Friday, December 23, 2011

Second Glances - more insomnia

Second Glance - Digital Illustration 8 x 8 inches
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Image Credits thanks to Finecrafted Designs,
Art by January, Tumble Fish Studio, Lorie Davison and
Holliewood Studios

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

....couldn't sleep


inSOMNIa - digital collage
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Image Credits - Holliewood Studios "Birds and The Bees" 
plus other images from the public domain

Monday, December 19, 2011

The pressure is on

to get this finished before Dec 24.  I am feeling it - even though it is all self-imposed.  I keep trying out different excuses in my mind as I paint, reasons to delay it so I don't have to hurry through.  Being a beginner at painting is really rearing it's ugly head and I haven't any techniques to draw upon apart from some of the You Tube videos I've watched.  If anyone out there has taken an on-line acrylic painting course (preferably portraits as opposed to landscape) I would love to hear from you!  I am also open to any suggestions!
Arrrgggggg....I think I need to take a chill pill.  I swear I've worn out my husband asking him to tell me what's right and wrong.  Damn insecurity.   If I were the type of person to be more gentle on myself, I'd give myself a pat on the back for getting over the dreaded fear of a paint brush that has plagued me for 3 decades.  Oh, I know, everything WILL be OK.  :0) 

Day 13 - work in progress
Study of Richard Phillip's "Scout" - 40x30 inches acrylic on wrapped canvas
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Progress Snapshots

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Min's Christmas Cut


Min, Mini and Mindi (just don't call her late for supper) is our 6 year old Yorkshire Terrier. She weighs about 6 pounds - a good size for her breed.  She has never had her hair cut quite so short, so when I see her, it's a double take!  Especially how much bigger her ears look!

Friday, December 16, 2011

Swan Correspondence - digital meanderings


Swan I - digital illustration
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Image Credits - Tumble Fish Studio, Holliewood Studios

Swan II digital illustration 
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Image Credits: Holliewood Studios and Finecrafted Designs

Wednesday, December 14, 2011


"Dear God, Please send to me the spirit of Your peace. Then send, dear Lord, the spirit of peace from me to all the world. "                                                                                        - Marianne Williamson

Peace - digital illustration
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Image Credits - Tumble Fish Studio and Holliewood Studios

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Oh My Gothic 4 x 4 Squares - Month 8

Working ahead of schedule on one of the collaborative projects I participate in, for January, it was my turn to create something for Leslie. She'd requested among other objects, eyes, vintage, clocks  and maps as some of her favorite images. 

I snapped several macro shots as well as added this new fabric collage to the ones I've completed and sent forward so far.

Thanks for your comments and visit - with two weeks to go before December 25th I'm sure everyone reading has a long list of things to do right now!

4x4 Fabric "Crazy Collage" - for Leslie January 2012
Most images from Tumble Fish Studio and map circles from Tangie Baxter

June to January 4 x 4's

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Work in Progress - Sunlight and Textures

 Update 2 Day 11 - still working on the face......

Today the sunlight really captured the textures of an acrylic painting  I  have been working on  as a Christmas gift for my daughter Jill.  It is a study of a painting by Robert Phillips called "Scout" (see last photo below).  My daughter saw it on the set of  "Gossip Girls" and asked me if I would paint it for her.

I am about 60% done and am working on it for an hour or so a day, hoping that amount of time will allow me to finish it in time for December 25th.

 Work in Progress - Study of Richard Phillip's painting "Scout" 
 40 x 30 inches acrylic on wrapped canvas
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Above are photos of the work-in-progress, from top left down and then up again. Similar to looking at your work in a mirror, it's helpful to see a photograph for me to determine where I'm going wrong...or right.  I'm continually surprised at how the photographs change depending on the time of day, whether or not I've used a flash, sunshine as well as incandescent lighting in the evening shots.

Here's the photograph I am working from (it's also shown above as the last lower photo on the right in the series above as a reference) - 

Original - "Scout" -Richard Phillips

 Photo from the set of Gossip Girls - Original Painting "Scout" by Richard  Phillips