(collection the artist) ~~~~~~~~ Sending out my apologies for the last post "testing" thought it was going out to just me! so sorry! but ...while I have you let me say I really appreciate your being here to see the new ART I post and follow along with my work in progress over the last few years! I AM A WORK in PROGRESS, too! *** yesterday I sent out a link that was also a mistake, see what I mean?!... it was for my artist friend Melinda Dalke so I have since corrected it and you really have to see her work so lively and fun! just a peek: http://arthelpinganimals.blogspot.com/search/label/Artist%3A%20%20Melinda%20Dalke she is so committed to helping animals with her wonderful talent! *** Merriest of Holidays and Healtiest of New Years! see you soon with new work in 2010 *** STAY TUNED! :o)
Can you SPOT my Lizzie in the photo taken this morning of freshly falling snow?
She is looking up the path in her yard that is her track around her little patch of woods. She usually flies straight out fromt he back door and does a couple of laps around, prancing and barking just in case there is a squirrel or chip munk lurking around. Not this morning...she stopped short took a look and came back in. LOL!
Hope the winter snow is making you feel Christmasy but lets hope it clears up a bit so we can finish all our missions this week!
We REALLY do look like the Christmas cards we send with those white winter scenes and the New England feel.
If you are traveling in our area...stay safe...or even better ....stay home!
Happy Thanksgiving to All! *** Worked on Nikki today along with 2 new rescue pieces that will be part of the 14 DAYS of CHRISTMAS for rescue....14 rescues and 14 paintings, a new painting posted by ART HELPING ANIMALS artists! details coming soon. *** One more pass on the Dalmatian Portraits and we are done! Right on schedule. ***
Top: Cleo, L: Brandie, Mid bottom:Maggie, R: Nikki **** Today's work saw painting on everyone but Nikki. (far right dalmatian) Nikki will get the next session and we are very close to done. Today I scumbled out the background a bit, worked on the other 3 Dals. Cleo got the most attention with modeling her face and ears I lost some edges and it softened the lines a bit. Then the fur and shadows and collars on Brandie and Maggie... Should be done by Thanksgiving!
This is the largest group portrait I have done it really is 4 portraits in one. STAY TUNED! The finish is on the way.
While being sidelined by the flu bug or cold bug this last week, I spent most of it in bed with my Nyquil and Puffs Plus by my side. You can only watch so much TV or browse the net so I did manage to make some art (see below) so I could keep my mind from atrophy.
*** Just a quick note to say that I have been sidelined by a cold and hope that a few more days will get me back in working order. So many illnesses going around at this time that my wish is that this one is qualifying me for the rest of this year and into the next NOT to catch anything else!
Please take care and I will be back the easel shortly!
Continued from the previous post.... Today was four hours of finding details and molding faces...did a little eye work today. For me the MOST fun is painting eyes. I just love it. Maybe I will do a canvas of only eyes...not a bad idea! This top pic is of Nikki she has some qualities of expression like my own Lizz-meister. And she looks like she could have a tiny bit of the "drama queen" in her personality. Then I did some facial molding and correcting with Cleo. She is the keeper of the clan. And a little more eye work but nowhere near where it is going to end yet. :) I was enjoying painting her mouth. Choosing this image was about keeping her smile and open face.
And the most fun today was painting Brandie ...she is a little beauty in the becoming. What a face. I really love her eyes...they are awesome.
I am taking lots of colors from the light background for shadows. When you are painting shadows you find many colors in the reflected light. Now the trick with this is that I am making up the whole sitting so I will tie everything together with shadow and light directions and somehow make it all work.
Being an artist that paints by the seat of her pants I am often very much an observer of my own process and half the fun is not having everything planned out in detail in advance. I would be highly bored and never finish a piece if that were the case.
That is MY way and MY preference to take an idea or inspiration and unravel it or discover it as I go along.
This was the most recent work just finished and I will dive in again tomorrow.
