Written by Traci O'Very Covey

Opening Soon!

Ever wanted to purchase a print of my art or illustration? In a few days you will be able to! I have been busily working behind the scenes preparing the images and information to open my shop on Etsy (a retail site for artists and craftspeople). For starters, my shop will offer beautiful limited edition prints that are numbered and signed by me. They are printed with archival inks on luxurious 100% cotton fine art paper. In the future I might also add small original paintings and other creations to my shop. This week there will certainly be lots of food oriented art prints for your kitchen or dining area. So get ready to shop! I’ll supply the print. You provide the frame. And voila! Your spirits and your room get a colorful lift!

Tuesday Tea Time

I just discovered the iPad app called Paper by 53 which is simple and pretty great. This was the first thing I drew using my finger. Since it happened to be a cup and saucer (surprise!) I decided to share it with you. In the app you use the accordion fold paper notebooks to sketch, draw, write down ideas, or blend watercolor with your finger.

You can add new notebooks, add pages and even customize each of your notebook covers with one of your images. The accordion fold book appeals to me because I like to paint handmade artist books that fold this way. So now I have a new digital sketchbook to work in. I can’t wait to get my stylus so I can draw with it…but my finger seems to work pretty well for a rough, quick sketch. See more about the app here.

Tuesday Tea Time

Fall is a wonderful time of year, flowers are still happily blooming in gardens, leaves are beginning to change color, and the weather cools enough to make long walks extremely pleasant. On my daily stroll through the neighborhood the other day I noticed the autumnal routine of leaves and their little twig branches beginning to fall out of the trees and all over the lawns and sidewalks. That inspired me for today’s cup and provided the materials.
“Twig Cup”, photograph

Tuesday Tea Time

Just looking at these two stacks of jaunty cups and saucers I created for today’s tea cup image puts me in a cheerful mood. And, this quote by writer George Gissing seems to say it quite well for me…
“The mere chink of cups and saucers 
tunes the mind to happy repose.”
“Stacked Cups”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

Each morning during the warm weather months I take my tea and breakfast into the garden. Honeybees buzz busily from blossom to blossom, our two cats tiptoe around exploring, and birds thirst for a quick drink from our water fountain but decide to wait for a more private time. The mornings are getting a little bit cooler each day so I sit and read, write in my journal or sketch, savoring every last minute of patio time.
“Drinking Bird Cup”, digital illustration

Tuesday Tea Time

Here is a nice quote that is quite appropriate for today’s tea time image. It was written by an unknown author…short and sweet but kind of profound in a way.
Tea is a cup of life.”
“Blossom In Cup”, digital illustration

Our Boy Bob Illustrations Completed!

I just finished all of the illustrations for my children’s book “Our Boy Bob” (boy does that feel good)! I have been refining my drawings and then digitally painting at my computer for these past six months.  I had already written the book and sketched out all of the illustrations years ago, so I was optimistic in thinking I’d get finished before now. A huge part of my goal has been reached–the next part is to get it published and available for purchase. This is a happy day for me and I wanted to share it with you!

Metamorposis 6

The Utah Museum of Contemporary Art (UMOCA) recently held it’s annual fundraiser which was an elegant and fantastically successful event. My acrylic painting above, from my new “Metamorphosis” series, was among the art sold in the art auction.

All of the invited artists created work that was 12 x 12 inches and signed their name on the back so that the patrons would purchase art without knowing who the artist was–meaning that they would be guided by their aesthetic reaction to the art rather than look for a famous name. Since this painting was from my new series that hasn’t had much public exposure it was exciting for me–and I was pleasantly surprised by who ultimately purchase it.
“Metamorphosis 6”, acrylic on board, 12 x 12 inches

Artist Signed Prints for Backers

This is the 5 x 7 inch signed print.

Just starting week two of the funding campaign for “Our Boy Bob” and I wanted to share these incentives with you. These are the images for the limited edition signed fine art prints from illustrations in “Our Boy Bob” for backers who have selected these incentives on Kickstarter.

This is the 13 x 19 inch signed print.

Keep spreading the word about “Our Boy Bob”. And thank you so much for all of your support!

The Creation of a New Series

Do you ever feel like doing something different? I have been doing some exploring with my painting lately. A new series called “Metamorphosis” where I allow myself to paint intuitively whatever comes up rather than pre-planning my composition. The work is currently evolving and I am really enjoying it. These paintings were in the annual fundraising show at Art Access (which ends on Saturday) called “300 Plates.” All the artists are given the same size metal plates (with two holes in the top) on which to paint or create.

“Metamorphosis 4” gouache
“Metamorphosis 5” acrylic

These two were my paintings and both sold at the opening night event. I am excited to see where this series leads and will keep you posted.