Sunday, March 29, 2009

Slow and Steady Pace - ArtOMat

It's been a slow and steady pace but I've finally got the next batch of art blocks ready to ship off to my friends at ArtOMat.

I'm excited about this next batch. My artwork is laced with social related concerns. I've created a series of connected blocks. These make it especially fun for collecting because two or more blocks complete the full drawing or painting.

I've taken a photo collage of my work and presenting it here. I don't know which vending machines these will end up...I wait to hear from the ArtOMat folks to let me know.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

United By Love Adoption Jewelry Design

Since 2003, I've been creating adoption theme jewelry designs. I couldn't find any jewelry designs on the Internet responding to the adoption experience. I thought, I can create my own design. I wanted to create something special reflecting the joys of adoption. I've since expanded on the adoption theme in my signature line. All the adoption designs are special and meaningful. And, I'm always thinking of ways to create more designs taking reference from my own adoption experiences.

As a creative person, my thoughts are how do we as adoptive parents further express the celebration of our experience. My children will ask - "was I made in your tummy?" These are not easy questions to answer and we want to be honest. I tell my children "you were born in my heart" and we were brought together by love. From these heartfelt conversations come the creative expressions reflected in my art.

Recently added is a new edition to my signature adoption jewelry designs. It's the United By Love bracelet in purple (amethyst) Swarvoski crystals - the color for adoption awareness. Essentially, I revamped the first edition of this design to include sterling silver "forever", "family" word beads and a "love" heart shaped sterling silver charm. I see this design with the accent word beads and heart charm having the special touch I think was missing in the original design.

Although I choose to make the design with purple, the adoption awareness color; as with many of the designs I create, it can be personalized to reflect what is most meaningful.

The adoption designs make a wonderful, meaningful gift for anyone connected with adoption. Whether you purchase a bracelet or necklace for yourself or give as a gift, it's a great way to express "Adoption Is Love" and is never second best.

To expand on a theme, I'm now offering wonderful art created adoption greeting cards and more at my Zazzle shop.


Tuesday, March 24, 2009

ArtOMat Project - Drum Roll Please :)

I've been working feverishly, OK, not so feverishly but definitely putting in a lot of effort on my next batch of art blocks for ArtOMat. The ongoing project takes a great deal of time, effort and creative ideas but I'm enjoying the ride. I don't make the art for a profit that is for sure. It's a lot of fun knowing someone out there will get the little thrill of pulling the knob, hear the "kurplunk" sound and walla a miniature work of art.

I've created a 2ND edition of the birches but this time it's done in 4 blocks. It has spring colors given that spring is upon us and it's what has inspired me.

My daughter loves how the blocks come together to form a complete picture. Each art block is a work of art but they look so much better together.

Add a picture hanger to the back and you've got yourself a nice little conversation piece hanging on your wall.

OK - so enough chatter. Here is a sample of the art blocks created by me destined to kurplunk at a re-furbed vending machine near you.

Birches II on 4 blocks - Acrylic on canvas mounted on wood block - BGiordano, 2009

Guess you'll need to collect all 4 to see the full effect. ;)

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Art Block Prints

This little beauty is called "Caught By Surprise". She's a little garden nymph just going about her nymphing business when "wham" someone busted in on her territory. Seriously, she's kinda a cute - don't you agree. ;) By the way, she has a lovely gold leaf border surrounding the image. Super cool for only 5 bucks!

I have these art block prints available for sale at the same great price of $5.00 plus the meager sum of $2.50 for S/H. The art blocks can go anywhere you want to add a little artistic touch. Add a picture hanger to the back and walla you have a wall accent. Place it on your desk or in your cubby at work as a nice little (no pun intended) :) conversation piece.

All I can say is, these miniature works of art are an inexpensive way to collect art. I know that kurpluncking is "funer" as my young son would say but it's still kinda neat to get fun art in a compact package.

The blocks below are "Journey", "Cosmic Prayer", "Cosmic Dance". Comic Prayer and Dance are from my mandala artwork. I created these art pieces by digitally manipulating other art stuff made by me creating a mandala effect. They are mixed media prints on art blocks.

Monday, March 9, 2009

Getting Ready for the Next ArtoMat Batch

All of sudden, I got a flurry of new ideas for the artomat art blocks. I've been working on the art as time allows in between my kids asking for this thing and the next.

I'm also gathering blog links from other artomat artists to list on my blog. What goes around, comes around. I like to draw attention to the artists who create these great pieces; either works on wood blocks or in boxes. If you're an artomat artist, leave your comment here so I can add your blog link to the list. Anyone who wants to know more about the artist can click on the link.

Some people have asked about purchasing blocks directly from me. I will have some prints on blocks available. I will offer them for the same price as the vending machine - $5.00 plus $2.50 for S/H. The S/H offsets the cost for postage and packaging and that's it. Basically, I want to share my work not make a profit.

You can email me directly at:

Practical Artful Gifts


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