Friday, December 23, 2011

Happy Holidays!

Have a great weekend everyone!
I'll be back next week (and hope to share the painting that I finally finished last night, yay!).

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

A little mouse


It is a busy week and you'll probably only see one more post from me before the weekend.  Next week might be a little light on posts too but then I hope to get back to more frequent postings.

I had fun with this little mouse (painted in acrylic gouache on illustration board).  You've seen him before here.  And I tried to keep in mind the previous illustration of this owl while working on him.  I like where these are going and plan to try the same ideas on illustrating a person next.  But first I want to work on another vintage photograph (like these) so I hope to share that next week along with a painting I am going to finish this week, by golly.  Sometimes a painting will take me way too long and this is one of those.  But I have to finish it now as I have to get to the next one which will be in an upcoming group show.  So it must be done!

Much to do, have a good couple of days and I'll check in once more probably on Friday.

Monday, December 19, 2011

A doodle sketch



A random little sketch and doodle from the weekend.  Have a good and a not too chaotic week!

Friday, December 16, 2011

New Painting

"Capturing the stars before they faded to memory" acrylic gouache on 11 x 14 inch panel.

New painting just added to my shop.  A few details:





I enjoyed painting the not-fully-painted boy.  Hope to do a few more like that.  
Have a great weekend!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Owl Illustration


A little owl illustration.  Have a great day!

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

New Pens


New pens (new to me anyway): Faber-Castell Artist Pens.  I just discovered these, which is why I have so few, and have really enjoyed using them.  What I like: they don't bleed through the back of the page (unless I really, really saturate it), after applying the color I have a few minutes to use a wet brush to move around the color a bit but then once it is dry it is essentially waterproof (and I have found that helpful for layering the applications), and the tips are so brush-like and smooth to use.


Below is an illustration of a mineral, and other stuff, using these pens plus a little bit of colored pencil.  This particular drawing is less than an inch so you are seeing it much larger here.


Monday, December 12, 2011

Owl sketching


While working on an owl illustration I thought I'd sketch some owls.  So many amazing kinds of owls and they are so expressive.  

Friday, December 9, 2011

Some Paintings

Milla

Some paintings to share.  You might have already seen them on my Flickr but just in case.  Each is painted in acrylic gouache and on 5 x 5 inch panels.  I had so much fun painting these you can expect to see more in the future.  The one above and the first two below are now in my Etsy shop.

Marcus

Marta
And the following four are at the Mary Lou Zeek Gallery for their holiday showcase:

Minerva

Wendell

Ansel

Fern

And while I'm on the subject, I also added this painting into my shop just today. 

Into the woods

Have a great weekend everyone!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Illustrating Vintage Photos


A couple of new illustrations.  Vintage photographs reproduced onto a nice paper for painting or other media.  That chevron pattern, I think it is called, took me an eternity to paint (used acrylic gouache).  And the lower one I did just a little bit of collage in addition to painting.


Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Inspiring


I found this inspiring piece in a book I recently acquired from my local used/new book store called American Anthem Masterworks from the American Folk Art Museum.  Love this book, folk art is so inspiring to me for many reasons.

This particular piece jumped out at me because of the gorgeous color.  It is called "Three Faces in Lush Landscape" by Minnie Evans and is oil on canvas with collage and is dated 1959.  You can read more about Minnie Evans here.  Her life sounds challenging and fascinating.

I will likely be sharing more from this book in the future and I hope you enjoy it.  Every page is filled with amazing American folk art and designs.  I can't seem to get enough of them!

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

The Studio Helper



Most of you probably don't know I do most of my work with a little green bird on my shoulder.  We got in the habit, he and I, of having him sit on me while I paint and now he won't let me do otherwise.


He knows the time of day when I normally paint and will alert me that this is HIS time.  Mostly, it works very well.  He sits, he preens, he tries very hard not to leave little presents on my back.  Other times, he tries to bite my brush.  But, after a gentle (or not so gentle) warning that he will be returned to his cage he reluctantly returns to his perch on my shoulder, nestling into my hair.  Probably heaving a little bird sigh.

His name is Rudy and he is a green cheek conure.  We call him a "he" but we actually don't know.


A little portrait I made for my husband this last year.  Rudy immortalized.

Monday, December 5, 2011

In My Sketchbook




A couple of sketches over the weekend.  My sketches lately are either planning for an upcoming painting or practicing.  I want to practice drawing and painting all different sorts of things but particularly nature and then doing whatever comes to mind with that little bit of nature.  I just let the sketches go where they will which is why they might seem a little random.  It is all about practicing and brainstorming.


It was a busy weekend of all sorts of holiday preparations and I'm already feeling that familiar holiday overload and am trying to ignore the fact that it is only the 5th.  I do love this season, but boy oh boy is it exhausting!

Friday, December 2, 2011

The last beekeeper

"The last beekeeper" Acrylic gouache on 6 x 6 inch panel.

Now in my shop, this little painting has given me some ideas for the next paintings.  Simple background, something I've been craving with the larger pieces but unsure how to proceed until now (and by larger I mean 6 x 6 inches and up).

Have a great weekend!

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Illustrations!

Something new for me and I'm very excited.  I'm trying out illustration.  Don't know what I will do with it yet, where it will lead, but for now I'm focusing a lot of my attention on this new idea.  I still need new programs for my computer to help, but I'll have to wait on that just a bit.  I hope to share some new illustrations with you each week, a goal to keep me moving on this.  Because it feels a little weird, frankly, making art I don't intend to sell.  At least not yet anyway.  Like I'm somehow wasting my time, which is crazy.  It is never a waste of time to grow.  So I will post some, if not all of it, here to keep me motivated and to feel like I am indeed accomplishing something.

So I don't know what my illustrations will look like yet, just playing around with ideas.  I know it will resemble my usual work, but I want to use illustration to explore some other ideas as well.  Here are a couple from the last few days:



Inspiration: Scandinavian Patterns


I picked up a book at my local used, and new, bookstore (The Book Bin) called Designer's Guide to Scandinavian Patterns.  I love Scandinavian things, I must have Viking in my blood somewhere (I'm almost all Northern European so the odds are good I'd say that at least one got in).  Tomorrow I will share the other inspiration for why I picked up a book particularly about patterns.

Meanwhile, a few pictures from the book (had to use my camera for these so excuse the quality):





I tried out a few patterns in my sketchbook:


My favorites:



Especially that last one.  For whatever reason, I'm suddenly in the mood for colors like hot pink, orange, etc.  

New Studio!


I'm thrilled to finally share my new studio corner.  Let me take you on a tour:












Table made by my Dad, thank you!  And the chair, shelves, and magnetic bulletin board from Ikea, installed by my husband, thank you!  I'm going to use that bulletin board for inspiration and ideas but for now it has some artwork up of just a few of a my favorite artists.  Nearly complete, still deciding where to put things (but I had to make it pretty for now of course!) and also I have a curtain to sew for that window (in part to protect the blind from paint spray but also because I wanted to) with this material from Ikea:






It will require me to finally figure out how to use my new sewing machine but I swear it will be done.

Hope I didn't overwhelm you but so excited to share.  Happy happy!