This winter I had the pleasure of illustrating Grand Rapids law firm Kuiper Orlebeke PC's Christmas Card. It was great working with them, and I think the end result turned out well. Kuiper Orlebeke PC's clients will be receiving the cards this holiday season. I sure hope they enjoy! Happy Holidays!
Thursday, November 8, 2012
I will be selling my work at two holiday artists markets this season. You can find me and my work at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Art and Craft Show, and the Rogue River Artisans 30th Anniversary Fine Art and Craft Show.
The Immaculate Heart of Mary is hosting a holiday arts and crafts show on Friday Nov. 9 and Saturday Nov. 10th. from 9:00 to 4:00. There will be all new vendors each day! I will be selling my work on Saturday. The address is 1935 Plymouth Rd SE Grand Rapids Mi 49506.
On December 1st the Rogue River Artisans will be holding their 30th Anniversary Fine Arts and Crafts Show at Lowell High School. The event runs from 9:00am to 4:00 pm, and is located at 11700 Vergennes Lowell, MI 49331
I hope to see you at both of these wonderful holiday shopping events!
Monday, October 29, 2012
Thursday, October 25, 2012
The past couple of days I have been busy working on a new illustration. My most recents subjects, Charlie (the blue-green bird) and Penny (the yellow-green bird), have always proven to have a very dominant presence in our house, and live to be the focus of our attention.
Lovebirds as a species are fascinating and simply adorable. They get their name from their habit of forming incredibly strong bonds with those in their close-knit "flock". As their mama, I have become enamored not only by their beauty, but also by their sweet nature and curious, playful behavior.
I am very satisfied with the way this illustration turned out, and am excited to share my little loves with everyone.
The original and prints of my illustration are available at http www.etsy.com/shop/RandiFord
Friday, September 14, 2012
The next few weeks are going to be very exciting. I have many events going on during ArtPrize this year. Not only do I have an entry in ArtPrize, but I am going to be selling my work at various artist markets going on during this wonderful event.
My painting Autumn Leaves II is going to be apart of ArtPrize this year. My piece will be located in the main lobby of the Spectrum Health Fred and Lena Meijer Heart Center. If you have a chance please take a look at my piece. You can find more information on my piece and this event on my ArtPrize profile at http://www.artprize.org/randi-ford. My Vote Code is 52463. ArtPrize starts on Sept 19 so get ready!
To kick of ArtPrize this year San Chez Bistro is holding the event A Lot of Art this Sunday the 16th of September from 4:00 - 9:00. This event is taking place in order to celebrate art and creativity. There will be live music, food, and a lot of art! All proceeds go toward the Avenue for the Arts.
The Avenue for the Arts is also having an out door artist market on the 21st, 22nd, and 23rd located 106 South Division Street. I will be selling my work there on Sunday from 12-6. For more information on this event go to http://www.facebook.com/events/497713926905715/?ref=ts
During the first week of October I will be selling my work at the venue Mosaic Space. This event last all week from 12-10. There will be an artist market, music, food and cocktails. If you are out and about during Artprize make sure to stop by. The address is 25 S. Division Street. It is located right down from the UICA.
Saturday, August 18, 2012
This illustration will be available on my Etsy shop and also at the Fulton Street Artisan Market. Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
I recently designed and illustrated wedding invitations for a young couple that I have known for many years. I designed the invitations to go along with the couple's theme for their wedding. They are having somewhat of a tree theme, so I incorporated the branches to go along with it, as well as being symbolic of their growing love. The two love birds at the top of the branches are wearing a top hat and vail, representing the couple being wed. The colors I used also match the color scheme they choose for their special event. It is exciting to see them finally tie the not, and I cannot wait to see how their special day turns out.
If you or anyone you know is interested in having custom event invitations designed for a special event or announcement contact me and I will be happy to assist you.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
On June 23rd I attended the event Art in the Park in Kalamzoo, Michigan. The event was held at Milham Park and it was beautiful. Tall trees covered the area that the venders were placed, and rivers ran alongside them as well. It was a nice day.
The Avenue for the Arts Market took place this year during June 9th on South Division Street. It celebrated creativity and community in Grand Rapids by showcasing local artists, businesses and entertainers. This Market was the first one that I attended this summer, and it turned out to be a great event. Check out more of the Avenue for the Arts events at http://www.avenueforthearts.com/
I recently graduated from Grand Valley State University with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree. For my BFA Exhibition I did a series of oil paintings and a series of gouche illustrations that depict the seasons in Michigan. With all of my hard work along with two other illustrators, the show ended up turning out great and I couldn't be happier. Here are some images of my exhibit.