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.
This is my newest artwork, an animal portrait of an Arctic Fox. I have plans to eventually paint big scenes and landscapes with animals, but for now I just love painting portraits, both human and animal. This little fox was so adorable, how could I not paint him! I don’t think I’ll ever grow tired of portraits. I also made a video of me doing this digital painting, so I’ll post that later for those interested in watching the process.
It has been a while since I’ve posted one of my artworks, and this one may seem a bit familiar to anyone that has watched this blog over the year. This is a digital painting portrait where I’ve recently added some updates. I also have the black and white version without the clown make-up and hair ribbon.
This portrait was actually a redo of a painting I did about 8 years ago. Sometimes I enjoy going back to old pictures and ideas and completely redoing them to see if I’m able to improve them. I made a video showing the old version in comparison to this new one, and I’ll make sure to add that to a blog post later today.
Here is another line drawing I did for practice; a sketch of a cardinal. I’m trying to work on line variation, and doing small studies like this has been helpful so far. I’m also doing a digital painting to add color, but I’m not finished with that yet.
I’m going to let you know a little secret about myself. I’m an artist, but I don’t often sketch in a sketchbook, at least not in a way that you can imagine most artists do. I tend to get an idea in my head, draw it and finish it. I don’t do a lot of doodling, thumbnails or sketches beforehand. I don’t draw daily. I believe this hinders my creativity and experimentation with compositions. What’s worse is that many of my ideas never make it to paper. How many of you can say the same thing about your own ideas that never come to fruition?
I’ve decided to try to do a sketchbook challenge for myself. I’ve tried before and failed, but I’m giving myself another chance. What is the challenge? It’s simple. I just need to completely fill one sketchbook by October. Two full months isn’t really a lot of time to fill a sketchbook, but I think the shorter deadline will keep me focused. I’ll share my progress and thoughts as I go, and show the sketchbook at the end.
I want you to do this with me! Maybe you aren’t an artist, but maybe you like to write. Make a goal to fill a journal, or write so many pages or words. Maybe you are a photographer. Make a goal to take pictures daily, or a certain number of pictures by October. Maybe you like to color. Fill an entire coloring book. It doesn’t really matter what you choose to do, the point is to push your creativity further.
You are welcome to share your progress with me along the way. I’d love to hear from you.
Here is an illustration I did last month for the author, Rose Withering. I believe this will be used as the book cover for her book, The Elvin Princess. I am getting ready to start another illustration for her that I’m really excited about because it is going to be something I’ve never done before, but I can’t say too much yet.
At the end of the year I always like to look back to see the art I did over the entire year. A lot of good things happened this year as an artist, but there is still a glaring issue I need to fix.
The amount of work I did for the year is small. Going forward I really need to push myself to create a lot more. On the plus side, I did a huge amount of photography, but my number of paintings is lacking.
Even though the amount of work I did is small, I believe that something clicked for me about half way through the year. I started to have more confidence as an artist, and my work looks stronger. I credit most of that to an online art class that I participate in, and which I will talk about more in another post.
Goals for 2016:
I want to build a larger portfolio, and also more creative compositions. I also want to practice some traditional painting. I also have a small illustration project in January that will get me off to a nice start.
Here is some of my work in order of when I painted them.
I pondered that question as I prepared some art and photography prints for a Winter Art/Craft show. The internet has made finding art easier than ever, but do we slow down to enjoy it? Do we take in the artist’s message, experience the emotion, enjoy the beauty? I have a feeling we far too often quickly look at a picture and then move on to the next forgetting the images as soon as we get our visual kick for the moment.
I unfortunately do this too often. I am primarily a digital artist and photographer, so most of my work is done on a computer screen. After matting about 50 artworks this past week, I was shocked to see how much I enjoyed being able to hold my art in my hand and view it for several minutes. Of course I’m not saying there is anything wrong with viewing art online. I just think we could all benefit from slowing down a bit and enjoying the art. Take in the beauty, bookmark what you really like and go back to it at a later time, buy art that is special to you, talk to the artist, etc.
Anyway, as I said earlier, all this came about when I was matting prints for the show. This will be my first time selling art at an art/craft show, and I’m really excited, but a little nervous too. I’ll post more about that later. For now here is a picture of some of the work I’ve prepared.
Life sure is funny sometimes, like years ago when I decided I wanted to be an artist but was also diagnosed with a somewhat serious eye disease. An artist that can’t see very well! I guess that isn’t funny at all. But, that was the card I was dealt. I was diagnosed with Kerataconus, and I struggled with it for many years until it got to the point that my cornea was scarred down the middle and my vision was very poor. It finally came time to do a cornea transplant. This happened a little more than two years ago.
For some reason it has been on my mind today. I can’t believe it has been two years already. The entire experience was very surreal for me; understanding that a stranger was going to die and I’d receive his/her tissue, accepting that part of my eye was going to be cut off and part of someone’s eye was going to be stitched to mine, and dealing with a year long recovery that was sometimes uncomfortable. It changed my life.
I never want to take for granted the special gift of sight I received. I am so grateful. I told myself then that all I could do to somehow show my gratefulness to my donor’s family was to use that gift to the best of my ability. I had decided to work as hard as I could on my art and to learn as much as possible. Two years later, I believe that I have lived up to that personal goal. I don’t know my donor or his/her family, but I’d like to think they would feel honored. I of course will continue to do everything I can to learn and create to the best of my ability. Maybe someday they will see how their loved one changed my life.