Busy week! I completed a rush commission for a client who wanted me to paint a couple of 8"x10" roses. I worked quickly and finished both in three days, and they're already on their way to his house as I type this.
Above: a Rio Samba rose. This variety of rose has exciting petals that change color as you move from base to tip, and these are positively blazing. I used opera (hot pink), alizarine crimson, and cadmium(s) yellow light and yellow medium, and I worked one petal at a time, first laying down a wet-into-wet layer and later tightening things up with additional intense glazes.
The other rose variety is called Veteran's Honor and is a solid, extra-bright red. I had to work a little longer on this one--the background is more complex, and it takes time to build rich reds. I used cadmium red light, which is an intense orange-red, along with opera to create the brightest parts of the petals, and I added shadows with alizarine crimson and dioxazine mauve (a dark purple). You can see some Rio Samba roses and a rogue violet on the left. While this rose is not as exciting as the first one color-wise, I like the dynamic shape of it.
Commissions are great, and hey, it's nice to earn some money, people!, but I've been working on them for a while now. You haven't seen my main late-fall project yet; it's a Christmas present that will be kept a secret for a few more weeks. I can't wait to get back to painting subjects that I choose myself. Soon.
That cat is very Bunlike.
East-central Illinois people might want to know that I have some paintings on display locally! I'm calling this exhibition "Hey We Need Somebody To Put Art In The Urbana Free Library And All The Other Artists We Know Have Already Had Shows Here So We Did An Internet Search And Found You So Can You Do It In Like Two Days?"
It's a little bitty show of six watercolors, but it's an all-killer-no-filler kind of thing. Stop by the Urbana Free Library between now and sometime in January to take a look at some of my favorite paintings! They're in that nook between checkout and the new books/cafe area. Thanks to Jeff for taking over and hanging the show single-handedly while I talked to Jan Chandler, the nice woman from Urbana's Heartland Gallery who asked me to do this.
My sister-in-watercolor Carrie Waller interviewed me for her blog and posted it today. Carrie's paintings are fantastic, and she discovered my work on Imagekind earlier this year. She interviews artists on her blog every Friday, and I'm happy to be one of them. In fact, I think this is the best interview I've ever done. Thanks Carrie, and check out her watercolors. She's the real deal.
I'm loving my little merchandise store! Thanks to everyone who has purchased items there so far. Let's keep it going! I put my new roses on a variety of items and recently tossed a range of leather mini-wallets onto the pile. My sister received a bucket bag yesterday that she says is "Amazing!!!" (her exclamation points). The runaway hit of the store has been my compacts. Early reports from my first customers who bought them confirm that they are terrific and are the kind of under-$20 gift you can give to that random woman in your life whose likes/dislikes are hard to pin down. I can almost guarantee that she doesn't already have one of these already. Enter the code SHOPUP to receive 15% off!
Imagekind's big Cyber Monday sale is over, and thanks also to those of you who participated in that blowout. Currently in its place this weekend is a 25% off sale, which is nothing to sneeze at. I added prints of both new roses to my portfolio yesterday. I love Imagekind--the prints they produce are freaking identical to my originals--and they work fast, especially if you're just buying a paper-print (canvas prints like the one above take around 10 days). If you have any questions about how to order prints from them, please comment or email me, and I'll be happy to advise you!
Sorry for the blatant self-promotion, but this is the time of year when I make most of my money. Rest assured that within a month's time I will have crawled back into my watercolor cave and started painting the sparkly stuff again. Thank you for your patience and kind support!