Sunday, May 29, 2011

The Art of Mikael Alacoque

Mikael Alacoque

Fascinated by the idea of the public monument much of Mikael's
work revolves around a need to investigate the way in which society
records events and people by casting them in metal and stone.

See these & other recent works; all part of a series of sculptures concerned with a playfully sinister bastardization of familiar objects. The pieces have an initial feeling of innocence and irreverence but on closer inspection seem more bizarre and unsettling. See more here.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

The Author to Her Book - A Poem about Writing

Any authors among my readers should sympathize with Bradstreet's poem.  Its sentiments apply to anyone who works in a creative field, whether visual art, music, or writing.  It tells of the fondness an author has for her work, and how reluctant she is to stop editing and release it to the public, but how a good author has to let go eventually.


THOU ill-form'd offspring of my feeble brain,
Who after birth did'st by my side remain,
Till snatcht from thence by friends, less wise than true
Who thee abroad, expos'd to publick view,
Made thee in raggs, halting to th' press to trudge,
Where errors were not lessened (all may judg).
At thy return my blushing was not small,
My rambling brat (in print) should mother call,
I cast thee by as one unfit for light,
Thy Visage was so irksome in my sight;
Yet being mine own, at length affection would
Thy blemishes amend, if so I could:
I wash'd thy face, but more defects I saw,
And rubbing off a spot, still made a flaw.
I stretcht thy joynts to make thee even feet,
Yet still thou run'st more hobling then is meet;
In better dress to trim thee was my mind,
But nought save home-spun Cloth, i'th' house I find.
In this array, 'mongst Vulgars mayst thou roam,
In Criticks hands, beware thou dost not come;
And take thy way where yet thou art not known,
If for thy Father askt, say, thou hadst none:
And for thy Mother, she alas is poor,
Which caus'd her thus to send thee out of door.

Anne Bradstreet (1612-1672)

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's here: The world's first customizable speaker is now on Zazzle!

OrigAudio co-founder and Doodle creators Jason Lucash and Michael Szymczak survived ABC’s “Shark Tank” and walked away with a $150K investment. Now, they feel they are ready for Zazzle!

Now less than a week after launching this new product with over 34,000 designs already available to choose from, I reckon it fair to say the many talented artists who make up the zazzle community where certainly ready for the Doodle.
Obviously 34k plus doodle speakers would make for on stoopidly lengthy post, however I couldn't let this fantastic new product pass by without highlighting some of the awesome talent out there on zazzle so here are:  

My 5 Favourite Doodles!
(so far)

Wildhorses herd doodle
Wildhorses herd by Gatterwe
Shop for a different little speakers system from Zazzle.

Are you ready for the Doodle?

  • First ever customizable speaker
  • Universal compatibility
  • Ultra portable
  • 100% satisfaction guaranteed
  • USB power cord included
  • Print in unlimited colors

Just a few more Doodle speakers I love!
 For a better look at any of the artwork in this post click on the images.  

Deer and Frosty Hills doodleBright Colorful Fractal. Add Text! doodleTRex Dinosaur Doodle Speaker doodleStretching Cat Doodle Speaker doodleRocking Little Robots Doodle Speaker doodleparty zebras speaker design doodleEmperor Penguin Chick Speaker doodle

What are your thoughts on this newest zazzle product? Have you found a favourite design yet? Let me know on twitter & maybe you'll see it here in a future post.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Lace9's Art Arena 1st Contest Winners

Lace9's Art Arena
I am running a second art contest for Zazzle designs, the theme this time is "Surreal Art."

For those interested in the winners from the previous contest, here they are.  The theme was "Nature."

1st Place Winner:

2nd Place:

Honorable Mention: Lace9's Pick!

Congrats to the winners, and many thanks to all who are entering the new contest.  Make sure to promote it to your friends so you can get as many votes as possible!

Saturday, May 21, 2011

Thursday, May 19, 2011

New Small Business Lens

Tips for Small Businesses
If you are running or thinking of starting a small business, you should take a look at my latest lens.
It's full of promotional ideas for small businesses, as well as useful information on how to make your small business as profitable as possible.  Make your business a success today!

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

New Lens on the Visual Art of Clive Barker

Did you know that world renowned horror author Clive Barker also paints and draws?  Check out my new Squidoo lens to learn more and see some of his incredible artwork.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hand Drawn Now on Twitter

Follow Hand Drawn on Twitter to get updates when I post new products or designs, as well as designs by other artists I admire.  Click the Follow Me on Twitter button to the right to get up to the minute news of new art, sketches and hand drawn designs.