Thursday, March 25, 2010

Beautiful Horses

Tuckered Out by Mona Majorowicz

Colton by Mona Majorowicz

I just got these two love prints of Mona Majorowicz's wonderful work framed. My picture taking skills do not do the images the glory they deserve, so please go to Wildfaces Gallery to see them more accurately. I do feel very lucky to own these prints. The prints in person are even more beautiful than the computer monitor views. I can only imagine, at this point what Mona's original work is like when viewing in person.

I framed them to match as much as possible, while still flattering each piece individually as much as possible. I hope you find them flattering, Mona.

I am way too busy preparing for a college course I am teaching spring quarter in the human services field. I do hope that I can get down the road a ways and then only devote a very limited amount of time weekly to the teaching leaving clear time to work on art. That plan and my anxiety about being fully prepared has kept me from working on my art ever since I completed the Precious Bullie Baby series.

Teaching is a process much like art -- ideally alot of thought goes into how to convey ideas in an interesting way which is effective in engaging the student/viewer. At this point in my life, I find it difficult to keep this thinking going simultanwously with teaching non art related things with my own art production. Like I said, I hope to get down the road a little more with the teaching creativity and then hopefully put it into a mental compartment which does not interfere with my ongoing art process.

I am sorry that I did not post any of the Precious Bulloie Baby completed work yet. I decided that it would not be fair to the exhibit to do that. I will do so as soon as the exhibit goes online on April 1st. The trio is being framed at the present time.

I am working other jobs right now in order to have extra cash to buy the rest of my art fair display. I am continuing to apply to art fairs for the summer and fall. So far I have heard from two. I am on a waitlist for one near Cincinati in May and am accepted into the Zanesville one I did last yer in August.

Raining too much here now, Hope you all are dry and happy! Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

BullDog Portraits Done and Delivered

Above, Daisy admiring her portrait.

I got to work steadily for four days on the Precious Bullie Baby series for four days in a row. Nice long ten to twelve hour drawing time days! Longest art time I have had for awhile. I delivered them online yesterday. Overall, I am pleased and look forward to framing them. Ironically, the last one, which I was afraid I might be too tired for, turned out the best, in my opinion. Sorry, I will not be sharing them until the exhibit goes up online on April 1.

I am not getting hardly any hours doing taxes right now. However have to prep for a class I will be teaching in the human services field at a technical college starting in about two weeks. I hope I can get down the road with that some and then work on the eagle regularly. Need those pennies for the art festival tent. I have applied to three shows and have a few more to apply to yet this month.

Hope you are all enjoying this lovely spring weather! I hate the mud, but don't miss the snow for sure!

Friday, March 12, 2010

Precious Bullie Babies

Here are some photos that I will be working from the next few days for the upcoming Canine Art Guild five year anniversary exhibition. I have always meant to do all of my precious bullie bablies and now is finally the time. I have been quite fortunate to have each of these precious bullie baby girls accompany me on my life journey at different times. They are in the order they appear here: Maude, Millie and Grindle. I last lived with Maude, then Millie and first of all, Grindle. I have always loved dogs, however, when I first saw an English Bulldog (just Bulldog, in AKC speak), at age 19, I fell in love. Now not everyone likes them, it seems to be a love or hate kind of thing. They can appear fierce, and when walking down a street with one of them some people coming the other way give a very wide birth or even cross the street! In actuality, they are the usually the sweetest, most lovable dogs you would ever want to know. They sometimes don't like other dogs, but if raised from a pup to be socialized to other dogs, even that is not a problem. I did once read that if not trained to be respectful of people, they can be like "a bowling ball with legs". I raised Millie from a pup, but got Maude and Grindle later in their lives. Only Grindle had a problem with other dogs, but not people.

They all let cats crawl all over them, kind of like the cartoon -- remember that one where the cat "makes bread" on the cartoon bulldog?

They can be quite expensive. I was fortunate to get Grindle from a veterinarian when I was in my early twenties for only $75. I looked hard and long to get Millie and Maude without giving an arm and leg, though I do advocate being aware of breeding, especially since this breed can be susceptile to several health problems.

I love each of them very much and am forever sad to not have them in my life any longer.

For the fifh year anniversary of the Canine Art Guild the exhibit requires that the entry be 5x5 inches and is for sale for an amount with only fives in it. I have cropped these photos to head only compositions for this exhibition. Hope to get all three done, but as the deadline is Monday, the 15th, I will at least have something done. I imagine at some point having all of my dogs this size and then framing them in one frame. May extend this project to cats and then horses.

Stay tuned for updates.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Eagle Work in Progress

I have a nice groove on working on this eagle right now. It is 18x24 colored pencil on Ambersand Pastel board. I tried some mineral spirits on the background, never have done that before -- a little messier than I expected. Definitely could use some practice with that. It leaves more tooth to work over than using Neopastels I think. To get the feathers realistic yet interesting/expressive will be difficult for me I think. I am looking forward to working on it some more, but have to go to work the next two days. Here is a close up, it does not show the detail as well as I would like. There is alot more color in the eyes and the areas appearing black here than is coming through. Not sunny enough right now to get a good photo. Though it we have had some gloriously sunny, warmer days lately!

I am also hoping to work on some dog art for the Canine Art Guild's upcoming exhibit to celebrate five years in existence. The art work is to be five by five inches. Have not worked that small but have some ideas. It is due by 3/15 -- so need to work on that next.
See you all soon!

Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Latest Artwork

Hi everyone, I got out a demo project I had worked on at the Swinging on a Leash pet/dog expo I showed at this fall and worked on it a little. The reference from Wet Canvas looks like a little pit bull puppy to me.

I don't consider him finished, but almost. He is done in colored pencil on 11 x 14 Ampersand pastelbord.

I have set it aside for a little while and started another project. I took some prints and one original to a local art gallery and picture framing shop. The owner said that she would be interested in having a large work involving a bald eagle for display. So I started an 18" by 24" project involving a bald eagle. This is the preliminary sketch work in progress.



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