Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Mason Jar

Not my typical drawing but a drawing none the less. Occasionally I do like to mix it up and throw in a still life here and there. Began and completed March 30th 2010. Titled; "Mason Jar" (pretty creative title huh?) :) It's 12" X 12" on black paper.

Sunday, March 28, 2010

Time for myself

I have the audio book "The Success Principles on my Ipod. I know most people use their Ipod's for music. I have some music on mine but mostly audio books. I love reading, sometimes it's just easier to listen to audio books. Anyway, I like the book "The Success Principles". I've been consumed with it actually and making notes of things I should be doing to get organized and get myself going. Since I'm that into the audio version I had to buy the book too, so as soon as Barnes & Noble opened I was on my way there. The book is much thicker that I thought it would be, about 450 pages. I thought to myself this is going to take forever to get through! I do recommend it though. I've already got a lot of helpful advice. It spells out 64 helpful principles used by successful people.
It's a good book for me. Sometimes I get so wrapped up in doing artwork that other parts of the business is ignored. I also pick up the book, "The Richest Man in Babylon". I've been wanting that book and just kind of forgot about it until I saw it at the book store. I was on my way to the checkout counter and just saw it as I was walking by, so I had to get it. I figured it was there for me to see. Nothing is a coincidence.
For the past couple of weeks that's what I have been doing, educating myself, not only in art but also other things that need my attention, including my family and the dogs of course. So I'm really not having a dry spell, I am preparing and learning :)
The memoir I'm working on has also been helpful. I'll be the first to admit I know very little about writing a book and to tell you the truth at this point it's not so good. It doesn't matter though, it's good for me. I will continue to work on it, re-writing and adding to it. I might even change the whole thing, I don't know.I do know it has been beneficial to me. The past has brought me to where I am today and now I understand that it all happened for a reason. Even the fact that I'm writing the memoir is something I'm suppose to be doing. I think everyone should write a memoir.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Portrait drawing and Patience

It's been a busy week but a fun week. I've been going over plans with my artwork and learning different techniques. I had even thought about doing something else besides portraits, that thought didn't really last that long. I can't stop doing portraits. I am going to add to it though with more portraits of homes and buildings along with the people and pets.
I like doing artwork that brings up feelings. A home does that just as much as a living person or pet. A childhood home is a cool thing to do and has lots of meaning for the recipient. I guess there are a lot of things that fits in that category, like the yellow rose that my mother in law grew and pampered. My real area of interest in artwork is something that brings up a memory for a keepsake that has special meaning and I love doing expressive portraits. Portraits can be a challenge but I love doing them. The definition of "patience" is; "the ability to endure waiting, delay, or provocation without becoming annoyed or upset, or to persevere calmly when faced with difficulties." That just might be my definition of portrait drawing too, but it's so worth it and so rewarding.

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Back to work

It's the end of spring break for me. Back to the Kindergarten class tomorrow. Not that I haven't been keeping busy this week. The time flew by but I did get some things accomplished. I got a lot of things organized in my small studio (aka, a corner of my living room) I've reviewed my bucket list,got my hair cut,went over my schedule again being that will soon be changing when school is out. I finished my memoir and sent it to the Editor and updated my blog.
I listened to "It's Never Crowed Along the Extra Mile" audio book, by Wayne Dyer, it's pretty good. I like all of his books and usually take my ipod to bed with me and he talks in my ear as I go to sleep :) So it was good to listen while I was fully awake. I'm re-reading "I'd Rather Be in the Studio", by Alyson Stanfield.
I did not accomplish the dreaded dog bath. I guess I'm too much of a push over when it comes to him. He will be cleaned this coming week. I've called in back up :) Plus the weather will be warmer so we can bathe him outside.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

The first artist in history?

Wiki answers says; "Of course we do not know. The first 'artists' painted animals and sign on cave walls. They may of course be called pre-historic. Before the 12th century painters did not sign their work they were considered workers like carpenters or bricklayers. All this means that we do not know who we might call the first."
I know! I know!(waving my hand in the air frantically) The first real artist is God.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Why I'm drawn to portrait drawing

It's in the eyes. When I look at a photograph of a person, pet or anything with eyes for that matter, that's the first thing that attracts me. Even in real life I'm looking into the eyes. Eyes do their own talking by showing joy, fear, excitment, sadness, confusion, peacefulness, evil, kindness, any kind of emotion.
If I get the eyes right,I've captured the personality. When I get a subject looking straight forward in a photograph, the eyes of the portrait will follow you around the room. I find that awesome.
There's no particular color I like best, it's not about the color, it goes deeper. Maybe I believe the eyes really are the windows to the soul. Don't roll your eyes now, but when I do a portrait I actually talk to the subject I'm drawing and their eyes talk back to me. Not out loud, but you know what I mean. There is something special in the twinkle of an eye. Of course I have to get the rest of the face right too otherwise it wouldn't look right. That's another thing that attracts me. The detail in the whole face has to be precise,especially in a person.
I am not a perfectionist,nor am I a professional portrait artist (although I'd like to be) but I do like to capture a good likeness. It's a feeling of accomplishment and of course I like to see the response of the client. I can tell by their eyes and of course their smile or sometimes tears when they are happy with the portrait. That makes me happy too. ;) wink

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Dog Bath

The dog bath didn't work. He's not going to get in the tub, not even being coaxed by a left-over pork chop in the tub. I took the doors off the shower, put a towel in the bottom of the tub, ran about 4 inches of water in the tub and laid the pork chop in the soap dish on the other side of the tub. He wanted it but not bad enough to get in and I could tell he was going to panic if I did manage to get him in it, even though I was standing in the tub showing him how nice it was. So on to plan B. The basement has a floor drain. I can take him down there and hook the hose up to warm water. That should work better. So he won that round and I gave him the pork chop anyway for putting up with me. Tomorrow is another day. I'm confident I'll be victorious.

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Website and Fan page change

I took down my website and the facebook fan page. It was getting too much to keep up with. I do have my blog though which covers everything I'm doing and it's free, so it just made sense to me. So I'm still around, just with less things to work on. Hence, more time for art and writing :)
I'm on spring break this week. So far I've been busy with job searches since school will be out May 29th, I'm looking for employment...again. So if you know of something let me know. If it's good and I get the job, I'll do a portrait for you. :) Such a deal!
I do plan on taking a day or two to groom my dog, Kirby. He's so huge and uncooperative when it comes to grooming. I'm going to try to get him in the bath tub. Yep,that should work....I'll take before and after pictures. There probably won't be any difference with him. I'll need before and after pictures of myself.