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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Exhibition(s) Announcement

So, 2019 is already off to an exciting start! I got confirmation a few days ago that my art will be hanging at two locations in the next few months, and I’m so excited I literally cannot even. Here’s the general info …

April 2019: My acrylic paintings will be at Elliott Bay Brewing Company in Burien, WA. Something extra exciting about this exhibition is not only will I recreate my 4 x 4” pieces in larger scale but I also plan to do a piece specifically for the brewery.

June 2019: It is yet to be determined whether it’ll be the paintings, portraits or both on display, but during the month of June I will have my artwork hung at Third Culture Coffee in Old Bellevue.


Also, I plan to try and organize opening receptions for these exhibitions. I will post deets on them as they come in. In the meantime, stay tuned for lots of behind-the-scenes posts I’ll be sharing! :)

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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What Monet Taught Me

Originally posted on January 10, 2016.

Yesterday, I visited the Seattle Art Museum (SAM) so I could feed my inner Impressionism fanatic and see the "Intimate Impressionism" exhibition. The space was super crowded, super thrilling and super surreal. There were several instances where I found myself feeling the urge to touch the paintings (I didn't). I'm that crazy about Impressionism.

I spent time studying each painting like Renoir's "Picking Flowers" (1875) and Cezanne's "Still Life with Milk Jug and Fruit" (1900), admiring the vivid, quick brushstrokes and the multiple sets of colors that blended into one another. I even went so far as to mentally jot down ideas for how I can possibly go about my future drawings.

As one discovers time and time again, inspiration is truly everywhere. You never know when you're going to come across it, and when you do you have to make the most of it. When I came across this particular source of inspiration, I pretty much sucked the life out of it... as in my eyes and feet were no longer able to function properly after my hour and a half in the space. There was one Monet (my favorite Impressionist artist) piece featured in the exhibit. The ideas I grabbed from this particular painting have to do with the movement of the hand that brought it to life. Usually, I maintain a careful balance between being precise and "winging it" (aka directing the charcoal without thinking or planning ahead) while I'm drawing. I believe that if I only focused on one of those two sides, my drawings would be boring and without any element of surprise. When I look at the brushstrokes done in Monet's piece, however, I wonder what would happen if I leaned only a little bit more toward the "winging it" end of the spectrum.

I plan on experimenting with this thought as I draw my next piece. Stay tuned!

Signing off,

Shirene