Monday, March 31, 2008

I can't seem to post my art??

Ok ladies,

I guess there's a first time for everything. I can't seem to post any images on here. I tried it through internet explorer but no go. The window just doesn't open up. I can't figure it out but will try again later tonight. Not that I got much done on my oil painting but I actually wanted your thoughts on what the reflection should look like on the glass of the tortoise's tank, argh!! Oh with regard to the Dominican College job no word yet. I'm still hopeful I'll get to teach at least one course. They were interviewing two more people this week so I guess I'll find out soon enough. I spent alot of this weekend writing up my overview for the workshop I'm going to teach on how to create and moderate an online critique group for the local arts council here. Who knew this would turn into some kind of paying position!!!! Welcome Sherry, officially that is, your stuff looks marvelous!
Update later this evening: I was finally able to upload this piece. I know it doesn't look much different than the last time but I'm kind of stumped as to how to incorporate the "glass". I've barely put in some reflection just with photoshop so I could get an idea of what it would look like when I go ahaed and put it down in oil. Blah, blah blah. I'm rambling now. I have to hit the hay. Let me know your thoughts.

Sunday, March 16, 2008

More Progress, I hope!

Present state:

Started working on ear and extended arm and hand:

More skin tone layers all over. Finalized mouth and eyes:

Where I left off last week:
Hi ladies,
Just wanted to say thanks so much for all of your support and encouragement as usual! Posting a tad early here because well with tomorrow being St.Patrick's day and with a name like McMenamin you know I'm making corned beef and cabbage for dinner and will be busy in the kitchen from early in the morning! Also half of my brew is off from school tomorrow so I won't have the normal amount of piece and quiet I usually have on Monday's. Argh! Although I don't have a drop of Irish blood in me I married someone that has a lot of it and so will be very dissapointed if I don't serve all the fixings! On another note, this piece has tested me thus far so all of your feedback has been a very positive source of inspiration. Here are a couple of more stages of my illo starting with last week's piece at the bottom and all the way to where I am right now. Oh and by the way it is an oil. I use MAX water soluble oil paints with "QuickDry Alkyd" gel as a medium. It has a drying agent in it and works miraculously! The painting dries to the touch overnight. I also use Turpenoid a non toxic kind of fake turpentine made from pine tree sap. Eventhough the paints are water soluble in still takes a while to clean the brushes with soap and water so I soak then in the turpenoid first rinse then do the soap and water. I really hope to finish this piece by the end of the week well with Easter coming and a few festivities we're going to have I know I'll never get any artwork done next weekend! Anyway, let me know your thoughts positive and negative of course. It all helps. have a wonderfully productive week!

Monday, March 03, 2008

A little color

Hi ladies,
Really sorry about the terrible picture I took of my latest illo with my digital camera. I'm working in oils this time and didn't get it dry enough to lay on my precious scanner. I stink at taking photograpghs as you can see. Nevertheless, I'm having fun with this piece thus far. I know I've lost a lot of the detail but I will be working it all back in. Hopefully next week I'll be able to scan the piece so you can see it better. On another note, I got a letter this week from a local private college, Dominican, about an adjunct position opening up this Fall in their growing Humanities dept. They want to build their art foundation courses and are looking for prospective teachers. I only have me BA and they stated they preferred someone with a Masters but I sent my resume in anyway! I'd be crazy not to. Anyway, I'm waiting for the call to be interviewed or the rejection letter. Wish me luck. Hope everyone has a wonderfully productive week! Oh, I did end up getting the go ahead to give a workshop on how to start and maintain an online critique group at ACOR, Arts Council of Rockland! That was exciting. I'll be doing it this summer and actually be paid YES!!!!!