Thursday, December 31, 2009

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Happy Holidays!


To all my friends, patrons and supporters, I wish you a Happy Holiday season and wonderful and peaceful 2010!

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Non Rabbit Art


I do on occasion...

Paint things that are...

Not rabbits.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Show in Seattle


Original paintings from the major arcana of the Rabbit Tarot along with Original Quilts based on the Rabbit Tarot by Cindi Glinski of Cottontail Quilts will be on display in November at

City Trees Gallery
4616 14th Ave NW, Seattle, WA (206) 783-1405

Reception for the Artist is November 14th, 6-8 PM

Come say hi, look at art and maybe get your cards read!

Friday, November 6, 2009

New Painting


I was going to call this one "Releasing the Fireflies" but changed my mind. For now it's just called "Fireflies". I leave it up to the viewer to decide if the bunnies are capturing or releasing them.

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Winner!

Thank you everyone who entered the competition!

The random number has been generated and the winner is....

Mona C. from Georgia!

Congratulations Mona on your win! Enjoy your new Rabbit Tarot!

If time permits I should have one more giveaway before the end of the year. Stay tuned!

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Deluxe Tarot Giveaway!

Ok friends! I had so much fun with the last giveaway I am having another!

All of this is in preparation for my gallery show of the original art for the Rabbit Tarot, which opens November 14th in Seattle at City Trees Gallery in Ballard (more details soon, please visit my website nakisha.com). Cindi of Cottontail Quilts will also be showing some of her fabulous tarot pouches and quilts. We have joined together to celebrate with this new giveaway! Anyone anywhere can enter, unless you are family, or have already won something from me in the last year.

What you can win:
The Deluxe Tarot set shown in the image above. This includes a deck of the Rabbit Tarot, a beautifully sewn Rabbit Tarot Pouch from Cottontail Quilts, a bunny pin back button and three Rabbit Tarot postcards. A $48. value!

How to Win:

******* Thank you but the giveaway is now closed, the winner will be announced on Saturday the 31st! *******

Bonus Entries:
Do any of the following; each * will count as one additional entry:

*Follow this blog (or mention you already follow it in the comments).
*Follow Cottontail Quilts blog (or mention you already follow in the comments).cottontailquilts.blogspot.com
*Follow us on twitter bluedogrose AND cottontailquilt AND Tweet (once) this phrase-

RT Win a FREE Rabbit Tarot Deck and Deluxe Tarot Pouch from @bluedogrose @cottontailquilt http://bluedogrose.blogspot.com/


Contest ends October 30th, and the winner will be selected by a random number generated by Random.org, and I will announce the winner on this blog on October 31st, 2009.

If you can't wait to get your hands on your own Tarot pouches visit Cottontail Quilts shop on Etsy here cottontailquilts.etsy.com

To be up to date on my shows, giveaways and new work, you can add yourself to my mailing list at this link nakisha.com/contact_nakisha.htm

Sunday, October 18, 2009

October Rain


It has been a beautiful October here in the Pacific Northwest. I couldn't have asked for a better time to turn 40. It's the first birthday here in Seattle that I can remember it not being overcast and raining.

But, my birthday has come and gone, and so apparently has the sunny weather.

I started this painting then went out to play with the dogs in the rain, and to make sure our newly cleaned gutters were doing their job. Well, a gust of wind took out my already collapsing umbrella, and I finally had to admit it was done for. I have had this umbrella a long time, it's not that special, I don't think I paid more than $8 bucks for it new, but you know how you get attached to things you've had awhile.

So back inside, drying off, I started once again to work on the painting. Originally I envisioned the umbrella as a bright red one, but painting in the first layers of shadows it naturally took on the black and white stripes like the umbrella I just reluctantly threw away.

So there you have it, my little tribute to the loss of an umbrella and loss of the sunny weather. Sometimes it just happens that way.

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Rabbit Tarot Bags and Pouches

Ok, I have a confession. I cannot sew. Oh I can do a few whip stitches and throw a patch over the hole in my jeans, but straight lines with a sewing machine I never had the patients for. That's why I am thrilled with the talent Etsians who have created carrying bags that would be perfect for the Rabbit Tarot.

The first you may already recognize for her fabulous quilts of the Little White Rabbit. Cindi has made these darling rabbit pouches, and promises more to come.

