My friend and I decided to do an “art a day” month beginning in October in order to be more diligent about practicing/making art. Turns out that the month of October is also “Inktober”. We didn’t follow the Inktober prompts but it was really neat to see what other artists did on a daily basis and being a part of that mini community was also a great motivator. Since I’m just starting out with watercolors, I had a lot of new styles and techniques to practice. Below are a few pieces I did in October showing the different subjects, styles, and techniques I tried out.
Trying to paint the most iconic view in Boulder requires practice and a lot of it. With that said, I’m pretty happy with how things are coming along.
Once I get back into the artisan fair rotation and begin to focus on my business more, I hope to offer my watercolors (mountains, flatirons, skylines, etc) as cards for sale.
Acrylics have always been my strong suit. However, my style requires a lot of time and patience and recently I’ve had little of both. So in order to make me feel productive and challenge myself, I’ve picked up watercolors. Turns out, nice quality liquid watercolors are WAY more fun to use than the little crayola disk watercolors we got as elementary students.
I’m excited to see the progress I’ve made in such a small amount of time and how drastically different my watercolor technique is compared to my acrylics.
I also realized that making cards with watercolors is way more fun than trying to buy one from the store.
About a year ago my friends, who had just started up a folk band, approached me and asked me if I would be interested in doing art work for them. They had seen some of my rough sketches I had done while bored at work and wanted that style– rough ballpoint pen sketches. How could I say no to helping out such talented artists?
It was nice to spend weekend afternoons, sipping on coffee, and sketching all sorts of “folky” things. The even better part was swinging by their practice to surprise them with completed sketches.
Sunday evening, March 12th, The Ridgelings had their cd release at Etown Hall. The show was their best one yet, and the CDs turned out so slick! I had done a sketch of a horse’s eye months prior and had pretty much forgotten about its existence. Seeing the old school printing of that sketch on an almost cardboard like cd case made me excited about my own artwork (which is real hard to do). Not only was the cover my work, but each section inside the unfolded case had other sketches I had done for them. (You can see those on my facebook page).
There is nothing better than being able to collaborate and help out other local artists.
The Ridgelings, “Hard Winter Rations” for sale on their website.
As I’ve gotten older, (and perhaps a bit more Boulder-esque) I’ve grown to appreciate holidays for spending time with family/friends and not the commercial aspect. Don’t get me wrong– I like giving gifts, but now I prefer to make gifts as to buying things since it means a whole lot more.
This year’s lot:
Gift for my Brother: Frankenstein and His Bride. 2013. Pencil on paper. 9×12.
Gift for my future sister-in-law: Cat’s Squirrel. 2013. Acrylic on Canvass board.
This squirrel was actually was a lot of fun to paint! I poured myself a glass of wine (or two) and just went to town. Using a lot of paint on my brush I acted fast to be able to blend colors on the canvass. I love how this one turned out because it’s more “artsy” than my usual work.
Gift for my sister and brother-in-law: Sir Vance. 2013. Acrylic on canvass. 9×12.
I always love painting in black and white and enjoy it even more when it’s doing the folds of clothing. I heard how much my brother-in-law loved Carl so I knew I had to do a piece like that for Christmas, except with their cat, Vance.
Flatirons. 2013. Acrylic on canvass sheet. 18×20 (?)
I’ve always wanted to paint the flatirons, but have never had the motivation to attempt them. They may look simple, but are actually very challenging especially since I see them every day and haven’t perfected painting rock yet. I thought the flatirons would be a good choice as a gift for my parents. Perhaps it’ll motivate them to visit some time.