Wednesday, January 8, 2014

"A Quiet Conversation" ~ Colored Pencil, WIP the Beginning

A dozen years or so ago my husband brought home a mule. Oh.. that mule! His name should have given him a clue, it was Dudly. Dudly was a dud. The only thing he did well was eat. About a month later, my husband saw a truck on the freeway, which had a Queen Valley Mule Ranch logo on the door, a local mule man...fantastic! He called the number on the truck, made and appointment and in a couple days, we were off to visit with Steve and Susan at  QVMR.

The first moment I met this mule man, I had this overwhelming need to draw his portrait. Sure, I had always drawn horses, cowboys and stuff but this was different. There was something about him that inspired me, more than just a face, or features.. something deeper that I needed to capture on paper.. but what? We left that day with not only great mule advice for my hubby but an intense desire to create a portrait for me!

Time moves on, and we now consider Steve and his wife Susan friends. It had taken me a while to actually gather the courage to ask Steve if I could take pictures of him for my artwork. I finally attended one of his clinics, just to take those all important resource images. However, for whatever reason, I never started creating anything from them. Until 2012 when I played with his portrait, trying to get back into work mode but I wasn't able to finish it until late last year, here: http://www.tonijames.blogspot.com/2013/10/calling-this-one-done.html

Fast forward to 2014, my studio lights are finally back on, Uart is ready, pencils are sharp, the music is playing & Steve has finally made it to my easel. After years of waiting, now, now is the right time....

"A Quiet Conversation"
16" x 20" Colored Pencil on Uart 600 Pastel Paper

 After finishing my transfer, I began laying my under painting in on New Years Eve..
 and worked right on into New Years, the BEST way to start my new year this year!! 


I'm coming to the end of the under painting, just a few more hours and on to the next phase!!! But first... I have a couple little paintings to do! 

Keep Scribbling!
Tj





"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

Saturday, January 4, 2014

#4/30 & 5/30

Looking at my past it's prime produce you would think I never cook! Funny, but I'm going with the excuse that it's much nicer to paint like this..right? lol.  As I mentioned yesterday, a new subject and format. These are both 4"x5" on stretched canvas. This support is a little finer than I've been using, it was nice, I liked it.

4/30 in 30 days....Sprouted Onion #1 (lol)
I see a little tweaking I need to do yet..whoops!   


5/30 in 30 days...Sprouted Onion #2. 
Spent a little more time on this one, but in the end I like this one better myself. 
Back to work for me...have a great weekend!

Tj

"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

Friday, January 3, 2014

#3/30 Paintings in 30 Days!

Yup.. it's this same OLD pepper again! This is the last time you'll be seeing this specific specimen though, it was a tad bit on the soft & wrinkly side, with a few age spots thrown in for good measure. Sadly it's modeling career is now over. Sad I know, but .. on to new challenges!

Something I've learned already... this is fun! This pepper was rushed early this morning. It's getting easier,  and I am having so much fun with loose imperfect paint applications..  stay tuned....


Tj

"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

Thursday, January 2, 2014

#2/30 Red Bell Pepper 2

Such a challenge... painting 2 is done in much less time. I like the messy, and this is allowing me to come to terms with it, I don't know where it comes from, but I find it fun. My goal is to use this project to help re-develop the confidence I had lost last year. I hope you follow along on my journey with me!

Red Bell Pepper 2
 5"x7" oil, on canvas panel



"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Starting 2014 with 30 paintings in 30 days!!

*GASP*

No one is more surprised than I am! It didn't take much for me to be talked into joining this project late last night..nothing like waiting until the last minute! This project is certainly going to be a challenge for me, but I am excited!

http://lesliesaeta.blogspot.com/2013/12/get-ready-for-january-2014-30-painintgs.html

Tomorrow I will do a little highlight touch up but for now I'm calling this one done. #1 of 30, 5x7 oil on canvas panel, done from life.




"Capturing the spirit of a portrait, the sparkle of a moment in time, or the soft sounds of your memories."