Thursday, June 30, 2011

Seahorse Progress




I'm still not sure about the face, he doesn't look like a friendly seahorse.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Giveaway!

I'm going to be picking the winner of my giveaway on Friday. If you haven't commented on the post yet please go leave you comment for your chance to win a journal with my art on the cover.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

New Project


Sketch




I'm doing a series of 8" x 8" watercolor paintings for a baby's room. She wants to do an ocean theme with white bedding and linens, light blue walls, and a pop of color in the art using red. I'm doing a seahorse to start.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Sketchbook Pages

Starting a new sketchbook is always difficult for me. I feel like I have to get to know it. I put a few new sketches here...suggestions welcome.

I've always loved drawing and painting trees. I have been wanting to paint a tree where the leaves are birds and they have begun to take flight.


This one I imagine to be a huge Acrylic on canvas painting, with fiery reds and yellows.

Monday, June 20, 2011

Reading that Inspires


Here are a few things I've collected over the years. My idea box is a place I go to when I want to make something but can't decide what to make. I write down quotes from books, tear out articles that spark an idea in me and I also write notes to myself that give me confidence and build my momentum.




The magazines I subscribe to give me a lot of inspiration, unless they are making me feel completely inadequate.

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Father's Day


I found this picture among my father's things, it's been almost 13 years since he passed and I'm still learning things about my dad. I love the woman in the window and I've been a fan of classic cars since I met my husband and he started teaching me about the history. I plan on doing a painting based on this photo. Look for it next month.

Happy Father's Day!

New painting - Hummingbird


I finally finished this hummingbird piece I started in November. I love these birds and see them often from my balcony. This would make a great painting for a young girl's room or anywhere in the house. Prints will be available soon.

Friday, June 17, 2011

The Creative Process



There is a great exhibit going on right now at the Harry Ransom Center until the end of July 2011. I am a docent at the Ransom Center (HRC) and have become very close to the material in the exhibit called Culture Unbound. You should know that the HRC is a humanities research library and museum and as such, the materials contained in the collection are available for the use by students, the public, and scholars. This is a unique and amazing place that facilitates and encourages research and learning. The quest for knowledge is never over.

The HRC is always busy actively acquiring the archives of writers and artists. These last ten years have been rich with the acquiring of such cultural iconoclasts as Norman Mailer, the Watergate journalists; Woodward and Bernstein, Robert DeNiro and David Foster Wallace. We rarely think of these impressive people as the young undiscovered and insecure artist as they started out as. As you go through the exhibit you will begin to realize how these people develop and create, how they plan and prep for a project. The creative process is shown in various ways, timelines, letters, journals, lists, articles, even entirely hand written drafts.

Some of the major areas of collecting are represented in this exhibit, Literature, Film, Photography and the Arts. There is an air of mystery and mysticism surrounding the creative process, this is an informative and unique way to explore the process.

If you are ever in Austin, Texas you should definitely put this on your list of must-see places. You can check the website for the current and future exhibits. Also, if you have a group coming you can schedule a tour with a docent, like me.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Scheduling the Business Stuff

I was doing some reading about the business of making art.

Books I recommend:

Advanced Strategies in Marketing Art
I'd Rather Be in The Studio
Art/Work

Biggest lessons I learned:

Having a schedule is key to getting things done.
Being organized is important to maintaining sanity.
The mailing list is a chore just like washing dishes.

Monday, June 13, 2011

Giveaway!!


I have been wanting to teach an Art class to adults for years. I have found an art school that is accepting class ideas and if mine is selected I get to teach the class. My degree is in Art History so naturally I want to incorporate an element of Art History into my class.

My proposal is this, if you were to read the following class title and short description which class would you (pay money to) take? Make your choice and comment now, I will select a random winner to receive a Journal featuring my artwork, of course.

Choices:

Art with Cultural Relevance: Using current events we will create a culturally relevant piece of art. After seeing examples of this from Art History you will pick a topic to depict. Keeping in mind that we want to create buzz and discussion about your cause, the art will also need to be technically polished and beautiful. As a class we will discover our voice with art. All mediums and skill levels welcome.

Creating a triptych: One painting is great but three is more fun in this case. This class will look at examples from Art History, we will explore the advantages and disadvantages to making triptyphs, as well as the impact and possible motivation to make these elaborate works of art. Everyone will create three acrylic on canvas paintings meant to be hung together as one piece of art.

Saturday, June 11, 2011

Weekend Oh Weekend

Today my practical side and my creative side are at war. So much so, that I am now rendered immobile and totally exhausted by the thoughts of things I need to do and want to do. I have hope though.

My goals for the day include sketching for a commission I have taken on. I'm really excited about this project too. It's for a baby's room, but it's going to be sophisticated and bold.

My other goal is to write an email to my apartment complex and try to score some free advertising with their newsletter. They do a Pet of the Month contest and so I thought I could offer my pet portrait services to the next winner.

So, weekend, you are here, now let's enjoy our time together. How do you divide the practical and necessary with what your soul and heart want. I need a better system.