11.29.2013

Happy Black Friday!  -.-  I’m not shopping.

I hope you all had a wonderful day yesterday…it was quiet here, and Scott and I ended up doing nothing but playing with the website and cleaning house.  Not seeing family was strange for both of us, but not all together bad, because they were  all off doing things they loved, so we were good with that.

Here is a piece I did earlier this month but never posted.  Sorry,  it’s another barn…but I’m in the Midwest.  We have barns.  They aren’t amazing urban architectural pieces,   but they can be beautiful in their own right.

tug-o-war… (click image for zoom)

Have a safe and happy Friday., I’ll probably see you tomorrow!

xo

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11.27.2013

Yesterday was a big day, and not entirely a good one.  I had my twitter account hacked, and had hundreds of bad posts added in just a day or so, not to mention hundreds of new people I was following…most of them unsavory.  Yay.  Then, in the afternoon I found out that a once close friend from Serbia had died.  I was dumbfounded to say the least.  I plan on doing a memorial post to him…he was an astounding photographer, and a dear friend.

This is probably one of the last character only paints I’ll do.  I’m feeling pretty confident with people at this point.  I’d like to start integrating more into the image…environment and other elements.  We’ll see…I look forward to your feedback.

Cecelia… (best seen here)

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving in the states.  I don’t know how crazy it will be, but I’ll try to stop in with some work.  I hope you all have a wonderful day, and a safe weekend.  Everything is covered in a fluffy white blanket today, it’s actually pretty beautiful.

xo

11.27.2013 – extra

I’m posting two today.  Just something different than the people I’ve been doing, I haven’t been posting as much as I’ve been painting.

red umbrella… (best seen here)

I did this a few months ago.  It fits in with the story, strangely enough.  I’ll take that!

11.25.2013

Happy Monday everyone!  This will be short…and it’s likely to be a busy week, so please forgive any hit or miss posting.  I’ll do my best.  It’s my work, I want to keep working!

Today’s painting is another character.  He’s my Dark One.  I’m trying to find a character style, and am thinking seriously about the writing now as well.  The more I work on these pieces, especially the characters, the more I can see them speaking and moving.  I know it sounds a little mad, but it just makes sense in my visual mind.

Sinister… (best seen here)

Wishing you all a wonderful week, whether it’s a holiday week where you are, or if it’s not. I appreciate you sharing a moment out of your day with me!

xo

11.23.2013

Today, winter winds are blowing in and it’s snowing.  I want to be excited, I really do, and I am grateful the sun is shining through all the flurries, but autumn is leaving us too quickly…at least for my taste.

Here’s today’s piece.  This is another character I envision in the story I told you about earlier.  He’s the always necessary wise old man, blind and full of truth.  I think I’m happy with this one, though seeing it on flickr, I’m seeing some flaws I’d like to fix.

I hope you’re all having a safe and happy weekend.  Thanks so much for stopping by!  The site is almost done, I can’t wait to show you!

xo

11.21.2013

I hope everyone is having a good week.  I’ve been working away at the portfolio, planning and trying to figure out the website and living life in general.

This is Will.  He’s the one I told you about yesterday.

I had forgotten how obsessive I get when I’m working.  How much of a perfectionist I become.  I think I freak even myself out in the end, which is idiotic, I know, but it is what it is.  I’ve been reminded that a job isn’t worth doing if it’s not done right since I was a little girl.  I’m so glad I got that lesson, especially becoming an artist.  It’s made me look at detail, at content, all the nuances that makes something a quality piece of work.  It also makes me crazy to have it right.  I hope you guys can see some growth through all this, I go jump on the computer or to the sketchbook about every spare minute I have.

That’s not a complaint though, I haven’t been this challenged in a long time, I love that!