Her shop is cottontailquilts.etsy.com

The next is a seller I met through a Tarot Forum. She has found the perfect fabric for the Rabbit Tarot.

Her shop is karenmiles.etsy.com

The next is a bag I stumbled upon browsing Etsy that would also be perfect for the Rabbit Tarot.

It and many other bags can be found at this shop rainfeather13.etsy.com

Friday, October 2, 2009

Winner!

Thank you everyone who entered my contest, I wish I could give a prize to each and every one of you! Unfortunately, as they say on Highlander, there can be only one.

Thanks to a number generated by random.org the winner is *drumroll*

Leslie!

Congrats Leslie! I hope you enjoy your art and tarot cards!

I had so much fun with this giveaway I will be having another REAL soon. It will be announced through my email newsletter, so be sure to sign up if you haven't already.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

The Rabbit Tarot- Giveaway

*Contest has ended, winner to be announced Saturday the 3rd.*

In celebration of the Rabbit Tarot being finished I am having a special blog giveaway!

You can win this original painting (not a print!) of an image from the Rabbit Tarot deck- the Seven of Carrots (5" x 7" watercolor on paper.) AND your very own Rabbit Tarot Card Deck. ($70. Value!)

Here's how to enter to win:

Just leave a comment on this blog post (required), make sure I have some way to contact you either through your blog ID or a web address. (only one comment will be counted if you leave multiple comments).

For additional BONUS entries you may do any or all of the following:

*Follow this Blog.

*Visit my website and add yourself to my mailing list. (if you are already on my list, just pop in and say hi using the form and I will count you).

*If you are on Twitter Retweet this message below for a bonus entry into the contest (only one tweet by you will be counted, please don't spam).

RT @bluedogrose win a Rabbit Tarot Card Deck and original painting! http://bluedogrose.blogspot.com/2009/09/rabbit-tarot-giveaway.html

The winner will be chosen by a random number generator, contest ends October 2nd, 2009. The winner will be announced in this blog October 3rd. Good Luck Everyone!

Please visit my Etsy shop if you can't wait and want to purchase my new Rabbit Tarot Decks. I will also be listing original art from the decks for sale soon!
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=92869

Friday, September 11, 2009

Rabbit Haven


One of my favorite local rabbit rescue organizations is having a benefit vegetarian dinner and silent auction (including some bunny items from me!).

The 2009 Dinner & Silent Auction is being held on September 19th, 3:00pm at the Rusty Pelican in Seattle.

Check out the website for more information.

www.rabbithaven.org

Monday, September 7, 2009

Custom Animal Portraits

I am always flattered when people want me to do portraits of their pets. Sometimes it's an emotional request, since their beloved animal is no longer with them. I am a bit on the fence about it, since I know there are a great many talented artists out there who do wonderful and realistic animal portraits, which is not really my forte. Luckily many people understand that, and apparently that's not why they pick me to paint or sculpt their pets.

This portrait of Noisette and Océanne, two lovely bunny sisters I got to know on the flickr BLU group (bunny lovers unite). Their bunny mum had a wonderful idea about Noisette tucking in Océanne, and this is the result.



Here are a couple pendants I made of Shelby the rat, who is no longer with us. The customer wanted one for her and one for her daughter, something they could carry with them to remember her by.



Like any custom work, I rely on a lot of intuitive feel for what the customer wants. Sometimes I get it wrong, or there is miss-communication with the customer about what they see in their head and what I end up creating. I don't see this as a bad thing, because like any art, it's often about the process and not the finished piece. I really enjoy the challenge of custom work, and getting to know my clients better in the process.

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Etsy Video Contest Update

My video "Handmade Animals" is a semi finalist in the Etsy Video Contest.



Out of the 177 videos submitted this one is one of the 25 finalists. On September 14th Etsy will announce the finalists, and voting for the winner will begin. I am surprised and happy that my humble little video made it this far, considering how many unique and well made entries there are.

Thanks everyone for your support!

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Bunnies On the Way

The Rabbit Tarot is done!

Almost a year long project, the Rabbit Tarot has 78 images, now being made into decks (fingers crossed for the card printers). I have other plans in the works for the release of the Rabbit Tarot, including using the images for a 2010 calendar, limited edition prints of the major arcana, and a show of some of the original artwork in November.

I will also be having a giveaway!

In other news I am listing the original paintings from my "Little White Rabbit A-Z" for sale on Etsy. This book will be available in September as well.

