Dec 12, 2009
Nov 22, 2009
Nov 11, 2009
Nov 7, 2009
Oct 31, 2009
Sep 27, 2009
I still feel like I'm trying to find my niche in terms of my artwork. My forte is definitely pencil, but I still enjoy trying other materials and subjects. But for now I'm enjoying experimenting! For quite a while I've been wanting to draw a pile of something like rocks, pencils, marbles, whatever...! Monotony works for me when it comes to my artwork (to an extent)!
I often feel inspired by the work of other artists, and lately I've really been admiring the work of April Jarocka, who's blog I follow. She does amazing paintings of beach rocks (among other things)...check out her blog! After watching many of her paintings unfold, I decided that I wanted to try my own rock drawing. I love all the colours that are found in beach rocks and I wanted to capture that in my own drawing.
On another note, I'm probably going to be away from my drawing desk for the next little while. We're in the process of moving to a house in Mactaquac, NB, which is on a beautiful piece of waterfront property. We've been waiting to move for over a month now but as of last week, we officially sold our current house and officially bought our new one! We move on October 13th and we're so excited!! It's a little further outside of Fredericton than we are now so it will take me 30 min to get to work (I know, that's nothing for you big city folk!). I don't have any good pictures of the new house yet, but here are a couple from our new front yard, taken from the deck.
And one last piece of news...I will be having back surgery sometime during the winter. If you've read some of my past posts, I mentioned that I've been having back problems due to a herniated disc. After meeting with my surgeon, we decided that surgery is the way to go so I can get my life back to normal. I don't know the date yet, but I'm hoping I'll be able to stay home during the really bad weather this year! I'll probably be off work for almost 2 months. So during that time, once I'm feeling better, I hope I'll be able to spend some time on my artwork. But I guess I'll have to see how I feel then.
I know moving won't be great for my back, but we've hired movers to lug all the boxes, I'll just have to help pack. Normal, day to day stuff isn't really that bad on my back. It's when I have to bend and move around a lot that I start to get sore. I'm trying hard to use my legs a lot instead of bending, but I know I'm still going to get sore while we move. I'll just have to be really careful!
Well I guess that's my news for now. I'll try and post something again soon, but I can't guarantee it!!
Aug 30, 2009
7.5 x 9
*Available for sale*
Aug 29, 2009
"Tully - Head Study"
Aug 5, 2009
So after much thought, I decided to jump back into the world of pet portraits. My prices have changed a bit in order to keep my waiting list at a minimum. So hopefully sometime soon, I'll have some WIP's to show you!
Jul 5, 2009
Sorry I've been missing in action lately. I guess I needed a longer break from being an artist than I thought! I'm starting to get the urge again, so hopefully sometime soon I'll have something to show you! Plus, I've got a lot more free time to work with lately...
Part of the reason I've been missing for so long is the fact that I've been working on getting myself into better shape. That unfortunately takes up an aweful lot of time. Working a full-time job, then coming home and exercising for 1.5 hrs usually, then showering, then supper takes up most of my night, leaving me only about an hour to relax and watch TV. And since summer has started, so has my soccer season, with games usually 2-3 times a week. Phew!
And now for the reason I've got some more time on my hands....
I've always had back problems, but last summer I hurt my back pretty bad during a soccer game. Ever since then, my back has been giving me an aweful lot of grief. My most recent problem is low back and sciatic nerve pain, that makes me limp most of the time, and has been going on for about 2 months. I've been popping ibuprofen like candy (I know it's terrible on the stomach), and I've been seeing a chiropractor and physiotherapist.
Because of this, and on the advice of these practitioners, I've decided to completely stop exercising for 2 weeks and see how things go. I have a feeling that I may need to take a longer break and perhaps even miss the whole soccer season. It's killing me that I have to stop exercising because I was 2 weeks away from being done my P90X training program (which is a feat in itself), and I love soccer! And I was finally in really good shape and losing weight.
Anyway, that's what's been going on in this artist's world. I hope to get back into drawing again soon and I'll try not to take such a long break in the future.
