My cards have become somewhat of a collectors item in my circle. Once again, this year I handmade every single one of my 70+ Christmas Cards. Each one is unique and made specifically for the recipient. This is year 5 or 6; lots of people have all of their past cards from me framed to put out for Christmas decor. I love it probably just as much as those getting the cards.
I am excited to participate in this year’s Delta Visual Arts Show.
The 9th Annual Delta Visual Arts Show features over 180 visual artists, who will have their work on display and for sale in downtown Newport, Arkansas. Ten buildings of art, music, the written word and a whole day of fun!
I can’t believe it’s finally here!
The movie I had the great pleasure to work on a few years ago with the incredible Juli Jackson on her full-length, Arkansas-made feature – 45RPM – which I helped not only with branding, but also did most of the work for the artist in the film, including 30+ sketches, 20 large paintings, a sketchbook, hundreds of frames of animation and more! Not only that, but I have done the branding and much of the packaging for the movie.
This one will forever be special to me.
Ben and I took a day trip to Lake Frierson here in Arkansas. I painted (this) while he did some fishing. After a while, he called me over to ‘look at something’. When I got to the bank, he got down on one knee, pulled out a little white box and popped -the question-. What a moment. This painting is filled with so much emotion, just like that day; very fitting.
Little 9×7″ pretty lady in high detail. I started this one a little differently, by starting with a pthalo blue under-painting and featuring the primary colors.
Once again, I worked with the wonderful people at the Ozark Foothills Film Fest to create the branding for this year’s fest. In the past I try to work in the theme of the Ozarks and Arkansas, at least in some way, but this year I went a different route. I chose something more eye catching and direct.
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Last night was a big surprise for me. We helped host an awards ceremony for our local Main Street organization, of which I am VP. Awards were given to outstanding businesses and community members. I won local Volunteer of the Year for my town. Ben also won Local Hero award.
Representatives from the Arkansas Main Street state program were there to give 2 awards to our community. I kind of guessed we had won for Best Online Presence. (I created our website: Downtown Paragould this year, and Gina, our director, does an amazing job with our social media.) But, to my incredible surprise, I also won the Volunteer of the Year from the state Main Street program!
What a weekend! Not only did I get to catch up with some wonderful filmmakers I have met in the past, but also got to meet some new and very incredible people, and see inspired films from around the world.
For a while now I have been actively showing my works-in-progress on Snapchat. It is a great platform for informal, behind-the-scenes stories that are more personal and real because they disappear to the public.
Are you a Artist on Snapchat?
I have also found it to be quite difficult to find other artists on Snapchat. Typically “snapchat artists” on emerging directories are referring to people who doodle on their snaps with the built-in capabilities of the app. Don’t get me wrong, @Cakes1toDough1 ‘s cute cats are to die for, but I’d love to watch the daily practices of fellow traditional artists. If you draw or paint on snapchat please send me a friend request – mandyatlarge – let me know and I will definitely give you an add back!