Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Southern Comfort

I did this ink drawing from a pencil sketch that I did 3 years ago.  You can see the original sketch here.  The perspective is a bit different and I tried not to use a straight edge.  BUT, when I went to ink it, I chickened out and used a straight edge for the longer lines.  I like the look of this in ink.  Micron pen on Stonehenge paper, 6 x 8.75 inches,  $75.  


If you're going to be in the vicinity of Front Royal Virginia this weekend, you need to visit historic Front Royal for Christkindlmarkt.  It's a day and half festival with lots of art for your viewing and buying pleasure, music and food, too.  I will have a booth with my friend Michele Erickson-Sommers of Sommer's End Originals.  We'll have prints and originals on display and for sale and we're both taking commissions.  We've combined our names for this event, so look for Sommer's End Under a Smoky Moon and come say hello.  The festival runs from 4-8pm on Friday evening and from 10am-8pm on Saturday.  Hope to see you there!

Monday, November 8, 2010

Praying Hands

This is a commission for a friend of mine in Texas.  She had seen my drawing of the hands and the coffee cup which you can see here.  This is the first draft, drawn literally from my reference which was a photo I took of my husband's hands.  I did the sketch from life.  I put a lot of detail into the fingers themselves because I wanted the wedding ring to stand out.  The back of the hand I used quick, broad strokes and worked with values and shading instead of tight detail so that the eye would be drawn to the fingers.

This is the finished piece as specified by my friend.  I added hints of fingers behind the forward hand and shading to the background.  Size is 4 x 6 inches, 2B pencil, carbon and charcoal pencil on Stonehenge paper.