May 18, 2009
And here is the room:
Now all I need to do is paint the navy blue entertainment centre and shelves. I'll probably paint them either black or chocolate brown? What do you think?
May 15, 2009
So what have I been doing? I've been working on getting myself into shape, which unfortunately takes up a fair bit of my time! I painted my exercise room and plan on painting a design on the walls once we get a cloudy/rainy day. So I guess that counts as artwork. I'll take pictures once I'm finished.
So yep, that's about it! Hopefully soon the creative juices will start flowing again and then I'll having something to show. Until then, happy painting/drawing to the rest of you!
Apr 22, 2009
Apr 17, 2009
Friesian Horse ACEO for sale.
Apr 10, 2009
This drawing is untitled so far because I can't seem to come up with interesting names. So far, naming my pet portraits has been easy: "George", "Nelly", "Simon", etc...pretty straight forward. Now, besides challenging myself to be more creative in my art, I also need to learn creativity in my naming! I am open to suggestions for naming this one.
Pencil on paper
This drawing is for sale on Ebay. Click here to bid!
Mar 22, 2009
Mar 17, 2009
My drawing, "Pink Lily" is up for auction on Ebay. Click here to bid!
ACEO stands for "Art Cards, Editions and Originals". These cards have one main rule - they are 3.5 inches by 2.5 inches - the size of a trading card.
ACEO's are small works of art that are more affordable than larger artworks. I hope to create many more ACEO's in the future!
Mar 15, 2009
Mar 6, 2009
At the end of the contest, I'll pick my favourite photo and I'll draw or paint it. The winner will receive a signed print of the winning artwork. I'll get into the rules when I actually start the contest, but the main rules will be that you own the copyright to the photo(s) that you send me, and I will own the copyright to the artwork.
So don't start sending me photos yet, but soon!
Mar 3, 2009
I just wanted to write a quick note to say I'm still here! Since finishing my last commission, I felt I needed a bit of a break from drawing. I don't plan on taking a long break, but I just need to figure out what I'm going to do next. I'm kind of thinking that I'll draw a horse next, but I'm not sure what medium I'll be working in. I also have half an oil painting of a lion done that I started during my oil painting class over a year ago. I'll get back into it soon, but for now I'm enjoying the lack of commission pressures!
Another thing keeping me busy is that I've started an exercise program called P90X. I won't really get into it here because you may not be interested. If you are interested, I've started a new blog, sort of as a diary to document my progress through the program. I figure that I'll HAVE to finish the program if I tell lots of people I'm doing it! So feel free to follow along if you like!
Feb 18, 2009
Feb 14, 2009
8 x 10 Coloured Pencil
Simon's name is actually printed in his collar, very lightly. Unfortunately you can't see it in the scan, but it is visable on the original.
This was the last of my commissions, so I'm quite excited to be done! I think I'll probably take a short break and then hopefully I'll have some new stuff to show you all. Thanks for looking!
Feb 8, 2009
Thanks to Lene Daugaard for giving me a blog award! Please have a look at her wonderful blog.
I am to list 7 things that I love and then pass this award on to 7 of my favourite art blogs. In no particular order:
1. My family
2. My friends
3. My "kids" (my cats!)
6. Nature and being outdoors
I am passing this award on to the following wonderful art blogs:
1. Rebecca Latham
2. Lesley Harrison
3. Melanie Phillips
4. Toni James
5. Ranjini Venkatachari
6. Jacqueline Gnott
7. Nicholas Beall
Feb 1, 2009
Thanks so much Teresa!!
Jan 31, 2009
1. I don't have a lot of patience and get bored easily. On the flip side, give me a tedious activity and I get lost in it. Go figure!
2. I hate my natural hair colour. It's a mousy dark blonde. Thankfully I can get highlights every couple of months.
3. I LOVE animals! I would have a house full of them if I could. As it stands now, I have 3 cats.
4. I really want to quit my job and become a full time artist...but only if I can make lots of money off of each piece, so that I don't have to work that often!
