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Posted by: CelticRose 31-Jan-2004, 02:35 AM
Hi! Angel and I thought this would be a place where we could share our artwork ideas that we are working on, as well as our trials and tribulations. I don't know about you, but some projects I have in my head don't always work on the canvas. Sometimes they do! Maybe we can share some art instruction books as well as computer art ideas. Or just talk about our artwork that we are working on. Ooh, and share about about sales and commissions too! What do you all think?

I work mainly in colored pencil and anyone who might be interested in the medium, I have many books that range from portraiture to wildlife to landscape.

I will list them in another post.

Hope to see visual artists in here! Thank you Angel! smile.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 31-Jan-2004, 10:16 PM
I am working on a portait right now. I honestly do not know how this project is going to turn out. I am doing my best but it seems that sometimes the art project takes control over me as to what I should do as another artist expressed. Do you feel that way?

Posted by: Richard Bercot 31-Jan-2004, 10:27 PM
I had just posted in the Writer's Block Thread on me being stuck on this fly I am trying to tie.

I have my Fly Tying Bench right beside my Computer and I continuely look at this semi-tied fly sitting there. Trying to figure out what I am doing wrong with it. sad.gif

Once I get the tail the way I want it and I put the body on, I anchor it down and move on to the next step which is usually the hackle. That part usually is not that big of a deal. But when it comes to putting on the wings, that is what either makes or breaks the entire design.

I know I have been working on this fly now for 4 days and I still do not have it. But I will keep on trying.

Posted by: CelticRose 31-Jan-2004, 10:51 PM
That is the way with my portrait too, Richard! I just keep plugging along!

Posted by: Angel Whitefang (Rider) 01-Feb-2004, 05:22 PM
Well I finally decided to leave the pic I am working on alone comepletely. I moved it so I can't even see it now. I will start something else and when the time is right I will get it out and finish it, until then it can sit in it's file in the darkness.


Posted by: Aaediwen 01-Feb-2004, 07:28 PM
/me peeks in
am I allowed to chime in and say that my recent piece, "Last of the Forest Fae", is in that same boat?
Frozen in the twilight zone between second and third drafts

Posted by: CelticRose 01-Feb-2004, 07:30 PM
I do that a lot too, Angel! When I get stuck on something then I have to just put it away and work on something else. I find that when I have finished another piece and go back to the other one that was giving me trouble, I get all refreshed ideas and can actually see where I went wrong. That is why I like to work on more than one piece at a tiime. smile.gif

Posted by: Angel Whitefang (Rider) 02-Feb-2004, 01:23 PM
Of course you cann Aaed, glad to have ya here!
PAPA! I am so Glad your involved inthis one too hug.gif tightly


I find that if I switch from my Picture creating to my writings then in few days things work themselves out.

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Posted by: RavenWing 02-Feb-2004, 01:46 PM
I have had a little inspiration. I was watching the DVD extras on Finding Nemo, and I saw these wonderful pastels one of the artists did as a concept for the film. They were gorgeous, and got me inspiried to get back into pastels. Now if I could only find some subject matter.

Posted by: silverdragon 02-Feb-2004, 02:33 PM
Re: my art:
  • 2 oil paintings that need to be signed, varnished, framed, and entries of same sent to juried competitions.
  • A script that needs to be outlined.
  • An outlined script that needs to be drafted.
Sitting and posting on this board is much easier -- then I can whine about how I have no time to do my art... angel_not.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 02-Feb-2004, 03:09 PM
I didn't know you did painting too, Silverdragon! thumbs_up.gif

I used to do the art shows and festivals and even had some stuff in gallery exhibitions,but the marketing part of it just became so exhausting and no win situation for me. After 8 years of the trying to become successful in my art career and getting no where, I finally gave up the fight. Now I just paint for myself and my enjoyment has returned. I am working back with colored pencils again and I love my pencils! smile.gif

Posted by: silverdragon 02-Feb-2004, 04:06 PM
QUOTE (CelticRose @ Feb 2 2004, 01:09 PM)
I didn't know you did painting too, Silverdragon!  thumbs_up.gif

I used to do the art shows and festivals and even had some stuff in gallery exhibitions,but the marketing part of it just became so exhausting and no win situation for me. After 8 years of the trying to become successful in my art career and getting no where, I finally gave up the fight. Now I just paint for myself and my enjoyment has returned.  I am working back with colored pencils again and I love my pencils!  smile.gif

Yeah, painting too... depressing, ain't it? smile.gif But teaching the Armenian Invasion keeps the bills paid while I do what I enjoy on the side... by now I'm just looking for a line on the arty resume... taking classes, and hoping I can get a start into independent filmmaking/animation. I consider my scripts visual art BTW -- since I figure I have no chance of selling them; they're intended to be things I produce independently, if and when. You can look at some of my older stuff at http://vortexstudio.homestead.com, if you're interested.

