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Monday, November 29, 2010

Photos from the Artisan Fair in Port Coquitlam

My Table Display
I wish I had thought to bring my camera, but luckily my neighbor Maxine took photos for several of us.  We had a really nice time as the volunteers and staff at Leigh Square were really great at making sure all the artisans had everything they needed.  There was live music from some of the local talent so we had live entertainment all weekend which was really nice :)

I met a lot of really nice artists and art lovers as well which is always fun.  It is nice to see others get as excited about paint as I do ;)

There were several really talented jewelers Lonnie Jackson, Nyne Olson, Laura Foreman were some of my favorites.  I made more than a few friends over the weekend and managed to only spend a bit of my profit ;) I could not resist the aprons that Maxine made (she was on my left) for the kids on my list.  She makes the double sided so you get two aprons in one with little pockets and cute kid patterns and lace for the girls.  Initially I wanted them for painting but they are too cute to get paint on so maybe for the little chefs on my list :)

I wanted to spend more but could not get away from my booth long enough . Probably a good thing as of course they were Xmas gifts for me, not the ones on my list ;)

Friday, November 26, 2010

Getting Ready for Winter Artisans Fair in Port Coquitlam
Nov 27 & 28 - 11-5pm

What a mess! I actually got a lot of progress done too, hard to tell ;)  I have everything set up to bring to the art fair tomorrow so now just to paint a few sides of canvases, print out labels, pack everything up and I am off!  Sounds faster in print, may need to call in the assistant :)

I will be at the art fair both Saturday & Sunday (Nov 27 & 28) from 11-5pm hope to see you there!

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Christmas Graphite Portrait Commission - Brother and Sister Sketches

Sister Graphite Sketch
This is a Christmas commission I am working on which is a gift for the father.  This is the sister's sketch so far.  She is about 90% completed, just a few minor refinements which I will make once the brother is near completed and I have had a bit of distance from the sketch to come back with fresh eyes.

The full sketch of both the brother and sister will be 11x14" to fit inside a standard 16x20" mat and frame.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Registration Now Open for Realistic Graphite Portrait Workshop - Feb 5 & 6, 2011

Feb 5 & 6 Workshop Brochure
Registration is now open for my portrait drawing workshop being held at the Outlet on Feb 5 & 6, 2011.  This workshop will focus on techniques for drawing accurate portraits but the techniques can be used for drawing everything from landscapes to animals.

If you are interested in this workshop, you can register directly online, by phone at 604-927-8400 or contact me at info@stateofartportraits.com for more information.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Abstract Workshop Photos

We had a much larger room for this session which was full of windows which was a real treat with all the new snow and sunshine.  We spent most of the first day  learning about what makes an abstract painting and doing exercises to help us create abstract compositions from magazines and photos.  Although we all really enjoyed the exercise, so much we had a hard time stopping, I am sure I was not the only one anxious to get painting.

Turns out the time preparing was well worth it as when we did get painting we all seemed to really be much more clear in the directions we were taking on each painting and we all ended up with several completed paintings by the end of the weekend.  It was so much fun to play with acrylics again after working on commissions and playing with my oil paints for the last while.  These workshops are so great as they really free you up to play with such a great selection of paints, so much fun!

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Acrylic Abstract - Seafoam

9x11" Framed

 Yet another acrylic abstract painting that is on display at Place des Arts.  At first I thought this one may be too busy but once I popped it in the mat the separate layers started to emerge and it actually has cool levels of depth to it.  A little hard to see online with my poor photography skills ;)

Hope people brave the rain and gusts of wind to check out the opening tonight, right now I just want to curl up in front of the fireplace and have a nap....better fire up the espresso machine!

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Abstract Acrylic - Autumn's Glow

Autumn's Glow
9x11" Framed
This is one of  my abstract acrylic pieces now on display at Place des Arts for the Positively Petite show. 

The gala opening reception is tomorrow, November 18 at 7pm.  I am looking forward to some yummy wine and great conversation & art!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Graphite Portrait Commission - Family Portrait Completed

Family Graphite Portrait Commission
 Well I think this is complete but as always I will leave it sit with me for at least a few hours to see if anything jumps out at me.  I always check with the client as well to see if any edits are needed.   The graduations are much nicer in real life so the dark and light values tend to pop out more in the photo, in real life they settle in nicely with the rest of the values  :)

Monday, November 15, 2010

Graphite Portrait Commission - Granddaughter Update #2

Granddaughter Update 2
The granddaughter is looking much better now.  Her features have been built up to near completion as I did with the other two portraits and now I will do the finishing touches on all three.

I think she is pretty close but just need minor adjustments for her.  I think her chin needs a little softening as does her mouth but letting the paper sit for a bit always seems to help with the blending.

I will start with the grandmother as I have had more time "away" from her portrait to better judge what changes need to be done to finalize her portrait. 

I thought I would upload a photo of the whole portrait as it stands before the final edits.  Of course, it never looks as good online as it does in real life (no really) as the computer only caputures half of the tonal values so things look much more choppy online.  The paper is actually a soft white so that gives you an idea of how the values change online.  Onto the finishing touches!

Full Portrait - 18x24"

Graphite Portrait Commission - Scott Update #2

I think the resemblance is getting closer but I will leave for now and move onto the granddaughter again so I can come back with fresh eyes.  Under his right eye and jaw line needs to be softened a bit but will let the graphite settle in a bit more before blending.  I think his forhead also needs to be darkened a bit more as it is looking a little light now that the rest of the face has been darkened.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Graphite Portrait Commission - Scott Update #2

Scott Update
Well he is at a funny looking stage right now but I had to call it a night :)  The resemblance will get better in the next update as the shading is quite harsh in areas and not fully established in others. 

