I’ve been working on a collection for the up coming ‘Dog, Cats and Whatchamacallits’ exhibit for Argle Fine Art
I’ve pushed beyond the borders of the household pet and taken things out into the wild!
Cougar, Wolf, Panther and I did manage to sneak in a little Kitty.
I decided to paint the frames metallic gold for more impact. The show kicks on February 27th. So come and find out the truth about cats and dogs!
So last night was the opening of the Preshrunk show at Argyle Fine Art in Halifax.
There were some really great pieces exhibited. I submitted 6 pieces in the show which sold by the time I showed up! So that was really exciting. To view all the pieces on line click here. Argyle Fine Art
There was definitely cause for celebration as my friend Melissa Townsend Hiltz was also a sell out…but then she usually is lol.
Thank you to the friends who showed up to support me and for the after party!
This is the drawing that got me hooked on realism.
I was working on this piece and started drawing the trickling water down her arm and it was like fireworks going off in my head as I defined the detail and started to figure out that I could actually make it look like water.
It was that exciting moment when the pencil I was holding started to do what I wanted it to do. I was 16.
Here are the drawings that followed….
Now this has been a fun project. Drawing 4×5 inch pieces for the Pre-shrunk show at Argyle Gallery in Halifax.
These pieces will be hard to see go as I’ve become quite attached to their little faces and it’s such a pleasure to work on them and see speedy results.
They will be available as limited addition prints so they aren’t leaving my life completely.
I chose metallic gold for the sides of the blocks.
When I put them all together they are almost like an interactive art installation.
Here’s my little box of magic.
Next weekend I’m heading down to Annapolis Royal to deliver two pieces of work to the ARCAC & Artsplace Gallery which will be on display for the next month.
I decided to submit two diverse pieces. A sheep with curly horns and a bear.
Here are all the stages of the sheep (which will also be available in limited addition prints). I had a test run with a similar looking sheep for the pre-shrunk show. Drawing it on a large scale had it’s own set of challenges (like how to cast a shadow over one side of the face without making it look hard yet still including parts of the horn in the shadow).
And here he is! Curly and rugged!
I’m getting a custom Maple frame made for him this week so I’ll post photos of the completed piece and of course the opening show!
If your eight year old comes to you with a drawing they’ve done of a dejected naked woman, then you can be pretty sure that there may be trouble ahead lol.
I drew this at a friends house whilst my friend worked on a cheerful picture, we then went and presented our work to her Mum who gave me that ‘Are you disturbed?’ look!
Thankfully my parents were both artists so I was in good company, in our house these drawings were praised.
At around the same age of eight I also drew a group of naked people dancing together I think I was heavily influenced by Matisse for this one.
My childhood obsession was babies in the womb, child birth and new born babies.
The nurse below has been deemed unnecessary and erased out!
What a terrible birthing position, poor woman.
Much younger in age, I think I was about five
when I drew this ill fated mermaid who has been stabbed!
The next page is far more optimistic.
A pregnant mermaid!!
A few years later in my early teens I was all about the pre-raphaelites.
I couldn’t get enough of the long necks, frizzy hair and silk dresses.
This is Jane Morris wife of William Morris
and muse and lover of Dante Gabriel Rossetti.
It all starts with a blank piece of paper and a head full of ideas!
The eyes come first and everything bleeds out from there.
Almost every piece gets to that horrible point where I think I’ve lost it,
that it’s all been a waste of time.
Then as if by magic it starts turning around and I don’t quite know how I got there?
The whole thing is a bit of a mystery and it remains a mystery.
Oh, Water Buffalo how I love thee let me count the ways.
Endless sharpening and endless crumbling of charcoal.
Full of innocence and mystery.
‘The Majestic Wild’
Sun streaming in, sharpened pencils and a new cup to hold them in. These are the right ingredients for a morning of Art.
Ok, I’m suppose to be drawing and now I’m caught up taking photographs
because the light is so marvelous.
Here she is!
And there’s that sun working it’s magic again.
What’s the time Mrs Wolf?
Oh yeah, it’s dinner time!
I’ve never worked on such a small-scale!
This is a piece I’m going to be submitting to Argyle Gallery for their Preshrunk show where all art has to be 4×5 inches (about the size of my hand). It’s actually really refreshing to work on something of this scale because it progresses quickly.
I now have a dinning room wall which is being taken over by potential Preshrunk pieces.
Here is the time line for this little wild ram.
It’s all in the eyes, if they aren’t right then nothings right!