Monday, April 19, 2021
Wednesday, April 7, 2021
Monday, March 29, 2021
A few months ago I was approached online with a commission request. A possible client wanted me to paint her parents 'past' and present pets in ONE painting. I thought, 'cool, I can do a few in a painting' - great challenge. Lo and behold, it is 7 animals. SEVEN...seven! 4 dogs and 3 cats. OK. I can do this. Other life happenings have been filling the void..have had the photos of these pets for a couple of months.
AND..other commission work, matting and framing for a show, family issues, ME taking care of the homestead for the winter have taken precedent - not excuses - but many artists who work at home, will tell you LIFE gets in the way, very often.
Yesterday I plowed through. After working most of the day - my first sketch of the composition was completed. Honestly, I was thinking - where do I start? What have I done? Questioning myself if I could do this and why did I take it on?
I have to give some of the credit to the many places online that I get my 'nudging'. I do these tasks daily - I listen to Danny Gregory's Podcasts, watch Ali Cavanaugh paint beautiful watercolors on Patreon, listen and watch Kim Casebeer and Kami Mendlik paint on Instagram - I get a world of encouragement just by watching and listening to others. (It's like that instrumental crescendo in "A Day in the Life" by the Beatles is playing all the while - in my head.)
AND finally - there - voila - STEP ONE - completed (charcoal on newsprint). Now I can go forward with getting the plan down on canvas and begin painting. Only in one case, do I see any of these lovies side by side for comparative SIZE reference. The client supplied me with who is the biggest and suggestions from there, that there is a three legged pooch that she wants shown (black and tan, up front). Most have passed, so the photos that she has, are the photos I will use. Some photos show what I need, some do not..I have to make it up a little with research and artistic license - scary to say the least. I am making the cats larger than they should be, but putting much smaller cats with dogs - bugs me. Watercolor was my first choice on Aquabord but substrate choice of a bigger size calls for acrylic on stretched/cradled edge canvas. It will be 20" x 30". Sometimes DOING art seems so hard. Why? I hang a sign over my easel and refer to it so much these days..."It's Supposed to be Fun". And IT IS, once I get past the 'heebie jeebies' of that first step. If I can DO this one - I will have proved to myself, I can do anything.
For two evenings past - I missed the opportunity to photograph the rising full moon..but not last night. Had my tripod at the ready and the camera waiting for the moonshine to peak over the Wet Mountains. The moonlight is so bright as it travels through the night.
Monday, March 22, 2021
OK, pandemic has interrupted my life LONG ENOUGH! I am making a pact with myself, ART will come back to life now. I have never experienced such a 'downer' of a time - the daily irritation of poor leadership and corruption in this country is gone. I have my second Moderna vaccine under my belt by a month. Art venues are opening back up for the season. My 'trigger thumb' is getting well from that long break I have taken. No excuses, no holds barred - it's time!
I entered my first show for the season at the gallery. It is referred to as 'the calendar show' . An outside artist judges the art and chooses 13 suitable pieces to be printed into the yearly 'Sangres Art Guild' calendar. I didn't enter my pieces for that purpose, I entered them, just as a way of getting back INTO the groove. They are a few of last year's 30 in 30 Inktober/pen and ink pieces (see my sidebar for a postcard I made of them) but new to gallery EYES. Looking forward to a new beginning. More to come here on the blog, too!
Just finished and am shipping out today a pastel commission dog portrait. This was Bella - her owner's said goodbye to her earlier this winter.