Blog post of 3/13/17 – another art sale & St. Paddy’s day art contest

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Yesterday I had another person buy my scribble dachshund drawing on Etsy!

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My weiners, errrr, I mean dachshunds seem to be very popular!

Anyways, I just finished reading “Essential Blake” by Stanley Kunitz, a collection of William Blake’s most important poems,  & have started reading “The Portrait of Dorian Gray” by Oscar Wilde.

I’ve also been listening to a lot of Irish folk songs lately since St. Paddy’s day is coming up. I’ve always enjoyed the lyrics of old European folk songs. If you haven’t heard much of them, you will probably be surprised on how cleverly filthy many of them are. ha

Check out my art contest on Fine Art America for St. Paddy’s Day. I just had to do one being part Irish and enjoying a drink or two or five

The voting will begin in on Wednesday & anyone can vote!

Hope all my readers are doing okay! Cheers everyone!

 

Walking the Dog Drawing

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I got the idea to do this drawing after seeing the artwork & listening to the soundtrack of one of my favorite films, “Mon Oncle (My Uncle)” by Jacques Tati.

If you haven’t seen it, here’s a link to a funny clip: Kitchen Scene

Anyways, I used a black colored pencil to outline the figures & blue & pink watercolor for color.

It’s available for purchase digital download on my Etsy shop & in print on Fine Art America.

I hope that you don’t think this drawing is too Pawful ^^ (I just couldn’t resist making a bad pun.)

Blue Flowers Drawing/Painting

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I wanted to add something different to my artwork, and decided that the easiest way was to add a different material. I bought a set of pearlescent watercolors, and this is the first result of my efforts with them:

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(Prints of this are available for purchase on Fine Art America.)

I used blue colored pencil to draw the flowers, green to draw the stems, and white to blend it all together. I then used red, green, yellow, and black watercolors to fill in the background space.

2016 Christmas Art Contest Winners!

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It’s been hard for me to get into the Christmas spirit this year due to the 80 degree weather I am currently experiencing. Yes, I know you’re rolling your eyes at the thought of me complaining about the heat, but for most of my life I lived in a place that actually went through the four seasons, so I’m used to a cold winter.

Instead of traveling far to experience a white Christmas, I decided to create a contest on Fine Art America entitled “Let It Snow.” Contestants could subject up to two pieces of art in any medium as long as it contained snow.

Nearly 500 pieces of art were submitted! The contest has just ended, and the first place winner is…

*Amy Porter! Congratulations! Her photograph of a young buck entitled “Winter Buck” shows the beauty of the falling snow in Connecticut.

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(This image is available for purchase on Fine Art America. Check it out here!
***I do not own this photograph. This image is owned & copyrighted to Amy Porter.)

For Ms. Porter, photography has been a lifelong passion. When she’s not working in the field of science and technology management, she enjoys showcasing the beauty of nature with her photographs. She has been a member of Fine Art America since 2013 and has over 60,000 visitors. Please feel free to check out her photos, which are available for purchase, by clicking here to visit her profile.

* There are two people tied for second place!

They are:

-Jetson Nguyen’s photograph of the Zion National Park in Utah entitled “Court Of The Patriarchs In Snow At Zion National Park.” Check it out here!

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-Henryk Gorecki’s oil painting of a scene from the Holy Cross Mountains in Poland. Check it out here!

*There are three people tied for third place!

They are:

-Anthony Forster’s watercolor painting of sheep in snow entitled “Winter’s Twilight.” Check it out here!

-Sharon Duguay’s acrylic painting of a girl kissing a snowman entitled “Twinkle in his Eye.” Check it out here!

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-Sarah Batalka’s painting of a truck driving through snow entitled “The Road Home.” Check it out here!

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Thank you to everyone who participated! I really enjoy looking through all of your amazing artwork!

Here’s a link to all of the entries in the contest! Please check them out & keep in mind that all of these artists have work that is available for purchase on Fine Art America!

I hope that everyone has a safe & happy Christmas! Don’t drink too much eggnog! (That’s my job.)

Cartoon Drawing Inspired by the Glamour of Golden Age Hollywood

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I have always enjoyed watching films from the Golden Age of Hollywood, so I decided to draw something inspired by it.

 

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The hair is inspired by Veronica Lake, a starlet who is remembered for her ‘peek-a-boo’ hairstyle where one eye is covered by a lock of hair. This hairstyle was extremely popular in the 1930’s, but it went out of fashion during WWII when the women went to work in factories and had to keep their hair back so it wouldn’t get caught in the machines.

The eyebrows and eyes are inspired by Greta Garbo, the most famous actress of the era. Her eye makeup was intended to create a sleepy, mysterious look, which is said to have influenced Marilyn Monroe’s makeup.

The lips are inspired by nobody in particular. I just wanted to make it look as glamorous as possible. :p