Thursday, May 23, 2013

"Contemplation", plus Artist of the Day......

First, some news from the trenches - I have undertaken the daunting task of re-designing my website.  Should keep me busy for quite awhile, considering all of the images I have posted.  Thankfully, WordPress seems to be a very comprehensive tool that is easy to use, and should make the task a great learning experience.  Hopefully, much of the look and feel of the website will remain the same, but I am trying to enhance the quality of uploaded images, as well as simplify the navigation and reduce the amount of text.  I may cut back on the number of actual images at first, so I can at least get the website up and running, and then add in the oldies but goodies as I go along.  Will keep you posted!

The latest addition to my Daily Paintworks gallery is "Contemplation", pictured above.  This portrait was completed using the stippling, or pointillism technique.  The original measures 14 x 11 ( or 11 x 14, if you prefer ), and is part of my Other Faces Gallery.  The link below the image will take you over to the auction page, where you can also check out all of the other images in my gallery.  Prints and note cards of "Contemplation" are available through my website, as well as my Etsy Shop and FineArtAmerica gallery, and the links are provided here and in the side panel for your convenience.

African Stallion
One of the groups that I belong to at FineArtAmerica focuses on Scratchboard renderings, and I've found some great artists there.  Some, I've already featured here, but there seems to be no end to the talented people once you spend a little time browsing through the galleries there.  Today's artist is one of my favorite, more recent discoveries, Sheryl Unwin. Sheryl is originally from Massachusetts, growing up about 30 miles north of Boston.  She now resides in North Port, Florida, and has been illustrating portraits of various subjects for over 20 years.  She also works in Graphite and Prismacolor pencil, and is a wonderful photographer as well.  Here are a few of her pieces to whet your appetite.  I hope you will take a few minutes to visit her FineArtAmerica gallery and check out the rest of her portfolio.  As usual, the links beneath the images will take you over to their respective pages, and here is a link to Sheryl's FineArtAmerica Gallery.

Midnight Patrol

Sumatran Tiger

Friday, May 17, 2013

"Mojave Girl" and "Fox"

As usual, I'm a little behind in posting (but my garden looks great!).  Summertime should yield a great harvest of tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, zucchini, romaine lettuce, beets, Swiss chard, kale, and green beans, not to mention the various herbs and spices, like basil, oregano, parsley, cilantro, sage, mint, lemon balm, etc.  Since we've had a few days of rain this week, I'm able to spend some time indoors attending to other chores and tasks and work on some artwork. 

Mojave Girl
"Mojave Girl" is the latest entry to my Daily Paintworks gallery.  This is an original pen & ink rendering of an Edward Curtis photo, circa 1903.  I used black and brown inks in completing this portrait, to give the portrait a sepia tone, much like the old tintype photos.  I used the stippling, or pointillism technique throughout the portrait.  The link beneath the image will take you over to the auction page at Daily Paintworks, and from there, you can check out the other original pieces I have posted so far.  "Mojave Girl" is part of my Faces West Gallery, and is already framed and part of my collection, in fact, she is hanging in our foyer.  Keep in mind that only original artwork is posted at Daily Paintworks.  The auctions run for 7 days, and I can repeat them up to three times before the piece is listed with a "Buy It Now" fixed price.  Anyone interested in prints or note cards of "Mojave Girl" should visit my website, my Etsy Shop, or my FineArtAmerica Gallery.  The links are posted in the side panel on this blog.

Last week, I posted "Fox" to Daily Paintworks, but haven't had a chance to make a blog entry yet, so I'll include that here as well.  "Fox" is an original graphite rendering, part of my Wildlife Gallery.  Other than pencils of various degrees of hardness, the only other tool used here was a kneading eraser to lift out highlights and add depth.  "Fox" is also already framed and part of my collection, although currently, it is on display at the Elkhorn Valley Inn Bed & Breakfast, in Lyons, OR. Again, the link beneath the image takes you to the Daily Paintworks auction page, and prints and note cards are available through my website, Etsy Shop, and FineArtAmerica Gallery.