Tuesday, April 16, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
Sunday, March 10, 2013
So, the name I will call myself is "Frog in the Reeds", which is also the name of the first song I made, when I decided that making music seemed like a fun thing to do. It is an instrumental piece. To celebrate that I finally have a name, I am giving away this song. It doesn't sound anything like the music on my album. It was made with the idea that you could play it for babies or little kids or grownups who need to relax and/or go to sleep. Inspired by the Drewenski's pond in Cabot, Pennsylania, which provided the soundtrack for my summer nights growing up in the country.
You may download the song for yourself right here. (Right-click on the link to save it somewhere).
This song was unprofessionally produced in Corner of Bedroom, Butler, PA and you do not have the rights to invite people over and charge them money to listen to it. Well, I guess you could, but send me the money.
Wait, there is more! If you send a self-addressed stamped envelope to 314 Broad Street, Butler PA 16001, I will send you a hand-drawn bookmark of a frog, and I will sign it with my own signature. I might even make one of those little tassles - we'll see. I have not drawn it yet, or I would tantalize you with a picture. This offer is only available to the first 10,000 requests and it expires when I die, or move.
Have a nice day!
Sunday, November 11, 2012
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
Thursday, June 14, 2012
Friday, May 4, 2012
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Wednesday, February 29, 2012
I finished Esther today. I've documented the first part of the process in an earlier post if you're interested in the nuts and bolts. Here is the second half.
I started with a rough sketch on canvas:
Then did a very fast, loose painting with the intention of just getting color all over the canvas. At this point, it looks nothing like Esther. Not sure why I didn't get a shot of the whole thing.
Next, I spent ALOT of time on the face. I wanted to get it right first, because if you can get the face right, the rest of the stuff is pretty much a breeze. Here's a closeup of the face at this stage.
Next I reworked every bit of the canvas with a palette knife. I really glopped on paint here. I tried to bring out more depth and warmth to her face. Although I captured her pretty well, she looked pasty and cool.
A face closeup:
The table looked odd to me, so I added some color to it, and touched up a few final things. Like, the lemon now looks more like a lemon, and her arms look a little more natural. This is the finished canvas!
Here is a closeup of the finished hat.
And her face! Esther, you are a beautiful little girl!
Monday, February 20, 2012
Monday, January 16, 2012
Friday, January 6, 2012
My Lyrebird design, printed at Spoonflower, made into a stitched fabric wall hanging. The background came out too purple, I had wanted a navy blue. But other than that I'm happy with it. The lyrebird is an Austrailian native bird, known for it's ability to mimic sounds, and for the male bird's magnificent tail. This one is the "Superb Lyrebird" Menura novaehollandiae.
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Thursday, December 22, 2011
I snapped this photo of my friend Rachel's daughter Esther when they were visiting this summer, and I'm getting ready make an oil painting of it. To me this image is irresistable - the hat, her sly look, the bright colors - I have to paint it. So I've never done this before, but I'm taking photos of each step of the process and I'm going to post them here.
1) The original
2) Cropped to fit a long narrow canvas, which seemed to suit this compostion
3) Black and white
4) In photoshop, removing some of the unnecessary elements, the cross, the cup, the table in the background
5) Changed to outlines in photoshop so I can print what I'm going to sketch. This makes it so much easier!
6) Added my grid
7) My actual rough sketch on the canvas. It's pretty light.
8) In photoshop, I removed the stripes from the shirt, changed it to green, and manipulated the background color. I also adjusted the shadows and highlights. All this could be done when I'm in the painting process, looking at the orginal, but I prefer to get it right in photoshop, print it out, then just paint what I see.
Next step - PAINT! Stay tuned for more.
Wednesday, November 30, 2011
I think I finished a painting! This one has been in the works for maybe over half a year...It was my first commissioned painting, so I had nothing to do with the subject matter. I will say that it's harder to paint that way, because you don't share the passion for the subject in the same way that your client does. However, it was still fun and challenging to paint all these different animals. By the way, this is not a copy of one of the C.M. Coolidge paintings. I only borrowed the concept - and one of the dogs. All the dogs are my originals except for the little English bulldog which I adapted from his painting, "A Friend in Need".
Monday, November 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 12, 2011
Saturday, August 27, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
A while ago my mom and I painted a peacock on the glass panels of an old door that we installed going from our dining room to a powder room. Jason and I remodeled our kitchen this year, and we had a door just like it going into the laundry room, which is always a mess. Since our kitchen now looks nice, I got tired of looking at the laundry room through it and painted the door. Then I scraped half of it off with a razor blade and painted it again. I think I like it now? Not sure yet. The peacock was so much easier because I ripped the design off of a tshirt. I made this one up myself, wanting to keep the same style but a different picture. So here it is...for now.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
My sewing room is about to be occupied as living quarters for my brother's family in moving transition, so I got really motivated the other night to finish up some unfinished projects. Heidi is in Elephant Dress, which is for sale as a sewing kit at Mamma Made Designs. Elsie is in a dress that was a collaboration between me and Rachel Galloway. This is the only good photo I got, in between the bug-bite scratching and nose picking.
Friday, July 1, 2011
Here is my Old Worlds Bird dress on Elsie. Size 5. I can't help being inspired by my Slovak heritage. I've always loved their artwork and traditional dress. Coming soon, this will be available as a sewing kit at Mamma Made designs.