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ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: Mino Re

Owen here! Today I’d like to introduce you to the work of Mino Re, of Innovative Stone Arts.

Mino Re works in cast stone, oils, and carved acrylic. I am personally drawn to his work by the intricate and delicate knotwork that is carved and molded into stone. He does classic knotwork with lovely innovations – beautiful fluid lines; figures and shapes that are modern yet still distinctly celtic.

From his Etsy page, he explains a bit about his history:

I create original, affordable, unique stone art for home and garden. I find inspiration in intricate geometries like Celtic knots, fractals, spirals, and paisleys. These become decorative elements applied to my sunfaces, whimsical creatures, and interpretations of historical statues and antiquities.

I was born in Italy and learned from my father, an expert sculptor and painter. I worked in the field of architectural precast for thirty years, designing and engineering solutions for new construction and restoration. My art is now my focus, and I enjoy sharing my work at shows as well as on Etsy.

In addition to my cast stone, I work in other media as well: oil paintings, drawings in pencils and charcoals. If you’re interested in learning more about how I create my art, visit my website and blog at www.innovativestoneart.com or convo me and ask a question!

My favorite Mino Re design is this gorgeous tiger, a stone plaque cast from a plaster mold. You can see more examples of his designs here, including some that are for sale.

When presented with beautiful, complicated work, it is easy to imagine that the artist behind it simply popped into existence with highly polished skills. They snap their fingers and poof! A new masterpiece appears. This is easily disproven when given the chance to view the work that goes into creating a piece of art.

Thankfully in Mino Re’s case, he provides a thorough explanation of how some of his pieces have come together. He also has a blog where he posts photos of his work in progress – so you can see for yourself how the complexity arises!

For more, you can visit Mino Re’s:

Etsy Page
Website
Blog

 

Bumblepost: The most important thing I’ve learned in art

Owen here! I’ve been lucky enough to receive all kinds of advice and lessons about making art over the years, but there is one thing I can point to as the most important: Make friends!

Why?

Other artists can point out different ways to do things.

When I have trouble figuring out how to draw something, I will often turn to Tod and ask him to show me how he would do it. I can then take that lesson, practice it, and overcome my problem – much quicker than if I struggled by myself without help. The same thing goes for criticism. If other people point out flaws in my work, then they are solving problems for me.

I’ve saved a ton of time and heartache by having other artists around who can point me in the right direction.

 

Networking is useful in any group.

It’s important to know people who do similar things to you. They can point out opportunities that you would otherwise have missed. Also, if you make friends who do art, you are likely to meet other artists they know too.

 

It’s more fun to create together!

I personally have a hard time getting through all my projects if I have to do it all by myself. It’s way too easy to get distracted or disheartened. So I chat with people about art online, and once a week I go to the Bellingham School of Comics, a local art group. It helps immensely.

 

You get support while slogging through being unhappy with your work.

I don’t know of anyone who doesn’t get down in the dumps about their work at some point. I usually get that way after finishing a group of projects. Then for at least a few days, I don’t even know what I’m doing or why.

When this happens, it is invaluable to have other people I can turn to to keep going.

 

BumblePost: Owen’s got some stuff in the store!

Mr. Bumblepants here! When not scarfing down candy corn with Cadaver Dave or marveling at all the glorious Halloween decorations around town, I’ve been pretty busy making art. (But not too busy! Rest is important!) After much help from Tod with getting all the photographs and setting up my products, I am the proud new owner of a section in the Storydragon Store.

You can find a few things here:

Owen’s Art

And now a  little about my journey with art. I’ve had an interest in art for most of my life, but did not have much access to good instruction until about five years ago. That is when I met my husband, Tod Wills. He introduced me to a number of creative people both locally and online. The welcome I have received has been nothing short of astounding. If making art taught me nothing else, knowing how good and loving people can be would have been worth it alone.

I started out learning how to do basic drawing. My proportions were quite bad, and what I produced I wasn’t happy with. I challenged myself to show off my art no matter what state it was in, and the critiques I received were extremely helpful. Other people have been able to point out things that I would have taken many more years to learn on my own.

Over time I have also tried my hand at a lot of different forms of art. I used my previous sewing experience to make puppets with Tod. (Which also led to my discovery of puppetry, something I love doing!) I stumbled onto celtic art through a chance encounter at the library (the most magical of places!). In the oversize section I found a book by George Bain called “Celtic Art: The Methods of Construction.” It clicked with me more than anything else! Now whenever I try out a new art form, I always try incorporating knotwork into it.

After my first attempt at selling art, I had to take a very long break. I eventually got out of this by deciding to draw only one thing: Red pandas. They made me happy. They helped me to not be anxious. Eventually I was able to move on. I tried and failed at woodworking, while playing with a whole lot of things.

Most recently, I came across hot glue art – something I would never have imagined existed. I’d seen some quick fun holiday crafts done with it, and decided to try my hand at it. I loved the result, and decided to try adding it to the woodworking skills I’ve already been building. I also managed to acquire some tools that were sharper and easier to handle. Something magical clicked then, and suddenly I can’t stop making art. My anxiety disorder continues to exist, but it no longer affects my productivity with art. I found my niche!

To conclude, I want to say that I feel very grateful and happy to be able to make beautiful things. I hope they bring you joy!

Have a creative day!
– Mr. Bumblepants

Animal Art Card Stream!

I am streaming work on animal art cards today, for an Icon Day incentive goal! I will be picking animals to draw, and you can watch me sketch, ink and color them. Afterward, I’ll select some random folks who requested icons to win the cards as a prize.

There’s a text chat we can hang out on while I work. The rules are pretty simple: keep discussion SFW. No political or religious discussion, and please be respectful of other views. I’d like to avoid talking about football, and please don’t RP your character in the channel. We’re just hanging out. 🙂 I might be geeking out about animal evolution, just by nature of the subject at hand, in case that is not your cup of tea.

Hope to see you there!

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/icon-day

Free Holiday Coloring Pages for You!

Here are six free coloring pages for you, featuring Blunder the Reindeer, Puff Puff the cat, and friends – just click each image, print it out, find your box of crayons, and enjoy! Feel free to print out as many copies as you want, and give them out, as long as they remain free, and my web address stays on the picture.

 

Free Printable Reindeer Card!

Here’s a holiday card for you to download and print out! The file is high-resolution and ready to go – just print it out, fold it, and write in your own message. You’re also welcome to edit it digitally to add in your own text, and to share it with whomever you would like. I ask it be distributed only on a non-commercial basis, and that it not be edited to take my website address off the back. Happy Holidays to you and yours!

blundercard

Icon Requests are closed for batch #28

Thank you to everyone who participated! Requests are closed. There are 162 requests, and tips reached $1000, so everyone who tipped will get two icons. The second will be a surprise based on your first request. We’ll also be donating $100 to PTSD Support Bellingham, which is pretty rockin’!

Watch this space for updates. I need a day to get my ducks in a row, and then I’ll be sending out some emails concerning tip incentive commissions, and diving into work on this icon batch!

Icon Day Update for Thursday

Hello! We’re nearing the end of the request window for batch #28. I will be closing requests when I wake up on Sunday morning. Go get your request in now, if you haven’t already, and spread the word!

http://thestorydragon.com/?p=314

We have 120 icon requests, and the tip tally is at $667, which puts it $333 shy of folks who tip getting two icons. I have been given some awesome animals to draw for the art cards, so I’m looking forward to drawing ’em!