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!

 

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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 (21 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 .

ART TIPS

For your convenience, those of you who are artists looking for tips,  I’ve saved and organized many helpful tutorials. You can see them on my Youtube art channel here: Tina A Stoffel Arts, or check out many of the tutorials and tips I’ve collected on Pinterest: Tina A Stoffel Arts

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Marietta Local Artists Tina A Stoffel and Laurie Henry

MARIETTA ARTISTS MARKET SHOW


My Marietta Artists Market Show Experience

Showing my paintings again after a long winter break  from the  Marietta Artists Market show was a fun and exciting experience, especially since my talented colleague Laurie Henry  accepted my offer to share my booth space.  Above all,  Laurie and I somehow seem to inspire each other. Consequently, we worked very well together and had quite a fun day.  On a special note, event organizers behind the scenes did  an exceptional job running this show.

Highlights From My April Marietta Artists Market Show Experience

  • Fun and  Laughs
  • Meeting new people
  • Dogs, Doggies and puppies. (Did  I mention the puppies?)
  • The Marietta Square Service
  • Sharing my art with the public

Many patrons including collectors, local business owners, students, aspiring artists and children visited us.  Watching viewers admire and complement our original paintings is rewarding.  On a special note, I want to thank each and every one of you for your support.  As a result, I thoroughly enjoyed the interesting conversations and laughs we shared with people. Notable visitors I recall were from Wisconsin, Smyrna, and an interesting native of Kenya. Additionally, some locals gave us a few great laughs.

Although the sunlight didn’t do much justice for my Pantaleon Lion Painting, as seen in the back, here is a full booth view.

Local Artists Tina A Stoffel and Laurie Henry at the Marietta Artists Market Show
Marietta Local Artists Tina A Stoffel and Laurie Henry full booth view

By nature, I am an animal lover. One of my favorite experiences from the Artists Market are all the doggies stopping by my art booth. Seeing the Golden Retriever puppy and Great Dane meeting each other is etched in my mind. To clarify, the Great Dane was amazingly gentle with the sweet puppy. I admit I was a bit frustrated with myself for forgetting water and treats for the fur babies. As you can imagine, I get preoccupied gathering all the needed supplies while packing for the show then I forgot to bring surprises for the doggies.  Rest assured, I’m adding that to my list now.

Our Gallery Visitor

Being around this creative environment inspires me. More notably, I love hearing live feedback and seeing reactions regarding my paintings which helps me grow as an artist.

As a matter of fact, I want to give a special thanks to Amber Markay Byrd from the new Markay Gallery  who took time out of her busy day to visit and peek at our work.  In addition, she was also kind enough to speak to us after the show. Markay Gallery, located on Winters  Street at the Marietta Square, is situated near the Cobb Museum of Art. Amber has a great vision and unique concept. Even more exciting is the fact that Markay Gallery offers to host special events. I highly recommend you stop in her unique store where almost everything, including guest book pen,  is handmade.  Thanks Amber for supporting local arts.

Lunch

Also, a big shout out and thank you to The Marietta Local for delivering lunch to us because I ended up so busy preparing I would have went hungry all day.

My Next Showing

Due to prom, this weekend was extra busy for many local residents. By the way, I loved seeing all the prom photos on Facebook.  On that note, if you missed this weekend’s show, I will be back at the Marietta Artists Market Show again one more time before the summer heat hits us. You can find me there again on May 27, 2017.  Although it’s not a firm plan yet, I may do a couple of Art Walks after May. Keep watching for news.

If you liked last month’s free calendar download, please let me know in the comments. I’ll likely put together another one for May’s Marietta Artists Market show where I plan to have at least another new painting or two.

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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/

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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

Lastly, my own newsletters are ending up in my spam folder. If you are also a newsletter subscriber, please check your spam folder and add my address to your contacts so you will get my e-mails. I’m looking to change things up to avoid this, but have to do some leg work first. Meanwhile, I’ll duplicate important updates on this blog.

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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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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