I am very excited at the potential for sales of my work in Totnes, Devon through a friend’s new shop in 71 Fore Street. The Collector 71 houses artists work and also deals in stamps and stamp collections. I am going to visit with a few framed pictures and limited edition prints next week in the hope that they will find loving homes during their time at Collector 71. Totnes is a thriving town full of independent retailers and buzzing with tourists a the moment…..so fingers crossed!
Here is a hairdo with a difference. My latest ACEO currently for sale on ebay.
My first ACEO in quite a while called “Duck in a Jug” sold on ebay recently. Puffin Celebration ACEO also sold last week.
This week I am offering a print of a very early ACEO with Harvey The Aardvark and friends which just has a couple of days to go. This is one of my personal favourites.
Find this for sale on ebay right now at £6.99 mounted and ready to frame…. the link to my print on ebay is here .
Yesterday I started an attempt at declutttering. What should I keep and what should go? I headed for my bookshelf and targeted some old sketchbooks having decided to photograph pages I liked and store them digitally instead.
In amongst artist and nature books are malingering sketch books from over many a year.
Some of the sketches have sentimental value, and are a visual diary hinting at events and places sporadically over the year. Some of the sketches were a means to an end. They were good practice for observing and drawing.
Other sketches were experimental when I had been involved in course work and attempting to work outside my usual method of creativity.
So I took sketchbooks which were not essentially full of great stuff and photographed those images I felt connected to and transferred them to my computer. The nice thing about looking back at sketch books from years gone by is that a lot of the images look better to me now than when I created them. The space and time that has passed makes them feel like they are not quite so firmly attached to me allowing me to be less critical.
The other nice thing about storing the sketches digitally is that they take on a more professional look on a screen than in the sketchbook.
I agree with the declutter theory that you feel lighter and freer without hanging onto lots of stuff. This is a start but I still have a long way to go.
A variety of pages from 2004 Sketchbook – from life, mixed media and character development.
If you are going to the Woolsack event at Tetbury, the Mayfair Art exhibition is at The Dolphin – lots of art to see! http://ow.ly/x6VYk
Fantastic array of art to see at the Mayfair Art Exhibition at the Dolphin Hall, Tetbury 24/25/26th May 10-5pm. ow.ly/x1ueZ
My portfolio of dog portraits is slowly but surely expanding.
I have taken on a couple of portfolio exercises to get a proper feel for the difficulty rating. They are:
a) a photo which does not have all the pictorial information because the resolution is too low and
b) a photo which is in itself not a great composition but it is the only photo we can get. These are situations a pet portrait artist may find themselves in and with these problems in mind they will then have to decide whether a successful pet portrait will be the outcome.
a) This is Amber. Most of the photo could be enhanced using the contrast tool to get more information for reference. This worked for all but the eyes. This was the most challenging and time consuming of my two examples. I had to make up the eye reference material, or cross reference it elsewhere. This meant it became time consuming and a fiddle mucking about with the “lost” information. The eyes are the most important focal point (apart from the muzzle also in a dog) and not succeeding in making them look “right” or more to the point “convincing” would spell disaster for the whole painting. One other point about this photo is the position of the tail gives a very long slim shape to the overall composition and so it was much better to take the important head area instead where there are alot of dynamic shapes to keep the picture interesting.
b) This is Gooner, obviously an older dog, which you can tell by the expression and posture. The overall shape is not very dynamic and more of an overall circular outline, not the best shape to use for a picture composition. This painting is taking much less time on account I hav all the necessary information in front of me. I took the liberty of using artistic licence to move the eye gaze so that the image was more engaging. Everything is in place and the painting is almost finished.
Below are the results of my endeavours:
Amber is completed
Gooner to the right is still work in progress.
There are times when another factor comes into play and that is when the pet owner has produced the only photo they have of their dog and it is just like the Amber example above. Perhaps this might persuade you as a pet portrait artist to take on the commission. Of course all these things can be discussed at the outset with the pet owner giving you the commission perhaps with deposit for work up front and other caveats would help mitigate any disaster!
My conclusion is that not having all the information is extremely time consuming and the outcome is not certain. It is up to the Pet Portrait Artist to determine the risk!
Harvey the Aardvark is up to his tricks #ACEO http://ow.ly/wEpQp
So, what is going on in the picture?
If an image captures your imagination you may find your own internal dialogue emerging as to what is taking place in the picture. I make ACEOs with my own narrative in mind and often show them to my family and find that they in turn arrive at their own (sometimes surprising ) conclusion as to what they think is going on with the characters in my ACEOs.
I love to start the story and hope there may be a variety of possibilities for a story to be told.
Decide yourself what is happening here between Digger and Freddie, and then see below for what I had in mind. My description for this aceo goes something like this : “Digger could not be sure but he thought that Freddie was trying to tell him something…..”
My narrative could have been…. “Looking at Freddie Digger was not sure if Freddie actually liked him.” but I decided that it would be “Freddie kept glancing at the Fish Food and looking at Digger hoping Digger might take the hint and gives him a little snack!”
Go on surprise me with your story line…..
Harvey Loves Rainbows
There was something special that Harvey was looking for. Mouse was hoping that Harvey would find it very soon.
“We need the rain to find one of my favourite things” said Harvey “There is no other weather that makes something so beautiful.”
At last there it was….
Harvey has been out and about on his antics with Mouse, Digger and other animal characters . He still has so many things to see and do.
Until next time…..