Wednesday, December 23, 2009

More Art Before the Year is Over!

Currently, I'm working in colored pencils on a still life of lavender roses in a beautiful handblown glass vase. I finally get to play with my new Icarus drawing board which gently melts the wax in the colored pencils as you draw and gives a beautiful burnished affect. I have most of the roses done and will next work on getting the vase underway. It's sitting on a glass top coffee table and I'm not sure if I'll include the surface as it may compete with the vase. I also bought a tin of Caran D'Ache Neopastels and will experiment using the pastels on this board!

I've been working real hard this year trying to develop my illustrative style with both the ATC cards and the moleskin journals. I have a long way to go, but I really like the "batik" look of a white outline around vivid color whether it be watercolors, markers, colored pencils or all of them. I plan to try my hand at writing and illustrating a book for children. I have had an idea for a story since last summer that involves a young girl, a flower garden and hummingbirds. One artist friend from my FIG group gave me a 5x7 moleskin and it's perfect to do a composite story in it first.

This past week I finished with a Day of the Dead spread for one of the artists in the first collaborative traveling journals. With the work from the previous artists, the journal seemed to suggest a narrative of a couple celebrating their marriage from church, then posing for a wedding photo, then going on a pirate cruise. Mine shows the lovebirds in Hawaii enjoying a luau!

I also completed and mailed my 2nd collaborative moleskin journal which officially starts with the coming new year. My theme for this journal is Ancient Eygpt and I think this journal will be a stunner when it comes back to me.

Finally, I played with colored pencils + metallic colored pencils on black paper for my December partner. It's a bit different from what I usually do - patterns, but it was fun and I hope she likes it - she collects butterflies.

Friday, December 18, 2009

Time to Reflect

Nine months have passed since I've immersed myself in drawing and painting. I've joined the Colored Pencil Society, the San Diego Watercolor Society, and I also belong to the Figure Inspiration Group where each Tuesday morning I meet with other artists at Liberty Station and draw/paint a model with the longest pose no more than 20 minutes. I also belong to several Artist Trading Card sites and had the opportunity to meet some of the San Diego artists from those sites. I had several pet portrait commissions and want to do more portraits - both of pets and persons. I plan to spread some portrait postcards and send them off to pet clubs, shops and other places where I can advertise. I also dabbled in making jewelry - copper beaded elephant pins which were fun. I opened my Red Bubble and Etsy shop, but I still need to put art in for sale. So here I sit and think about what I'd like to accomplish in the next year in becoming a better artist, to show more art work in shows, and to sell more of my art and my portraits.

The figure drawing above is of my most favorite model, Tory who is a blues/rock singer. This is a 20 minute pose and I loved that she put on the bunny ears and had that serious expression on her face! This isn't the best drawing, but I think I got a good likeness of her.

The elephant pins are all beaded in white, red, and blue seed beads. My artist friend picked Elephants as the animal theme this year. I plan on giving her the white beaded elephant pin and a few other things. I have three more to bead and they along with the blue & red one will be for sale on Etsy beginning next year. Well, now it's my turn to think about next year's themed animal!
Have a wonderful holiday season full of light, love and peace!