Winter activity for this artist consists of...

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

So early in December I headed off to sunny San Diego, CA to catch up with an artist friend of mine who had been living in Chicago and recently graduated. It was a fabulous idea - escape the cold, take in some new scenery, and hang out drinking coffee with someone who doesn't mind my midly obsessive focus on art.
Unfortunately, I tend to have spates of bad luck when I get vacations - probably why I rarely take them. This time I got a nasty, persistent cold that made me fairly bummed the most of the trip, and my Grandmother had a diabetes crisis just before I was due to leave. They say problems come threes, so I'm glad I was spared anything else going wrong.
OK, so I was probably not the funnest person to be around on my trip, but it was still a nice change of pace, and I'm really glad I got to go.
Once I got back from San Diego, I went to stay with my grandmother as she recovered from her hospital visit. Don't worry - I'm not going to bore you with the details. However, I did not want to take a vacation from artwork for that long, so I brought a travel kit and a roll of paper to practice on. I spent a fair bit of time looking through pictures to find myself some suitable models for figure studies and found some very nice ones (I really need to look them up again so I can get the names of what I was working from.) The results are as you see above and to the right.
I also did a small series of frogs and toads for fun and to stretch my range a bit. You can see them on my flickr page:
So, why all the bathers? Well, people are more interesting to paint when they're not covered with cloth, and a hot steamy bath is always on my mind when it is this freakin cold outsied. Have you ever taken a really hot soak then stepped out into the freezing cold? It's awesome ^^ I promise to do some men, too! Don't think I'm being one-sided.
I also wanted to do something about my New Year's Resolution, but I'll wait 'til next week because I expect to have some picture by then. Betcha can't wait ;)

New Camera - Weeee

Friday, January 22, 2010

So over Christmas I organized a camera swap with my sister. I needed something that could take decent pictures of my artwork and she needed something that could do decent video. Solution? I bought her a camera and she sent me hers.
The above picture is one of my first snaps with it. It shows a figure study I was working on and finished around New Year's time.
I know this isn't the king of cameras, but it has more power and functionality than any camera I've ever had (excepting when I was doing a film camera class and we had access to a photolab.)
So far I'm pretty pleased with it, but I still need to learn more about how to work it. Even more, I need to rig up some lighting - if you happen to know anything about that, don't be shy about giving me advice!
Next week: a report on my winter activities and a New Year's Resolution if I am very ambitious.

Zoiks! Totally missed New Year's ><

Monday, January 18, 2010

With everything that's been going on with my Grandma getting sick and visiting CA, I totally missed doing a New Year's blogpost.

But don't worry, I totally intend to remedy the situtaion - there will be a Resolution and some useless info about my trip, recent artwork, and all kindsa stuff.

Look forward to it! In the meantime, enjoy this lovely picture.

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