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Art Inspired by Music

I put out the call to my social media friends and followers once again, this time asking for music-inspired art and/or poster and album art. What I got was a rad and eclectic mix of poster designs, paintings, and photography. Check it out.

This painting is Sam Aplin's translation of Florence + the Machine's "Only if for a night" for the Secret 7" competition. © Sam Aplin Art 2012

The cover of "The Pattern Act" by M E D I A, submitted by @PunkSoda

From the "Envy" set (inspired by NIN's "Reptile"), as part of a photography series based on the 7 Deadly Sins. Shot and submitted by @AmberGhosh

A poster for Mixed Use Media & 22Thoughts in San Antonio, TX. Submitted by @PunkSoda

"Tangerine Trees and Marmalade Skies" - One of 2 lovely Beatles-inspired floral paintings submitted by Brandi Solomon.

"Sky of Blue and Sea of Green" - Beatles-inspired floral painting submitted by Brandi Solomon.

And, though this submission isn’t fine art, is certainly is creative design and would make an awesome gift for any music lover. Plus, I can’t pass up an opportunity to show off the seriously cool work my friends are doing. These coasters by Melissa Stewart at Crab Apple Designs are made from upcycled vintage sheet music.

(Click the photo for a link to the Etsy listing, where you can purchase this mega-cool coaster set.)

Next post theme in this series of curated art, just in time for Valentine’s Day: LOVE!
Send your submissions via Twitter to @JenHeartsArt.

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Movember-themed mustache painting on red rose background

On Friday, November 4, 2011, I will be getting all dressed up and going to the Movember Austin Mo-Tie Affair, where this painting will be a part of the evening’s silent auction. The cocktail party and fundraiser takes place at LIVESTRONG HQ, and benefits Movember, funding multiple men’s health organizations. To bid on this painting (among many other awesome silent auction items!), and for what is certain to be a great time, register at http://amotieaffair-eorg.eventbrite.com/.

My art contribution to the silent auction is this 12 x 12″ gallery-wrapped canvas, with red floral all-over design and a black mustache. The sides are painted as well, so the buyer doesn’t necessarily have to frame it, but I do think this painting would look sharp with a sleek black frame. One detail I couldn’t capture with a camera is the presence of pattern in some of the roses. I used other similar shades of red for a monochromatic effect, and the result is a multi-textured and visually rich painting, without the background patterns being overpowering or excessively busy.

Check out Movember Austin’s event page, where you’ll find tickets and more info about the Mo-Tie Affair and other upcoming events!


New paintings at a killer presale price!

Looking for some fresh new art to spice up your home for the fall season? You are totally in luck! I have two brand new paintings in progress, both of which will be ready to deliver next week, sold separately OR as a set, available this week only at a special presale price.

Each painting is a 12″x12″ original floral piece on gallery-wrapped canvas. No frame needed, as I’ve carried the design around all sides to the very edge, although it could completely transform the feel of each piece if you do happen to have the perfect frame laying around. Once complete, these paintings will contain more detail and color variation in each petal, but will retain the same composition and vivid pop-art feel.

One is yellow, and the other red. Again, they look fabulous together, but could each make a lovely and bold statement individually. I’m offering a 25% discount for presale orders, and would recommend this option to anyone seriously considering obtaining one of these pieces. Each finished painting will cost $100, so reserving one for $75 is a steal (and ensures that no one else gets his/her grubby paws on your new art)!

 

Want one? Awesome! Email me at austinartevents@gmail.com for payment options and availability. ❤

 


EasyCanvasPrints.com makes it easy to create professional art prints on canvas

Whether you are an artist looking to print replicas of your work, or a person with a loved one for whom you’re seeking the perfect customized gift, EasyCanvasPrints.com may be your answer!

Canvas print by EasyCanvasPrints.com of an original painting by Jennifer Cunningham

Based in Austin, EasyCanvasPrints.com (brought to you by the awesome people at Build-A-Sign) offers reasonably priced printing on canvas. The process is pretty simple, too. You just need a high-resolution image of the design you wish to have printed, and that can be anything from original artwork to photos of friends or family. Through the company’s website you can complete the order and pay, then have it shipped anywhere in the country. Although this is a locally-based business, they serve customers all over.

As an artist myself, I recently tried out the canvas printing and must say I am quite impressed with the quality of the finished piece. EasyCanvasPrints.com is also very user-friendly and responsive, providing excellent customer service.  I would absolutely recommend them to any artist, photographer, or gift-seeker who wants to have a custom canvas printed locally at a great price.