"O is for Orange Octopus" watercolor on paper.



For more information, please contact me. You can also sign up to be on my emailing list for special deals, upcoming events and news about my art projects.
http://www.nakisha.com/contact_nakisha.htm

Sunday, August 2, 2009

Lulu Contest!


I had a great surprise this weekend when I found out my mini book created on Lulu.com called "101 Rabbits" was one chosen for the final 10 books for their mini book contest out of hundreds of entries.

Thank you everyone who voted! (I came in third!)
http://www.lulu.com/contest/mini_photography_contest/


In honor of the contest, my friend at Mostly Mod Blog will be giving away a FREE signed copy of "101 Rabbits" on her blog! Simply leave a comment or follow her blog to enter. (UPDATE: a winner has been chosen, thank you all! please visit her wonderful blog )
http://mostlymod.blogspot.com/

Thanks so much!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Colorful Collaboration


"Space Walk" Quilt by Cottontail Quilts.

Cindi at Cottontail Quilts first contacted me for a commission idea she had about making a rabbit painting to use for her cards and tags for her shop. Cindi has a great shop on Etsy where she makes custom quilts, children's apparel and crib sets. She also has and adorable house bunny named Harriet who inspired her shop name.

Through our collaboration I also ended up making a banner and avatar for her etsy shop, in turn Cindi surprised me with a beautiful quilt based on one of my rabbit paintings.

She did such beautiful work I decided to see if she was interested in further collaboration. Though we have never met in person, we emailed back and forth and agreed easily on how this would work.

Cindi continues to surprise and delight me with her interpretations of my paintings as quilts. Take a look at her shop for more:

Cottontailquilts.etsy.com

Friday, July 3, 2009

101 Rabbit Paintings



Here is a new video I put together of some of the bunny ACEO's I've done over the last couple of years. ACEO stands for Art Card Editions and Originals. They are pieces of artwork measuring 2.5 x 3.5 inches (6.4 cm x 8.9 cm), the same as a standard playing card.

I actually seem to have a lot more than 101 paintings of rabbits...but you know what they say about bunnies. You start with a couple and soon you have hundreds.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

More to Color


I am a featured guest artist on the wonderful website Coloring Pages For All.

What does that mean for you? Well, there are four brand new coloring book pages there for FREE download and coloring fun, all with rabbits, of course. Little white rabbits? Little pink rabbits? Little blue rabbits? You decide!

Click this link for more
http://www.coloring-pages-for-all-ages.com/guest-artist-nakisha.html

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Sir Isumbras as a Rabbit



My new painting "The Ride Home".

I was doodling in my sketchbook the other night and there was a tv program about medieval weapons on and I starting thinking about knights and paintings. Specifically Sir Isumbras at the Ford by Sir John Everett Millais.

My original sketch showed Three bunnies on the back of a spotted pony, but I liked the idea of a bunch of bunnies ridding another animal so much I grabbed my last piece or Arches watercolor paper and "The Ride Home" is what I came up with.

It's not a rabbit version of "Sir Isumbras" per se, but it does throw a definite nod to the PRB and to Millais as well.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Handmade Elephant



Here is one of three videos I have entered into the Etsy contest "A Handmade Moment". I hope to have a lot of views!

You can check out the other videos here:
http://www.etsy.tv/playlist/Handmade-Moments


I had so much fun with these I am attempting a much longer and more complex video using Flash animation. There is a bit of a learning curve, but I am enjoying the process.

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Blinky the Bunny



New video, with several more in the works... The music is my old band Vertebrae, and yes, at the very end you can hear my voice. It's actually a song I made up the guitar and spoken word piece for ages ago.

I am feeling a bit blinky myself after 14-15 hour days working on these videos. More soon.

Thursday, May 14, 2009

Little White (or any color you want) Rabbit Coloring Book

free

It's been a rainy week here in Seattle. What better time to cozy up with a hot cup of tea and make a coloring book? Which is exactly what I did, made a 13 page book full of rabbity fun just waiting for some color.

In honor of the digital release, I made an extra coloring book page that I'm GIVING AWAY. That's right, download it, print it and color your hearts out! Just don't sell it to anyone, because it's FREE.

The above image takes you to the flickr page, click on the "all sizes" link above the image, and then click "download the original size" which should print nicely on 8.5" x 11" standard printing paper.

