Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Dog Portrait Commission

Commissions help keep an artist alive, in that they help pay for a roof over the head and food.  In addition to the practical, they can be such fun!  I completed a portrait last week of two little girls that I can't post just yet.  The portrait is a secret gift to be given for the holidays, so I must wait to post the images until the gift has been received.  This week I had a really fun little portrait to do of a cute little dude named Magnum.  That's right, I do dog portraits, too.  It is acrylic on 8"x10" canvas.  When creating a portrait it helps to have such an attractive subject.

This is my first quick little iMovie project.  I took photos of the progress of this painting and created a little video.  Here it is:


Please contact me if you are interested in a portrait of your little (or big) dog, cat, or whatever!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The New 'Art' Page

As you may have noticed, I have been adding more content to the blog via the tabs at the top.  You can now view my artist statement, bio, resume, etsy shop, contact info, and finally... my art!  Thanks to Gavin you can now see a slideshow of my art.  Simply click on the 'Art' tab above and see for yourself!  It may take a little while to load but I promise it's worth the wait!

I am so close to being done with my large paper cut.  Maybe another hour of cutting and then it's time to figure out what to do with the background.  I will also need to make a TON of spacers for this one to be able to float.  Here are a couple more teasers:

The green grid behind the piece is just my self-healing cutting board - a must have for paper cutting.  These views are also of the back side of the piece.  I draw the sketch on the back of the paper and cut from the back.  The cuts are always much cleaner looking on the opposite side you cut from.

I will be teaching a paper cutting workshop for Panama City Artists this Saturday.  That's right, I'll be giving away some of my secrets at this workshop.  To see more info, go here.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Extra Large Paper Cut Progress

As I mentioned a couple of posts ago, I won't be posting any full images of my latest artwork until after my solo show, "I Cut Paper" at Studio b (opening and artist lecture is December 30th.)  But I can post some teasers!

Below you will see how large my next paper cut will be.  It will be 30"x40".  The paper you see below will actually be trimmed about 1-2 inches on all sides, but it's still pretty darn big!


I'm less than halfway through this piece, already 10 hours in, and I'm suuuuper happy with how it's turning out.  My art never turns out exactly how I pictured it (which is the same for just about every artist) but sometimes it turns out even better than I imagined it.  I don't know if that speaks positively towards my artistic skills or negatively for my imagination skills, but either way it's always a pleasant surprise when it happens!