Saturday, March 24, 2012

Creating the Family Tree: Sketch #5

Okay, so they didn't like the trees.

I played with the branches and leaves again, and moved the rolling hill on the left over to give more space to the tree, compared with Sketch #4. I also took out one of the roots, but it wasn't symbolic, I was just sketching and trying to balance the image.

During this time of sketching, I was looking intensely at a lot of trees and artwork that focused on trees.

That's the gift of being an artist, though. You get to look at your world closely, and realize it's more than you'll ever comprehend, and then try to communicate it.

Invite Beauty,


Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Creating the Family Tree: Sketch #4

Tree sketch #4

After my patrons saw Sketch #3, they said they wanted to see all of the tree within the boundaries of the surface. I experimented with a different kind of "leaf" style and you can see that the branches are different, too--not as thick and heavy.

Also, we discussed having a more dynamic landscape than in Sketch #3, so I added a rolling hill and made the water flow, rather than have a still pond as in the previous sketch. There are also a few trees in the distance on the hill. This echoed my Original Finger Painting, I Am There:

I Am There, Original Finger Painting, 12" x 16", oil on canvas, COLLECTED

It also reflects the landscape found from an Original Finger Painting in my Here Kitty Series, Three Cats from the Mountain:

To read about each Original Finger Painting, please click on their titles. I've made neither I Am There nor Three Cats from the Mountain into Little Beauties Art Cards, but you can find other beautiful and collectible art cards printed on eco-friendly, 100% postconsumer, matte cardstock in my Etsy shop.

Three Cats from the Mountain, Original Finger Painting, 12" x 36", oil on canvas, COLLECTED

Anyway, you'll see in the next sketch the results of my patrons' feedback. Only two more sketches until the final sketch, and then I reveal the Original Finger Painting!

Invite Beauty,


Sunday, March 11, 2012

Dance and sing, because it's fun.

I'm all about the cross-cultural, so I thought I'd share this video a friend shared on Facebook. Is it art? Hellz yeah.


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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Creating the Family Tree: Sketch #3

So that tree wasn't big enough in Sketch #2.

I increased the trunk, added more branches, and added water as well (in the right bottom corner).

The tree roots represented the four members of the family (this will eventually change for practical reasons).

Here again, you see the crown of the tree spreading beyond the bounds of the image area.

Okay, there. Short and sweet blog post.

Invite Beauty,


Friday, March 02, 2012

Creating the Family Tree: Sketch #2

I heard rumors that someone actually read my blog, so I'm going to post just in case this rumor is true, and that this person or people have something to read during the wee hours of insomnia.

I mean, it's been almost two months since my last post. Insomnia for most people is a daily or almost daily event, so who am I to deny a person something to read that may A) offer companionship and/or B) make them crave sweet unconsciousness?

And since this is an art blog (stop laughing), I am going to give you something to look at other than words. Oh, and I'm also thinking of making shorter blog posts, because that would mean bite-sized quality and quantity. It's like a handmade chocolate truffle.

I think the trouble with blogging for me (yes, I'm getting off topic, but this is my blog, isn't it?) is that I'm not thinking, "Oh! I've got to blog about X, I want to share this with other people!" Facebook, that destroyer of class reunions, has been my immediate outlet for this sort of behavior. Why craft an entire post when you can post to your status, "Dude, I got the best sofa!" (more on that later)?

However, a blog post is, by my account, more thoughtful and a different kind of engagement than a status update. Anyway, I don't update my status that often, either. I don't feel the need to report on what or how I'm doing in a public forum unless I think it actually contributes to the world. I'm quirky like that.

Right, so here's the second sketch for the Lee's family tree Original Finger Painting (the first sketch is posted here). You can see how I've responded to their feedback (and to the quick sketch Mr. Lee drew for me of what was in his head; he's actually quite an artist), with a curvaceous trunk, lower hanging branches, and overall bigger tree-ness.

You may also notice that the tree extends off the borders in my typical fashion of ignoring edges. A friend commented on my painting, Rapture (which is available as a Little Beauties Art Card in my Etsy shop) on how she hadn't seen the halo go off the canvas because her mind had successfully completed the divine circle.

Yes, my friends, that's Gestalt at work! Our brains naturally fill in missing information, and artists have played with this kind of audience participation since before chunky 3D glasses were needed to make you feel part of the experience.

The commission continued to evolve as the Lees added and subtracted different elements for the intended painting. They joke about the many requests and changes they made (there are three more sketches for me to post, not to mention changes made during the actual painting process I didn't document to share on this blog later), but that's part of the fun of a commission--the collaboration between artist and patron, as they dream something into existence.

Invite Beauty,