Oct. Art Features!

Autumn has been crazy busy so far between the usual freelance commissions and exhibits but then there’s also all the fun Halloween events going on too!  I LOVE this time of year and the crisp air, sunny days and brightly colored trees…and spooky Halloween decor!…really get me in full creative mode so I’m excited to have various types of my work featured on 3 very different but equally awesome art websites!  So, while you’re sitting in the comfort of your home, check out these sites for advice from artists on getting into galleries, to purchase very affordable holiday scrapbooking stamps and to see some seasonably gothic, dark artwork and literature!

Samhain/Halloween greeting card illustration (c)Lauren Curtis

Samhain/Halloween greeting card illustration (c)Lauren Curtis

ARTFUL VAGABOND BLOGSITE:  Featuring a post with one of my quotes and artwork is published in the “Ask the Artists” series. http://www.artfulvagabond.com/ask-the-artists-approaching-galleries-day-285/
STAMP-N-DOODLE STAMP WEBSITE:  Scrapbooking art challenge using my stamp designs:  http://stamp-n-doodle.blogspot.ca/
FRIDAY FRIGHTS:  My artist feature on this cool gothic art/literature website:

BOO!  Have a Happy Halloween!


Celebrate the Freedom to Create!

4th of July, aka Independence Day, in the US just passed us by with loud booms and exploding lights but the reminder remains that we should be grateful for our freedoms!  One thing I’m particularly thankful for is the freedom to be a full time artist and to create pieces that express my thoughts and feelings, whether they appeal to anyone else or not, whether they cause discussion or argument, I’m free to create them…and you’re free to (hopefully) enjoy them (& own them…just email me…wink wink)!

So this month, come celebrate creativity with me at these two FREE (see the theme here?) art openings in Central & Southern New Jersey:

Barron Arts Center July Show

Barron Arts Center July Show; “In the Good Old Summertime”

Join me at the opening reception for this invitational art show…I’ll have 3 summer-themed photos as well as matted, signed prints ON SALE!  Tues. July 10, 7-9pm, Barron Arts Center, 582 Rahway Ave., Woodbridge, NJ  07095

Fotographia Group Phootgraphy Show at Gallery U, Red Bank

Fotographia Group Photography Show at Gallery U, Red Bank

I hope you’ll also join me at the opening event for this photography show!  Affordable art from local artists, live music, refreshments…all FREE!  Friday, July 27, 6-9pm, Gallery U, 80 Broad St., Red Bank, NJ

And some other cool news…

Recently I started working with the Sydney Art School in Australia!  They’ve hired me to create art lessons for their younger students.  They’re an excellent school with a wide range of courses for all ages:  www.sydneyartschool.com.au

I’m happy to be working with the rubberstamp/crafter company, STAMP-N-DOODLE!  They’re selling digital stamps for scrapbooking and other craft projects on their website!  I have sets of Victorian holiday collages and more so check it out..VERY affordable & a fun way to create your own art!  http://www.stamp-n-doodle.com/Shop.aspx?_pc=2&_cc=46

As always, thanks so much for reading & checking out the links!  Hope to see you at a show!

Fireworks #6 (c)Lauren Curtis

Fireworks #6 (c)Lauren Curtis

New Guest Blog: Rubber Stamp Art

Hi again! I’m so glad to have another guest blogger…Anna Mae of Village Impression Stamps. She’s referred a few of her clients to me to design stamps for them and she produces quality items for her customers. Scrap-booking, rubber stamp art & other “crafter” arts are becoming more & more popular so here’s some info from Anna Mae:

“Looking for something a little different, how about making your designs into rubber stamps! You can stamp on anything that doesn’t move away quickly enough….pmc clay, fabric, ceramics, paper, plastic, glass, cement. Village Impressions specializes in making custom stamps from your designs. You can snail mail or email your black and white line art for conversion into a rubber stamp!

Village Impressions is a home based business, set up on the internet almost 10 years ago to service the custom art stamp market. I don’t make my own designs, don’t have the artistic capacity, but you can submit your own designs, hunt down copyright free clip art or contract with an artist like Lauren to design just what you are looking for. Lauren has helped out a few of my customers who are artistically challenged, with terrific results.

If you are looking for a new revenue stream, my sales are up overall this year, as more people stay home and craft. People will get married despite the economic conditions, but now they are looking to create low cost invitations and party favors. Village Impressions offers wholesale prices with no minimums, no set up fees, so you can offer stamps from your design for resale or for the popular craft markets, scrapbooking, card making and weddings. E-Mail Anna-Mae for more information or check out www.villageimpressions.com
Posted are a few samples of her beautiful stamps!