Costello Hinchey Fine Arts Studios
Costello Hinchey CHStudios.net Southwest, Virginia, U.S. "In the mountains, we forget to count the days..." happily, coexisting on a 40 acre homestead in the middle Appalachian mountains of Virginia. I spend most of my time with my precious family, of course. They are my biggest fans. Together we share a simple life of mountain living, art, singing and music and loving the outdoors. One can sit from our front porch and see the most wonderful view of Poor Valley. It’s not at all uncommon to see almost all forms of wildlife found in these mountains. Including black bear, bob cats, bald eagles, wild turkey, great blue herons, ground hogs, hawks, etc.I love gray & "soft" rainy days… And the mountains to me are like a big hug all wrapped up in my favorite quilt by the fire on a snowy winter day. Follow our musical group Poor Valley- The Band on Facebook. Our music is Nouveau Mountain style. It's a mix of traditional Appalachian music with a contemporary flair.Poor Valley - The Band
My other niche is my artistic creative side. Costello Hinchey Studios Fine Arts- commissions family & pet portraits & sports theme portraits, (from photos), fine art paintings, figure studies and other life paintings/drawings, photography, custom hand painted furniture, photo restoration, I love photo editing & graphic arts, murals, etc.visit: http://www.chstudios.net
* Poor Valley- The Band and Linda Costello Hinchey's Artwork, Creations & Images Do Not Belong To The Public Domain & are copyrighted CHStudios© & CH Fine Arts© All Rights Reserved. Copying, altering, displaying or redistribution of any of these images without written permission from the artist is strictly prohibited.
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 18 February, 2020 at 20:05||comments (276)|
It's a thrilling time when an art commission is finished and ready to go to the customer. There is so much more to designing and creating these costumes that most realize. They can take as long as 6-12 months from start to finish. Each one is custom designed as true to life as possible and all painstakingly hand-created, and painted. ...A labor of love. Inspired by the Leptodea ochracea, common name the Tidewater Mucket. This one was created for the Delaware Estuary (.org) in , Wilmington, DE!
A little about my art costumes... They are typically for non-profit organizations (but not limited to that). Several are also planning to later add more native species educational costumes as they acquire grant funding. I have more designs in the works for realistic native species such as tadpoles, flowers, lightning bugs, butterflies, crayfish, bats, mushrooms, plants, fish, hummingbirds, dragonflies, birds, nuts, leaves, etc. I am able to design and craft my costumes so that I can customize each sub-species for special orders, depending on what species/subspecies of animal an organization or customer is interested in. For instance, instead of a Lampsilis fasciola, the wavy-rayed lampmussel, an organization might like a different species of mussel. Many animal species are endangered, threatened, or protected in some way. I've even done costumes representing aggressive, nuisance, or invasive species. They will use them together in skits for public educational purposes. I can do costumes that might tie in with history or our Native American education, as well.
Typically my costumes are commissioned for public education or for recreation use, but not exclusively. Most of these non-profit organizations will mainly use them for public education for things like center education programs, grade school education, festivals, Earth Day celebrations, book readings, home or private school activities, library functions, stream cleanups, demonstrations, rallys... For instance, The Upper Tennessee River Roundtable has written a short musical skit that they regularly perform at many regional area activities. Their skit includes a darter fish, dragonfly, hellbender and Pearly the mussel (another of my costumes). They recruit volunteers from local high schools, colleges, (theater kids), BPSA scouts, UU Churches, etc. to do these skits. The response is wonderful. Especially when they have other kids in the costumes or playing instruments! They are also often loaned out all over their region, as well. The Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge is going to use their costume for regular public education at their large refuge center, as is the Delaware Estuary.
Because these costumes are used to educate very young audiences, I try to create them with an open-face concept so that the actor/wearer's face is visible, as I did with my Eastern hellbender costume. As you know, some creatures can be scary to the younger children. We've found that when the kids can see a smiling human face, it's a lot less scary. They tend to focus on the skit and the singing, and ultimately the message trying to be conveyed.
I have custom designed and created many varieties of costumes. They are not only individually designed, hand-made/sewn and hand-painted but painstaking stresses diligent and assiduous attention to details (in most cases like a canvas work of art). Because of this, I'm actually able to copywrite my costume designs! I try my best to create each one so that any size person could wear it. And that it be relatively light, as easy to move in as possible, with free hands, and not too hot.
When I'm creating a costume for a non-profit for education purposes (purchased from grants), I usually do those at cost and rarely make any profit from these. These generally run about $2,500-$5,000 and can take from 6 months to up to a year to design, make and have ready. This is my way of making a difference and giving back. If they are commissioned for profit purposes, the price is understandably more.
I enjoy working to create species-specific costumes. It's become a passion of mine!
Please, contact us if you have questions or to have your native species costume created!
L. Costello Hinchey, artist
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 31 January, 2020 at 11:35||comments (48)|
I created this mural for the owner of Mojo's Cafe in the trail town of Damascus, Virginia. The owner is a map collector and asked me to paint a map of the regional Appalachian Trail and a few of the other local trails. He provided the canvas for the mural. I understand that the store was sold but the mural is still there.
