Wednesday, October 31, 2012


Unless you have heard of it before, I'm sure you are scratching your head at my post title.  NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and November is the month.  Each person who signs up attempts to write a 50,000 word (or more) novel by the end of the month.  And yes, I'm going to do it.  Are you?

Inspired and encouraged by my dear friend Vivienne who is also participating, we are hoping for strength in numbers I think.  So art will take a bit of a back seat for me this coming month BUT I do have a few paintings I need to get finished so not to fear, there will still be art showing up around here.  Also, as I mentioned in my last post, I am behind in Hobbit posts.  So, while I don't plan to do much on my Hobbit project this month (which if you have been following you will know I had hoped to finish it in November, but I'm thinking it will like more be sometime closer to the end of January.  Shocking!  But, I started it at the end of last January and it feels ok to me to drag it out to a full year.), I will still have plenty of posting of illustrations to come.  I am close to 50 behind, in fact.  Oops! :)

By the way, I have a new Twitter address.  I have had two Twitter accounts, one for art, one for reading and whatever.  I have decided to combine the two and sorry if you don't like tweets about what I'm reading but I don't Twitter much anyway so I doubt you will mind?  So if you just follow my art Twitter you will want to move your following over to the new one.  Hope that all made sense.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

There and Back again, Page 145 to 149

Woefully behind here, sorry, life just keeps getting in the way.  So let us get right to a few Hobbit illustrations.

From: There and Back again, An Illustration Project of The Hobbit

Page 145
Page 145: "Bombur slept on with a smile on his face, as if he no longer cared for all the troubles that vexed him."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 146
Page 146: "There was a greenish light about them, and in places they could see some distance to either side of the path.  Yet the light only showed them endless lines of straight grey trunks like the pillars of some huge twilight hall."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 147
Page 147: "Bilbo's eyes were nearly blinded by the light."

Acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 148
Page 148: "His heart, that had been lightened by the sight of the sun and the feel of the wind, sank back into his toes..."

Ink and acrylic gouache on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Page 149
Page 149: "'I dreamed I was walking in a forest rather like this one, only lit with torches on the trees and lamps swinging from the branches and fires burning on the ground."

Ink on 6 x 8 inch paper.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

Upcoming Show: Face the Public

Hello all, I'm in a new show this month.  For the third year, I''m honored to have been invited to participate in Face the Public at Mary Lou Zeek Gallery.  It is a group show and a group painting in which each artist paints a square from a well-known painting selected by the gallery.  This year the painting is Van Gogh's "Bedroom in Arles":

My section will be the top right and will include some of those paintings on the wall.  Unlike the painting above, which is from 1888, we are actually painting the 1889 version he made and I've been trying to research which Van Gogh paintings he depicted in that section.  Unfortunately, I have only been able to find out about the version he painted of this in 1888 and the people are decidedly different.  If you know, I'd love to find out!

The reception for the show is tomorrow night: Wednesday, October 2nd, from 5 to 7pm.  I will be painting my section on Tuesday, October 9th, from about noon until I finish.  You can find out more about the show and see when the other artists will be painting here.

Each of the artists in the show will also display a piece of their own and here is the painting I submitted:

Still Life with Rudy's Feathers, acrylic on 12 x 16 inch wood panel.


Rudy is the name of my bird, though those are not all his feathers (I think there is a hawk and a crow feather in there).  Just the pink ones though in real life they are red.  I was going to title the piece Still Life with Alex's Feathers because they are my daughter's collection but then I didn't want anyone to think the photograph in the painting is her.  Now they will just think the girl's name is Rudy I suppose.  I have painted that little girl three times now, though I'm sure she looks different every time.  I have found 2 different photographs of her (at my local antique shop I think).  The one above and then the one I based this painting on: