It was a quiet but successful day at the Langdon Art on the Boardwalk art show. I was able to meet some other local artists, which was great. My art seemed to be well received; also great. I even sold two pieces. Excellent!
I was stoked to see all of the artists’ phenomenal work. I had already seen many of the pieces on the local artist’s Facebook page, but seeing them in person was SO much better. I am looking forward to many more shows to come.
I chuckle at the amount of selfies some people post on Facebook and Instagram. I graduated high school in 2006 and Facebook was just starting to become popular; Instagram wasn’t even a thing until 4 years later.
However, if the amount of self portraits I did is indicative of how many selfies I would have taken, had the technology been available…well let me just say, I should not judge.
Yesterday, I published a post showing some old sketches of mine. Amongst them was this pretty little watercolour of a poplar (aspen) tree. I decided to redo the painting with oil pastels, just for fun.
I am fairly new to pastels and am still trying to work out the glitches. I would like to master making a seamless background, but all in all, I am really happy with how the painting (drawing? I’m never sure which a pastel piece is) turned out.
Below is the oil pastel artwork made with:
Grumbacher oil pastels (set of 36)
Canson Bristol paper
Derwent Coloursoft coloured pencils
Below is the watercolour from 2008.
Only, one month to go until my art show. Ever year, the small town (Hamlet) I live in hosts one or two art shows and this year I am so excited to be showcasing my work. I have been busy making artwork, as well as matting and framing and trying to figure out how to price and sell my pieces. Making the art seems to be the easy (and fun) part. They rest is a lot of hard work. I have a new found respect for professional artists, who do this kind of thing all the time.
While perusing some old artwork I came across these gems.
They were all completed in an inexpensive dollar-store mid-tone sketchbook which I can only imagine became disheveled and is long gone.
These pieces, which I must have liked at the time (and still do) were tucked away for safe keeping. They appear to be done in a combination of ink, coloured pencil and watercolour and were all completed en plein air at my parent’s farm in the Interlake region of Manitoba; except for the one with the elf-like creature having a smoke. I have no idea where the inspiration for that one came about.