I hope you all have a great evening.  I’ll try to see you tomorrow!

xo

11.20.2013

Hi!  It’s Wednesday.  It’s cold.  I’m doing people.  Like this one…

overheard plans… (best seen here)

For awhile now I’ve had this story in my head.  I doubt if it will ever come to be, but sometimes I get on a kick where I work on it.  It’s had lots of variations, and it’s always a generally about two families, both of which are Irish.  So over the past couple of years I’ve collected images of Irish looking people.  (I’m Scotch/Irish, don’t get obnoxious please.)  :p

Anyway, there might be another next time, I am working on a man.  I hope you all like this stuff.  I’m trying to keep moving upward.  It’s so much fun to be here…I kind of wish I could just jump in and have time stop, and just be allowed to be immersed for awhile.

Happy happy day everyone!  Please take care?

xo

11.18.2013

I’m learning I have no one I can really depend on but myself.  I’m pretty sure at some point doing everything on my own is going to get a little too overwhelming and I’m going to have to ease up in all areas.  Right now this is therapy, and I want to try to keep going.  

passages… (best seen here)

This was just going to be practice at painting people again.  It’s been a very long time and I was never really accomplished at it in the first place.  This took a LOT longer than it should have, but I liked it anyway.  (I know, it’s not perfect, even now I can see twenty things I’d like to change…but it’s taken enough time, the next one will be better)  

It was a tough weekend.  I lost myself in this one.  I’m grateful I had it to work on.

xo

11.16.2013

I think things get tense in the late autumn.  Everyone here is mourning the summer, realizing they’ll be in the house, stepping over each other or hibernating for the next few months. My son and I are summer people.  It’s just the way it is.  Don’t judge me, I get enough of that from the people here.

the long goobye… (best seen here)

This was a photograph, gone digital painting.  It was bright and brilliant to begin with, but this fit my mood today.  Sorry, it’s just the way things go sometimes.

I’m not doing links today, probably tomorrow.  I hope you all have a great weekend!

11.15.2013

First this…

This week I went back to ‘school’.  I’ve been finding anything I could, anywhere I can, about tricks and tips for Photoshop and Painter.  I’m recreating pieces I like, just to figure them out, and I’m messing around with about every setting.  It’s just time to get the brain moving on all cylinders.  Here’s today’s piece.

autumn whispers… (best seen here)

Now, I’ve been trying for a couple of weeks now to sit down and formally thank John (or possibly Doug?) from Doug Does Life for being so kind and nominating me for the Versatile Blog Award.  (Thank you SO, so much John!)  I have wanted to sit down, go through all the hundreds of blogs I’ve discovered, say something wonderful and do my own nominating.  It just hasn’t happened.  At the risk of sounding ungrateful, and for so many reasons, I think John needs to take me off the nomination list and put someone a bit more worthy on…and I think at least for the immediate future, I need to stay away from the whole blog award world!  Ugh!  I’m going to add my 15…but some of the people I want to nominate have no more time than I do, and would most likely get to all this in as much of a timely manner as I did.  So I’m sparing them.  BUT, in the end, I’ll go and give them the option, only because that’s the right thing to do!   Now…Lastly, I need to do this over a few days.  I have about 10 minute blocks of time and I just don’t type THAT fast…so here are a few…these are my closest partners in crime…at least in the virtual world, and I don’t know what I’d ever do without them…

Wendy from Half Board with Lunch is a wonderful, insightful writer, a foodie and is obnoxious as all get out, how can you not want to check that out?

Eleanor from Eleanor Kay Images is the MOST amazing photographer.  She can make any child look angelic and any sunset look heavenly!

Carola from Dog of the Earth and I am a Triathlete is one of the most compassionate amazing people I have the pleasure of knowing.  She is a powerhouse in so many ways…

Brie from The Shelf Life of Brie is probably the most brilliant woman I know…and she’s gorgeous, and she will kick anybody’s butt who even thinks of harming an animal.  PLUS she can analyze why they’re doing it in the first place.  Yep, awesome!

I am so lucky to count these amazing women as friends.  I wish all my best friends blogged, but they don’t…luckily for all of us, these do!

More tomorrow…or Monday, if I can’t sneak away…have a great weekend!!

xo