Have fun! And if you feel like it, show me how you colored it in, because I'd love to see it!

If you want more, you can check out the DIY section of my etsy shop, I am selling the download for the whole book at a very reasonable fee.

Sunday, May 3, 2009

New Video-Baby Dutch



I put this video together from 20 watercolor and ink illustrations I painted. I also tried a version of this video with the music by Sun Kil Moon, and strangely enough, it works with that as well, but this version seemed happier (go figure).

Best viewed in high quality (click the red HQ button).

The paintings from this video will be available soon, contact me if interested.

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Art Inspiration- Victoria Usova



I know girls and animals with big eyes are all the rage in art and illustration at the moment. Not really my thing, but the art of Victoria Usova's charming images have me leaning more towards an appreciation of the large eyed world. Probably because they are just so friendly and beautifully drawn and painted.

As you know, I have fairly recently come back to watercolor as one of my favorite mediums. Victoria's watercolors really epitomize the wonderful fluid and playful nature of the medium. Colors blend and shift from soft pastels to bright deep tones.

I am also very much a fan of fairy tales, and Victoria's world is full of both exotic and familiar ones.

You can read more about her on her blog
http://vusova.blogspot.com/

And buy her art on Etsy while you still can afford it!
http://vusova.etsy.com

Monday, April 13, 2009

Wild thing, you make my heart sing...



This is probably the only movie I want to see this year. Big furry creatures of live action awesomeness!

Monday, April 6, 2009

New Animation

Not feeling well lately, I lay in bed with no energy to make "real" art. I played around with my paper and pens and decided to make a little flip book. You know the ones, where you draw something slightly different on each page, then when you flip the pages the images becomes animated. It's a crude but fun way to pass the time.

Once I finished my little flipbook, what to do with it? I didn't really want to sell my little book, but then hit on the idea of scanning the images into the computer. Sometime later, as the segue goes, I ended up with a down loadable do-it-yourself flipbook, and sometime after that, a new animation.

You can watch the animation below, and if you want to try your hand at your own rabbit flipbook, please see my etsy shop, I'm offering the flipbook download for a reasonable fee.

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Make Me Chocolate!


If you haven't heard of the "Make Mine Chocolate™" campaign, it is a movement started by the Columbus House Rabbit Society, a non-profit rabbit rescue in Ohio. The goal is to help educate the public that rabbits make terrible Easter gifts.

Sadly, rabbits are the third animal, behind cats and dogs, that are surrendered to animal shelters. Many are also "set free" after the Holiday, where they face death and injury from starvation, predation and roads. Rabbits can live ten years or more, and require as much work as a cat or dog. They should be spayed or neutered for the best health, need room to run around every day and must have a quality diet to thrive.

This Easter, I encourage everyone to think before you buy. If you still want a rabbit and are ready for the commitment, consider adopting one from your local animal shelter or rescue organization.

For more information on caring for rabbits, visit
The House Rabbit Society

A WA state rabbit rescue
Rabbit Haven

More on the campaign
Make Mine Chocolate
and the UK version
Make Mine Chocolate UK

The Humane Society of the US

I donate the sale of artwork to various animal rescue organizations in my Etsy shop- including the painting above- just click the "For the Animals" Section.

Friday, March 20, 2009

Oni, Moonlit

A little video of my sculpture coming to life.

Friday, March 6, 2009

A break for Sculpture

...Or as Monty Python says, and now for something completely different.

Sometimes when I get really involved in a project, it's good to step back and do something completely different. This is especially the case with the Rabbit Tarot, which seems to grow exponentially the more I work on it. I am really enjoying coming up with a new design for each of the 78 cards, but that's a lot of bunnies to paint and I don't want to burn out.

Hence the break to make the above sculpture, the Rabbit Demon. I purposefully made the eyes of this odd bunny like the demons (Oni) you can see in Japanese woodblock prints- each pupil is a bit wide so that they don't seem quite focused on one spot. I made use of a lot of recycled materials on this piece, old fabric, a paintbrush chewed by my dog Meimei, and string and ribbon I am constantly saving. The head moves from side to side and up and down on this hanging sculpture, but this is a protective bunny- he keeps an eye on the evil spirits and hopefully scares them away.

