Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Two posts in one day??? Unheard of! What can I say, I haven't been doing enough art lately so I had an art binge today. I really wanted to work on the piece I started earlier, but as I don't have space set up for oils, I started a new piece instead. I was inspired by this beautiful charcoal drawing - it's really just amazing. It took me some time to find my charcoal (I haven't used it in over 4.5 years - yikes!) and I have to say I am disappointed at how out of practice I am. There is just something about this that I don't like that much - I think it may be the eyes. I tried to fix it with color, but I think I like that even less. Even so, it is of someone important to me, so I am posting it anyway so she can see. I think part of my problem is that I am less patient than I used to be. I want to make a fantastic piece of work, and I want to make it quickly. That's not usually how it works for me, and this piece illustrates that. I need to put more time into my work.

WIP - Untitled

Started something new today.

For awhile now I have been itching to get back into painting, particularly with oils. The problem is I don't really have a good set-up for oils here...and I know you aren't supposed to just wash that stuff down the drain. I am thinking about asking a local artist/family friend if I can paint in her studio for a few days since she is an oil painter herself.

For now though, I will just have to settle for having finished the linework/underpainting. It is just brown watercolor on 10" x 10" canvas, and I am anxious to start putting some color down. I was going to wait until I finished to post on here, but if I am being honest I have no idea when that will be so I decided to just post the work in progress. Hope you like it!

Also, slight side note: one of the reasons I was suddenly encouraged to pick my brush back up today was thanks to this wonderful artist. Check out the piece called "Memories smell like flowers." It is especially beautiful, and I'm hoping one day to paint like this. Guess I better start practicing!