This was fun! I don’t draw very many cats so I thought this would be a good practice. And it was. I love the prospective. White fur is still a challenge and it certainly doesn’t photograph well for the novice photographer, but I like it. Very relaxing to draw.
What you don’t see in this photo is the big big boo boo I made. When I started this piece I had the bright idea to put tape in the margins so I wouldn’t have to do a lot of erasing at the end. I could have used masking or painter’s tape and that would have been the smart thing to do….BUT NOOOOOOOOO….I thought it would be a good idea to use some cute washi that I had on hand. Big Mistake. I could remove all of the washi, in areas the paper is ripped, and I have an adhesive residue in other areas…..So take a lesson from me, Do not use washi on Bristol Smooth paper, lol
I hope this finds you chillaxing and enjoying these warmer days.
Hello! I hope this finds you in good health and spirit. Things here are plugging right along and everyone is doing well. Not much to write about really, just working and hanging out at the house. I long for the days when things go back to normal (Well, as normal as our normal can be) as I am sure we all are.
On to the painting. This little girl was quite a stretch for me, being that it quite a large portrait. I love how she turned out. Yes, her eyes are that big, lol and that little side eye she is giving just makes my heart melt. My clients loved the painting and it was honor to paint this memorial to their very loved and precious member of the family.
Hello! In my part of Virginia the weather is getting cooler and the holidays are approaching. I have friends that have started decorating their homes for Christmas. Usually, I am one of those type of people that thinks that you should enjoy one holiday at a time…but this year? This year I get it. These are crazy times in the U.S. and the world in general. We need something that brings a little love and happiness, even if its only in our homes.
Kind of sad really but as unpleasant as it is, Unfortunately, that is where we are at this point and I’m going to do a lot of praying.
About the drawing
This was a commission that a Realtor asked me to draw this home as a closing gift for her Sellers. Of course, I was happy to oblige:) Both of them were very happy which is always a relief. This was pretty cool to draw and was a nice stretch to the skills.
About the drawing: Isn’t she just the cutest! This is the first commission of a puppy I have able able to draw in quite a while. I have missed drawing pet portraits. Drawing animals gives me all the feels and I was very excited to draw this one. She loved it!
Things have been pretty busy around here. We bought a new home, sold our primary home and been working from home. Its been pretty chaotic! So for some reason, I thought it would be the perfect time to change my domain name back to carolottaway.com. I had to change everything on social media too and it took forever! My account on Bloglovin’ is still listing my site as wordpress instead of .com and I can’t seem to change it. Not that it is a big deal or anything but I pay to use the .com so I should be able to utilize it but this is an issue that I will save for another day.
Speaking of moving, I can’t wait to share my office studio with you! Still have a lot to do before everything is set up and my husband is still in awe and amazement of how I fit everything in our little house, lol….(Where there is a will there is a way). It feels weird being in a different home, but it has really worked out with all three of us working from home during the self isolation. We aren’t on top of each other and I am sure if we were in the other home it would be like War of the Roses at the Ottaway household.
I hope everyone is staying safe and I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
When a commissioned piece is delivered, it isn’t often I get to see the person actually receive the work I have done. But with the modern marvel of Face time, I was able to see her reaction has she opened the portfolio of the Lighthouse drawing inside. I could actually see the excitement and happiness as her eyes took in every little detail. As I watched her gaze at every little stroke of my pencil….My emotions were as blurry as this picture I have posted….I mean lets face it, if I were a photographer this would be a totally different blog… Anyway, I went from anticipation, to worry, then fear til finally elation. I am so appreciative she trusted me to make this keepsake and very happy she loved it.
I really missed all of this. Art and Blogging. I have no one to blame but myself and this is my first step….I’m so serious that I am up writing this at 2:50 in the morning. 🙂
Happy Sunday! This was my first attempt in painting a dog in acrylic. I had chosen this picture because of the superhero pose not really paying attention to the fact that painting a white and black dog would be hard to pull off. Black and white is an inclusion of reflective colors that bounce off the fur from their surroundings mostly and bits of black and white mixed in as low lights and highlights. This pup had a lot of creams and flesh tones in the white but only brown and gray in the black from what I could see. The reference picture was lovely and the photographer really knows her stuff. I was drawn to the photo so I just painted what I saw. I did remove the background, so the dog would really pop. And he/she does.
I painted the portrait on an 8 x 10 linen canvas. I found it extremely difficult to get the softness of the fur and the sharpness of the fine whiskers. Paint would gather or drag on the squared tooth of canvas. If I was working on a large scale it probably would not have been a big deal, but on a small scale? I had lots of issues and many attempts.
Next time, I will either paint on a wood board or prime the tooth out of the canvas for a smooth foundation.
What I liked is that I left everything out, so when I could grab a few minutes, I would paint for a bit. I know I had posted this before but I keep forgetting. I also have another painting to get started and a drawing on the board. I want to get one more painting ready to start, so I can have 3 things going…I will see how it goes. I promise series, but don’t follow through because after I get one thing finished I want to move on to something different, whether it be subject or medium. So we will will see.
This is from my watercolor sketch book. I tried to paint a little project in watercolor. Of course the reference I chose was way too complicated for me so it didn’t take long for me to mess it up. But I was able to turn lemons into lemonade on this one and painted a mini session of Monet’s Lily Pond. I really like how it turned out. It was also pleasing to find out the the watercolor pad has some pretty durable paper. If I mess up, I can just paint acrylic over the screw up and PRESTO! No one is the wiser…Unless you spill the beans in a blog post, lol
Have you ever completed a painting from the old Masters? I highly recommend it…For me, it was a true pleasure!
I stepped down from my Admin position to go back to being a full time REALTOR (Yes this is in all caps…I pay for the use of the title, swore an oath…and proud to be a REALTOR although I am a little disappointed that there was no secret handshake)
Anyway, I digress…
When I stepped down, I realized that there were so many people that I appreciated while I was Admin, people who have shown me so much kindness while I was working as an employee and support in my transition back. There was no better time to show my appreciation than the Christmas season. Granted, the dollar amount isn’t much, but I spent A LOT of hours on these and was very excited how they all came together.
I was so nervous but these little gifts were well received and everyone loved them and I think sometimes the best gift you and give is your time.
Did you give any handmade gifts this year?
I hope you had a wonderful Holiday Season and a very Happy New Year!