Posted by: CelticRose 02-Feb-2004, 04:26 PM
Very nice work Silverdragon. thumbs_up.gif Understand about paying the bills. I always did medical transcription for that part and I did make-up artistry for a little while too. Now really loved that. It was like working on another canvas!

Posted by: Siusaidh Blues 03-Feb-2004, 01:46 PM
QUOTE (CelticRose @ Feb 2 2004, 05:26 PM)
Understand about paying the bills. I always did medical transcription for that part and I did make-up artistry for a little while too. Now really loved that. It was like working on another canvas!

I worked part-time for the director of a local arts center/gallery (Zada, Celticrose - remember her?) That was a lot of fun, and I was around art & artists all the time. Met some great people and learned a lot about the behind-the-scenes activity of organizing exhibits and such...

Posted by: Angel Whitefang (Rider) 23-Feb-2004, 03:24 PM
QUOTE (RavenWing @ Feb 2 2004, 02:46 PM)
I have had a little inspiration. I was watching the DVD extras on Finding Nemo, and I saw these wonderful pastels one of the artists did as a concept for the film. They were gorgeous, and got me inspiried to get back into pastels. Now if I could only find some subject matter.

Have you though of doing pastels of the people here? what you think they look like by the things the say? and then compair it to what pic they have posted.
I could never master pastels, I need a more definative line. I loved color pencils but never got the shading I wanted so I used charcole and paints.

Posted by: CelticRose 23-Feb-2004, 05:21 PM
QUOTE (Angel Whitefang (Rider) @ Feb 23 2004, 04:24 PM)
Have you though of doing pastels of the people here? what you think they look like by the things the say? and then compair it to what pic they have posted.
I could never master pastels, I need a more definative line. I loved color pencils but never got the shading I wanted so I used charcole and paints.

Was there a mention of colored pencils???? dribble.gif

Angel, there are lots of really good colored pencil books out there to help you with shading techniques.

I've never tried pastels. Seems too messy to me and I am a neat freak when it comes to my artwork, plus I am too tight of a painter to loosen up like I would like to to use a medium such as pastels. I even have a hard time with being loose with oils! unsure.gif

Posted by: 3Ravens 23-Feb-2004, 10:51 PM
I do most of my "artwork" with yarns and cloth. Knit, crochet, quilting, and clothing.
I like large projects like afghans the best cause I can actually make pictures.
I own a small loom, but have yet to take the time to teach myself to use it. Also have ideas for some clay work, but that's another thing I haven't made time for yet.

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 01-Mar-2004, 08:47 AM
Quilting is definately an art form, as are other styles like embroidery and needlepoint. For many years I loved to do crewel embroidery and cross-stitch but once I got married and our family started growing I had to decide whether I was going to spend my bit of free time in the studio or stitching... the studio won out.

You know, actually right now I am having a problem managing my time. I crave studio time, but then when the time comes to go in there it seems like a dozen chores all clamor for my attention & before I know it the day is gone.

Posted by: CelticRose 02-Mar-2004, 04:10 PM
QUOTE (Siobhan Blues @ Mar 1 2004, 09:47 AM)
Quilting is definately an art form, as are other styles like embroidery and needlepoint. For many years I loved to do crewel embroidery and cross-stitch but once I got married and our family started growing I had to decide whether I was going to spend my bit of free time in the studio or stitching... the studio won out.

You know, actually right now I am having a problem managing my time. I crave studio time, but then when the time comes to go in there it seems like a dozen chores all clamor for my attention & before I know it the day is gone.

I can totally relate Siobhan! I did some studio time this morning, after I did some housework, but I spend way too much time on here too to really get some serious artwork done. rolleyes.gif

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 04-Mar-2004, 06:26 PM
Isn't it hard to resist coming here all the time, though! Everyone is so much fun to talk to...


Posted by: CelticRose 04-Mar-2004, 09:24 PM
It is for me very fun! However, I also tend to get really tense if my email box gets too loaded up. rolleyes.gif lamo.gif

Posted by: Angel Whitefang (Rider) 09-Mar-2004, 07:28 PM
I am so glad to see so much activity going on in here and in celtic hearts. Please keep on posting and lets get more Pictures in the ART WORK Thread.
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Posted by: CelticRose 15-Mar-2004, 07:16 AM
Well do you artists flop on a painting? I was working on a colored pencil portrait that turned out to be a real dud! boo hoo hoo hoo hoo! so I am restarting the portrait, but this time in oils! Hopefully, I can solve this problem and come out with a good painting as it is for my best friend.............me wishes, hopes, prays and pleads! crybaby.gif

Posted by: silverdragon 15-Mar-2004, 02:15 PM
QUOTE (CelticRose @ Mar 15 2004, 05:16 AM)
Well do you artists flop on a painting? I was working on a colored pencil portrait that turned out to be a real dud! boo hoo hoo hoo hoo!  so I am restarting the portrait, but this time in oils! Hopefully, I can solve this problem and come out with a good painting as it is for my best friend.............me wishes, hopes, prays and pleads!  crybaby.gif

Oh yeah, lots of flops - last summer I hiked in about 1.5 mi. with oil painting equipment on my back to do a plein aire of an endangered lily species... total blech. sad.gif Just put that one into the trash... But usually, if the first is a dud, the next one rocks, so hang in there!

Posted by: CelticRose 16-Mar-2004, 01:13 PM
Thanks Silverdragon! Wow! After all that work for you and it didn't turn out like you would have liked... I know that feeling all too well. It seems like I have been on a run lately and doing a series of flops! sad.gif

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 19-Mar-2004, 09:05 AM
Listen, even 'flops' can be useful - if you learn something from your mistakes. Actually no painting is a total failure if you look at it that way... its all a learning process.

But then again, I know what it feels like to have a series of works that aren't what I hoped to do; I went through several drawings that were all overworked and ended up tearing up most of them. Its very discouraging, very VERY frustrating too.

CelticR, don't get too discouraged. Keep trying, oils or pencils, because I am sure that your friend is going to be delighted with whatever you do!!


Posted by: Aaediwen 20-Mar-2004, 11:19 AM
That's the nice thing about working words, I guess. Even if a piece flops completely, the idea is still there and maybe sometime later you can browse over the failutre and pull something meaningful from it. Never throw away anything! Even a flop has a purpose and can prove useful later on.

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 20-Mar-2004, 02:12 PM
QUOTE (Aaediwen @ Mar 20 2004, 12:19 PM)
That's the nice thing about working words, I guess. Even if a piece flops completely, the idea is still there and maybe sometime later you can browse over the failutre and pull something meaningful from it. Never throw away anything!

Isn't it wierd sometimes, how you'll write something and its going well until you hit a snag and the words seems to just not fit... but if you put it aside, a day or a week later you can go back and read it, see exactly where it went sour, and then know what to say that sounds right!

Posted by: CelticRose 20-Mar-2004, 06:09 PM
QUOTE (Siobhan Blues @ Mar 19 2004, 10:05 AM)
CelticR, don't get too discouraged. Keep trying, oils or pencils, because I am sure that your friend is going to be delighted with whatever you do!![/color][/font]

Thank you friend! I hope it will turn out for my dear friend too. I have been working on it a little each day as the oils will allow for me to. wink.gif biggrin.gif

Posted by: Aaediwen 22-Mar-2004, 06:57 PM
QUOTE (Siobhan Blues @ Mar 20 2004, 03:12 PM)
if you put it aside, a day or a week later you can go back and read it, see exactly where it went sour, and then know what to say that sounds right!

Exactly! I put "Last of the Forest Fae" Aside for a month trying to figure out how to get it to work right before it finally worked. I've got an image in my head I'm milling over atm. It's just not working. All I had for the last wek has been a concept, no proper words to go along with it. I finally got some words for it yesterday, but they seem to be all wrong. She's kneeling, head in hands, crying..... She has seen a thousand tomorrows, lived a thousand yesterdays. All... gone wrong. Now she mourns. Mourns the loss of ages. Her tears tell her story. A story of joy told in pain. The tree.... burns, as she, the mother goddess perhaps, watches hopelessly, weaping. Screaming in agony. Her wail heard by all.

Posted by: Aaediwen 22-Mar-2004, 07:00 PM
Here's what words I found yesterday. There may be something here on its own, but not quite the imagey I want. Just not working out atm



to her knees
in memories
Of things that once had been
'twas long ago
the beginnings of man
she curses the faith she had then
Tears fill her eyes
The eyes of a million years
Walking the strand
Alone ... with sea and land
The glowing sands of memorys born
glistens in her eyes
the sands of time she walks
then kneels
drawing her hand amoung eons
'twas she who stayed as guardian
guardian and teacher, now shunned
in agony now, she cried
her wail heard by all
much she has seen
Much she has done
Wonders she now where it has gone
The ground whispers to sooth her
The eagle glides above
her friends are here to comfort her
As the trees express their love
The flames they burn inside her
as they lap at the fround around her
following her
consuming nothing
for tis her memories she's burning
Burning a thousand yesterdays
she burns away a thousand years
Her cries of mourning referberating in all

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 26-Mar-2004, 02:02 PM
Wow. That's powerful!

Posted by: Roisin-Teagan 31-Mar-2004, 04:53 PM
I started to work in a different medium to give myself a break from painting. I just finished an etching/print block. It was so refreshing to work with something new and it helped some new creative juices get flowing again.

I have so many ideas floating in my head, but because I'm so busy these days (helping my mom and working on putting together a Spring Fest in my local area)---I can't really find the time I need to devote to my art. Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to be a full time artist and how far I could develop my artwork? I guess we all wish we had more time?! rolleyes.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 01-Apr-2004, 01:20 PM
Roisin! I have been the full-time artist, doing nothing but artwork and doing the art show circuit. It was a lot of work but great fun. However, I worked so hard at it all that I got burned out and then I got discouraged when I wasn't becoming financially sucessful with it as art supplies are very expensive. But don't go by me. I developed a bad attitude about the whole thing after awhile.

I am seriously thinking about changing mediums too. I was thinking about getting into pastels and trying that. I know very little about it and will be bugging SB about what all I have to do to get into that. Do you work in pastels at all?

Posted by: Roisin-Teagan 01-Apr-2004, 02:07 PM
I've tried my hand at pastels years ago. But more recently tried working with oil pastels. Now they are not as easy to blend but less messy. I think I might get back to them.

As for art supplies---you don't have to tell me how expensive they are. I worry about replenishing my paint supply, and I take extra care of my brushes too. One small brush can cost anywhere form 9 to 12 dollars. I've spent 500 to 700 dollars just rebuying supplies I needed. Talk about starving artists! laugh.gif

I wish I could work with clay again. I have plenty of sculpture tools, but I don't know where to buy good quality clay. Maybe I'll search the Web for a good art supply house.

later,
Roisin angel_not.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 01-Apr-2004, 02:46 PM
You know Roisin! One area I have always wanted to work in was sculpture. I just think that would be so very neat! Have you tried that?

Posted by: Roisin-Teagan 02-Apr-2004, 08:48 AM
Sculpture is one of my favs. I took a sculpture class in college---loved it. Very non-traditional class. We welded and used wood as mediums. I haven't done it in a couple of years though.

Posted by: Siobhan Blues 23-Apr-2004, 12:53 PM
QUOTE (CelticRose @ Apr 1 2004, 03:46 PM)
You know Roisin! One area I have always wanted to work in was sculpture. I just think that would be so very neat! Have you tried that?

Hey Rose, remember when I did some sculptural clay work? It was raku, when our friend and talented potter Karen Beswick would do a firing and let some of us amateurs participate. rolleyes.gif
What made me want to do sculpture was getting interested in cats as subject matter... I've drawn them many times, but for awhile there I just wanted to do dimensional interpretations. It was fun, but I made all kinds of mistakes and ended up with one really nice reclining cat snapping in half a couple of weeks after he was finished - I'd made the walls of his tummy too thin. I liked it so much though I glued that sucker back together! laugh.gif laugh.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 23-Apr-2004, 02:26 PM
Yes, Sb! I remember very well when you did all that Raku sculpture. You did some really wonderful work in the medium. good for you in glueing back the kitty! Something you will always treasure!

Posted by: Roisin-Teagan 24-Apr-2004, 03:39 AM
Hey Rose and S.B. Yes that is the hardest thing about sculpture is sometimes it doesn't always come out the way we plan...and you can't erase or paint over your mistakes. I would love to get back into it soon. smile.gif

Peace,
Roisin angel_not.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 24-Apr-2004, 03:48 AM
I am trying to work on my Aragorn portrait again. He is being done in colored pencil. There is something just not quite right and I can't figure out what it is. My friend,Becky, was up here the other day visiting me and she said the same thing and yet we both could not put our finger on what the problem is. I have tried putting him away and not looking at him for days and yet I still keep coming to the same conclusion............something ain't right.

Posted by: Roisin-Teagan 24-Apr-2004, 04:12 AM
Hey Rose, finish the piece anyway...then go back and try and create a new portrait of Aragorn. Think of the first one as your thumbnail sketch and learn from it. I hope this helps.

Peace,
Roisin angel_not.gif

Posted by: Aaediwen 24-Apr-2004, 07:59 AM
I've had a 3d rendering in my head for a couple of years I guess now. I think I'm finally learning a 3d modeller well enough to at least get the concept out. It's not great, and probably won't be. Right now, I'l having trouble rendering one object the way I want. I get all but one option, in which case it renders fine but as the entiire background, then if I select that last option, it doesn't render at all. sad.gif I already have a title for it though "God's Workbench"

Posted by: Roisin-Teagan 24-Apr-2004, 02:44 PM
Hey Aaediwen,

What's the medium your using for your 3D rendering? It seems as artists we get so focused on our vision of how the piece should come out that we get fustrated. I've had the same problems, but years later the piece is asthetically pleasing to my eye. Sometimes, I have to step back and take a break from a piece I'm working on. I find if I mediate on it for about a month then go back, then I become intouch with where the piece is flowing or needs to flow. This might sound strange, but I try and let the piece speak to me.

Peace,
Roisin angel_not.gif

Posted by: Aaediwen 24-Apr-2004, 02:54 PM
If you're asking what modeller I'm using, I'm using Blender. I've finally figured out how to model a halfway decent table in it, so that has allowed me to get further with it. the current version of it is at www.aaediwen.com/render2.jpg

Posted by: Roisin-Teagan 24-Apr-2004, 03:04 PM
So your using a software program to create a 3D rendering? Sorry, I seem so out of it, but I haven't used computers in my artwork. The only time I've used a computer is to create something is for Layout and Design---graphic design. But my work comes off very inter-mediate.

Posted by: Aaediwen 24-Apr-2004, 04:52 PM
There's no way I could draw it by hand =) By hand, I'm doing good to draw a straight line with a ruler, or a good arc with a compass =) Geometry class was the only case I found where I could draw by hand and come out with anything worth looking at =) Even anything I've managed on a computer, surprises me.

Posted by: Aaediwen 24-Apr-2004, 06:36 PM
ok, I finally got that pesty object to render correctly. I think I have the image actually. Pretty much anyway. Take a look at my latest post in the Art Work thread for "God's Workbench" =)

Posted by: CelticRose 25-Apr-2004, 06:13 PM
Thanks a lot Roisin! I scanned the portrait and sent it to my friend, Siobhan blues and see if she can figure it out. She is the one who taught me colored pencil to begin with! I would show hubby but he is so brutal in his critiques! He would tell me to throw it away! cool.gif

Posted by: CelticRose 25-Apr-2004, 06:14 PM
Aaediwen! I have NEVER done any computer art at all, so I am really out of touch in that area!

Posted by: Haldur 04-Mar-2005, 05:41 PM
I know there's not been a post in here for a while, so I figured I'd bring it back to life a bit! smile.gif

For the past year or so I've been itching to get my mitts on a woodburning kit and finally completed that desire last night. I bought a suitable woodburner ($9.95, which included 4 woodburning edges/blades) and a couple pieces of wood at Wal-Mart last night. All along I was intending on just playing around with a trivial image, something simple to practice some techniques upon. In the end, I got started on this recurring image I've had in my head off and on for a few months. It looks to be exciting!

I've also recently obtained a copy of Photoshop 6, which I know isn't the latest version but it is a start for me learning the program. It's very interesting, as I kind of got lost with it...think I'll need some tutorials on it though! May have to visit the Photography thread on this.

Slainte!

Posted by: CelticRose 05-Mar-2005, 05:49 PM
Good for you, Haldur! I have done no artwork in so long that I wonder if I ever will get back into it. Right now I like playing with my cameras better. smile.gif

Posted by: Haldur 12-May-2005, 10:23 AM
I've been interested in photography for a real long time just haven't had the money to purchase a quality camera. AAAAAARRRRGGGGGHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!

I did have an old Chinon 35mm manual [?] camera that I thought worked pretty good. See, when my wife and I went on vacation last August, we went with her parents to Traverse City Bay and saw some lighthouses and stuff. I took like a whole roll that day and when I went to wind up the film the next day the film broke. Apparently, there's some problem with the roller inside the camera. You could say I was very disappointed and I sort of gave up on photography.

I need to get back to photography somehow though! wink.gif

As far as my pyrography (woodburning) goes I have finished 2 pieces thus far: a medieval/fantasy scene of a dragon hovering over a castle and a copy of a panel from the "Lone Wolf and Cub" graphic novel. I am very proud of my woodburnings though I know that they are only the beginning!

Also, Aaediwen was very helpful in getting some of my artwork saved to disc and even restoring a "deceased" piece of artwork. Thanks Aaediwen!

Posted by: Aaediwen 12-May-2005, 05:19 PM
np, my friend. Hey, you say you finished that castle scene? I'd love to see it smile.gif

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