Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Etsy Shop Update!

Here's a peek at a few of the pieces that will be in this week's shop update (Friday, September 2nd at 2pm central time):


"Mi Corazon"
Ink and watercolor on paper
2.5 x 3.5 inches



"The Ditched Witch"
Ink and watercolor on paper
2.5 x 3.5 inches



"Coralia"
Ink and watercolor on paper
2.5 x 3.5 inches



"Eustacia"
Ink and watercolor on paper
2.5 x 3.5 inches

Of course, there will be more pieces besides these and some new prints as well. Yay for September! I am so ready for fall.

Friday, August 19, 2011

And Some More Paintings!

A few years ago I scored some large stretched primed linen canvases and they've just been in my studio, leaning against a wall all this time. The smallest is 40" x 48", which is literally twice the size of my larger paintings. I haven't painted anything that big since college, mostly just because of space--my studios in our various domiciles have all been small. It's really hard to paint this large without being able to back up and look at it properly. It makes me a little crazy, but I've been having fun with this one so far.


It's so big it won't even fit on my easel. I have to prop it against the wall, sitting on a couple of boxes. To back up enough to see the whole thing, I have to pick it up and move it to the other end of the room.


Two days later, her features start to flesh out and decisions are being made. I still can't decide on her clothing: what style, what era, what color. I'm stuck.


Another pitfall of painting on a large scale: I got too focused on her right eye and as a result, didn't realize the left was off. Just slightly, but enough to bug me. So that's what I'll fix next time.


And here's a much smaller piece that was in my Etsy shop (and just sold, yay!):
"Anne"
oil on canvas board
5"x7"


Saturday, August 13, 2011

New Oil Paintings

I've been painting like a madwoman for the last couple of weeks and have finally finished some smaller oil paintings for Etsy! It's such a great feeling to finish a painting that's been just sitting in the studio for months.


"Ornamentation" (detail)
5"x7" oil on illustration board 2011




"Ornamentation"
5"x7" oil on illustration board 2011

"The Long Walk Home"
5"x7" oil on illustration board 2011



"The Long Walk Home" (detail)
5"x7" oil on illustration board 2011
These two paintings are currently listed in my Etsy shop. I've been looking at so many inspiring things lately: cool paintings, old photographs, oddments and ornaments in museums. Even my dreams have been particularly vivid. It's funny how things stay lodged in my brain and can be seen so clearly, and when I go to sketch them, they just dissipate. I can't seem to focus on any one part enough to draw them. Not for the last time I wish someone would invent a camera to capture a thought--my brain pictures would be awesome. Epic, even!