January has been full time Pet Portrait Order fulfillment! New prints are arriving from my printing company in Washington state weekly...I think I'm a little over half way through all 30 orders! More to come...
A belated Happy New Year! I've been busy working on all the commission orders I received over the holidays - which is great, because it hasn't been the ideal weather for getting out and about. But when I can get out, I do, and then I take lots of photos. Sharing some favorites from the last few weeks...including spruced up ones, compliments of instagram...another fabulous new diversion, for me! You can follow me at: http://instagram.com/anneleuckfeldhaus
New Years Eve Day. I got my car stuck for a short while...thank goodness for all wheel drive!
The "silly beast" outside my kitchen window. Construction has since insued. Hoping I won't be left in the dark come spring!
I gifted myself some snow shoes, took the inaugural outing last week with my friend Laura.
Laura opted to use her cross country skis. it was great fun!
The ice formations formed from the "Polar Vortex" were phenomenal and breath taking!
This is where I spent most of my summer! No paddle boarding or kayaking today...
The sand and snow wind formations at the beach were delightful to see.
We finished the day with a few tobaggon runs down Cricket Hill. I had not done that since high school....wheee! Sunset walk last Sunday in my neigborhood.
It's been a crazy, exhausting, and very fun last couple of weeks! Shows in bitter temps, and snow...but folks still came out and supported us. I'm happy to say I had my best One of a Kind Show, ever...I left with 23 Pet Portrait Orders! Luckily not all were Holiday Orders...I'm so grateful and excited that my new Personalized Portraits seem to be a hit. Here are some photos from One of a Kind and the Chicago Art Girls 2nd Annual Holiday Pop up Shop, last weekend.
...it's 9:49pm and, yes, I'm still working! This is truly the most exhausting, but fun and exciting, time of the year for my business. I'm really happy with how my booth turned out. I winged it this year, brought less shelving, etc. I like it, it looks cleaner. Less is more. Hope to see some of you lovely people at the fabulous One of a Kind Show over the next 4 days! Click HERE for all the details.
This will make your "Personalized Pet Portrait" ordering much easier...choose from these dogs and 2 cats (sorry more kitties coming soon!) Just click for the Order Form! Patterns and Color Samples coming next!
CUSTOM FACE PORTRAIT: READY TO HANG BOX Frame or FLOAT Frame PRINT: Anne will create a custom full color Digital Illustration of your pet & make it into a Print * 12x12 Custom Digital Print: $150 + $15 shipping & handling
* 18x18 Custom Digital Print: $250 + $20 shipping & handling
* 20x20 Custom Digital: $350 + $25 shipping & handling
* Illinois Buyers add 9.25% sales tax + Shipping via US Priority Mail or UPS
What You Get: * A Mounted Ready to Hang Print of a Digital Painting
Anne creates based on a Pet you choose from Anne's On-Line Portfolio or
any dog or cat image on Anne's website.
* A 1.5" deep Mounted, Ready to Hang Box Print with Black Beveled Edges.
* A UV Coating is Applied to all Prints so they will not fade.
* Your Pet's name on a banner * Choice of border color & Optiona Background & Border Patterns and Optional Halo for Memorial Portraits
* Choose your Pet: See Face Portrait Dog Examples. See Face Portrait Cat Examples.
What We Need From You:
* A completed Order Form with your Pet's Name and details
* A 50% deposit via personal check, credit card payment through
PayPal or call Anne with your VISA/MASTERCARD information
(773.772.1085). * A clear understanding that Anne retains all copyright and reproduction rights on the image she creates of your pet.
PERSONALIZED FACE PORTRAIT PRINT ON-LINE ORDER FORM
* CLICK HERE *
Win one of my new 'Personalized Pet Portrait Prints'! Visit http://annesart.com/AnnesPetPortraits.html
Choose a Dog or Cat from the recent portrait Gallery - Face Portraits or Narrative ones - that looks like
your Pet or one you would like to give as a Gift. (You may also choose from any other dog on my website). Comment on the Post on theAnne Leuck Feldhaus Studio Facebook Fan Page with the
Pet's name and your Pet's name. A Random Winner will be chosen on Friday
at 5pm! An added bonus = you get to pick your own border color and background
pattern! I will also make any reasonable edits to the color of the animal to match yours. Go check them out!
I created this portrait of Kirby for Jessica and Travis to give to their dog walker before they moved to Colorado. He had a very special bond with Kirby, they walked through Lincoln Park by the pond every day. Since this was a digital illustration, I was able to make a second print for them to take along to enjoy in their new home in the west. I hope this brings happy memories to their dog walker and for them, of their time living in Chicago!
Some fun shots from the Bucktown Arts Fest...it was a beautiful weekend, so fun to connect with friends and customers old and new! This was my debut show in the art fair world, 18 years ago...1995. My, how time flies! I had an unfortunate incident towards the end of the day Sunday, my temporary crown on my front tooth came off! I was mortified, but in the end it made for a lot of giggling and laughing with artist friends and customers...and it was very sweet when a little girl showed me her lack of '2' front teeth...what was I complaining about?! This is me being brave, posting on the internets...here I am, in all my hillbilly glory:
Last day: Fields Project Art Fair...It ended abruptly early, due to a severe storm, so I wasn't able to photograph everyone's work. And sadly, I just learned this week that the Fields Project Program has come to an end after a 15 year run. I am so grateful to all the amazing families and volunteers who kept it going for so long and to Rachel Weaver-Rivera for introducing me to it back in 2003. I was fortunate to have participated so many times.This beautful land and this community have become emeshed in my soul and my art work. You can see the paintings I created at AnnesArt.com under Farm & Fowl.
