2017 Holiday Gift Ideas

2017 Holiday Gift Ideas

Before I tell you about some wonderful places to find unique holiday gift ideas, I want to extend my apologies for any and all website errors you have encountered this week. Although I renewed my security certificate early, it seems that there was an error in the certificate.

Finally, today we resolved the issue. 

Where To Find That Special Unique Holiday Gift Idea

Meanwhile, in between painting holiday commissions, I have been adding many products to my stores for holiday gift ideas. Did you know about my two online stores that house loads of amazing products? If not, please have a look.

Zazzle: 

2017 Holiday Gift Ideas
2017 holiday Gift and Decor ideas.

 

Society6 

2017 Holiday Gift Ideas
2017 Holiday Gift Ideas by Tina A Stoffel ARts

 

Holiday Gift Idea Sales

Please make sure you check the page banners for special offers and promo codes that these stores run and change often throughout the holidays. 

Many products have been created from my art and photography. You’ll find hostess gifts such as 

  • Wine Bags
  • Serving Trays
  • Stone Trivets (my favorite for protecting counter tops from hot items)

PLUS

  • Prints
  • Coasters
  • Candles
  • Blankets
  • Throw Pillows
  • Carrying cases
  • Tote Bags
  • Ties
  • Bandannas 
  • and more

You will find something for everyone on your list there, and of course, you can  splurge on an original painting by going to the main page on my website, www.TinasFineArts.com. Most items ship for free within the Continental USA (standard shipping only) .

Keep checking social media and my stores (links found under decor and gifts tab) for sales and updates. I’ll be announcing Black Friday sales running through my providers in a newsletter tonight.

Make sure you subscribe on the right for the updates. 

Thanks for reading and being patient.

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Sugar Rush Juried Art Exhibition

Sugar Rush Juried Art Exhibition Saturday

Enjoy the Sugar Rush Jureid Art Exhibition and Fall Festival  happening this weekend, Saturday, Octover 21, 11 am – pm.

Location: 5039 W Broad St, Sugar Hill, GA 30518

 

Come join the fun and  cast your vote for the Peoples Choice award. With so many of you complimenting my large Pantaleon Lion Painting, I’d love it if you would vote for me.  Pantaleon is also a Light Space and Time special merit winner

Sugar Rush Juried Art Exhbition
Pantaleon in the 2017 Sugar Rush Juried Art Exhbition

 

Additional Sugar Rush Fall Festival Activities

  • Juried art show
  • Rides and inflatables
  • Pumpkin patch
  • Pottery painting
  • Car painting
  • Panning for gold
  • Activities for dogs
  • GIF booth
  • Caricature artist
  • Arts & crafts
  • Vendors
  • Live painting
  • Face painting
  • and more!
Sugar Rush Exhibition
Sugar Rush Fall Festival and Art Exhibition

Where to find the Sugar Rush Juried Art Exhibition

Enjoy the art show being held in the parking garage which has been transformed into a gallery with over 90 works. 

Art Activities

  • Screen Print your own Sugar Rush Poster
  • Draw on a Doodle Wall
  • Make Sun Prints
  • 30 Foot Interactive Mural by artist Craig Tilley

Thank you for reading and I hope to see you at the Sugar Rush Fall Festival. 

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October 2017 Calendar

October 2017 Calendar Download

Here is your complimentary October 2017 Calendar Download. I’ve not painted much in the way of fall scenery yet, but since I like nature so much, it’s a strong possibility that I may paint some in the future. For now,. I hope you enjoy this autumn photo calendar taken at Amicalola Falls. 

October 2017 Calendar
October 2017 Calendar

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October 2017 Calendar Events

As you will see, I have an exciting month ahead. I’m beyond thankful and excited to have my art included in the following 3 events.

Salzmann Gallery

During the Marietta Square First Friday Art Walk, I will have a couple of small paintings on display at the Salzmann Gallery which doubles as a Chiropractic office. Salzmann Gallery and an amazing art gallery and one of the few galleries you will find featuring many pieces focused around realism and representational art. 

  • Where: Salzmann Gallery
  • Address: 22 Mill Street, Marietta, GA 30060
  • Times 5-9 pm

The Creative Mill

he following week, I will have a 50 square foot display at the Creative Mill Exposition in Roswell. Randall- Paulson Architects kindly hosts this event. 

Sugar Rush Art Show

In case you missed it, my large Pantaleon painting will be in the Sugar Rush juried art exhibition. 

