September 10, 2020

September is About Renewal

Hey, there! Below is my September newsletter. I would like to acknowledge that there are uncomfortable aspects going on in the world right now. My art is about remaining positive and focusing on abundance and the gold we find in the ashes. So here it is...

SEPTEMBER IS RENEWAL

Let's call it what it is...

   

So summer appears to be over (or is it?), and the kids have gone back to virtual school. When September 1st happens, I think to myself (even panic), "Oh God! It's September!" But what does this really mean? I believe it's a month where I have the opportunity to renew myself, or even to start over. Sure, spring is generally associated with renewal, but let's get real, we all know September is the time where we feel like we have to get our act together. So what is my act? 

Here is my act that actually MOVES THE NEEDLE:
1. Call interior designers of new construction
2. Contact healthcare interior designers
3. Contact licensing companies

Guess what? I have to actually CALL THEM and speak with them on the phone. That is enough to cause one's stomach to drop.

I could post on Instagram, or reply to emails all day; however, we all know the task or opportunity that REALLY makes things happen. These are the scary ones. The things we avoid. The voice in the back of our head. What if we made it easy and just did it? We've all returned from our trips, so let's renew our commitment to our vision.

Email me back and let me know what you have to to do MOVE THE NEEDLE. 

Image: 
Egg 2, 2020
Pen on paper
9 x 6 inches
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What is New?

I received a grant! WOO HOO!




Thanks to ARTSTRA.org in Vancouver, WA (via the City of Vancouver), I received my first grant ever.
The idea behind writing this grant was to create lead generation, so let's see how this goes!

 

Where Have I Been?

Hiking, Camping and Floating


How lucky am I? I have to say, this has been one of the best summers I've ever had. Not only have I been camping and hiking, but also been to the beach, zip lining and floating down the Sandy River. I am grateful for my health, husband, friends, PNW location, and sense of adventure. Thank you, thank you, thank you.

      

Did you Know?

Portuguese Tiles


 


Have you been to Portugal and seen their tile work, otherwise known as "azulejos"?
What exactly is the origin of these tiles?

We have to go back to the 8th century when Portugal was part of al-Andalus, an Islamic country. The Moors brought polished stones (somehow none survived). What we do see today are tiles from the reconquest of the 15th century when the Portuguese king appreciated the tiles work on a trip to Spain. So now we have tiles, many in blue, to represent the maritime tradition, and we also see blue tiles imported from Delft in the Netherlands. 

Finally, due to the Islamic law, originally there were no human figures, but later, the human form was included in the tile work.

Images: Igreja do Carmo by Kate Whyte
https://beportugal.com/portuguese-traditions/

 

Fun Face Masks

Wearable Art


Have you ever thought, where do I find cute face masks? 
Right here! They make great hostess gifts!
15 designs and counting...

Link to my store: tiny.cc/red_bubble
Save 10% with code 10FORYOU
Even better, save 20% if you buy four!


 

 

Thank you for reading my newsletter. 

Be well, and have a wonderful September full of joy and love,

 

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July 15, 2020

July 2020 Newsletter from Cynthia Mosser

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BLUE & SKETCHY

These are just that...

    
 

These three blue drawings stem from my walks in the woods. Thanks to the gyms being closed, I have been treated myself to weekly hikes. What struck me initially, after my first or second hike, is the LUSH forest floor greenery: Ferns, clover, moss. Instead being harsh or spiny, they are soft, feminine, and delicate. This tenderness is absolutely appeals to me.

Looking at beautiful things -- hikes are included in this idea -- is very important. Gorgeous leaf and floral shapes somehow emblazon themselves in my mind and manifest themselves in drawing form. I am an absolute believer in what you look at affects you, which is why I surround myself with aesthetically pleasing objects in my environment. Marie Condo really IS onto something...

If you'd like to see more illustrations, visit: www.cynthiamosser.com/illustrations
 
 

What is New?

Even More Hiking...

  

Being outside, exercising and looking at nature is a delightful trifecta.
Both photos are from the Firelane 7/Springville Loop hike. Here's a link: https://www.oregonhikers.org/field_guide/Firelane_7-Springville_Road_Loop_Hike
  

Did you Know?

Graphite Drawing Pencils




Natural GRAPHITE is a crystalline form of carbon, has a hexagonal structure, and is used in pencils, lubricants and electronic products. We have German mineralogist, Abraham Gottlob Werner, to thank for the name, given in 1789. The word comes from graphein, meaning to write or draw in Ancient Greek.
Modern pencils use a mix of powdered graphite and clay. This combination was invented in 1795. Plumbago is another term for natural graphite used for drawing, and is usually a piece of the mineral without a wood exterior.
Many drawing pencils have a designation "B" (blackness) or "H" (hardness). So if you pencils says "6B", it will leave more graphite on the paper, and look darker. The higher number next to "H", say "7H", the line will look lighter, since there is less graphite in the mixture.



Image sources:
1. wikipedia
2. Umberto from Unsplash
3. Vitruvian art studio

 

Fun Face Masks

Beautify Yourself



I am now offering my customized face masks on Red Bubble! Let abstract plant life and color enliven the world with my FRATENRAL FOLIAGE (FANCY) fabric mask.

Link to my store: tiny.cc/red_bubble
Save 10% with code 10FORYOU


 


My third art licensing collaboration is with a San Francisco company called imageconscious.com
You can see the images they licensed from me HERE.




 

Let me know how you are. I would love to know and hear about what is going on. 


