Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Forget Me Not

10" x 8" oil on panel


I painted this for August's Virtual Paintout location of Detroit. In the midst of so much decay, this vacant lot was filled with beautiful little blue flowers. It looked like a field out in the country. I titled the painting "Forget Me Not" both for the flower and in tribute to what the people of Detroit have endured—they are strong and will be back better than ever!

I'm very happy with how this turned out. I followed a tutorial by Karen Margulis. She paints in pastels, but the principles apply to any medium. Because there is a finite limit to how many layers of pastel will stick to the paper, it also gave me an approach that circumvented my greatest flaw: overworking.

Saturday, August 24, 2013

Commuter Art 3

I felt a little rushed this week, and it was hard to concentrate on drawing. None of these sketches are as developed as I'd like, but I do have some inspirations for my next Commuter Painting (Commuter Painting #1 will be here Monday).

One of the challenges of drawing while riding is that I'm balancing my iphone precariously on my knee, and of course it starts to slide off, and I grab at it, and manage to move the picture or zoom it in or out. Then nothing lines up with what I've sketched so far, and I never seem to get it back into frame the same. So some of the drawings have... multiple perspectives, I'll call it.

Aug 21.
Hayes Barton Baptist Church. Everyone recognizes this church in Five Points. As always, the power lines are my favorite part.

Aug 22.
This is my parking space in the garage at work. I haven't actually parked there yet, because my permit didn't become valid until Friday. But I visited it a couple times, to make sure I knew where it was, and took a photo. For more than one reason. See below:

Check it out. This gigantic SUV is encroaching on my space. Next time s/he does that, I'm going to sketch their license plate!

Aug 23.
Mami Nora's. It's a lot prettier in color.

Aug 23 (two in one day)
Green Taxi. I'm getting a little better with drawing cars. I know they're just boxes on top of boxes, but the newer ones have weird complex curves and no distinct edges, sort of like boats. Very hard to draw. This taxi was old and boxy.

Sunday, August 18, 2013

A Day in the Life - Blog Carnival

   A Day in the Life of an Artist REVEALED!

What do those crazy artists do all day long? Find out here! 

Visit the links below to see the participating artists' photos and descriptions of their days. Some artists are offering giveaways or special prices for the Day in the Life Blog Carnival.

Cindy MichaudJo MacKenzieChristine ParkerMarla Laubisch
Joanne GrantKevin LarsonCindy WilliamsSharon Graves
Sally BinardKaren JohnstonCharleen Martin

You can enter to win the painting shown in this post! Just subscribe to my weekly newsletter and you'll be entered in the drawing. If you already subscribe, you're automatically entered. (Drawing on August 28).

Commuter Art 2

These are my sketches from the week of August 12-16. Despite appearances, I do work five days a week - but there's been one day a week that I didn't sketch for whatever reason.

I did a painting based on one of the previous week's sketches, but haven't scanned/uploaded/published it yet. Tomorrow's Day in the Life Blog Carnival took precedence (remember to check back here for that).

8/13.  Food vendor at the Museum of Natural Sciences.

8/14.  I've taken a photo of this place every day.

8/15. This doesn't look very much like Igor. I'm bad at cat portraits too.

8/16. This little building out in the country used to be some sort of general store.

Saturday, August 10, 2013

Commuter Art

Some of you may know that I recently started a new job. I'm super excited about it!

At the same time, transitioning to a full-time schedule is difficult. My primary concern is "When will I have time to paint?" I actually thought about trying to paint in the car! (I'm carpooling, not driving :-)

That's very impractical, but I can draw in the car. So I bought a sketchbook, and put it in a bag with a few pencils and a kneaded eraser. My idea was to take a picture with my phone, and use that for reference.

So far it's working out. It serves two purposes: I get some art time, and I'm too busy to tell my husband how to drive. It's a win-win.

I can't see much detail drawing from my phone, which is probably good—I can't get too tight with it. I hope my drawing skills will improve over time—I don't really have any technique. I can draft a scene pretty well, but without any particular style. Also there's an element of randomness, introduced by bumps and potholes, that makes my car sketches more dynamic than my usual work!

I plan to develop one of them into a painting each week. So if all goes well, next Monday you'll see the first Commuter Painting.

Aug 5
About 2 miles into the drive; a rural road.

Aug 6
This is a very lovely person who doesn't deserve
to be inaccurately depicted in such a lousy drawing.
I really need to work on my portraiture skills.

Aug 8 (I skipped Wednesday)
Corner of Edenton and McDowell. I like the traffic lights going out of frame.

Aug 9
Dawson and Lane. There's a restaurant or whatnot with some palm trees.

Thursday, August 8, 2013

My video on the NCMA website!

My Vine video, "Art and Time," was selected as one of the winners for the "0 to 60" exhibition at the North Carolina Museum of Art (which is fabulous, FYI—Go see it). I'm featured with two other awesome videos on their website.

Monday, August 5, 2013

Soul Food - Sold

7" x 5"
oil on panel

You can view this painting here.

This month's Virtual Paintout location is Detroit. There's a great variety of scenes to paint—a polished, attractive downtown; neighborhoods of beautiful houses; and then of course scenes of vacant lots and tumbledown homes and businesses. It's shocking. This building and the house behind it caught my attention because they're so colorful.

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