June 2008 Artist of the Month - romanceworks

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Each month the Renderosity community votes on The Renderosity Artist Of The Month [AOM] ... June's AOM is Carol Cavalaris [romanceworks]!

We congratulate Carol for an outstanding collection of works in the Mixed Medium Gallery!

Carol Cavalaris and L.J. Heart

Who is "romanceworks"? 

First, let me say thank you to the admins and mods for the nomination, congratulations to all the talented artists who were also nominated, and a BIG THANKS to all the people who voted for romanceworks. It is an incredible honor to receive AOM.

Romanceworks was the husband and wife creative team of Carol Cavalaris and L.J. Heart. That’s why I posted a picture of us, because, even though my soul mate and creative partner passed away in June two years ago, he is still creatively and spiritually a big part of romanceworks. We met 30 years ago, me an artist and writer, LJ a singer/songwriter, and became instant soul mates. We got married on a big brass bed (literally) and spent years owning an ad agency, doing everything from print ads, to commercials, to publishing books. But our real dream was developing a concept we called RichMedia Romances, which was to combine my romance novels with graphics and music. We joined R’osity 5 years ago, with the goal to learn 3D art to illustrate the characters and events of the novel. During the first 3 years we learned a lot about digital art, LJ focusing on mastering Poser and other 3D programs, and me doing the postwork in Photoshop.. Together we filled our gallery with hundreds of images, created a bestselling product called UltimateFIRE, collaborated with many other talented artists and vendors on other products, and most importantly, made so many wonderful friendships.

And it is because of the support of this amazing community that I continued on with the art after losing LJ. Without my partner, I had to re-invent romanceworks, find something I could do alone to express myself. Since I loved digital photography, I combined photos with painting techniques and 2D backgrounds, creating the finished work in Photoshop. In these past two years I have created several hundred mixed medium paintings. Doing the art has been soul food for my spirit, and working with nature and beauty has been very healing. The support of this community is a blessing that has helped me in ways I cannot begin to express. And now to receive AOM for my mixed medium work is a gift I will always cherish. LJ was my biggest fan and I know he must be smiling and saying ‘Way to go, babe!” :o)

How long have you been rendering/doing computer graphics?

During our years in marketing we did a lot of computer generated graphics for clients, for ad-related print collateral, like brochures, logos, book and CD covers, stuff like that, including websites. LJ was the computer whiz, always doing and learning something new, and I was the creative director. We got into 3D art five years ago, when we joined R’osity. We spent the first 6 months being blown away and inspired by the art we saw in the galleries, And buying products in the marketplace. Our first renderings with Poser were awful, but after a while we got up enough courage to post in the galleries. The support we received, seeing the work by other artists, and all the awesome 3D products, kept the creative fires burning hot.

Silent Spirit

Do you have traditional art experience?

As long as I can remember, I’ve always been creative. When I was a kid, instead of using the store bought cut out clothes for paper dolls, I designed and drew my own with crayons. I went on to traditional oil painting, got a degree in art, have dabbled in stained glass, watercolors, sculpture, was an interior decorator for a while, and have even done promotional and visual displays for malls. But nothing has been as much fun as creating art on the computer, because the possibilities are limitless. And I’m a total nut about color. The colors and textures you can create digitally are awesome.

What are you currently working on?

For the past several months I’ve been a member of a co-op gallery, so I’ve been creating prints of my work. It has been quite a challenge matching what I see on my monitor with what comes out in print, but I’m finally getting good color. I’ve been doing framed and matted prints, and some ArtCards, which are greeting cards with my images. I’ve also been re-designing my website, RomanceWORKS, which will have all my artwork in galleries, and an e-store to sell some of my work. Also finalizing a product for the marketplace, which is the next UltimateFIRE, called PrimalFLAMES. LJ had done a lot of work on this, and with the help of geoegress and MUSEWORX I was able to finish it, even making the fires work in DazStudio and a Bryce version. I’m hoping to have it done in a few weeks.

