Monday, November 15, 2010

A few completed pieces...

I feel like I've been flailing about looking for ideas lately. After a number of uninspired projects that went nowhere I decided to dig in my heels and finish something, anything. The first project I completed was a digital panting of Judith and Holofernes based on the biblical story but more especially based on my favorite Caravaggio painting.

Once I had finished that digital painting I was going to finish something in a traditional medium. Here's Leonore, my second accomplishment during this (probably brief) fertile period. She's oil and acrylic on a 12" x 6" wood panel.


Now it's back to work.

Thursday, October 14, 2010

Eve: My first watercolor




With my Crayola watercolor set from when I was subbing in a local school. Oh well, even with kiddy craft stuff I'm happy with how it turned out.



Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Romance?


Frog Kiss now available on my etsy

Saturday, October 9, 2010

The Teacher's Pet


For the smarty pants hiding in all of us.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Mary Quite Contrary


Mary, Mary quite contrary
How does your garden grow?
With silver bells and cockle shells
and pretty maids all in a row.

For a few fun, dark (but most likely inaccurate) interpretations of the old nursery rhyme check out these links.

Friday, October 1, 2010

Dryad


Just a quick digital piece I spent yesterday working on. I'm pretty happy with how she turned out. Prints and ACEOs available on my etsy and artfire pages.

Friday, September 24, 2010

Watercolor Pencils and Ink



I've been having a lot of fun recently playing with my watercolor pencils and ink. My scanner is a bit too sensitive for my taste (accentuates every pencil stroke) but a quick color touch-up in Photoshop seems to smooth everything out nicely.



I'm also trying to offer ACEOs for all of my drawings and paintings. I'm way behind the times but I think they're an adorable way to start collecting art affordably. I wish I had known about them when I was a teenager.

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Twitter Hacked

Just a heads up, I know a lot of us use twitter for our businesses. http://news.cnet.com/8301-13577_3-20017075-36.html

Saturday, August 7, 2010

Charleston!


This summer has been fantastic so far, I got to spend almost two weeks in New Jersey with my parents and on our way up from South Florida we took a three day detour to see Charleston. Beautiful historic cities are my kryptonite and Charleston certainly fits the bill. I can't recommend a stop there enough for anyone who enjoys charming street scenes although early July was probably not the best time of year for it. I'm already looking forward to another stop there sometime in the spring when it will be a bit cooler and the azaleas will be in full bloom.


I haven't been terribly productive since my return but I did finish three paintings:
My American Gothic
Love
The Latest Style

And I've been trying to get some work done on two others:

Antlers



Snow White

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Some new works in progress.

The slow drying time on with oil paints has an unexpected boon. I've always had more ideas than time (and talent) to finish. With oil paints I often have to set a piece aside to let it dry for a day or two before adding the next layer- I have a ham handed approach to painting which would result in copious smears if I didn't let it set- and that gives me time to start working on my next piece. Then I can pick and choose whatever I'm motivated to work on at a particular time. I still have to buckle down and finish a project once started but it's a new way of doing time management which makes me very happy. And now on to my actual projects and shaky pictures:


This is a Victorian girl in a riding habit. Clothing is still difficult for me which is why I'm trying to take it slow adding various layers of shading to suggest cloth and fabric.



My attempt at a Jane Austen-esque miniature. With an octopus hat. Why? I think the question should be "why not an octopus hat?" Mostly rough coloring at this point, still have a lot of work to do with shading and highlighting.


The wasp woman. I'm happy with the face and skirt. Wasp, hair and hand are unfinished. Bodice needs a lot of tweaking.

I decided to list my Ingres-style painting from yesterday on Ebay. I've tried listing one thing there before without any luck but I figured I'd give it one more go before I wrote it off. Right now I feel like my listing is buried, not optimistic. Does anyone here use Ebay often? Any tips or tricks?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Oil Painting




Believe it or not, I have not dropped off the face of the Earth. For the past month or 2 I have been trying to create a new doll, a ball jointed doll. Unfortunately casting and molding seems to be a weak point for me. After weeks pouring over plasters, silicone rubbers and resins I finally came up for air. I decided I had to create something that I could actually finish or I would go mad. Soothing oils seemed a natural transition from caustic chemicals so digging through my boxes I found a dusty, old set of oil paints I had never used. Being entirely unfamiliar with oil paints (my budget ran more towards acrylics) I started searching old paintings for proper skin tones and mixing. Using Ingres' smooth tones and shadings as my model I painted a small basswood plaque I had lying around and, to tell the truth, I love oils! Oh sure, some things about them are annoying. The drying time is an obvious hurdle for someone moving from acrylics and oil paints are not particularly inexpensive. But the (hmm searching for proper descriptors here) malleability of the medium is fantastic. Blending in blushes, highlights and shadows is heavenly. I'm still practicing the gorgeous, super-smooth skin found in some of my favorite pieces. See Ingres: Ingres #1 and Ingres #2

But I have to say that after months of disappointment, I have finished something I am happy with! And more than halfway done on my next!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Monkey Cake



How cute is this monkey cake? I really want to make this, sadly my cake decorating skills are lacking, I wonder if I could pull it off... Check out the recipe http://www.bfeedme.com/dessert-of-the-day-martha-stewarts-monkey-cake-recipe/

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Antler Girl

I had a book I loved as a child. I don't remember what it was titled anymore but it was the story of a young, wealthy girl who woke up one morning with antlers to the consternation of her family and servants. Using my vague recollections as inspirations I decided to paint my own version of a girl with antlers. Here is my original rough draft and the current work in progress. As everyone can see it's a long way from being done but we are progressing!


Monday, January 11, 2010

Heavy is the Head that Wears the Crown


Seeing the wonderful art galleries in New Orleans, particularly the ones featuring acrylic paintings, has really inspired me to explore this medium. I love the bright colors and texture you can achieve with acrylics, it's still something I'm working on mastering. This is my first attempt on a small canvas ( 11" x 14") having done a few smaller pieces on wood.

Saturday, January 9, 2010

Nawlins



The holiday season was exceptionally busy for my little family of two this year. We had my parents and sister down for a week for Xmas, on the 31st the Hubs and I set off for New Orleans for the new year and of course the Sugar Bowl. It was a fantastic long weekend but unfortunately fantastically cold as well. I don't have as many pictures as I had hoped because it was a force of will to even take my naked hands out of my coat pockets to take the photos. I know, I'm a spoiled South Floridian, but that's why I moved down here, so I didn't annoy the entire Mid-Atlantic with my constant kvetching about the cold. All in all New Orleans was a fantastic town and I'd love to visit again (just when it's slightly warmer please).

Some shots from the garden district where our hotel was:






The tomb of Marie Laveau and Plessy of Plessy vs. Ferguson





And some shots in the French Quarter and Jackson Square