Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Kariann & Cloud finished

I'm calling this one finished now. It's 20" X 16" and will be delivered soon. I'm pleased with the way it turned out and I'm happy she likes it :)

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Going, going, gone

Here's my baby Eli, going to sleep with his favorite monkey. It's a nightly ritual. He gets the monkey in a headlock, has the top of it's head in his mouth and he drifts off to sleep. I call it the sleeper hold :)

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Kariann & Cloud progress

I've been working on the portrait more this week. Cloud,the cat needs more work and then I'll be going over the whole portrait again. It is 20" X 16" and completely colored pencil. I don't know how much I'll get done on it today. I'm helping my daughter pack things in her duplex, she's moving next weekend. Hopefully, we can get all the things she doesn't need immediately packed and labeled in boxes and they will be somewhat organized.
So, stick around for the finished portrait. Here's where I'm at so far.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Dreams and Goals

I got little more finished on the portrait I'm working on. She still doesn't know I'm doing it for her. I've been doing that along with scheduling and goal setting, getting ready for this summer. Tonight, I wrote out my dream life along with my obituary....I know ;) I'm using the book "The Artist's Guide" How to make a living doing what you love, by Jackie Battenfield. This is a couple of the exercises in the beginning of the book. The obituary thing I just changed to, "My Celebration of Life" just seemed easier to me. I know I'm starting this late in life but I don't want to think about dying yet, I'm just getting started. I spent the time writing out my dream life, which is yet to come, and turning around and writing my obituary didn't fit anywhere in my dream life. A celebration of life...I could do that. But it all makes sense really, you have to know where you want to go before you can start going. The next step is writing goals, that, I'm looking forward to. My mind gets so full of all the things I want to do that the ideas just get lost in the crowd. Writing goals down and doing things step by step only makes sense to me and after writing my dream life and the celebration thing, helps to figure out what I really want to do and the steps I need to take. So the book is kind of like a coach or mentor keeping me on track. I will follow it and do the steps along the way. I am going to be pushing it because I am so ready to get started.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Kariann Update

The weekend is finally here! It's been a good week, except for the trip to the emergency room. The broken blood vessel in Ed's eye still looks scary but it's not bothering him and he should be back to normal in a couple of weeks. I try to look at the good in everything so..... it's a good thing it didn't happen to both of his eyes, he would look possessed. I can tease him about it now, before it scared the heck out of me.

The portrait of Kariann is coming along nicely. I'll be working on it more today and tomorrow, that's why I live for the weekends, lots of uninterrupted time to work on art, even if it is till wee hours of the morning. So the last update was hair and eyes, now her face is coming into view. Still needs more shaping and color but she's there. Her cat is staring at me patiently. I'm saving him/her for last.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Change of plan

The plan was to work more on the portrait this evening. Well, as the saying goes, "If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans". Granddaughter needed a ride to and from softball practice. Then when I got home I had to take Ed to the emergency room. Luckily, as it turned out, it wasn't serious. It just looked really bad. A broken blood vessel in his eye. All is well now and I will have an update on the portrait soon.

Kariann progress

A little bit more hair accomplished. Tonight, I'll be finishing her hair and moving on to her face, or that's the plan anyway. Her hair won't really be finished since I'll go over everything once I get further along. By the way this is my niece, as of now she doesn't know I'm doing it for her. We'll see how long it takes her to see it and if she reads my post :) I'm off to my other job now.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Red hair & cat in progress

This is on my drawing table now and what I have spent the day doing. Red hair and cat eyes :) I have a thing about getting eyes on paper first, so that's what I did with the cat. Then I couldn't resist getting to work on the girl's beautiful red hair. So it may look kind of odd now but it's coming along nicely.

Central Iowa Artist Coop

I spent most of the day with my granddaughter yesterday, something I really love to do. We went shopping and stopped by Central Iowa Artist Coop Gallery in Merle Hay Mall. Steve Baier and Shawn Palek were doing a live demonstration. They were painting an underwater fantasy city, the focus was a beautiful mermaid. It was looking good the last I saw it. My granddaughter described it as "sweet", and it was! I like to watch artwork come to life. It shows the time it takes to make it happen, plus it's just fun and you get to meet the artist. This was unique having two artist combine their work.

Friday, April 9, 2010

Pastel Flower

As promised, I'm posting the flower I did with pastel pencils. I also added gold and silver ink around the edges. The pencils are chalk pastels, a lot different than the Prismacolor or Polychromos that I'm familiar with using for a drawing. It was an experiment, not only with the pastels, but also black paper, just to see the effects of different types of pencils on black paper. It's 12" X 12" and I'm not sure it's a dahlia, so it's just a flower for now.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Pencil trial

I've been trying my hand at pastel and watercolor pencils. I bought a bunch of them last summer when an art gallery was closing and had them discounted. I'm just now getting around to using them and so far I'm kind of liking both of them. I'm doing a dahlia on black paper and the pastels are looking good. The watercolor pencils look much better on white paper, in my opinion. It's good to try different things now and then, but I'm still sold on my colored pencils, I just like the detail, especially in portraits, maybe because I've been using them for so long and I'm just use to them, or maybe, it's hard to teach an old dog new tricks.
Summer is coming up fast! School will be out in about 7 more weeks. I have been busy with artwork along with working at the school. I plan on entering more shows and exhibits this summer. It will be a nice change after being confined during the winter with all the snow. This time of the year I always start drawing flowers, it's just good to see them again. I'll post the a picture of the dahlia soon.