Not everything went according to plan last week but, that’s usually how life goes! I was so busy with helping Josh on the food truck (they had a massive week of events and moving around), working on organizing an art opening, along with weekend plans, and being mom I had to squeeze in the first whiskey bottle drawing whenever I could. Which, seems to be at night when my mind can quiet down and I can focus.
First drawing up is Jack Daniels. This particular bottle is the Sinatra Select Edition and was made to honor Old Blue Eyes. Jack Daniels was a favorite whiskey of his and he was buried with a bottle next to him. This one is displayed in its box along with a few other Jack Daniels bottles surrounding it. It is sitting on a barrel bought from the distillery in Lynchburg Tennessee. In front of the bottle is an exclusive Tennessee Squire wooden display accompanied with a shot glass…basically a Jack Daniels shrine!! This drawing has been a bit daunting due to all the script and filigree in tiny white lines.
Because of my increasingly growing pregnant belly and pain in every muscle in my back, the want of doing a time lapse video of the drawing did not happen. I set in a big comfy chair in my living room or in bed while drawing, not exactly the best place to set up a camera! Lol! Although I did take a few photos and must say the drawing is coming along beautifully! I am happy with what I have on paper so far. I did decide to make all the drawings 11×14 keeping them a manageable size to complete within a weeks time and it has resulted in needing very VERY small detailed lettering.
Pencil being the medium I want to stick with I am able to get finer lines as opposed to the lines I could achieve with charcoal. I have also ordered a fine white sharpie pen that I am waiting to come in the mail. It will assist in helping me finish up those really small letters. Hopefully it is a good pen and will be a perfect contrast to the graphite. If not I will have to come up with a plan B. As I wait for the pen to come in I will start on number 2 in the series.
Blanton’s Whiskey will be the next drawing to embark on! I’m getting such a good response from everyone about this project and it really helps in keeping me exicted and motivated! So, thank you everyone for the encouraging words and wonderful feedback! Can’t wait to see how this next one turns out!
I hope y’all are still sticking to your new year’s resolutions and keeping creative juices flowing! On top of finishing the Jack Daniels drawing, hopefully I will have an update on the art opening in downtown Bentonville I’ve been working on by the end of this week as well!! Exciting things are happening and it is a much needed distraction to a few emotional set backs I’ve been dealing with lately. Pregnancy hormones don’t help my mood but, staying positive and busy does! Here’s to delightful distractions and staying on track with goals! Onwards and upwards!
Title image credited: Frank saluting his audience with Jack. Photo from the The Telegraph.
Weeks end and I have finished Sam! He is submitted to the Walmart Project to be considered for the mural in a local store! Fingers crossed that my art gets to live there soon! It always seems to take me a bit when I go back to a unfinished drawing. Once I shook out the cobwebs I was able to immerse myself back into it.
I also had the chance to get the reference photos for my 10 Whiskies series this weekend. Below are the photos I have narrowed it down to. I will begin with the first one on Monday and hope to complete each one within a weeks time. I’ll be doing time lapse videos as well to show my process with this project! Some of these bottles are going to test my skills for sure but, I’m always up for a good challenge! 😉
The way I look at creating art is just like the precision in geometry. It’s all just perfect measurements and shades of color. Compartmentalize each shape and focus on precision then the rest is cake! A drawing can be daunting for me if I look at it any other way. If shapes and colors are arranged perfectly you can draw anything you want.
It’s not about drawing what your minds thinks a object looks like. It’s how the light plays with the shapes and what you are actually seeing with your eyes.
What you see may not be the perfect shape of a bottle but, the reflections and background all effect how 3 dimensional an object looks on a 2 dimensional surface. Draw what you see not what you think! Anyway, enough of my infinite wisdom..lol! I will keep y’all posted on my progress this next week and hopefully have a great video to share!
Happy 2020 y’all!!! I am beginning this year busier than ever! I love being busy. It keeps me super motivated to do more and accomplish all my goals! I’ve decided that this year I am going to create much MUCH more art!! I wrote up a list of projects and ideas I’ve been wanting to do forever. I have a tendency to procrastinate in literally every aspect of my life. Excuses like “I don’t have time….and I’m just too tired….” will deter me no longer! I am my own worst enemy sometimes but, this year I am deciding to be fearless. Stop self doubting and start using positivity to propel my creativity.
2020 Art Goals!
*Dead Celebrities -The Face of Depression
*Work on completing all unfinished works
*The Gold Project
I will divulge more details about each project as I go. It’s not a long list but, it’s ALOT of work and plenty to keep me going all year! I will probably work on several at a time to keep from getting burnt out on one particular subject matter.
