Friday, December 31, 2010
Sunday, November 14, 2010
If you aren't local, but want to see the exhibit, go to the American Art Company's web site. You'll see the show under "Current Exhibits." The gallery did a great job hanging the show, so if you are able to see it in person, do try. It is so much more impressive in person than online.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
American Art Company
1126 Broadway Plaza
Tacoma, WA 98402
Hope to see you there!
Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Speaking of commissions, portraits and pet portraits make excellent gifts. If you're thinking of a painting as a unique holiday gift, now is the time to get moving on it! Whether you use me or another artist, you want to make sure you order soon enough to get your painting done on time.
Now for some news since I last posted:
I had two paintings accepted into the Peninsula Art League's 8th Annual Open Juried Exhibition. One of my paintings won first place. You can see the winning pieces here. The exhibition is being held at the Gig Harbor Civic Center until November 22.
One of my paintings was accepted into the IAPS's 2010 Web Exhibition. There were over 850 images entered and only 72 were accepted, so I was very fortunate to get in.
And lastly, I had two paintings accepted into the Northwest Pastel Society's 24th Open International Exhibit. The show starts November 13th and is being held at the American Art Company in Tacoma, WA. The artist reception is also November 13, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm.
Tuesday, August 17, 2010
Since I don't have any new paintings to show, and likely won't for another month or so, I thought I'd show you a quick one I did a while ago just for drawing practice. Of course, it's not perfect, but that's the beauty of doing something just for practice. I don't have to try to make it perfect. I take it as far as my mood allows, then it gets thrown into a box.
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
I started with a sheet of Pastelmat paper. This support seems perfect for the Pans. There were lots of tools included, so I pulled out a large oval sponge and spread green all over the paper. It was awesome! It took just a few minutes and didn't require the blending that my other pastels would have needed. Using the other tools took a bit of getting used to, and was a bit awkward for me. Sometimes I liked the results, sometimes not. Of course, I had to supplement colors from my existing pastel stock. I found I could use the tools with softer pastels (like Terry Ludwigs) in the same manner as the Pans, but it didn't work with my Mount Visions. However, the tools blended the Mount Visions just fine on the paper.
Turns out, I liked the Pans much more than I thought I would. I particularly liked being able to cover a large area so quickly and easily. I wouldn't want to use them exclusively, but I think they are a nice addition to my existing stock of pastels.
Monday, August 9, 2010
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Friday, July 30, 2010
Sunday, July 18, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Thursday, April 29, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Thursday, April 15, 2010
Thursday, April 1, 2010
- It accepts pencils of different sizes and shapes
- It gives a decently sharp result
- If a pastel breaks off, you can open the shavings receptacle and poke it out with something sharp (I use an unbent paper clip)
- It is fairly rare that a pencil would break off
- The clamp is annoying. I couldn’t get it to stay on anything. I usually put the sharpener on my knee to use it.
- Their claim of “one hand operation” is, IMO, a joke. The automatic feeding clutch does work (most of the time), but since the clamp doesn’t, one hand has to hold the sharpener in place.
- The pencil clutch chews up the outside of the pencil, which may or may not bother you
- It stops sharpening automatically, they say to avoid waste, but you can't get a sharper result than it is programmed to give
- No warranty - plan on replacing it every year, sooner if you're a heavy user
- It gives amazingly sharp results
- It has suction feet that make it stay put very nicely on my desk
- It comes with a 2 year warranty
- It doesn’t accept different sizes of pencils
- Nothing else, but I’ve only had it a day
- CarbOthellos fit very nicely
- Derwents are very snug, but they’ll go in with some pressure (and it takes pressure to get them out as well)
- Pitts go in slightly easier than Derwents, but not as easy as CarbOthellos
- Creatacolors go in very easily
- General’s go in very easily
- Contes will not go in at all
Update: After using the X-Acto Powerhouse for a while, I'm back to the MultiPoint. The Powerhouse worked well for a bit, but soon pencils were breaking off, and it is difficult to get the pastel tips out when they break in the sharpener. I tried pulling out the shavings receptacle, but there is no way to poke out the pastel. I had to use something very thin and sharp (I use a stainless steel BBQ skewer - I asked Roby and she uses an awl) and poke it directly into where the pencil feeds, stabbing the stuck pastel to break it up. It got to where every pencil was breaking every time, and I just got tired of it. It's not worth the hassle. I bought myself another MultiPoint (actually, I bought two because Jerry's had them on sale) and almost cried with relief when I started using the new one. I was able to get a sharper point on the new MultiPoint sharpener than I did with the last one, easily equal to the Powerhouse. With nice, sharp points and very little hassle, the MultiPoint remains the best sharpener for me.
