Saturday, December 19, 2009

Finished Isaac

I finished the portrait of Isaac. It's 14" X 17" in colored pencil. It was a challenge for sure. The reference photo his grandma gave me lacked detail and was very small. He was also younger than he is now. I had to do it though, no...I wanted to do it. She told me this picture of him was special to her because he looked like a little Angel. I had to agree, he does look pretty sweet. Isaac also has a health condition. This website tells a little more about Isaac Some things in life just aren't fair, especially when it involves a child.
His grandma is happy with the portrait and I'm happy she likes it. It would be great if they could find a cure for Isaac, perhap they will soon.

Monday, November 30, 2009

Sketching Mick Jagger

I hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving. Cathy and I did the traditional Black Friday shopping. We were at Jordon Creek at midnight and both agreed not to do that again. It was a mad house! So we left there and headed to Merle Hay Mall which was much better even though we waited in line at Kohls for an hour to check out. It's just all part of the madness. We did have fun though.

I was up late last night kind of doodling and and kind of sketching and came up with a portrait of Mick Jagger with the reference taken from my TV guide laying on the kitchen bar. No colored pencils this time. This was done with a mechanical pencil and free hand. It started out I was only going to do his face, then I put in his shoulders and then what the heck, I finished him on 8" X 10" piece of paper. He didn't turn out too bad :)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Layla Grace is finished

This is little Layla. 20" X 16" in colored pencil. This portrait was fun to do. She's a cutie and apparently she likes tomatoes :) She'll be on her way soon. Hope her Grandma likes it!

Friday, September 4, 2009

New Job

I started a new job a week ago. I absolutely love it! The position is a kindergarten associate at a Catholic school. It's part time 8:00 to 1:00, which is OK although I would have preferred full time. I accepted it because of the fact it is a Catholic school and it's working with kids. My faith and children are pretty special to me so this seems to be a perfect fit. One would think that it wouldn't be much different than where I worked before at the preschool that closed. It is different though, for one, I don't have to do the planning ;) The biggest difference though is the atmosphere. It's just a really good place to be.

I've also been working on a commissioned portrait of a little girl. It's not ready to be put up here yet. Since this is a 3 day weekend I'll get a lot done on it, that's my plan anyway. It is on my progress page on my website if you want to follow along. I think it's going to turn out really sweet. There's a whole lot of greens that will be in it, so I had to stock up on various green pencils. While I was doing that I saw a pad of vellum surface paper for artist trading cards. I realize I could just cut my own, but the little pad was so cute and handy I decided to pick that up too. So eventually I'll try that out to see how it goes.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Twins visit

What a fun weekend! We went to the Iowa State Fair Saturday with my niece and her family who came to visit. The twins have grown so much! Talking, walking, teeth, and they are so sweet! It was a real treat to see all of them again. Today we went to Cathy's for dinner, Ed did most of the cooking since he's a BBQ expert. Well, we let him believe that anyway, that way he'll do all the cooking as long as it's on the grill. It all works out, the food really was good and he's proud of it. Cathy and I took care of opening the potato chip bag :) The rest of the time we played with the twins. They are going back home tomorrow, it's sure hard to see them leave.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Portrait finished

Still don't have my car back so I called to check on it today. The guy says hopefully late tomorrow. Hmmm, I hope so too, I think I may have forgot how to drive!

I did get the portrait I was working on finished though, so that's good. It's on it's way to Illinois as I type. This weekend I'll be starting another one of a little boy. Still working on darkening up those skin tones, I'll get there. I have a plan B I'm going to try.

So far this week has been going pretty smoothly, no run away trucks, no large logs falling out of trees, it's been pretty quiet. I even got some good news today. I have an interview Tuesday. I won't say where yet, we'll see how it goes first.

Saturday I'll be heading out to the fair. My niece and her family are coming to visit. It's been so long since I've seen the twins! I'm excited.

So back to the portrait. It's my sister in law's parents who are deceased. The reference is from a photograph she wanted me to use. The difference is the photograph had a black background, I chose a light background for the portrait. It's colored pencil of course, (that's what I do) and it's 20" X 16" on vellum paper. I also mounted this one on mat board. I like the look of that plus it gives it a sturdy base. I used spay mount for the first time, that stuff sticks in a hurry! Anyway, I hope she's pleased with it.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Trouble comes is 3's

It been too long since I've wrote here so I thought I'd better update. I'm still looking for work and filling my time with art work. I've been working on a portrait for my Sister-in-law. I'll have a picture of it here soon. I've decided this lay off just may be an opportunity for me to go into business for myself.

