I did not fall off of a cliff.

Posted in art, pet portrait with tags , , , on April 12, 2009 by Cherie

So guess what? Life happened. This is why I always stop painting. It’s because of life. :-) I don’t even know where to begin or where I left off. So I’ll just spare ya’ the details since this is supposed to be about painting, right?

Just so you know, I didn’t COMPLETELY stop painting. I had to do a secret painting for my friend Heather (who has an awesome blog for anyone interested in nutrition, yoga and healthy eating). She wanted a dog portrait of her two pups, Radley and Einstein, as a birthday present for her hubby Chris. As much as I love these two dogs, I had a very hard time working on this one. With their jet black coats and a terrible print job from my printer, I just couldn’t see the variations in lighting. Einstein, the dog on the right, was the hardest. He was ending up with a pig nose and a white mustache and soooo not looking like his cute self. Radley, the dog on the left, was somehow developing a scarf. Very weird.

I would find myself leaning the painting up in different rooms and just stare at it…say angry things at it… and then hope the art fairy would fix it. Sadly it was left up to me. In the end, this is what I delivered to my friend. It’s not perfect, but I hope it made Chris smile on his birthday. Happy Birthday, Chris!

Radley and Einstein

Radley and Einstein

Spooky House or Fun House?

Posted in art with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 28, 2009 by Cherie

Spooky House or Fun House?

In the latest challenge for Different Strokes from Different Folks, the subject was this beautiful San Francisco Victorian home. I was eager to get started.

This time, I decided to paint a little larger than the last one: 8″x10″. I started sketching and painting right away. But then there came the windows, the lines, the angles, the roof, etc. Ugh. I could’t seem to paint a straight line for the life of me. Trying to define the architecture and angles, this became more outlined than I’m used to. Then my angles got all distorted and I thought, “This looks like something from Dr. Seuss.” All I needed to do was add Little Miss Cindy Lou. 

However, I still like it. It turned out to be a fun experiment. As I try to get back into painting, projects like this help me find my style and paint stroke again (or at least improve it). So for that, I’m thankful.

Be sure to check out the original photo and what other artists did with this challenge by clicking here. It’s always fun to see how others interpret a photo. There are some great ones!

Different Strokes from Different Folks

Posted in art with tags , , , , , , , , on January 21, 2009 by Cherie

With my new journey in the world of blogging, I ran across one called “Different Strokes from Different Folks” started by artist Karin Jurick (who I mentioned in a previous post). The blog’s purpose is to have monthly (I think monthly) challenges where artists submit their interpretation of a selected photo. The current challenge involves a night scene in Washington D.C. of the Jefferson Memorial and it is due today, January 21st. I discovered this, oh, two days ago. Yikes! But I was inspired by the challenge and couldn’t wait to get home and work on it.

Here is what I submitted this morning:

Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.

Jefferson Memorial in Washington D.C.

With yesterday’s historic inauguration, it seemed fitting to be working on a subject located in Washington. This was different for me to paint for two reasons: it was really small (5″x7″) and it was a night scene.

To see what other artists submitted (and the original photo), click here. I’m not sure when my image will be up there, but hopefully I submitted it properly and it will be posted soon.

Side note: Ever notice how photos bring out everything you didn’t see before? I like this painting so much better in person. But staring at the photo, I keep looking at that crazy blue line by the road (lower left). It’s bugging me. In person, I never even noticed it. Oh well.

This one’s for the birds

Posted in art, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 19, 2009 by Cherie
Birdhouse Painting - FREE

Birdhouse Painting - FREE

OK, I give up on the birdhouse painting. It’s just too cartoony for me. I think it would have been a more charming/sweeter painting if the size were smaller. Maybe like a little 5×7. Instead, it’s 11×14 and frankly, just not working out. This is a bad start to my new art chapter, but, hey, you win some you lose some. Right?

With that said, anyone want a FREE painting? Maybe someone else will appreciate more than me. If you’re interested, leave a comment or shoot me an email. And if I don’t hear from anyone, then I’ll take it that everyone agrees with me and I’ll file this one away with a few other painting tragedies.

