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WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – 4

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Sorry for the crappy image here. I’ve had issues with my new smartphone’s camera. I have a Samsung S4, and I thought I was upgrading for better picture quality, but apparently – this phone has a really crappy low-light camera. This isn’t even really low light – it’s a bright lamp pointed right at the picture, it should look perfect. I just don’t know.

Anyway, the sky is more or less finished. I made a huge effort to preserve the white of the paper in one spot there, which I’m not very good at. I’m happy with how it looks. Have to use the purple as a shadow colour for the background city elements to create a transition between the cool and warm colours.

I had to stop painting to draw in more of my buildings as well, as I am in a different mode of thought when I paint versus when I pencil. I can’t be objective and keep to strict shapes while painting – I have to take the time to pencil in the forms I need to adhere to.

On the bottom, I’ve added some green to the increasing layers of red. If it is entirely read, it’s just not going to be as believable and it won’t separate out as a different plane.

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WIP Astronomy Walkers Sketchbook Prop – 3

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At this stage, this image is half-finished. The carriage is done (I think). I sprayed it down with hairspray to keep it from smudging while I rub charcoal into the paper and begin sketching in trees.

I strongly prefer to use high-quality hair spray for sealing my dry medium artwork over the supposedly “professional” stuff you can buy at the art store. Unlike that stuff, the hair spray doesn’t go yellow and is actually significantly more effective. It also smells nice. I did my tests a while ago when I was more into conté. In my artwork that has been sealed with hairspray for years, I haven’t noticed any deterioration or discolouring either.

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WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – 3

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I work from top to bottom with watercolour, because that way I can get the most done based on my arm position. Layered in some clouds with salt effects. Unfortunately, I’m also kind of pushy and base layer of yellow for the buildings starts bleeding into the sky. Unlike the photo, I’m choosing the paint in a tree line from autumn, so that is why I use red at the bottom of the image as opposed to green. It will push the orange and yellow even further out in the complete image.

At this point, it will be 2 days after my surgery and I am still hospitalized. Spooky post.

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WIP Montreal from Mont Royal during Sunset – First Wash

Now I know people are probably more interested in the work-in-progress shots of newer artwork than old, so I’m going to mix some new and old work together in the upcoming posts. To start off, here is the beginning of my Montreal from Mont Royal During Sunset watercolour. You’ve all probably seen the painting if you check my site of Facebook, as I’ve posted it around pretty heavily due to it being in the Draw Me a Mountain exhibition at Maison Smith this spring.

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I skipped the first step of showing pencils – this time it was pretty boring. I’m basically drawing the skyline of Montreal as accurately as I can; this isn’t really something for the imagination, it has to be more or less accurate. I’m using this wash as a base colour for the main colours in the painting. I’m inspired by the orange glow cast onto the buildings.

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Welcome! & Final Ballerina Image

I’d like to welcome everyone to my “new” blog, which is just my old blog off Blogger rehosted on WordPress. I hope everyone sees improvements. If you enjoy this blog and want to stay on top of it, subscribe by email or subscribe to one of my social media accounts (recommend Twitter/FB). This blog will auto post to social media and send out of a feed of updates to subscribed email addresses. Likewise, I hope the functionality of it is better in general.

As mentioned in my last post on Blogger, I will be getting a major surgery done beginning of next month and will not be working on art for likely 3-6 months. This is a surgery my whole life has been building to. It’s a total hip replacement to replace my non-existent right hip after osteoarthritis. For those who know me – yes, I’m in my 20s, and this is my life… So, I’m lining up a series of posts that are backlogged to keep ya’ll entertained, but I thought it’s worth mentioning because sometimes I get asked if I still do art after disappearing off the internet for a while. Also, if there was ever a time you wanted to show your support by buying a print or original from me, this is a great time as I won’t be able to work and make any money.

I’d also like to introduce my new print shop: I now have an account on INPRNT, which is a printing company paying the highest returns to artists. I am also impressed with their higher level of scrutiny of who can join, so the site is generally of higher quality and less hipster, commercial products.  You may also notice the prices are lower (for smaller prints anyway), which is something people have complained about for Society6. Please note, INPRNT is shipping from the US, and you probably have to pay a customs fee for your print. Read More

WIP Shots of Repainted Ballerina in Spotlight #10

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It was late at night and I was tired. I was certain I finished the head as you can see I already signed the painting in the corner. Luckily, I always have a critic around to tell me it was definitely too huge. After hours of looking at a painting, your eyes get tired and everything starts looking good. Next morning after I woke up, it was very clear the head was too large. The hair was obnoxious and the expression was snobby.

C’était tard de nuit, j’étais fatiguée. J’ai été certain d’avoir fini la tête, comme vous pouvez voir j’avais déjà signé la peinture. Heureusement, il y a toujours un critic près de moi à m’a dit que la tête était trop grande. Après avoir regardé un tableau pendant quelques heures, vos yeux sont très fatigués et tout semblait parfait. Le prochain matin après je me suis réveillée, c’était plus clair encore. Les cheveux étaient odieux et l’expression était snobby.