Happy New Year!

Hey there!! It’s been 5 years since my last post.

I actually forgot about this and instantly when I looked at everything and was able to access this again, I want to write again!

I want to continue to share updates with artwork, latest vfx reels, as well as future ideas for projects and also some stories.  I want to write about some past adventures I’ve had, any present ones and also about all the things I’ve learned in the last 5 yrs or so.  Let’s see how this evolves, and maybe it will just be me writing a journal to myself. That’s fine, too.

This is great!!  I am very blessed.  What a great start to the new year, 2017!!!

The picture below is a photo I took in 2005 at the Brewery artwalk open house.

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Landscape painting

Here is a quick painting I did using Photoshop.  Used a photo as reference only, and painted with brush strokes and smeared edges.  I was focusing primarily on practicing painting clouds.  I think I am ready to start cutting-and-pasting my next paintings to get a more photorealistic look, like what matte painters do nowadays.

Here it is:

Purging

I decided that I want to get back into traditional painting as well as learning how to use Photoshop to create purty pictures.

As I stare at my stacks of unfinished paintings on my drawing table, I realize that I am just leaving clutter and I’ll never really get back to ‘fixing’ these half-assed works.  I’m cutting the cord and throwing them out.  They’re junky and clunky.

I scanned a couple of them, to keep images of the parts that I do like about the paintings.  But now that I’ve done this, I am chucking them.  Kind of a relief, really.

I wanted to post the parts that I scanned.

  

Oh and I started working on another piece in Photoshop- a nice landscape.  I’ll post again when I’ve finished.

 

My first portrait done in Photoshop

   I’ve been learning how to use Photoshop lately, and on the side I decided to work on stuff that I choose to do as well.  I used a photo as a reference but painted this all myself, to practice using the tools and brushes.  I think I like it a lot.  It’s like painting in oils but not messy!!

More to follow.  I may attempt to go ahead and try doing a matte painting tutorial and get some practice and hopefully have some stuff ready for my portfolio.  I’ll post those as I go along and learn.  It’s fun being a student again!

Having fun learning Photoshop

OK, so I’ve been taking advantage of my time off by learning Photoshop.  I have the “Digital Classroom” book and going along with the lessons.  I have a feeling that this is really a valuable thing that I’m doing.  I also decided to paint some portraits in Photoshop just to get used to using their brushes and other tools.  I’m having fun with it so far!!!!

I’m posting a silly picture that I did in a lesson about resizing and layers and file formats.  The one of the barn.  And I’m also posting a work-in-progress I’m doing for fun, the portrait of an Indian that I’m copying freestyle from a National Geographic pic I found.

Finding my passion… and becoming a student again.

My husband has been asking me ever since we started dating, why don’t I paint anymore?  When will I paint something on my own time??

I’ve been trying to come up with an answer ever since.  Am I afraid of failure?  Afraid of success?  What’s going on?  Why don’t I create more, have I become complacent?

I think that after I started working professionally as an artist, and putting in very long hours working for someone else, somehow I lost my drive to do my own work.  I’ve been unemployed for 4 months now, and I am finally getting my drive back.  Why have I let myself get so distracted?  I love making art, it IS one of my passions, but I haven’t been doing anything about it.  I haven’t been advancing my talent and skills in a long while.  Sure, I try to draw in my sketchbook and would go to life drawing classes when I worked at Sony and ILM (where they offered it for free for employees).  But where’s the fire?  I feel my passion growing again.  I feel the fire being rekindled.  This is a blessing, to be laid off from work at this point in my life.