Taratories Blog

High Arts Festival

 

High Arts Festival is a 23-day festival celebrating visual art, music and film. Public vote determines $32,000 in prizes. The event runs Sept. 14-Oct. 7.

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The details

September 14-October 6
Thursday-Friday: 12-7 p.m.
Saturday: 12-5 p.m.

Location: Summit Artspace
140 E. Market St. Akron, OH 44308

Visual Art prizes will be awarded in the following categories:

  • Grand Prize Public Vote ($3000)
  • Grand Prize Juried Vote ($3000)
  • 2D Runner Up ($1000)
  • 3D Runner Up ($1000)

The visual art public and juried grand prize winners will also have to opportunity to go on a 2-day trip October 25-26 to a to-be-announced city to learn from their local arts community.


OPENING NIGHT: Friday, September 14, 5:30-10pm at the Summit Artspace

Come see my work along with many others pieces in the show, and stop by and visit me opening night in my studio on the first floor.  I am in room #104.  

See you there!


www.higharts.org

Custom Wedding invitation

Recently these two love birds got married and I was able to make their wedding invitations a little more personalized that the typical invitation. I used photographs of them to work from in their wedding attire and painted them separately in their oval frames.  

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I love how they turned out on the wedding invitations! I just think it is such a unique idea and the watercolor sketches really make them lighthearted and fun!

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They even used them for the cake toppers!  I love it when things are repurposed for different uses like this.

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I used the original painting that I did for the commission as a gift to the lovely couple.  I also included the addition of a portion of a bible verse and their wedding date.  It was such an honor to be part of their special day in this small way!  

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Live Family Sketching

This week I had a fun evening of live fashion sketching!  I went to a local house and joined a family in a birthday party get together.  I have never done live fashion sketching for a family like this before and it was a really fun experience!  At the end of the 4 hours I felt like I was part of the crew, they were so inviting and so fun!  They came over to me and posed for me as I needed them.  I even used a photo to add a family member into the painting who wasn't able to attend the party.

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That night I painted 18 people total from the family!  This is a great way to capture a group of people in a loose and fun way instead of the typical photograph.  Doing quick sketches really pushes me out of my comfort zone and forces me to try and capture the essence of the person instead of every detail. 

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If you are interested in having this done at your next party or event, please email me at taratories@gmail.com to start the conversation!

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All framed up outside of the room I painted! 

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Cactus Wall Mural

This week I created a patterned mural for a baby nursery.  The goal was to create rows of cactuses to create the look of wallpaper.  I used fluid acrylics which can be watered down to mimic the look of watercolor.  

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With these paints, I was able to create a washy look with a variety of lights and darks which gave the cactuses a more interesting look.

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Before I started painting the cactuses, I cut 2 different cactus shapes out of paper to use as my outline. On alternate rows I flipped the cactuses in the opposite direction which helped to create 4 different silhouettes.  

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As you can see, I was pretty happy with the results!  My friend gave me a charcoal facial in the during my time painting and she commented on how well I was "multi-masking!"  :)  

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This room is a really fun and unique boy room with so much texture and energy and will be a room he can definitely grow in!

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Oh The Heart

This week I had the privilege to be featured in a wedding blog found on www.ohtheheart.com  which featured different ways to preserve your wedding bouquet... make sure you check it out!  Featured on there were my custom watercolor wedding bouquets which I love painting so much!  I can work from any photo to bring you a beautiful painting that can be cherished for years to come.  

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What makes these paintings so special?  Flowers are such an integral part of your wedding, but after the wedding the flowers die and most of us throw them away.  That's why preserving your bouquet is so important and really makes a lovely gift for yourself or someone else.  Here is where you can find out more and place your order for one today... 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Merch Shop!

I am so excited to announce that I have partnered with Society 6 and opened up a new merch shop! This partnership allows me to offer prints, canvases, and an amazing range of fun and beautiful products that features my whimsical paintings. I will be adding other products to my shop in the near future, and check out the other products available now and see what grabs your eye! https://society6.com/taradeetscreek