Here are 2 more completed pictures for Christmas. They are both Santas (of course) and I actually got brave and did a horizontal one! It was interesting to try. Enjoy!
Sorry so long in posting…I have been busy trying to find which media to stay with, as I am all over the place. I seem to be falling back to pastels though, as I really love the realistic look to it.
I did the snowmen pics in acrylics, which were fun…but the Santa was really fun. I just love to blend and get the colors so vibrant! Anyway, I hope you like these.
Sorry it’s been so long, but I am trying to improve my portfolio and it takes a lot of extra time!
Just wanted to share something new I decide I’d try, and that is paint a quilt block like a sampler, since I know I will never really “sew” one. I love the look, but I think I will add some stitching around the edges of the hearts and border to give it that “sewn” look.
What do you think? I may just do a set of these..with other wording. Let me know.
Thought I would try my hand at acrylics, and this time I did one of my favorite subjects…angels. I had to play with this one for awhile and I finally figured out how to blend and highlight a little better, which is kind of difficult with this medium, as it dries rather quickly. Anyway, hope you like it…
I think sometimes it pays to look back on your artwork and really look at it. If you’re not happy with a piece after it’s all completed, sometimes it’s good to set it down and wait awhile and really look at it and see if it could be improved in some way. Maybe make the colors more saturated, try another media to see if it works a little better with the picture itself. Whatever.
Well, that’s what happened here. I love pastels, but I tried rendering an old watercolor picture of Santa singing with his reindeer (originally designed for my husband’s Christmas birthday) with pastels. I never really was happy with it. Pastels work lovely on portraits, but when I have a lot of detail work in a picture, it just doesn’t cut it. I can’t work in the tiny details, and it looks like there is no “punch” factor….it just sort of sits there, almost like a bad copy of a picture.
See for yourself here as I have attached the original pastel and the new watercolor. I think I will take the watercolor. It’s so vibrant and I can see all the detail work. This is also what the art licensing companies look for, vibrancy. So that’s what I am doing now. Taking my portfolio and re doing all the old pics that just “sort of sit there”. Hope you like this new one! Enjoy!
Here are two more scarecrows to continue the Friendly Scarecrow series. I really like the one where he is jumping in the leaves!
I had sent my online art portfolio to Porterfield’s Fine Art and the president of the company sent me back some encouraging words within 10 minutes of sending it to them. He suggested I try acrylics for more color saturation as art licensing companies look for saturated color. He said he could not use my art this point in time. but it was “Awfully good”. I’ll take it! Usually you get nothing back but a rejection letter. This was nice.
He did like my scarecrow and my santa holding a present, which explains the reason for all the scarecrows. The more the better! Hope you like them.
I forgot to post this picture. I keep creating the Christmas designs because that is always the most popular with any kind of Licensing company or Greeting card Company. So even when it is hot and summer-like, I probably will still be pumping out Christmas. Oh well, at least it’s a fun holiday and you can think of so many ideas.
But anyway here is the latest and as you can see it is in my new banner overhead. I posted one with and one without text, just for interest. Hope you like it.
Well, I finally finished my picture . Problem is, I want to keep touching it! I feel this is done…for now! Hope you like the finished piece.:)
I am now taking a needed break from watercolor and trying my hand at doing pastels again. I love pastels! I can do them rather quickly and I love the realistic result. I just love adding highlights here and there and making the wispy pieces of hair. The pictures seem so alive. I can’t wait to finish this one. I am having a hard time trying to decide what color the background should be, and just praying I don’t mess this up! Oh well, back to the drawing board. Hope you like what I have done so far.