Tuesday, December 28, 2010

rider and packhorse

I took this picture when I was on Calvalcade with Cougar in the South Country.

reference photo.

one hour in gouache.

two hours.

Sizzler and Dee

the photo I'm working from.

one hour into the drawing on Stonhenge, 11 x 15 inches.

two hours.

three hours.

four hours.

Annie and Dick with Suzanne

I know some draft horse owners who use their horses to work their land in Oregon. I was recently contacted by one of them to make a painting of someone they met in Vermont. She works her land with two rescued bay draft horses, Annie and Dick. They were rescued from two different situations and are a perfect match!

Annie and Dick with Suzanne.

one hour into the small gouache painting.

two hours.

three hours.

Monday, December 27, 2010

winter break

so, I decided to work on some art during winter break which didn't directly involve school. I started a piece today and plan on posting some in progess photos.

I'm working on a graphite of my friend Dee, a gouache of my friend Parker, a commission in gouache of two draft horses and their owner, and a gouache painting of a cowboy riding with a pack horse in tow.

Friday, November 26, 2010


in my printmaking class I've been learning different techniques to print images with a griffon etching press.

the process goes along these lines...
  • using carving tools, you carve into a piece of wood, I prefer MDF (Multi-density Fiberboard) because it carves like butter (with sharp tools) and there is no woodgrain or or splintering to fight.
  • once the carving is done (MDF gets shallacked because it can warp if it takes in any mosture) the pressure is set on the press and then ink is rolled (the ink slab is charged).
  • for the rich black on my print, I had to charge the roller multiple times and really load the ink.
  • since my woodcut was 18 x 24 inches, I printed with the paper dry.

this is the part I carved. 

this is the print.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

a day of giving thanks.

I was just thinking of what I'm thankful for ...
  • John, my boyfriend
  • my family
  • my friends
  • being able to attend school (and staying at my grandparents)
  • having a job on weekends
and of course I'll get a tummy-ache from eating lots of good food. but who doesn't? hahaha.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

just an idea of my purpose here.

I'm easily entertained and think that there are other people out there like me, laughing at the smallest thing.

I thought that a blog would be an interesting way to opening share different things.

I'm an artist and sometimes, it seems like artists have different views on things. I also find attending art college to be an interesting experience, the things I learn and see might be interesting to share with others.

I plan on posting art, ideas, prose, thoughts, and everyday happenings - and maybe others will find them interesting, inspirational, and/or humorous.

Enjoy. :-)