A Sad Goodbye

This post is a difficult one to write.  My dad passed away in January.  I won’t get too personal since this site is for my art and photography, but I would like to share just a few thoughts on how this is effecting me as an artist.

My dad was one of my first art customers.  I had an etsy shop at the time, and received a message that I made a sale.  I saw that my dad, Tim Medors, bought a print from my shop.  He even signed up for my email list.  I was beaming.  That was the first of many little things he did that encouraged me and built my confidence.  Every time I uploaded a new image I always knew that I’d eventually see a Like, Favorite or Comment from him.  He was my biggest fan, and I had his support until the very end.  As a matter of fact, one of the very last things he said to me was, “you’re a good artist.”

He died January 17th, and I haven’t been able to draw since.  I just can’t bring myself to do it.  I know that my heart will break once I share that new image and know he’ll never see it.  For a moment I even entertained the thought of quitting, which I know is a silly thought.  I’ll have to start again eventually, but for now I can’t face it.

This is the print my dad bought.

Boy Clown Portrait art by Angela Murdock

Wolf Art

Here’s my recent artwork, Wolf Art. This is a digital painting of a Mexican Wolf, which is sadly an endangered species. I’ll probably do more art of this species in the future, possibly with several wolves in the picture. For now I’m pretty happy with how this one turned out.

For those interested, prints are available here.

Wolf Art: Artwork by Angela Murdock

Red Panda: Digital Painting Video

I’ve uploaded a video of me working on my recent art; the digital painting of a red panda. I didn’t have the chance to record the entire process, but the video does show me working on the animal.

I personally enjoy watching art videos because I find them relaxing. Hopefully you will too.

Red Panda Artwork

Here is my first artwork of the year, a digital painting in black and white of a Red Panda in the trees. It’s been a while since I’ve done a finished artwork, and it feels good to be drawing again.  The red panda is definitely one of the cutest animals in my opinion, but it’s unfortunately an endangered species.  This artwork will be added to my animal art series, which I’ve really enjoyed doing.  My niece recently visited so she modeled for me for some reference photographs that I can use for a few illustrations I have in mind.  I also told her that I’d draw her portrait, so I’m not sure what I’ll work on next, but I have more animal artworks planned for the series.

Prints are available here for those interested.

red panda art

 

NaNoWrimo Winner 2018

I’m a little late in sharing this, but as the title says I won! I reached just a little over 50,000 words at about 10:30 pm on November 30th.  That was cutting it close, but that’s okay.  I’m really proud of the win this year because I had to work hard to reach that goal.  For almost the first two weeks of the month I struggled to write, had no desire to do so, and had no creativity.  I had to dig deep and make myself believe that failure wasn’t an option, and ultimately I pushed forward to the win.

So, now what?  Well, I plan to keep writing but at a much slower pace, and maybe I’ll do some illustrations.  Will I keep doing NaNoWrimo?  I have no idea.  I’d like to say yes because each year I feel like I get so much out of it, but I guess I’ll just have to wait and see.  For now I’ll enjoy this year’s win.

NaNo-2018-Winner-Badge

NaNoWrimo Update – It’s the Last Week

I thought I’d give an update on how I’m doing for NaNoWrimo so far this month. Let’s just say that during this last week of the challenge I’ll be writing A LOT! I’m behind just like I was last year, but just like last year I feel very determined to reach the goal. I’m definitely not giving up. I won’t give my word count at the moment, but I’ll say that I’m not so far behind to make this seem impossible, but I’m far enough behind that I’ll have to stay very committed to writing this week to reach 50,000 words.

One of the problems I’ve faced this year is that I wasn’t really happy with my writing in the first two and a half weeks. I wasn’t feeling connected to it. I realized this and re-focused and was able to get back on track, but it definitely put me behind. The good news is that I’m enjoying my story again, and enjoy the writing process, and it’s making the words come much faster. If I can keep this pace, I should have no problem hitting 50,000. I’ll update again at the end of the week. Hopefully I’ll be able to say that I’m a Nanowrimo winner!

Free Shipping!

I wanted to announce that the site where I offer prints of my art and photography is offering free ground shipping on US orders from Nov 22nd to Nov 26th. This is a great deal for those that might be interested in larger items, like framed prints, canvas, acrylic prints etc. If you’re interested, take a look at my online gallery at murdocksgallery.com

Free Shipping

Country Road Adventures!

Our GPS tends to have a mind of its own. Generally it works well and gets us where we need to be, but every now and then it gets into a bad mood and takes us wherever it pleases. Most of the time it’s frustrating, like the time it took us deeper and deeper into the hills of West Virginia and told us to make a right turn onto what looked like an overgrown walking path that probably would have lead us to a horror scene like that of the movie Deliverance. Needless to say, we turned around. Then there was that time we set it to find the Amazon warehouse where my husband had a job interview, and it took us to a woman’s backyard. Thankfully, she happened to be standing in her backyard, and gave us correct directions. There was also that time when we set it to find a local Kroger’s grocery store, and it took us to the front door of what looked like a drug lord’s house. We didn’t stop to ask for directions that time.

This last time we used it, it failed to take us on the correct route like expected, but it took was on an adventure through the countryside of Ohio, down dirt roads showing us gorgeous Autumn scenes. There were no other cars, so we were able to pull over when we wanted to do our photography, and we fully enjoyed the fall leaves and colors. We had no idea where we were, but we didn’t care. In the end we didn’t get to photograph what we actually planned because we never found the place, but we got so many other photographs and found places that we never would have known about if it wasn’t for our crazy GPS.

Here are some of the roads it took us down. Prints available here, along with many of our other Autumn landscapes.

A farm on an autumn daycountry road on fall daycountry road through fall treesHallway.Modern bedroom with bedside tablesGreen wall, yellow sofa, poster toned