Sketching a small glass jar- I bought it to paint, but hadn't actually used it for that purpose yet, so I gave it a shot in graphite and colored pencil. Lots of fun. Every different medium has it's quirks, and it's such fun reveling in those peculiarities.... and tomorrow is Friday, and August. Thigs move so quickly.
Sixteen 8"x10" acrylic on hardboard panel collection of Cassia Hall
Portrait of my little sister, all done, I do believe. Happy with it- brought up the colors a lot, rearranged the background, reshaped her nose, played up the sunglasses.... there's so much to think about in a portrait, isn't there? Still... it's a satisfying sort of thing, isn't it?
And the ribbon one last time :) For the time being, at least. I love how I look at something differently after painting it a few times, all the little things that show up upon closer examination. Happy tonight. And tomorrow the week is half done, that's another good thing.
And one more time tomorrow, I do believe- sometimes I have to do things a few times in a row, I just end up feeling captivated. Pretty colors, and trying to capture that feeling, the way the light shines on a surface that you can mostly see through...
Discovered something pretty cool- Virtual Sketch Date, where some artists come together every month and each work from the same reference photo, provided by one of the participants. First time I've done it, but it's looking like a lot of fun. Happy.
And this? Graphite and colored pencil on paper, 5"x7". Nice to do- it's been a while since I've done anything in colored pencil.
What happens when you leave me alone for more than about 18 seconds- something is going in the sketchbook. I didn't get enough time to paint anything presentable, so you're just going to have to be stuck with me :)
Well, there's no accounting for mood swings, that's for sure, but I'm very pleased with where this one has deposited us. Aren't the colors just wonderful? White china is amazing! And my first attempt at that gold trim... tricky stuff, but so satisfying. Good piece for number 200- exciting, isn't it?
Stuck in a moment where nothing is coming off my brush right, and it's infuriating- always happens right after I get a nice, "in the groove" doing paintings I'm in love with spell... thankfully they're generally short-lived cycles. Still, gr.
I think I'll go do a round on the elliptical machine and see if I feel any differently when I get back. You guys have a wonderful night!
Trying something a bit uncharacteristic, but nice. Bringing back old faithful with the shell.... and then setting it on a gold candy wrapper to get that fascinating reflection. Really enjoyed painting it, trying to get my head around it.... always something new, huh?
Don't you lovely how bright they are, how well they stand out from the background? I've always found red roses impossible, that rich, velvety texture they get sometimes.... well these roses weren't quite that type, with the sunlight shining through them, no, but they had that wonderful, intense color wrapped in with all of the intricacies and whorls and folds that make roses so wonderfully real. Happy with the result. Hope you're all having a good night!
This one maybe even more interesting- the flower itself is submerged, you see? that's going to be interesting, trying to get it just right.... but something about those distortions and the play of light, it's just fascinating, you know? Pretty stuff.
And happy to be there. So glad for the whole sketchbook thing- I don't know how other artists get by without them. A few people in my life actually refer to it as my portable brain- not that it's self functioning, but that I couldn't function without it. True enough.
The weather has been very summertime lately, somewhat hot but mostly just so humid that you feel like you're swimming every time you step outside, with a thunderstorm rolling through in the evening. (Dixon is totally traumatized by that, of course. he's afraid of the whole thunder and lightning thing) So somewhere in the midst of all that moisture, a bunch of mushrooms popped up in the apartment lawn. I got some very, very strange looks when I picked a couple and took them upstairs with me, but, well.... the sacrifices we make for art. Or for passing fancies :)
Very, very nearly done with the gardenias.... sheesh, even I'm getting tired of hearing me say that... but no, fully intending to post it all done and happy in the next day or two. For now, well, I got a very pretty little thank you card in the mail, lovely pattern on it, and I've never really tried to show a pattern like that before so I thought I'd give it a nice, casual sort of preliminary try.
Water soluble graphite, charcoal, acrylic paint. Lots of fun, as always. Good night!
There's times, especially when I'm a little scared of losing the values on a piece, where I feel like I'd be perfectly content to do the whole thing in just white and payne's gray, or some other wonderfully neutral but pleasent combination. White, burnt sienna, and a nice light blue are fun too. But here.... I knew I had to take a deep breath and add some hints of color.
Green gold, a pale yellow, hints of quinacridone burnt orange in addition to what was already there, and it feels so much more alive now, so much more vibrant. Almost there.
Moving along nicely.... tried a smaller piece as a daily, and just couldn't focus on it, so I went back to the fidgetties and details here. It's amazing how many petals need to be individually shaped on a piece like this, like you're sculpting each one of them or something. Wild. And isn't the watermarking in the background just fascinating?
I'm really looking forawrd to seeing it done- seems to be moving towards something really high contrast, but still graceful, you know? Balanced. That's what I'm hoping for, anyways.
Always interesting, huh? At the moment it's too many starts and not enough finishes, but that'll be turned around as long as I keep moving forward on all fronts, yes? That's the theory, anyways. At least I love all of them. :)
Bit of a trend here, yes? I just started noticing that, but it's okay. this one- the beastly part of it will be getting the shine on the gold trim in the teacup. Looking forward to it. Tomorrow night, perhaps? Now, well- it's my bedtime. I was up too late last night, and so I'm going to head to bed and listen to the rain falling. *happy sigh*
More finishing, more detail.... correcting my mess up on her forehead, and the mysterious-migrating-features thing that had happened on her nose, just a little bit. But the mouth is perfect, the hair actually looks soft and touchable, the glasses are so close to being right... I'm enjoying this process. Hope you are too :)
A not-yet-done portrait of my little sister- this is as far as it was last night, but I think I might be able to finish her today :) Her driving, yes, but you'll only be able to see the road in her most prized possession- those durned sunglasses. It's the first portrait I've done in forever, so I'm really excited. Happy Fourth, everyone!
As shallow and stereotypically feminine as it may be, there is no day that can't be made better by chocolate- especially if it comes in the Lindt Lindor Extra Dark Truffles variety. This happy little member of a "just because I love you" bag of them from Mark is therefore immortalized for all the world :D
Seriously, though, it's a great challenge everyone should try- all the little crinkles in the overly reflective plastic surface were great, and the little highlights in the gold script, and figuring out how on earth to make the clear parts of the plastic not look totally and completely weird....
See, I told you! Isn't it beautiful? I might fidget with it some more- want to put some water droplets on the petals, I think, and maybe add some more personality to the stem, but right now.... *happy sigh* think I'll put some progress pics up over at Moment by Moment, too, pretty sure I've got some buried in this computer, probably even at the top of the piles....
*I was quite wrong, I don't seem to have any progress pics of my beautiful new gardenia. however I did find a few of the river rocks and posted them- pleasent viewing :)
I am an artist living and working in Hillsborough, North Carolina, and have been maintaining this blog as a daily painting project since January 1, 2008. Each of the daily paintings and studies posted here is available on Etsy. My larger and more involved works can be rented from me or purchased through Etsy, from the Broomfields Gallery in West Jefferson, North Carolina, from Bull City Art and Frame in Durham, North Carolina, or from me directly by contacting me at email@example.com .