Back in Action

I finally finished my semester! It was an extremely difficult semester full of sleep deprivation and animation but its over!! I am back at work in my studio after only a couple of days break because I have a show at the Red Dot Gallery in Sacramento on February 9th and I’d like to show some new work–here’s a sneak peak at what I’ve been doing–more sketches to come soon!

I’m trying to develop a process for painting and on work on these few in the same way for each one–What I’ve been doing is drawing a very detailed image, tracing the image on to vellum with a pen and doing an image transfer to get it to the canvass–I want my new paintings to have more volume and shape so I’m working for create a strong under painting in sepia before doing the details–hopefully it all pays off!

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Painting Progress

School starts again in about 4 days–I’m both excited and dreading it.  I feel like I haven’t gotten as much as I would have liked to get done in the last two weeks but I’m also dying to start classes again and really see my drawings improve (plus I just got all of my supplies in the mail and its like getting an early Christmas present and I just want to use all of my new toys!) 😀

Here’s the progress on my latest painting, I’m determined to finish it before classes starts and then start some more!

Victorian Houses
Victorian Houses

I think that I have finally started to work out a lot of the perspective problems and the space is much more believable.  This is almost finished but I need to wait for it to dry to add some more details and colors to the second house but it has improved a lot since I started it a couple of months ago…here’s a comparison of the two images below.

Victorian Paintings     Victorian Houses

 

Sacramento Sketch Crawl 8.13 (and other art type things)Then

Haunted Sketch
Haunted Sketch

Over the weekend my sister and I went on our own sketch crawl through the old Victorians of Sacramento to celebrate the end of the summer semester at Academy of Art. (Which I survived by the way!–woohoo yay!) I need to get in the habit of practicing life drawing more often and really trying to capture the image.  I think that most of the time I’m not looking long enough or working on a drawing long enough to get all of the information down just right so I’m trying to work on that.  Most of the time I find that parts of the object will be missing from my drawing because I’ve run out of room and didn’t notice them before, I need to stop doing this! Suggestions anyone?? Well, I suggested to myself that I try to do more life drawing so here it is!

Haunted House
Haunted House

This is the haunted-est house in Sacramento, it lives on H Street and it is so creepy it will stop you in your tracks! Literally! That’s how I found it!  Although the owner assured Sacramentans its not haunted, it certainly looks sinister and abandoned–and it doesn’t help that there was a creepy bird that sounded like a crying baby squawking the entire time we were attempting to draw.  Here’s my sketch:

Haunted Sketch
Haunted Sketch

Then we tried our hand at a couple of other (non-Haunted) Victorians:

Victorian Houses Sketch
Victorian Houses Sketch

Apparently I am really into Victorian Houses the last couple of months–maybe its because I finally get to see them everyday!  Here’s some progress on my Victorian Houses painting, which I’m supposed to finish in 2 weeks according to my academic-life coach but its frustrating me at the moment so we’ll see if that actually happens x.x   It has some massive perspective problems I realized after I got it started and am trying to correct.  Today it lost a house in hopes that drawing a new one will help to fix my nasty perspective work–“Drawing From Imagination”–HELP ME!

Painting Adventures!

Phew! Is it really already 10 pm?? I’ve been working on  a painting for the past couple of weeks and I thought I’d post some in-progress photos (in case you thought I forgot about it–I DO finish some of my projects :-p).  I’m working on a Victorian House (which is actually some where in Sacramento  I think) and am now trying to make it less cliched.  When I started this painting it was actually just an experiment to see if I could still do this oil painting thing.  I’d put aside painting for over a year because of work and moving and moving and then work again and finally got settled and decided to come back to it.  Unfortunately the set up of this painting is way too over done, but I have two more canvases ready to start something more interesting.   Now I’m realizing that its an excellent stress relief (unfortunately I didn’t discover this sooner–like last year >.<) and makes me really really tired–standing in front of that easel is just like exercise!

Painting Setup
Painting Setup

Here’s my ‘studio’ set-up, at the moment.   I’m using my kitchen table because its a big work space with no carpets, and a big window so that I don’t die from oil painting fumes. (That’s fairly important :-p).  I have a gigantic-ish glass palette and right now I’m using Gamblin professional grade paints (which I must  ARE much better than student grade paints–the color really is brighter and strangely they’re much smoother to mix!)

Painting Progress
Painting Progress

Here’s a close-up of the major portion of the painting.  I think its coming a long well but still needs a bunch of work!! (and I hope that the colors start to get more cohesive as I continue).

Helper
Helper

After meowing constantly and trying to eat all my materials Hershey, finally settled down to help me with my painting and get cat hair all over my coat.  And he stayed there for almost the whole 3 hours I worked tonight (trust me, this is an accomplishment for Hershey).–Quietest painting-helping job yet! 🙂

Another View
Another View

Haha and I just thought it looked better from far away!