Halloween hidden picture finders of the past

It may still be July but this is the time of the year I start thinking about what I’m going to draw for my Halloween hidden picture finder.

Here’s a look at my past ones.

Artist trivia: The hidden picture finders for 2008 and 2011 have a bulldog in them.

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Pugs inspire me to draw zentangle art

I get obsessed kinda easily. For example, I am obsessed with my English bulldog, Diesel and in bulldogs in general.

My English bulldog Diesel is the baby of the family.

My English bulldog Diesel is the baby of the family.

I mean, just look at the smooshy face. How couldn’t I be obsessed with him and all things bulldog-related?
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Zentangle-inspired art

I love trying different art techniques.

I’ve been playing with patterns.

I recently found out this style has a name called Zentangle or Zentangle-inspired.

Basically, it’s a form of art in which patterns are repeated methodically and precise. But the finished piece is abstract.

My version is based on the Zentangle philosophy with one exception the finished art is something.

My first attempt was an owl drawing.

Art by Samantha Dellinger

Art by Samantha Dellinger


I did a light pencil sketch of the main shapes of the owl.

I then used a Pigma Micron pen to trace over the pencil lines. In a Zentangle drawing, no pencils are used only a pen.

I also sometimes lay a piece of scrap paper underneath my drawing hand so I keep the rest of the drawing clean.

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Painting on a business suit

My fourteen-plus year career at the York Daily Record/Sunday News has had me creating lots of art in different ways.

But my most recent creative work had me painting on my boss Brad Jennings.

Brad needed cover art for FlipSidePA.The story was about Impact Arts and Culture Conference at York College. It’s a conference for all types of artists to help them become better artist. The conference will provide professional development and learning opportunities for arts organizations and staff, artists, community and economic development professionals, students, educators and others working in the arts and culture sector. To read more about the event visit FlipsidePA.

I came up with the idea to get a business suit and paint it. Brad volunteered to be the model. And as you can see he looks quite thrilled to be the model, for my greatest work of art.

Artist Samantha Dellinger brushes on acrylic paints on a business suit worn by Brad Jennings.

Artist Samantha Dellinger brushes on acrylic paints on a business suit worn by Brad Jennings.

There’s really no rhyme or reason how I painted the suit. I just wanted to make sure that the colors used would pop and that they would have dimension. So I choose bright colors and layered the paint on thick. In some places I really globbed the paint on.

Paint-suit2

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Jeff Koon’s timeline about his art and life

Balloon Dog (Orange) by artist Jeff Koons sold at Christie’s for $58.4 million, becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction.  PHOTO COURTESY OF ASSOCIATED PRESS

Balloon Dog (Orange) by artist Jeff Koons sold at Christie’s for $58.4 million, becoming the most expensive work by a living artist sold at auction. PHOTO COURTESY OF ASSOCIATED PRESS

On Friday, June 27, The Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City opens its doors to reveal works including “Inflatable Flowers” and “Metallic Venus.”

Those pieces are a small part of a large retrospective by York County’s famous pop artist Jeff Koons.

More than 120 pieces of Koons’ artwork, dating from 1978 to the present, will be on display.

Jeff Koons, is among the most important and influential artists of our time.

Let’s take a moment to reflect on the artist, who still frequents his hometown, with the timeline below.

A timeline of Jeff Koon's life and his art. Designed by Samantha Dellinger

A timeline of Jeff Koon’s life and his art. Designed by Samantha Dellinger. CLICK IMAGE TO VIEW AT LARGER SIZE

To read more about Jeff Koons click here.


VISIT JEFF KOONS’ART EXHIBIT

What: “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective”
When: Friday, June 27, and runs through Oct. 19
Where: Whitney Museum of American Art in New York City
About: This is the first retrospective surveying the full scope of Koons’ career. The exhibit comprises more than 120 objects dating from 1978 to the present.
Info: 212-570-3600 or visit whitney.org.



Follow @FlipSidePA on Twitter with live updates from the media preview of “Jeff Koons: A Retrospective” Tuesday, June 24 in New York City.

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Artist Trading Cards are fun for everyone

This past Saturday I spent the afternoon at the York Associations attending an Artist trading cards workshop.

I first learned about the event from a FlipsidePA story. To read more about Artist trading cards click here.

Local artist Kate Hufnagel. PHOTO BY CHRIS DUNN — DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS

Local artist Kate Hufnagel. PHOTO BY CHRIS DUNN — DAILY RECORD/SUNDAY NEWS

The workshop was lead by Kate Hufnagel of the York Art Association. She started the class by telling us a little history about how and where artist trading cards started. They are often referred to ATCs in the art community.

