Meet Gertie, Glenda, Genevieve and Tallulah Belle

I know I haven’t posted in almost a week, and it is with good reason. I have been working on two top secret projects. One, I still can’t show you, but the other is finished and the surprise is out, so I can finally write about it and show how this project came along!

My cousin Jeff’s wife Danielle turned 30 this past Thursday, and he threw her a surprise party. Knowing she is a huge giraffe fan, I was inspired to create an original giraffe piece for her big 3-0. I didn’t really have a specific result in mind when I had this idea, so just I started out by sketching giraffes and doing multiple giraffe studies.

After about a week of eating, staying up all night so as not to break my creative groove sleeping and breathing giraffes, it was the day before Danielle’s surprise party and I had all these giraffe elements, but wasn’t sure how I was going to incorporate them into a piece.

So I decided rather than do one piece, why not do a tryptic? I love the idea of doing multiples/series of things, and almost 2 years ago I bought these three small 8′ x 8′ canvases with the intention of doing something really cool, but never came up with an idea. So in the corner of my room they sat. I unwrapped those mammajammas and still didn’t know what I was going to do. So I just started doing and decided it would come to me once I got started. And so it did…

Danielle said, and I quote, “They literally blew my mind.” I am so happy she likes them.🙂 She actually named them, too. From left to right we have: Gertie, Glenda, Tallulah Belle and Genevieve.

Balance

When I don’t draw or paint for one day, I feel so….. off. So disconnected from my creative side. It’s hard to imagine I went years like this. I’m having a hard time finding balance with it though. This past weekend I did little else but sit holed up in my loft drawing and painting and listening to music (and maybe a couple other things I should keep to myself). If I didn’t have to leave the house to do dinner dates, I would have never left. Hell, if I didn’t have anybody else to worry about offending, I probably wouldn’t have even showered, that’s how engrossed I become. I completely lose track of time, and I love it… But I do need to figure out a way to incorporate regular tasks into this mix… You know like, cleaning (my condo is a wreck & the Christmas tree is still up), laundry (my poor boyfriend has no clean clothes), the gym (don’t want to spoil the past five months of dedication), and organizing (my closets are embarrassing). It’s like I can only do one thing a day and that thing takes up the entire day. I guess I’m not a good multi-tasker in a lot of ways. Today I will try and incorporate a little of everything and see if I can be successful at that.

Because I am working on a surprise for someone and can’t show what I’m working on, here’s a quick little painting I did for my grandma for her 85th birthday back in November. I’ve become obsessed with my mom’s cherry trees. I keep drawing them in their barren phase, and consequently the title is “Barren.” I’m sure you’ll being seeing more of these…

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Just a peek.

Still can’t show what I’m working on, but I can give a peek.

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Secret Stuff…

I’m working on two projects right now that I can’t show in their entirety because well, I just can’t.😉 But I think I can squeak by with snippets of each without giving anything away…

Hot and Cold…

After my all-nighter drawing the day of the dead girl, I needed to give my brain (and my numb fingers) a rest, so I got all caught up on sleep yesterday. So, today’s offering is another oldie, but goodie from painting class at FAU back in ’03. The assignment was to use an everyday object and zoom in on it so much that, using as little information as possible, you can guess what the object is. She wanted us to paint both a warm and cool color palette version. Here’s mine…

This is what I did instead of sleep last night…

Haven’t been to sleep yet… Eight straight hours… Rough draft… Will refine and paint with watercolors eventually… Didn’t use any references other than the pose… Need to fix the rose & that sorry-ass lotus flower… I’m going to bed…

The Blues

I started a new doggie painting a few days ago, but at the client’s request, will not be posting any progress until after he receives the finished piece. No worries, I think I like it better that way. I had the intention of sketching or doodling everyday, but have honestly been stumped as to what to draw. It’s been so long (with the exception of a few doodles here and there in the past couple weeks and very rough sketches to plan projects), I feel like I forgot how to draw. I usually just sit there and stare at he paper with a sharpened pencil until I get distracted by something else. I have all these ideas, but can’t seem to put them down on paper. I guess the only way to start, is to… well… start! I suppose I’ll start with the basics—sketching things around me. Once I get warmed up, I’m hoping it will come back to me. I bought a new sketchbook today. Maybe I’ll feel inspired with a brand new sketchbook. In the meantime, here’s a few oldies but goodies from school…

The top one is from my painting class at FAU back in 2003. We had an assignment to do a still life using an analogous color scheme. It’s oil on canvas. I named it “It’s Martini Time”

On the bottom left is a colored pencil piece from back in high school. The assignment was to do a one-direction drawing of a piece of furniture. I wasn’t very enthused about drawing furniture (that was before I knew really cool furniture existed. Haha), so my dark teen angst-ridden mind decided to draw a guillotine. At first when I turned in the project, my art teacher protested my subject. But I bargained that you could both sit and lay on a guillotine, therefore it could technically be considered a piece furniture. She couldn’t argue with that.😉

The bottom right piece, another assignment from my time at FAU, is obviously a copy. It was for my color theory class. The assignment was to take a famous work of art and paint it using a monochromatic color scheme. I chose Picasso’s “Three Musicians” because I grew up with a giant copy of it hanging in our living room. I would always just stare at it while lying on the couch.

So there you have it… The Blues.

 

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