Hello all! I am finally back.
I cannot even tell you what took so long. Life, I guess. I am in still in Colorado and loving it.
Okay, I think that I mentioned a project that I was involved with called, 78 Tarot. 80 artists from all over the world were invited to this project. Each one crating a single card. This project, so far, has been one of the highlights of m life. I enjoyed it so much and it was such an honor to be working with artists that I have admired for so long. Here is the artwork for the card from that deck:
“7 of Pentacles”
Since then, I was invited back for the next project: 78 Tarot Nautical: Tarot of the Water.
Here is the art from that one:
“10 of Swords”
I feel that these experiences have helped me grow as an artist.
To see all the art from the first deck: 78 Tarot Artists
To see all the art from 78 Tarot Nautical: 78 Tarot Nautical Artists
Unfortunately, the first deck is sold out and is no longer available.
The 78 Tarot Nautical Deck is available for pre-order here: 78 Tarot Nautical: Tarot of the Water
I am also illustrating a book, which is what I have wanted to do since I was little. I am really excited about it, but can’t really share much of a glimpse, yet.
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Here is a WIP of my card- the 7 of Pentacles. To see what this is all about go here—–>http://www.seventy-eight-tarot.com/
I am honored to be part of this project.
I have been super busy. I am teaching painting a bit, and I got a new job. I am showing some art at a local gallery and I sold 2 pieces. I have so many projects and some new commissions coming up. I will be working on my card for the 78 Tarot (http://www.seventy-eight-tarot.com/)this week. I am still creating art for the Femme Thou Art Collective. Our monthly auction is tomorrow afternoon. We have artists from all over and they are all amazing. Check out the facebook page to see what we have been up to. https://www.facebook.com/FemmeThouArtCollective
Here is my piece:
I have been involved with the 78-Tarot since the day after it started. The artists are amazing and Delphine Griffin and Kayti Welsh and all the people who made this project happen are amazing. I am so intrigued at all the new art that I have seen. It is all so beautiful and every artist is so different. There are several artists that I never dreamed I would be working on the same project with, but it is happening. There are 78 of us and we are all trying to create a beautiful deck that can be used practically or added to art collections. The last artist was announced. He is an inspiration to fantasy lovers and gamers everywhere. Here is the magical link to facebook showing who it is. ———————>The last artist.<———— You will see why I am so SQUEE!
I have been taking it easy, as I have been ill the past week. I finally started on some things. The idea is to paint as much as possible for the show where I will be displaying my art. I will just pick the things that I like the most after I finish my paintings. Here is a little something that I did yesterday. I call it “Lace Hamsa” .
I finished another little drawing. I haven’t done one like this in a while. The thing that I love about pencils, is that they are so portable and convenient. I will be drawing a lot more. I will also be selling the smaller original drawings at very reasonable prices.
Feel free to use this image I made especially for Valentine’s Day!
I have been mostly taking a breather this week, hitting the reset button, so to speak. Does that rhyme? Haha! I am working a new piece for the FemmeThouArtCollective February Auction. Here is the sketch.
I will post updates.
As always, comments are welcome. 🙂
Someone inquired about a pet portrait yesterday. I realized that I do not have anything that resembles a somewhat real portrait at all. So, I painted our dog, Winnie. I love her face!
I love drawing and painting and usually do it loosely. I am going to reveal a secret. I can draw realistically from a reference if I have a while to work on it. I usually draw from my imagination or from a pose or expression and kind of make it up as I go. When I am trying to do reproduce the likeness from a photo, and I need to do it a little bit quicker, I use the grid method. A lot of artists know about the grid method. Some consider it cheating and I have worried that it might be. Then I researched to old masters. Many of the most famous artists in history used the grid method and not just to transfer sketches onto large substrates. They used it to create the original drawings and paintings. The national portrait gallery site contains images of how artists used to go about maintaining perspective and likeness in their portraits with a grid.—–>http://www.npg.org.uk/index.php?id=1539
It is an amazing tool. I don’t believe in relying on it exclusively. You still have to have the skill to paint and draw or the work will look like a paint by number. You still have to be able to blend, to used color, shadows, hightlights, etc. I also believe in knowing how to draw for real without the aid. I do believe in using it as a time-saving device so that don’t have to charge a small fortune for commissions or works that need to be done quickly and with a likeness. I welcome comments on this subject, as I am curious what others think about it.
I finished my ‘Fairy Village’ Painting.This is the best photo that I could get, as it would not fit on my scanner.
Fairy village at night
Acrylic on plywood
It will be sealed and signed and for sale.
Watermark is not on original