Sunday, January 25, 2009

Cheaper by the Dozen

I took a quilt class yesterday and we made this quilt top. The picture doesn't do it justice. The colors are more vibrant in real life. The pattern is "Cheaper by the Dozen." It was fun to sit the whole day away in front of the sewing machine. It didn't require as much thinking as a piece of artwork requires. **Smiles**

Thursday, January 22, 2009

Clementine - January 2009 Virtual Sketch Date

This month's photo reference was given by Jeanette Jobson . I first tried sketching this with Derwent's Inktense pencils because I thought a blue background would go nicely with the orange color of the clementine. Since I'm not a brush artist, this attempt did not go well. So, I went back to graphite to do a quick drawing. This took me about 1-1/2 hours to complete. I used the following pencils: Ebony, 4B, 2B, & B. It is drawn on a smooth bristol paper, 110 lb.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

Leaf - Work in Progress

Steps 6-7

As I continue my progress with the leaves, I added Goldenrod and Yellowed Orange over the whole leaf. (Steps 6-7)

Steps 8-11

Then I added Crimson Lake in the shadow areas that are red. I also started pressing harder with my pencil to apply more color. I noticed that the right corner in the shadow part of the leaf needed more Black Grape. I applied the Black Grape before putting Crimson Lake on top of it. (Step 8)

I added Orange in the highlight areas and anywhere else I saw Orange. I think I ended up covering most of the leaf in Orange. (Step 9)

I added Pink, Beige, Deco Pink (discontinued) in the blemish areas of the leaf. (Step 10)

When I stopped, I was using Scarlet Lake in the highlight areas that are red. (Step 11). I’m not done applying the Scarlet Lake but you should notice the difference on the next post.
I'm at the point in the painting that is requiring me to look very closely at detail. I love this part of the drawing process. I will begin to increase the pressure of the pencil and also begin to add little bits of different colors throughout the painting.

Friday, January 9, 2009

Leaf Details

I decided to share with you the step-by-step process I am taking with this painting. This is done on a 7" x 5" piece Stonehenge with Prismacolor colored pencils.

After drawing the outline, I took a Dark Green pencil and lightly applied it in the red shadow areas of the leaf. I am using Dark Green because it is the compliment of red. Putting these two compliments together creates a rich shadow color.

Next, I added Celadon Green in the highlighted areas that are red. Then I applied Black Grape over the Dark Green. I added Canary Yellow in the yellow highlight areas.

This took approximately 1 hour to complete these few layers. The other leaf that is almost finished took between 3 - 4 hours to complete. I usually wait until last to complete the background. I know, I's a no, no. I will tweak the leaves after the background is complete.

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

2009 Art Goals

These little kids didn't seem to be behaving themselves during lunch.

I usually do not make goals in life because very rarely are they met. Our Creator frequently leads me in other directions. This year, though, I decided to try to set some goals around my art. I would like to further my career with art in 2009 and need some guidelines to go by.

2009 Art Goals
Create a newsletter
Create a website
Egg Tempera techniques
10 hours studio time each week
Enter 3 – 4 local and international exhibits
Promote correspondence drawing course
Blog – minimum of 3 entries a week
Research teaching by video
Promote commissions
Create a price list

I am thinking about setting studio hours to help keep me on track. I don't believe that creativity should be rushed so I have had trouble having enough pieces available for shows or sale. I would like to know if you have studio hours and how that works for you.

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

Sister's Birthday

My sister turned 50 this past week! So, in celebration, I baked and decorated two cakes for her party. I'm still a rookie at this cake decorating thing but it was fun to do. Everyone seemed to like the taste of the cakes for which I'm thankful. The best sister had a wonderful time.

I have a list of goals that I am working on to share with you all. I'm still working out everything I want to put on my post, so be patient.