Here's another house "portrait". This one is in the pico-union neighborhood of Los Angeles. I work downtown at LA Live pretty often and just over the 110 freeway are all these wonderful old homes. Many have been pretty run-down but occasionally you'll find a jewel like this one.
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
While I've been very happy to get back into drawing and painting, I've been struggling with how to make art that is relevant today. I've always loved drawing and painting portraits but I am admittedly a little shy when it comes to approaching people to use them as subjects. I also feel strange about using other people's photos for references. This is why I was drawing the daguerreotypes from the library of congress, but I didn't really have any connection with the people in the pictures. I started thinking about portraits in today's terms. Selfies. I did a quick google search on drawing selfies and found the app Sktchy. It is a social media app where people post selfies of themselves and other people draw or paint them. I've drawn just a few so far but I'm hooked! The response from the other members has been so positive and its a great way to find inspiration. Here are a couple I've done, unfortunately I haven't figured out a way to download the inspiration photos yet.
Friday, September 19, 2014
Wednesday, September 17, 2014
This painting was based on a photograph of a house that once stood somewhere downtown on Broadway during the late 1800s. I found the photo in the Los Angeles Public Library Photo database. Between that fence, the side paneling and this heat wave, it took me a while to finally finish!
Thursday, September 4, 2014
Well, August has now come and gone. I've been enjoying some much needed time off and now I'm focusing on my art and some self reflection.
Here is the completed painting of my grandpa and mom in front of the market my grandparents owned here in Los Angeles back in the 1950s. I gave it to my mom for her birthday last month and made prints for my grandmother and sister who also celebrated birthdays last month. It was several years in the making but I finally finished it!
Saturday, July 19, 2014
Yes, I know, I haven't been posting everyday but it is for a good reason. I've been working on finishing a painting that I started years ago. I drew this guy today though, another Daguerreotype from the Library of Congress. I obviously didn't have patience for that mop of his but I can definitely tell that it is coming easier to me now that I've been drawing or painting almost everyday for over a month. Feels good.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
So I haven't been posting as often the last week but it is only because I spent a few days working on this painting. I finally broke down and took over half of my dining table to set up my acrylics. I bought a small pad of paper for painting acrylic on. It is much less intimidating to paint a small picture than to fill a whole canvas especially since it has been a while since I've painted at all. In the past I stayed away from painting buildings because I thought painting al those straight lines would be hard or boring but since I've been drawing these old houses, it seemed less daunting. I have to say, I'm pretty happy with how this turned out. I'm excited to get going on another one!
Thursday, June 26, 2014
After one complete failure with my watercolors the other night (I painted a muddy blob), I was able to paint this last night. I am sooo out of practice with watercolors and really it just made me want to pull out the acrylics. I'm an impatient painter, I hate waiting for paint to dry. I've been especially impatient knowing that I'm trying to post a piece everyday. I know I had a busy week last week but I definitely lost my momentum. And, as much as I love portraits, I was missing a connection with the subject matter. My husband told me he could see my excitement drawing these old LA houses. And that lead me to this painting, definitely forced but I don't hate it. I might even try a few more before I dive into the acrylics.
Tuesday, June 24, 2014
This guy just looks like an old southern politician. John Bell, another Daguerreotype from the Library of Congress. Getting tired of the word Daguerreotype. I pulled out my watercolors last night but couldn't figure out what to paint. Hoping to be inspired today.
Monday, June 23, 2014
Sketch of Daguerreotype of Hugh Brady, US colonel in the late 1700s to early 1800s. Green colored pencil on yellow paper.