Sunday, May 19, 2013
Both 6 x 9", sketched last night at FK Art Glass during Art-A-Whirl. The studio is a charming old house and one room includes a tub full of fish, which provided the model for this pair of sketches.
These are available unframed at $45 each.
Wednesday, May 15, 2013
|Royal Eli Jake, 10 x 8" mixed media on paper|
Just don't let him get too close to the goldfish from yesterday.
Tuesday, May 14, 2013
Spring Goldfish, 7 x 11" watercolor on Stonehenge paper. I took the photo for this last fall, and for months it's been one of those pictures I look at and think it's lovely and I ought to use it eventually.
Lately I've been printing some of those and carrying them with me. Yesterday, when I needed a break from the two horse commissions I was working on, I started sketching this.
Friday, May 10, 2013
Wednesday, May 8, 2013
|Koi Pond at Josie's, 9 x 12" oil on panel. Click to enlarge. Available, $145.|
One of the things I look forward to is painting sessions at my friend's charming little goldfish pond. The fish are soothing to watch, challenging to paint, and generally good to have around.
Monday, April 29, 2013
While I was at St. Paul Art Crawl over the weekend, I found the photo below on my iPad and decided to sketch the little guy. It's not a great picture; it's poorly lit and somewhat blurry, but I liked the expression and chose to give it a try. Taylor belonged to a friend of mine who misses him very, very much. He was such a little dynamo that there aren't many great photos of him; he moved too fast!
Today I'm thinking I want to put in some of the freckling around his nose, and possibly add some subtle shading on one side of his face, and alter the shape of one ear a little bit. This is why I like to keep portraits around for a few days, if I can; I see things I didn't see at first.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
I took the photo I used for this portrait. It was a sunny afternoon and the dog was happy, and I had my camera on hand. As soon as I saw the photo, I knew I had to use it; it's absolutely her, tail in the air and ready to go.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
|A Streak of Paint, 10 x 8" watercolor and pencils on cotton rag paper|
Her owner took the photo I used for this sketch. The art required about 30 minutes total; that's because today was a good day, and the profile view is pretty simple (well, it is is you're me and you've been drawing horses since you were ten).
Pony's owner has spoken for this piece, but if you'd like one similar to it, come see me at Saint Paul Art Crawl and bring your photos with you. I'll be sketching animals on site.
Thursday, April 18, 2013
Thursday, April 11, 2013
|Orange Ranunculus, 10 x 8" oil on panel, is one of the pieces I'll have available at Art Crawl this month.|
Saint Paul Art Crawl is around 300 artists opening up their studios on one weekend and inviting everyone to come on in. The bulk of these artists are in Lowertown St. Paul, but many (like myself) are part of "Crawl Off the Map" in other parts of town.
It's a busy weekend, with all kinds of people, and art, and everyone moving from one space to another. Crawl has a very relaxed atmosphere similar to an outdoor art fair. Just without all the bugs and muddy spots.
I'll be making animal sketches, like the ones above, from people's photos "On the Spot," in about 20 to 30 minutes. I only do this at Art Crawl. Bring me a photo of your creature (all breeds and species welcome) and I will make a drawing while you're there. If you like the results, you hand me $20 and take it home. If you don't have an animal, it's still fun to watch. I'm an instructor and if you're not careful you might learn some stuff by accident.
You'll find me with Josephine Geiger, Brenda Brousseau, and Christy Johnson, at J. A. Geiger Studio at 1647 Beech Street, just off 94 and White Bear. Parking on the street is free at our location.