June 21, 2010

Arts, Parks, and my Grandpa

As an art town, we have an event every summer called "Art in the Park" where local artists of all kinds gather in our largest park to show, share, and sell their work in booths and tents on the grasses. I'm hoping to team up with a friend and fellow artist of mine to buy a booth this summer and sell my artwork, prints, and paper bead jewelry.
Nothing is set in stone, but the idea's been keeping me excited and motivated towards my work! I'll try and keep you all updated as I do more research into it!

I love to keep as busy as I can, so I must say this past week has been wonderful. I'm building up both my paper bead jewelry collection and my artwork for galleries and coffee shops.(and possibly Art in the Park) I'm looking forward to starting on my "Peacock Dancer" drawing later this week as well as my second commission!

I'm only able to start on new projects because I have been able to finish another piece. My "secret project" was finished this past week and given to my mother on Father's day. It was her first father's day without her dad and she was so touched by the portrait. This one was actually incredibly difficult, more in an emotional sense than anything.
But as drawing has always done for me...it's helped me to heal and to remember someone very special that I love.

June 14, 2010

A Moment to Relax

I wish I could remember to update more often! There's so much to do and being done that I get a little distracted in my excitement! So here are a whole bunch of art updates for you!

Katherine Jackson is finished and I've already started in on Michael for the Family Portrait Project. It's been a new experience all around taking on a slew of 'firsts' all on in one piece! If I can remember them all, I'll list 'em later.

I also finished my first landscape and loved doing it so much I will probably take on another one!

I've always had a bit of an obsession with eyes, their infinite shapes and colors. Eyes are the way we express and are often a person's most memorable feature.
When I need a moment to relax, I often find myself drawing eyes. Today's was Penelope Cruz. I've always loved the character of her eyes. This one was created with Charcoal on Cannon Sketch paper 8"x12" and took me around 2.5 hours.

June 8, 2010


Once again, it’s been a bit of a wild week, but I’m finally making some headway in a lot of my ongoing projects. I’ve had a lot of interest in my paper bead jewelry and have a few more commissioned necklaces to do!

And finally a little something to show you for the Michael Jackson Family Portrait Project (I need to come up with a shorter title) The first WIP is a close-up of Katherine Jackson’s eyes with the first layer of chalk and charcoal shading. The second is in the final stages, I only need to make a few adjustments and add detailing. I’m really excited with how this is going so far and the lovely lady that has commissioned it is just as thrilled! It’s been an amazing experience to work with her.


I’m a little sad that the landscaping section of this piece is finished, but I can’t wait to complete this one and see the whole scene put together. Not to mention it would mean I can start on a piece of artwork that I’ve really fallen in love with. Isn’t it odd how captivating a simple idea can be?