July 2017 Newsletter

July Newsletter
Hello everyone!  The monthly newsletter is here!  Included in each monthly update is art that I’ve completed in the past month, links to videos that I’ve created (timelapses or instructional videos) this month, art that I’ve put up for sale and that which will be going up for sale shortly, a description of the next monthly raffle and how to enter (it’s at the bottom if you’re antsy!), and any other artsy news.

If you like to see my work as it comes out or as I’m working on it, I post almost-daily on Facebook, Minds, and Instagram, and my videos will also be posted on my Youtube and VidMe channels.  My original work is currently for sale on Etsy.

Thanks as always for subscribing and feel free to leave a comment or send me a message if you have any questions or just want to say something; I will do my best to answer.

Last Month’s Artwork:

June’s “theme” was Nebulae!  If you don’t know what a nebula is, look it up, it’s pretty cool!  A nebula is basically clouds of dust, particles, gasses, etc. in space that is often the birthplace of stars!  I first did a few “rainbow” nebulae to try a few things out.  One was even done mostly “en plein air” (outside!):

And then I asked people on all my social media platforms to vote on which REAL nebula they’d like to see me paint from these options:

1 = Witch Head Nebula (faint reflection nebula in the constellation Orion)
2 = Thor’s Helmet (emission nebula in constellation Canis Major)
3 = Helix Nebula (planetary nebula in Aquarius constellation)
4 = Rosette Nebula (emission nebula in Monoceros region of Milky Way)
5 = Crab Nebula (supernova remnant in Taurus constellation)
6 = Horsehead Nebula (dark nebula in constellation Orion)
7 = War and Peace Nebula or Lobster Nebula (diffuse nebula in constellation Scorpius)
8 = Butterfly Nebula or Bug Nebula (bipolar planetary nebula in constellation Scorpius)
9 = NGC 6188 (emission nebula in Ara constellation)

The most-voted was #5, the Crab nebula, and the most first-choice vote was #2, Thor’s Helmet, so I decided to paint large versions of those two, but also a few smaller versions of some of the others.  Here are the results:

My dad’s birthday is also right near father’s day, so I also painted something just for him:

I’ve also finished off another huge set of mini-paintings (about 2.5×3″ blocks) for Art-o-Mat!

I’m in the News!:

In May’s Raffle, one of the winners was an entire 4th-grade class!  I decided to make mini 3×4″ paintings for each of them, and right before the end of school for them (early June), they finally received the paintings – and filmed their reactions for the news!  Their reactions are so adorable; I was so happy to see that they enjoyed their little paintings so much!



Last Month’s Videos:

The following are videos that I’ve created in the past month (corresponding to the artwork shown above) in order by date (there will also be a video for the “Roadrunner” painting soon!):

(1) Rainbow Nebula            https://youtu.be/N7jCjw90_6A        – https://vid.me/NA5P
(2) Witch Head Nebula       https://youtu.be/2_W-geA9BRo       – https://vid.me/oDqG
(3) Horsehead Nebula        https://youtu.be/caMXSKAydXw    https://vid.me/ZS5W
(4) Crab Nebula                   https://youtu.be/3UghL9F5fpk        https://vid.me/5RQ7
(5) Rosette Nebula              https://youtu.be/hYafObmb9cI       https://vid.me/wrV2
(6) Thor’s Helmet Nebula  https://youtu.be/DQuilpgPciI           https://vid.me/6E74

You can watch these as well as all of my previous videos on my YouTube or VidMe channels.

Artwork for Sale:

If you’re interested in buying any of my original pieces, they will often be available on my Etsy site a few weeks after they’ve been painted.  If there is a piece that catches your eye that has not yet been put up for sale (such as any of the artwork posted in “last month’s artwork” above), feel free to send me a message and I will be happy to let you know what the price will be and you can have the chance to claim the painting before I put it up for sale officially!

Here are some of the paintings available in my store at the moment (click to see more!):

Upcoming Raffle:

Every first Friday of every month, I will have a raffle, which you can enter to win something for free!  This month’s raffle will be on Friday, July 7th.  Let me know which is your favorite set (Forests, Mountains, Nebulae, or Animals) for a chance to win a set of notecards!  The winner(s) will receive a set of 12 cards in the set of their choice.  All you need to do to enter is to comment or send me a message on any of my social media posts, on my website, or directly to my email address (scenesbycolleen@gmail.com).  I will check everything before deciding the winner or winners on Saturday.  And if you’re really keen on a different picture being included in a set, let me know that too!  Good luck and thanks for watching! 🙂

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