What: Sugar Rush Art Exhibition

When: Saturday, October 21, 2017 

Time: 11am-7pm

Where: 1st floor city Hall Sugar Rush Sugar Hill City Hall 
5039 West Broad St, Buford, GA 30518

This exhibition is part of the Sugar Rush Festival will have loads of activities from rides, food, music, inflatables, dog activities, arts and crafts, etc. See their Facebook page for details: Sugar Rush Festival Facebook Page

 

About the October 2017 Calendar Photo

As an artist and nature lover, I love to explore and take photos for possible painting references. This is one of my favorite places in Georgia. Amicalola Falls is the tallest waterfall in the southeast, measuring 729 feet. The autumn scenery is breathtaking. You can hike up the trails and stairs, or drive up to the foot of the waterfall and walk a nice padded walkway to the base of the falls. 

Among numerous trails, an 8.5 trail leads to the southern end of the 2,175 mile Appalachian Trail at Springer Mountain. 

 

I hope you enjoyed this post and your complimentary Calendar download. If so, please give me a like and share. 

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Tina A Stoffel

 

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Sailing Into Paradise

Art for Disaster Relief

What is Art for Disaster Relief?

Recently I posted about Artists for Texas which was a campaign started to help Hurricane Harvey victims. Obviously, at that time I had no idea Florida was about to take such a huge hit from Hurricane Irma. Therefore I am changing the plan to Art for Disaster Relief to encompass all affected victims. My personal plan is to make general disaster relief donations to both the American Red Cross and the ASPCA. 

 

Art For Disaster Relief
Art For Disaster Relief

Tweaking the Initial Plan

My initial campaign was through the end of September, but due to the recent tragedy of two hurricanes and the fires in the West, I’m extending my donations (10% of my sales from my original paintings.) through the end of October.  I’m encouraging fellow artists to join me in this campaign.

My Ties to Florida

If you have been following me, especially on social media, you probably figured out that I have strong connections to Southwest Florida which was hit the hardest. As a matter of fact, I spent 13 years there and we decided to move partially due to hurricane Charley and my husbands work. 

 

Sailing Into Paradise
Sailing Into Paradise

This painting, titled Sailing Into Paradise, depicts a beautiful sunset from Ft. Myers Beach where I once worked for many years. As a matter of fact I want to extend a special thank you to Lani Kai who provided this wonderful reference photo. This painting is available for sale and will be set in a floater frame soon. Remember 10% of proceeds will go to disaster relief. 

Also, I will donate 10% of my profits of my online print on demand sales through the end of October as well. You may find them here:

https://society6.com/tinaastoffelarts

https://www.zazzle.com/finedezinearts*

Meanwhile, if you are looking to make personal donations, I’ve compiled a list of the best charity organizations according to research. You can find the list on my recent posts Artists For Texas. 

If you enjoyed this post and are wanting to help, you can do so by spreading the word and/or purchasing a painting. So please feel free to share. 

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Amicalola Falls View from top

Fall September Calendar Download

Here is a complimentary Fall September Calendar Download for your enjoyment. The photo on the calendar was from a Fall trip to Amicalola Falls in Georgia. It’s a breathtaking view in the fall. One of these days I will take a break from wildlife and beaches to one of these beautiful fall scenes. I was thinking sometime soon, but I am happy to have a full schedule of commissions for now. 

Fall September Calendar Download
Fall September Calendar Download

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My Favorite Fall Places to Visit

Do you have favorite places to visit in the fall? I loved visiting Brown County State park while living in Indiana, and still miss the beautiful color of the Sugar Maples. It took about 13 years to miss seeing the fall colors during the 13 yrs I lived in Florida which is about how long it took me to miss it.  One thing for sure is I still don’t miss the cold winter though and Georgia is mild enough to tolerate on most days. 

Favorite Fall Photos

As an artist I love color which you can see in my paintings. When Autumn arrives, I can’t help but head out with my camera to see what shots I can capture. Although the trees haven’t turned yet here in the South, here are some photos from previous years. 

Autumn View of Amicalola Falls
Autumn at Amicalola Falls by Tina A Stoffel
Blue Ridge Mountains Fall Evening View by Tina A Stoffel
Blue Ridge Mountains Fall Evening View by Tina A Stoffel

Since there aren’t many Sugar Maples in the area, I find Georgia isn’t as colorful as the north or midwest, therefore, some of the photos were edited to bring out some color. However, I have found plenty of gorgeous golds and more subtle reds and oranges. 

