Sunday, July 26, 2009

And on a different note...

"Untitled" 12" x 24"

This week's acrylic painting class homework. We started by ripping pages out of surf magazines to create a landscape collage. The goal was not to define objects, etc, but to see the colour in "blocks". Painting was not about realism, but about laying down said blocks of colour to create a sense of depth.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Ride 'Em Cowboy!

This drawing was included in the Interlakes Rodeo program! The Breakaway drawing below, as well as the Team Roping drawing and a steer wrestler ACEO were also included.

This drawing is 8" x 10" on Strathmore 100lb Bristol Smooth support using a 2H, 2B and 4B graphite pencil and a tortillon for a little flying dirt blending. Took about four hours to complete.

Sunday, July 12, 2009


Found myself on a bit of a mini-roll today with the Western art. This is a drawing I've had in my "to draw" folder for a long time. Kinda blew it with her shirt, but overall I'm happy with it.

Finished size 5" x 7" on 100lb Strathmore Bristol Smooth
4B graphite pencil, with tortillon blending tool

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Team Roping

Finally had some time to get caught up on a commission. This drawing is of a husband and wife roping team that I know in the Cariboo for their 25th wedding anniversary. Its also my first Western theme drawing. Phew! All that tack took a LONG time!

The details:
8" x 10" graphite pencil drawing on 100lb Strathmore Bristol Smooth, using a 4B pencil and tortillon to smooth out the flying dirt, and took about six hours to complete.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Horsing Around

More homework from my Composition and Form art class. These two are from a collection of 15 drawings done on different surfaces using different tools and techniques, all of the same object in as many angles as possible. We then had to set up all our work salon style, which was part of the critique.

For these two, I found a Spanish language newspaper, tore the pages out, covered them with Sanguine conte pencils that I blended out with paper towel, and then drew the horses with black charcoal. The finished effect wasn't really intended, I was just letting the creative juices run free, but I really like the "vintage" feel. I think I'll be doing more works like this.

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Art of Realism Invite Postcards

I am so excited! The gallery used one of my drawings on their invite postcards for the upcoming "Art of Realism" show! Something for my portfolio. :-)

If you find yourself in the Vancouver area between July 24 and August 29, get over to the CitySpace Community ArtSpace in North Vancouver to check out the show. The opening reception is July 23 from 7-9pm. I, along with the other artists, will be in attendance. If you find yourself there make sure you say 'Hi'.

I googled the other artists and they are amazing! Definitely worth it to take in the exhibit.