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Sunday, August 26, 2012

Issues with Commenting On Blogs


Fun at the Beach 2012
Happy Sunday!! Getting my kids ready for school, starts tommorow!! I have been visiting and trying to comment on some of the Blogs but the ones with WORD VERIFICATION will NOT allow me to post at all I swear Im not a ROBOT!!! I already sent email to Google twice and nothing yet so you might want to check and see if it allows you, I temporarily removed mine from my Blog so not to cause anyone to pull there hair out:O)!! Very nerve racking anyways those word thingys!!!:O) Anyhoo now to a bit of art I have been painting and finally slowly painting my ornaments and debating about doing a few shows and preparing my kids for school and will start on 3 commisions this week!!! whew..... I dont usually do commisions because I feel it takes away from my creativeness but these are dear friends and I dont know how to say NO:O) A good thing sometimes:O) I leave you with one of my recent paintings, Have a great week and I promise to be back soon!!!

Friday, August 24, 2012

The fascinating art of Artmagenta

Due to the difficulty of choosing among so many great croquis I decided for the theme "girls dressed with hats" that is a category, a criteria like any other. Why not?

When I first did a tour at Artmagenta's blog I was enchanted by his croquis, sketches, caricatures, drawings and birds.

Ulf Andersson, is a Sweden illustrator who not only has the gift of mastering the techniques but created a style of his own in all the different works he does.

His croquis are not only exercises like for most artists and he creates amazing creatures that are unique and have their own lives. Each piece is a moment of their existence.

The witty captions he adds at each of his creations helps telling their story or help building the scene.

Take a look at his blog an make a tour around his universe.

Why do you draw nude models?

"Croquis is sketching or figure drawing from a live nude model. Also called life drawing. The purpose is exercise in how to draw the human body. Each pose lasts from 1 to 5 minutes. You are trying to get the correct proportions and balance of the human body. My total exercise will last for about 2-3 hours and most of the sketches are not worth saving/showing - but a small percent comes out as rather good drawings. These are some of those better drawings..."


Thursday, August 23, 2012

You asked and they are back: "The Four Dogs"

From left to right:   First dog:                             "I'll get out of here."

                              Second dog:                         "Stop staring at me."

                              Third dog (to the first:              "No, don't go now bro."

                              Fourth dog:                           "I hate discussions."


Eighteenth of The Four Dogs collection.

Only two to complete the series of twenty.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Justin Gerard

Justin Gerard
images copyright Justin Gerard

10 Questions With Justin Gerard

1.... who is your favorite artist?

Really tough question.  Living or dead?
Living I'd say I look forward to seeing the new work of Paul Bonner (link) and Petar Meseldzija (link) probably the most of anyone.  Scott Gustafson (link) and Donato Giancola (link) are awesome too.  I would also say that Peter DeSeve (link) and Carter Goodrich (link) were what got me here and are guys whose work I still absolutely love. There are just too many...

For the dead guys I am a huge Rembrandt (link) fan.  I also have drawn a lot from the works of Draper (link), Bouguereau (link), Mucha (link) and Dore (link). 

2.... do you offer workshops for artists?

Yes.  Mostly live appearances, but online ones will be coming soon! Watch for it on my blog at!

3.... what do you like to listen to while you work?

It varies based on what I am doing.  If I am drawing or doing heavily creative work, I listen to instrumental music.  Atmorock, soundtracks etc. Because they tend to help with concentration.  But if I am just painting/rendering that stuff may put me to sleep, so I turn on more lyrically driven stuff.  Recently it's been 90's altrock.

Mostly though, I listen to audiobooks.  I love a good audiobook.

4.... what medium and tools do you use to create your art?

It is almost always mixed.  Every piece has some traditional and some digital.  For the traditional work it is usually watercolor and pencil, and every now and then acrylic or oil.  For the digital aspects it is always Photoshop on a Wacom Intuos tablet.

5.... during an average week how many hours a day / week do you work on creating art?

10 on average, usually about 6 days a week.  Some weeks more, some weeks less.  It is both my hobby and profession, so I tend to spend a lot of the week doing it. 

6.... are you working your dream job?


7.... do you feel its important for others to pursue their dream jobs?

This will sound strange but no.  I think they should do what they love (well.. unless they are evil people whose dreams are to blow up the ocean or something, in which case, they shouldn't do what they love)  I think most "good" people (who don't want to blow up the ocean) should do what they love, and if someone comes along and offers to pay them for it, then that is awesome.  If someone doesn't, then who cares?  Take a normal job and keep doing what you love on the side, even if it means doing it for nothing.  Some of the most amazing work comes out of people who are just doing something because they love it, and not necessarily because it will make them rich and famous someday.  There is just as much heart and passion in that as in getting paid for it.

8.... where can people see your work (online, conventions or exhibits)?

I exhibit at many major conventions.  DragonCon, Illuxcon and Spectrum Live are ones that I will be at this year and plan to exhibit at in the future.  Online I keep a little blog called and also contribute to which if you haven't heard of and are interested in illustration, you should absolutely check out.  Some of the brightest talents working now post there regularly and I have learned so much from it.

9.... was there a certain moment that you knew you wanted to be an artist?

Yes, it was when I was very young, and I made a picture of a crocodile saving a tiny fish from a terrible whale.  I had created this thing, this world with crayons. It felt like real magic.  These strange colored sticks made sense of the world.  I have been addicted to drawing ever since.

10.... is there anything else you would like to add or say to other artists?

Do what you love. Don't do what you think the paying community at large will want.  That is boring.  I am more interested in what a person actually has to say rather than what they think I want to hear.

Also, read, write and travel.  These are the 3 most important things you can do to keep your art interesting. 
Also, draw every single day.

Justin Gerard
images copyright Justin Gerard

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Pause for a moment of Prayer

 I bought an old hymnal a while back and I just love how I can find the perfect title for a painting of mine in them:O) Sometimes reading through them Im inspired with paintings just from titles. Ive been busy painting and loving every minute of it, so much in my head that wants to be painted and so little time in a day, I never push myself or stay up too late to finish a painting only because I know I need to take care of me to continue to enjoy my art:O) I hope this post finds you with good health, smiles, paint, fun and ice cream!!! So HOT here! Have a great day and Thank You always for the comments and emails and visits:O)