There was a lot of work on this one with some setbacks. The polyclay almost burned because I can't read the temperature gauge on my ancient stove, the rabbit's skin had to be hand sewn on him, and the balance of the neck took forever to get just right. But I am pretty happy with the final result.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Rabbit Tarot- In the works!


I am pretty excited about my new project, the Rabbit Tarot, based on the little white rabbits and friends. I now have about half the deck painted, and am researching printing possibilities. I want the finished tarot deck to be functional and well made, so finding the right printing company (and funding for the project) is a top priority. I have had the same tarot deck for over 18 years, and have read for myself and friends, so it's nice to reinterpret each card to the little white rabbit world.

Stay tuned for more updates, or visit my flickr page for more images.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Art Inspiration- Sarah Ogren


"Flying Companions" by Sarah Ogren

I am generally a fan of collage and mixed media, the art form that combines recycling and re-imagining existing images and ideas into new things. Last year I treated myself to an new piece I found through Etsy created by an artist I have admired for some time- Sarah Ogren. I love how Sarah combines the old illustration images with hand painting and whimsical touches. Her subject matter is also often close to my heart- rabbits, birds, woodland creatures and trees- often dressed in Victorian or vintage attire.

This piece "flying Companions" came displayed in a hand altered and textured frame that compliments the subject beautifully. A bunny woman rests elegantly on the back of a sparrow, which combines anthropomorphism, fantasy and vintage elements. It makes me smile whenever I see it, prominently displayed on my bookshelf.

You can read more about Sarah on her blog:
http://www.sarahogren.blogspot.com/

And be sure to visit her Etsy shop to purchase her fun and thoughtful creations:
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=86028

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Poor Theo- Step by step

Inspired by the real life Theo, I made a mini "Poor Theo" Sculpture. I thought it would be fun to share the step by step of how to make this type of sculpture.

I started with a basic wire armature or skeleton.

Then added a layer of masking tape over the wire.

I kept adding masking tape, 3-5 layers of it for strength and to cover the whole armature.

Once satisfied with the taping, I added a coat of gesso and let it dry.

I added 3-4 layers of gesso, letting it dry between each coat.

The final finish was achieved with a layer of acrylic paint, painted on then wiped off. The Elizabethan collar was made from heavy plastic, sewn on by hand.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Bunny Mobile!


I love mobiles. I love making art that moves. I have dreams of making huge kinetic pieces of life sized horses moving in the breeze. Maybe someday.

For now I am thrilled with my latest brainstorm- Do it Yourself Bunny Mobiles. I spent weeks tweaking this idea, using some of may favorite bunny paintings, I created a card that could be cut up, glued and assembled into a mobile. Then I spent another week creating a booklet, including illustrations on how to assemble it. I just got the cards from the printer this morning and was thrilled with the result. I felt like a kid making my own mobile, even though I had already made four prototypes getting the design just right.

I should point out that it's not my idea entirely, it came out of a short IM with my friend experimental. She said "I will give you one idea- bunny mobile made out of card stock". That was enough to send the ball rolling.

In any case the Bunny Mobile Kits are hopefully just enough inspiration to people, there are endless combinations and variations that can be made up out of it and I hope my customers have as much fun with them as I did making them up.



If interested in trying your hand at one of these mobiles, please visit my etsy shop.

Friday, January 9, 2009

No Copy Right


There is a website out there that started with an idea- let kids make pictures by collaging fashion items they found on the web into their own designs.

Unfortunately, it's an idea poorly imagined, managed and executed, since many members of this site take copyrighted images from artists and photographers, cut them up, then add and remove elements and use them to make their own pictures. This has many of my friends and artists I admire up in arms and understandably upset. Their work is not to be hacked up and displayed without permission, even if there is a link back to them.

The site owner, unfortunately, is documented as not having any control over the actions of it's members, which is like saying 'hey it's just my website, I can't do anything about that'.

The owner of the site knows their members can easily violate copyright laws, but choose to turn a blind eye and let the artists and their friends constantly police the site for stolen images, send cease and desist notices as well as upsetting the members of the site- many of them children and teenagers who don't know any better. It's time for the creator of this site to stop acting helpless and make their site so it doesn't encourage unlawful behavior by others.

If you want to read more here are some links:

Etsy forum discussion:

www.etsy.com/forums_thread.php?thread_id=5982886&page=1

The blog of someone sorely wronged by this site.

artandghosts.typepad.com/

Petition to shut down

www.gopetition.com/online/24378.html