Saturday, September 25, 2010
Last day of open studio.Friday night was fun but no sales. Good feedback but no money!! I was in despair over my bad knee that night. I was in major pain after standing and talking about my art all night. I really was thinking about throwing in the towel. No job, no sales, and a painful knee. But today was a turn around and I sold enough to pay one months studio rent!! The girl in the studio next to me sold over $10,000 in abstract paintings!! Wow so happy for her. She sold 30.00 the last time and nothing the time before that...patience and hard work won out.So in spite of the bum knee and no sleep..it was a good day.
The 3 framed and 1 wolf painting sold..the Hare drawing was everyones favorite.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
This one is called "Swallows Over the Oquirrhs (Two Pugs, A Black German Shepherd Dog and Sweet Peas)" 16"x20" on Canson Artboard.
The Oquirrhs are a small mountain range in the Utah West Desert area. And the pups are my babies.
I am being influenced by Naturalists artists of the 17th, 18th and early 19th centuries..Audubon,
Thomas Seton, Darwin,etc. and a fun book of Animal illustrations from the 19th century. Of course I am twisting them up a bit by placing the animals in idealized or strange surroundings..I see this getting stranger as I do more.
My project in the studio today will be gold leafing the areas around the single animal paintings on 10 4"x5" canvas. Hubby is going to build the frames from some molding I bought wholesale. Hope to have a few pics tomorrow.
I am planning 6 further pencil drawings..this time on 8"x10" museum board. I have matte black wooden frames with white mattes and glass that I found at the craft store on sale.
I should go to gallery stroll this evening. I will see how I fel about going later.
Open Studio at Poor Yoricks is this Sept. 24th and 25th. I have a lot to get done!!! Like cleaning and rearranging the studio!
Thursday, September 2, 2010
This the drawing I did while watching baseball games in the evenings. It is pencil on Canson Artboard. I have a wonderful book with images from 18th century prints of all kinds of animals and I like the ones with lots of animals in a scene. So I thought I would do one of my own with the inspiration of the canyon just east of our home and a fawn I found injured on the road there a month ago. I was plein air painting there and on the way down I saw her in the road, injured. Someone had hit her and she was in the middle of the road. I parked my car in the middle of the road and picked her up and put her next to the road. She tried to stand but laid down right away. I left her there assuming Mom was probably in the trees frantic. I reported to the rangers down the road where she was but kind of doubt anything was done or could be done..but I choose to hope she was just stunned and is ok. Of course I had the thought that I could take her home and nurse her to health..but I squelched that thought..she was better off there hopefully within reach of her mother. I will never forget how she felt to pick her up and carry her. By the time I got back to my car there were several impatient drivers waiting for me to move my car so they could race down the canyon instead of enjoying the beautiful scenery..sigh.