Head cold? Must be autumn…

Apologies on waiting this long into the week for a post. I had intended to post it on Wednesday evening but ended up coming down with a head cold. They always seem to hit me around the same time in the fall. Seeing as I’ve been sick twice already over the summer, I really hope this is my body getting the last of it out of my system…

I decided to start up an oil painting last Sunday. Immediately I was thankful for the window in my room; with the linseed oil the paint is very “aromatic”. I used an acrylic yellow ochre for the under-painting so that I could start laying in some color almost right away. It will likely take me a few weeks to a month to finish while the layers of paint dry and while I try to adapt to my changing light source.

Plant Still Life in Oils

Plant Still Life in Oils

In addition to the painting I was able to sketch and ink the sister piece to the male Shi Shi Lion I drew last week. This week I started in with some color. I really like starting projects on the weekends and getting all the foundation work out of the way. That way, when I come home from work during the week I don’t have to think too much about what to do, I can just dive in!

Female Foo Dog in progress

Female Foo Dog in progress

While out with the hubby I also picked up a set of business cards to go with my inkjet printer. I’m looking forward to designing a card that I can give out to people who ask for a website or contact information. They’ll be especially handy to have when I go to my classes. Less than two weeks to water colors!

The Ever-Illusive Short Week…

… why do they always seem so long? Anyway, despite being a bit quiet here I’ve been working on a finished design for one of the bro-in-law’s end tables. I spent most of Monday hashing out the sketch and inking it, and then added markers in gradually through the week. Now that I have one down I’m hoping the other will come together just as quickly. Then I can finally start painting the actual tables!

Male Foo Dog

Male Foo Dog

I’ve been keeping an eye out for life drawing classes around Fredericton and they’ve been very hard to find. Fortunately, I found out about a possible studio starting up at NBCCD mid-October. I’m anxious to see what their line-up of fall evening classes is and I’ll be sure to add life drawing to the list. Drawing a model from life is so much different than copying a photograph. It’s good to study from both, of course, but I find drawing from life much more challenging and rewarding. It allows you to see the subject from all angles with varied lighting, something that’s difficult to capture in a still photograph.

Stay tuned to hear about the last two days of my abstract art class, and maybe a blurb about the Golden Acrylics workshops I did a few weeks ago! Better late than never, right?

last minute motivation?

I’ve finally been able to break through the art block I’ve been fighting for the past few weeks. I’d been studying still lives for so long that I thought I’d forgotten how to draw anything original! Fortunately, after taking a few deep breathes and doing a bit of research I was able to start my next piece: a tattoo-inspired dragon colored with COPICs for my dad for a father’s day gift. He’d seen my other COPIC-colored pieces and asked me to make him one. Of course I’m more than happy to oblige! I’ve got most of the pencils down so I have to clean it up a bit, ink it and then color it. Hopefully I’ll be able to finish it and frame it in time.

Pinterest has ended up being a great source for finding inspiration. Here are a few artists that caught my eye this week, and a video of a mural coming together. I love watching how other artists move through a piece. Everybody’s process is a little different.

Francoise Nielly’s work is a neon mashup of color and emotion. Her portraits use what may look like a million unrelated colors, but she is somehow able to bring them together with a palette knife, making images that are striking and bold.

Francoise Nielly

Francoise Neilly

Martine Johanna (website slightly NSFW) does pencil work (and some other media of course) that is beautiful yet slightly disturbing, whether it’s directly from the subject’s expression or hidden within the detailing in the background. Much of her work revolves around the female figure but most of it focuses on facial expressions, sometimes beautiful sometimes haunting.

Martine Johanna

those little things - Martine Johanna

Finally, here’s the video of the couple putting together a mural. It starts with some semi-transparent washes of color and continues with more detailed work being attached to the walls and blended in. For some reason this video refuses to embed so you’ll have to trust me and click the link: Mural by Supakitch & Koralie