Ginger…

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Ginger
Graphite on Bristol Smooth

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!

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Lighthouse…

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Light House
Graphite on Bristol Smooth

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. 🙂

 

Stay safe everyone!

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The Wise….

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Graphite on Bristol Smooth

This pooch looks very wise and well acquainted with the ways of the world….Like the Yoda of dogs, lol.  It wasn’t the easiest to render but I think this will go down to be one of my favorites.  The process was so much fun, all shaggy hair!  And I bet where ever he is, his belly is full of turkey 🙂

Do you have your tree up?

The holidays are approaching.  I can’t say that it completely snuck up on me as I have been seeing Christmas stuff since Back to School shopping.  IMO, it is a little much.  So, While everyone is doing their Black Friday shopping, I am going to spend the day in my PJ’s and in the studio 🙂

How are you spending Black Friday?

Be Well and Happy!

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Hi!

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Graphite on Bristol Smooth

Things here are going pretty well.  Work has kept me pretty busy, but I found this old drawing that I set aside and I have been working on it on and off.   It feels  pretty great drawing and I found it much easier to leave it out handy and work on it when I can steal a few minutes here and there.

I’m not complaining….A little time is better than nothing!  And today is an on day!

So……I have the Hallmark Channel, homemade chicken ‘n dumplings on the stove and my drawing….what’s to complain about.

So, my question for you is:
How often are you able to work on your art?

Be Well and Happy!
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A Puppy for Brittany…


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Graphite on Bristol Smooth

Hello Friends!
This portrait is almost too cute to send to its new home.  Seriously, I wanna keep it, lol 
But I guess, I won’t…my client has been waiting long enough for her portrait.  I think I am so attached because it has been a while since I completed a pet portrait and I really missed it.

Drawing this subject matter again was not like riding a bike.  I had gotten pretty good at drawing animals, but in experimenting in other medias and different subjects, I was more than a little rusty.  In the end, I figured it out and she loves it, but it wasn’t without patience from my client and my stubbornness.

That’s all that is on my drawing table, but on a personal note, things at home are going great!  My daughter is home from college and I have missed her terribly!  I am going to be a great-aunt to a baby girl and the family is so excited! ANNNND I will be celebrating 22 years of marriage to the Mister on July 14th.

I hope your spring/summer is great and you are enjoying sunshine, flip-flops, cook outs and laughs!  Don’t forget the sunscreen  😉

Be Well and Happy!
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What’s in my bag…

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I like to read blogs and watch videos about what art supplies that artists like to take with them on the go.  So, I thought I would throw in my two cents and show you what I bring with me on road trips.  Even if I am driving, I still like to bring these items with me because you will never know when the mood will strike to create something.   I will admit that this isn’t too exciting, but for now it is everything that I need or want to bring…minus the snacks of course 🙂

I still have a love/hate relationship with watercolor at the moment but I am hardheaded so of course I have a few supplies to curse at while I’m on a trip.

Strathmore Watercolor Pad

Water Brush

Winsor & Newton-12 half pan travel set

My first love….Drawing….can’t forget that!

Casemate Sketch Diary-

General’s Kneaded Eraser

Black Pearl Eraser

Faber Castell Pencils – HB, 2H, B, 2B, 4B

Faber Castell Typewriter Eraser

Blending Stumps

Click Eraser

Pen Mate Duo Expert Lead Pencil

Kol-I-Noor – 24 Color Woodless Pencils – (Artist quality pencils are too fragile for me to bring along. They would probably be okay but I don’t want to risk it.)

 Years ago I use to be into calligraphy.  Modern and Brush Calligraphy has really caught my eye….So, have been playing around with that as well.  I may want to Zentangle too.

U:create Smooth Paper

Speedball Calligraphy Set

Tom Bow Brush Pen – hard

Tom Bow Duo Brush Pen

Sukura Brush Pen

Faber Castell Pitt Artist Pen

Pencil Case- Made for me by SIL Vicki Welsh (isn’t it pretty)

Not pictured that I will usually bring is:

*travel pencil sharpener

*a couple of paper towels

And I can’t forget my kindle and a bit of knitting.

It seems like a lot of projects to bring a long and I may not touch a bit of it but it is there if the inclination hits me.  Its better to have it and not want it than to want it and not have it, lol

So what do you bring along with you on trips?  What are your must haves?

Be Well and Happy!

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Happy New Year


The picture above is from the Art Show.   I won’t go into detail, but you can read about it here.  It was something else and I saw pieces that  had me speechless!

But enough about that.

I always look forward to the start of a New Year and 2017 is no different.  I guess it’s because it feels like a fresh start or it could be a do over.  And I take Day One of the New  Year very seriously…and by seriously, I mean resolutions.

It’s been a challenging year.  Some things great and  some things stretched me so far out of my comfort zone that I was physically uncomfortable.   But whether the things that I was resolved to accomplish came to fruition or a complete disaster, I did it.

For myself and to make myself accountable I write everything down old school.  There is just something satisfying keeping that crisp piece of paper with me in January and by December that crisp piece of paper has softened  with wear and a full of crossed off goals. Frankly, it doesn’t get any better!

I know I have talked about this before, but its worth another post.  Because submitting my work to a curator was big on my list last year and as I write this my work is hanging in gallery  now.  I didn’t win anything, but that wasn’t my goal.  My goal  was to submit a piece of art  and it happened because that goal was always in my face.

So if you want things to happen, make them happen by making those resolutions and hold yourself accountable.

I am looking forward to 2017 and I hope it will be a great year for you too!

Be Well and Happy!

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Meet Sassy Mae!

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Graphite on Bristol Smooth

I giggled the whole time I drew this sweet little portrait.  Those ears….those wrinkles….those bulging eyes!  I mean, seriously?   What’s not to love!

