Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Turtle Time





I have a very good friend who is also an artist. She's a wonderful photographer and she makes beautiful collages out of leaves onto canvas as well as beautiful wire & hand-blown glass jewelry. Being both animal lovers and also loving to go to the zoo to snap photos, we decided to rule out the X-mas & birthday gifts and give each other a Festivus gift which we will be celebrating tomorrow. We choose an animal theme and make some kind of art to give one another as well as any other little trinket. I'm pretty sure my friend won't be reading my blog between today or tomorrow, so I'm going to go ahead and post my art to her. With the art gifts, I also gave her a Japanese garden turtle bell, a little hand-tooled & painted leather turtle wrist purse, and a wind-up toy! I hope she likes it and I can't wait to see what beautiful art she's made me. Check out her website: http://www.sealightsart.com/.
I also revised my tiger painting and broke up the water on the rightside to be more consistent with the leftside of the tiger. I think it's done now.
I'm entering three shows this week, with my first entry into the San Diego Watercolor Society. I sure hope they all get juried into the shows. I'm excited and I have the jitters.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Tiger Play


I very much wanted to do a painting of a tiger, preferably one in the water. Unfortunately, it's very hard to capture a photo of this even if you do live nearby the world famous San Diego zoo. My visits to the zoo almost always had the tigers sleeping together in the shade. My photos didn't have that ephemeral quality I was looking for and wanted to convey in my painting. Thank goodness for Google images where I found a beautiful photo reference of just the tiger I had in mind. With special permission from the talented German photographer, Moni Sertel (http://moni-sertel.blogspot.com/), I was able to do my painting of the elusive and not quite extinct tiger. I plan to enter "Tiger Play" in this year's Cat Connection show and other shows. The great thing about the Cat Connection show is that the proceeds go to help feral cats.


It is also time to say goodbye to the Year of the Tiger. Although it was a challenging year for me, one of the best things that I did was to attend Nicolas Simmons watercolor workshop in Idyllwild, CA last summer. After taking more than a few workshops with different artists, none compared to this wonderful and generous artist. Visit his website http://www.nicholassimmons.com/ and blog http://nicholassimmons.blogspot.com/ . I strongly suggest that if you are an artist trying to find your way, find an artist who's work strongly resonates with you and if they are giving workshops, go out and take it. Now, if only Joseph Raffael gave workshops!