Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Last work of 2019 . . . "Antique Japanese Postcard 945"

This was the last piece of art I made in 2019. And yes, I know it has (yet again) a Japanese vibe to it, I consider it different simply because of the color palette. There aren't any browns, beiges, sepias, solid blacks, etc. here.

I have a collection of old Japanese postcards from the late 1880s, and one of them forms the basis of this mixed-media collage -- the blue in the upper left. I added some of my own scribbles, postmarks, and a Japanese postage stamp that was issued in 1947. My own hand-painted papers are what created the unusual color palette.

Whenever possible, I make a square version of the original so that my buyers have a choice. Sometimes a square, or a number of squares, works better than one "full-frame" image.

To see these in high resolution, here's the link:


Images copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh

Friday, December 27, 2019

Recent sale: Japanese Matchbox Labels

I have a set of Japanese matchbox labels, probably from the very early 1900s. The printing quality on them isn’t very good, with most of them being out of register. But that’s what I found rather charming about them. I’m also thinking that maybe they were “factory rejects!” There’s no advertising on them, so perhaps they just didn’t make it through “quality control.” Who knows?

These would look good individually or as a grouping — perhaps printed on metal to make the colors really pop.

Here's the link to the full-resolution versions of these pictures if you'd like to see them in greater detail:

A buyer from New York purchased these two (of the 12 that are available). I hope they look superb wherever he or she decides to put them.

Images copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh.

Friday, December 20, 2019

My art on snow skis . . . cool concept!

Although I don't have a photograph of the actual skis, this is what the ski manufacturer sent to give me an idea of what the skis look like. It's an interesting concept -- original art displayed on snow skis.

So now I've got my art incorporated into a line of clothing made by Dolcezza in Montreal, as well as on snow skis. How cool is this?!

Images ©Carol Leigh 2019.

Friday, December 13, 2019

Recent work: "Small Tags"

These are small collages that I originally made as tags to go into the pockets of an accordion book. They looked good in the book, so I've added some of them to my body of work at Fine Art America/Pixels.com.

Here's the link to the collection, where you can see them at high resolution:


Images ©2019 Carol Leigh

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Recent work: "Calligraphically Speaking"

Japanese characters from an old book that have been folded, spindled, and mutilated to become something else altogether.

I made a series of three different images, and then, just because I could, made a diptych (two in the same frame) and a triptych (three in the same frame).

Do the characters have meaning? I could say something zen, like yes, they mean "clouds crossing sky," or "breathe deeply," but no, I just made scribbles. You, however, could make up something yourself...

To see these in high resolution, here's the link:

©Images copyright 2019 Carol Leigh

Friday, November 8, 2019

Well, this is a first . . .

I received an e-mail from a woman in Colorado who wanted to use this image (called "Fire on the Water") on a pair of skis! No one's asked for that before, and I thought it was a great idea.

She said she'd send a picture when they're done, and I can't wait to see how they look. I think they're going to look fierce!

Image ©2019 Carol Leigh

Friday, November 1, 2019

What every artist wants to hear ...

This picture, that I call "Inherent 2," has sold numerous times over the years. I'm so proud of it because it is totally unique to me. Someone else would have a tough time figuring it out and replicating it.

That's irrelevant right now, however, because of what a recent buyer wrote to me. She said:

Good afternoon!  

I just received this gorgeous piece of modern, Southwest art you created (Fine Art America did a good job of reproducing your work) and I am so grateful to have you in my home. The colors and design take my breath away every time I look at it. 

I rarely write emails of this kind, but wanted you to know how much I appreciate your talent and execution. You fit beautifully in my natural, modern living room and I will look for your work often in the future.  Thank you again for offering your work to the public.  You make me very happy.

I was stunned. Isn't this what every artist wants to hear? I'm happy my work makes her happy and am happy that she wrote me to say how happy she was!

Here's a link to the picture on Fine Art America if you'd like to see the details up close:

Image copyright ©2019 Carol Leigh