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 15 January, 2020 at 19:00||comments (18)|
The key to getting great detail, for me, is having great reference photos.
Because I put the photo/s up on my computer screen to work from and zoom in to for more detail, I specifically need the following types of photos.
....High resolution, crisp, high clarity, fairly close-up, eye-level (although some photos are very artsy if you get a good shot straight down or from underneath). When in doubt, just send it on for me to go over. There are some exceptions. I'll post some here. Send several photos to choose from. When in doubt, send it on.
Here are a few tips that will make it easier for me and for a better portrait...
It doesn't matter what device you use to photograph. Whether it's a professional camera, cell phone, tablet, etc. the key is to take sharp... high clarity, high resolution. Your phone, camera, etc. has "settings" for the resolution. The best place to find the settings for your cell phone camera is to pull up your camera (like your going to take a photo) and click on the little flower icon for settings. Click on "picture size" and choose the highest number. The higher the setting, the clearer and crisp the photos are. So, when I zoom in on my computer, it won't be digital or pixelated and fuzzy. I want to see lots of detail!
Shoot relatively close photographs (try to fill the frame with the subject), get down on their level (eye level) (stairs are great for this).
For crisp images that show needed detail and rich color, it's best to shoot outdoors on an overcast day or in an area with bright, filtered light without heavy glares from direct sun. Shooting on bright sunny days causes glares and washouts and you tend to lose a lot of detail and color. The same goes for flashes. So, avoid using flashes.
When shooting pets, it's always helpful to have the assistance of a friend with treats or a favorite toy. Use a zoom lens if you have it! FYI, do not use your cell phone zoom. It uses a digital zoom and is very pixelated and unclear. If you have a non-digital zoom lens, this is helpful. If your pet is like mine, they refuse to look directly into the camera. Mine almost acts as if they are scared of the camera when it's pointed directly at them and consistently looks away. Having a longer lens will help you to make those candid shots or while your assistant distracts them and holds their attention. I have found that these candid shots make the best photographic compositions. The more shots, the better the chance of getting great captures, thus a better portrait. The great photographers for National Geographic take thousands of shots before they will get that award-winning image!
Again, send as many as you can. The more sent the better chance I will have to find one that works for a successful portrait. Also, in some cases, I may need multiple photographs for better references.
(If you need more information and/or photo examples, let me know and I'll post more.) Artist, L. Costello Hinchey of www.chstudios.net
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 15 November, 2019 at 13:05||comments (32)|
My son recently came up to me and asked if I would do a portrait for him from one of his favorite photos. Well, I was thrilled! My kids are big fans but it's not often that a teenager will ask for artwork! Needless to say, I said yes! ...It made my day! Here is the final portrait. It's done in mixed media of mixed media paper.
Here is the original photo. Can you tell it's a selfie? *wink*
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 15 November, 2019 at 0:30||comments (23)|
Cat study 1. This was a portrait I created for a gift this holiday and decided to do several more studies in the future. It's a mixed media study by
Artist, L. Costello Hinchey of www.chstudios.net
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 20 September, 2019 at 1:55||comments (26)|
I've got the floors done in one room of my new old studio farmhouse townhouse. Ha I don't have access, atm, to before photos but will post them later. My trusty compadre drools on the floor to christen it. lol Now to clean and paint the walls... Onward! Oh, and yes, I do plan on having murals! Check out the window! Does it remind you of Petticoat Junction? ...I'm dating myself. Ha!
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 9 August, 2019 at 2:35||comments (2823)|
I started this costume almost a year ago. There is so much more to designing and creating these costumes that most realize. It's all painstakingly hand created and painted. Inspired by the Lampsilis fasciola, common name the Wavy-rayed Lampmussel complete with darter lure headdress. This one was created for the Ohio River Islands National Wildlife Refuge, Williamstown, West Virginia! Contact us to have your native species costume created!
The bottom photo shows the inside anatomy of the mussel.
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 13 April, 2019 at 21:25||comments (38)|
I've been very quiet here though in my art life there has been crazy exciting stuff going on! I'm finally opening an art studio outside of my home studios. Early this April (2019), I purchased a sweet little farmhouse style townhouse in the charming Appalachian Trail town of Damascus, Virginia. This sweet old house was calling to me! I want to share this journey with all of you. Especially, all of you who have followed me over the years to this special day. I am over the moon with excitement. Can you tell? The house was built around the year 1899 and is in need of some TLC. I'm considering using the two upstairs bedrooms for an AirBnB. I have so much to do and share with you all so I'll try to keep you posted as I go. I think I'll start a YouTube channel to document my journey. This has been a dream of mine that's finally coming true. Stay tuned! There is so much more to come!
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 5 January, 2017 at 21:05||comments (45)|
Presenting, the Chiaroscuro Cat! I really had fun with
this commission. It's not often a client lets an artist
have free reign over the commission but with this
client, I am blessed! This portrait is a tiny 4x6
graphite portrait of SammiJo. It's tough to get the
detail when working with such a small size, but I
think I managed to pull it off.
|Posted by Linda Costello Hinchey on 5 January, 2017 at 14:00||comments (32)|
Say hello to Wrigley the Westie! He is my lastest pet portrait commission!