Saturday, October 25, 2008

Sketchbook Landscape

Today we went to Irricana, partly to do some research, partly to take our dog for a walk. It was terribly windy and cold while we were out. I ended up in our car with some kids while the dog was entertained by a long game of fetch (by my husband who was smart enough to wear his winter coat)

While my kids read books, I decided to sketch the prairie before me, its been a while since I've used my sketchbook to record my surroundings. My favorite thing these days is to outline my shadow and then scribble in the value. I think I stole that from Egon Schiele... it may have been Gustav Klimt... it was somebody Austrian.

Friday, October 10, 2008

Fresh Peaches with Paring Knife

Sometimes, I'm free to paint for the pure joy of painting. The above painting was mainly done to play with my new Kroma palette but turned into just the pure act of creation. I loved trying to balance the neutral ground with the intense vibrancy of the peach flesh. I'm very happy with it.

You can find out more about it here.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

A Peek in my Sketchbook

I love drawing faces, I love random doodling. This is a lot of both here. I've been working through a healthy fascination with birds lately too.

I'll have to post some note taking some time.... that is odd grab bag of writing and drawing.

Saturday, October 04, 2008

Companion Piece

My client asked if I could do a portrait of her mother and her sister, very stylized with gladiolus in her mom's hair and lilacs in her sister's hair. She also wanted an emerald on her mother's finger.

The above piece is a companion to a commission I did last year which is a portrait of my client:

Both of which she has taken to Lady Luck Tattoo to have inked on her arm, unbeknownst to her mother and sister. By all accounts they were really touched when she showed them. I can hardly wait to see how they've been fit together!