I treasure each experience when drawing these little love bugs…But this experience was different.  I smiled like a complete goof ball every minute I was at the drawing table and quite frankly I was sad when it was over.  I dunno, it just made me happy.

Unfortunately,  she has passed over the Rainbow Bridge but the owners loved their tribute to remind them what joy she brought to their life.

And that my friends is what its all about!

I hope you guys have a great week!

Be Well and Happy!

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Uhhh…Happy New Year?

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Brothers

Graphite on Bristol Smooth, photo from Wet Canvas

This has been one crazy year.  It’s been scary, difficult, awesome and life changing.  Starting a career in your late 40’s is pretty daggone daunting (especially after being a house mouse for the last 10 years).  But I’m getting the hang of being out there again, and I am meeting some great people.   The downside of all this that I have been M.I.A. on my blog and art in general.

I am hoping to get on some kind a schedule.  I am at a point  where my life is running me and I am not running my life.   But there are people that work full time and still manage to find time for art and blogging.  And I will be one of them…eventually.  I guess in a nutshell, I just wanted you to know that I am not giving up my blog and I haven’t quit drawing or painting.

Now on with the drawing,  This thing was a beast to draw and I thought about throwing it away a hundred times. If you draw and paint, you know about the ugly stages and how you are suppose to work through those ugly stages.  But I was so frustrated.  Those ugly stages were fighting and clawing and just didn’t want to leave.  Even though the photo quality isn’t that great, in real life this is one of my better pieces and I am so glad that I didn’t give up.

So, How long are you willing to work through the ugly stages?

Be Well and Happy!

My Sketching Essentials…

There are so many supplies available for the artist to work (or play) on the go.  The equipment can get really elaborate as well as expensive.  So, I have put together a few things I have carried with me from time to time with no problems.  By problems I mean,  I have never sat down to sketch and said, “Man! I wish I would have brought_____!”

Sketching

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I am first and foremost a graphite girl! I like to draw on a smooth papers. And the above are  my papers of choice.

400 Series Strathmore Drawing Pad – 8 x 10, 80 lb., pad is coiled so it folds flat (which is awesome).  Paper has a slight tooth, but I still consider this a smooth(ish) paper.

400 Series Strathmore Sketch Pad – 5.5 x 8.5, 60 lb., pad is also coiled, slight tooth and not as thick as the 80 lb.

-Canson Drawing – 5.5 x 8.5, 70 lb., pad is coiled and has very little tooth.  It is the mid range weight between the two pads above.

-Canson Drawing – 5.5 x 8.5,  65 lb., pad is coiled, slight tooth and also a good mid range weight

The two Canson pads are not available, but here is a link to see the Canson line.

Moleskine Journal – unlined, stapled and smooth tooth, compact and very versatile.

Tools

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These are all the tools I need to keep me happy!

A stump – for blending

A kneaded eraser – erasing mistake of course 😉

2B lead – a very versatile degree of graphite. Depending on the amount of pressure and using a stump, this one soft graphite can give you anywhere from a 4H, 3H, 2H, H, HB,  as well as 2B!

Lead Pencil – Trimming your pencil may not be an option, so for me a lead pencil is a definite must.

When I want to sketch on the go and I don’t want to or can’t take a bigger pad.  I throw a Moleskine, stump, kneaded eraser, lead and a lead pencil in a Ziploc baggie and off I go!

Colored Pencil…Would be essentials

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I rarely take colored pencil on the go.  I may if we are traveling by car, but not usually as a rule.  If I decided to and I had no plan in mind, this is what I would probably take with me. I bought this portfolio from Dick Blick many years ago, and I love it.  The portfolio holds a pad of paper, 12 Prismacolor Pencils, and a sharpener.

The additional pad:

300 Series Strathmore Bristol Smooth – 6 x 6, 100 lb. paper, heavyweight paper that will hold many layers of pencil.

Tools

-Colored Pencil Portfolio – I bought this on clearance for a whopping $20.00…ikr, yay me!  Sadly, I don’t think this is available anymore.

A 12 color pack of colored pencils

A kneaded eraser

-Sharpener

Lead Pencilnot shown.

typing eraser – great hard eraser

Prismacolor blender pencil

-A Baggie – for pencil shavings

Watercolor….Would be essentials

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I haven’t had the pleasure of working in watercolor (yet).  But I do have a few things that I would choose as my essentials if I were to paint on go.

Paper

300 Series Strathmore Bristol Smooth – 6 x 6, 100 lb. paper, heavyweight paper that will hold many layers of pencil.

Other watercolor pads

Tools

Loew-Cornell dry watercolor pan

-12 color pan no longer available
Winsor & Newton – 12 color travel set – linked to a similar set

or Watercolor Pencils not pictured

Travel water brush

-A Mister

-a folded paper towel not pictured

A stump

A kneaded eraser

2B lead

Lead Pencil

Ink

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Sometimes, I want to  Zentangle  and this is perfect to throw in my purse!

Paper

300 Series Strathmore Bristol Smooth – 6 x 6, 100 lb. paper, heavyweight paper

Moleskine Journal – unlined, staples and smooth., compact and very versatile.

Tools

Micron Pens

2B lead

Lead Pencil

A stump

A kneaded eraser

I think oil and acrylic would fall under the en plein air category.  And since we all can’t know everything I have no idea what a charcoal or pastel artist would carry.  But I would definitely be interested in finding out.

Nothing is set in stone and you should carry what makes you feel comfortable. For me these things mentioned is what makes me comfortable to sketch in the past and what I shall continue to have with me in future.

What are your go to sketching essentials?

Be Well and Happy!