Tuesday, February 27, 2007
On Friday night, we attended the Cub Scout banquet for my little guy. Now, I normally am very involved in every aspect of this child's life -- with the exception of Cub Scouts. There are various reasons I am not involved, but let's just narrow it down to the fact that my husband is a wonderful father and he and his son seem to love this group. So, being out of the "loop", I was quite surprised when said son was awarded a card stating that he is now certified to begin carrying a pocket knife! I dutifuly applauded, as a good mother should. Said child just turned 9. He is not a violent or mean kid, so I don't imagine any thuggish behavior, however, I'm sure I will get a phone call from the school anytime soon.....
Anyway, with all the family fun, I could only steal away to the studio for bits of time and decided to work on the backgrounds of both works in progress. These pieces are rather large for colored pencil (around 12 x 16") so, for those of you who work in the medium, you know how long it can take to cover that much ground. And it can be a little boring. My husband says that watching me draw is like watching paint dry anyway.
So, here they are. I've decided to try putting a pattern into the sofa on "Teddy and Me"; maybe I was really bored, but I think it gives the work a little more interest. Both pieces still need much more work. Stay tuned!
Friday, February 23, 2007
I seldom burnish my work, but this piece seemed to call for it to push the darks to where I felt they should be. This time I used a stiff hog bristle brush which allowed me to move the color around more subtly than when I burnish with another pencil or solvents. I am very pleased with it...so far.
I promised myself that when I started this blog I would keep my big mouth shut about anything controversial or political. BUT, I want to share with you something I do feel strongly about - rescuing a pet from your local shelter. We rescued our dog, Buddy Tucker (sounds like a country-western singer doesn't he?), three years ago. He is a full-bred chocoloate lab (according to the vet) and absolutely one of the best dogs I've ever had. The shelters are full of wonderful dogs. Don't worry about which dog to choose; they choose you. Buddy took one look at me and it was all over! I haven't regretted his choice and I don't think he has either.
Thursday, February 22, 2007
Here's a new one I have added to the list. Duane Keiser is one of the pioneers of "daily painting" and has been blogging his work since 2004. On Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 10:15 a.m., he paints a small painting live via webcam. What fun! Be sure to check it out.
Wednesday, February 21, 2007
I have been a mother for almost 30 years now and it seems I have always taken care of a little person. I'm beginning to see that that phase of my life is winding down which causes me some sadness but also a mixture of excitment and curiousity about what's up next for me.
I'm sure there's much in store for me to become and do, but none of it will be as challenging, fulfilling, heartbreaking or as rewarding as raising a child. What a ride!
Tuesday, February 20, 2007
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Saturday, February 17, 2007
So, here it is. Only the preliminary graphite drawing, but check back and I'll show you how it moves along.
Friday, February 16, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Here's the progress I was able to make on "The Aviators" while he had his weather-related play date:
Wednesday, February 14, 2007
So, being that it is February in central Ohio, the layers on the ground are as follows: 6 inches of snow, 4 inches of ice, and then another coating of 3 inches of snow again! Lovely to look at....
Oh, well, the weather has fuelled my need to hybernate which includes eating (lots) and drawing. I've made a lot of progess with the drawing currently on my table. I think I'm going to call it "Aviators".
Tuesday, February 13, 2007
The song "California Dreamin'" is running through my head! But then I have my child home (yet again) for a snow day because central Ohio is being buried under the "storm of the century". So, if I can't get to the west coast, at least my drawing can make the trip.
The "Explore" show allows artists to explore their medium of colored pencil by encouraging us to work on unusual papers or other supports, prepared surfaces, and mixing with other media. My piece, "Blue Lucidity", is done on three layers of drafting film with color applied front and back on each sheet. The layers of color gave the work a lot of depth and luminousity.
Monday, February 12, 2007
I loved the interesting clothes, sombreros, and instruments. But, more important, I really liked the way these gentlemen convey the fact that they are professionals and take their jobs very seriously. I respect that in another artist and want to show that in this work.
My plan is to post photos as I am working.
Step 1 - Detailed sketch. I am working on buff colored mat board. It measures 12 x 16". I know this image is difficult to see, but I have made the sketch very light because most of it will be erased once I begin to apply the colored pencil.
Step 2 - Beginning to glaze. I seem to always work from right to left even though I am right handed. I may have done so because I want the gentlemen on the right to be the main focus of the drawing.
Step 3 - More glazing. Had to work around my son's birthday party (little before and a little after). We took four 3rd grade boys to an indoor water park.
Tuesday, February 6, 2007
I am a member of a co-op gallery, Studios on High Gallery, in the Short North Arts District in Columbus Ohio. Of the 17 types of work displayed in the gallery, I am proud to be the artist who draws: graphite, colored pencil, charcoal, mixed media.
As someone who usually has to wrestle with the "blues" this time of year, it was not difficult for me to tap into those feelings to create this body of work; but it has been rather difficult to really see them now that they are finished.