Tuesday and Wednesday

Something that I have definitely noticed over the course of this month has been the relative swift change of my ability to look at a reference image and create (relatively) anatomically correct paintings.  I realize I still need work, and I firmly believe that improvement for an artist is never complete – it’s a lifelong endeavor – but I am quite pleased with the changes that I am seeing in my art after being firm with myself about needing visual references for every piece of art.  At least for art involving a person, and that’s what I’ve been focusing on lately.

At the beginning of the week, I set a goal to paint one picture or create one polymer clay piece per day.  You saw what I did on Monday in my last post, this is Tuesday:

And Wednesday:

I actually cheated a bit, and took Tuesday mostly off as I was feeling pretty under the weather.  I sketched out what I wanted to paint and did the line work, but I didn’t actually paint her until today.  But I made up for it by being sure to catch up!  Tomorrow, I plan to do two more.

Both of the pieces above are ACEO size (2.5″x3.5″) and are done in watercolor, white ink, and Monday’s black lines were done with a waterproof, archival pen.

 

The End of July

Typically, July is my month off from work.  My forced vacation.  Every July I promise myself that I will be more productive – I’ll paint more, I’ll work on more clay creatures.  Well, this July I actually have been more productive, if not as much as I wanted.  July may be over, but I have one week left of my vacation and I will be making the most of it.  Today, I painted this:

She reminds me of a character from the Last Unicorn named Lady Amalthea, mostly in color scheme.  I very much enjoyed painting her, even if it seems like I tend to rehash a lot of the same schemes and themes.  This was in ACEO format, which is 2.5″ x 3.5″ and was done in watercolor and white ink.

Earlier in the week I painted a couple more pictures of females.  I think my work on face proportions is starting to get better, mostly because I have swallowed my pride and actually actively look at sources while drawing out the sketch and trying to figure out where  my shadows should be.  I seem to be the most comfortable working small, so ACEO sizes are used almost exclusively.

And for the rest of the week, my goal is a simple 1 painting or clay creature per day.  The painting seems to come to me easier, but I am holding out hope that I will actually bother to get out my clay again and see where I can go with that.

Time will tell.

A Year

It’s been (almost) a year since I last posted on this page.  I’ve worked on commissions, painted some, my cat went through surgery, my boyfriend and I went on many day drives, I took lots of pretty pictures.

I am frustrated with myself that I haven’t been keeping up this page as much as I wanted to – as much as I told myself I would when I first made it.  I have such great aspirations to do things with my art and I can’t ever seem to hold myself to them.  But I am posting now, and that is something.

It is my month off from work and I have been painting quite a bit.  Today, I went back to one of the first paintings I did in watercolor, and still one of my favorites.  The original, which you can see in the right side panel under “About the Artist”, is only about an inch and a half square.  The one I painted today is a little over 8  inches square.  There are things I like better about it, and things I prefer more about the original, but I love them both.

I am also involved in an ACEO swap which has been helping the creative juices flow, and I have painted more than my allotted share of those so I figured I will show them here.  Most of these will not be in the swap – maybe none of them will be in the swap.  I haven’t decided which ones I’ll be keeping and which I’ll be sending out, and I still have more ideas that I want to paint so I am not done making them either!  Each of these paintings is 2.5″x3.5″.

For my sister’s birthday in June, I painted her a picture of Humpback Whales, which predates the smaller version that I tried in the ACEO above.

All of these paintings were done in the last few weeks, and I am hoping that I can keep up the pace until the end of my time off from work.  The ACEO swap has certainly had me motivated, and has helped me get back into the groove again.
Finally, these two images were painted a few months back.  I was working on making my skin tone more realistic, though after painting them I realize I also direly need to work on my proportions.  Still, I like the colors and the style of the backgrounds.

And here’s hoping that I stay motivated, and it’s not another yearlong lapse between posts!

Watercolors and Lulls

I am ashamed to once again have not posted in quite a while!  I feel as though lately I have been going through a bit of a lull.  I have so many projects that I NEED to get finished, that the ones that I WANT to get finished must take a place on the back burner, which kind of stinks creatively, but it’s certainly no one’s fault but my own.

That said, here are a few paintings that I created several weeks ago but never posted, as well as at least one that I posted alongside several others but I now have a much better image of.  They are all watercolor and are ACEO size, approximately 2.5″x 3.5″.

ACEOs and Fishies

Recently, I signed up for an ACEO swap (ACEO stands for “Art Cards Editions and Originals” and are often swapped like trading cards – each card measures 2.5″ x 3.5″) and although I only pledged myself for 3 pieces, I have been really enjoying painting these tiny sized cards.  Each one takes me somewhere between 1 and 2 hours, so it’s easy to start and complete one in one sitting.

I tend to latch on to a subject matter and go with it for several paintings.  The first several that I painted were exclusively nature scenes, lots of them with night skies and moons.  Painting similar things is good practice, and fun as you hone your style.

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In the last few days I have started looking at images of fish.  I love the colors of the ocean, and there are some seriously marvelous fish and plants living down there, so they seemed like the perfect subject to paint.  The Koi was the first fish I painted, but I have since tried painting two Bettas and an African Cichlid.  Of course, the night sky and the moon snuck into a picture for no good reason.

I will continue to make these in my spare time, and may end up putting a few on my Etsy store.  They are fun to make, and can be really affordable little original pieces of art!

There’s really not enough time in the day for me to pursue all of my art interests!  I need to continue with my clay creatures too.  Luckily, I have almost the entire month of July off from work, so I should be able to get done with a lot of the projects that have been waiting for me.