Ed's brother died July 25th, so we were in Illinois for a few days with family and attending his funeral. He was a veteran from the Navy and a retired Firefighter, the funeral was very honorable. The procession to the cemetery was led by fire engine #5, the one he drove. It was a military funeral, the 21 gun salute always gets to me. He will be missed. Ed is doing OK, I can't even imagine how much it hurts to lose a sibling. He took it pretty hard.

So we are back and trying to get back to normal. Key word "normal". Friday, I was deep into working on a portrait when a crash shook the house. A delivery truck came barreling down the street backwards, with no driver and was stopped by our neighbors tree before it could crash through my son's car and the house. I did consider myself blessed!

Until yesterday... a huge limb fell out of our tree and on my car, dented the hood up really good. We had a storm the night before, I'm assuming it must have been knocked loose and didn't fall till later. So today my car is sitting in the body shop, $2500 damage and $500 deductible. That blows the trip to Washington and workshop I wanted to attend (sigh). God is trying to get my attention. Hopefully my car will be finished soon and then things will be back to normal.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Sassy Sadie

Finished Sadie, now we have a "Serious Sadie" and a "Sassy Sadie". Believe it or not they are the same dog, although it sure doesn't look like it to me. I think the photo reference of Serious Sadie must have been when she was older because of all the white on her face. Either that or it was the camera flash and lighting. Sassy Sadie looks younger, peppier, sassier! Being I really didn't know Sadie this one was tough because none of the photo references were that good and we couldn't get any better ones since Sadie has past. So I just went with the best I had even though I have sworn I wouldn't do that again! But you know, if I can get it right it's worth all the effort. She looks marvelous!

Friday, June 26, 2009

Kentucky Mule

The mule is finished and a nice looking mule I might add, being it's my first mule. The portrait was done in Prismacolor pencils on bristol vellum paper. It's 17" X 14". It will be on it's way to Kentucky soon. This will be my second piece of artwork hanging around Kentucky. It's kind of cool to have my work in other states! The background was different for me too, the trees were fun to do. I had the feeling of being in the woods and having a mule peeking at me through the trees. Now that's what I call getting into my work! I guess I just like the look on the mule's face. When I draw animals it's something about their eye's that attracts me. I always wonder what they were thinking at the time. I'm guessing I figure it out pretty accurately. Of course who can say for sure.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Rottweiler is finished

Sadie the Rottweiler is finished. I love drawing dogs, too bad Sadie isn't
around anymore, but I hope this portrait does her justice. I'll be
delivering her to the quad cities soon. My next victim is a mule. My son's girlfriend wants me to do it for her mother. I thought she wanted a horse till I saw the photograph. I'm no expert in stuff like that, but I knew it didn't look like a horse. I thought it was a donkey, my son informed me it was a mule. To be honest...I didn't know there was a difference between a donkey and a mule. I'm a city girl see, so I've learned something new and now I'll have to study up on mules.

Update: Sadie's eye is fixed.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Drawn out drama

It's been a couple months since I've posted. It's been a long drawn out drama with the other job closing and will continue for a couple more weeks. Then after 14 years, it's over, it's closing. The change is actually a blessing spiritually for me. I'm looking forward to whatever comes my way next :) The artwork will always be a part of what I do. I'm working on a rottweiler now which has been waiting patiently for me (sorry Sadie) I'm almost there. I have a horse waiting on me too! So it's back to the drawing board where I can find peace again.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Shamrock and Clover

Shamrock and Clover are finally finished. Hopefully I'm over my dry spell of finding it hard to concentrate. I was ready to get back in the game today a load has been lifted! This is a 14" X 17" on bristol paper all colored pencil. Myself I love how the colors all work together and the pose is cute too. All that's left to do now is cut a mat and get the clients approval. The photograph I used had a lot of light which may have distorted the colors some. I'm not sure, we'll see. For now, here tis. I think they are adorable ;)