Monday, January 28, 2008

Samson's Falling

Hi everyone,
Thanks so much for last week's feedback on my story! It truly helped, well I guess hopefully it will seem like it helped next week when I post the update on the manuscript! Anyway, this is the another quick sketch I did where he has built up his mound of pebblesa and wood chips in his tank and has attempted to call for help but stumbles and falls. There is glass behind him from the tank. let me know your thoughts?? Happy blogging.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Some writing

Hi ladies,
Hope everyone had a productive week and were able to get more done than me art-wise! This week I began teaching my new adult drawing class and had a great experience. I have some very talented students so I'm extremely excited. I set up a still life with some nice direct lighting to cast strong shadows and filled the room with classical music to set a relaxing atmosphere. It was an incredibly therapeutic morning to say the least. I could definitely do this until my dying day! I'm also teaching a kids cartooning class which was fun but I've been doing that kind of work for ages so it's not, well, as exciting anymore. The kids are sweet and very into art so that's always a plus. On another note, I wasn't able to get too much done on my own artwork but did do some re-writing on my Samson story which I hope to post for next week with a new illo. That's all for now folks. I'm off to work on my stuff as we speak on this wonderful day off we have. Thanks for all of the inspiration to move forward every week. Happy Blogging!!!!

PS Here's an update I posted later today Monday on my story "Samson". Any suggestions on my writing are more than welcome!

It's about a little tortoise that doesn't get attention from it's owners anymore. They grow tired of him basically and ignore him. He ends up disappearing and they all really miss him. Tortoise ends up having some wonderful adventures while "missing". Samson actually belonged to my kids in real life. Here's the beginning. Illo's to follow next week.

I've updated this writing yet again, today Tuesday, with Ginger's great suggestions in mind! Sorry if this is getting confusing!

Samson the Tortoise

Samson is lonely he goes round and about,
from this wall to that he keeps bumping his snout.

Day after day in his tank made of glass,
he shuffles he scuffles and longs for real grass!

Samson's quite sure when enough is enough,
knows he's not cut out for this kind of stuff!

His owners don't bother with him anymore,
He doesn't do tricks, they think he's a bore.

He tries to yell loud so someone will listen
to his call for help, to friends he's been missin':

"I want to be free, I want to be free,
I want to meet others that like me for me!"

Pushing some pebbles he makes a big heap
all with his hiney and his big feet.

He climbs to the top, standing real tall
ready to go he's sure he won't fall

At the top of the mound brave Samson calls:
"Please help me get out!!! but tumbles and falls

He wants to have fun, to run through the dew
to find a nice friend, oh someone brandnew.

With no one to play and always alone
there's nothing to do but grumble and groan.

Monday, January 14, 2008

Update on Apples and Color Study for Lighthouse

Hi everyone,
Hope you all had a productive weekend. I got a little more done on my Tortoise piece for my latest book dummy. Thanks for the suggestion on the sizing of the apples Joni. I knew there was something off there but couldn't quite figure it out. I made some adjustments and changed the largest apple in the foreground so that it looks like it has just crash landed in the dirt, at least I'm hoping you read it that way? I added some extra flying debris and some startled little bugs. I don't think I'm going to make this any more finished looking like I did my other Little Red Riding Hood book dummy because it was just too time consuming. Please let me know if any of it or all of it works.
I've also posted a pastel color study of the lighthouse painting I'm going to be doing for the library project. This is actually a piece I did for my mother-in-law a long time ago that I've spruced up a bit. Normally I work much more detailed in my fine art pieces but I figured I'd show you what I was up to. No need to critique, but of course anything really standing out please do let me know! Have a wonderful week. Looking forward to all of your posts!!!!!!!!

Monday, January 07, 2008

The apples they are falling

Hi ladies,

Hope everyone had a great weekend and of course I hope I'm not the last one to publish my weekly post tonight! Where are the rest of you fellow artists? We are supposed to be starting anew with no holidays to blame for our delays!!! Anyway, I'm happy to say I was able to pull this rough sketch together from my lastest book dummy "Tortoise" at the last minute. I really think it needs a lot of work but it's a start. I wanted to make his expression seem like one of being startled at the sight of large apples falling all around him and nearly hitting him. You let me know if I've pulled it off. On another note I'm happy to say that the grant process for the painting I'm going to do for my local library is in progress. Whoo Hooo! After two more meetings with the director I've decided to do a landscape scene of the Stony Point Lighthouse which is a historic landmark that sits in a lush state park right on the Hudson River where I live. I'm totally excited to say the least. Athena will have to wait. That's fine by me. I'll have about a year to work on the project so that's just wonderful. Oh and no it's not a mural painted directly on the wall, thank God, but a large painting about 5 feet by 4 feet. It will be a permanent fixture so I have to give it up in the end. I hate the thought of doing that on something I'm going to be spending so much time on but it's right here in town so I can go take a peek whenever right. Have a great week everyone. Keep up the beautiful work. And get those posts cracking!!!!!!!!!