I did this commission for my brother-in-law, who happens to work for Peterbilt. He drives Peterbilt, and has for many years, and now he gets to work for the company. This was an absolute blast to paint. It was relaxing, and it made me smile.
In honor of Stampede week here in Calgary, I've painted some cowboys. This is Mark, one of my husband's first bosses when he worked out on a ranch in northern British Columbia.
It also happens to be my first go with oils. Painted in under an hour, I just wanted to get the feel of oil, and instead, I got a whole lot more. I got this "click"...like a lightbulb moment, where I just understood it. I loved it, so I painted two more cowboys in oil. I may never go back to any other painting media.
I'm doing everything I can to push myself as an artist. This was an experiment, where I allowed myself three colors of conte crayon, sanguine, sepia and black, chose a picture, and went from there.
The method is called "trois crayon", ironically enough, and I think it's been invaluable to teach me a lot about what I see, and how to interpret it. This is a very rough sketch, but I loved it. It forced me to think "value", not realistic color. The brain sees it right, even if it is an orange person.
The photo comes to me courtesy of my friend Gem (a very worthy site to check out, by the way!). Thanks, Gem! I love his brooding look. It was a picture that I would like to do again. In the photo, his t-shirt says "born to make your life hard", and based on the look he's giving, I believe him. He's Dominican, and I would assume that his life has been hard already, that he has seen things that little boys should not see or know about. Poverty like what he knows is something many of us cannot even fathom.
There is another artist in our household! This young lady painted a ruby-throated hummingbird with such flair, don't you think? She put "emotion" into the clouds, as well as movement, and has mixed all of the colors herself.
The painting was done 'alla prima', with fluid, free movement, with much care for composition and highlights (as demonstrated in the eye). And the artist is only 9.5 years old.
If you are interested in buying this gem, the artist has informed me that she is accepting bids starting at $20. Please email me for more information. ;)
This is another experiment, using a media I am not comfortable with, and using a surface I have never used before. I thought I knew how to paint, but this claybord is challenging me on multiple levels. Plus, I worked in watercolor, which denies many painters success, but I was intent on at least experimenting with it, and I think that in the end, it worked. (That's her ear on the right hand side beside the braid, by the way.)
This is my daughter's amazing hair: one of the two braids that she tossed over her fur-collared shoulder. And if you think her hair is beautiful, you should see her perfect pixie face!