On the 2nd to last day of the Fields Project, resident artist Cathi Shwalbe orchestrated a water event at a public well located outside Ashton, IL at Gurler Road and Schnell. These
photos document her fourth gesture related to water. Her
handmade cups and this public well brought out many folks from the community througout the day. It was a beautiful thing and the water so fresh and cold and and lovely in her earthenware cups.
From Cathi: "Water should be free and clean = that is my the foundation. I was told about this well last year during The Fields Project by Aneda Ebert
and knew what I would be doing during the 8th annual (for me) Fields
Anne, Cathi, fellow artist Carol Luc and Farm Hostess with the Mostest, Aneda Ebert!
These additional photos show the sky at the time I arrived to help Cathi set up at the well: Roll Clouds. I'm sure I've mentioned how much I love weather and storms and clouds. These were extraorinary...but it wasn't good timing for Cathi's event, luckily we were spared. Not even a drop of rain fell. The folks at either ends of this front were not so lucky. There had been pretty torrential rains the night before as well..as can be seen below. Farmers were out all morning anxiously checking the fields.
Aneda and Carol arrived fashionably early in the storm armoured John Deere!
A few days before we departed for the Fields Project, fellow artist and good friend, Cathi Schwalbe posted this photo on Facebook with the caption: Anne & Cathi head for the country.
We decided we needed to re-create the photo in this modern day setting, as the 'Silo Sisters' (you might recall from my earlier post - we each had a guest room for the week sleeping in the silo (behind us). We enlisted the help of fellow resident artist Barbara Diener and her vintage 4x5 camera. We have not seen her rendition yet, these are candid shots taken by our 'farm dad' Gary Bocker. He outfitted us with his pistol and shot guns and yep, we all took a turn with the 12 guage!
Barbara Diener Cathi sporting the ruby red shell casings on her fingers with our esteemed photographer, Gary! I doctored this one up...until we get the real deal!
You haven't heard from me much this summer...but I've been plenty busy! In lieu of doing a myriad of outdoor artfairs I've been busy developing a Wholesale Line of Gift Items for Stores and Pet Boutiques. I showcased much of this new work at the Chicago Gift Market at the Merchandise Mart in July, and have many new products in the works since then. I love doing these shows, designing my booth, sharing new work with potential clients and meeting so many other lovely designers and makers. It was a blast, here's some before and after shots:
My most colorful booth to date - It's amazing what you can accomplish with a staple gun, a few rolls of colored paper and ikea shelving!
My new 'Holiday' selections! My lovely girfriends from Green Daffodil, Siouxanne & Anne! My new best friend in Canada! Julie, at Julie Sinden Handmade. We did an 'international' trade, I got a super cute new winter hat! ...and the lovely Martha, of The 3 Sisters Design Studio! This gal is nonstop fun and a brilliant designer.
Part 4 from the Fields Project: PROCESS Unlike my plein air compatriots, I work via sketches and photographs. Mostly driving around the first few days of the residency and then setting up my outdoor studio at Castle Rock State Park. This year, I only spent a short time up there due to weather and ticks. I spent two afternoons painting in one of the enormous storage sheds at the Bocker Farm...me and the morning doves, they didn't really appreciate my prescence but they graciously spared my artwork their droppings!
No, this cow was not this tall, but I couldn't resist making this comical rendition.
My work was more abstract than usual, this year. I was fascinated by the patterns of the driveways at the farms and the simple shapes of things.
More from the Fields Project in June: early in the week I put the word out that I wanted to see the landscape from the farmer's perspective. What I had in mind was a ride on some farm equipment, I should have know with this group I would get that, and so much more! Gary Bocker was geneorus enought to send me up the elevator, 180 feet...so high I looked down on their enourmous corn bins.The view was spectacular...and a little unnerving for the first 10 mintues (I could see straight through to the ground from the grate we stood on).
In the distance you can see 'The Rail' ... the train cars are loaded with corn and travel a short distance to the main railroad line. Such a view! With Gary Bocker, overlooking his corn kingdom! He had never been up here and wasn't going to join me. I insisted that he come, too...I think he was glad he made the trip. The drive where the trucks cue up with their loads of corn. I was very lucky to be up there when a load came in, look at that gorgeous yellow grain!
The trucks pull in over a grate and the corn fills the coffers (I hope I have that right!) It was pretty cool, I could hear what sounded like rain, as the corn was pumped up into the giant metal pipes and distributed back down into the bins. Later that day, driving 'home'. I was at the highest point you see there! After that awesome elevated view, I drove a few miles to one of their fields and grandson, Winton, took me out on the sprayer (above).
This a very sophisticated piece of equipment, that computer tracks a myriad of info including moisture, and temps. He educated me a bit about weeds, if they grow higher than 4 inches they take more moisture from the soil than the corn.
A horse of course! ...at White Pines Ranch My third elevated view of the day, this one on a mammal! My horse's name was Chief...prior to our ride we had to watch a video (geared mostly towards a younger crowd). They instructed riders to go stand in front of the horse they wanted and point (so I did!). To my left is fellow artist: Jan Sorenson and in front the owner of White Pines, Gig Bellows. So grateful to her for inviting me out for the trail ride. Chief was a trooper, can't imaging carrying 'me' up a canyon trail..but this guy did!
It was just brought to my attention that my work was spotted in The
Chicago Reader on July 18th in an article about Judy Fiske of Fit +
Frisky in Evanston. I did their logo and they have some of my work in their beautiful store!
Had a lovely visit with my brother, his wife and their adorable dog, Edgar in the Cascades over the 4th of July. Lots of good food, kayaking, rafting, biking, walks and rock collecting (I got stopped in Security at the airport for my suspect bag of rocks!).
A narrative memorial pet portrait of their much loved dog, Willie. Edgar!