Tuesday, February 5, 2013

There Goes My Blue-Eyed Girl

Graphite, Colored Pencil, Pastel
Original looks lovely, purple background is soft
and so nice in person. Scan does not 
do it justice.  

Portrait of a little girl I found in a World Vision Catalog. 

Original in Black and White. 


Thursday, January 17, 2013

Frank, Christmas gift for sister, Dec. 2012

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Princess girl portrait

Here's another portrait I drew of Hannah wearing her princess tiara. She is about six years old here. She'd been to a store in the mall called Libby Lu, where they dressed up, got their hair fixed really cute, donned a tiara, and got some sparkling dust sprinkled all over her. She had a blast. Happy memories for us! Anyway, I'm working on a couple more right now, but I realized I hadn't posted this one yet.

We've had a WONDERFUL Thanksgiving weekend. I hate to see it end, but am thankful Christmas vacation is just around the corner. This was probably the first time in several months I've seen John truly relax, especially on a weekday. We had some very nice family time, which is always a good thing.

I've also begun oil painting. I'm still on track to paint oil portrait commissions, as well as these pencil drawn ones. My first oil portrait (not commission, just an assignment I gave myself) is coming along nicely. I'll try to post some more soon.

All for now,

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Sassy Girl portrait

This portrait was so much fun to draw! I call it Sassy Girl, with the blond-headed model looking over the top of her sunglasses with a "you lookin' at me?" quizzical expression! The paper is Canson Mi-Tientes, which is archival (acid-free), and the color is violet. It looks particularly nice with a mat and frame (not included here). A departure from the usual grey or white I've been working on, but I'm having fun experimenting with all sorts of colors and art supplies (graphite, colored pencil, pastel, etc.)

I'm probably going to start a new blog solely for my drawing/painting, highlighting my commissioned portraits. I've had five requests this past week since I posted my availability for 7-8 more before Christmas on Facebook, so I'm very excited! We'll see how many folks actually follow through, but I'm glad there's definitely interest! A client has already sent one photograph for a commission.... hey, it's a start!

All for now,

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Here are three portraits I've done in the past month or so. Freehand. (The girl with the purple shirt, which I call Girl With a Secret, I traced her main features lightly to get them right, but otherwise it's all freehand.)

I'm excited to say that my art teacher said the other day that we are going to "fast track" my portrait drawing because my dream is to draw people, and I am interested in taking in commissions as I improve my techniques and style. I've been working hard, several hours a day sometimes, so as to improve and hopefully at some point bring in a little $$ so John doesn't have to work so hard. Yes, I know MOST people work several hours a day! ha! But drawing and painting is different, at least in the eyes of my chiropractor--she does NOT approve of all the neck strain as I pore over my drawing board! ha! But I think it'll get a bit easier when it's not so new...

Sorry to not be as faithful with my blog as I used to be. I just don't get online nearly as often as I used to. It's almost impossible to do much with our dial-up at home, and so it's been difficult to maintain any sort of regular blogging. At some point, I may just switch to a website or something, as I build my art portfolio over the next weeks/months/years. I imagine I'll keep this for friends and family though, at least that's the plan!

I can't believe it's almost November! September and October were a blur of many, many volleyball games and practices for the girlie!

Here are some shots of her at work and play!

All for now,

Monday, August 13, 2012

Well, our girlie is officially a 7th grader. I was glad yesterday (orientation, getting set up with lockers, etc.) went really well. And this morning one of the girls (classmate) she kind of knows came up and gave her a hug. I saw the relief and happiness in her eyes and I must say, I felt the same way. She got a big hug from another girl yesterday, too. 

The teachers all seem nice. She's all set up with backpack and athletic bag for P.E. Binders. Pencils. Paper. Folders. I still need to go get her a calculator later today, they were all sold out at Wal-Mart. 

She had a hard time going to sleep last night, so we had a nice long worship. SHE read to me. In the back of her Bible, there are pages that say, "What to do when..." and then say "if you're afraid," or "if you need comfort," etc., and have verses you can look up. She looked them ALL up! ha! It was a lovely time and I'm so glad He is the one she turns to when she's afraid or nervous. 

I asked her what specifically she was nervous about and she said not knowing what her schedule is. So I found the "parents packet" they gave us and gave her a copy of the schedule. She felt lots better after that. See, they only get 3 minutes between classes! But the building is small, so I think she'll be fine. 

I will be thinking of her all day! I guess that's what it means to be a mama--your child is always in your heart. No matter where SHE is, or no matter where I am, I'm always thinking of her and praying for her.

Sorry for not writing on here lately. I don't know where the summer went! Our move to Keene went well and now we are settling in as much as possible. I have some art to share, but since we have no Internet at home, and may not for a while, it's difficult to get my photos up on here.

All for now,