Four Dalmatians (one is a mixed Dal ) Phase one is about gathering images that you can work into a group composition. Not an easy task but given enough time to contemplate you get ideas! Next the size of the canvas, 24 x 3o is the one that I stretched by hand.
Figuring out a layout I liked and the commissioner was good with...Great time to get a feel and make corrections. I made lots of adjustments and do it right on the canvas ....I am not a big sketcher...I like to see the canvas in front of me...sort of like "A blank canvas" and try to imagine the design. I wanted good faces, a pecking order that makes sense to the commissioner and of course some accuracy. There is plenty of room for artistic license but you need to be on the money when it comes to the ones who know them best.
Background was decided...a loose rendering of maybe a porch suggested in the background which gives the viewer the chance to finish the story (they are sitting on steps) that was what I was going for ....also the colors are neutral, light and will fade away from the subjects.
You can see here that I switched dogs and put Maggie down in front. The commissioner also asked that I paint her with her ear folded back as she is often seen that way.
Now I have their faces with some life in them and their eyes are more alive...nothing worse than working on a canvas with "Little Orphan Annies" watching you while you paint.
I have cleared the decks of other work and am focused on this piece. It will be ready for gift giving time. I will be updating this posting as I go and you will see the changes as they occur.
As I always say....this is the ugly phase and I warn the clients don't get nervous...it will all pan out in the end.
To this day I have not heard of a disappointment ...I hope to keep that record going.
The commissioner of this painting asked that I share it here so here you have it.
Please stay tuned...as we travel this road together.
A few updates: Yesterday was the closing date for CHRISTMAS commissions! I will be posting a few pics of one large one in progress. This will be a in a Blog post by itself coming soon.
If anyone is thinking they would like to give the gift of a custom piece of art from me in the form of A GIFT CARD (see my website for details) just let me know. www.carolchretien.com
"Christmas Dale" 8x10 oil on panel now available with 20% to NARA rescue. Posted today on the ART HELPING ANIMALS BLOG and the DAILY PAINTER's GALLERY site. "Rabbit's Wish on the Moon" is a 5x7 oil on panel and framed as shown. Available now 120.00 makes a great gift if you have someone who is wild about Rabbits! Haunting little piece of work with real "yearning" for a hope...email me. Of course 20% goes to rescue...as with all my work.
UPDATE....... UPDATE...... UPDATE! "I Will Bee Happy" SOLD!
20% of the sale went to help sponsor DEBO's care through BONES rescue.
STILL AVAILABLE and "Debo" the beagle is still up for adoption! Just visit www.bonesrescue.org to read about this beautiful boy!
"A Wish on the Moon" is 10x10, inspired by Debo the beagle and his wish for a home of his own. 125.00 with 20% to BONES.
Halfway through October and the Adventure continues...
(thought this old painting of mine made a nice illustration! circa 1981)
I should have taken a picture of the IN PROGRESS major cleaning re-organizing that just was a week of my life but it was too horrible to capture in images...I emptied every room.
In reality I was in the process of "letting things go" after letting things GO for about 3 good years.
You know...clutter can build up in every closet, drawer, shelf, cabinet or cranny in the place as you "put things away" while you straighten up and do routine cleaning. In the last 3 yrs I have dedicated my time to paint for homeless animals and work on helping to make ART HELPING ANIMALS the great fellowship it is by being an active member of the team with my fellow artists.
I couldn't put off the house deep cleaning job any longer...it was time and time was up!
I now have a car load to donate to charity...VHS tapes, music, books, and bags of clothes from storage in my closets...I won't mention what is going off to the dump! Thank goodness for those roomy "contractor's bags"!!!!
Any way....as I recuperate from the hard labor of the past week...I'm not getting any younger and there are muscles in my body that are screaming in protest, to remind me of the fact, AND I dropped into bed at 7:30 everynight to die ... the job is done. I have lightened up and let go of old things that clutter not only your SPACE but your MIND and creative processes.
The Studio will be buzzing once again as I get back to business...Stay Tuned for new work and October fun!