See my review of The Classroom Friendly Pencil Sharpener.
Wednesday, March 31, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
People keep asking me for WIPs, so I tried to remember to take some pictures along the way so I could show you my process.
First, I started out with a grid. I laugh at myself when I try to grid, because I can never get the grid even, or to accurately match the reference photo grid. And even if I had everything accurate, I don't have the patience to copy the boxes exactly. So for me, a grid is more of a tool I use for the initial placement of the image, and then I draw the picture from the computer monitor. I also correct and redraw as necessary when I'm painting.
For the grid, I took a few drawing pencils and made small marks on the paper. Then I erased the marks with a kneaded eraser. I used the pencil that erased the best. I drew the painting with a pastel pencil, and lost parts of my drawing when the pastel pencil rubbed off, so next time I'm just going to use the drawing pencil.
A note about pastel removal: A kneaded eraser pulls up pastel very nicely on this paper, particularly if you're not trying to pull up a lot. I found Q-tips effective when I wanted to remove a lot of pastel (meaning many layers). A soft paintbrush is also effective. I actually tried the vacuum, and was surprised at how ineffective it was (and my vacuum has a lot of suction!).
Here is my initial drawing:
I am really getting to like the Pastelmat. I like the fact that it is so soft, but I can get a nice sharp line on it. It takes a lot of pastel, though not nearly as much as suede matboard. This paper will probably replace La Carte for me. I get similar results, but a bit better coverage, and blending is much easier on the fingertips. As far as dust goes, I'd say I get less dust than La Carte, but much more than suede matboard. I would use this paper for anything I would normally use La Carte for, and probably suede matboard and velour paper as well, with the exception of animals. Once I get used to the paper, I may try fur again and reevaluate.
I hope this was interesting for you, despite the gaps in my photos!
Saturday, March 13, 2010
Thursday, March 11, 2010
12” x 19.5”
Friday, March 5, 2010
Friday, February 26, 2010
Saturday, February 20, 2010
The rules for this award are:
1. Put the logo on your blog or within your post
2. Pass the award on to 12 bloggers
3. Link the nominees within your post
4. Let the nominees know they have received this award
5. Link to the person from whom you received this award
I'm passing the award off to these artists, whose work I admire:
Amanda Carder - I always enjoy her blog updates, her work is fabulous!
Aimee Dingman - An acrylic artist (love those Tootsie Pops!)
Todd Ford - I love looking at his unique still life paintings. Amazing talent!
Edward Gordon - An extremely prolific artist. I look forward to reading his blog every day. I like everything he does, but I particularly enjoy his figurative work.
Marti Green - So talented with watercolor, and now venturing into acrylic.
Vicky Knowles - Vicky's work is just plain fun.
Pat Meras - Soft pastel paintings that will knock your socks off!
Sophie Ploeg - Portrait and figurative work in oil. Check out my personal favorite "Checks and Sand." Love it!
Pierre Raby - I just love everything he does. I could look at his work for hours. He has two blogs, so make sure to visit both.
Alvin Richard - I love still life paintings that look uncontrived, and Alvin is a master at it.
Colette Thierault - Excellent animal artist.
This last blog is all about soft pastel artists, a review of their web sites. I enjoy scrolling through it and looking at all the great pastel art. Check out Artists in Pastel.
Special thanks to Gwen, Pat, and Faith for thinking of me!
Saturday, February 13, 2010
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Friday, February 5, 2010
I was in the mood for something fun and colorful, so I bought some M&Ms to paint a still life. I debated painting the candy dish in various crops, but finally decided it would be more fun to do a really close crop of just the candy.
When you aren’t used to eating a lot of sugar, M&Ms are unbelievably sweet! I was amazed at how quickly I went from being nauseous to addicted. I had so much fun painting this, but found it is difficult to paint candy without wanting to eat it. Now I need to paint something healthy to get over my sugar high.
5” x 5”
Soft Pastel on La Carte
Saturday, January 9, 2010
For quite a while now, I’ve been thinking it would be fun to paint an abstract of a city street at night. It has been so long since I’ve painted an abstract, and I’ve never done one in pastel, so I decided to start the new year off with something new and different. It was fun to paint, but it was also a challenge. I kept fighting my inclination to make it look like something more detailed.