Friday, May 16, 2008

Worldly Hands

I picked up my artwork from the coffee shop yesterday so I was able to scan this last piece today. These are my husband's hands. Even though he is only as old as I am (and I'm not tellin'!) his hands seem to have been around the block once or twice more than he has. This was done fairly quickly; in about an hour, if I remember rightly. The person that bought this piece said her husband wanted it because it reminded him of his grandfather's hands. I hope they enjoy it. 2B pencil on Strathmore drawing paper. 4 X 4 inches.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

What Happens When Artists Play With Their Food

Got these in an email from a friend today. I wish I could give credit to the artists that created these, but I don't know who they are. I think these are fascinating and just wanted to share them. Talk about creativity! Inspiring!

Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Coffee and Tea Themed Work

First of all, I must apologize for MIA these last few months. A lot has been going on, but I'm not going to bore you with the details. Let's just say, life got in the way again. We were super heroes and helped out a friend, then we all got the flu at the same time (my grand Irish luck, lol!) and now I'm getting back into the groove. I have to thank my friend and fellow EDMer PennyWasmund for being the catalyst. If she hadn't wanted to have an exhibit as part of her grand opening, it might have been longer before I decided to do any art. She bought out her partner in the coffee shop and now it is completely and undeniably her's! Yay, Penny! She's redecorated and worked her little butt off painting and getting things ready for the big grand opening. I wasn't there, but I heard that the high school boys who played their jazz on Friday night to a packed house were awesome. Wish I could've been there. Saturday morning, there was a pet adoption fair which I missed. I just wanted to go pet and love up some cats and dogs. I was still framing up the last couple of pieces when I got a call from Penny saying one of my pieces had sold! Well, I was truly tickled at that news, I can tell you. Sarah Jane who owns the boutique in the next building bought the piece entitled "Tea Time" and I was told she's giving it to a friend as a gift. Then at the artist's reception that night, Susie Bellamy, the sculptor, bought the one titled "Worldly Hands" because her husband said it reminded him of his father. It was a great time with family and friends and new faces and I hope you like my interpretation of caffeine and tea leaves. These are all done on paper with colored pencil and 2B pencil. 4 inches square. All are priced at $25.00.

This one is called A Day In the Life of A Tea Drinker. These are actually the teas I drink in the course of a day.

This is my tea kettle drawn while sitting in the kitchen. It's called Back In the Day.

Just an idea I had while watching my cat, Toby, check out my tea cup. If I turn my back, he'll drink my tea! This one is called Catnip Brew.

This is Coffee, Tea or Hot Chocolate? This was actually inspired by the Bigelow logo on a tea wrapper.

This one I am not happy with and I chose not to hang it although I did show it to all the other artists that were there. They all had a good laugh, but I just didn't like the way it turned out, even though I still think the concept is a good one. I can do better. The hand is too big for the face and it looks like it was done in a hurry, which it was. I think now that the rush to get everything done is over with, I'll try it again. Titled Good To the Last Drop.

I am so pleased with how this one turned out. It gets lots of attention at the shop, but so far, no one has claimed it. I just pulled it completely out of my head and put it on paper. That doesn't happen too often with me. Usually I have to plan and make my kids model for me and play with colors, but this one came to me so easily. Hope you like it, too! It's called Kaffiena: Coffee Goddess.

This was inspired by an article I came across while searching for ideas. I was amazed at what the barristas can do with cream. Their works of art would be too beautiful to drink! I saw one that actually had Bruce Lee's face done with the cream. Amazing!

This is the one that sold! I really liked the way it turned out and I got the colors close to the original wrapper. I put the plate with the wrapper and used tea bag in front of me on my drawing table and went to work. I am anxiously awaiting a book on color that I ordered that talks about using the same technique of oil painting with colored pencils. I always have done some layering, but this artist's work is simply awesome. The book is called Mastering Color. I am going to do this subject over after I get the book and see the differences. Title is Tea Time.

Here's another one of Toby the tea drinking cat. Aptly titled Teacup Kitty.

I seem to have lost the scan of the other piece that sold. As soon as I can, I will post it also.

This show was a lot of fun to prepare for and I had so many ideas for artwork that I couldn't do them all. The other artists exhibiting also had some wonderful work. Lou Ann Peters did 10 small paintings all using coffee. Susie Bellamy's two sculptures were so wonderful and they looked like they belonged on the mantle in the coffee shop. We joked about taking up a collection so that Penny could buy them and they could keep their home on the fireplace mantle. And Karla Greene's healing touch paintings garnered lots of comments and attention. Even Penny had a few paintings hanging, even though she's been busy renovating. Benita VanWinkle's photographs graced the wall above the fireplace and were truly beautiful to study. I feel very fortunate to have found friends like I have in the Women's Art League. I look forward to doing many more shows with them.