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.
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.
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!
It’s been a while and I really missed blogging, so I thought I would take a few minutes and say “HI!” and let you know what I have been up to. I hope you are doing great and having a wonderful summer.
Things on my end are plugging right along. We take our little Sweet Cheeks back to school next Friday. (kinda depressing…and yes she is 20 years old and I still call her little pet names, lol. I think secretly she likes it) I am still loving my job and I adore the people I work with. My time management is still terrible, but since I am actually posting…I am getting better at it. (YAY ME!)
I haven’t been painting all that much…which makes me antsy. I mean I have started quite a few paintings and drawings but I haven’t finished ANY! Wellll, that isn’t exactly true…I did draw a couple of cherries at work, while I was on floor duty but other than that? Not so much….I have one painting that it perfectly content to stay in the ugly stages forever and four more with nothing but a set of eyeballs. I won’t even discuss the three foot painting that I have started. At first I thought that I was just being lazy (and it still may be a little of that) but I believe mostly its just access of the materials and clean up. I just hated dragging everything out and set up every time I wanted to paint….just to put it all back….then drag it back out….then put it back…See where I’m going with this?
I saw the Masterson’s Sta-Wet Palette at Michaels. The palette looked promising so I purchased it. The palette was a little over 11.00 (using my coupon). And boy am I pleased. I loaded it with acrylic paint on July 9th and it has been 1 month to the day and the paint is still wet! No bottles of paint everywhere I am not being intrusive on David’s space, so I don’t feel too guilty about leaving stuff out until I get the chance to paint again. It has really helped me steal bits of painting sessions when I am able to grab a minute or two. And it is especially helpful with my watering bucket (pictured on right) It has two wells: one for clean water and one for dirty. So when I want to paint, I just take the lid off of everything and when I am done I just have to put the lid back on, wash a couple of brushes and that’s it. And if this doesn’t work? Its all just laziness, lol
How do you deal with spatial issues of an art space?
It has been so long since I have blogged that I don’t know where to start….So, I guess I will begin with the painting.
This fluffy friend has been on my board since October and it finally completed and sold! To be fair, I stopped and put it away a lot but I didn’t struggle getting this completed which is very unusual for me, huh?
This subject and on this scale is perfect for beginning acrylic artists, because it is basically two circles and a triangle. Give it a go!
Where I’ve been?
I got a job in October and quit said job in January, lol. I just didn’t like it. So, I decided to go to Real Estate School. Then, after studying for a trillion hours I passed my State and National exam!!!! Now, I am with a Company and waiting for my license so I can get this ball rolling.
Everything has gotten so chaotic that it has been hard to find time for art. But I hope things will get back to normal soon. Take Care!
This week sure is getting away from me. I really do not know why, it is not like I have been doing anything particularly interesting but it sure is slipping through my fingers. I was a good girl and completed this week’s Zendala challenge.
I had a good time with this one even though this is my second attempt at this Zendala. The first one was pretty bad. But I like this version a lot better.
Lately, I’ve had the itch to paint. And not just paint anything. I have been wanting to paint a portrait. Drawing people is hard enough, but I have never painted people so I am going to assume that it is a lot harder. Now, the question is, who to paint? Now there are plenty of pictures on Facebook of family and friends that I could rip off or a celebrity that I could paint, but I decided not to go that route. I am afraid that I may think it looks awesome and they may think it looks awful and I certainly do not want to hurt anyone’s feelings. So, I guess I am going to try a self-portrait. I mean, I doubt I’ll hurt my own feelings. Of course, all this thinking and rationalizing may be for nothing and I’ll end up throwing it away. But I think I will give it a go and just see what happens.
Well, I guess that’s about it for me. I hope you guys are enjoying this beautiful day!