Lots of details needs to be added around the eyes and hairline which will give more of a manly appearance and capture more his character.  The mouth looks harsh right now but once the cheeks are fully shaded in and refined the mouth should settle in more.

Graphite Portrait Commission - Rough Sketch of Scott

Rough Sketch of Scott
Ok so not much explanation needed for this update.  Onward... :)

Graphite Portrait Commission - Grandmother Update #2

Grandmother Update
Much more depth has been added to the grandmother's portrait and her features have been further defined.  Although there is more refinement needed, I will move onto the last subject in this portrait so that I can come back with fresh eyes to the first two subjects.

For the grandmother, her hair on the top of her head will be darkened further, her nose is a little too wide on the bridge and tip so this will need to be refined further and more highlights will be added to her cheeks to give more shape and capture more of her likeness.

She has been really fun so far to work on as she has such a happy face and all of the wrinkles and wisps of hair are really fun to work on, kind of like a jigsaw puzzle :)

Of course when I come back with fresh eyes there could be more ;)  It is always good to take a break whether it be working on something else or just stepping back from the easel as with anything, focusing too long you tend to see what you want to see, not what is necessarily there.

Graphite Portrait Commission - Grandma Update 1

Grandmother Roughed In
I have not touched the granddaughter since the last update so she is still at the funny stage.  The grandmother has been roughed in to establish the darker values and now I will start refining her features to capture the resemblance. 

I always wonder what my clients think at this stage as everything looks so strange! I think watching the progress though makes you realise how the littlest details either make or break the capturing of a subject's character.

But the next update things should be starting to take shape :)  The grandmother's face looks very long right now as her jawline and hairline have not been refined so that is where I will start and then start adding in more of the wrinkles, or should I say character ;)) on her face.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Graphite Portrait Commission - Sketch 2

Rough Sketch of Grandmother
I have roughed in much of the granddaughter but it is very rough so is kind of at a funny looking stage.  She does not look like "herself" but the basic shapes are there.  I want to wait to get a larger image to start putting in the details which will lock in her resemblance. 

I have moved onto the grandmother for now and have just transferred the rough sketch to the paper. I think with all her character she is going to be really fun to draw! She seems so sweet and I get the feeling she had a great sense of humor :)

Graphite Portrait Commission - Sketch 1

Rough Sketch
This is the first update of a commission that I am working on.  It is of a young couple and the girl's grandmother.  I have decided to crop the subjects in slightly more than in my original lockup to allow the faces to fill the matted area nicely.  The completed portrait will be 18x24".

So at this stage I have transferred the sketch to the paper and just refined her features slightly.  Now I will build up the values slowly refining her features as I go.  This commission will appear to progress quickly as I have a tighter deadline than usual so I will just be putting in longer sessions than usual, which I quite prefer but usually do not have the luxury of  "getting" the time :)

Friday, November 12, 2010

Exhibit Photos from Port Moody Art Show

Well I took a bunch of photos opening night with all the guests and artists but my phone camera does not seem to want to give them up so I took a few quick photos the next day.  Gotta Love technology :)  This was my first time at this show and I was surprised to find the place packed with eager art enthusiasts as soon as the doors opened, nice :)

There was a really great variety of works and it was nice to put faces to many of the fellow artists work that I have seen online and at other shows.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Abstract Acrylic - Flow

9x11" Framed (frame not shown)
 I was busy framing my acrylic miniatures series over the weekend, between doing "show duty" at the Port Moody Art Show this weekend.  I had to frame about four of the paintings and drop them off at Place des Arts between shifts so did not get a chance to take a photo of this painting, Splash, in the frame. 

I did end up with broken nails and blood oozing out of my thumb from a errant framing clip, I so suck at framing! Luckily no blood got on the nice white mat ;)

I am really happy with how this one turned out.  I love how the paint swirls together in gradual layers.  I have a couple others that are similar that will look nice as a set...once I get them framed that is!

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Ensemble Show - The Act Gallery
November 20 – December 19

16x20" Framed
Several of my paintings from my seashell series have been selected for the juried show Ensemble at The Act in Maple Ridge.

There will be an opening reception on Saturday, November 20 from 2 -4 pm  and the show will continue to run until Sunday December 19.

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Abstract Acrylic Painting - Sedimentary Layers

Sedimentary Layers
9x11" Framed
Latest in my abstract acrylic series which will be on display at Place des Arts for the Positively Petite show. 

All of the pieces are ready for the show and I am now working on pieces for the Art Fair at Leigh Square for Nov 27 & 28.

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Abstract Acrylic Painting - Trickle Down

Trickle Down
9x11" Framed
This is another in my abstract acrylic series part of which will be on display this month at the Positively Petite show at Place des Arts as well as at the Christmas Artisan fair at Leigh Square in Port Coquitlam.

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Nut Oil Painting Series - Under Pressure

Under Pressure
8x10" Oil on Panel
This is a painting I have been working in between commissions and my abstract series.  Needless to say it is a total change of pace from the abstracts!

I just finished working on it this morning so I will leave it a bit to see if it is finished or not as I have been so close to it over the past couple of days I need to get some fresh perspective :)