I was surprised to learn that my employer, an attorney, is also a 70's genre rock singer. Her office suite has a lot of blank walls, so I used a photo from her band's website and did this as a gift. It was also a chance for me to play with texture and other techniques I wouldn't ordinarily use. I'm not painting regularly, though--think about it sometimes, but that's as far as it goes. As someone with no background in law office work, learning the ropes as an estate paralegal is enough for now, thanks.
I am pleased I was able to update this extremely trying illustration I did a few years back, in order to make it work for this project. Also the drawings for a 14-page commemorative coloring book, on which I've spent the past month.
acrylic gel texture and oil on wood cut-out--about 20x16"
This is my dog art entry for Rocklin's Woofstock dog festival, August 26-28th. It will be displayed around town and auctioned at the event, with proceeds benefiting local dog rescue organizations. The city supplied the wood cut-out. I adjusted the shape of the head with some gator board and painted it.
Made a 6-hr round trip to hang 22 paintings in Salinas Thursday-Friday and did this piece yesterday and today--my swan song for the time being. I have some household chores to finish this week, including a bathroom I'm painting with diamond shapes, then begin my one-year paralegal training program on August 17th. See you in court.
One more auction before I head off to my out-of-town gallery show for a night, then return and start paralegal certification classes next week. Looking at my little studio and all the supplies, I have mixed feelings and some nostalgia, maybe even grief--but no desire to jump into another painting yet. I think I still prefer "having painted" to actually painting.
In preparation for being the "Spotlight" artist on Daily Paintworks, this is the first of some small paintings I am saving to post during my week on the featured artist page. It's a slow time of year, so no apologies for reaching back into my photo cache for some realism and "pop."
"Cria" is the name for a baby camelid, such as a llama. Ages ago, while on a break from college and before art school, I spent several months tightly rendering charcoal "portraits" of horses and dogs. Horse shows were a great market, and I was super busy for the two months before Christmas of whatever-year-that-was. After that I never wanted to draw or paint animal portraits again. An occasional creature is OK, as long as it doesn't have to look exactly like somebody's pet.
I was at Lake Tahoe with some other painters the week before last. I am not much of a plein air person to begin with and was fighting a cold to boot; so painting out on the pier was a stretch. The one above is a studio re-do of my original effort posted below. Actually I think each has some qualities the other lacks.