Jan. 23 & 24 - 2 hour challenge

I missed a few days due to some family stuff, but am back on track. Yesterday and today I had a lot of fun spending time in the studio. I started working back into one of my vineyard wine barrel pieces. For this landscape I am using a couple different photo references for the sky and vines, but changing the colors completely. For me having the reference is great for getting the composition and idea down, but why not change up the palette and create more harmony.

I still have a ways to go, but it was a good start - lots of juicy layers of oil.

More progress today. I'll continue to work on this piece the rest of the week along with some Woodland / Forest illustrations.

My art background is full of drawing and design, but it's been a few years since I've focused on my drawings. I started teaching drawing and illustration classes at the Crocker Museum this year and had a bit of a renewed appreciation for it. Teaching these classes on top of planning my babies nursery has got me on a illustration kick. I've been creating Woodland/ Forest Friend drawings and can't seem to stop. I don't know where these will go or for how long I'll create them, but I like that I'm tapping into a different process and creative path than my norm.

Jan 13, 14 & 15 - #2hrchallenge

Sorry for the combined post. It's been a struggle this weekend to stay on top of my challenge. Mostly because I haven't felt well. I still did find time each day to work - Although it was mostly research and sketchbook studies. Those I could do from the couch and bed. :) Today I am back in the studio and enjoying more Baby Room Art. These pieces aren't necesarily for my baby room, but I've enjoyed creating the illustrations so much that I am giving myself the freedom to explore.

As a full time artist/painter its a bit of a risk. I've always been encouraged by my teachers and mentors to buckle down and focus on one subject and style. It's important for people to recognize your style and get familiarized with it - especially if you rely on sales of art for your living. This has been an area that is hard for me. I get so intrigued and interested by many subjects. I want to keep exploring and trying new things. So this month with the challenge I am allowing myself to go where I feel (creativity wise) and try whatever I fancy that day.

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Jan 11 - #2hrchallenge

I posted on Facebook yesterday, but thought I should add a photo here too. I was working on baby room art. It was so fun to do a mixed media piece - so different from my usual oil on canvas.

And into the forest I go - to lose my mind and find my soul

And into the forest I go - to lose my mind and find my soul

I spent a lot of time looking at quotes about the great outdoors and nature. I wanted to have a quote for the room that would mean something to my family and fit my woodland / nature theme. I settled on this one because it speaks to me. My whole life I've found reasons to be outdoors and places in nature to escape to. As an artist, I can get lost for hours looking upon the beauty of nature. I often connect more easily to God while surrounded by His creation.