"Iris with Jonquils" by Elsa R.
I met ms. Elsa about a month ago, when a friend brought her to my studio to visit. Well, today I went to her house. I was able to see some of her work and her studio where she worked. She started painting in 1949 and her favorite subject matter are flowers. She also had some landscapes and most were done in oils. Her daughter also paints beautifully. This beautiful lady has really inspired me to get busy. She still does some watercolors. She is amazing.
Below is one of her landscapes.
I might draw this next using the Kassan method.
I'm feeling a little under the weather today. Tomorrow I will travel to visit a 97 year old artist and see her work through out the years. It's going to be great!
12" x 16" Charcoal pencil, pastel pencils and white pencil
I layers the charcoal pencil over the shadows in the overhang of the building and I think it reads shadows much better now. I added mid tones to the trees but I'm not sure if this photo really shows that.
Below is the photo before the finishing touches and the final piece ( unless I see something else).
pen & ink 16" x 12"
This is another pen & ink for a GA client (a return client). We artist love it when someone loves our work enough to come back to us. This home had incredible landscaping, so it was a lot of fun to do.
I started an album on my J Felts Art Studio Facebook page with some of my commission work. Mostly pen and ink. In the past I photographed my work and who know where those are now.
acrylic 11" x 14"
Here is another Christmas Gift I did. It is an acrylic, it's the smallest piece I did for Christmas, it's an 11" x 14" canvas. It is a gallery wrap canvas, so it will not need to be framed.
This is not the best photo, it was taken with the I phone. The owners lost their beloved cat this last year, note his tail, he had a very short tail. I enjoyed doing this one, I love cats (and dogs).
below is the photo I worked from.
pen and ink 12" x 15"
This is a pen and ink for a GA client. I hope they liked it. I always love to do pen and ink.
Hope everyone had a joyous holiday, I did. I loved being home in Tennessee for Christmas.
I'll share another one tomorrow!
I hope everyone has a wonderful Christmas, be safe in your travels and enjoy your love ones. I know we are all thinking of those in Conn., God bless them and you and yours.
The drawing is of my husband and youngest son many years ago. I am so happy to be back home in Tennessee with my beautiful and loving family. I am so blessed.
detail of the tree drawing
just shopping for Christmas gifts. It wasn't too bad in Clarksville at the Mall. I am finished now, so who knows I may get to finish the second tree drawing tomorrow.
I looked at the drawing with my phone, zooming in on the different areas. I think the detail photo to the left would make a nice watercolor.
charcoal 12" x 16"
This one is almost finished but I think it needs less highlights on the tree and more mid tones . Again, this one was done in a short time (2.5 to 3 hours) and I enjoyed doing it even if I was sick as I could be. I'll post it again tomorrow when it is finished.
Today and yesterday's drawing photos were taken on the greenway trail in Erin. I love living here, it is beautiful.
Charcoal pencil 14" x 18"
Today I did this drawing using the same technique as I did on the portrait I posted yesterday. It went a lot faster being a tree and not a person. I really enjoyed doing this one and the Kassan's technique worked great and fast.
I think I worked two hours on it but I'm not sure. Once I started, I couldn't quit. It is 14" x 18". I hope to do another one tomorrow. The other thing about this technique is that it's like you're painting in a sense. So, I'm ready to do this one in a watercolor.
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.