This is my first sketch since January and since I’ve been diagnosed with Psoriatic Arthritis. Because of my arthritis, I have bad pain and swelling in my hand making it very difficult to draw or write. My fingers are swollen up like sausages and I can make a fist. But, last week I was able sketch. It was difficult and the sketch isn’t great, but I’m proud of trying. I think I may need to find a different way to hold the pencil, but I’ll figure it out eventually.
Unfortunately, my ability to draw didn’t last long. The next day my hand was back to being very swollen and painful (some of the worst I’ve had so far), and I mostly haven’t been able to use my hand at all. Today (a week later) it feels slightly better, so I may get out the pencil and sketchbook again. I think it’s going to be a long and slow process, but I’m willing to work at it. I’m not ready to give up art.
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.
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.
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.
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
Apparently, yesterday was World Turtle Day, so I thought it would be a good time to share my turtle artwork as well as the video. This artwork is a digital painting of a Hawksbill Sea Turtle.
Prints available here.
I finished and uploaded the full time-lapse video for my Lion Art. It is sped up and shows the artwork process from start to finish.
I’ll be starting on my next picture hopefully tonight or tomorrow. It will be a little different, more of a fantasy type picture, but I’m not going to spill the beans yet. You’ll have to wait for some sketches.
Here’s the video. Enjoy!
I have finished my recent artwork, Lion Art. It is a digital painting in black and white, and another in my animal series. I’m kind of liking black and white at the moment, so I have a feeling a few more artworks in this style will be coming soon. That being said, I actually think I’ll be doing a few human portraits next, but I don’t know for sure. I guess I’ll just have to wait and see what I’m in the mood for. I do have several pictures planned.
I’m currently working on the video I made while working on this picture, and I’ll upload that as soon as it is finished.
For those interested I have prints of this art here.
I have a new artwork started. It will be a picture of a lion in black and white. I’m not finished with it yet, but this video shows the beginning of the art. Enjoy!