Friday, February 22, 2008
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Sunday, February 10, 2008
I’m so blessed to have a house on a couple of acres where I keep my horse Billy Bob. I bought him when he was 4 years old and he’ll be 20 this April. I can walk out my back door or look out the window and be inspired every day. I also have a little Cairn terrier named Sassy and a cat named Samantha who bring such joy to my life. All three have been subjects of my art and probably will continue to be inspirational for a long time to come.
If I think about it, I would have to say everything I look at, I’m looking at it as if it were a composition. I’m taking in the details, color, lights, and darks imagining how I would draw it, figuring out how best to describe it with pencils or pastels.
I have always enjoyed watching the clouds and with sunrises or sunsets there are some spectacular colors that are always inspirational. Spring is right around the corner and with that come the bluebonnets. In good years, the wildflowers in Texas can be breathtaking. Now that I have a good digital camera I’m hoping to get some reference photos to pull from at some point for landscape and wildlife drawings.
Then there is my daughter and my precious grandson - wow what inspiration he is! There is the rest of my family - my mom and dad, my sister and her husband, my brother and his wife and their sons - all of my family who give me so much love and moral support. So what inspires me? My family, my animals, friends, nature, wildlife, just day to day living – all that God gave me! I look forward to sharing my inspirations with you in the days to come.
Saturday, February 9, 2008
The reference picture I had was taken outside and during the day on a grassy lawn. I wanted the pastel, however, to be very strong and show the personality of the rooster. With a few powerful strokes of color and a dramatic background I think I succeeded. So it is important to remember you don't have to draw exactly what you see, you can create your own backgrounds, combine pictures, or pretty much anything you want - after all you are the artist.
The original is hanging in my dining room, however prints are available and may be ordered on my website at KarenHargettFineArt.com.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Monday, February 4, 2008
I think I have the marble near the center pretty round now - at least it is better. I'll take a look at it again when I work on the marble on the left side of it. It may need a bit more work.
The marble on rightside, near the bottom was looking rather flat to me - it is the one with all the bubbles in the glass. I think it has a more rounded appearance now and that was done by just redirecting some color and lines. Did you notice you can see the bottom of the cut glass votive reflecting all the colors in the marbles too?
Sunday, February 3, 2008
In this first WIP I've transfered a rough outline sketch of each marble on to the 6"x 6" gray velour paper. I've made sure to put in the cat's eyes and a few of the major reflections for reference points. I've used a white Conte stick to do the outline sketch.
Once again, I don't put a whole lot of detail into my initial sketches. This encourages me to use my drawing skills, to draw what I see, and also allows me to be a bit creative too - not copying every detail of the photograph but instead using it as a guide.
Next using my photo reference I've blocked in the solid colors of the cat's eyes on each marble using Rembrandt soft pastels.
Now I've started drawing in the glass colors, reflections and bubbles in the marbles. My favorite one so far is the upper right marble. I like the green bottle glass look of it and the reflections too.
I can see that I need to work on the roundness of the middle marble but I can fix that later. With pastels you can layer your color over the top of another color without worrying about "mixing" colors like you would with wet paint. The amount of pressure you put on the pastel determines if the color you are laying down will be a light glaze or a solid color. At some point the velour may not take any more color because the "tooth" will be full. I would rather not get to that point though - it's always nice to have a little room to play around with the color.
I wonder - do kids still play with marbles?