Day 12? Yup. Day 11 is complete but I was too exhausted to post yesterday. John and I ran out to do a few errands and I had a mishap where I gave my rib cage a good accidental whack because of my flip flops, which pretty much fouled the rest of my day. I am hoping I didn’t break any ribs. I got the sketch completed but pain has a way of clouding your “to do” list. I’ll
Today’s inspiration is “wide eyed.” The reference photo is from the Sktchy app where people from around the world post their photos in the hopes that an artist will use it. I’ve held on to this one in my queue for a while.
This sketch was painted in my homemade sketchbook using gouache on Stonehenge toned paper.
These creatures came from sketches done in my morning pages. They started out as a random shape, that I move around until I find something I can work with in that shape, and then pull a creature out of it.
Chili is a dapper little dog. He’s an explorer of the city and knows all the fun dog parks and yummy eating spots.
Brinkley is a Thief of Hearts, that grow in his neighbor’s gardens. He steals them and hides them in the wood pile behind his family’s shed.
The prompt is “sing” and every time I see the word “sing,” I think of the New Year’s Eve performance of My Chemical Romance. Maybe we all need to sing, for the WHOLE WORLD. Sing it from the heart, sing for the planet, sing for all species, sing for the whales and the manatees, sing for the polar bears and the tigers, sing for all endangered species…sing for clean water, sing for the babies of all species who are born on an ailing planet. Sing for resolution of climate change, sing for our future, sing for peace, sing for love…..sing for all these things.
A little over a week ago I posted the pug sketch. Here is another sketch done with watercolor. I am basically auditioning various media to see which one works the best. I have an acrylic one started, on my desk. So far the watercolor version is winning but we’ll see tomorrow if I feel the same way about it.
Last night, I opened a window a bit to let in fresh air. John, Chloe and Mack were in a coma. Chloe’s snores are pretty loud…Mack is still have sinus trouble poor thing….
That sketch pretty much sums it up. The howls were very disconcerting. There is something primal about how we reacted. I love wildlife of all types and I am all for living harmoniously. That was the first time I heard coyotes in the dark and it took me off guard. The neighbors told us coyotes lived in the area. And bobcats. Oh. and a Florida panther is in the area, too. Even as I write this I am listening. Yesterday people put their trash out so they were probably doing a trash raid and the raccoons will get blamed for it.
Alligators? Hell yeah, seen those plenty of times. It’s Florida, you assume every body of water had one. We see them all time. Even on the Florida turnpike.
Here is an example of how I start my pet portraits…I do a sketch to lay out how I want the pet to look. Then I sort of play around where he would look best on the page. I usually photo copy the sketch so can play around with color and make adjustments on photocopies so I don’t ruin the original.
Rebel’s eyes are a little cloudy in the photo and I actually took the reference photo. I took several photos and his eyes are cloudy in all of them. He may be pre-cataract. I will need to need to correct that in the painting.
He is on grass so I roughly added that. I still have to play with background details but I will do that on the duplicates.
For the past few days I have been working on holiday stuff. I forgot to post yesterday but creating can be intense work. I was thinking on making some cards this year instead of printing them even though I have had my design done since the beginning of the year. We’ll see. I may cut back on how many I mail out. However, I have been making all these “parts.” I may even sell some.
Also, if you are looking for a personalized gift this year, I still have time in my schedule to do commissions. Pets, homes, businesses. That favorite vacation spot. Or something different to fill that empty space that you can’t quite find what to put there. Contact me for pricing.