What I've been up to!

WOW! I can't believe it has been almost a month since I've updated the blog. So sorry! I've been very busy with several projects and a handful of deadlines - most of which I can't talk about in any detail yet.

But to give you a rough idea:

1. I wrote an article for Faerie Magazine (finished and out soon)

2. Collaborated on an illustrated written project with Natania Barron for another magazine (ongoing)

3. Illustrated the album cover for Professor Elemental's new album (ongoing - and it's awesome by the way!)

4. Started rough concept sketches of full figure adaptations of some of my doll girls for a manufacturer.

5. Pulled together two proposals for two other manufactuers.

6. Illustrated the Three of Swords for the Super Punch Tarot Project.

And that last one I can now share with you!

CLICK HERE to see the full line up of amazing tarot cards from an incredible group of artists!

I'm also pleased to share that the originals of Unfair Things and Ascension were sold to a private collector after my exhibit ended. This was awesome and that influx of cash allowed me to finally be able to upgrade my computing power to a MacBook Pro - and to upgrade my programs etc. This has taken some getting used to but I'm loving it!

I know I've promised to do an online gallery show. I've been trying to find the right time - and well it's been difficult with all the work I've on my plate at the moment. I also want the online gallery show to have some newer pieces - which means time to paint these new pieces. So I'm thinking I might be holding this show later then I had planned. But don't worry I'll let everyone know. I'm definitely interested in your suggestions as to what is the best time for you as an individual - I'd love to be able to take that feedback and find the overall best time to hold the event.

The plan for this online gallery exhibit is to stream live and show you the images via a stream of my desktop. This way I can zoom in on them - kind of how you'd move in closer to see the detail if you were viewing them in person. I'll also chat live and do Q&A.

For those of you that are familiar with MMOs we'll also be hosting a live gallery opening at my virtual gallery in Second Life. That's a truly immersive way to experience the art!

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I hope all are happy and well! Till next time!

Solo show this weekend

Phew! I'm exhausted!

I get a lot of feedback regarding the photos of my studio here on the website. It is a nice space and I'm glad people like it. But with getting ready for this solo show - FaerieCon last weekend - and being sick with piggy flu last week ..... Well this is what it looks like now!

Lovely!!!

I wanted to take a moment and remind everyone about the opening night reception of my solo show this weekend November 21,  5-8 pm.

I've been hearing from people who plan on attending and, well, I think we might have a nice turnout at this little shindig!

I'm very excited and can't wait to see everyone there.

My husband Ed and I spent last night putting hardware on the backs of frames and popping art into their beautiful black lacquer homes. (All the frames in the exhibit are black.)

Of course I have had the whole collection in my head for months now - but seeing it all come together for real - was very special. I'll be stopping by the gallery this morning to drop off the art.

I still have two oil paintings to finish for the show - they are almost complete so I am not concerned (knocks wood).

Unfortunately I do have one oil painting that won't make it to opening night. When I returned from FaerieCon I came down with the swine flu (I can only assume I got it at the con - bummer - hope no one else got sick). So I lost a WEEK of work laying in bed. I did manage to get some drawing done and plan out next steps for upcoming projects unrelated to the show - but I certainly was not well enough to sit at my art desk and hack out oil paintings.What a frustrating feeling!

Regardless after seeing everything together last night I'm quite pleased with how its shaping up!

For those of you who can make the show I would urge you to do so. The mediums I have used for this art - silverpoint and oil are mediums best viewed in person. They are both mediums that enjoy a very special relationship with light - one that just doesn't translate to print.

For those who can't make it - fear not. I'm planning a virtual opening - I have a few ideas. One idea was to host a Second Life event - which I still plan on. But feedback regarding that was that many fans would prefer something different since not everyone uses Second Life. So I'm thinking a Twitter show - with live interaction and detailed video and closeups of the art. I'm intersted in your thoughts.

That's all for now! Cheers!

 

Steampunk Art Exhibit - Brigid Ashwood

Greetings everyone! I am pleased to bring you the final details regarding my upcoming exhibit.

I personally invite you all to opening night!

