Category Archives: behind the scenes

Your Weekly Victo Ngai Update

Victo Ngai is a remarkably prolific young woman and as usual, she’s been quite busy – so let’s just consider this entry your one-stop-shop for all things Victo this week!

First and foremost, check out the latest issue of Communication Arts for a wonderful interview with the talented young artist – even after working with her for a few years, your humble blogmistress felt that she had learned something new about the artist. The piece is well-written and illuminating, and those that are fans of Victo’s work will be thrilled. We were very impressed, to say the least.

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The artist is everywhere these days, it seems, but for those that would like a little extra Victo in their lives, she is now offering her distinctive artwork on iPhone cases through the site Gelaskins. Take a look here to see her beautiful designs!

Painting Workshop with Patti Mollica

Do you long to paint quickly, boldly and fearlessly? Do you enjoy working en plein air, and perhaps most importantly, would you enjoy working and learning in beautiful Cortona, Italy? Then Patti Mollica’s got quite the experience lined up for you!

Join her in September of 2014 for the learning experience of a lifetime. Just click here to learn about this incredible opportunity…painting in idyllic countrysides, unparalleled Italian cooking and wine…it sounds just incredible.

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Gaby D’Alessandro on NPR Blog

Gaby D’Alessandro’s recent inclusion in the 2014 NPR calendar was an exciting moment, as it is both a high profile gig AND a venue that enriches the artist’s own personal life. Her piece, which was used for the month of June, is stellar, and the work she put into it clearly demonstrates her admiration and appreciation for their programming:

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NPR continues to honor and promote the contributing artists on their blog, and we were so happy to see this recent entry about Gaby.

Check it out!

Laura Tallardy Creates Exciting New App Article!

Laura Tallardy is stealing the blogmistress’s thunder!

She was recently asked to create a second article for Corona Labs’s blog, and this time the expert chose to focus on the art of collaboration. Laura’s energy and enthusiasm for her craft is evident throughout the piece, and it’s a fun read for those that are considering jumping into the app world.

Give it a read!

Image by Laura Tallardy:

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ALE + ALE Images are Sprouting Up Everywhere

We recently announced our partnership with surrealist collage masters ALE + ALE, and as we strategize how to position their work for the American Market, it is so fun to see their new portfolios popping up.

Those that are familiar with our company know that we appreciate working with the Ispot and the Workbook, so we are very pleased that they were eager to be featured in these terrific venues.

Please take a look at their new Ispot portfolio here, and don’t forget to mosey on over to the Workbook by clicking here!

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Sugar Skulls with Alice

MGI is not only home to a roster of talented visual artists, but the ladies behind the scenes are all creatives in their own right. Alice, our wonderful bookkeeper, has been studying to become an art teacher, and if her involvement in her son’s latest class project is any indication, she is going to be awesome at it.

Recently, she spearheaded a project that taught the class about the Day of the Dead festival by inviting students to create their own sugar skull designs. Here is what she said about the project:

“The children created sugar skull designs by using illustrative references and a lot of imagination. Each child was given a skull cut from thick water color paper. They created their designs in pencil and finished them with sharpie and metallic markers. The final pieces were applied to a painted canvas and covered in gloss gel medium. This painting not only shows an amazing amount of creativity, but also allows each individual’s personality to shine through. They were incredibly proud of their work, and rightly so!”

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The skulls are going to be auctioned off to benefit the school, New Explorations for Science and Technology + Math. Congratulations to all the students – and to Alice, of course. They look great!

Painting Demo with Patti Mollica

Patti Mollica has been enjoying a fun gig touring the country as an official ambassador for Golden Artist Colors. And recently, principles Vicki and Gail decided on an impromptu visit with the artist to see what these engaging demonstrations and lectures are really all about.

Showcasing both her marvelous talent as a painter and the quality of Golden’s products, Patti provided an intensive seminar jam packed with information. Moving seamlessly between traditional techniques and manipulating the featured products, the event surely provided patrons at the Woodstock School of Art plenty of information that they could take home and put to use in their own work.

Those interested in the possibility of attending one of these workshops might enjoy following Patti’s beautiful and illustrative blog, which will provide future event information, along with glimpses at her fabulous work.

Here’s the lady of the hour, Patti Mollica:

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And here we see Patti (middle) with principles Gail (left), and Vicki (right):

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