From birds back to dogs, here’s my next subject: My dog (and yes, this is the little terror that destroyed my art portfolio noted in a previous post. The only reason why I keep her is because she’s so cute.)

My next subject

My next subject

1/17/09 – More painting on a cold day

Posted in art with tags , , , , , , , , on January 17, 2009 by Cherie

It’s really cold outside today. I mean, frigid. After fighting through the New Years Resolution crowd at the gym this morning, I came home to my painting. It’s still looking a bit cartoony to me, but hopefully in time and with layers, my desired effect will come through. 

Birdhouse painting - Day 2

Birdhouse painting - Day 2

On another subject, you might notice in the right hand side that I linked to Karin Jurick. I ran across her blog through this article posted about “Different Strokes from Different Folks Portrait Swap.” It’s an interesting year-end challenge where different artists submit pictures of themselves and fellow artists paint each other’s portraits. It’s so fun to see the different styles out there. 

american_artist_magSo from that article, I discovered Karin Jurik, went to her blog and posted a comment that I really liked her painting style and colors. No big deal, right? But last night, I was looking through the latest American Artist magazine and noticed that her artwork was on the front cover! 

I felt like an idiot! Here I am, “Little Miss Cup of Joe Art Show” telling her to keep up the good work. Apparently she doesn’t need my encouragement. haha… I guess I should feel good knowing that American Artist agrees she’s an amazing painter. Check it out for yourself.

1/16/09 – The dog ate my homework

Posted in art with tags , , , , , , , on January 16, 2009 by Cherie

My golden retriever turned one at Thanksgiving. I’ve been experimenting with how much I can trust her in the house while I’m gone. Yesterday, she failed…miserably! This is what I came home to last night:

What I see as I walk in my door.

What I see as I walk in my door.

Another sad view.

Another sad view.

What you are looking at is my college drawing portfolio from my life drawing classes. I couldn’t believe it! The dog ate my homework! Granted, it’s from 10 years ago, but it was my homework! Word to the wise: do NOT store your art portfolio under your couch if you have a dog. I understand my drawings were nothing amazing, but they represented a part of me from my college days. That’s what makes me so sad. Luckily, one of my favorite drawings was mostly unripped. I called my framing friend to see if he could salvage it for me and frame it. We shall see.

Here are a few remaining pieces:

I don't remember who he was, but he was spared.

I don't remember who he was, but he was spared.

The foot on this drawing used to be one of my favorite parts. It's now in the trash or in my dog's stomach.

The foot on this drawing used to be one of my favorite parts. It's now in the trash or in my dog's stomach.

So there you go. Maybe my dog is trying to tell me something. Is it, “Cherie, your drawings suck.”? Maybe she just wants me to know that paper tastes really good. I don’t know. But today is a new day. The ironic thing is that I signed up for a life drawing class that starts in February because I loved it so much when I was in college. Sigh. I guess this just means I need to start a new chapter in Life Drawing.

When is Happy Hour?

11/13/09 – Ten minutes later…

Posted in art with tags , , , , , on January 14, 2009 by Cherie

In my last post, I said, “I’m tuckered out and sort of not feeling well. Hopefully I’ll be back in the swing of things tomorrow night.” Easy for me to say! Ten minutes later and the next 24 hours were not pretty. I definitely was sick! I’ll spare you the details and I’ll just simply say that I feel much better! Lordy…

So, I’m back (thank you God) and tonight I finally added some paint to my picture:

 

Birdhouse Painting - Day 1

Birdhouse Painting - Day 1

Yes, my drawing is off quite a bit. That’s OK. In fact, I never quite get it exactly right even when I’m finished. I’m not one to trace the picture or project it onto the board. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. I just prefer to try to define and refine as I go. I like the challenge. 

So far, I’m enjoying this painting. It’s a different subject than what I’m used to. Notice how there aren’t any whiskers, paws or wagging tails? Don’t get me wrong. I love the pup portraits and I have one that I’m supposed to get started on very soon! It’s just nice to switch it up from time to time.

I guess it’s time to go to bed. At least, that’s what my dog is saying.

 

My dog, Briley, who is uninterested in my blog.

My dog, Briley, who is uninterested in my blog.

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