Where to Find Beautiful Fall Photos

By the way, the photo featured on this Fall September Calendar Download is also available as a standard, canvas or framed print on my Society 6 site which handles some of my prints.

Hope you have enjoyed this post. If so, please feel free to share and remember the Artist for Texas challenge for September. 

Written by Tina A Stoffel

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New Wildlife Paintings

New Wildlife Paintings

Lately I’ve been working on some new wildlife paintings. I’d like to introduce you to my two latest ones.

This Brand new painting of an Elephant Mother and her calf is now complete. It measures 16 by 20 inches, and I think I may have a perfect frame on hand for it.

Picking a Name

What do you think of naming it Elephant Day since it was just completed the day after World Elephant Day? I think I like the ring that one has. Usually I struggle a bit with naming my pieces. and think the new Tiger painting will be a challenge, so please feel free to comment on names. 

 Also, I want to give a big thank you to the photographer Marna Buys for providing an  excellent reference photo. 

Elephant Day
New Elephant Painting

Adding a Tiger To My New Wildlife Paintings

Well here you have it? I’ve been asked several time to paint a tiger, so I took note and now have this in the works. I must admit, I was determined to get all the black laid down last night before bedtime, but my eyes got sleepy towards the end. I want to thank Chris Allesbrook for this wonderful reference photo.

 

Tiger Painting Work In progress
Tiger Painting Work in Progress

Here is my current Work In Progress (WIP). This Tiger painting is also 16 x 20 inches.

Help Me Name This New Wildlife Painting of a Tiger

Do you have any name suggestions for this one? If so, please leave in the comments.

Although I would love to have this new Tiger painting completed by next week, but I’m not sure if that will happen due to a super busy but exciting schedule. This will be the standard orange tiger and I thought the green background would be a nice contrasting color.

Sine Brave, the lion painting has sold, these two new animal paintings make a total of 12 paintings in my wildlife series. 

And for a little fun twist, I’ve digitally manipulated some of these works for online prints. The effects I get from doing these manipulations are really fun. See for yourself in my Society6 Store https://society6.com/tinaastoffelarts. Pleas note new works are in the process of being added. 

There may be some exciting news happening soon, so stay tuned. 

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Have a great day. 

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Honoring World Elephant Day 

So close to finishing this new Elephant painting honoring World Elephant Day. Do you have any name suggestions? I’m open and would love to hear your ideas. If you look closely, it appears that this Mother and baby had just come out of the water as some wet areas on the side, legs and trunk can be seen. However, I’m still working on that part and not sure how well it will turn out given the method and colors I chose. 

 

Normally I paint primarily with brushes, but hey, I’m an artist and I have to change things up once in a while, right? This elephant painting is being created primarily with a painting knife which is giving it an interesting texture. Also, instead of a heavily colored background like I used in the Thembi Elephant Painting, I chose a lighter one, just to shake it up a bit. 

Painting with a knife was fun. Challenges I had:

  1. Controlling smaller areas with a knife
  2. Having enough paint on my palette (knife painting requires much more)
  3. Getting the wet areas on the animals to look wet and not odd

A shout out to Marna Buys for the incredible reference photo. After this is complete, I’ll be painting a few more animals, and then back to seascapes and might even throw in some flowers.

Keeping this post short because, honestly, I’m exhausted right now. Today was super busy, but in a good way.

World Lion Day was yesterday and I had just sold my Brave lion painting. I’m so excited for the new owner to receive it.

Brave Lioin Painting
SOLD!
Brave Lion Painting

For now, I only have my large Pantaleon lion painting left, so I will be adding a smaller one again at some point. 

Wishing  you a wonderful happy weekend and Happy Elephant Day!

 

Tina Stoffel

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Seeing the Light in the Dark Moments

Seeing the Light in the Dark Moments

Here is your Monday Motivation

We have all experienced dark moments in our life. Some more than others. It’s during these dark times that it’s important to focus on seeing the light int the dark moments. Through my years of experience, I’m a firm believer our thoughts and actions attract energy. 

Seeing the Light in the Dark Moments
Corita Kent Quote

Many who know me and those who don’t would probably be shocked at some of the dark times I have been through. Although at the time, it felt like I was the only one having tough times, I know I’m not alone.

Life just throws us a curve ball sometimes. Some days are wonderful and cheery, those days we are on top of the world. Others, can be deep, dark and hurtful. As I’ve grown older and wiser, I understand the importance to focus on those good moments and stay focused on the positive. When there are what I call “Bad Days”, I have to remind myself that this too shall pass and it’s just a bump in the road. 

