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I've taken a big break from painting, but I wanted to pick the brushes back up for some close friends of mine. They were expecting a baby boy in October. I was on track to finish my paintings, but the baby came 4 weeks early! I finally finished my gift a week ago. Hopefully it will be a good addition to the nursery.
Each painting of my friend's son's name coordinates with an animal (the nursery is safari themed). I was a bit thrown for a loop with the 'X' but this is how it turned out:
A: Angel Fish
X: Xanthreel (yellow eel)
It's been a long time since I've finished a painting so I am proud to present my first painting of 2012. In all honesty, it is a present to my sister to celebrate her 1 year Anniversary to her husband (my brother-in-law). Hope they have many many more years of happiness to come their way. They vacationed in South East Asia for their honeymoon and their pictures inspired me to produce this landscape for them. This is my first painting on a 12 x 24 inch canvas and I am liking the way you can get a lot of horizon into this particular canvas size.
I haven't really been painting with some family issues taking most of my attention, but I did manage to find some old artwork in my parents house (attic). Always remember getting annoyed when my Dad wanted to frame everything I touched. Some of the best memories I have is going to Garden Ridge with my dad and him finding some clearance priced frames that he transformed with a little love and care.
The pictures are taken with my new DSLR camera! Hopefully the addition of the camera will hep in image quality for the website, and also making some nice prints and me just not having to sell originals all the time.
Hope everyone had a nice Thanksgiving and a great upcoming holiday season.
I know I was trying to focus more in portraits this year, but the demand for landscapes far exceeds any of my abstract or new endeavors. The Charlotte downtown skyline has definitely become one of my favorite types of landscapes to depict in the past couple of months. I've watched the buildings grow and the skyline change dramatically in the last 10 years.
Normally I do a pretty far off view with trees in the foreground, but I tried a different approach and included partial buildings, street lighting, and distribution lines. I am quite pleased with how the power lines came out and there will be more landscapes with them incorporated in them.
The past couple of summer days have been very inspirational in having gorgeous sunsets and the reflections of the light off of the modern architecture really makes me appreciative of where I am and how I ended up in a great city. Hope I did the skyline some justice...
I'm all about helping people out where I can. When my co-worker at my office asked me to donate a painting for the Shriner's Hospital benefit auction, I didn't hesitate to say 'yes'... I did have a small panic-attack seeing how most of my inventory has either been sold so I didn't exactly have a painting to donate (that was worthy - in my opinion). Luckily I had a weekend, a lot of free time (well I made time for this one), and some paints. Keeping my fingers crossed that this one will bring in a lot of $$ for the kids.
On Tuesday, July 26th I shipped off my Cooper River Bridge Run entry down to Mt Pleasant addressed to the Copper River Bridge Run Store/Office. The deadline is August 8th, but I went ahead and made sure I got all my ducks in a row so I did not have any unwanted stress by the time August 8th rolled around.
Hopefully I've put myself in a better position this year by adding the lettering. I went ahead and added the lettering and had my entire design printed on a 1/2 in thick foam board - Fearful that the image I took with my point and shoot wasn't that great of quality, I made sure to get finished way ahead of time so that I would be able to re-order if need. Bannerexpress.net
is based in the west coast and regular UPS ground shipping took about 5 business days. Luckily I was happy with the result! Slapped my entry form on the back of it and packed it up in the same box it came in.
I've been really bad about keeping the website updated, so I figured I would post about what I am working on currently.
So far I've created 2 large paintings for use in design competitions in order for running events in Charleston. The first entry I submitted about two Saturday's ago was for Knology's Pajama Run 5K that is being held in November. Go to http://www.knology.com/pj5k
for more info about the race and how it raises money for cancer research. I have not done this race personally, but hopefully plan on traveling down to Charleston this year to take part.
Yesterday I finished my painting for the more popular Cooper River Bridge Run (http://www.bridgerun.com
). The Bridge Run came and went on April 2, 2011 so I used the run as inspiration for my entry. Luckily I was able to improve my 10K time by about a minute compared to my 2010 time. Taking in the 40,000 runners... some in costumes, some running in teams, some serious runners, and some people out there to have fun and run across the unique cable stay bridge that is the Ravenel Bridge.
I still have a ways to go in finishing my bridge run entry. There is the tricky case of lettering and getting all the important information on my design. Always have a hard time picking through fonts and getting the right feel for scale and size of the letters to make it just right.... Hopefully I can do better than last year's entry. I will post my entries when I hear back from the competitions, but until then... I'll keep you guys posted!
Trying to think back when I used to loathe Charlotte... only because I had moved here, away from family and friends... I've only recently realized how much I think of Charlotte as home and how the familiar skyline and buildings give me comfort every time I fly back in or drive back into town from a trip. Personally I feel a connection to the buildings seeing the skyline change throughout the years. Charlotte is definitely fortunate to have very modern architecture and buildings, but still keep it's "Southern Charm".
My favorite building is not necessarily the most obvious in the skyline, but it's under construction in this particular painting. The new BoA office building features green glass and reflective surfaces. It's definitely not the flashiest of buildings (ie the new Duke Energy Center) but it definitely catches my eye and the fact that it is a "green" building makes it even more attractive to me.
The tower is still seeking Gold Status from the US Green Building Council, but this new 32-story uptown tower gives another reason for Charlotte to stand out. There are conference rooms with live trees, floor to ceiling windows, and personal cooling and heating units in cubicles. There is also a public garden atrium that you can enjoy without having to put a BoA nametag on.
I am very proud to announce that I have been featured in a blog! Exciting right?!?! Everything in 3's features the writing of Cecilia Walker and highlights her passion for interior design, fashion, and life. Cecilia is the talented owner of Cecilia Walker Design and proud mother of four beautiful kids (three of which are triplets). I am lucky to have caught Cecilia's eye in my own passion for painting/tennis.
ANOTHER new portrait. I'm still having trouble capturing expressions, but maybe that's just me being super critical. With people's faces though, it is important to get it right. Kim Clijsters started off the year strong with a win down under and finally earning her nickname as "Aussie Kim".