I’ve begun work on a new series of tiny canvases. Four girls with only their torso visible. Each one a little different. Each one similar. Two with tattoos. One with a big heavy book. One as a puppet. Read into that what you will – I know what they mean to me.
Here’s the first step, each girl penciled onto her canvas. Each canvas is 2 x 4 inches.
Next step, black lines. The outlining took a long time, each line so small. I used a combination of faber-castell artist pens with brush tip and a fine point sharpie pen.
I was nervous to touch them after this point. I really like them, and was afraid of messing them up. I took the plunge and added color to one of them. I can’t wait to share them with you when they’re complete.
Society 6 Promotion!!
If you were considering buying prints from my Society 6 shop, NOW is the time!!
They’re running a great artist promotion: $5 off each print AND free shipping. Woo Hoo.
Access through the link at the top of the post.
Good until midnight March 9th.
(And remember, for every piece I sell, I put a portion of the proceeds to a Kiva loan, so you are not only supporting me as an artist, you are giving back to people working hard across the world).
sketch book 2, page 31
I liked the idea of flowers on a big fat full moon, so I doodled it one night. Then it seemed fitting to have a little bird singing as well. When I did album art for my husband’s cd (don’t read too much into that, it was one copy made for his mother, but there will more where that came from down the road, I have no doubt), it had a bird with a top hat. I dig it.
sketch book 3, page 3
When inspiration hits, you have to go with it. I was pinning to my art board, things I like, things that I might try to draw, things that in some way inspire me. A friend commented on one that she liked, particularly the nose freckles. I just had to make my own girl with nose freckles. (She’s really nothing like the one my friend liked, especially considering that piece was only a face).
I’ve been into drawing the female body, not completely nude, but bare enough you get a feel for her shape. It’s good practice. Also, I just enjoy it. I love the imperfections that make a person unique and beautiful – even if they are figments of my imagination.
I am in the process of making a few changes to the Bee Girl Art website. I want to see it grow from more than just a blog, but a website to display and promote my art. I will be the first to admit that I’m not all that computer savvy – literate, yes, familiar with turning a free blog into a professional looking website, no.
Here’s what to look for:
A new page. Look up toward the top right and you’ll find a “Gallery” page added. Here you can see my paintings. All the good stuff in one spot without having to search through the blog. (I’m still attempting to add them all and arrange them, so keep an eye out for even more changes there).
A whole new look. I changed the template for the blog, hoping to make it all a little more streamlined and pleasant to look at as you read my posts and view my art.
I will continue to post a few times a week – a couple pages from my sketch books, and a painting here and there. I will even keep giving you a “throwback thursday” peek into the first sketch book.
Whew, that’s a lot to take in all at once, and it’s been a lot of work on my end. It feels like the right time to transition to something more than just a blog. Today I dropped off seven of my paintings to be displayed at The Green Bean coffee house as part of the Female Artist Takeover art show in downtown Greensboro. Along with the show I’ve been setting prices to sell my paintings, learning the ropes of prepping canvases to hang in a show, making business cards, and of course trying to update the blog.
Thank you for all your support. Excuse any hiccups along the way with changes to the blog. You can look for a new post from me tomorrow – I’ve been drawing every day.
I have been asked to show a few of my paintings at an all female art show in downtown Greensboro. My work will be hung at The Green Bean, my favorite local coffee shop. When I was teaching regularly at Greensboro Community Yoga I would go by and pick up a coffee after class – and often hang out with friends and talk for a couple hours. They always have neat art on their walls. More than a couple times I wished I knew how to get *my* art on those very walls – or that I had the nerve to ask how that happens.
A few weeks ago I noticed a flier at the Greensboro Cultural Arts Center from The Green Bean asking for female artists. I emailed photos of a few paintings along with my bio and artist statement. I was selected to be included in the show!!
I’ve run the gamut of emotions, from excited, to terrified, back to thrilled, and on to doubtful. It’s been a whirlwind of a week prepping each piece to be shown and getting ready. I drop the pieces off this weekend!
The show will run March 4 to April 19. All the paintings will be for sale while there, and anything that doesn’t sell, I pick up after the show. I have to admit, my family is hoping they *don’t* sell because they want me to bring them home. haha
It’s all part of the Female Artist Takeover, which I’m excited and honored to be involved with, and hope to work with again in the future.
We’ve come around to another Throwback Thursday. It always sneaks up on me quicker than I am expecting. This whole week has positively flown by for me.
“And it’s one life, and it’s this life, and it’s beautiful.” Line from a First Aid Kit song. I’ve mentioned before that I love them and how much I’m inspired by their music. I was listening to their latest album and doodling. The words found their way all over the page.
Here’s the video for the song, Hard Believer, by First Aid Kit: