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.
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