Anybody out there have a couple of hungry teenagers like I have? I swear, I can't keep the fridge filled! These "Midnight Feedings" don't stop in infancy I'm afraid. Sigh. Have a wonderful holiday season everyone!
Miniature painting is growing in popularity these days. And I can understand its appeal! What a fantastic challenge to paint a composition so utterly diminutive that one requires a magnifying glass to check one's lines! I had loads of fun with this little guy. He was a patient model and stood still while I fumbled my camera to take a reference photo! The painting is 2" x 3" and painted in watercolors.
I think I managed to render the nasturtiums just in time. Last week I spotted a hummingbird making good use of their nectar before her long flight south. It was such a beautiful sight! Every time she poked her beak into the flower it looked as though she were wearing a colorful pointed hat. I will miss those guys and the flowers that keep them happy. Time to hunker down for winter studio projects, (and there are MANY!)
The season is coming down to the wire now. I have a few marigolds and nasturtiums that are hanging on for dear life and are begging to be painted before the frost does away with them. Perhaps I should have rendered the nasturtiums first for they are far more vulnernable but...I have the mind of an artist...logic eludes me...
Sometimes, as a good exercise, it's a good thing to sit down with pencil and paper and just let that creativity rip. With no expectations the creative spirit has ample play room to romp and develop. This little treefrog emerged yesterday as a result. The process off his coming into being has, in a small way, refueled my energy. Everyone needs to do this...especially if caught in a creative rut!
Sometimes art patrons become confused when they see creations facilitated by drawing programs on the computer. Is this real art or merely computer generated graphics easily composed with a digital paintbrush? Ah, if it were only so simple! I have to admit that early on I too was a sceptic. But years of utilizing graphics programs have taught me that the programs, both vector and rastor, are genuinely tools of the art trade and can be used as intuitively and viscerally as any brush, pen or pencil. It is only a different medium; a different canvas. (Not so much clean-up either...)Here is a sketch that I have hand drawn with pencil and paper. Scanned into the computer I can use this composition as a template to re-draw my design with vector graphics in Adobe Illustrator. The execution of the "second drawing" is much like the process of applying paint to a ready canvas. There is no quick solution to the end process. But the results are satisfying. Will computer art replace other fine arts mediums? Of course not. And it would be a travesty if this were to happen. It's simply a different technique just as oils are different from pen and ink. In this day and age of clip art though, one needs to be reminded that not all images generated with computer tools are cheap and ill-made.
Here is another of the flower card series. Zinnias, like Cosmos are easy growers that perk up a garden with their intense colors. I used to think they were gaudy but now I can't seem to do without them. They are LOUD garden participants...but..you gotta love 'em!
I will never stop working on my line of birds. But flowers are also intriguing. Here is a first in a new line of garden flowers. Firecracker Cosmos are not only satisfying to grow in the garden but fun to draw too! They add a splash of cheer to any dark corner!
I grew up in culturally diverse San Francisco Bay Area and indulged in all forms of creative venues varying from music and dance to rich visual treats at museums.
I earned a BFA in Graphic Design at CCA and relished in the fine arts and design courses offered there. I graduated just before the dawn of computer graphics applications and have always felt blessed to be one of the last students taught the disciplines of exacting, hands-on skills required of the pre-computerized field. We were trained to apply strict adherence to detail and almost Zen-like focus on precise execution. This disciplined arts oriented ideology has influenced my approach not only to what I do in the studio but to life in general.
Of course, I have learned computer graphics applications since. I would be deceiving myself if I didn’t embrace one of the most amazing and flexible tools available to the modern day artist/designer. I only hope my work reflects that of carefully thought out artistry and evokes sentiments of beauty and balance as good design is meant to do. Hopefully my passion for thought provoking art coupled with love of the outdoors brings you visual contentment and joy.