Another acrylic painting! The Poe fest continues with this 8″x10″ painting. I took some pages from the poetry section of an old book of Edgar Allan Poe’s works and pasted them onto my hardboard and got right to painting. As I did with my Albert Einstein painting, I put down many thin layers to get a blended effect.
Here’s an image of the work in progress with my reference photos and preliminary painted sketch. I like how this painting turned out. I was going to put it up for sale, but I just can’t part with it. At least, not right now.
I created this 6″x 6″ painting for a friend of mine. She’s starting an Indiegogo campaign soon and asked for donations of items she could use for incentives. So pleased with how this turned out. But I like the preliminary painted sketch better. Oh well, that’s the way it goes sometimes.
The quote isn’t on the original painting. I just thought I’d try creating a meme that I could share on Pinterest. Feel free to pin it if you’d like.
Last month I decided to take a break from artist trading cards and work on something larger. I found an old 5.5″ x 8″ mixed-media sketchbook that I had not quite finished and and some tubes of black and white acrylic paint so I decided to practice acrylic portrait painting.
I find that I really enjoy painting portraits in acrylic despite the fact that a sketch like this would have probably taken much less time if I had used oil paint.
I start with a basic sketch and then just build the image with lots of thin layers of paint. I make sure that I move from dark to light, just as if I were working with oils. My method is probably a lot more tedious than it needs to be, but I like the results.
The other day I posted about the Secret Solstice gifts I made last month. Here’s the second gift I made. This was for my old mail art pal Annette. We’ve traded a bit here and there for about five years now. I knew she was a Poe fan and since I’d been drawing a lot of Edgar Allan Poe portraits this year I felt it would be pretty easy to do another. This one is 5″ x 7″. It was nice to work a little larger than I’m used to.
I received another request for a Poe artist trading card. Folks sure like their Poe. I think I might have made this one a bit chubby.
To any of you who have liked my Facebook Page: Hugs and kisses to you all. I already have 122 fans and counting. It’ makes me so happy to have so many people following my work.
This month I’ve been working on some gifts for a Secret Solstice swap on IllustratedAtcs.com. I have three partners so I’ve been busy trying to make some special goodies for them. Once they’ve received their gifts I’ll post some images here.
I love making art for people. It’s all part of the equation isn’t. Make + Share = Fulfillment. At least that’s the equation that’s working for me right now.
I’ve finished the challenge! I’m so proud of myself. I’ve never completed an art challenge before. I usual drop it by day 10 or so, but this time I did all 29 faces. One for each day of the month and one extra. Here are what I think are the best of the drawings I did for days 20 – 29. The last image is a portrait of Edgar Allan Poe I made for an ATC trade.
Thanks to all the challenge participants who came by to check out my work. And thanks to all of you new followers out there. It’s so cool to know that people are actually seeing my work! Soon I’ll post a collage of all the faces I made for the challenge: the good, the bad, and the ugly!
The other day I whining about how little progress I thought I had made over the last couple of years. I’d been sick with a cold and generally whinging about everything I could think of. Last night, since I felt better I got out my sketchbook to do more practice drew this drawing of actor Martin Freeman. I remembered that I had done a drawing of Freeman in 2008 posted it here on the blog. Wow, what a difference. When I look back at that post, I realize that I have made progress with my drawing.
I tend to forget that with every drawing we make, there is progress. So I plan to fill more sketchbook pages and not worry about progressing with drawing. I’ve had enough experience to know that if I just keep going there will be bad drawings, but there will also be some good ones and eventually the good ones will get even bettter.