What software/equipment do you use and why?

I have a Mac G5, with a big flat screen, but I do most of my art on a Mac G4 laptop. I have a Wacom tablet, but I prefer using a trackball mouse. I lay in bed with the computer propped on my stomach, the trackball at my side, and create into the wee hours of the morning. Laying down and the ease of using the trackball allow me to stay relaxed and work for very long hours without getting physically tired. All I need is to barely move my finger. And the laptop lets me get really close to the screen which helps because my brush work is very detailed. I use Poser 6 for characters, models, and posing, and a little Kodak digital camera for taking my photos. I will probably get a more professional camera sometime. I bring everything into Photoshop CS, where I create the images. Blow the photos or image up really big, then I use brushes to paint every hair and blossom. I use my Epson Photo-Stylist 2200 to make prints of various sizes, up to 13” x 19”.


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What do you think your best piece of work is and why?

I think the best piece created by me and LJ is a work called ‘Artist’. This really is a collaborative piece, because LJ and I created the painted background, which he then brought into Poser and applied to V3 as a skin texture, and I did the post work detail of making the paint drip over the character, doing some lighting and filter stuff, writing a title and a verse to go with the art.

Most of the mixed medium paintings I’ve done have some kind of special meaning to me, however one of my favorites is ‘Messenger Of The Spirit’. This piece represents my journey without LJ, as an artist and as a person.

Why do you like to work with 3D software?

Being trained in traditional oil painting, I LOVE the ability to easily erase mistakes on my digital canvas. It opens up the ability to experiment and explore all kinds of ideas, and lets the imagination soar. I also enjoy playing with filters and getting surprised by the results. And I love the ability to work with color. Though each piece I create takes me many hours, I like the speed of making digital images. The characters, props, and backgrounds created by other artists are exciting and stimulating to use. Making art with programs like Photoshop and Poser is fun and always an adventure. And it’s very cool to be able to output my work in any format I like, from printing on fine art paper to canvas.

Messenger of the Spirit

Who/what inspires you?

Nature, beauty, animals, music, movies, books, and the work of other artists, all inspire me. Inspiration comes from being alive and interested in life. And having thoughts and feelings and moods I want to express. All things romantic inspire me. I love color and am often inspired to create a work because I want to explore certain colors or combinations of colors. No question color triggers feelings. When I look at photos of flowers, especially irises, in Photoshop, blown up really big, the colors thrill me, and I can’t wait to start playing with and blending them. I’ve always loved the art of Aldo Luongo, especially his passionate earlier paintings of couples. Years ago I met him in person at one of his gallery showings and couldn’t even speak. LJ was with me and got a big laugh out of that. :o) I also love the expressive art of Lee Bogel.

I am even inspired artistically by songwriter Jim Steinman, who wrote the lyrics and music for the Bat Out Of Hell albums. Such a visual and emotional songwriter.

LJ inspired me with his enthusiasm and love for all things creative. His music also inspires me. And so many of the artists here, on R’osity, inspire me. The level of creativity, of sharing, of talent in these galleries is so stimulating. Being around other artists, seeing what they are creating, makes me want to create, too.

How has this community (Renderosity) enhanced your work, relationships, and learning?

Renderosity exposes me to art and artists from all over the world. I really enjoy the wonderful mixture of mediums, as well as levels of experience, skills and talent. Artists here are willing to share not only their work, but their knowledge and friendship, which helps all artists. If I have a question I know I can get the answer here. And I like it when other artists feel comfortable enough to ask me questions, too. This really is a community of like souls sharing not just our art, but our hearts, too. I have met so many amazing, caring, talented artists who have become close friends. We are relating through our creativity, speaking to each other with art, heart-to-heart, and that is very rare and very special.

There have been so many artists here who have been supportive it would be impossible to name them all. Seems everyday I meet a new artist who inspires me.

