When artists come together

12 11 2011

If you are like most people I am sure that you have heard multiple times how artists are snobs that love to tear each other apart because of their highly sensitive and irritable nature and their need to compete. If, on the contrary, you are an artist, you probably have the luck to know of the great solidarity and collaboration that defines the artistic world.

Artists Nora Blansett has a dear chihuahua, Pixie, who is in need of surgery to remove cancerous tumors. Because the economy is rough the surgery is not possible at the moment so she reached out by putting up for auction several of her pieces and crafts. This generated an incredible response from the art community, people started to donate their own pieces to Save Pixie prompted by the ever generous Lisa Cree. So, if you are in search of art, crafts, prints, holiday cards, one of a kind jewelry, etc. pass by the Facebook auction and consider buying something original, unique and know it will make someone and her dog very, very happy.

Just because giveaway

26 04 2011

Just because I am reallyΒ  happy. Just because my mom will be here on Sunday. Just because I will be having a baby boy in two weeks! And I want to share the happiness! πŸ™‚

What am I giving away?

One original small work of art, it is a colored pencil sketch that has remained unsold from an old Sketchfest. You get to choose which one.

How does this work?

You have to leave a comment telling me something that has made you happy recently or is making you happy at the moment! Let’s make it a happy ring and inspire others to be happy too! Do not forget to leave an email or some kind of contact information in the post and your choice of sketch.

If you subscribe to this blog your comment will count as two, giving you two chances to win.

When is the deadline?

Let’s run this for one week. Next Monday the giveaway will be closed and I will randomly select someone (or maybe Sebastian, my cat, as the last time. You cannot get more random than that!)

Eros and Psyche (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

Eros and Psyche (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

Vintage Faery (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

Stained glass faery (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

Keeping in mind that my crappy scanned likes to murder blues, forgive the lack of accuracy in the digital image. I promise that what you will get looks much better!

I do ship international, so that will not be a problem at all!Β  So, comment away!

Sketchfest #12

27 03 2011

I was really looking forward sketchfest, given that last time I was too busy to work on it. But life has its way of imposing itself and I ended up in the hospital for two days because of bleeding. The upside is that the baby is doing fine and I am home again. The not so cool stuff is that I am in bedrest now 😦

I was hoping to do a lot of sketches for this sketchfest, but coming back from the hospital I needed to catch up with a lot. As in sending emails to work and explain the situation, try to figure out how to go on from here and so on. I still managed to work on three sketches though! πŸ™‚

Sketches for sketchfest #12 (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus

The prompts were:

Mermaid kisses

Blushing rose


These are colored pencil original small works of art, they are available as donations for the site so the prices go from 5 to 7 dollars. You will *never* find original art by me at this price. The originals look much much better, because the scanner eliminates a lot of the blues and the subtleties of color. So if you want your own small original, pass by the site and get your sketch so we can keep sketchfesting!


10 01 2011

For some time you might have read from me or other artists that we are sketchfesting, we are going to go to sketchfest, sketchfest was awesome…. But, what is sketchfest?

Sketchfest is a 24 hours monthly event, one of many ideas of super entrepreneurial woman Ellen Million. The idea is to get a bunch of artists together to sketch in one hour or less whatever they find inspiring among the many prompts given by people that would like to see their ideas interpreted. One or more artists may claim a prompt and then the sketches are uploaded to the site. It is a lot of fun and a nice way to share some community time with the other artists and prompters. Ellen has been developing the site month by month and I have to say that I am tremendously impressed with what a great job she is doing at making the site more functional and adding nice features to it.

Oh! A nice thing is that artists have the opportunity to sell the sketches, also we can choose to donate the gains to the site to help build it up. I have my sketches up for sale (minus the sexy witch, she is sold!) and you can see other works in this link.

Sketchfest images (c) Constanza Ehrenhaus 2011

Help support the arts! These sketches sell for a fraction of the price that sketches would normally sell.

These are my sketches for this month, please consider that the scanner has been less than kind to my colors (My main reason not to do traditional art!) and a lot of the colors have been lost, for example the butterfly’s wings have red, orange and violet. If you are interested in any of these sketches, please let me know, I can also upgrade some of them if you would like (as in refining coloring or adding more background) The prompts were: Vintage faery, a witchy woman in her favourite stockings, on stained glass wings and goddess pin-up.

Auction for Haiti earthquake relief

18 01 2010
Angel of Solidarity by Constanza Ehrenhaus


In view of the terrible earthquake that has affected Haiti this last week I am putting up for auction two original ACEO’s on ebay (Click on the images to goto the auction)

Fashion Angel by Constanza Ehrenhaus

All the money will be donated to Food for the Poor. My husband and I are regular contributors of this organization since 97% of the donations go to works, and only 3% goes to administrative charges and fund raising. Additionally they are multi-denominational (which brings a much needed diversity) and they work not only in feeding the hungry, but in health, education and sustainable projects so the villagers can become independent from charity in the future.

Please, spread the word, together we can help them out!

