Glowing Cathedral - WIP progession
Friday, December 28, 2007
Monday, December 17, 2007
Monday, December 10, 2007
Wednesday, December 5, 2007
drawing of my younger sister
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
Saturday, November 24, 2007
Tuesday, November 20, 2007
Saturday, November 17, 2007
Thursday, November 15, 2007
Well, I've done it. I've broken my own "rules" - to do this commission:
- Never use another person's photo for a commission.
- I never do a portrait of a child under the age of 2.
- I never do a portrait commission less than a 9 x 12" size.
So why did I do it?
- The clients have been very, very good friends for about 20 years and have always been very, very supportive of my work. This is a Christmas gift for their friends.
- The photo was exceptional quality and I could work on the composition and lighting.
- It was too tempting to do this drawing because these twins are beautiful.
Note to self: Break the rules more often.
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Wednesday, November 7, 2007
Friday, November 2, 2007
Monday, October 29, 2007
Because I have recently begun working out at the gym with my girlfriend and workout partner, we decided to attend a new class tonight. The class is called "Super Butts and Guts" - should have been a clue.
Sunday, October 28, 2007
Short North Arches
16 x 20"
Colored Pencil Drawing on Ampersand Pastel Board
I drew this piece right onto the surface of an Ampersand pastel board. After laying down the initial few layers of color, I realized I wasn't going to get the color saturation I wanted, so I used Gamsol to dissolve the wax and "paint" the color deeper into the board. I was then able to go back over the work with more layers of color.
Because I have admired her work for a long time, I asked Nicole Caulfield to share with me how she finishes her work in order to frame it without glass and she generously did just that. Nicole first sprays her work with Lascaux fixitive and then Krylon Kamar Varnish. I ran out and bought both products and am very, very pleased with the results. Thanks, Nicole!
Once I frame this puppy, I plan to show it at Studios on High Gallery in time for the holidays. I'll let you know if it sells! (Or, if you're interested, drop me a note!)
Tuesday, October 23, 2007
Pretty simple since I start most of my drawings with a grisaille underpainting, I only pack gray and black pencils. I also toss in a small sharpener, an eraser, Bristol board paper precut to the standard 2.5 x 3.5" size and a selection of reference photos to work from. I keep the paper and photos in a small zip lock to keep them clean. It all fits in one of the newer Prismacolor tins.
Having this kit in my usually way-too-big purse keeps me drawing all the time since I have no excuses. Now if Cameron could just drive himself to all of those appointments, I could draw in the car, too.
Nah, I get carsick.
Monday, October 22, 2007
- School starts. Papers, papers, papers to fill out. Dates to keep track of. More papers to fill out and sign. Fees to be paid. Unnecessary stuff to be sold. Parties to plan for and be prepared to help out/attend/chaperone. Teacher meetings. Fund raisers. I have been doing this for 25 years (yes, 25 years straight!) and I will not miss this part at all when it's all over. No sirreee.)
- Football. In our town, you do not plan anything on a Saturday in the fall, unless you check the Buckeye schedule first.
Soccer. When our son plays on a Saturday, it's the only occassion the Buckeye schedule comes in second.
- Art shows and art fairs. They keep me hopping and I love 'em.
- Commissions. Everyone wants theirs before the holidays and preferably before the framer gets too backed up.
- The Holidays. We all know what kind of work that brings. Gads.
So once we change the name of this season, let's change "Winter" to "Take a Long Rest" season or "Tropical Vacation" season.
Friday, October 19, 2007
Thursday, October 18, 2007
- It kept my son from nagging me all day about being bored.
- It proved to me that drinking is bad.
- And, finally, it reminded me why my three children are all ten years apart!
Tuesday, October 16, 2007
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Tuesday, October 9, 2007
Monday, October 8, 2007
On Saturday, I finally saw myself through that young artist's eyes, and I haven't stopped thinking about it. In just a couple of years, I have won some wonderful awards and had some great accolades, but none of that made me feel the way that young man did. He made me realize that I am living my dream. (If you're reading this, thank you!)