My mixed medium work has improved because great photographers, like vlaaitje, and danob,and kimmiehere, have been generous enough to share their photos with me. Superb artists like j-art, cwrw, addy, ravnheart, and SO many others have inspired me with their work and their support. Successful vendors like Ilona and Goldtassle have taught me how to do html for my ads, and FrenchKiss, Kenwas, amirasap, Kinouk, delbeke, all helped test my products. Top vendors like Goldtassle, danae, ilona, Firebirdz, linwhite, Ravnheart, Ironhart, have partnered with romanceworks to develop products. And of course there are all the artists who comment and favor my images and make sharing the art so much fun.

And when my husband suddenly died, and I needed it the most, my friends and fellow artists on Renderosity were here for me, with their prayers, images, support, and friendship. And those friends are still here and I’ve made many more. I sincerely thank every single one of you who has given so much. Words really can’t express how much you all mean to me.

Goddess Of Mystery

Parting Comments/Advice to other Artists?

No matter your medium, the one thing I would say is to have passion for what you are creating. Be as real as you can be with your art, give it everything you have, create what you love, express what you really feel, and then let it go into the world. It is your baby, and you care a lot about it, but you have to let it go and have its own life. As artists, we tend to be very self-critical and protective of our work, and because we feel so deeply we are very sensitive. All I can say is, no matter what the world does or says, do your art for all your own reasons, and in your unique way, and don’t let anyone or anything take away the joy of creating. The art is a gift you give to yourself and others. Give it with an open heart. And it will give back what you need. I lost the love-of-,my-life and I can tell you creating has kept my spirit alive. Doing art has brought me joy, is helping me to heal, and I hope it brings the same to others.

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Since we only select one AOM per month, it is not about their works for that particular month. Instead, it is about highlighting a talented artist's works for that year, and they are recognized during that month.

To learn more about Renderosity's Artist Of The Month [AOM] award, and to view our past AOM's, please visit the AOM 2008 page, which can also be found on the sidebar under Highlights.

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Member Opinions:
By: Blazerwiccan on 6/1/08
Congrats!! ((Hugs)) well deserived!!

By: kimariehere on 6/1/08
A HUGE heartfelt CONGRADULATIONS sent your way , and celebrating with you today Carol !!!! YOU are one of the MOST talented people on this site !! I adore your writing , your painting, your beautiful heart and romantic soul...
YOU ARE SOO deserving of this award!!!
A true and brilliant artist ...* Celebrating YOU!!
This is your MONTH and time to shine like the light you are!!!!

By: LadyLisa on 6/2/08
Congratulations to you! Very well deserved award.

By: bogwoppet on 6/2/08
Congratulations on a well deserved win Carol - your work is inspiring and a joy to view.

By: NekhbetSun on 6/2/08
Big Congrats dear Carol !!!

You SO deserved this...you got my vote :o)


By: rockets on 6/2/08
Congratulations Carol! Your gallery reflects such a love of nature. Love all your work hon!

By: DRAKELOT on 6/2/08
Fantastic Carol. Now this is grrreat news ... a Mill congratulations. Yes, your work is the most beautiful ... and you are a wonderful friend, Antonio !

By: danob on 6/2/08
I cannot think of a more worthy winner than Carol

By: FrenchKiss on 6/2/08
YESSSS!!!!! Oh what fantastic news!! Congrats to you, Carol! :) :) :)

By: TallPockets on 6/2/08
A MOST amazing collection of artworks by a MOST wonderful person. Congrats romanceworks. My BEST to you and yours, KIND SOUL. TallPockets.

By: kenwas on 6/2/08
Great news and a most well deserved award for a fine Lady and artist!

By: Trouble on 6/2/08
Congratulations Carol....well deserved!!

By: Ladonna on 6/2/08
Carol this are great news. Congrats . :)
Love your artwork so much.
And you are a wonderful person too. :)
Big big hugs.

By: calum5 on 6/3/08
As one of the most creative and beautifull crafted artworkS creators I am so pleased to see you get this award Carol.Your work is inspirational,beautifull and touching.Congratulations ,LJ is proud like us:-)for you,luv cal H5

By: Justmel on 6/3/08
This is just so fantastic Carol!!! It's an honor that is very well deserved too. Hugs and congrats to you!!!

