Musings 2019 Sketchbook

I’m so happy to share my first sketchbook with you. I have been working on this project for such a long time but it never felt like it was the right time to release it. So my sketchbook has gotten bigger, and bigger, and finally the timing felt right. I had to leave out a lot of sketches, but I am really happy with the quality of the art in this book. Since I had so much material to work with it’s really only the best stuff in my sketchbook.

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I will be sketching on the title page of 20 of the books. The books contain 54 pages of art and the first printing is limited to 100 copies. Each book is signed and numbered. I will be bringing them with me to Dragon*Con in just a few weeks, so I am making them available online before that in case you can’t make it to DragonCon.

Mystic South Wrap-Up

I am back from Mystic South! I absolutely loved this show and I have to say, if you are interested in anything mystical you should come check it out next year. We loved it and can’t wait to go back.

I was so busy most of the weekend I didn’t really take many pictures. I think I only took one of the booth when we first set it up, and the rest of the weekend was kind of a blur. We sold a ton of prints and lots of oracle decks, so I was glad I could come home each night and restock popular prints. It was our first year at Mystic South so I didn’t know what to expect, but I was pleasantly surprised.

We also met a lot of wonderful people and got to know some people we had met before. Sometimes at shows it’s hard to figure out who to talk to or you just don’t have many opportunities to hang out, but this was one of those rare shows where we got to know a lot of people and had many great conversations. It’s always nice to be around a lot of like-minded people who are all very tolerant of each other’s differing beliefs. It was beautiful.

It was also a big learning experience for me. I feel like I am learning so much since I moved to Georgia. When I lived in Montana I had very little opportunity to go to shows and see what was going on. Now I can go to a lot and I can see what sorts of booth layouts work and what doesn’t. I improved a lot of things about my booth this time but I have more ideas on how to improve it even more. So I have a lot of work to do before Dragon*Con to build and order some things, and I also want to finish and print a sketchbook before DC, and maybe get some enamel pins, more stickers (I totally sold out at Mystic South, oops!), and maybe some other things too. I also have a lot of paintings to finish and new prints to make once those are done.

So I guess what I’m saying is, I better wrap up this wrap-up and go wrap up some other projects. I’m sorry, I’ll show myself out.

Luke couldn’t decide if he wanted his picture taken or not - so he decided to be a weirdo instead. “Heeeere’s Johnny!”

Luke couldn’t decide if he wanted his picture taken or not - so he decided to be a weirdo instead. “Heeeere’s Johnny!”

Moving the decks around on the table to showcase them better was one of the improvements I made during the show.

Moving the decks around on the table to showcase them better was one of the improvements I made during the show.

In truth, our car is too short to fit the grid walls in it any other way, but Luke claims he did this so I couldn’t bite him on the way home. I don’t think that’s fair - I hardly bite anymore.

In truth, our car is too short to fit the grid walls in it any other way, but Luke claims he did this so I couldn’t bite him on the way home. I don’t think that’s fair - I hardly bite anymore.

Before the show I found out that Michael’s had some of my favorite paints on clearance, so I loaded up. Now it’s time to go dig into all that delicious new paint, right after I clean up my studio from showmageddon. (Can you believe I got that giant tube of Ultramarine for less than $10? I can’t.)

Before the show I found out that Michael’s had some of my favorite paints on clearance, so I loaded up. Now it’s time to go dig into all that delicious new paint, right after I clean up my studio from showmageddon. (Can you believe I got that giant tube of Ultramarine for less than $10? I can’t.)

New Site

I just wanted to take a minute to write a little blog entry about my new site. If you’ve been following me for a while you probably remember when my site was tiffanysrealm.com. It was a name I used for several years, but as I got older it felt a little like I had outgrown it.

Since then I have struggled to come up with something that felt like it embodied all the magical things that I like to paint without feeling too childish or too specific. Finally late last year it dawned on me, and it was so simple that it seemed really silly that it hadn’t occurred to me before then.

I have slowly been forming the vision for Spellbound Brush ever since. It is still evolving and you will see the product photography and offerings continue to change and take shape over the coming months. It’s still a work in progress but I felt like it was time to take steps towards finishing the first phase of it and start sharing it with you.

All orders placed at Titoland.com will still be fulfilled and sent out as usual. There is no need to worry or place those orders again. Titoland.com will continue to work and starting August 1st will bring you directly to spellboundbrush.com.

Prints and other merchandise are temporarily unavailable during this time. Between the site transition and a busy show season, I just can’t take the time to add them to the site right now. My new print offerings will arrive in September. Until then, please enjoy the selection of original artworks that are currently available.

Thank you so much for following me into this new adventure!

LibertyCon Wrap-Up

I’m home from another wonderful year displaying my art at LibertyCon! This year I was on several panels ranging from faeries in pop culture to art and science intersecting. Someday I’ll make a video explaining why art is a science, but for now I’ll just show you some pictures from my weekend.

LibertyCon has a classic convention art show setup with 4’x4’ pegboard panels that you hang your art on with pegboard hooks. They are better than most conventions about lighting the panels, though.

My art show panels (4 of them) with my print shop table in front.

They are also smarter than a lot of other conventions. Instead of having a cluttered print shop, they put a table in front of your art with your prints on it.

“Meditation”, oils, 2018/2019, won best 2D by popular vote.

This has been a difficult year for me in a lot of ways, one of lots of artistic and personal growth but also some really painful adjustment periods that have sucked the wind out of my artistic sails. So I was shocked and honored to find that “Meditation” had won best 2D. I wore my medal for the rest of the day. I have really struggled this year, and there are always so many amazing artists at LibertyCon, so getting this medal really made a lot of it “worth it.”

My little charity painting of a rocket ship speeding away from some space tentacles. Acrylic on canvas, 6”x8”(?)

I also participated in a little charity art jam - basically four artists working with some unfamiliar materials and trying to produce a finished piece of art in 2 hours. We were given the theme “space opera” and then instructed to choose a small toy out of a bag without looking.

Personally, it was a great weekend. I always enjoy Chattanooga and I was delighted that several restaurants had gluten-free food (I have a wheat allergy) so I was able to eat a decent variety of nice sit-down restaurant meals with my husband. Usually when we go to conventions or on trips I am stuck with the few fast food options we know are safe, so it was a really nice change to eat a delicious deep dish pizza at Community Pie and some southern-style food at Tupelo Honey. I will definitely be back to both in the future. Hopefully sooner than later for that pizza, gelato, and iced Earl Grey tea at Community Pie.

It was also lovely to see many of my “art friends” again, and to spend a weekend alone with Luke. Too bad LibertyCon only happens once a year!