April Exhibition - Painting No. 1, Part 2

Last night, I finally reached the stage of my painting (also referenced in my previous blog post) where I traced my drawing directly onto the canvas with my No. 2 pencil.

One thing I have to mention here is how great it felt to use the No. 2 pencil! I felt like a little kid as drawing on the paper and smelling the lead took me back to those good ol’ elementary school days before smartphones existed. I almost forgot about those days, and it was nice to be reminded.

Another thing I want to say is it was exciting overall to take on this task. I had never done anything with a canvas before that didn’t involve painting tools, and so it was a thrill to face this new challenge of mine.

 
 
 

What came after tracing the drawing? Painting over it, of course! That’s what I’m in the middle of right now. Here are some snapshots …

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So, for the rest of this Friday night I’ll be finishing painting over the portrait while in my house clothes and bingeing on Persian tea to try to stay awake. Wish me luck and stay tuned for more updates!

April Exhibition Facebook Page Is Officially Up!

If you are an avid Facebook user, this is a quick note to let you lovely people know that I’ve just created the official Facebook event page for my April exhibition, which will be taking place at the Elliott Bay Brewery in Burien, WA. :)

https://www.facebook.com/events/2268654260017536/

And, I will end this short and sweet blog post with a small preview of what my brand-new paintings will look like …

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Finding Inspiration

Sometimes, whether it's at the end of a work day or after I've drawn several portraits on a Saturday, my brain feels fried. That's when I know I need to take a break and look for inspiration. I always rely on this to recharge my brain and help propel me toward making more drawings. 

By looking for inspiration, I of course mean scrolling through Instagram (I'm obsessed) for any artsy images or specifically looking through Instagram profiles of artists I admire (some of whom are below). You'll notice right away that all the artists here have styles and media completely different from mine. Looking at their pieces feels super refreshing for my brain after it has focused so much for so long solely on charcoal and paper.

I included just one image per artist in this post but I definitely encourage you to see more of their work on their websites (or Instagram pages if you're like me) if you want to be inspired as well. :)


KELLY BEEMAN
(Fun fact: I have this image as my desktop photo at home and at work!)

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DONNA ADI
(As an artist and coffee fanatic, I very closely identified with this specific piece.)

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