Interview to Katerina Koukiotis

14 11 2009

Katerina was born in Greece and came to the USA with her family. Her art is soft and sweet, reflecting probably what is in her soul. She is not only a good artist; Katerina is a wonderful person, always taking time to encourage other artists to continue with their journey and having nice words for everybody.

How did you end up in the USA?

As a youngster with my parents and brother, when they moved from Greece to the U.S. in the late 70’s.

How long ago did you start drawing professionally?

4-5 years ago.

Ave Maria by Katerina Koukiotis

Your favorite medium seems to be graphite. Why is this?

Since I was little holding a pencil in my hand just came naturally to me. I love the control I have over it. Also, I don’t think there is any other art medium with the exception maybe of oil that can get a traditional artwork to look so real and lifelike. ItÒ€ℒs amazing what a simple little tool like a graphite pencil can do. It’s so versatile; you can create so many different textures and soft shades of gray.
I love detailed work, and pencil is the number 1 art medium for details. It also helps that you don’t need an easel or any special equipment to create; you can do pencil work even on your knees. And the best part? No clean up or washing art tools afterwards! πŸ˜‰

Why do you choose monochromes?

I love the simplicity and beauty of it.

Sea Rose Beauty by Katerina Koukiotis

What is your technique in your colored pieces?

I like to use colored pencil with pastels, alone or with wet medium. For the last two years I have been using watercolor more frequently, painting backgrounds, laying light washes on portraits or figures, then going over details with colored pencils or watercolor pencils. To bring out highlights I use my white charcoal pencil, white gouache and sometimes white acrylic.

What tools do you use to transform traditional pieces into digital files? Do you think the digital file represents your original faithfully?

I don’t think any digital file can do justice to an original drawing or painting. Scanning alone can be very tricky sometimes, getting it to match original colors. The originals are always so much more beautifully vibrant and detailed in person, but we have to rely on digital resources to post and share our work, and for that I’m grateful.

I have Paint Shop Pro 8, a graphic software program that I scan my work through and prepare my files for the Internet. I also use the program for making prints, designing wallpapers and graphics for my website and designs for my art products.

How do you feel about digital art, and why you choose to stick to traditional media?

I think digital art is beautiful. I have many favorite digital artists who do amazing work, but digital art is not for me. I like working with art traditional media to bring my artwork to life. I like the feeling of holding traditional pencils and paint brushes in my hands, sketching and creating on paper or canvas, and getting messy sometimes. πŸ˜‰


What are ACEOs and why you make so many? Is there any advantage to them over other sizes?

ACEO stands for “Art Cards, Editions and Originals”. These cards have one main rule — they are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches, the size of a trading card. Working so small can be faster, which is an advantage, but it can also be very tricky. You need control and a steady hand to draw or paint so small, it can also be eye-straining.

I love ACEO’s. I got into doing them a couple years ago, trading with other artists, and got addicted to them. I love the fact that i can draw or paint something that inspires me and I know it won’t take me forever to finish it. You can quickly build up a little ACEO gallery. They are very popular and highly collectible among ACEO collectors. I now sell original ACEOs on eBay, and ACEO limited art prints from my website. They are affordable and collectible.

How did you get in the business of portrait commissions?

I advertised on my website, galleries, etc.; accepting commission requests; also letting people know off-line. But I find online advertisement works the best for me; so many people from around the country and world can see your art, as opposed to a small number of people.

What do you think is your strength and weakness in art?

I think my strength is my pencil work/shading, capturing emotions and expressions in portrait work, my patience… once I understand how an art medium behaves/works, I tend to learn fast. My weakness would be perspective and backgrounds. I would love to improve on adding more difficult backgrounds in my artwork.

The eternal debate: finger smudging, yes or no?

LOL… I know it’s not recommended, but I do smudge/blend with my fingers now and then. But i always make sure my fingers are clean. πŸ™‚

Do you have a favorite piece? Which one?

This is so difficult for me to answer. Favorite pieces tend to change because I do new art all the time and with new artworks come new favorites. I like fans of my work to pick favorites. πŸ™‚

How does your family feel about you being an artist?

They love my art; especially my mom. She’s my number 1 fan. πŸ™‚


How does your religious life influence your art?

It influences it in a very positive way I think the sensitivity, softness people often comment in my artwork definitely comes from my faith. My religious artworks are very special to me.

Where can the readers buy your art?

My website where I sell my originals and prints. Other online outlets where I list my art for sale are: ebay, etsy and zazzle

What Others Say

Katarina’s work is just great. There’s something very magical about her creations. Every work she does evokes emotion, and that’s what every artist is shooting for. ~Brian Duey

Katerina is easily one of the nicest, most caring people I know. When I first met her, what struck me most was not only her passion for art and her dedication to it, but also her sincerity and helpfulness towards other artists and the fans of her art. She’s a talented portraitist who has a knack for capturing unique emotion and setting in her pieces. Her art has a unique touch of innocence and candor to it that you just don’t find too often nowadays. I’m very glad to call Katerina my friend and colleague. – Maria William

Kat is just one of those persons you wish the world had more of. Kind, caring, and an all around amazing character! I love her and am happy that I met her! – Ida walker


All art in this article is copyrighted to Katerina Koukiotis