Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Paintings Past

The other night I was going through an old painting portfolio from my very first painting class from my very first year of community college (1999/2000) and I came across these three paintings that I was actually quite impressed with, considering they were my first oil I decided to share them/archive them here.

1. The first painting is a Paul Cezanne still life study. We were required to pick a still life painting by any artist from an art history book and I picked this one because I really wanted to paint the skull. You can compare to the original Cezanne, here. (If you don't compare, mine just looks that much better)

2. The second one is a painting of a still life of cow bones setup by the instructor. The assignment's purpose was to paint from real life and to use a complementary color palette. We were required to pick a shape to paint anywhere on the painting and use paint inside the shape with a complementary color scheme of the main color we chose to paint with. So I went with variations of purple for the main color scheme, complemented inside a circle with yellows...and I guess I felt it necessary to include a bit of complementing reds and greens as well.

3. From what I recall, the assignment of the last painting was to paint a color wheel, paint the outside of the wheel gray and paint anything colorful inside of the wheel, so I painted a goldfish.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Sketchbook: Ceramic Pendants

These are sketches of little ceramic pendants that I wanted to make. I ended up making a few of them but a couple didn't turn out well with glaze on them and the others I never glazed. The only one that turned out is pictured below and the only part that resembles any of these little sketches are the little cone horns, like the bottom right has. Not exactly sure what inspired these; I just went with it and this is what came out. Not sure what it is supposed to be or what the arrow is all about. Sometimes things just come seemingly out of nowhere. I like how it turned out though and how I only stained it and didn't coat it with a glossy glaze. Makes it look more earthy, which I'm all about.

Monday, July 11, 2011

Weekdaily Sketch: Kuki Come Back

I came across this sketch the other day that was done a few years ago and decided to post it because it is very special to me. Kuki is my dear friend, Josh's dog and when Josh and I used to live together, she was like my dog as well. One day, Kuki decided to jump over the fence to go exploring...for over three weeks. We searched for her daily, from the animal shelter to every neighborhood we could think of, to posting signs, to posting things on the internet rainy day I decided to do a sketch of Kuki so that I could put all of my energy and thoughts into her and into finding her. When I completed it, I put on my lucky Moe's Pub shamrock shirt from Wisconsin and walked out the door as I said to myself, "I refuse to come back here without her".

After a few hours of searching for Kuki in the pouring rain, I decided to end by making my daily stop to the animal shelter. To be honest, after quite a few optimistic hours (and weeks, for that matter), I was starting to feel a bit pessimistic. But when I walked into those kennels, I couldn't believe my eyes! It was Kuki in the first kennel that I saw, staring back at me begging to save her from that god awful place. I was so ecstatic, that I ripped open the kennel door, scooped her up and ran to the car yelling, "I found you, I found you!" I was crying tears of joy as I hugged her and kissed her when the lady working the front desk of the pound came out chasing after me, "hey, you have to come pay to get her out!" "What!? But I already took her out of the kennel and I have no money!", I exclaimed. With which she responded, "I'm sorry, but I can't let you take her until you pay. You'll have to put her back in the kennel until you can pay to get her out." Can you imagine? I was trembling with excitement and disbelief that I had finally found her and she thought she was finally getting to go home and I was forced to put her back in the top kennel myself. Needless to say, I came back home without her...trembling as I raced the whole way there to get my wallet. At least I got to bring her home, but man was that traumatic...for both of us. But, all of that to say, I believe that the power of this sketch helped me to find her.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Weekdaily Sketch

Of course I took 4th of July afternoon off from work...and I liked it so much, I took Tuesday off, too! So, today is Monday in this infinitesimal *section of the internet.

*for a lack of a better word

Friday, July 1, 2011

Weekdaily Sketch

My home computer has been out of commission for quite a while now so I haven't been able to scan a sketch...excuses, excuses. So I decided to take a picture of this watercolor pencil tree sketch with my iphone instead. Not the best photo, but not the worst either. Perhaps I should call this Semi-Weekdaily Sketch...

Happy Friday...and Fourth of July Weekend!

Just for fun and festivities sake, here's a picture of me at work eating a patriotic colored cake pop made by a coworker's little girl. She handed them out herself today. Such a cutie...and the cake pop was delicious!
Mira Sol