Friday, April 9, 2010

First steps: In progress commission

I went from my small pencil/pen sketches to this painted sketch on the 36 x 48 inch canvas. The basics are there. I do think the parents' arms are too long.

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blank Canvas: Another Commission

My camera is missing, so instead of looking at a photo of a blank 36" by 48" canvas imagine one if you can..
This commission has been in the works for over a year and I am finally starting the painting portion of it. I went back and forth with the family a lot, not because of any problems or drama, more due to the busy life of a young family and my sales approach; I do not pressure people. After a couple emails and a phone call, with no response I said "oh well." I also figured with as much change and uncertainty there has been, continues to be, that their lives could have changed in a way where a painting was not a priority. Luckily it turns out they were just busy because after New Years I received another email from them saying they would like to continue with the painting. Yes I know it is March, somethings still take time and are worth it. We met about the concept sketches again, I visited their home to see their color scheme and where they want the painting to be displayed. I also got to meet the whole family again. Then we decided the size of the canvas. My 1/3 partial payment check arrived, I bought the canvas. And the last two weeks of no progress have been my fault, I visualize and think before I paint. I also stall because my temperament matters.
I better find my camera because I want to document my progress, as an exercise in sharing and understanding my painting process. I may have to borrow my sister's camera, I love it when objects get up and hide themselves.

Friday, January 29, 2010


I am beginning a series of screen prints, this is the first of many.

I already submitted this one to Julie Cox at the California Surf Museum, they are gearing up for an exhibit about women opening in March 2010. This print will hopefully turn into a postcard to raise funds for the museum.


Below is a recently completed commission. I think it turned out well.