Friday, May 16, 2014

New Cat Painting!

This is my NEW original acrylic painting on canvas depicting a Cat named Julian with cattitude. Fun, whimsical artwork for the entire family. This painting makes a very unique and fun gift as well as provides a great topic of conversation. Fantastic kids room decor!

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Sunday, May 4, 2014

Spring Giveaway: WIN My "Three Wishes" Giclee Print!

And the winner is: Cat Lombardo! Congratulations!

This giveaway is closed. The winner will be announced in the next few days. Thank you very much for entering and for your wonderful comments about my art!

Time for a Giveaway! $20 Value!

To enter this giveaway, you need to leave a comment under this post indicating your favorite painting or print from HJM Art Gallery shop, sign up for my newsletter and follow this blog. 

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This giveaway is open to residents of USA only. If you are not a resident of USA, you can still enter, however shipping fees will apply to ship to your country (I will invoice shipping fees via paypal). The winning number will be generated using generator. Make sure to include your contact e-mail in your comment under this post to be notified if you win.
Start Time: May 4, 2014
End Time: May 14, 2014 at midnight

About this fantastic print:
Artist: Helen Janow Miqueo
Title: "Three Wishes" 
Size: 8"x10"
Print ONLY (no mat or frame)


This tree print is printed using Epson's archival ultrachrome pigmented inks, which are guaranteed not to fade for at least 100+ years under glass, on a 100% cotton rag, museum quality, acid-free, archival, bright white Velvet Fine Art Paper. My prints are smudge resistant, long lasting, and fade resistant! 

 Thank you so very much for participating and appreciating my art! Helen :-)

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Saturday, May 3, 2014

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas!

As Mother’s Day approaches, it's important to show our moms our love and appreciation for everything they have done for us over the years. There are many traditional gifts that you can give: flowers, greeting card, jewelry etc. But I would like you to consider a non-traditional gift of art. I know that art is a very personal experience and this makes it a perfect Mother's Day Gift! We want our gift to be personal since we know our moms better than anyone else in the entire world!

I recently listed a few beautiful new original paintings in my HJM Art Gallery shop that I think could be perfect, unique gifts. They are one of a kind artworks. In addition, you can get them right now at 15% off - Mother's Day Shop-Wide Sale! (ends May 8, 2014). Also take a look at my high quality giclee prints, which are created from my original art. Happy Mother's Day! Helen

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Friday, March 28, 2014

Easter Egg Hunt - Etsy Finds

In this post I am sharing my fantastic Easter Eggs finds from my fellow Etsy sellers. Take a look at these original, creative ideas!

Love these birch bark eggs, love their very unusual rustic look! Beautiful, spring home decorating idea!

This birds nest Soap should be on everyone's wish list! Made from natural moisturizing shea butter soap and mild exfoliating of natural fruit fiber speckles.

Beautiful hand painted Easter Eggs! The eggs are decorated using a wax pinhead, which is the oldest and most widely used technique.


What an original idea! Chalkboard painted Easter Egg inside a hand-stamped muslin storage bag with chalk. Be creative: write, erase, repeat! Have fun!

I just couldn't resist these adorable egg hunters!

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Whimsical Art Demystified

I am describing my art as "whimsical art". But what the term "whimsical" really means? According to the dictionary, it "1. characterized by imagination and whimsy--fanciful; 2. playful or odd, especially in an endearing way; 3. unpredictable." 

"Whimsical is formed from the archaic word whim-wham, which was a frivolous kind of knickknack, usually bought on an impulse. The related noun whim refers to an impulse. Whimsical is often a compliment used to describe a person who is carefree and makes decisions on impulse....." Whimsical is also synonymous with capricious.

Artists and art academia use the term "whimsical art" to describe works of art that are fun, fanciful, playful, colorful, vibrant, engaging, eclectic, ornamental and imaginative. The art often has a child-like quality to it and primary color palette is often dominant.

I like to think about my whimsical art as a "surreal art" with the playful, colorful overtones. Whimsical artists are depicting the world through their imagination and their artwork can take the viewer to the unexpected, imaginary places.

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Friday, March 14, 2014

What Are Artists Trading Cards?

Let me start by saying that I love ACEOs! What are they? And why I and millions of art collectors around the world love them?

"Artist trading cards (or ATCs) are miniature works of art about the same size as modern trading cards" (like baseball cards) 2.5 x 3.5 inches in size.

"The ATC movement developed out of the mail art movement and has its origins in Switzerland. Cards are produced in various media, including dry media (pencils, pens, markers, etc.), wet media (watercolor, acrylic paints, etc.), paper media (in the form of collage, papercuts, found objects, etc.) or even metals or fiber. The cards are usually traded or exchanged. When sold, they are usually referred to as art card editions and originals (ACEOs)...M. Vänçi Stirnemann is credited in many circles with popularizing the modern artist trading card in 1996."

Collectors love ACEOs because they are affordable, small enough to fit inside standard card-collector sleeves or be displayed in small frames (wall mounted or on a desk) and give a real insight into the work of your favorite artist.

In my HJM Art Gallery shop on etsy, I offer both original ACEOs and ACEO reproduction prints from my original paintings. Check out my ACEO section here: ACEOs

Why not try them out?

Sorce: wikipedia
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