My painting Off With Their Heads made it into Buchanan Gallery’s Water Works Show! If you are in Galveston between August 27 and October 1, stop by and check out the show! Buchanan is one street over from the Strand on 25th St. It is a beautiful gallery that I am proud to have the opportunity to work with.
I have been attending life drawing in Houston for the last couple of weeks with my wonderful mom and we have had SO much fun! Every drawing I do I can feel myself getting better, and that is an awesome feeling! I have also really enjoyed familiarizing myself with watercolor again, since I’ve been using strictly Acrylic for 3 years.
Here are some snapshots of what I did today:
All were 20 minute poses
Here is a sneak peek of a painting that I am currently working on. As an artist, it is important to me that I keep growing and trying new things. This is a different take on my usual pattern-overlay acrylic painting. This time I added a new pattern, inspired by a pattern I found on clothing in my closet.
I worked on my wood panel painting today. I focused on bringing dimension to the fish and tomorrow I plan to finish the background and add/touch up a few small details when the fish are totally dry. Then it will be finished. This has been a departure for me away from my more planned out paintings. For this one, I didn’t draw anything first and kind of just used my instincts to paint. I think when I add more contrast to the background I might actually like it…ha! I will keep you posted.
Today, I focused on my newest painting of angel fish. I’ve been wanting to do this one for a while. As I was painting the gravel, my mind wandered to when I was in 1st grade working on the set for my class’s marionette puppet show. We needed a castle and my teacher asked me if I knew how to draw/paint cobblestone. I had never painted cobblestone, but I thought about it and decided to draw random circular shapes all over the castle and bam: cobblestone! This reminded me a lot of that.
Today, I had lots of help from my Minnie baby, who kept scratching on my leg asking for me to hold her. Luckily she is pretty much the tiniest dog on the planet so I was able to work with her in my lap.
I dedicate this painting to her and my 3 angelfish that I had in Elementary school. They had some kind of mystery lip disease that made their lips grow enormous. It appears that when your lips reach a certain size, it actually prevents any food from getting in your mouth…and well, if you can’t eat you can’t live for too long. RIP homies. No wonder models are so skinny and Hollywood actresses die young; mystery solved! It’s amazing what random thoughts I have while painting. Maybe I should just keep those to myself…
I may make some small changes, but as of right now here is my painting. Feel free to leave comments!
By the way, after a long day of painting, Minnie is EXHAUSTED! What a rough life!
Fall still life
- Western still life
- Western still life
Cow skull with dramatic lighting
Because drawing from observation is the best way to learn to draw, I have challenged my students this year with several still life set-ups. We have done different projects/techniques with each one. I am unsure about the legality of posting student art so unfortunately I am not going to share the student artwork.