Portraits

 

 

 

I’ve always been fascinated by faces.

They show and hide so much.

They are the gatekeeper, the mirrors, the doorways to who we are.

I was looking for a theme that I’d be inspired to paint daily. So for the past few weeks I’ve challenged myself to paint more faces. I love finding an expression that shows strength and vulnerably at the same time. When I paint faces it feels like I’m searching the page with my paints to find what’s hidden. Using the brush I then slowly caress it to full beauty. To let this process happen freely and joyfully I need to get to a place between control and letting go. An illusive place within myself. It’s a wonderfully frustrating process.

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Magic Garden

Here the beginnings of my 3D garden scape.

Here the beginnings of my 3D garden scape.

I’m particularly inspired by nature. Plants, animals etc.  I particularly love ancient looking plants and seeds.  I’ve been mulling over an idea of creating a clay girl wandering some sort of 3 dimensional Magic Garden landscape.  Here is a look at the work in progress.

 

House Fly

I’ve always been interested in old school scientific illustrations.  Here’s a sneak peak at my start.

My watercolor set and scientific illustration of the House Fly

My watercolor set and scientific illustration of the House Fly

 

 

 

 

 

Good Question

I’ve already skipped the “out of the jar” challenge.  I’ve started focusing on my up coming shows and production is a must.  And moving to my new studio out of the house is taking lots of my time.

Here is an illustration of a series I’m starting.  Calligraphy, floral patterns and quotes.  Three of my loves.

Illustrated quote about good question vs bad answer

Illustrated quote about good question vs bad answer

 

Quote illustration with floral decorative border

Quote illustration with floral decorative border

 

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Birds Flying

paper for challenge #2

 Birds Flying illustration

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Challenge: for the love of illustration

On Valentine’s as I was continuing my blogging classes with the engaging and supportive April from Blacksburg Belle I realized I needed a project to motivate me.  Something that got ME excited about facing the procrastination demon. So here I am a month later and I found something I hope will get me drawing daily (GULP!)

I liked the idea of doing a “365 DAYS of my creations”: a sketch, a doodle, a drawing or a painting.  But then there was always procrastination’s favorite obstacle: “what to draw”.  To solve this I realized the decision needed to be out of my hands.  I came up with the idea of writing every fun illustration idea I come across on a white piece of paper and just randomly pull one out.  I wanted more structure and less avoidance so on an orange piece of paper I put all the mediums I want to work with. And for further help on a yellow piece I put “extras”.  Creative ideas that could help narrow the style possibilities. Let’s be realistic and try something almost once a week this year.

On any given day I pull a white and orange piece of paper.  If I feel uninspired I pull out a yellow piece to add to the challenge.  I want the goal here to be to draw something, anything daily.  The complexity has nothing to do with it.  Just sit down and draw.

my "challenge" jar

my “challenge” jar

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Trophy Heads

I’ve been working on a series of heads for a while.  I’m determined to have them for the One of a Kind show in Toronto this year.

Here’s a sneak peek…

Antler Head

 

Beehive Head

One of A Kind Show

Monster Portraits Begin

I’ve been sketching monsters for the past weeks.  I finally sat down to draw them out for my Monster Portrait series.  I’m really happy with the results and I can’t wait to start adding color!

 

Here’s a very faint peek.

monster portaits start

Finally Working

I’ve managed to find time and most importantly motivation to work on some illustrations I started a long time ago. Here s a sneak peek:

 

Caught in my Chest

“Caught in my Chest”

Fall Girl

Fall Girl

 

Summer Girl

Summer Girl

 

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