Hunagel shared her own examples of ATCs. And stressed that there are no “real” rules when it comes to creating them.

The only rule is the card dimensions should be 2 ½-inch by 3 ½-inch. But don’t let the size stop you from creating.

My last card that I made at the workshop was mounted to a 2 ½-inch by 3 ½-inch card, but it popped out.

Artist trading cards workshop. Participants make their own cards using whatever materials they wanted from drawings to magazine clippings.

Artist trading cards workshop. Participants make their own cards using whatever materials they wanted from drawings to magazine clippings.

I made three during the workshop.

My first Artist trading card was a pug.

My first Artist trading card was a pug.

I drew a pug for my first ATC. I had brought some googly eyes and thought they would be perfect to use.

I did a pencil sketch first for all my cards and then I used a Micron pen to draw in my lines.


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Summer Solstice illustration and page design

I always enjoy drawing cute animals or in this case suns.

Today is the Summer Soltice, the longest day of the year.

Writer, Erin McCracken wrote a story about how people can make the most of their day living in York, PA.

My job was to design and illustrate the visuals to go with her story.

I drew six suns to go along with each activity she had listed.

The one activity was a book selling event. So, I drew a sun reading a book.

Illustration and page design by Samantha Dellinger.

Illustration and page design by Samantha Dellinger.

Read the full story here.

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Vintage photo of a bulldog getting a pedicure

“Ouch! I hope the boys don’t hear about this.” Or so Sad Sam seems to be saying as he disdainfully offers a paw during a grooming for a local dog show. And Sad Sam closes his eyes to shut out the embarrassing sight of the trimming at the hands of his mistress, Alice Poe of Merriam, Kansas  Oct. 29, 1952.   PHOTO BY WILLIAM P. STRAETER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

“Ouch! I hope the boys don’t hear about this.” Or so Sad Sam seems to be saying as he disdainfully offers a paw during a grooming for a local dog show. And Sad Sam closes his eyes to shut out the embarrassing sight of the trimming at the hands of his mistress, Alice Poe of Merriam, Kansas Oct. 29, 1952.
PHOTO BY WILLIAM P. STRAETER/ASSOCIATED PRESS

You might be wondering why I am posting a vintage photo of a dog getting a pedicure on my art blog.

I posted this photo by the Associated Press because I simply love the photo. It makes me laugh. I love old photos because they take me back in time.

The bulldog’s expression in this photo is filled with such contempt that you can really understand what he is feeling.

And I’m the ArtisticBulldog so of course this photo has meaning to me.

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3 items every artist should carry with them

Photo by Samantha DellingerWhenever I leave my house I usually have keys, wallet and iPhone.

But since I’m an artist I always carry three essential artistic items.

1. Strathmore Softcover 400 Series Toned Sketch Artist Journal
I spent 30 minutes deciding on the size, type and paper weight of sketchbook I wanted to travel with me. I chose the softcover over hardcover, because it fit better in my pocketbook and took up less space. I liked the tan tint to the paper as well. The 80lb paper weight is heavy so I can use ink without bleed through.
Buy it here.

2. Writing utensil
I like drawing with pen or pencil, so it’s up to you which one you prefer. Currently I am using a mechanical pencil by Write Dudes with gorilla lead at 0.7 mm. I spotted the pencil while at Target and was intrigued about the gorilla lead, which decreases breakage. I tend to write and draw with a lot of pressure so often times the lead in a regular mechanical pencil would break on me. So far this mechanical pencil is holding up to my heavy hand pressure. It has an eraser at one end that comes in handy for small touch-ups.
Available at most chain stores.

3.Eraser
I am addicted to Pentel Clic Eraser, because it gives me a lot of control to erase small areas and does a good job at it.
Available at most chain stores.

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Illustration of man napping at work

I completed an illustration to go with a story about how napping at work can be beneficial.

I did a pencil drawing of a man in a dress shirt, tie and slacks lying down on a floor.

Pencil drawing of a man napping on floor.

Pencil drawing of a man napping on floor.

I then scanned my pencil drawing and imported it into Adobe Photoshop. I added my coloring using using Photoshop.

Color was added using Photoshop.

Color was added using Photoshop.

I showed the illustration to my editors, they liked it but felt the guy looked like he had been murdered instead of napping. So I added in a sweater.

Here’s my final page design I laid out in Indesign.

Final page layout

Final page layout

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