From Gustav Klimt

Conversations Connections BW – a winner!


Conversations Connections BW
Conversations Connections BW

From my email

Thank you for submitting your work into Colors of Humanity Art Gallery. Your participation is greatly appreciated. By contributing your talents and skills, this helps to ensure a diverse body of work for an attractive show.  

I am pleased to inform you that “Conversations Connections BW” has been accepted for inclusion in the July 2015 show, “Black and White”. Congratulations! Multiple accepted entries came from 18 different states in the USA and 9 other countries, Belgium, Canada, Germany, India, Ireland, Italy, Poland, Slovenia, and Venezuela.  A variety of styles and mediums were entered including, acrylic, , chalk, charcoal, collage, egg tempra, gouche, graphite, ink, latex, linocut, mixed media, oil, pencil, pen, photography, scratchboard, stain, and watercolor. The judging criterion was originality, interpretation, quality, demonstration of ability, and usage of medium. Other factors, such as the clarity of the images provided and their ability to be viewed online, also contributed to our decision.

We were very happy to donate 10% of all entry fees from this show to Heart to Heart International.  It is our hope that this small act of kindness will blossom and grow to help someone else.

 Please visit on July 1, 2015, to find out which works were chosen and to see which works were selected as winners. All accepted entries will have a link back to the artist’s website or his or her email address if no website.

Thank you again for participating in this show and for allowing us to consider your work for the exhibition. We wish you continued success in your artistic endeavors and a bright future.


Janelle Cogan

Colors of Humanity Art Gallery, LLC

Thanks to the staff at Saint Paul’s treasure: Wet Paint!

You all helped me find just the right pen to make this work: the graphite Derwent Graphik Line Maker 0.1.

And thanks to Gustav Klimt for inspiration.

Exploring tiny shapes and spaces

Tiny Bit of Tieton
Tiny Bit of Tieton

It’s clear that I love tiny shapes and spaces, and think that fooling around with a triple-zero brush is fun.

But I’d never counted just how many tiny shapes and spaces that I routinely fill in one of these explorations. Not until today. In this bit of “Conversations Connections for Tieton,” I found 108 painted shapes in this 1.9×1.6″ of an 8×8 painting. That’s all the math that I can do today.

Conversations Connections for Tieton 2015
Conversations Connections for Tieton 2015

The Klimt Bird is a Super Fan of Gustav Klimt (click that Artsy link to see why). I made him at the “artists at work” table at Northstar Watermedia’s Artists’ Market (2015). Hanging around with artist pals was a blast. Watching this little guy come to life from a doodle was enchanting. He is made with the ever-faithful double zero brush and a Micron pen.

Klimt Bird #1: A Super Fan
Klimt Bird #1: A super fan
Conversations Connections for Black-and-White
Conversations Connections for Black-and-White

While prepping for and participating in three art shows in three weeks, I was also working on a black-and-white version of Conversations Connections for a contest focused on black and white work. Making tiny shapes and spaces with shades of black and gray was engrossing. No word on the results yet, but it did give me a chance to find a new pen (Grafik very very fine line in graphite gray) to use on the connecting lines. Thank you, as always, to the amazing staff at Wet Paint. They always find the solutions to my art problems.