Friday, December 10, 2010
This adorable short-haired border collie, JoJo, was the last commission for the holidays.
What a great pose! There was natural light from behind and reflected light from the right. I was grateful that her dad provided the photo because during our introduction, she wasn't as relaxed...rather very focused on her ball...loves her orange ball so I had to venture out of my black and white comfort zone.
Thursday, December 2, 2010
"The universe is full of magical things, patiently waiting for our wits to grow stronger." - Eden Philpotts
This construct celebrates lifes simple pleasures and little miracles happening all around us. I believe that our quest in acknowledging them is determined by which frequency we choose to tune in.
Last month our basset hound, Kirby, ruptured a disk which resulted in paralysis of her hindquarters. Thanks to Dr. Gower and to the love, support and prayers of family and friends, she is recovering amazingly well. Here she is pictured below during one of her exercise sessions:
Sunday, November 14, 2010
Saturday, October 23, 2010
Checking-in on one of my favorite art blogs, Barbara Muir Paints, has become a daily ritual. Her writings are as positive and uplifting as her beautifully expressive drawings and paintings. Barbara is acutely aware and thankful of the many gifts surrounding her…and that mindset is wonderfully potent and contagious.
We’re all blessed. The ordinary, in reality, is extraordinary. The simple, yet priceless moments with family and friends are what I cherish most…like when my Pearce, creative and rowing buds were there for me at my opening last Friday night, so incredible.
This weekend we’ll be supporting our friends via live webcast at the Head of the Charles…the rock star all regattas in my book. Austin Rowing Club has 34 rowers competing in Boston today and tomorrow. so awesome.
This work-in-progress was inspired by my crewmates, who are about to cash in on months of dedicated training. Bright and talented women all connected by the river.
Friday, October 15, 2010
Happy Friday Everyone!
If you happen to be in the Austin area this evening, you are welcome to attend our opening at the new Austin Details Art+Photo Gallery, 6-8p, located at 106 East 8th Street (just east of Congress Avenue...look for the red doors). I feel honored to be exhibiting with the featured portrait artists in this show:
Here's the recommended parking for this event:
A portion of the proceeds of the framed charcoal drawing of Marley will benefit the PAWS Shelter and Humane Society.
Hope to see you tonight!
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Jack will be 13 tomorrow. He's thrilled as you can see here! We're celebrating with walks and treats and a swim...like almost every other day.
I'm painting a series of skyscapes and charcoal sketches really get me limbered-up for the range of values needed. Artist Laurel Daniel is exceptional in capturing the subtleties and contrasts in her landscapes.
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
Completed sketch of Wiseguy. What a difference with a darker background. Seeing the shuffling back and forth of foreground to background when altering the values never ceases to amaze and amuse me.
Will be doing more.
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
6" x 9" charcoal sketch
Either I will go back into this sketch of Wiseguy or start another tomorrow as I wanted to reveil as much of his features with as little light as possible. Handsome soul.
Friday, September 17, 2010
Friday, September 10, 2010
Sunday, August 29, 2010
Thursday, August 19, 2010
"Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves."
- James. M. Barrie
I had a few pieces of spalted pecan left over from a previous project. One in particular caught my eye as the wood grain resembled the ripples left on the water by a rower paddling the river.
Yesterday, a young lady from our crew left Austin for grad school in upstate New York. Beautiful, talented and witty...a true pleasure to be around. She quietly influenced many in a wonderful way. As happy as I am for those moving on to their next big adventure, I selfishly don't like good-byes.
So Miss Amy I will say...Later, Cupcake! We'll see you on the water.
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Diamond checks-in throughout the day, poking his head in the studio doorway flaring his nostrils, sniffing out treats. This afternoon with the sun at his back he looked so angelic.
Monday, August 2, 2010
Thursday, July 29, 2010
She was the first canine model I drew solely from photographs...I hadn't met her. I know to draw what I see - not what I think I see, but realized that I really missed that part of the process, the introduction.
Cali was quite fun to draw...after hours of studying this face how could you not be happy?
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Tru wanted to play Sunday morning, but I wanted to get going in the studio. While working on some sketches for a commission, he surfaced in the drawing shown above. May I have another serving of guilt please?
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 26, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
"Become who you are." - Friedrich Nietzsche
Every now and then, we cross paths with someone who, for whatever reason, affects us in a manner that is curiously familiar and refreshing.
24-year-old and wise-beyond-her-years Stephanie, will soon be leaving Austin to attend grad school in Seattle. Her crewmates, friends and family threw a farewell bash in her honor this past weekend, hosted by the fabulous Barksdales. The highlight of the evening was Gaming by Paisley, a hilarious collection of silly human tricks. Video destined for You Tube in the near future? TBD!
We're all connected. The piece shown above celebrates the ongoing tapestry that is our lives, in all it's warp'd and weft'd splendar. Wishing you love, joy and adventure Stephanie.
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Monday, June 7, 2010
Friday, April 30, 2010
My friends, Judy and Molly of Float Press, are proud owners of a letterpress, Esther, and are quite talented at designing and printing broadsides (a poem with a graphic, usually 8" x 10").
They asked if I would design and build a box for their broadsides for the upcoming Poetry at Round Top festival. Of course, how could I refuse, right? Oh, the possibilities! The design was pretty straight forward, but soon into the process I realized I was in way over my head as my shop (or my skill set) is not equipped with the precisioned tools necessary for this build.
Had it not been for the help and encourgement from the very talented Rob Eberle of Wildwood in Henly and the extraordinary Woodcraft team in Austin at Burnet and 183, this box would have been throttled out to pasture.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
Tuesday, April 6, 2010
8" x 8" charcoal on bristol
Chase is a 90lb+ catahoula. He can appear quite intimidating, but he's really a teddy bear.
I had an interesting time with this drawing. He has a beautiful black and white dappled coat and it was a challenge to keep him from flattening out. A wonderful exercise, but I still see the afterimage dancing around.
He looks sad because he's not with his mom on her special day. Happy Birthday Angela!
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Monday, March 1, 2010
Wiseguy after his breakfast, before his nap.
After reading a few of your comments I thought it suitable to elaborate.
This sweet old boy was a rescue. One of his previous owners had neglected to remove an undersized halter when he was younger which left a permanent indentation on his nose...which I chose to edit out. He has a residual look of fear or mistrust in his eye that surfaces from time to time that this drawing conveys.
Of the three, Wiseguy is the one who most enjoys his daily grooming and watering down in the summer heat. If we haven't brushed down or hosed off the right spot, he kindly reminds us by backing up or turning around in circles. An incredible soul.
Monday, February 15, 2010
Sunday, February 14, 2010
Friday, February 12, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
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Friday, February 5, 2010
Thursday, February 4, 2010
Wednesday, February 3, 2010
Monday, February 1, 2010
5.5" x 6" oil on wood panel
Whenever I have difficulty capturing the color I see as opposed to the color I think I see, I get recalibrated with a series of tonal studies in burnt umber.
I'm currently searching for an archival clear sealer to prep the panel that is compatible with oils. More often than not, I like the wood grain to show through rather than gesso over it. Any suggestions?