30 x 24 inch mixed media on deep canvas
commission piece in progress
This was where most of my attention went last week and will go again this week. This is a commission painting for a customer in Utah and it has been a JOY to do. She asked for a cityscape in my style with figures representing her family. Friday, I Tweeted the above photo on Twitter with a lamentation about its tediousness. The perspective of the river was bothering me and an awesome Twitter friend noticed it too and spoke up about it. So we direct messaged each other back and forth a couple times on ideas of how to correct the river that was cutting through the middle of the painting.
commission painting (still in progress)
(with corrected river bend)
So I spent part of an afternoon arm wrestling that doggone river and bent the heck out of it, added a shorter building to break up the middle a bit and voila! MUCH better, don't you think????? To the trained artist this would be a "well, duh" thing, but to someone like me who is self-taught and having to figure this all out by chance, it's an "OH MY GOSH! I DID IT!!" thing.
The buyer is very happy with its progress and I have since added other details, like park benches and a sweet little family, but I won't show that until it's all done. She has seen these progressive shots and it has been fun to text back and forth things like "sky brighter?... is the grass color okay?". Prior to starting, I asked her to send me paint swatches from the hardware store with all the colors she would like to have in the painting and this made it so much easier. I have tried to keep her as involved as possible so that it will be a painting she loves forever.
In the evening time, I have been playing. I have sketched in my tiny moleskin...
charcoal on 9 x 12 paper
...and drawing on this Arches Paper ... I will forever be indebted to Lynne Hoppe for telling me about it! I LOVE this paper and it grabs charcoal in such a beautiful way. It takes a lot less time to achieve depth in the drawing than it does on smoother paper in my opinion.
Charcoal and acrylic on 9 x 12 paper
The paper takes paint too! How cool is that? I don't know what is wrong with these two...I must have been in a mood when I drew them.
watercolor, graphite, oil pastel, soft pastel, gouache
in 8.5x11 inch sketchbook
And I've been struggling with perspective in my sketchbook too...her little derriere is not planted in that swing properly, but what are you going to do? Use white-out in a sketchbook? Nope...my sketchbooks are where I get to make bad art too. :)
So that's my art life up-to-date. What are you working on?