Completed Drawing

I recently finished my drawing “Charity”.  Working with perspective like this is a challenge but I learn every time I put forth this much effort.  It’s also easier every time.   Now I just need to buy some spray fixative so it won’t smudge all over the place.

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“Charity” shows an example of this virtue
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Concept Drawings

Hi all, I’d like to report what I’m working on currently.  I am working on a new series  titled “Seven Heavenly Virtues” in which I conceptualize the virtues of chastity, temperance, charity, diligence, patience, kindness, humility.  Instead of going with characters just kind of floating in space I’m placing them in actual situations so each resulting painting can look like it’s part of a story.  I’m having so much fun making these drawings and I’m excited to turn them all into paintings.

I have finished the first drawing Chastity.  Not only do I show most of the drawing process on YouTube but I have prints and merchandise for sale on Society6 and Etsy.

Here are some concept sketches for the latest piece “Charity.”

Character designs and composition
Figuring out character poses
Drawing in sketchbook
The detailed drawing
Thumbnail drawings
2 page spread of my thumbnail drawings. This is necessary for me to get a composition I like. Never go with the first idea!

Updates to Etsy

Happy New Year everyone!!

I am adding content to my Etsy store, one of which is my painting “Requiem”.

The price reflects the fact that it is custom framed.  Before sending it off, I had it hanging in my house and my goodness do I love this painting!  My husband loves it so much he asked if I’m sure I want to sell it ROTFL (yes…yes I absolutely want to sell it.  I’m a capitalist!). I’m adding more content to the store soon so head over and have a look.

If you want to share my art in general, share this post!

Still life study

 

 

 

 

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General shapes penciled in.  No details are worked at this point.  The photo doesn’t capture it but I have a singular light source which is the lamp on the upper right.
Underpainting block in
Dark areas are placed with thinned raw umber.  The white here is the white of the canvas.
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Dark areas are reinforced with a mix of ultramarine blue and burnt sienna. I mixed a good chunk of that color and mixed increasing quantities of titanium white.   This created a 5 value string of grey to define forms.

The above is a progression shot of a pumpkin study.  Because it is best to narrow ones focus when engaging in work of this nature, this still life painting serves a few functions:

1 – I wanted to reinforce value composition as that has been an afterthought on many of my paintings.

2 – I want to work with muted colors. Relying on a bunch of bright colors all the time is not always the most effective way to work.
3 – I do want to continue painting in layers however, I want to have a streamlined system for doing this so I don’t always wonder how to go about getting from beginning to end.

Value Studies – Self Portrait

One thing I have been discovering as a painter is that I need to become more diligent in arranging my values during the drawing process. I have spent some time working on these types of value studies so when I do work on my paintings I don’t have to put so much effort into correcting things in oil, making the whole thing take longer than necessary. It is best to do this type of work from life or good photo reference.

Finished Paintings

I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving!  I have completed a few projects as of late.

I will varnish them early next year. I’ll also be listing originals in Etsy. Right now I am just excited to execute on new ideas.  I’ll also be churning out more video content on YouTube.

Drapery

In light of Inktober, working on “mother and child” as well as a few other oil paintings I haven’t had as much time to study as I’d like.  But the few times I have had to work on these types of drawings I have been studying nuances of drapery and clothing folds.  It is important to me that various clothing look like the correct material as well as look as if it has weight.  Its going to be on when I get my powdered graphite from my parents house!  In addition to the learning experience it is great to get the instant gratification of a pretty drawing.  Rendering drapery on the level that I like in oils is not a fast process.

Completed Painting

I have just finished my latest painting ” Escape From Babylon”. The concept is based upon this mysterious pair of sojourners who are aware of the carnage happening in the distance.

 

I wanted to use this painting as an opportunity to pull viewers into the universe that I’ve introduced. That being said, my current and future works do have an interwoven narrative. This narrative will feature standard fantasy tropes and Judeo-Christian themes that I hold dear. Seeing this painting is basically like watching a novelist write a book by the paragraph; or by the sentence as it’s being written. As I build my body of work viewers get a chance to piece everything together and explore the world as it’s being constructed….almost like a scavenger hunt!

If you want to look under the hood, this video shows me working on a portion of this painting. In addition to following this blog, subscribe to the YouTube channel. We are already working on more content so there will be some pretty awesome things happening there including more footage of paintings being created.

Thanks for stopping by!

During #eclipse2017 I was able to paint 2 plein air things to commemorate an event that my eyeballs would never witness again.  You see, I’m in North Carolina and we didn’t get the full eclipse.  If it wasn’t turning pitch black I figured it wouldn’t be anything special.  I didn’t have glasses or anything so I couldn’t look at the actual sun do I wasn’t going to do anything other than stay inside and scrape paint off of my big glass palette.  My artist twin, Taisa called me and told me that the sky was a very interesting shade of desaturated blue and that she was going to try to match the color on swatches with markers.  I got off the phone and a few minutes later the eclipse had progressed a bit more.  My dad called and I didn’t think he would be interested at all.  He’s not even an artist so he doesn’t care about which Pantone color the sky is.  He said it looked ‘funny’ so at that point I had to go out and look.  After looking out and seeing that the sky was indeed slightly off in color, I broke down my little easel, grabbed a few small canvases, and haphazardly grabbed my paints to mix up something before the event was over.

Here are the results of my half-hearted attempt to be a bit relevant.  These turned out to be very abstracted depictions of the sky and tree line as I was more concerned with color accuracy.

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I don’t know what I want to do with these.  I suppose I can list them in Etsy.

At at any rate, speaking of things going on in the sky, I hope anyone who was affected by Harvey is able to make a way, you’ll be in my thoughts and prayers.

 

Art Hermit Mode

This past year I have been in what I’d like to call “Art Hermit Mode.”  I have been trying to simplify my life as much as possible so that I can work on strengthening my work.  My presence on social media (except for Instagram) and my social life in general has taken a hit but now is a great time to invest in the long game.  The results of my hermit mode have been exciting and in future blog posts I will be sharing in greater detail what I have learned as far as art and business.

My life in the past year and a half has been extremely full; I’ve gotten married, started working on my art full time and have been working to get Jauntycat going.  I’ve gotten very comfortable with oil painting so I’m in the process of making some epic work.

I have added links to my social media platforms so join me as I continue making awesome things!  I have added links to my various social media platforms and like comment share and follow!