I have to complete a few more pieces for the China exhibit
that I plan to have ready in early November. I decided to try
this portrait of this guide we had on the long tail boats. I love
his hat. He modeled it for us as an example of the ancient types of
hats worn by the river people. He sang for us on the boat in Chinese and
I sketched him in my book. I handed it to him to have him sign the
page, and he was confused at first. Then it "clicked", and he wrote
his name in those Chinese characters. way cool.
I am trying some new pencils, Polychromos. I have used Prismacolors FOREVER.
But recently, I have had lots of trouble with them breaking...often.
I am part of a Facebook group called CPAL, and it is made up of
colored pencil artists. There is always a lot of discussion about pencils.
Some of the artists really like these, so I thought I would give
them a try. So far, I like them. We will see!
Monday, September 30, 2013
Saturday, September 28, 2013
Thursday, September 26, 2013
I have been tweaking this drawing tonight. I think I am
finished. The picture looks funny...it is very hard to photograph
a pencil drawing with a flash. I usually try to take them in the
sunlight, but since it is late at night (usually when I draw!),
I had to try. It really looks better in person.
I have talked to the family, and they are very appreciative. This was
a very sweet young lady who had taken some of my art classes.
She was very talented, and popular in school. I know she is
missed by her family and her friends.
Rest in peace Autumn.
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|This is a commissioned portrait that I have |
been working on for awhile. It is just pencil
on hot pressed watercolor paper. The young
lady passed away earlier this spring in a four
wheeler accident...a real tragedy. The parents had
asked me to do a drawing of her, and supplied this
photograph. I still have some more to go, all of the
background, more work on her hair, and the face is not
absolutely right. I will work some more on the likeness before
I tell them I am finished. I want it to be something they will
approve of and treasure,
Monday, September 23, 2013
Thursday, September 19, 2013
|I really love living in the country and getting to see so many |
different kinds of wildlife. These three turkeys have been
around every day for the last couple of weeks. They are
"jakes" or young males...teenage boys that hang around
together. They are getting real used to my car going back
and forth down the road, but if I get out, they take off.
So I took these from inside the car...trying to get
close to them. I will keep the camera in the
car, and try again.
Wednesday, September 18, 2013
I have finished my digital copy of the China sketchbook. I hope
the link above works?! I am selling these for $100 if anyone is
interested in ordering one. Just let me know by email or leave
me a message on my cell phone (225-229-3325). Thanks!
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
I think I am finished with this drawing. This is one of those subjects that
I have always wanted to draw. I have admired other artists' versions of goldfish
in the water. I have taken several photos over the years that I thought would
be good references. But the timing just felt right for this one. I took this
photo in China, and this subject has always seemed "Chinese" to me. I
guess I associate the koi with Chinese gardens, etc.
On the Facebook page, CPAL, (colored pencil artists and lovers), they asked
the question, "What subject are you afraid to draw?" And this is one of
those for me. I didn't know if I could capture the reflections and patterns in
the water, and get the layers right. But, I finished it, and I am fairly pleased
with it. So, I am not scared anymore!
This piece will be included in the digital copy of the China travel
journal (ready by Oct 1). I also plan to enter it in the CPSA
show that allows other media mixed with colored pencil.
The white areas are acrylic paint.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Saturday, September 14, 2013
I have always admired drawings and paintings that I have
seen of goldfish in the water. I have tried a couple of times
to do such a painting or drawing, and have either failed or
given up. This is one of my photographs from China,
and I am going to try to draw it with colored pencil. I have
already started, playing around with the colors and techniques.
I am using some of the Gamsol to blend the pencil together.
I am using a white paint pen for the white highlights.
Hopefully I will make it all the way through this one...I
am off to a start at least!
Thursday, September 12, 2013
|A Styrofoam print...an owl.|
|The paint and the brayer|
|The block is "inked" and ready to print|
|This is the black and white print!|
|Samuel pulling his print..it's a rattlesnake|
|And Kate pulling hers..a parrot|
We started our children's art classes this week. Our first
project was printing a Styrofoam block. They selected which design
they wanted to draw onto their Styrofoam. Then they
drew the lines with a pencil, and pushed down to make
indentions or grooves. We inked the block with some
black paint and the brayer, rolling the paint onto the surface.
We placed the white paper over the block, and
rubbed the surface until all the paint had transferred.
And then the exciting part: pulling the print away from the
block, and seeing it for the first time! They drew a parrot,
a snake, a flower, an alligator, and a deer...fun!
Children's Art Classes Wednesdays 4-5 pm
Pea Patch Gallery $15.00 each lesson
All supplies included
For info call or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
|This is a sign that I have been working on. It is made from|
a headboard. I will still tweak it some. I am going to sand off
some of the lettering, and distress it some more. Then I will seal it all with
Sunday, September 8, 2013
|I know it seems like I am jumping around from one thing to |
the other...it appears that way because it is! I always seem
to have so many projects going at once, and that is the
case right now. I have been working on getting the
digital copy of the China sketchbook done. I spent
most of the afternoon scanning the pages. I have started the
book in Shutterfly, but I still have many pages to go.
I plan to do a few more finished pieces to be included
I have heard from at least one traveler who is
interested in purchasing the book. If you think you might
like one, you can get in touch with me. The books
are $100, and they will be ready around the first of
October. They will contain most of the original watercolors
that are in the sketchbook, as well as some of my
photographs. And I try to have some witty and informative
commentary along the way!
|Had a fun time tonight in LSU's Tiger Stadium...watching |
them beat UAB. From watching Mike the Tiger "crowd-surfing",
to thrilling passes in the end zone, to the quarterback throwing
5 record breaking touchdowns, and all the good food in between...
a good time was had by all!!
Saturday, September 7, 2013
|This giant statue is at the gate of the entrance to the site of|
the Terra Cotta warriors in Xian, China
|This is Building 1...it covers the archeological dig where the |
|These are some of them!|
|This is the building enclosing the dig. It looks a lot like an airplane hanger.|
|There are still many pics from China that I would like to share. Here |
are a few of the magnificent terra cotta warriors that
have been found in Xian. Some farmers found them in 1974 while
digging a well. They were made and buried with the emperor at
the time, to be his army in the afterlife. There are different ranks of
officers and warriors; the one above is the only general there was.
Then there are archers and foot soldiers, horses and chariots.
They are no longer excavating them, because they are waiting to develop a
method for preserving the paint on them. When they first dig them up,
they are painted, but the paint decays quickly in the air.
Each face of each warrior is different, and I think this is what fascinates
so many people. Whoever the artists and sculptors were then,
they were incredibly dedicated and talented. Maybe they didn't want to
end up buried with the emperor as well!