Artists view themselves pretty differently than the way the world in general sees them. I am bringing you a little series I originally drew sometime in the mid 1980’s. Pretty old, huh. I found the sketches packed away in some dusty box. I brought them into my computer and am redrawing them on my Cintique tablet.
I think this will be a lot of fun to create a new take on an old issue of how artists view themselves. Young or old, beginner or master, artists are colorful people. Their personalities are reflected in what they make and do. I tend to be kind of goofy sometimes and that is the best part of me I believe.
So here goes a new way of sketching. Enjoy.
Here’s my link to find this image on a bunch of stuff you might want to buy. I can’t ship anything from Mexico reasonably, practically or otherwise and for this reason, I use POD sites.
A young girl is in a garden environment with a tree, flowers and some exotic and imaginary birds. This watercolor has been so much fun drawing in pencil and then coloring with my travel watercolor palette. She just seems to fit this place.
enjoy seeing her on my products.
My lovely friend Marta took a picture of 2 cats at the cat shelter here in Mexico, where she volunteers. They have a lot of kittens, and cats and sr. citizen cats. I drew these two and got carried away with the stripes and lines. I fell in love with them and this is the first of a few treatments of these two sweethearts. I drew them freehand in pen and ink and played a little bit in photoshop. I will do another few paintings of them and let’s see how they will turn out.
I have revised this sketch so many times and I can’t even stop myself. chuckle, chuckle. Sorry folks, I am working hard to get to the next step with my drawings and marketing efforts. I have thought this over for quite a while and last night I decided this alphabet and text series is not for public taste. It’s not that people don’t actually like this kind of thing, but I think it’s a non-fit for this on-line store venue. I can see this idea fitting ….where? Right now I don’t know but I have all the psd files and I can use them at any time.
Being an artist is hard enough but when you go through a deep learning curve, it is nerve-racking. I am driven to find a solution to this little dilemma and I am confident an answer will put up its weary head and I will end up smiling. Every day I am learning and every day new doors open. Moving to Mexico has given me the opportunity to work for as many hours per day as I want to without being distracted by life’s problems. I love it here and celebrate that I can finally draw, paint and click to the world what is going on in my brain.
I have always walked two paths for as long as I can with my art. Many have told me I am a traditional painter trying to fit into a commercial world. YES! They are correct. I guess I like too many things and want to explore too much.
This is the revision of the first hammock sketch I did using the word “Rest”. I actually changed a lot of things. I think it’s much better and it is over-all a lot lighter than the old green version. So your comments are appreciated and I am listening. I am trying to be super simple but maintain personality.
Here is the first version using a lot of greens and the text is much heavier in the first version. I like the new above version much better. Comments appreciated.