5 x 5 inches graphite on hotpress watercolor paper
$180 - framed, contact me if you are interested in purchasing
I have always admired artists who work with graphite. Graphite makes you think about light, value, texture, depth and perspective all with shades of one color. Graphite paintings draw you in for a closer look and you can see the colors of the subject in your mind.
My tiger cat Lily was the perfect subject for a graphite painting. Her pose and color helped me develop my drawing skill as an artist. Now I admire even more the artists I aspire to in this media of art.
Let me introduce you to my favorite graphite artists.
Cole Johnson: Cole works with powder graphite in a painterly way. I had the pleasure of meeting him this year at the Painted Finch Gallery in Corry, PA. (This gallery represents his work and mine.) He applies a layer of powder graphite and uses erasers to draw with then goes in with graphite pencils for details. http://www.colejohnsonart.com/
Terry Miller: Details are Terry's strong point. As far as I know Terry works mostly with graphite pencils. He knows how to play with light and shadow. I first came a cross his work at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton Maryland and was immediately drawn to his work. http://www.terrymillerstudio.com/
Robert Caldwell: I found Robert online and have watched him grow as an artist for a couple of years now. Robert works in oils and graphite. He produces his graphite on cold press watercolor paper. He was approached by North Light Books to produce a book on drawing realistic animals. I have a signed copy of his book and it is worth purchasing. http://www.rlcaldwell.com/
Do check out these artists! I know you will love their work as much as I do. And if you have a favorite graphite artists please let me and others know who they are by leaving a comment below. We all need inspiration and a boost.
Lately my focus on art got a bit sidetracked when we started a big project in our home getting the old oak floors in our living room and dinning room finished. Even though we hired a flooring and sanding company to do the job we still had to empty out everything in bookcases, buffet, cabinets and move everything out of the rooms. Since we didn't have enough space to move everything the project was done in two parts. This meant over two weeks of total disruption. And it put a crimp in my plan to have studio time each week.
But in the end it was all worth it! Hard to believe that old grey dirty floors would give the result we got. They are beautiful and have character. I still don't have everything put back in place but I am getting there. We are allowing time for the floors to completely cure before some area rugs go down.
And while all this was going on I was in a mini show for a fundraiser for the Arboretum in our area. The park and the fundraiser were fantastic and I sold a couple of pieces. Actually my last two new paintings sold and one from earlier this year. I am very grateful and blessed.
So now it is time to focus again since I have another show coming up featuring cats and dogs. I have always wanted to do a portrait of my cat Lily. Since she is a tiger cat I decided to draw her in graphite. Drawing really gets me to focus and take my time. I work on it for a little while then take a break. Walking away for a bit helps to see where adjustments need to be done. Below are two photos of work in progress. The piece is small only 5 x 5 inches. Working with this medium make me appreciate graphite and colored pencil artists all the more and the skill they have developed.
Enjoy, next post will be the finished art work.
Nothing like putting it all out there to see what you can do and that is exactly what I am doing here. If you recall I wrote about a show coming up that will be commemorative of the Armory Show held in New York city in 1913. You can see the blog post here.
The artist in that show I am interpreting is Mary Cassatt. The image on the left is Mary's piece that was in the Armory. I decided to paint my daughter in law and grandson in a similar pose to Cassatt's painting.
I started by posing them in a wicker chair and photographed them till I had enough reference to work with. Tonight I finished my sketch that I will transfer to the canvas which is 30 by 24 inches. The Cassatt original was 32 x 24 inches. Right now I think I will use the same color scheme only keep the style of clothes they had on for the photos. The other difference will be that I work in acrylics and Cassatt worked in oils.
So send me some good energy as I work out of my comfort zone and can channel Mary Cassatt as I honor her and all she did for women in the arts. You can check out her complete works and biography here www.marycassatt.org
Thanks for the good vibes everyone!
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