By: Morgana61 on 6/3/08
Complimenti...le vostre immagini sono davvero stupende!!!

By: vlaaitje on 6/3/08
Dear Carol.

I have met you here at RR a while ago as a great artist, I have always adore you creative soul and work. In each image painted with your hands and soul is so touching and full of love and expression. It is poetic, dreamy, and tender. I am for a long time a fan of you, and when I found out that your husband past away I felt so sorry for you. That's a hard thing to deal with and so unfair. I know how it feels if you lose a dear one, I lost my brother in a age from 42. A long time ago I asked you for permission to use your work for my poetry. So I thought now it is my turn to keep your mind busy. I start to share my work with you and I feel proud to do it. Me as photographer and you as such a talented art maker. Each creation has something special, and I am so glad that I am a part of your work as well and visa versa. So many artwork created by you and L.J. Heart are super as well. What I like is how you put 4 different poses from animals in one image! Sometimes I am totally speechless!! If somebody deserve this award, then it is you. I hope that you can sell your work, and I will be a part of your creations, because I know what kind if images you like. So quit often you go with me in my soul if I go out, and later I send you the images I thought you would like. That way of working together is so special, even when we live not near, the warmth between us is very close. Dear Carol.......I wish you a wonderful life,
and let your soul paint,
let your heart shine,
and use your hands with a memory of your beloved L.J. Heart.....
I bet he is proud of you!!

BTW it is good to read all the info here, very interesting......I look forward to your images......



By: Turtle on 6/3/08
I'm very Happy for you to win this honor for your beautiful, creative artwork. Hugs to you.

By: scifibabe on 6/3/08
Congratulations! A well deserved honor for a fabulous artist! Bravo! Way to go!

By: Kinouk on 6/3/08
This is so great!!! You and your art bring joy to so many!! You are all class!!! CONGRATS!!!!! big hugz

By: SandyJO on 6/3/08
This is Awesome Carol!! Your talent and art inspires me every day!! I know that LJ is so very proud, I just hope that I can make my daughter's spirit as proud of me!! Hugs Sandy

By: delbeke on 6/3/08
Congratulations on a well deserved and long time coming honor. I have always been in awe of your incredible art. Wonderful talent you have. Congratulations again! :o)

By: pixelfantasies on 6/3/08
Congrats Carol!! I see your art daily and know the passion you put behind each and every one. LJ could not help but be proud. We love you! Your are the best.
KUDOS!!!!!!!Hugs and Kisses Phil

By: coyote255 on 6/3/08
Stunning artwork. As pagan/earth based /native american person of spirit I was greatly moved byt your Spirit of the Wild series. Yor renditions of flowers are so overwhelming the take your brweath away. An honor bestowed on truely deserving artisr

By: bruno021 on 6/4/08
I'm so happy you got the award. Your art is wonderful.

By: IO4 on 6/4/08
Congratulations, your work is beautiful:):)

By: RodolfoCiminelli on 6/4/08
Congratulatiions my dear friend Carol for this award very deserved.....!!!!! A big Hug.....!!!

By: j-art on 6/4/08
Carol, what shall I say, no one deserves this more than you, congrats my dear friend!
You know you were one of the first people who found me here on Renderosity, God this must have been 6 or 7 years ago. However, without your encouraging comments and messages I think I would not be there where I’m today, thanks for such a fantastic welcome in Renderosity, you are not only a great artist you are a wonderful and very special person. Thanks for being you.
And now go and have a good wine and celebrate your well deserved AOM!

By: cliff-dweller on 6/4/08
Congratulations to you, Carol! VERY well deserved!!!

By: JLyons on 6/4/08
I don't comment too much on these but I have to say that this was truly deserved and I am extremely happy to see you get this honor.

By: Bez on 6/5/08
Congratulations Carol, nobody deserves this more than you, such fantastic artwork..

