Sunday, February 18, 2018

Fairy WIP

 Well woman cannot live by doing unpacking alone.  After almost 8 weeks of nothing but moving and cleaning thoughts I had to get back into the art room and try to get back into the swing of things.  Have two really busy days coming up cleaning the old house so we can get it listed and officially on the market, so needed a rest day and some fun.  

For whatever reason the thoughts I have been having in my head for my comeback picture have been about fantasy, so this WIP is going to be about the changing of a live person shot into a fantasy fairy.  This probably will really end up more being a study rather than a true picture as I am doing on paper and using watercolor and color pencil - two things I am really rusty at.

I liked the pose and the red hair on the woman in the reference photo.  But I have gone ahead and am trying to make some changes to make her more fairy-like and have her looking more directly out of the picture so you wonder what she is communicating.  I will go back in and work more on the background, maybe using pan pastels.  But I wanted to get the work in on her face first and see if I could pull that off, then, if so, I won't feel bad about putting in the effort to do the background.

I used some watercolors as the base for the background and her first skin tones, then covered it with layers of color pencils.  almost every project is somewhat of an experiment, so the color combinations are pretty radical.  Like I said, since it is going be mixed media, then pan pastels will probably be best option to soften and get the misty background I am looking for.  

I am starting to find things and put them into the studio.  Probably it is the cleanest it will ever be again.  But already, believe it or not, I can't find my electric sharpener.  I have another so have pressed it into action until the original one decides it wants to be found.  You know I thought when I packed them I would know where I put them - NOT!!

Hoping to find some additional time during the week to advance this a bit more.

Thanks much for stopping by.

Friday, February 9, 2018


Sorry, not the greatest picture.   But it is one of the last "remember when" pics as it is almost time, just days now and I will be in one place, reunited with my art things.  Am sure it will be "where the #@$^ is it?!!" for the next couple of months.  But, I am really looking forward to getting back to my dull, boring life.  Although not sure how that is going to work out as when we got to the house the other day looked like developers might be acquiring the horse farm.  There goes my quiet neighborhood and friendly horse neighbors.  Everything is changing so quickly from agricultural to subdivisions, all that traffic on little county lanes - doesn't sound too wonderful any more.

One of my art heroes is Hubert Shuptrine, a superb watercolorist and also painted in oils.  I am the proud owner of two of his collaborative books with James Dickey, where he documented sights and sounds of the South.  I felt if I could copy some of his work I could learn his techniques and become an artist, even a watercolorist too.  He used very muted, almost drab, color palettes.   For the most part the pictures I did do out of his book were done in pastel.  They are treasured pieces I wouldn't even part with.  This, however, is one of my rare watercolors.

I always thought this would be a wonderful piece for a nursery and have been tempted to find other rocking horses and do another.  Do they still even make rocking horses for kids any more?

Thanks much for stopping by and hope you are having a good weekend.



Sunday, January 28, 2018

Favorite painting


Yep, still here and still in the process.  I am ahead of schedule and so am just twiddling my thumbs a bit while I wait for the big "M" day.  So many things to do but have to wait until it's empty so I only have to end up and clean it once.  Whew.

This was a painting I did back in the 90's and this is probably close to one of my all time favorites.  I loved this little girl and her pensive look.  Plus all the jewelry was something of a challenge that I just had to try.   I look at the clouds now, and well, just roll my eyes at them.  But guess that is all part of the learning process.

While we have been in the decluttering/packing process I have spent so much time just going through things and keeping some memories and chucking out others.  So I have found cartoons for paintings that I did almost 25 years ago - wow - talk about a pack rat.  Well, I am a Sagittarius, with the Chinese symbol, a rat.  I once saw a book that broke it down father and I am a warehouse rat - a collector.  I always blamed my parents, as they came through the depression and I thought I got that hoarding gene from their philosophy.  But appears it just comes naturally.

Anyway, the count down continues and soon I will be reunited with my art supplies.  Amen!!!!

Thanks for stopping by.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Another painting from the early days



Well, if I can't paint I can show you what I am moving.  Still up to my eyeballs in decluttering, painting walls/woodwork and shuttling what I can to the new location.  Since most of my pictures are pastel I am moving them myself.   Then I  have no one to blame if the glass/acrylic gets dusted.  This is one of my favorites and think it was done around 1995 or 1996.  Again, guess these pictures will be appropriate in the  house since we are living in Cherokee County.  One of my ideas is to study up once we get there about the Trail of Tears and maybe try to do some additional paintings.  

Saturday, January 13, 2018

Missing Everyone

My First Pastel back in 1992


Just checking in, yes, I am still here, but up to my ears in boxes,  junk, good stuff etc.  Got most of my art stuff between two places or in boxes and right now am not really sure how I will ever get it all together again.  Probably be just like Christmas when I unpack and am hoping that will get me in the creative spirit again.  I must admit however, that I am pretty creative with the tape and boxes now!!

I must tell you my biggest collector of my artwork is the garage collector.  Boy guys, both recycle and garbage guys are glad they have the mechanical lifts or they would definitely have hernias.  The folks at the local Goodwill know me by sight.   It seems I  haven't even made a dent!!  Well some days I think I am doing good and then others I feel like it will never end.  Only good thing is that I now have "incentive" to chunk or donate it.   Well the other good thing is that I have a lot less "stuff" than I used to, but ...

Going through stuff you kind of get nostalgic, so thought I'd share the first pastel I ever did.  I attended a local 4 or 6 week art class on a Saturday morning, mainly for adults, at an elementary school.  The guy running the class pretty much just had us all come in and work in any media and draw something from a reference picture.  He'd walk around and talk a little but, mainly just giving us all support.  I remember there was a young guy in there, only child in the class, and did he ever have talent.  Yep, I'll admit it I sure was jealous.  Well, I have been drawing Native Americans ever since and really love the sharp facial structure that so many have.

Thanks for stopping by and I will try to get to everyone's site pretty soon as I miss seeing all the great things you are doing.

Friday, January 5, 2018

New Year New Directions


Happy New Year - Great Expectations for 2018

If you are reading this page you have touched my life some how and some where.  So, I count myself very lucky!!  Your support has meant so much to me, every view, comment and like is important and helps speed me on my art journey.

For a bit of time I am going have a different direction and big time energy drain.  Lots to settle, get rid of and things (ummm, where the heck did it all come from?) to look forward to yet another new chapter.

Tried my hand at architectural rendering, don't think I should give up my day job.   But I hope this is close enough that it serves as a friendly reminder to the original owners of the time they spend here.

But, Joan, I keep saying how much your daily sketching inspires me and hope to be soon in a position where I can try to incorporate that into my life more as me and my sketch book explore and find new interesting things.  Got to get reading in Sketching - from square one to Trafalgar Square!!

Sunday, December 24, 2017

Merry Christmas 2017

                      MERRY CHRISTMAS

It is beginning to feel like Christmas and I guess it should since it is already here, ready or not.  Thank you to all from friends who have followed my art journey this year.  I hope you have a very merry joyous Christmas with family and friends.

Thanks so much for all your stopping by this last year.