First project on the agenda is a series of 10 charcoal whiskey bottle drawings. I’ve been wanting to do it for ages and now is the time! I’ve done a few as commission pieces in the past and get asked about them often. I thought it would be the perfect way to start my 2020 art journey. I’ll post and share the progress on how it is going so, y’all can follow along if ya like!
A dear friend of mine has a wonderful collection of whiskies that he is willing to let me photograph. Which, will be perfect for reference!! I also think I would benefit greatly by tasting them but, pregnancy is telling me otherwise…😒😁
So, now I am looking into which bottles I want to draw and learning a bit of history on each as well. The history is what fascinates me and I know it will keep me interested in the project.
Here’s to a year and pushing myself harder to be more creatively productive! What is a goal you have for 2020?! I hope it involves creating more happiness in your life. When you’re happy it can’t help but seep into others! Spread the happiness, spread the creativity and let’s make it a wonderful year together!!
Rings of fire burning with you, I wanna walk the line, talk the line, until the end of time. I wanna love, love you that much.
Inspiration hit hard this past weekend. If I wasn’t creating art, I was thinking about it!
I found inspiration in the form of love. A bond between two people so strong it overcomes all obstacles.
Johnny & June are the perfect love story. He absolutely loved and adored her. This drawing of a letter he sent her on her birthday represents that in the most beautiful way.
This isn’t my favorite painting. Not even my second ;)…..it’s a self portrait from 2012. Created in place of a night I couldn’t sleep. Not unusual but, that night was especially rough. I decided to focus my energy. I had a mirror that was eye level and thought it would be challenging to do a self portrait as a live oil painting. Adding a whole other level of difficulty I painted it on a piece of glass. I spent 6 hours painting as I looked in the mirror. This is much MUCH more difficult than I thought it would be!!
First off, oil painting is a skill that is only honed by practice….LOTS of practice. Second, looking at myself for six hours from night to morning is a whole other depth I wasn’t prepared for and I’m yet to do it since.
You force yourself to look inward. Do you like what you see? Can you focus and portray that to others? Are you beautiful? Do you love yourself?…Do you see your weaknesses?….as an artist and as a person????…..All questions I asked myself when painting this…along with a massive train of other thoughts.
I don’t “like” this painting but I do love it. I love what it means to me. I LOVE that I don’t have a photo to reference. I love that it was in the moment.
I really love that I can look at this painting and know I did my best at that point in time.
I’ve had other artist tell me they hate it. “The detail in the hair just isn’t there”…”your eyes make me uncomfortable.” “Why does your forehead look that way?”….blah..blah..bluhbadi, blah..
To be honest, I don’t care if anyone likes it. I have learned to judge my art on my own level. If I feel it has value I don’t care if others see it. Or even like it.
It means something to me. That’s all that matters.
This is a watercolor painting of my daughter in a moment we shared one week into parenthood. The illumination is a perfect representation of the new parent high I was running on. And, of course includes that baby smell. 😉 I swear it’s like catnip for women!
How could I not be inspired by her beauty? As I slowly layered the colors I could feel incredible warmth coming from it. I knew I had accomplished exactly what I intended.
In these moments of creative clarity adrenaline fuels me. When I look at this painting I can imagine that memory perfectly. I feel her in my arms and can remember how the golden sun made its way across us.
That moment is perfection. Creating artwork that draws me in and keeps me intrigued is what makes it important for me. I love these moments. They are priceless.
When people find out I’m an artist I get asked to do all sorts of different creative things. I have taken on a lot of new work and explored a variety of styles and mediums by doing this. Pushing the limits of what “kind of art” I do makes me a better artist.
On this particular piece I needed to create a concept for a fictional character in a game. A game I didn’t even know existed before this point. Although this genre of art isn’t something I’ve been into it still intrigued me enough to give it a shot!
I’ve been working on this for the last few months. Taking my time to land on something I was happy with and fulfilling the image in the clients mind was my goal. I worked through 6 sketches before decided on a pose and style. I reached out for resources from another artist more versed in creating characters of this sort as well. He was a very crucial aspect in the sucess of this project. 😉 thank you❤
I choose to use graphite, color pencils, pen, with a mix of paint for the final image. Mixed media fit perfectly for the design I had in my mind. On final completion I am pleased with the outcome! My art is usually a non-fictional subject matter that I can scrutinize and perfect.
This piece of art was the opposite. Using different ways of thinking to reach a final product that I love opens my mind to possiblities that I may not have come to! Glad I took on a project that I didn’t know I could successfully accomplish and did so with results I’m proud of!
Being outside my comfort zone made me think in a different way and learn from that. I thrive in this type of environment! I had lots of fun!
Now that this is completed I have jumped into a collaboration with an artist resulting in me eating yummy things! Art & Food…win win for me!!! 😉 I will be telling y’all about it very soon!