By: Bothellite on 6/5/08
Just, by chance, happened across this announcement and I'm thrilled. What a journey and thank you for all the years of sharing.

By: eres on 6/5/08
Congratulations Carol. Your art is outstanding of beauty and you deserve this place. I really feel happy for you.

By: Jennyfnf on 6/5/08
Breathtakingly beautiful images. Many congratulations. You are fantastic.

By: gunsan on 6/5/08
Not until today caught my summer sleepy me that you now are AOM.
I was so happy to read that, I know no one more worth it than you, with all your wonderful creations!!!

I am also happy to read that your soulmate still is with you in your soul and I guess helps you and inspires you to the wonders of magic that flows from you.

A BIG hug and much love


By: TT on 6/5/08
Congratulations Carol, well deserved! :)

By: Surama on 6/5/08
So much deserved!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Congrats...

By: npauling on 6/5/08
Congratulations Carol, this award is very well deserved. Your art is so inspirational and beautiful it is a pleasure to see and I thank you so much for sharing it with us.

By: RubyT on 6/6/08
Congratulations! This is so very much well deserved! I love your artwork!

By: BBarbs on 6/7/08
Wow...congrats Carol !! I have been so involved with my little crisis that I didnt even know you were up for Artist of the Month. I cannot think of any artist that deserves it more. Your work is outstanding and gorgeous. Bravo my friend !!! BIG HUGSSSS

By: Shardz on 6/7/08
Yay!! I certainly couldn't agree more with the results here and you definitely make this a better place with your magnificent art and spirit, Carol. Your work is always fresh, interesting, and quite beautiful with a lot of love and passion in the mix and those are the ingredients we all know and love over the years. It's also quite wonderful that you carry the torch for L.J. and continue this unique legacy known as Romanceworks for this fine honor here today. Art is art, but when you have abundant soul and passion to back it up, it becomes all that much more meaningful in the end result. My sincere congratulations to you for all the years of fantastic visions realized; you are definitely in a class all by yourself!

By: Avalonne on 6/7/08
Congratulations on your win sweetie....it is most deserved :-) {{{Hugs}}}

By: summer1412 on 6/7/08
I'm so happy for you, Carol. This is a blessing, and LJ's way of letting you know that you'll be alright.

Personally, you have been an inspiration to me, not only with your spirit, your heart, and your kindness, but also in your strength and courage. Your artwork is a reflection of who you are, and you make all of your positive qualities as well as those weak moments we all endure even more beautiful. You've managed to take a loss and turn it into something so unspeakably beautiful, and inspirational, that I think everybody could learn from it.

I'm so very thankful to have you in my life on Rosity as a fellow artist, and most importantly, a very dear friend.

Much love to you, and congratulations.

By: DennisReed on 6/8/08
Congratulations Carol! You are indeed one of Renderosity's finest artists, and an inspiration to us all! Bravo!

By: spirittina on 6/8/08
congratulations you have such beautiful art and a very beautiful soul

By: B_PEACOCK on 6/9/08
I have always thought that you and LJ were some of the best artists on RR and your team work was second to none. He lives on through your art.Congratulations Carol you surely deserve this honor my dear friend.Love you lots and thank you for being a part of my life.I am blessed to have you as a friend

By: CaperGirl42 on 6/9/08
Congrats hun!!! you deserve it that is for sure- your work is breath taking!!!

Big hugz

By: vshane on 6/9/08

By: addy on 6/9/08
Congratulations Carol! You deserved this :) Your work is always so beautiful and inspiring :)

*big hugs*

By: plassgard on 6/10/08
Congratulations Carol!! Your art is breathtaking and so full of soul.

Big Hugs!

By: Daramski on 6/10/08
Congratulations, you have a fantastic gallery, awesome artwork:)

By: PickleFamily on 6/10/08
So well deserved! You are an amazing person, an amazing artist, so full of love and life and creativity! I'm so glad to see you recognized for all that you give to everyone around you. You are so special, this is such a wonderful honor! Congratulations, lots of love and warm thoughts from the Pickles!
I love you!