Be well, and have a wonderful day full of joy and love,


 

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May 21, 2020

May 2020: Leaves, a French Chemist and Organizing: A Newsletter

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What a Blast!

Organizing, organizing, organizing
 

Not every day, but most days I have been organizing my business and cataloging my art work. Although this isn't super exciting (or fun, really) it has been immensely satisfying to stop for a minute and enter just about every art work I have ever created into a cloud-based website called ArtWork Archive. I certainly COULD have made this happen without the slowdown/closure, but the data entry involved is soooo extensive (titles, sizes, prices, categories), that I am not sure I would have made time. I am exceptionally thrilled and grateful for the pause to allow this to happen!

If you'd like to see the website where I cataloged my work, my ArtWork Archive public profile is:
 https://www.artworkarchive.com/profile/cynthia-mosser



 

What is New?

Hiking! YEAH!


I have rediscovered my love for hiking over the past month. Being outside, exercising and looking at nature is a delightful trifecta. Below is one trail in north Clark County that varies from forest to farmland. The hike provides great contrast, plus, I get to look at the variety of FOLIAGE and LEAF shapes!

  
 

Did you Know?

Complementary Colors & Tapestries


Michel-Eugene Chrevreul (a French chemist, 1786-1889), is noted for observing how colors affect each other, when they're next to each other. Chevreul was appointed the director of dyes for a famous tapestry factory in Paris called the Gobelins Tapestry Factory in 1824.

Using colored threads, he noticed that adjacent (side-by-side) colors affect each other. He particularly noticed that colors across from each other on the color wheel (like ORANGE and BLUE), when placed next to each other ENHANCE each other. (This really happens within the eye, which makes the colors appear to pop. See the line on color wheel below...these are complementary colors.)

As a result, he made colors/colored threads look more pleasing together within a tapestry. (Tapestries were a huge industry from the 17th - 19th centuries.)

Chevreul wrote a book called The Law of Simultaneous Contrast of Colors in 1854. Thanks to his work, we now know that one color can affect other nearby colors, which is simply called Color Interaction.

 
 

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Beautify Your Home


I am now offering my art on home goods through SHOP VIDA! Let swirling pattern and color enliven your home with my SWIM PUFF (SWOOP) round coaster set!

Link to my store: tiny.cc/shop_vida
Save 10% with code VIDA10



My second art licensing collaboration is ICANVAS.COM.
Purchase LARGE AFFORDABLE CANVAS PRINTS from a selection of my art at icanvas.com
The link to my store tiny.cc/icanvas_mosser



 

That is all from here! Thank you for reading my latest art inspiration newsletter!


Be well, and have a wonderful day full of joy and love,

Cynthia 
 

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I'm Cynthia Mosser, a visual artist who creates abstract, colorful and biological paintings inspired by my connection to nature. My goal is for the viewer to experience a joy, whimsy and a feeling of ecstasy. Here is a quick drawing or doodle from my sketchbook.

April 30, 2020

I have been enjoying creating doodles during the pandemic slowdown. Here is one example, which is all about LOVE. 💓💓💓

You can view and even purchase a print of the series at www.cynthiamosser.com/illustrations

Sending love to you during this time.

With love, Cynthia


April 14, 2020

April 2020 Newsletter: DOODLES, LICENSING, PURPLE & FREE BANNERS!

Doodling for Inner Abundance

Accessing the light
 

My view on this slowdown/virus my not be the most popular (because I am enjoying every single day of it.) My enjoyment doesn't come from a place of fear -- it comes from a place of abundance and riches...right where I am. I believe this is a time to look within, and see what is possible. This is a great time to find one's light.

Right before the slowdown in mid-March, I realized I was running non-stop. I am happy to finally take a breather and rest. I have been doodling as a result. Above is one example!

Would you like to participate in sharing your doodles or drawings? I have a Facebook Page where you can display your creations! It's called DOODLING FOR CREATIVITY. CLICK HERE to join!

 

What is New

Let the Art Licensing Begin!


YEAH! I have two new art licensing updates:
You can now BUY my HOME GOODS on SHOP VIDA.
Not only do I have pillows, but also coasters, tea towels and glass trays.

(Here's a link to my store tiny.cc/shop_vida) Receive 25% off your first order! (Code: THANKS)
I highly recommend the pillow covers.
Here is one example:


My second art licensing update is ICANVAS.COM.
You can now purchase AFFORDABLE CANVAS PRINTS from a selection of my art at icanvas.com
The link to my store tiny.cc/icanvas_mosser



I'll certainly keep you posted on any new licensing deals!
 


Did you Know?

About the color Purple & Violet


Purple and violet have a long history and have associations with artistocracy.

Let's first differentiate purple from violet. Purple appears more red, whereas violet appears more blue-ish.

  

Both the colors of purple and violet has associations with royalty. This is no accident, as emperors of Rome wore purple togas, and as did Byzantine emperors. During the Middle Ages, violet was worn by bishops.

Did you know the dyes worn during the above times came from mollusks (sea shells)?  These dyes were rare and expensive, as their dyes came from the mollusk's mucus, and it took a lot of work to harvest this dye.

Once the pigment came into contact with oxygen, it turned its beautiful color. Tyrian purple – a more reddish purple, comes from the mollusk (bolinus brandarus), whereas the hexaplex trunculus mollusk produces a more indigo (blue violet).

   
 

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That is all from here! Thank you for reading my latest art inspiration newsletter!

Be well, and have a wonderful day full of joy and love,

Cynthia 
 

Learn more about MY ART atcynthiamosser.com


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