Wednesday, September 14, 2011

new website, new date for open studio workshop

Cellophane Symphony, 14" x 23.5"
Coloured Pencil on Colourfix Paper
Copyright Teresa Mallen
At long last, my new website has been uploaded and is ready for viewing, click here to check it out. I am delighted to finally have a site with up to date information and images. My website has been needing such a complete overhaul that I decided to create a new one. I had stopped adding new material to the old site while the new one was in progress and as a result many pieces from 2010 and 2011 have not been available for viewing. For example, my work entitled Cellophane Symphony (shown on left) would only have been seen by someone reading my blog.

I confess I am not 100% happy. I have viewed my site on laptop screens and it looks fine but on my husband's desktop, the colours are not what I had planned. Also, Google Chrome is adding an underline to the text that accompanies my gallery images. So the site may get an adjustment or two over time, but the way it is shall suffice for now. I have checked all of the hyperlinks and PayPal buttons but if you find a link that doesn't work, please let me know. Thanks!

Now for the fun news: I am offering an Open Studio Workshop on Saturday September 24, 2011. That is just a week and a half away, so if you are in the Ottawa area and interested, please visit my brand spanking new website to check out all of the details. Click here to get to the classes page. Workshop enrolment is very limited. I want to make sure every one gets the assistance they would like. Therefore to avoid disappointment don't delay in registering.

The workshop shall be in the afternoon, from 1:00 - 5:00 and our coloured pencil fun shall include yummy goodies and booze, I mean refreshments, hehe...okay just a wee bit of wine, honestly... :-) If you have never attended an Open Studio Workshop before, here is what you can expect. You can arrive late and leave early if you need to. The atmosphere is relaxed and spa like (soothing music, candles lit and those refreshments I mentioned). You bring something to work on and/or perhaps something that is finished that you want critiqued. You can be at the analysing a photo reference stage, the sketching stage, or the final tweaking stage. You can work on exploring different techniques that you have learned from me or elsewhere. I am here to assist and guide you. I shall answer your questions and offer tips. Basically, no matter where you are in your journey as a coloured pencil artist you are welcome to bring your issues and troubles and together we shall get you sorted out and back on track.

I like these open studio workshops because I really enjoy helping people who need to simply get some fresh insights, a bit of help and perhaps some encouragement. It always amazes me what just a bit of advice and assistance can do for someone. It is very gratifying to see people leave motivated and excited about continuing with their art.

Here is an interesting find on this morning's walk...



This interesting leaf has an unusual growth. The dark sac thing is surprisingly soft (no it isn't a nut). I have never seen anything like it before. Also, found on the walk today was some fresh bear scat (fancy work for poop). It was on the forest trail right behind the house. My dog tracked the new scent around to where the bear's favourite apple tree is. The apples are gone so the bear was out of luck. I have seen three bears in my many years of hiking and trail walking and each experience was a positive one, i.e. the bear had no interest in eating me. Black bears are a lot smaller than you might think. Most people conjure up images of the grizzlies they see in movies. Anyway, I shall keep on my alert so I can give the bear a respectful wide berth should we happen upon it and I shall leave the bird feeders empty for a while.

8 comments:

hbedrosian said...

Nice online gallery! I especially love your "Abstracted Realism" pieces.

Teresa Mallen said...

Thank you Holly! And gosh, I have just noticed that my 'Blue Blooded' piece doesn't enlarge from the thumbnail. Off to get that fixed...

Jeanette said...

Teresa, congratulations on the new website. Its beautifully laid out and easy to navigate. I know so much work goes into create a site but worth it when it comes together.

That cellophane piece! You have the patience of Job to do that! But wow, what impact. I love it.

And I'm still envious of your studio... ;) I wish I were near Ottawa, I'd be coming to your Open Studio. I'm sure it will be a great success.

Teresa Mallen said...

Hi Jeanette, thank you. You know what? While Cellophane Symphony looks like it was an absolutely mad thing to tackle, it actually didn't seem to take long at all - well in cp time anyway. :-) It was definitely a piece that once I had worked out a drawing I liked, I got into the zone with my pencils and the piece just happened. Not all work goes like that of course! It is one of my favourite pieces and for now it is not for sale.
I too wish you could come to an open studio - nothing like wine, chocolate and fellow artists to make an afternoon special.

Ann said...

Your website looks terrific and very professional! I did find that the link from the home page to the bio page didn't work for me. May have been on my end? I sure wish I was close enough to come to your open studio! It sounds like a wonderful way to spend the day.

Teresa Mallen said...

Sheesh Ann, I know why people have professional web designers do this stuff...thanks so much for the heads up on the bio page link. It was working while we tested it but then part of a code got changed - oh never mind, another grey hair is sprouting so suffice to say that the link now works. :-) And Ann if you are ever in Ottawa, we shall have our own open studio!

Barbara Goodsitt said...

Congratulations on your new website and best of luck with the open studio! Wish I lived closer.

Teresa Mallen said...

Thank you Barbara!