For my first order, I chose a 16″ x 20″ teal version of one of my floral paintings, with gallery-wrapped edges. Check out the photo below of it hanging on the wall at Cypress Vanguard!

Canvas print by EasyCanvasPrints.com, designed by Jennifer Cunningham, and shown hanging at Cypress Vanguard with handbags by Anne Marie Beard.


RCF Austin sneak peek: The WonderCraft

Renegade Craft Fair is returning to Austin for the 2nd year (May 21-22), and there’s no better place to get crafty and shop handmade this weekend! While we (im)patiently wait to see the vendors’ new selections of art, crafts, and fashion apparel, I thought it’d be fun to share some information about a few of last year’s favorite businesses, along with previews of what they’ll have in store for visitors this weekend at the Palmer Events Center.

First up, The WonderCraft! I first encountered Stella, the Airstream trailer that houses the WC boutique, at the 2010 Renegade Craft Fair, and she was an instant hit with my entire family. The kids hung out outside the trailer working on cool paper crafts at one of the company’s signature make-and-take stations. The photo immediately below is of Stella inside the event venue during RCF last year, with details on this year’s DIY project further down.

Last week on their blog, Get Crafty, Austin!, Beth Albrecht at The WonderCraft announced that this year the big make-and-take project will be Upcycled Cardboard Matchbook Wallets! This is a brilliant idea and a wonderful way to make something useful and personalized out of re-purposed materials. And, of course, the cool music theme in the preview/example photo speaks to another facet of Austin’s culture. I can’t wait to see some of the unique wallets people will create!

Photos courtesy of The WonderCraft

Not only will there be fun craft projects for you to make, The WonderCraft will be open for business, selling locally handmade items and signing people up for classes and parties. Get Crafty, Austin! The WonderCraft insists. 🙂


Art, Food, and Fashion at 6th and Waller – 2/26/11

Check out the new post up at Austin Art Events Examiner, where you’ll find a detailed list of the fashion designers, booth vendors, featured artists, and food vendors who will be showcasing their talents this Saturday at 6th & Waller. (The original post gives a music lineup, but that part has been canceled due to circumstances beyond the control of event coordinator, Strong Deer Art.)

Here’s the link:
Art, Music, and Fashion at 6th and Waller – 2/26 – Austin art events | Examiner.com.

Aside from the fashion show at 3pm and the art (of course), my favorite part is the artist market! @FancyPantsATX and @JenHeartsArt will be sharing a booth space full of wearable art, visual art, and fun, original gift items. Our designs complement each other well, allowing for an exciting collection of pop art and cute accessories featuring modern cultural icons.

Both Dani and I will be selling lots of new work never before seen on Etsy or in stores, so we urge you to stop by, take advantage of the awesome deals we’re offering, and give us your feedback about the current designs. Most pieces are under $20, with many $10 and under!

For examples of some of our styles, check out our Etsy shops:

FancyPantsATX on Etsy.com

JenniferHeartsArt on Etsy.com

I am also particularly stoked to see what Animated Closet, Jinxedaposed, Malissa Long Wear, and BonBon by Micah Yancey will be showing, as well as what some of our friends and fellow vendors will have for sale in 2011. (Can’t wait to visit the Robo Roku booth and stock up on super-cute new stuff, either! They’ve always got adorable, useful things that make fantastic gifts.)


Have you seen the Arthouse at the Jones Center lately?!

In case you didn’t already know, the Arthouse on Congress Ave. has finally reopened after renovations, and is so unbelievably cool. Passing by is especially a treat after dark because of the huge screen and beautiful lighted architectural art elements on the building.

Perhaps sometime soon I’ll manage to sit down long enough to go into further detail about some of the current and upcoming happenings there, but in the meantime at least check out the website and member info to learn more: http://www.arthousetexas.org/

Subscribe to their mailing list, too, or follow @Arthouse_Ben on Twitter to stay in the loop. That’s how I do it. 🙂

Earlier this year I attended an off-site version (due to the aforementioned construction) of the venue’s annual Five x Seven fundraiser and exhibition, which was held at the Whitley building. I actually won tickets to the first-ever Art Social event from the Mohawk in a contest on Twitter!
More about that in these two posts:
http://www.examiner.com/art-events-in-austin/after-the-event-arthouse-5×7-fundraiser-2010
http://www.examiner.com/art-events-in-austin/pictures-and-participant-perspectives-at-the-inaugural-five-x-seven-art-social


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