By: jif3d on 6/11/08
I always knew you had it in you Carol, as your finely tuned painting skills, just blow me away.
I still find it hard to tell where the photo finished and your 3d painting starts.
Congrats on AOM, looking forward to more master pieces and I know in my heart L.J. is very proud of you and your strength to continue on.
LOL & Cheers Jeff aka jif3d :o)

By: Toribev on 6/12/08
I'm a little late, but had to say that I am so pleased that you have been chosen as AoM. You deserve it.

You've inspired me with your work and I know you have inspired others as well.

Congratulations Carol! Congratultions to L.J. as well, for I am sure he is watching and beaming with love and pride for you.

By: Digimon on 6/12/08
Congratulations Carol! You are among the most talented folks here! I Love your work because your passion is so much a part of your work, you make it "Live". All the best!

By: BonBonish on 6/12/08
Hi Carol, it was such a joy to read that wonderful news! Congratulations on a well deserved win! Big Hugs, Koty

By: chrispoole on 6/13/08
I agree with the above! you have a wonderful artistic eye and creativity and deserve this recognition for all the joy and verve you bring to this community and beyond. Many congratulations for AoM.

By: jgmart on 6/13/08
Congratulations! Amazing work, amazing artist!

By: SoulSearcherr on 6/13/08
Huggssss...you are so worthy of this honor..each and every time I look at your creations..I am amazed..it is such a delight to the eye...you are such a loving human..it shows in your art..big congrats Carol..

By: JillianElf on 6/14/08
CONGRATULATIONS Dear Carol. YAY! Your art was the some of the very first I looked at and admired and dreamed on when I first joined Render. Your friendship and support of other artists is heartfelt and inspiring. It is such a great month to be voted AOM. I am sure LJ is smiling and singing a song. Love to you and your wonderful Heart..Jilly

By: Santel on 6/15/08
Congratulations...well deserved!!!

By: Lion on 6/16/08
Congrats Your Pictures are amazing

By: Jerusha on 6/16/08
Congratulations, Carol !!!!! I cannot think of anyone more deserving! Thank you for sharing your work and soul with us through your most fantastic artwork and kind, unique being as a person.

By: SkoolDaze on 6/17/08
congratulations! :) You sooo deserve this recognition.


By: ilona on 6/22/08
I took this long to get to this cause I knew it wouldn't be a 2 lines thing. Congratulations is not enough... and some things words can't describe. We've known each other for such a long time now and each day you manage to add something else into my life. And I am only one... imagine how many people's lives you affect...
You are, Carol, beyond the shadow of a doubt one of the most beautiful souls I have ever met in life. You are an Artist of Life ... and the art you make is just a beautiful way for us to know a bit about this wonderful world of love and beauty and color that is your mind. And it's your soul ... your heart ... that brings a meaning to all this. I feel fortunate for crossing your and LJ's way and for being invited into this beautiful Garden that is your life... I learned a lot in so many ways and I thank you for that.
It's because of you and through your magical hands that we are able to look to the World with different eyes and feel life through your endless colors.
Congratulations sweetie... with all my heart!


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By: cwrw on 6/25/08
CONGRATS Girlfriend!! You rock! You so deserve this wonderful accolade! You are an amazing artist and human being, with such a generous, loving soul and heart. I deeply treasure our friendship and thank Renderosity for bringing us together! You are always an inspiration to me as well as a great sounding board for my wackier ideas!:) LJ is so proud of you my friend! As am I!

All my best my dear!

By: madmaxh on 6/29/08
Great work, Carol. This award is richly deserved.


By: sirocco on 6/30/08
Congratulations Carol! A well deserved honor, your artwork is wonderful.

By: treehugger on 1/6/10
I just found this, wow!! great art!

By: pjaj on 6/30/14
Congratulations Carol. You definitely deserve it. Your artwork is always a pleasure to view.

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