As my husband always reminds me, it’s the ebb and flow. You have to have the dark to know the light. This knowledge was part of the inspiration of creating my Yin Yang products. 

Yin Yang Framed Print
Yin Yang Framed Print

Sure I could have given up, had nothing, sulk in a corner, blame everything on the bad experiences, and be miserable, but that is not me. I like being happy and I’m not a quitter. 

As a matter of fact, a friend just helped me realize what I’m trying to convey with my art. I’ve always said, I want it to bring peace and happiness to people. She nailed it when she stated that my art brings healing to others. Let’s face it, with growing pressures everywhere, from work, school, traffic, family life and more, life gets hectic. You know there are more and more studies that nature is healing. When you look at my art I want to take you away from that.  I want you to look at my art and instantly transport to the ocean, beach, (such as my Sailing into Paradise painting) or feel the love and relaxation shared with animals. Take a look, feel it. Times you can’t do that, just breathe in and picture it. Either turn on some great music, or turn off all the noise. 

So next time you have that day, just remember, we all have them and it will pass. Go easy on yourself and stay focused on the positive. Sometimes things don’t happen over night. It may take a few days, weeks, months or years, but like one of my favorite inspirational songs from my younger years says, fight the good fight. As a matter of fact, you can listen to it here if you need some encouragement. 

Fight The Good Fight-Triumph

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Giraffe Calf Willow Painting

Fast Motion Giraffe Painting

Happy Wildlife Wednesday. Recently I painted Giraffe Calf Willow and Mom Juma embracing. As I painted it, I caught most of it on video. At first I was working at night, so lighting wasn’t real good. It gets better a minute or two in. View the Fast Motion Giraffe Painting Below.

As a matter of fact ,this is about 20 hours crammed into 5 minutes. It’s so deceiving on the true time it takes to create a piece of art, but fun to watch. Turn up your volume to enjoy the background music provided by Kevin Ma

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cLeod. 

Fast Motion Giraffe Painting

 

Although it’s too time consuming at this time to record each video, I do plan to add more in the future.

If you missed the post about Giraffe Calf Willow, it’s a good read. I had mistakenly confused Willow with little Julius (Willow’s cousin) who didn’t make it. You can read all about it here https://tinasfinearts.com/2017/07/giraffe-calf-julius/.

 

Do you know how long giraffe gestation period is? I’m reading that it is a whopping 15 months although some conflict as 13-15 months. I can’t even  imagine as 9 months was more than long enough for me.

  • Giraffe Facts
  • Average Height: 16-19 Ft
  • Weight: Females approximately 1600 lbs
  • Males: Approximately 2600 lbs
  • Average Life Span 25 yrs (in the wild)
  • Herbivores
  • Galloping pace 35 MPH
  • Native to 15 different countries

Challenges

Humans are challenges because they hunt giraffes for their meat and hide. African cultures highly prize their tails which are used for good luck bracelets, fly swatters and sewing thread.

They are also losing their living spaces due to human population and habitat growth. Giraffe’s are losing their main source of food, Acacia trees due to human population growth.

According the the American Wildlife Federation, Educating the population on sustainable agricultural practices and conservation are key.

Details about Giraffe Calf Julius Painting may be found here:  https://tinasfinearts.com/animal-wildlife-paintings/giraffe-calf-willow/

Sources:

National Geographic

American Wildlife Federation

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Free August Calendar

Can you believe August is knocking on the door already? I can’t. Either way, here is a complimentary calendar on me. This Free August Calendar is under copyright and is for personal . It may not be sold or added to any sales platforms. However, you may share on social media or forward to friends as  you like.

 

August 2017 Calendar
Free August 2017 Calendar

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The image on this calendar is from my Sailing Into Paradise Painting which is available for sale. If you are looking for a print instead of the original,  please visit my Society6 shop.

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Copyright Concerns-Do You Need A Copyright

Copyright Concerns and How They Apply to your Created Works

As a fine artist, the copyright concerns are never ending.

I see copyright concerns throughout the year each year with several artist ceasing promoting their art. For example, just last week a very talented artist I network with had his work sort of stolen. What happened is that someone took his image and did their own rendering of it and started spreading it around social media. It broke my heart when this talented artists stated that he will no longer be sharing his work.

Artists are a unique niche of people, since most of us are not affiliated with big retail chains or brick and mortar stores, we rely heavily on word of mouth and the internet. In my opinion, it’s not worth going into hiding with your work over copyright concerns. If you have strong concerns, you can discourage thieves by putting a copyright symbol or watermarking your art. However, this is unappealing to buyers and the media.

