Leaf it to me!
Hi there! After living in Portland for a year, I've been lucky enough to meet some amazing people and have the chance to do some great art networking. It has led me to a few great opportunities to make custom art for people -- most recently some watercolors with a tree theme for a girls bedroom. Last year, I did a basic painting of a tree on a hill with a tire swing:
Doesn't it look great in its new home? I love the wall colors! After it was framed and hung, the mom decided she wanted leaves to accompany the tree. She gave me free reign on what to do with the leaves -- coloring, shape, and size. With this, I decided to make a series, with a couple different kinds of leaves. Here's the process of leaf painting:
And that was it! Pretty simple project -- and it will look awesome when the pictures are all hung together. I did really enjoy the challenge of trying to make leaves look different and use an analogous color scheme. I've done a lot of trees and leaves in my artistic endeavors; maybe this time it will lead to a gateway for a whole other realm of nature exploration in my artwork!
Family, Familie, Familia
Greetings again, and Happy Saint Patrick's Day! All too often, I get these brilliant ideas for artwork, and then don't realize how much time it will take to finish them. By the time they are done, they're 3 months late (in this case at least). Still, I thought I would share a couple of graphite drawings that I just completed for my hunny, Marco's family..... as Christmas gifts. You can't rush a masterpiece, right?! I decided to do two pieces, on watercolor paper. The first is of Marco, his mom and sister hugging each other. The second is of his sister's family, sitting on a wall. As you could guess, the portraits were much harder than drawing the whole family on the wall! Have a look-see:
My lovely workspace. So much nicer to have a place where I don't have to set up my easel every time I want to work!
Didn't take any early on pictures, but here's a good view at some mid-development... shading was huge in this one. Marco's mom in the middle was almost completely in shadow, so there was a lot of challenge in making the light source look accurate and still allowing details in her face to show through.
Not quite right... kind of dark for what I had in mind...
There, that works! Finished product -- 18" by 24", graphite on watercolor paper.
Here are the shots for the McAdams family sitting on the wall: