Thursday, December 30, 2010

Carr Commission In-Progress

(Session 2)

(Session 1)
Above is the progress for a commissioned piece for Ms. Carr. The background is from my most favorite vintage wallpaper sample book. These two pieces are intended to be hung separately but work together; one feminine and one masculine. Next step…glazes.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Dos Birds

2nd to last holiday commission. Check.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ogee & Omar. Check.

Learned a lot by working on this piece. I will definitely continue to experiment working on wood panels. I really prefer their stability in comparison to canvas. Another one down...four more xmas commissions to complete. All of this hard work is for you New Zealand adventure!!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ogee & Omar Progress

Stage 4

Stage 3

Totally dig working on this commission. It's a bit of an experiment. I really want to incorporate the integrity of the wood panel. The wood is very porous and absorbs thinned paint easily. I'm basically just staining the wood with layers of oil paint/Liquin washes. I've blocked out the lightest areas with gesso so it retains a sense of a highlight. It makes for a very soft feel.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Ogee & Omar

Stage 1

Stage 2

This is Omar. Ogee is the cat that will soon live on the face of Omar's tag. Trying new foundation ideas with the charcoal base on Omar. I want to utilize the natural wood of the panel in his coloring as well. So far I've used gesso, charcoal, and yellow ochre oil.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

All Aboard the Way-back Machine

Authenticity check....yep, it's the real deal.

My mom came across this old drawing I did when I was 11. Birds, really?! I’ve gotta think about a new subject… I totally remember doing this sketch at The Fort Worth Museum of Science & History’s Museum School.

I attended Experimental Art Classes at the Museum from age 10 until I was 18 and it was the most positive, wonderful experience of my childhood. I was a Museum School teacher’s assistant all throughout high school and later worked at the Museum’s Omni Theatre box office. I lived there! As a kid, when I wasn’t working or going to class there, I’d have my mom drop me off so I could spend time in the exhibits. Nerd alert!

The art classes were cancelled my senior year but Mr. Hailey, one of the art teachers, held the class in his private studio. Sadly, I don’t think the classes continued much longer. Mr. Hailey if you are out there, I’ve been trying to get in touch with you to say thank you for such a wonderful experience!!!

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Landscape III: Done and done.

Landscape III

Landscape III. Check. You can see it's progression in earlier posts. I really want this series to contain at least a dozen paintings but I don't have time to work on any more before I head to NZ. I'm very anxious about letting this project sit for 2 yrs - I just don't see myself finishing after so much time will have passed. I would carry on with it in grad school but I will be focusing on New Zealand wildlife and landscapes for my MFA project. Oh Wyoming landscapes, I will miss you so...