Additionally, registering your work protects you even further. The fee in the USA is nominal. Find more information information on ArtBusiness.com

For your convenience, I’ve included a copyright symbol below for you to download. You must save it as a PNG file for it to be transparent.  

Copyright
Copyright

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While I’m not a lawyer, not even close, I have done my own research. Here is the information I have found. 

What applies to United States Copyright Law?

  1. A work is automatically protected by copyright when it is created.
  2. Anyone wishing to use the work of another must have permission from the owner of the copyright holder
  3. Buying a piece of art or a print doesn’t dismiss copyright.
What About International Copyright?


While according to Copyright.govthere is no such thing as International Copyright, protection against unauthorized use rather protection depends on that country’s laws. Also, most country’s offer protection on foreign works under certain conditions by the  two principal International Copyright Treaties: Berne Convention and Universal Copyright Convention (UCC). Clicking on the link above provides much greater detail.

IMPORTANT: 
Copyright Infringement is not excused by

Linking back to the work
Reducing the size
No Profit
Sharing
Including a Disclaimer
Attributing the Creator

With all due respect, these regulations need to be taken more seriously by society. In fact, just imagine, you are an architecht, inventor, salesperson, or any other business person. How would it feel if someone stole your draft, idea, sales strategy, plans, etc… Even worse is if they took it and took the credit for your idea/work. I’d wager that most would be raging mad. After all, the images and works produced by Artists and photographers are their livelihood and often their sole source of income.  

How do you find out if it’s okay to use a photo?

1. Ask the Photographer
2. Search for Creative Commons Licensed Work
3. Search for Open Source works

On that note, with proper attribution included, anyone is free to share my photos or artwork on social media, but you may not reproduce without permission. As a matter of fact, I encourage the shares. It helps my business. Thank you. 

Even A Seemingly Harmless Share Can Get You Sued Under Copyright Infringement

Social Media is exploding and so is the increasing popularity of sharing gorgeous photos and artwork. Just take a look at Pinterest, Google Plus, Facebook and Instagram (and that’s just naming a few) and you will see virtually a never ending supply of photos and artwork. After all, who doesn’t like to see beautiful photos?

But wait, a seemingly innocent click to share something beautiful may have its repercussions under Copyright Law resulting in a Copyright Infringement Lawsuit. This post relates to United States Copyright Law which seems to be in line with the Copyright Laws in the UK. Most countries, but not all have copyright law, but US copyright law does not apply to other countries.

Below are some useful links.

sources: Copyright.gov, Wikipedia, Professional Photographers of America, Clip art provided by Open Clip Art and Creative Commons Open Clip Art
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Giraffe Calf Julius Artist

Giraffe Calf Julius

Giraffe Calf Julius is Struggling to Survive as He is Being Painted (update-just passed)

First off, I can’t tell you how shocked and deeply saddened to hear the news of the baby Giraffe Calf Julius that was recently born at the Maryland Zoo. I just found out about it minutes ago today, July 15, 2017. As I type this, I have a pit in my stomach, chills and a tear in the corner of my eye. So I’m asking for prayers for this sweet little calf. Here is the latest news http://www.marylandzoo.org/2017/07/maryland-zoo-provides-support-newborn-giraffe/.

How Giraffe Calf Julius Relates to My Painting

Rest assured, I am not the type to create paintings of  recently passed celebrities or tragic cases such as Ceasar the lion.   For me, it never felt right to use that as a public relations focus.  It just so happened that recently I found the most beautiful baby Giraffe Calf with it’s Mommy photo from the talented Christina Hoy.

Julius and Kesi Giraffes
Newborn Giraffe Julius and Mom Kesi by Christina Hoy

 

Since painting The Rising Soul Giraffe,  I’ve been looking for a Mother and baby Giraffe to paint. After searching and searching, I happened to find Christina’s beautiful image. Upon contacting her, she kindly gave me permission to paint from her photo.

Giraffe Painting
The Rising Soul Giraffe Painting

Painting Julius and Mom Kelsi-The Mix up

When the news was released yesterday of giraffe Calf Julius’ declining health then later passing,  I was positive it was the giraffe I was painting. After all, sweet Julius was at the Maryland Zoo, the same place the photographer Christina Hoy took the photo.

I’ve been working on the giraffe calf painting the past week or two and it is almost near completion. Oddly enough, the calf’s face detail is one of the final portions I was working with. For some reason, maybe because it is smaller, I was struggling with it. Could it be I had a connection to the little giraffes struggles? Well, here come the goose bumps again.

