Yes, 97 years old and I am so inspired. I got to see photos of her paintings. She worked mostly in oil but lately she has been doing watercolor. I'm planning to visit her right after the Christmas holidays. She really loved my studio but I think it made her a little sad too because she can't do as much as she once did. I'm telling you she was amazing, as an artist and an amazing woman. I have a new hero!
My computer went down last Wednesday . My husband is letting me use his laptop . I went to the studio to work today and I got a lot done on the commission piece . I actually could finish tomorrow. This one is a painting and paintings go a lot faster than a pen and ink. The new studio is working out great and I'm enjoying it. I had another visitor tonight at the studio and my sister came by tonight too.
I have friends coming to the studio tomorrow and that is always fun. I would love to finish the commission piece on my easel tomorrow. I'm wanting to have an open house for the holidays but the studio still needs so much work. I still need to photograph a lot of my work and I would like to get that done before I rehang every thing.
Pen & Ink over watercolor.
I got to the studio early this morning, two hours before the model was to be there, to get all set up. I moved the chair around and worked with the lighting. I place a lamp carefully on the subject and at that time I was the subject. I used my iphone to check my lighting on my face in order to save time when the model got there. I laid out my pencils, erasers etc. He came in and said he had to cancel. Yes, I was greatly disappointed, but I totally understood. I sat there for a minute or two in my disappointment. I put everything back in place to work on the commission and did what I could on that. After that, I finished the pen and ink wash I started the other day (photo above). I left and went shopping for Thanksgiving Dinner. Below are photos of the pen and ink in process.
pen & ink of my two cats. 18" x 24"
I know I still have one more commission to get out before Christmas but I have someone willing to model for me. Yes, I'm going to take this opportunity while I can to draw them. So I'll be drawing about an hour tomorrow morning.
Also, I am featured this week on the Facebook Page Tennessee Artist. I'm very excited about it. The facebook address for Tennessee Artist is: http://www.facebook.com/#!/groups/TennesseeArtists/ and the pen and ink to the left is the cover photo this week for that page. How about that
I thought I might share with you one of my very first commissions from years ago (20+ years). There were only a few small damaged photos of the client's home place. The client and I had to piece the images together and then we had to fill in the blank. We worked to rebuild the house almost once a week until it was finished as there just wasn't much to work with. It is still one of my favorites, simply because of the challenge of recreating an image of a place so dear in someone's heart. I did the front and back of the house. The back was incredibly beautiful but I don't have a photo of it. It was a beautiful place to grow up.
I did commissions for people before I went into teaching art in public school, after that I simply didn't have time to do them anymore. I didn't draw or paint for myself while teaching. I'm trying to catch up on lost time now.
I didn't do any thing today but rest. I'm still so sore from the fall the other
Commission from years ago!
I went back to the studio today and organized some more. I brought a step ladder with me and another small table. The display space is very limited but it's so nice to work in the new studio. It reminds me of my Tannery Row studio and I did love it. There are still about 3 boxes, some portfolios, and cleaning supplies in the old studio that has to be out by Wednesday. I've already cleaned it, so just a few more trips up and down those stairs.
I went in to the new studio and worked on a few frames. Then I went to the old studio to move some more stuff. Coming out of the studio with a
really big full box, I turned and fell over the whiskey barrel flower pot on the side walk. Oh, it hurt so badly. I didn't jump right up, I'm to old for that. I wasn't hurt that bad, so I got up and repacked everything and continued on around the corner. I locked up and came home. My knees hurt really bad.
Antique Oliver tractor but I don't know what year model it is.
At least I think it's finished. I worked on that back wheel today and I hope it's done. I really enjoyed doing this, I just love pen and ink. While I had the ink out I played with a watercolor I started at a camp groud about two years ago and never finished. So I drew on top of the wash with pen and I really had fun with that. The photo of that drawing is below. I also drew out my next commission piece and I'll check it again tomorrow before I start painting it. I had a very good day!!
work display at Bell's Florist
I worked only a little while in the studio yesterday. I decided to organize the supplies a little differently. I'm putting all the different media on one bookcase, just watercolor, color pencils etc each has its own shelf. That bookcase is in the back room. The brushes, stumps, etc are close to the working area. The matting area is in the back and right now canvases, frames are everywhere. I'm going to have to put up some shelves or something up.
I had a friend to pass and visitation was yesterday and the funeral today. So I won't be at the studio much until tomorrow. Sad!
This is an adventure for me, something I've always wanted to do: to be a real Artist! So I rented a studio, lets see how it goes.