Wednesday, February 29, 2012


I started on this last week, originally it was going to be an attempt at a more realistic mountain scape with mist and trees. Obviously- that is not what it WANTED to be. I'm still not sure entirely where it is going, but... it is a start!

I personally am enthralled with the difference in my art from when I work from one of my photographs, and when I work from what is in my head and what wants to evolve on the page. I can faithfully reproduce photographs in a painterly style, they look realistic with proper color and crisp edges and definition and what not. But when I just go for it? Completely, completely different style of expression.

It has taken me awhile to decide that what I do without a reference is still good. No, not fishing for compliments; just sayin'. I think most artists struggle with whether or not their work is good enough. Depending on who your teachers were (if you had any), different emphasis is placed on different things. I had a teacher who was bent on realism being the best thing. She could do abstract, and she did encourage it.... but realism was the way she wanted us to go. You had to learn the rules and be able to draw before you could break the rules. So, I got really good at realism.

Fortunately I also had a professor later who looked at my thumbnail sketches, and then at my final product one day and he scratched his head and said, in front of the whole class, "I don't know- I like your thumbnails better." and he said more, but right there- he liked my thumbnails better. The things I drew from my head without reference. He could point out in the process the minute I started using reference photos. It lost the character and the unique style and became something anyone with a photo could do. I don't think I can ever say how happy I am I decided to take that last class at KVCC. I had already graduated, I didn't need it. I just -wanted- to take it.

... and that's enough introspection for the day!

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Final Redbud

okay, baring any changes I go in and make someday far in the future... the Redbud painting is done! Its been submitted to the KVCC Alumni show, so we'll see if it gets in. I wish I was closer to Kalamazoo that I could go to the show opening! Ah well, if anyone who reads this is there... let me know how it goes.

I fixed the background to even out the tone some, and finished filling in buds and did some refinements to shapes and got rid of strange blips and spots. I'm sure I could drive myself nuts going at it for another week or two, but sometimes you just gotta stop.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Work Work Work

So I have been terrible about keeping to my one post a week already. Oops? I blame the Holidays!

Anyway, Been busy at work lately getting the Visitors Guide ready to print. Woohoo! Redesigned cover and a few new elements on the inside... but in the interest of time, we left a lot of the innerds alone.