If you do plan on attending please feel free to let me know either via the comments on this page or drop me a line via email or at one of my online haunts (twitter, facebook, myspace). I'd love to know to expect you!

I can't wait to share this collection of works. Hope to see you there!

(Please feel free to repost this information anywhere you like. I've included the full text found on the invitation below the images to make copying and pasting easier.)

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TEXT of INVITATION (feel free to use this text to share this event information)

Brigid Ashwood
Winged Things & Improbable Machines
an exhibit
Gifts Inn BoonsBoro Maryland
www.giftsinnboonsboro.com

Working with classic mediums such as silverpoint, oil paint, wood panel and antique book paper, artist Brigid Ashwood has created a collection that resembles a surreal reliquary of artifacts, all gleaned from the deepest recesses of the imagination. The exhibit reads much like the lost sketchbooks of a tortured dollmaker;  many finely rendered images reveal delicately crafted joints, creaking against porcelain and weathered wood. This blend of antique and traditional materials, combined with references to pop culture's current obsession with all things Steampunk, make this exhibit compelling to behold.  We cordially invite you to experience it for yourself.

For more information go to:  http://bit.ly/2Ey0FX

Full URL: http://www.brigidashwood.com/blog/2009/10/27/steampunk-art-exhibit-brigid-ashwood.html

 

Gifts Inn BoonsBoro Proudly presents

Winged Things & Improbable Machines an exhibit by artist Brigid  Ashwood
Opening Night Reception  November 21st 5-8 pm

Exhibit Duration
November 21st 2009 through Jan 2nd 2010


Gifts Inn BoonsBoro
16 North Main Street
Boonsboro, MD 21716
301.432.0090
www.giftsinnboonsboro.com


Hours Mon. – Sat. 10:00 – 6:00

Holiday Hours (Nov. 29 - Dec. 20)
Sunday 11:00 - 4:00
Monday - Saturday 10:00 - 6:00

 

 

Gallery Exhibit Information

I'm happy to share with you a small press release for my exhibit in November:

Winged Things & Improbable Machines - an exhibit by artist Brigid Ashwood.

Working with classic mediums such as Silverpoint, Egg Tempera and Antique Book Paper artist Brigid Ashwood has created a collection that reads like a surreal reliquary of an imagined future-past. The works offer a glimpse into the lost sketchbooks of what could be Da Vinci's Steampunk Cousin - or maybe a mad dollmaker - or tortured taxidermist. The blend of ancient and traditional materials with references to pop cultures current obsessions with all things Steampunk, Da Vinci Code-esque and Japansese Ball Jointed Dolls make this exhibit compelling viewing. Don't miss it.

November 21st 2009 - Jan 2nd 2010

Opening Night Reception November 21st 5-8 pm

Gifts Inn Boonsboro


 

And some additional information that you might find interesting. Gifts Inn Boonsboro is a gallery - it gets it's name in part from the fact that it is also the gift shop for a Bed and Breakfast called Inn Boonsboro.

Inn Boonsboro is a fabulous literary themed Bed and Breakfast that is owned by world famous bestselling author Nora Roberts. Nora lives is Boonsboro ( I happen to be a Nora Roberts fan! And interestingly enough Boonsboro is only 8 minutes from where I live)

Nora also owns a book store in Boonsboro called Turn the Page Books. Whenever she releases a new title they have a signing at her store and hundreds of people show up. Its quite something.

During the run of my exhibit we will of course have an opening reception but we're also planning an additional reception for the people who attend the book signing in December.

Hope to see you at the opening!

 

>>-Brigid->

Anticipating the Week End.

Tomorrow I go to the airport and pick up my dear friend Jane Starr Weils from the airport. She is staying with us for the next several days and together we are attending the Spoutwood Farm Fairy Festival! It'll be a grand old time - a lot of fun and a great opportunity to see some wonderful friends. We'll both be selling our wares in the Faery Magazine booth so come and see us! I'll be bringing some special prints, handmade necklaces, perfume lockets, coffee mugs, original art and more. Can't wait to see you all there (and yes I'm bringing Neil Gaiman Munny - but you'll have to find me and ask nicely if you want to see him.)