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October Art Worktable

October Art Worktable

oct-wipHappy Halloween Week!
That photo shows what my work table in the Kukui Lagoon studio looked like yesterday! When I’m on a roll, I ROLL! I’m happily up to my elbows in bowls, so I’m painting, painting, painting! New pieces will be listed in my etsy shop late tomorrow, including some tiny diorama boxes that I just finished (soooo magical!), the aged faux book boxes, and other goodies.

How will you be spending YOUR Halloween? Do you dress up for the trick-or-treaters? Do you shut the lights off and eat the candy yourself? How many pumpkins did you carve? Do you go all-out with decorating inside and out, or do you just put up a few things indoors?

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Zombie Bellydancer

And special thanks to all who attended our BOO-TIFUL THINGS sale on Saturday!
Love and creative energy to you,
Eclectic Dawn

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Creating Adult Coloring Book

Creating Adult Coloring Book

Skelly on a rusty bikeHappy Halloween! Just a few days away from a spectacular full-moon-on-a-Saturday Halloween! Buckets of candy? Check! Skelly on a bike? Check! Costume? Not yet…but I’m working on something that won’t be scary to the wee folk. I could give out candy in my civvies, but where’s the fun in THAT?

Roasted Pumpkin SeedsFour pumpkins have been carved, and the seeds are roasted! I am seriously addicted to fresh roasted pumpkin seeds, and I look forward to them all year long. I don’t do anything fancy to mine. As I pull pumpkin guts, I place the seeds in a bowl of water. Then I rinse and swish them around in a colander in the sink, removing the last of the pumpkin shrapnel. Soak the seeds in very salty water for about an hour. Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Place drained seeds in a shallow baking tray (with sides), and sprinkle with salt (or add cayenne or garlic or butter). Put in the oven for 20 minutes, take them out, stir them so they all get premium heat exposure, and then put back in the oven. I keep repeating 20 minute cycles until they are crispy. Allow to cool, then store in a jar. See how long you can make them last!

Using garden photos as reference.Huzzah! “My Mother’s Garden” Adult Coloring Book is off to the printers and should be in my etsy by mid-November! Almost half were spoken for during pre-orders, so grab your copy before they are gone.
I had such a great time creating this one, there will be at least two more. The next? “Ocean Rhythms”! This book is unusual in that the artwork is done in an artist’s sketch style instead of computer-generated line drawings, so as you color the pages in, you become the artist! Here are the steps I went through to create this sketchbook-style coloring book:

  1. Select 25 photos of Mom’s garden (the book will be 26 pages, including intro).
  2. Create sketches using the photos as reference.
  3. Ink the sketches with a fine-line marker, so they’ll look crisp in the book.
  4. Erase all the pencil lines (note to self: buy electric eraser). Double check to make sure all pencil is gone.
  5. Scan each at 300 DPI.
  6. Do digital touch ups, add borders/text, and then export as a cpt, flattened jpg, and pdf, using Corel.
  7. Create front cover and back cover graphics in Corel. Export cpt, jpg, pdf.
  8. Create cpt with interior intro page text. Save as cpt. Export as jpg and pdf.
  9. Create pdf file including ALL the flattened images. Basically, the book as a pdf.
  10. Triple check that EVERY word and page looks EXACTLY how it should. Check it again.
  11. Upload files to printer and place my order for a proof copy.
  12. Approve hard copy proof. Finalize full order.

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Another huzzah! We just got word that our vintage camper is going to be featured in the November 2015 issue of Vintage Camper Trailers magazine! *happy dance* If you love vintage trailers, you need a subscription to this glorious mag (and I didn’t get paid to say that). It is an invaluable resource of materials, ideas, and rally schedules, and the photos are downright amazing. Vintage trailer folk are a special breed, for sure, very generously sharing info and kindnesses at rallies and across the internet. Look up VCT on Facebook or their website, and when you subscribe, tell Paul that Eclectic Dawn sent you!

Tiki book
Click to go to our etsy.

If you need a great stocking stuffer for the adults, how about a little book of tiki history, drink and food recipes, and even a few sketches to color in?
Grab your copy here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/187636839/tiki-drinks-food-recipe-book-treasures

shirtWe’ve added more dance items to our zazzle shop in a huge variety of colors and styles, such as our most popular “5,6,7,8 Dancer Clocks”: bellydancers, leaping modern dancers, in orange, blue, green, purple, aqua…with various beautiful background designs, and we’ve added WATCHES, too. ALSO, a whole new category of “I Heart Dance” items! I adore this swing shirt as comfy practice wear!

Two upcoming local sales where you can get EDA one-of-a-kind goods: (EVENTS ARE OVER)
Nov. 21st, here in our home gallery in Danville, VA, 8 – 11 AM (or by appointment). 20% off most items!
Dec. 5th, “From These Hands” Christmas Bazaar at Forest Lawn Baptist, Danville, VA. 9 am – 3 pm, fully handcrafted items from local artisans. Truly gorgeous gifts! Check out the Facebook event page to see what’s in store: https://www.facebook.com/events/1640267279546104/ Leather crafting, painting, pottery, fine jewelry, my Eclectic Dawn bowls and more!

Lola and PumpkinsAnd so begins the holiday dash of Halloween-Thanksgiving-Christmas-New Year’s! It always seems like such a blur, with so much to create, to clean, people to visit, and events to attend.
NOTE: If you are considering a commissioned piece for Christmas, my schedule is filling up quickly. I accept NO commissions after December 1st (or it won’t get to you in time). “Now” may seem early to you, but we have a lot of people expecting us to create unique gifts for them, and if you want one done, too, you need to order early enough for us to 1) fit your special gift into the paint schedule, and 2) ship it in time for Christmas. I can’t stress this enough: NOW is the to make your commission request!

Yes, we’ve been busy, but we also take time out to relax, and I hope that you do, too. Take a walk in the woods, hug a tree, call an old friend, or gaze at the stars. Enjoy the full moon Halloween this weekend and the joy of all the youngsters running around playing make-believe! Now go carve those pumpkins! 🙂
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With much Gratitude Attitude,
Eclectic Dawn

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