It has been a long year (and there are still three months to go). I’ve been busy with……Life (no boring, whining here). I’ve continued to draw and paint although I have been neglecting my blog, I’m still kicking. Okay, now I’m back to blogging and with exciting news. I’ve been doing giveaways on my Instagram of pet portraits. This little gentleman painted in oils, is on his way to his new home. I love doing these small (6″x6″) portraits.
Late at night I find it easy to fall into the painting groove. It is quiet and everyone else is asleep. There are no distractions. It’s just me and my current muse. Tonight it is sweet Jorgie, my Aunt Angel’s adorable fur baby, who passed from life suddenly.
I have decided to spend time between commissions painting the former and current pets of family and friends. They are just small portraits, none over 8 inch square. It’s an opportunity to work on developing my style, working through different color combinations and just trying to capture the personality of the pet. It is more than just practice for me (although I need all of the practice I can get), it is also my way of letting the people in my life know that I am thinking of them and that I love and care about them. Painting practice = heart practice.
Happy New Year, Everyone!
Usually a new year begins for me with high energy and untamed excitement… jumping in with both feet, my eyes squeezed tight! This year, I’m taking a slightly different approach. I will ease into 2019, breath by breath. This year, I’m not any setting goals or resolutions. This year, I’m taking it day by day, moment by moment, letting things come and being present. Breathe in, breathe out…
The leaves are finally starting to fall in the piney woods. The night air has the snap of chill (sweater weather). Fall has arrived late this year, but arrive it finally has. I’m enjoying the morning fire in the studio wood stove, the tea kettle simmering away, my dogs sleeping quietly nearby. My morning walks alight with the tumbling leaves of big leaf maples, dogwood, black oak and the smell of pine and cedar. Change use to unsettle me, make me nervous but, now I welcome it. It signals opportunities to discover new things and new experiences. This changing of this season has spurred a yearning in me to explore a new medium. I’ve been working in watercolor and pen and ink for a few years now, and although I won’t give it up entirely, I’m going to immerse myself in oil paint (a medium that I have only dabbled in). There are challenges to oil painting that will force me to learn and to grow as an artist. I will be posting my progress here and on my other social media pages. Here we go…
Inktober has come and gone. I actually made it through the whole month, although I had to play catch-up. I started following the Official Inktober prompts, but soon abandoned them to follow my own path (I’ve never been good at coloring within the lines). It was a great opportunity to dig into the depths of my art supply boxes. I used all types of different pens, brushes and inks. I so appreciate these online art community projects because they stretch my creative techniques and practice. I also enjoy seeing the work of other artists and how they tackle the same project.
Just a few days left of #WorldWaterColorMonth. World Watercolor Month is an annual global charitable event featuring the ultimate challenge of 31 Watercolors is 31 Days! Check out www.Doodlewash.com for more information!
I find this a fun and challenging event to participate in. Everyone is welcome to join in the fun, no matter what your skill level. There is such a sense of camaraderie with all of the others who participate. It’s a good way to get involved in an online art community, to meet other artists and be inspired to paint every day.
Working through the process of darker coated dogs without getting too muddy. Try, try again. It’s all practice.
I used the fabulous Sktchy app (I highly recommend it to those who are looking for free to use photos and a wonderful community) and found this little fellow to paint. I switched it up a bit and went with a monochromatic color scheme. I enlarged his eyes and made them a bit human looking. I find it part whimsical and part creepy.
Here is a video that compresses and hour and a half watercolor sketch into four minutes. The videos are study tools for myself. I’m still experimenting with lighting, cameras, camera angles and apps. So much to learn.