Thursday, October 4, 2007
This Saturday I, and three of my compatriots from Studios on High Gallery, the artists cooperative gallery to which we all belong, will be making art on North High Street in the Short North Arts District in Columbus, Ohio. The art demo, which we do several times a year, is called "Hop Art" to coincide with the district's monthly Gallery Hop.
- Jeff Shaw, my dear friend, is a professor at nearby Capital University, and fabulous creator of large abstract paintings. He also makes humorous, pen and ink character studies. (These are my favorite and I own two; I hope to get more!)
- Debbie Jackson is a gifted master of her craft of polymer clay jewelry making. She is also the author of Polymer Clay Jewlery. Debbie is working on her second book about using metallic mediums with polymer clay, a technique she will be demonstrating on Saturday. Her jewelry is amazing!
- Tom Harbrecht, a founding member of the Ohio Plein Air Painters Society, and painter of landscape paintings predominantly set in the mid-west. His paintings are full of light, atmosphere and draw you deep into the work; he's a master of his craft. I want Tom to teach me how to create landscapes like that one of these days.
I can't wait to hang out with these people this Saturday. We're all a little nervous because we're all more than a little introverted and are out of our comfort zones, but feel better when we have each other for support. AND, we're doing that "getting out there thing" to promote our gallery , each other and ourselves. Ain't we something?
We'll be there from 4 to 8 p.m. I'm going to work on a drawing on pastel board of the Short North arches, the area's most striking landmarks. I'll blog my progress on that later.
If you see us, please stop by and say hello!
Wednesday, October 3, 2007
Tuesday, October 2, 2007
- Keep track of stuff: set up files, notebooks, whatever, but keep track of your expenses, income, taxes, etc. Go to an office supply store and go crazy. If that fails, hire an accountant or an organizer!
- Keep a calendar and check it often. It amazes me how many artists miss submission deadlines, openings, take-in dates for shows and more because they have forgotten about them. Figure it out; put it on your calendar!
- Keep records of your work: Take notes, take pictures, take measurements, list the media, paper, or support you've used. You may be asked about any of this sometime or want to repeat a previous style. Also, the art historians will thank you - so will your progeny.
- Keep a list of your customers! Yikes, if you aren't keeping track of who your patrons are, how can you expect to be successful? Mailing lists cost a fortune and these people have already found you, so keep track and send them notices of your upcoming shows, awards, classes, etc. Just ask a stock broker how much his "book" is worth.
- Keep your appointments and commitments! We all have to cancel from time to time, but I have seen a little too much of this from my fellow artists; behave as a working artist and not a hobbyist - unless that's what you want to be.
- Keep putting yourself out there. It's really, really hard to sell yourself and your work. I tell my friends that it feels like I'm singing naked on a street corner (I've never done that as I recall, but I can imagine). Nevertheless, people will not "find" your work or you if you stay in your studio. You're good, but not that good.
- Finish your art. I have seen some wonderful pieces framed so badly that the client either backs out of the sale or negotiates for a lower price. Not good, not good at all. It reflects on you as a professional and changes the perception of the quality of your art. Learn to frame well, or find someone who can do it for you.
Reality check: You may have to spend 20% of your time "doing business". Sometimes, more, sometimes less. (Groan.)
Just keep in mind that being an artist can be so wonderful and such a blessing. But if you want to be a successful artist, you have to recognize that you and your work are a small business, and most small businesses fail, not because the owner doesn't have a great product, but because he doesn't know how to run his business. Go run your business!
Monday, October 1, 2007
I also had to take Buddy to his spa (groomer) for a day and he looks maaahhvelous; so he plans on posing for me tomorrow. So, I think I'll draw him then, too!
This first video is what Buddy and I do almost everyday. We just choose not to show off....
This guy is kind of cute/creepy, but we all have a love/hate relationship with him.
And, finally, for those of us with kids in college: here's where your money is going. (Even so, this one makes me wet my pants.....really.)
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Friday, September 28, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Colored Pencil Drawing