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Friday, June 26, 2009

Quebec City Window - Peeling Paint

This is the reference photo for the painting I started on today. It has been sitting on my table for awhile now & I finally got my butt in gear to start on it! I transferred the sketch to my stretched watercolor paper today and laid down the first layer of glaze and hope to dive in tomorrow morning :)

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Summer Vacation

Well my posts and my painting have dwindled considerably over the past few weeks. Nothing like extra free time and no deadlines to kill the motivation, I definitely work best under pressure! It is a nice break though and it is giving me time to play around more rather than working on finished paintings so I have been experimenting more to see how far watercolor can be pushed, I have several 'wrecked' paintings on the go that I am hopefully learning from ;)

The extra time also motivated me to take an art class with a friend but I could not find a class that fit my schedule that looked interesting. Then it hit me, hit up one of my artist friends whose work I admire and invite them over for a workshop in exchange for some website tutorials & a yummy lunch. Yay, so we have one set up which should make for a fun, relaxed workshop for the three of us. It will be in watercolor as well but she paints my looser than I do so it should make for a fun learning experience :)

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Separation Anxiety

Watercolor Statue - Giclee Prints AvailableThis painting recently sold but it is to a friend so I have been putting off packaging and shipping it as I have separation anxiety already!

It is funny how attached you can get to a piece of paper ;) I like the quote from John Singer Sargent, "Everytime I paint a portrait I lose a friend" I feel that way even about a statue, hmm, I gotta get out more!

Luckily I have scanned the image from a professional giclee printer that I use so I can get prints of this one. The reference photo was taken by an artist friend and I don't know what it is but I fell for it immediately and knew I had to paint it.

Monday, June 08, 2009

Online Gallery for Original Artwork

Well I finally got around to uploading my original artwork to my website and I am so happy with the end result. I wasted a ton of time creating the little Buy buttons for PayPal as I didn't want the standard buttons. Turned out there was a bug in my original file. Deleted, recreated the button & viola ;)

Adding all of the artwork took awhile as well as I had to format all the images and tweak here and there but the majority of the work is done. I need to play with the logos a bit as they are pretty basic right now and may rearrange the navigation a bit.

I tried to create a separate look and feel from the commission portrait area of the website so that it looks almost like two separate websites but are still connected. I may actually get a domain with my name, but as no one can ever say my name correctly, I wonder if they would ever find it ;)

Monday, June 01, 2009

Photos from Frogstone Grill Exhibit

Photo from solo show at Frogstone Grill
Photos from exhibit at Frogstone Grill
Well I am finally getting around to uploading photos from my Frogstone Grill solo exhibit which runs until June 8. The photos are not the greatest as it was a beautiful sunny day, finally, so there is alot of glare from the open windows. The paintings are hung in the bar area where they have live music and a fire place.

I like this exhibit as it gave me a chance to showcase my work without a set theme which allowed for more variety. A fellow artist that I met through my blog, Andrea Pratt, met there a couple of weeks ago to check out my exhibit and brought along a dog, Mala, she is training as a service dog. Apparently she juried a piece of my artwork for my first exhibit at the Federation of Canadian Artists and stumbled across my blog. We have been chatting online ever since and admiring each other's work. Check out her site at her blog at Colouring Outside the Lines or at her website at Andrea Pratt she does very cool work and her blog is quite entertaining :)