 

Giraffe Calf Julius Artist
Tina A Stoffel works on painting giraffe mother Juma and her Calf Willow from born close to the time of the passed Julius calf.

Update: Christina Hoy, who lives near the Maryland Zoo, contacted me tonight and told me it is not the same Giraffe. Although I felt relief in the fact that I would not be sad finishing the painting, I am still sad for baby Julius. I had no idea so many Giraffes were being born, After doing some research, there has been a big poaching problem threatening the giraffe species, so I believe this may be a conservation effort.

Watch The Willow Calf and Mom Juma Painting Process

My plan is to finish these sweeties this week. I’ve actually recorded much of the painting process, but haven’t stitched the videos together yet to post to my YouTube account.  Meanwhile, below is a fun little glimpse  from Google Photo Assistant. The unrelated photo was randomly picked when Google put together a video of closely related events. This photo is my late grandfather from WWII that the new Markay Gallery was so kind to display.

Name Suggestions Please

My plan is to finish this painting by the end of the weekend. I’m looking for a name, so please comment with any suggestions.  This painting of Julius the Giraffe calf and it’s Mother Kesi is a medium size,  measuring 16 x 20  inches by 3/4 inch deep with painted sides.

Donations for Julius

Due to his struggles, I’m planning to donate some of the proceeds of this painting to the Maryland Zoo. I’m open to suggestions, so feel free to comment.  Please help spread the news and say a prayer, or send positive thoughts and healing energies for little Julius.

Update, baby Julius just died . I’m feeling very sad. 

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Flying Hummingbird

How to Attract Hummingbirds

How to Attract Hummingbirds and Keep Them

Named after the humming sound of their wings, hummingbirds are  smallest of birds, measuring 3-5 inches, hummingbirds are adored by many people including myself.  Due to their fast metabolism, they must eat frequently to keep their little bodies fueled.  My research shows they migrate about 500 miles, so have your feeder ready in the spring and leave it up in the fall until you haven’s seen them for a few weeks. This ensures young birds and injured birds get food. Here are some tips to attract hummingbirds. 

Perched Hummingbird
Perched Hummingbird showing Ant Moat

 Tips to attract hummingbirds and keep them

  • Put a feeder at least 4-6 feet away from other bird feeders
  • try to find a little shade since the heat can cause the solution to ferment
  • change feeding water frequently, at least weekly or when starting to empty
  • Find your areas migration time and set feeders out.
  • Clean the feeder weekly and rinse well.
  • Consider an ant moat
  • mix your own solution avoid dyes
  • Do not let your feeder run dry
  • Be Patient

Mixing your own solution to attract hummingbirds

  • It’s easy. One part sugar to 3 parts water.
  • Stir until dissolved.
  • Use a funnel if necessary to pour into feeder.
  • Early in the season, I mix 3/4 cup water to 1/4 cup sugar
Hummingbird and Feeder
Hummingbird feeding from a feeder

 

I Have Hummingbirds and a New Camera

Photographing these hummingbirds consisted of:

  • Good equipment
  • High shutter speed
  • Low aperture
  • proper white balance
  • a steady hand
  • patience (I had to be very still and wait)
  • the ability to withstand several mosquito bytes
Hummingbird flying
Georgia Hummingbird in flight

Although I was able to photograph some hummingbirds with my new Camera,  I’m having a tough time photographing my art due to the rain, heat and humidity and the fact that due to the sun’s position, my outdoor photography shade spot has disappeared.  However, I got lucky just before a thunderstorm came along  today and was able to photograph four of my recent paintings. I will be posting them very soon.  You can watch for my paintings on my homepage found here: www.TinasFineArts.com .

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Should I paint some of these hummingbirds? I’m thinking I may paint at least one. I’ve always been fascinated with these hummingbirds that migrate here in Georgia for the summer. They’re so tiny and adorable. I do get Ruby Throated hummingbirds, but they were not present during the time I was photographing them.

For those of you wanting my art photography tips. I’m tweaking that post and it’s almost ready.It’s a longer post, so has taken some time. I promise to post it real soon.

Want to read more about hummingbirds? Check out this site: https://www.birdwatchersdigest.com/bwdsite/learn/hummingbirds/history.php

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Free Artistic May Calendar

Enjoy This Free Artistic May Calendar On Me

Here is your  free artistic May calendar download featuring an image of my Boca Birds oil painting inspired by the gorgeous serene scenery at Boca Grand Florida. Click on the image below to see the full oil painting. This image was cropped to fit this calendar.

