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What We Do When We Aren’t Doing Things

Inspiration for the day

What We Do When We Aren’t Doing Things

As an artist, downtime rarely happens at all – whether we are driving on days between shows, or printing between shows at home, or getting set up for the next show, we hardly ever just sit and contemplate what we might want to be doing with our time.
So what DO we do when we aren’t working?
But, because work is fun, it has become not only work, but a hobby, a life-style, and the things we love to do most. We usually will walk along the beach looking for findings for jewelry creations. Or look around the desert for some cool rocks to wire-wrap or include in a new mixed-media piece of art. Or we will be looking at other artists’ websites to see how other artists create. Or, we are watching inspiring movies that usually spark new ideas.

It has become a lifestyle to see the little unseen things in the world. A little girl pitching a fit outside our booth becomes a little grumpy flowerfairy from the woodlands. The sunset becomes the color palette for a new landscape painting. The store we are visiting to purchase a clothing item becomes the inspiration for a new texture we want to add to some paintings…so while yes, we will occasionally sit on our behinds, we draw inspiration from everything life surrounds us with.
Happy things that make us smile. Stupid people that make us cringe. Stories that make us laugh. Clothing that transforms the wearing one. All are now part of what makes our downtime into worktime – we never clock out.
Which is why we love being artists.

Inspiration for the day

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He Ain’t Nuthin But A Hound Dog



In preparation for the Dublin Irish Festival next week, I started working on this off-kilter fellow – I think he partook of the irish coffee that was left sitting out….. He looks quite “jolly” and slightly slobbery.

Much like the guy I saw tripping out of the pub the other evening.

They might be related somehow….
At any rate, this is one of my digital pet portraits I started offering in January. They have become quite popular, and there is a waiting list in place, that is filling fast ahead of December and the holidays.

To get on the list, place your order on my website at asap – the month before Christmas is busy show time for me, and there will be others trying to get their pets “cutified” by me then as well.

Come see us in Dublin, Ohio in the Emerald Isle Section of the Dublin Irish Festival next week – this guy will be making his official debut there!

#wip #dog #pet #irish #festival #painting #wolfhound #digital #custom #art

NEW! “GRANDBAAAH” Sheep Incognito

New on the Charisma Art Gallery Website: GRANDMAAAH

For a limited time, get the newest flock addition “Grandmaaah” at a special introductory price. Available as prints on paper and as embellished reproductions on canvas in standard sizes.

Each custom created print is created in Conni’s studio, using only the highest quality, high-density, archival inks. Each print is signed by the artist, and is varnished to protect against dust, and light scratches.
Framing is optional. Grandmaaah PRINT Grand Maaah Print by Conni Togel

Get 30% Off Any Original Sheep Incognito Painting!

Until June 30 2016 Get 30% Off Any Original Painting On The Sheep Incognito Website:
User Coupon Code CHSH16 at checkout
(must be logged in to place order)
  • Expires Thursday, June 30, 2016

Digital Painting – Traditional Method, New Media, New Trend?

Digital Painting – Traditional Method, New Media




Source: (1) a digital landscape I’ve been working on lately… – Presents The Art of Conni Togel

As part of my new line of art experience, I have been creating digital paintings on my ipad.
Using the same techniques I use on my original oil and acrylic paintings, these originals are all created using digital paint brushes within the painting applications on my ipad. I use the same pallet colors I would use in my studio, and I customize the digital brushes to make them “scrubby” looking like my worn out brushes in my studio are.
The process takes about the same time as my oil paintings take – but with the advantage of no drying time, no poisonous fumes to breath, no mess, total scaleability, total portability, vibrant colors without muddiness, and, well, I can paint in the car, in the kitchen, in bed, wherever. Huge bonus.

Once the digital painting is output onto canvas (I use archival quality inks and substrates that are warrantied for up to 200 years of lightfastness!), each painting is hand-embellished with highlights of real world brush strokes of acrylic paint (same colors that I used in the digital painting!). This adds a bit of texture that catches the light.

So – here is my question to you, dear reader:

Is this new media thing something that needs to fade into the wood (or plastic) work? Is this something that will continue to grow the art world into a new trend?

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Colorful Valley Original Oil Painting

A new landscape painting  – huge 24 inches x 48 inches, framed in my standard black, cube-style gallery frame. Email me for detail images, or to get more information on this piece:

Colorful Valley Original Oil Painting by Conni Tögel

Source: Colorful Valley Original Oil Painting

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Each year, Sheep Incognito brings out a new wall calendar – this year as a limited edition of 1000 in print. Here is how to make one yours:

Since 2007, Sheep Incognito have been bringing smiles to sheep aficionados, collectors, offices, and homes with their vibrant colors and slightly off-kilter humor.
And they are all geared up for 2017 already – the new 2017 Limited Edition Sheep Incognito Wall Calendar is now available on the Charisma Art Gallery website.

13 months of clean, whimsical, and very punny artwork, all about sheep in all their glory.

Yeah, Ewe want one – click here to snag one of these beauties

SHEEP INCOGNITO 2017 CALENDAR LE by artist Conni Togel

Source: SHEEP INCOGNITO 2017 CALENDAR Limited Edition

THIS WEEKEND! THE Maryland Sheep & Wool Festival 2016!

This weekend: The always fabulous, always fun, always sheepy MD Sheep & Wool Festival – Don’t Miss It!


Here are the dates:

  • May 7 & 8, 2016
  • 9AM – 6PM Saturday
  • 9AM – 5PM Sunday
  • Howard County Fairgrounds, West Friendship, MD
  • No pets…please leave your dog at home


It IS my favorite festival of the year – can’t wait to get my “Sheep Fix”, and to see all the awesomeness that sheep bring to the world in general.

Come hang out with the Sheep Incognito flock in the outside North Vendor area, Booth N24.