The SnowSuit Effort has really fascinating portraits of street people in Detroit. Ryan Keberly, the author and photographer of the site, has generously allowed me to use the photos for studies. Sometimes, it's much more gratifying for me to draw someone with character in their features than someone who is absolutely gorgeous.
I lost my grizzly totem that sat on my computer for years. I do not know what happened to it or where it could've gone... My friend, Raven O'Keefe, at http://www.ravenokeefe.com kindly made me a wool grizz. I love him. Thanks Rave!!!
Well, it looks like I'll be back in the house most of the time. Drawing, painting, and writing on the blog. There's still gardening to be done. A lot of good recipes for the fresh veggies. I'm hoping to add a group of links to gardening sites.
If you click on the little pics on the left, you will be taken to galleries of more of my art work. If you click on the picture of Patrick, a larger shot will show up. That was his, "Mom, do I have to have this on?" look.
This is JD. Our new dog. He's a fox terrier. First terrier we've had and he's really energetic and loving. Never had a lap dog before and now we are knowing the meaning of those terms. He wants to be held a lot. When he's out in the yard he zips around really fast, exploring, and checking things out. We got him at the pound. His family moved. Without him. Not sure how people can do that. He is on our bed. He also likes to go in the car. He is learning to play ball. In one word to describe him -- fun. :)
Karen from over at KarbonKountyMoos has tagged me.
Here are the rules. 1. Link to your tagger and post these rules. 2. Share 7 facts about yourself: some random, some weird. 3. Tag 3 people at the end of your post and list their names (linking to them). 4. Let them know they’ve been tagged by leaving a comment at their blogs.
1. I grew up in Anaconda, and didn't realize how much ethnic differences are interesting and important until recently. A lot of our neighbors spoke different languages. Foods were really good.
2. I have travelled very little. We went to Alberta, I've been to the Pacific Ocean 3 times, and some of the western states. I love to camp out.
3. My garden is very important to me. We are still eating zuccini and home grown herbs.
4. Did I mention I'm a licensed clinical professional counselor? Adult foster care provider. <Adult...that's right.> And serve as vice president on a board that works toward bettering mental health services for people in Montana.
5. I like to get up really early and paint in my newly established art studio <downstairs> before everyone else gets up.
6. There is a book by Kent Nerburn, called Neither Dog Nor Wolf, but I cannot finish it because it's too good. I do not want it to end. Check it out. It's a realllllly good book.
7. We got swim passes to the Broadwater Athletic Club -- it's a hot springs and it's really nice. Spent a couple hours there yesterday. sigh.
I am working on some new paintings. One of some horses -- in OIL. I haven't done oil painting for about three decades. And some of marmots, elk, birds, etc. The new art room has been really great. It grounds me and is worth it's weight in gold. I do not have to search in nooks and crannies for my supplies and boards and pencils.
COMMISSIONS FOR CHRISTMAS ACCEPTED FOR ABOUT ONE MORE WEEK!
This is a little watercolor I did today for the Drawing Event on Wetcanvas. It was fun. Time limit of two hours on it. I need to tweak it a little bit. She has pig tails in her hair and they don't show too good.
Recovering from the turkey. We had spaghetti today. :)
I have taken a few commissions and would be willing to take a couple more. If you want them by Christmas please contact me soon.
Here's a little pic of Smokie from Thoughts from the Middle of Nowhere. I don't think I had ever drawn a picture of a cat. Was encouraged to give it a try by the portrait group. Another one is coming along. Thanks to Sarpy Sam for the great reference picture.
Attached are the close-to-being-done paintings for Gwyn and her Mom. See the Gallery on the left for the finished paintings. This was such a fun thing to do. I hope to get to do this type of art work again.
This is what my friend Jen calls the Throw Up Stage of a painting. It is not at all how I want it to look, but it's basic format is down.
At this stage I take quite a while to figure out what to enhance, what to push back, and what colors need to be brightened or darkened. I LOVE the sky in this one -- and will get all the white whispy things out of it. There is nothing like a summer day in Montana with the sky so perfectly blue. The moon is visible in this a little. <I guess that's why they call it the Big Sky State, huh?>
Gwyn, I am not clear on what's going on with the bottom of the picture -- is that drive through gate or is it some kind of animal pen or just fencing on the corner of the land? Or? Could you please e-mail me.
The other pictures are blocked onto the boards. The one of the pond is started. Also in The Throw Up Stage. Once I get it a little further along, I'll post a WIP <work in progress> of it, too. What a beautiful place.
I'm saving the portraits til last. Cause their really fun. :)
I am doing some portraits that were won in an auction at the NAMI dinner. Should have some works in progress <WIPs> posted in the next week or so. Stay tuned! They are lovely children portraits and some gorgeous landscapes. Can't wait to get started.
I accidentally ruined the multi-buffalo drawing. I'll have to start a new one. It is Spring, however, my favorite time of the year. Been getting the garden ready for planting and the greenhouse up and running. So far we have baby tomatoes, spinach, herbs, and a few other things. Flowers. We've also had two foster people come in and two go in the last couple months. Lots of work there. I'll be posting some new works shortly.
Dunno what else to do to it. This was fun and the really expensive pens were worth the price. I love them. Looking for something to draw or paint now. Going to Great Falls today. Snowy roads. It's really beautiful out. Later Gators!
Today, as we get ready to go on respite and to attend a meeting tomorrow, I will try to work on anchoring them to the ground with some indications of foliage.
My friend Raven, over at http://www.ravenokeefe.com/ thinks this looks a little Charlie Russell'esque. Little does she know that when I was a kid, I copied most of his pictures with crayons or pencils.
A tiny part of what I'm working on now. More WIP's <work in progress> to come. Using these pens for the first time. I've had them for about a year -- and finally found a subject I thought would be good for them.
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I'm entering this art contest. Probably won't win, but at least I'm making the effort. There are three categories, Artists, Art Galleries, and Art Businesses and Services. I haven't entered an art contest since Junior High. Kinda fun!
Doing another drawing of a little girl. A beautiful child. This is a hard one as this child succumbed to meninghitis a couple months ago. Tragedy. So far I've only done the line drawing you see on the left. Not sure what medium to use for this one. Will probably experiment until I find the right one. Such a gorgeous little girl.