5. I really want to move somewhere warm, but I don't want to be too far away from my family.
6. I love to travel. I have been to 16 countries on 5 continents. I want to see as much of the world as I can in my lifetime.
7. I used to work in a meat packing plant as a quality control technician, and I have never hated a job so much. But two really good things came from my working there: I quit to travel for a year (see #8) and it gave me the incentive to go back to school (see #9).
8. At age 23, I backpacked around Australia and New Zealand for a year...by myself. It was the best thing that I have ever done.
9. I graduated from university in 1997 with a BSc in Biology, then went back to school 4 years later to study Nuclear Medicine, graduating when I was 28. I have been working as a Nuclear Medicine Technologist for 5 years.
10. I used to be a neat freak up until university, but now I just can't seem to tackle the smallest pile of clothes lying on the floor.
11. I used to be extremely shy, but travelling for a year by myself cured me of that.
12. All through grade school I had the same wonderful group of friends, but I felt I relied on them too much because I was so shy. So I decided to go to a university where I knew no one so I could make new friends on my own.
13. I went to the University of Prince Edward Island because of the above reason, and also because I had wanted to be a vet my whole life. But I changed my mind after my first year, probably because of the prospect of going to school for 8 straight years, or maybe because I didn't think I had it in me. To this day, I regret not trying and as it turns out, I ended up going to school for 6 years.
14. I love soccer and play on a women's team in Fredericton.
15. I really want to be able to speak French better, but I am shy about speaking it with French people.
16. I took organ lessons for 7 years and still like to play every once in a while when I visit home. I also played the flute for 3 years in school. I've always wanted to play the violin, but don't want to put the time in to learn.
17. I always have to be doing something with my hands. It is impossible for me to keep them still, try as I might.
18. If a baby and puppy where put in front of me, I'd go to the puppy every time.
19. I sneeze once when I eat Excel Polar Ice gum, fudgy chocolate or strong cough syrup.
20. I am always really keen to try a new hobby, but I very quickly get bored, leaving things half done. Drawing has been the only hobby that has held my interest.
21. I was stung on my ankle by a stinging tree in Australia. [Description: Contact with the leaves causes the hollow silica-tipped hairs to penetrate the skin and deliver a potent toxin. The sting causes a painful stinging sensation which can last for days or even months and the injured area becomes covered with small red spots joining together to form a red, swollen mass. The sting is known to have killed one human, and it can also kill dogs and horses]....I was ok, but the pain and tingling stayed with me for about 6 months.
22. I almost stepped on a (wild) python once.
23. I lived in a house with no outside walls for a week in the rainforest. Every morning I would wake up with bat poo on my book, and a part of me would be swollen. There were ants in the peanut butter, I showered in a tool shed, peed on the ground just outside of my room at night (maybe a bit too much info there!?) and bats would fly over our heads as we ate at the dinner table. It was amazing!
24. I kind of want to own sheep instead of a lawn mower.
25. I've been inside a pyramid, the Cistine Chapel, the Louvre, the Roman Colosseum and up the Eiffel Tower; I walked around Ayers Rock, snorkeled in the Great Barrier Reef, climbed a glacier and swam with dolphins in New Zealand, rode in a gondola in Venice and walked the Great Wall of China.
So if you're still reading, now you know a little bit more about me!
Jan 22, 2009
Oscar the Grouch Art: Not everything is as it Seems
Rarely do we come across pictures that make us go "Wow". Even more rarely do we come across information that prompts us to change the way we live our lives. We came across this PowerPoint presentation a few days ago and the message it brings concerning garbage hits home. Look closely at the images, once you discover the origins of the materials it leaves you with your mouth open silently miming the word "Wow". Read More. (you will be taken to the GreenNexxus site. Click on "Power Point" to see the artwork).
Jan 20, 2009
Yet another update of Simon's portrait. I'm really enjoying this one. Last night I kind of lost myself in it and the time flew by! Before I knew it, it was bedtime! I'm still liking the new technique too. Stay tuned for more!
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