Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Of the concepts I created as part of an application to be considered to be a public artist, I drew three sketches, all having to do with animals. But instead of cats and dogs, here are some pictures of wildlife.
Is it a cat (Remember that email that went around that described a "cat" that had been found with long teeth and sharp claws?)? A rat? Or, what? The northwest's version of a kangaroo?
In this urban creatures theme, I would also include coyotes, people and their pets (the homeless youth with the pit bull pup, the guy who shops with his snake wrapped around his shoulders, the woman who takes her parrot for a walk.....) pigeons, crows, starlings, and even bats.
I will include the last rough sketch I did for the application next.
Wednesday, April 07, 2010
Yesterday, after a particular trying coaching session, I went to Daniel Smith and did some retail therapy. I got a tube of Indian Red (look at the nose) and yellow ochre. Then, I dropped my dog off at Ideal Pet Stop and painted.
I went to get my dog a couple of hours later and came back into my studio and painted.
Around 11, I got a beer and banana, literally and figuratively stepping back from the canvas. I saw something very similar to this. I put a little highlights here and there, but other than that, I was done.
I am happy. We'll see if the client is happy.
Saturday, April 03, 2010
Is this a dog or fox? Or simply a failure?
In my effort to uncover my creative process, I feel I must show this painting.
I love pitbulls but with their wrinkles and heavy jowls, they are hard to paint. Some of them have less massive jowls than others but have the same wide head.
I was too close to finish when I realized that rather than making the jowls less heavy on this one, I made them non-existent.
I do like the color though, half way between yellow and red. I will strive for that in the redo.
Friday, April 02, 2010
Really, I generally like to have smudges on my paintings. Look at a few of my past paintings and you'll see.
The smudge disappeared and more turquoise/green appeared.
This was mailed off on Tuesday.
I posted Minnie earlier this month asking whether she looked mean.
One of my critics, and fan, suggested that her eyes were a bit too stark and contributed to her mean look.
I toned down the eyes and I believe she looks like a gentler soul, which is what her owner said she was.
She was sent to the woman who commissioned her earlier this week.