Monday, February 10, 2014

The Progression Of A Peacock

It's been ages since I've made any art using hand torn papers, so when my dear daughter asked me to make a peacock for the living room, I thought why not, torn paper would be fun.
I'm really pleased with how this one turned out.   Even better in person. 
Outlined sketch on canvas and paper selection.
Back feathers first.

Head and Neck coming along.
Close up of the head.

Completed and on the wall.

Closer image of details.

Face #10 - Something About Mary

Annnnnddd..... I'm caught up!  Got a little behind over the weekend with the ARTzona Open Gallery & Studio, but I am all caught up with the 29 Faces Challenge.   Lucky #10 is a quick sketch and color job with Copic markers and Prisma colored pencils done in one of my Moleskine art journals.

I don't know why I made her hair all wonky, but then I thought of a title for her, and the hair seemed fitting. LOL
Face # 10 - Something About Mary

Face # 6, 7, 8 & 9

Been really busy with work in the studio, so I only got to do some quick sketches. The first 3 took under 15 minutes. Mr. Bean took a bit longer.    I'm working on #10 now, and hopefully that will show a bit more skill and effort. But nonetheless, here they are.
#6  Crazy Caveman

#7 Grumpy Face

#8 Staring off into space
#9 Goofy Faced Mr. Bean

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Face # 4 & 5

Got a little behind on my posts but glad I'm caught up now.  

I've had this couple sketched out for over a year, and because of the 29 faces challenge, I've finally gotten around to completing them.  And I gotta say I am glad I did, because they look meant for each other.  I'm calling them Mel and Flo, because I can.  Both are ATC's.


Monday, February 3, 2014

Face #3 of 29

Found this old post card I had started years ago, but didn't like how it was coming along so I tucked it away until today.  Thought I'd see if I could fix her up a bit for todays face.  Believe it or not she looked a lot worse prior to this.  ha

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Face Day #2

Well, I spent a little more time on today's face.  
I still see plenty of mistakes in the line drawing, but I was focused more on the color blending today. 
I think I'm going to leave it as is because I kind of like her freaky baldness.
Medium used: Copic markers & Prisma colored pencils.

29 Faces ~ Day 1

Several of my artist friends are doing this challenge for the month of February, and since it's been ages since I worked on portraits, I thought I would give it a go to brush up on my skills. 

Here is my first face.   And as if you couldn't already tell by looking, I AM SERIOUSLY rusty on sketching faces.  This is just a quick study done in about 15 minutes using a Prismacolor 4H pencil, graphite, India ink and a 05 Nano-Liner.   Now I am really glad I am taking on this challenge, because clearly I need a refresher on faces. LOL

Hey, it's a start.  haha

Friday, January 31, 2014

Playing With Abstracts

Yet another work in progress.  Sometimes I have to ask myself, "Am I ever truly finished with an abstract?"  I've recently been playing around with abstracts again, and occasionally have to take long breaks from the painting to prevent mucking it up. Patience has never been a strength of mine, but I am learning through this process of experimentation, that I need to take a break for a while to "feel" where the painting is going next - if at all.  Often it is during this rest period away from the painting, that I will determine if it is finished.  It may take days or weeks of glancing at a painting at random times to determine if I want to add something else, or leave it be.

Here are a couple examples of what I mean.

The first layers of a mixed media abstract.
The second layers of colors worked on weeks later.
Still deciding if, what, & where I want to work next with this piece. 

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Latest Work In Progress

Latest Mixed Media piece on Gallery wrapped canvas.
Blue Ringed Octopus
36" X 48"

Not finished yet, but this is what 25+ hours of work looks like thus far.