Free Artistic May Calendar 2017
Boca Birds May Calendar 2017

 

  • Next Show Date: Saturday, May 27, 2017. It is marked on the calendar for your convenience. Get your download here:  Free May-Calendar.jpg (17 downloads)
  • New Paintings: Currently I am working on some new paintings in my art studio for the upcoming May show. Keep your eye out because I plan to have something a little special ready for Mother’s Day.

Happening Elsewhere

If you follow me on Facebook or other social media, you may have noticed I love music, especially old school music. When I’m not painting, you can pretty much bet I’m involved doing something with my kids.  One of  their many activities  is music. They actually play in a rock band class at Ponier Music; a local music store.  As a matter of fact, the owner commissioned a special painting from me for his drum studio. As you can see below, I had a blast painting this piece.

Drum Percussion Painting
And the Beat Grows On

By the way, my kid’s band had their best performance ever this past weekend.  Between the two of them, I have a drummer that is 12, and a 14 yr old guitarist. If you would like to see how they play, you may go to my Youtube channel here: Tina A Stoffel .

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Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows

Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows Do what you love
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Fast Approaching Show

What: Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows at the Marietta Artists Market Free Admission

When: Mark your calendar for next Saturday, April 22 and come see my newest paintings.

Where: Mill Street at the Marietta Square

Times: 9am to 2pm.

Also, I’ve invited a fellow artist Laurie Henry to come show with me. She is very talented and also has some wonderful work. According to Accuweather, the forecast is a beautiful 83 degrees.

See the link for maps and free parking information. http://artistsmarketmarietta.com/

or download the parking map here:  marietta-square-parking.jpg (8 downloads)

 

Preparing for the upcoming show!

Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Ar Shows Preparing paintings for art shows
Preparing Paintings for the Marietta Artists Market

 

Here is a peek at just a little peek of what happens in my studio prior to the show.

As you can see, I’m finishing two paintings. If all goes as planned, I’ll have them ready just in time for next week’s show.

 

 

 

Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows

For Calendar year 2017

 

Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Show Dates
Tina A Stoffel 2017 Art Show Dates

Currently, I’m planning 3 more shows in the Marietta Artists Market, and may add an Art Walk or two, so keep an eye on my blog and lookout for updates in my newsletter.

 

Wildlife

I’ll be introducing some wildlife paintings again soon. If you’ve been watching for a while, you know I have a true passion for nature, especially the beach and animals. There is something in my soul that wants to paint as many as I can. I may introduce a dolphin painting first. It’s perfectly fitting for my love of both the ocean and animals.

Below is a recent photo I was lucky to capture during a recent trip to Clearwater, Florida. I have one good one of the Mom and baby, but might wait until Mother’s Day to post it. It is possible I will paint the Mom and dolphin calf which was an estimated 2 weeks old. Thanks to Encounters With Dolphins for the excellent excursion.

Mommy Dolphin
Mommy Dolphin

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Meanwhile, please keep an eye on my newsletter and blog for any  updates or changes on Tina A Stoffel Upcoming Marietta Art Shows. 

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Free Downloadable April 2017 Calendar

Free Downloadable April 2017 Calendar of News and Events

Can you believe it’s nearly April? Mark your calendars or better yet, here is a free downloadable April 2017 calendar below with my show dates included along with an image of my Sunset Sandpipers Painting. See my website for more information on this painting. I don’t know about you, but I love spring for the fresh blooms, warm air and sunshine. It’s a perfect time for an art show and my next show is with another local artist named Laurie Henry who also has some beautiful work.   There will also be a Farmers Market from 9-12 . I hope you can make it out to see us. We would be delighted.

On April 22nd, from 9am – 2pm,  we will be at the Marietta Artisan Market at the historic Marietta Square in Marietta, Georgia. Click on the highlighted link for directions and information.

Note: This calendar is free for personal use.  Here is the calendar. Just click on the link below to download. This piece is under copyright, so you are free to use, but not distribute for profit or any other format. Enjoy!
Sunset Sandpipers Painting Calendar
Free April 2017 Sunset Sandpipers Art Calendar
April-2017-Calendar-Sunset-Pipers-Tina-A-Stoffel-1.jpg (60 downloads) Click on this link to download.

This upcoming show is one of 4 planned art shows. My plan is to add more calendars for my May, October and November shows.

