Thursday, March 31, 2011

My Creative Space:

As mentioned before, I've been painting tons. I think it's all of the fresh spring air that I'm getting. It's just so inspiring! The painting above is one that I had started, it's of some herbs (thyme to be more specific). I was thinking of doing a series of a few of them, but I'll first see how this one turns out to be sure.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf

I love, love and love that they are making a movie based on Little Red Riding Hood. I cannot wait to go see it!

My painting, Little Red Riding Hood and the Wolf, was inspired by this movie. In my painting I wanted to illustrate the sensitive an vulnerable side of the wolf. Here is dear Little Red walking through the forest on a dark evening, with a full moon, and she stumbles across the 'big bad' wolf as he's sleeping.

I really enjoyed creating this piece, and in creating it, bringing to attention the softness of the wolf and a twist to the classic fairy tale.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A book of many portraitures...

I wanted to work on my drawing skills more, and obviously trying to make a habit of posting a sketch every week just wasnt' working out for me - if you're not in the mood to draw, I just can't do it. Oh well, C'est la vie!

I do know that I most definitely wanted to work on portraits (of people and animals) I bought a sketchbook dedicated to those things...enter my title page...:My first portraiture is of my dear feline, Oreo. Here he is looking all fierce and mighty:
So here I begin, hopefully the first portraits of many!

Friday, March 25, 2011

My Creative Space:

My creative space has been packed with paintings and commissions, but I have not forgotten about the Fiction Project.

Here are some of my newer pages:

Pgs. 5-6, unfinished

Pgs. 7 (finished) and 8 (unfinished)

I think my favourite in the book so far is page 7. It was the first page that I thought of to incorporate collage, and I'm so happy that I did. The paper I used has gold accents that you can't see well from the scan. I will most definitely be putting more bits of patterned paper throughout this project.

To make the pages better for paint, collage and heavy marker I've either i) stuck two pages together, or ii) apply a thin sheet of watercolor paper - depending on what I'm doing on the pages. For both, I use double sided tape - that way I don't get a 'bubbling' of paper while it dries.

This part of my submission will only take 4-6 more pages. And then I can start on the 'dabblings'. Although I'm enjoying creating this little children's story, I am looking forward to less-planned applications in the book.

You can see more creative spaces over at kootoyoo.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

It's a Celebration!

Celebration - watercolor on 9x12" 140lb watercolor paper

I've been busy working away in my studio, just getting a sudden urge of painting out of my system. I have tons to show you, but I won't post it all in one go :)

I've also been making a lot of ACEOs lately too (small pieces of artwork, like mini-paintings). I love presenting the in frames, they're just so dainty!

Green Tree Watercolor ACEO

And, I've also been experimenting with my watercolor techniques and have come up with an interesting piece:

Forest Ablaze - watercolor on 140lb watercolor paper

This piece and the watercolours ACEOs were in a new part of my shop: Original Paintings under $25. In this new section will be my ACEOs, 'experimental paintings', and other bits and pieces of work. It's a great place to find some great deals and affordable art!