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| 08 July, 2014 14:08
New Gallery Representation!
I am excited to anounce that the four miniature artworks below are now hanging at Q's Art Shop located at 1511 6th Ave. N. Suites B & C, Billings, MT 59101. Stop in and see them! Q's hours are Tuesday through Saturday 1-5pm, or you can call and schedule an appointment/ask questions by calling (406) 248-1102.
One of my newest pastels, Tiny Package, LOTS-A Attitude, won a first place award in an online gallery competition! The work is featured in Focus Point & Shape's Cats Art Exhibition which runs July 6 through September 30, 2014. Find it here: http://focuspointshape.com/exhibitions/cats-art-exhibition/.
| 15 June, 2014 22:49
A few weeks ago, I was cruising through my Facebook home page and saw an inquiring post from the Artist's Network page. Father's Day is approaching, it read. How has your father inspired your artwork? Have you ever painted a picture of him? Readers were encouraged to send an e-mail with a picture and share their stories. Well, it just so happened that my father has been the subject of a few of my art works and he has also been an inspiration to me in becoming an artist. So, I wrote my little two hundred words or less story, selected my pastel, Napping Together, and made my submission. Then, a week or so later, I was notified that my painting had been selected for inclusion in the Father's Day blog article that the Artist's Network was publishing! Here is the link below! I hope you check it out!
My dad, bless his heart, has been "priviledged" to be the subject of more than one of my works: the pastel featured in the article above, the cartoon I created for him for Christmas, and one of my earliest cartoons featured below. And I'm sure he's going to be in more work to come! Thanks for being a good sport dad!
He enjoys spending time in the wilderness and activities such as bicycling, hiking, mountain climbing, and camping. More often than not, he ends up being my hiking buddy. We tromp along mountain trails and he spews out facts about the trail, names of mountains, and such. They are great times! Love you Dad!
| 26 October, 2013 22:12
Last week, I spent several days with a couple of my favorite furry friends, a goofy and loveable Great Dane named Keiko, and a sassy and sometimes loveable cat named Wiggles. Sometimes loveable because as far as Wiggles is concerned, my mother is the center of her universe and she's not very cuddly with strangers, defined as anyone other than mom. To be fair, she is still very, very young and hasn't really learned the art of cuddling.
I enjoyed spending a few days with her, though, because I think we have made a start at friendship. At last. My mother and I came up with a plan to bribe her onto my lap which included: yarn. My mother deposited the little black splotch of a kitten on my lap while I was crocheting one afternoon and thereafter, the snaking string, and the darting of that flashy crochet hook proved too much temptation to resist.
She would fly across the room and plop into my lap with a devilish gleam twinkling in her yellow eyes and vengeance on her mind. She did not discriminate either. All of the crochet instruments would fall victim to her swiping claws: the string of yarn, the hook, the entire skein, the actual project, and sometimes my fingers!
Occasionally, she would wear herself out and curl up in sleep, a little spot of warmth seeping through my jeans. These were the sweetest moments!
Below is a photo of her with all of "her" crochet paraphernalia:
I also had the chance to visit some other furry friends of ours and got some great photos which I can't wait to make into pastel paintings in the near future! So, check back soon!
| 15 September, 2013 18:10
Months ago, I was paging through the "Calls to Artists" section of my Professional Artist magazine when I stumbled across a listing for an online gallery accepting submissions and, the best news, holding monthly contests! "Hmmm," I thought to myself, "this is something I could try." I submitted work for a couple contests, but not surprisingly, didn't win. I moved onto other things for a while.
But then about the beginning of August, I started thinking about it again. "Maybe, I'll check out the theme this month and see what I can do." I had enjoyed working within such a constraint in the months previous to this. Often, it is like creative stretching (in the same way that a dancer stretches and warms up before a performance) to confine oneself to such limitations. If you don't pull a muscle, so to speak, it can be beneficial for your artwork. At the very least, you could be inspired to work on something or move in way that you haven't considered.
So, I logged onto the website, but was brought up short immediately. I stared at the screen in shock. There it was. Front page. My pastel. My name. "WE HAVE A WINNER!" The words seemed shout across the screen. "Congratulations to Brittany Stout, Winner of the June, "All Paintings" Theme Art Competition." I HAD won!
Below is my winning painting:
Winners of the monthly competitions receive a radio interview, media promotion, an invite to the gallery and more! My radio interview aired on www.blogtalkradio.com on Saturday, September 14. It's also going to be available on iTunes as a podcast and through my Artist Gallery Page which can be found on www.contemporaryartgalleryonline.com. Check it out!