Saturday, December 30, 2006

Mermaid in a Current

Another mermaid tonight. I've really tried for a graphic approach with all the lines splaying out towards the right hand side. When I was doing a stock illustration portfolio, this linear approach to hair was a favorite. Its kind of neat to lead the eye straight out of the picture.

You can find her on auction here:

Below is a drawing done in brush and ink all they way back from 2002. What's old is new again!

Thursday, December 28, 2006

Mermaid with Pearl

Well, I am just loving this new palette! I have really had a blast with shading and adding depth that I haven't had the ability to do before in the tiny ACEO format. I think she turned out very well.

She is on auction right here:

Wednesday, December 27, 2006

Goth Girl With Black Boots

For Christmas this year I had one request... a Masterson Sta-Wet Palette. I got my wish.

What this type of palette does is keep acrylic paint moist and workable for long periods of time. This is somewhat revolutionary because acrylic has a tendency to start thickening and hardening within moments of putting a nice dollop on the palette.

Since I now have more time and flexibility, I can work the paint colours longer and do almost a watercolour effect. I decided to see what I could push this palette to do for me. I think the results are very apparent. Add in the new scanner and you can really see how lush the colours are with this ACEO.

Its up for auction right here:

Tuesday, December 26, 2006

New Scanner

I had a scanner that was well over 5 years old. Technology has advanced quite a bit and I have found that my old scanner was not cutting the mustard. Lots of work, lots of time, and as you can see - the colours were quite limited.

My husband blew me away for Christmas with a replacement. Not only is it more sophisticated and quicker to use, but the true detail and depth of colour on my work is picked up a lot better.

I'm a happy camper.

Sunday, December 24, 2006

Merry Christmas and Season's Greetings!

I would just like to wish you the best for the holidays and thank you for your support this past year. Your kind comments have meant the world to me. Thank you and here's hoping that 2007 brings lots of joy and excitement!

Wednesday, December 20, 2006

Lady Bug Fairy

Hello everyone, I finally have something up for auction. I really took my time on this ACEO and I think it paid off. Note the very fine lines on the face and the shading. I enjoyed puttering around on this piece.

Sunday, December 17, 2006

Buddy Bear Invades!

My daughter's kindergarten class has a favorite bear, Buddy. He travels from household to household for one week and does all sorts of new and interesting things with each family. He writes about his weekly adventure in his journal and usually inserts some photographs and the kids draw some of thier own special moments as well.

Another cool thing about Buddy is his backpack. He tends to be given little gifts from every household and he keeps them all together for the next child to sift through. Lots of homemade clothes, little toys - even a skateboard!

Seems like Buddy wanted to learn to paint. He snuck into my art supplies while my daughter was out and did a self portrait. I think that may have to go with him in his backpack on Monday.... note the appropriately sized easel, where does this bear come up with these things?

Saturday, December 16, 2006

Happy Holidays!

Sorry for the lack of posts and ebay auctions - I've been swamped with commissions and now that those are finished, I can finally turn my attention to my family preparations!

Will be some posting some new things very soon. Merry Christmas and Seasons Greetings!

Friday, December 15, 2006

Two Doggie Commissions

These two portraits were done as Christmas gifts for a client of mine. The subject matter is the same but the styles are different. The first is very blended and the lighting is soft. The second has light streaming in from the right so the dogs are very contrasty.

Both pieces were a lot of fun to paint, it was also interesting to go between two pieces that were so similar, yet so different. I really had to treat the surfaces differently to get the effect that I wanted.

Sunday, December 10, 2006

House close up

This will give you a better idea of the colours. The whole thing won't fit on my scanner and I suck at taking accurate pictures.

House portrait

These are the steps taken to do a portrait of my client's parent's house. They have lived there for 37 years and wow, what a beautiful house. I loved the angle of the picture given to me and the whole painting flowed very quickly. What fun to paint!

Marathon finish

What a neat idea for a gift - a finisher portrait for a friend's marathon. My client wanted something special that was a little more than a race photo. This one features her chip time and then a more abstract in the background. I like how the runners add movement and the lines of the road complement the straight lines in the numbered side.

Puppy Portrait: Finally the final

Note the snow - now we will call it done!

Monday, December 04, 2006

Puppy Portrait: Final (I think)

Long time, no post! My apologies - I'm trying to get a bunch of stuff finished before the Christmas mailing deadline. I think we are about finished with this painting, I hope my client is pleased. I basically added some smoothing light washes here and there to give the fur a more blended appearance. I really love how this piece turned out!