkins Art (.com)?" Well, this question has a rather complex answer. First, I wanted to name my entire business just Ginny Pearl in honor of my late mother, best friend and biggest fan, Virginia (Ginny) for the Pearl, my mom hated her middle name so she is probably yelling at me from on high right now. I think she would forgive me that one and not just because she loved me beyond measure but because everyone I've talked with loves the name. Second, why then did I include, Sande Elkins Art, in the domain name? That was so that people who've known me and my work for years and those searching for me on the web would not be confused by the Ginny Pearl. And finally, thirdly, why did I not include the entire title as it appears in my banner, Ginny Pearl~the Art of Sande Jones-Elkins in the domain name? That would just be too much for anyone to have to type.

An Idea

I haven't done any woodblock printing in a long time but it is a process I enjoy since it involves carving, wood and in the end, a great textured print. I was checking the links from my website to my Etsy shop this morning when I came across an artist's shop that offered..."original ink and colored pencil" art. Their prices were low for original work especially work as detailed as what they were doing. I asked myself how they could possibly do that? Either they are a lot faster than I am at drawing even small work that is so detailed or they were happy making 5 cents an hour. Then I realized how they worded the posting. I came to the conclusion that they were either doing hand made prints such as wood block or linoleum printing and then coloring it in or they were printing or having printed in some form the black line base and then coloring it in... still would be considered "individually handmade." There was no other way that I could see that they could duplicate the drawings so closely especially without adding that each piece was individually drawn and so would have variations from the one pictured.
This is an antique piece from India which was/is used to print on fabric. I have several of these that a friend gave me as a gift. I post this image to give you an idea of what a woodblock carved for printing looks like. You can either press directly to the surface you want to print like you would with a rubber stamp or you can use a brayer to roll over a piece of paper which is lain over the inked woodblock.
Anyway, enough about their business practices or at least, my guesses about their business practices and truth in advertising. What intrigued me was a way of replicating a drawing exactly each time but doing it entirely by hand...without the aid of personal or outside printer. And I remembered the old woodblock prints that I used to make my Christmas cards for several years. You get the rough textured quality of the wood...which I happen to love....but you still have great detail and each piece would be unique and original. I would love to offer these on cards again. That way, they wouldn't be too difficult for me to manage without a press and doing them by hand and the buyer could still frame them. It would work economically for me also. Offered as original and as is and considering the work involved in carving the woodblock, printing and coloring in (where applicable), I could ask a bit more for each card than I would with a card I had an outside printer do. I'm not talking "take a loan out" pricing. I mean they would probably sell around $8-$15 depending on whether they are colored in or not. I don't think that would be too high for a small original piece of art. This idea has me even more excited about getting back into my workshop and studio soon!

Wednesday, July 5, 2017

A New Beginning

It's been a very long time since I've posted and there is an explanation. From the time of the last post until finally having surgery mid-February of 2017, I was very sick. The final diagnosis, uterine cancer. The prognosis, excellent....the cancer was caught in the very early stages and was contained. At 61, recovery took longer than I expected but the good news is, I'm back. During my downtime, I worked toward my first ever coloring book for adults. It is based on Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and will be a four book series covering both books of adventures for Alice and friends. I will be posting updates here soon along with some of the illustrations included. I will also be adding some drawings with color added. The first book in the series should be published in the next two weeks. My intention was to publish before the end of June but life interfered with living once again. There were too many interruptions, too many family and friends needing my help, too many mini-disasters in my life. But all is good and I've always been a firm believer in things happening when they are suppose to happen. So, I'd say, my first book is suppose to be published in the next two weeks. haha
Here's a little taste to whet your appetite.

Saturday, August 6, 2016

Sorry for the Neglect!

I'd forgotten all about this sorry for that!

I've created several new drawings since my last post and I'm getting much nearer to finally being in my new studio space and cleaning out my workshop so I can start working on wood sculpture again. I'm aiming for the end of this month but life keeps interfering.

I finally made it to the doctor's office yesterday for a horrible case of poison ivy. It's on the right side of my body from the soles of my foot to my shoulders and had begun to spread to my left side. I have gotten little done (accept my drawings that I can do while sitting in our one air conditioned room in my underwear, lol) since Monday when this started. Clothing hurts so much and I literally was only putting on pants to go feed the horses in the morning (and I missed a few of those.) They told me they didn't do shots, which everyone else had told me worked like magic, so they gave me a prednisone prescription instead. I've never taken this before but I have to say, I'm liking the side effects (tons and tons of energy) fare more than the antihistamine's (sluggish, dopey, sleepy and irritable...I'm blaming that last one on the medicine.) Last night, I actually took my first 30 minute walk in four days! And I ran part of it...up a hill that usually has me huffing and puffing when I walk it! Funny part is, I took my dog with me and I ran him up that hill but, when we looped back, he ran me down the hill because he heard a deer (dragon, lol) snort in the woods. Big ol' brave dog...hahahaha.

I've had several drug induced drawings come out of the last four days. I've been calling them my acid trip drawings, lol. This last one, in the photo, was influenced by both the antihistamine and the's been a wild and whacky ride. lol

Now, I'm headed out for my morning walk for the first time in a week...yay, me! Going to use this extra energy while I have it. 

I'll post more "new" drawings later today.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

More Witches!

Not yet posted to my Etsy shop. I want to try and get photos done of matted work in the next few days.
Double, double, toil and trouble. Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Mixed sets of Angel cards are now available in my etsy shop. These cards are prints of my Angel series of colored pen and ink drawings. Packs of ten contain two each of: Ginny Pearl (the first in the series, holding a heart and named in honor of my late mother who inspired the entire angel series), You are my Sunshine(an angel standing amidst sunflowers and butterflies with a beautiful blue sky background), All Creatures, Great and Small (an angel seated and holding a lamb while surrounded my many other creatures, a lion, a giraffe, a calf, birds, a wolf, a cat and even, a snake!), She Hangs the Moon (angel against a night sky holding a smiling crescent moon), The Spirit of Peace (drawn and completed on 9/11, which inspired this one, an angel holds the symbol of peace, a dove.) The sets will arrive packed in a lovely, cloth, drawstring bag. Making them perfect for a gift as well as your own use. Or keep half of them for yourself and give the other five away. They are printed on high quality, heavy, matte card stock and a suitable for framing.

Cards will not be available for shipping until September 30 but if you order them before that date, I will ship them out to you asap.
Halloween cards now available in my Etsy store. Mixed sets of 10, 5.5x4" with envelopes.

Spooky and funny note cards (5.5x4") with envelopes from my original pen and ink drawings: Witches' Ball, Things that Go Thumpity, Bumpity, and Whoopsie Daisy! (or Hold on to Your Broom!) Sets of ten with envelopes. 

Please note: this will not be available for shipment until September 30 but if you order now, I will ship them out to you asap so you have plenty of time to mail them out to friends for Halloween greetings.