A gift for my hunting enthusiast brother and his bride. I tried to capture a midwest winter sunset.
I realize there have been crickets chirping over here. It is not for lack of doing anything. But more-so how incredibly busy I managed to make myself over the last few months! Much of the busy-ness has not been because of artistic ventures, but I did manage to get another custom order done! This is an 11 x 14″ canvas done with acrylic paint. It was based off of an actual photo with a few extra details thrown in at my clients request. First time ever actually working straight from a photo. I was nervous at first, I’m not sure why exactly, but it turned out good. Anyway here are some WIP photos. Sorry for the lighting in these. I paint at night when all is quiet. Enjoy folks. And have a wonderful New Year!
And the final piece:
The little details were done with my smallest brush and required a very steady hand. My favorite detail is the vintage brass letters on the light pole.
I hope everyone had a great holiday season. Mine was not rushed or hurried in any way. The best kind!
Some paintings seem to have a rough journey to completion. This one was up there with some of the toughest I’ve ever attempted. Here is part one of a poorly planned painting gone wrong:
I should stress that the poor planning was completely on my part! My client chose a very adorable sketch that I had quickly done up of a fawn hiding under some ferns. I didn’t give a lot of thought in choosing actual colors and perspective before I dived in. But dive in I did.
Background was hurriedly painted and I drew the outline of the fawn.
Then I thought, “It is a forest scene so it needs a stump.” So slap on a stump I did. It was horrendous and huge!
*Please ignore the clutter behind my easel. I have little kids…’nuff said.)
Then I thought to myself, “This stump needs moss.” By then I was so horrified at how awful it looked I wiped it all off!
At this point I realized it would never work… the way the fawn was positioned, the weird little tree in the distance, the massive empty space at the bottom of the canvas. So I sent my client a photo and she agreed with me! I waited for it to dry well and then sanded the whole thing down and started over.
And so began part two of trial and error:
I very carefully made a new sketch to the exact dimensions of the canvas. I used math people!
The new background. Pretty boring and bland…as it should have been.
A bigger fawn with bigger ears and bigger eyes. It took four tries for me to get it in the right position on the canvas! I used math again…. it was awful.
Finally things fell into place and I finished the rest in two painting sessions.
At this point my client was pleased and I was over the feeling of doom!
The finished piece! Perseverance, encouragement from a dear friend, experimenting, and a whole lot of patience and studying made it work out in the end. And now I can’t wait to tackle my next piece!
I am currently at an art & craft retreat and so excited for some kid free time to immerse myself in something.
Have a great weekend!
Despite having been done with my summer job for a few weeks now I haven’t been able to find a lot of extra time to mess around with editing pictures and writing pretty blog posts! But that is changing now. I still sketch and paint on a daily…no make that weekly…oh wait, maybe monthly basis. Hmmm. Well you get the picture.
Some of the culprits behind my slacking in the creativity department have included taking in a rescued mother cat with 5 little rambunctious kittens. So I spend a lot of time staring in awe and letting my heart just melt to pieces at sights like this:
And then there is the changing of the seasons and harvest suddenly having arrived. I have been cutting, blanching, freezing, and dehydrating tasty garden delights like a mad woman for the past two weeks.
But I have carved out some time to do artsy things. I discovered an original painting on canvas board that I pulled out of a heap of mass produced “Bless Our Home” wall hangings at the local consignment shop. I am thrilled to have it hanging on my wall! I love original works by other artists but can’t really afford to buy a lot. This winter scene is so peaceful:
I have also hurriedly scratched out a few sketches (cheesy lettering included):
And believe it or not, I have even completed another acrylic painting! On canvas. Not a few smears in one of my sketchbooks. Imagine that! Here’s a sneak peek for proof:
Ok, that’s not really “proof” but there is a brush, dipped in paint. Paint that has been smeared and mixed! Tune in tomorrow to see how this paint was applied to canvas to create what sort of painting…
Final sketch out of 6. I just could not get the car right.
After the first night of painting.
Adding details and getting the car outlined. I also played a bit with rust patterns.
Color and rust added. At this point I fell in love with painting rusted cars! I want to do that again soon!
The final product. I realize now that birds should not be such a rigid “M” shape in the sky but I am learning as I go! I also learned not to do tiny lettering right after a big cup of coffee and with three little ones crawling around under my easel! What an experience that was! But I feel it turned out beautifully and it also brought big smiles from the owners of this piece, which is the most rewarding part of handing over a piece you have created.
*I want to apologize for the poor quality of the photos so far. These were taken in poor lighting in wee hours of morning with a cell phone camera. I will be dusting off the big camera for better quality photos in the future!*
I wanted something new to add to my kitchen. I have been attempting to decorate it in a Café/Coffeehouse theme. This was a spur-of-the-moment sort of painting I did one night at about 1am when I got bored with ironing.
(Yes, I keep terrible hours at night but with 3 babies in 3.5 years and 2.5 years of college at the same time, I think it ruined my ability to sleep decent hours ever again!)