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Wednesday, September 23, 2009

The Boys are back

Rocky looks happy .................but doesn't Bullwinkle look bored?

I haven't talked about the boys for awhile. I feel kind of guilty. Rocky, Bullwinkle and Scooby have been stuck in the house a lot lately. They haven't gone anywhere but to Hilltop Animal Hospital for their annual check ups. Between work, painting and housework they have been very neglected. This coming week I will be going down south to my daughter's house to paint my, soon to be, granddaughter's bedroom wall with a cute scene and I may take Bullwinkle. He travels better than the other two and is the best behaved. He will just hang out in my daughter's house and not bother my daughter's dogs, Louie and Zoe. He has recently developed a rash or bites on the right side of his body. I think he laid in a bed of ants. He is not scratching too bad, he is eating and seems to feel okay, but he looks like he has a disease. He has to look lovely to travel by Sunday!

I took some recent photos of the boys. This one might be a candidate for a great pet portrait of Scooby, he is so photogenic. I will probably start sketching it soon. He has a great coat, when it is not shedding off his body and his coloring and muscles are fabulous.

I have definitely benefited from my art workshop with Melanie Peter. The past two weeks included doing color shapes in a quick portrait study and 60 two minute sketches of facial gestures. That was very hard. After the first 20 sketches my hand was tired but it was a great exercise.

Here is the portrait color study and then a samples of the the facial gesture drawings.

Monday, September 7, 2009

Italy in progress

I am finally making some progress on my daughter, Heather's Italy pic. I thought I would show you the stages of my work. It still needs much refining as you can see but it is coming along. Lines need to be improved and details enhanced. I have only had time to work on it for short periods. I hope to have it done by my vacation at the end of this month but most likely it will probably be done by her baby shower in October. If I could retire with the early out that the post office keeps dangling like a carrot in front of us I could finish lots of paintings! But the USPS won't let go of the 2% per year cut we would take if we leave before age 55, I am only 51. So I only have to sweat out 4 more years! I don't want to give up any of my retirement since I have made it this far. This Oct. makes 30 years with the PO!!! The best years were the seventheen I spent as the Postal Illustrator in South Florida, I miss those weekends off.

The images go from the latest work back to the beginning as I am sure you can tell.

Next time I will update you on some miniature paintings I
am working on. Melrose Art Gallery has invited me to be in a holiday exhibition I am very excited about.

Don't forget the holidays are right around the corner and if you are sitting on the fence about a commission now is the time to order one. I will work out a convenient payment plan to suit your needs and will in turn give you a quality Original piece of art made from only the best quality products. And don't forget if you are not completely satisfied I will refund you money within two weeks of your purchase. Let me know and check out my website for all finished new work.

Shadow shapes and 5 minute sketches

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day. It was super to have two days off in a row. I never got around to blogging last week so let's catch up. My Building a Better Portrait class was a week ago yesterday, Sunday. The subject was shadow shapes. We had to sketch the bust of the statue of David, by Michelangelo and a woman, with different lighting's just using shadows to depict the image. It was very helpful to get you to squint to see the shapes of the face in different light making your drawings more accurate.

For the last half hour we had to model and sketch each of us, students with 5 minute sketches. Melanie Peter, our teacher, said I did good. It was harder than I thought, and I need to practice this often. I plan on buying a small sketch book and maybe drawing the people I work with at the Post Office as I eat my lunch during the week. I will keep you posted. Modeling was a challenge too, try sitting still and not moving a muscle, five minutes turns out to be a long time. It makes you appreciate when you have someone model for you who sits for 15 or 30 minutes at a time.

This weekend was a free weekend, no class!