Well, the last few weeks (really the entire month of December) has been cerazy. I was so lucky to get a job that allows me to be a full time artist (yes, even though it is a job, I am still an artist there!) but I walked into it in a VERY busy time. It slowed down just in time for me to finish 7 pet portraits that were commissioned as Christmas presents. And, now that the holidays are *mostly* over, I have some time to be at home in my studio.
Besides making very large grocery lists and catching up on Hulu episodes, I have also been painting and drawing. For me, much of my time has been spent on commissioned pieces... pet portraits, the bird commissions, holiday cards etc etc. Its fantastic because I get to do work I love and also get paid, but I never build up an inventory.
Now, I have free time to do that and *hopefully* get some paintings under my belt and find myself with a personal vision! (I have a confession: it's very much easier for me to use someone else's vision... their pet etc. Otherwise, the options just seem endless and I always debate, where do I want to go?)
Well! I've chosen a direction: Rodeo! At least for now, I'm working on a series of buckin horses, cowboys and mud.
For so many reasons, which I won't really get into now, but mostly i just love the colors, the energy and the people/animals behind all these images. I'm hoping it is a subject matter that lets me effectively play with value, color, movement and edge quality.
Just learning away! Anyways, here's a few (cell phone) snapshots of this in progress!