If you’ve been following this blog or my Facebook page, you will see I’ve been working on some smaller paintings that will have a smaller price tag as well. If you have a request for a specific size or subject, feel free to contact me anytime. Just click the contact tab at the top of this website.

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Small Painting Process With Pictures

Two paintings and a breakdown of the small painting process.

Recently new client who saw a commission I did of this  oil painting of woman on the beach with her dog contacted me.

Dog on the Beach Painting
Sue And Buddy

This client wanted to surprise her husband with a painting of her as a young woman in a yellow dress when they first met.

Due to special memories, she wanted a scene recreated of herself at the fence watching him pitching softball, but on a small canvas due to small space. It quickly became apparent that we could not paint both full figures on the small size of 8 1/2 x 11. It was just too small to capture the detail.

Since her husband still brings up conversations of her in the yellow dress (I think he fell in love with her then) we decided to just put her image on a larger 11 x 14 canvas. It was still tricky capturing the detail of these small faces on this size, but she was very understanding.

Although this is not my usual style. I fell in love with their love story and knew I just had to do this painting for these special clients. Here  is the initial sketch of the original concept. It was on a large-scale paper to capture details enough to get a good representation of them. However, due to size constraints, we changed the concept.

Softball Pitcher Spectator Sketch
Preliminary sketch of a softball pitcher and spectator

Here is a glimpse at this small painting process. You can see the tiny details that were challenging. I’m just thankful for magnifying glasses.

 

Here is a short video clip of the whole oil painting coming together.

Alas, I think he was happy. I want to thank my special customer for asking me to create this special painting gift for the two of them.

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Wall Art Decor With Room View

 

Wildlife and Animal Wall Art  Decor

Below I’m giving you some contemporary interior decorating ideas for some original paintings.

Wall Art Decor
Quagga-Zebra Painting

 

Pictured above

Quagga – 24 x 30 Zebra painting original oil on canvas shown as wall art decor. Click image for more info.

While currently, I’m working on a seascape paintings to include in my seascape series, I’ve designed some room views showcasing artistic creations of original paintings in room mock ups of some of my wildlife paintings animal paintings below.   Several new paintings have been uploaded to my website. You will find my art for sale on this website and the four Marietta art shows at the Marietta Artisan Market are scheduled this year. Two this Spring and two this Fall. Additionally, I may be participating in some first Friday Art Walks too. So stay tuned. I’m toying with the idea of sending a calendar with my dates, but can not decide on the images yet.

 

 

Thembi Elephant Painting

Pictured above

Thembi – Elephant 24 x 30 original elephant oil painting shown as wall art decor. Click image for more info.

 

Pantaleon Lion Painting

Pictured Above Pantaleon-an original 36 x 48 inch lion oil painting shown as wall art decor. This is one of my two current lion paintings. More are planned in the future. Click on image for more information.

 

Original Oil on Canvas
The Rising Soul Giraffe Painting

Pictured above

The Rising Soul – 24 x 30 https://pinterest.comClick on image for more info

Hopefully this gave you some good ideas for how these paintings or similar artworks may look as an interior decoration. As always, you may subscribe to my newsletter and follow me on Facebook for the best updates. Click the highlighted links to follow/subscribe. Please add me to your address book if you are subscribing to my newsletter, otherwise, it is going to spam folders. This is something that I’m working to fix.

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From Blogger to WordPress

Before I had this website up and running, I was using blogger. However, I think it would be more beneficial to have it all streamlined to this website. Therefore, I’m running this post as a test and welcome feedback.

Meanwhile, I have uploaded one of my newer paintings, titled “Old Indian Woman”. If you missed the scoop on this one, it’s an interesting story.

Indian Woman Painting
Old Indian Woman

Old Indian Woman is actually a new rendition of an old painting that has been in my family since I can remember.  It was completed  by a distant late cousin named Denny Luckett. I’ve always admired this painting since I was a young child and I always saw it as a sailboat.

Since it was handed down to me, it was explained it was an old Indian woman. For some reason, I think the sailboat is more prevalent in his version than mine. What do you think?  Here is the original.  may even do another version in different colors some day.

 

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News

Now that the first part of my wildlife series is complete, I will be working on some seascapes and beach scenes.

Big News

I will be in a show at the Marietta Square Artist Market this Fall. Dates to be determined, but it will likely be the second Saturday in September.  Get news about my latest paintings and shows by subscribing to to my newsletter, found at the bottom of this page,  Psst: I dislike spam very much. Your personal information will not be shared, sold or published by me.

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