This month is already nearing the end, but it was at the start of the month in which Adorabull was painted. This cute calf is a real-life resident of Aimee's Farm Animal Sanctuary. I hadn't originally planned for Aimee's sanctuary to be my pick for July, however, when I saw her post about Adorabull I didn't think twice.Read More
It’s been a busy couple of weeks, but I’ve finally made some time to sit and blog about my most recent art project: HEART. HEART is a continuous project that very much comes from my own heart. Inspired by the photography of Sophie Gamand, this art project will once a month highlight a shelter animal and the…Read More
On social media this past Sunday I made the big announcement that I would be donating my recent artwork to the charity organization, Cherished Tails Senior Sanctuary. I was so honored when they approached me asking for a donation to use in their upcoming online auction. I mega-believe in their mission of giving abandoned and at risk senior pets a chance to live out their sunset year with love and a warm home. This will be the second time I've used my artwork to support Cherished Tails and I'm sure it…Read More
Last summer while on vacation in Wisconsin, my dear friend took me to a local artist shop. It was there that I found a rolling pin with the cutest design of chick-a-dee birds burned into the wood. I took it home as a souvenir and a source of inspiration! Until then, wood burning had never occurred to me as a thing to do, but the rolling pin look so cool I had to give it a try myself. Funny enough, I ended up with two pyrography kits! One was gifted to me by my mother who didn't know I had already bought one for myself a month…Read More
Girl with Scarf and Flowers
Through shear determination, I completed a new work this past weekend! It started out as an evening sketch practice. Just something simple and relaxing to end the evening with. However, I ended up giving it some serious effort. What started out as leisurely drawing on the couch, ended with focused attention at the drawing desk.Last week ended up being a little stressful in my personal life, and I feel like that spilled over into this drawing. The early sketches depict the girl as mischievous and lighthearted. Where as the final result is moody and a little mysterious.I usually shy away from drawing or painting my negative feelings. The tormented artist is cliche I try to avoid. However, seeing how this piece turned out has me acknowledging the importance of creating from the heart. I love creating beautiful and happy things, but I shouldn't always expect that from myself.
I debated on what mediums to use in the early stages. Several times I contemplated trying a mixed media approach. Ultimately I choose to keep it simple and stick to graphite pencil. The only extra medium uses was a Blush Pink colour pencil used to lightly tint the flowers. The paper was 5 x 7 inch 84lb drawing paper.
New prints are available in the shop! I have prints of the above work as well as my previous painting Ethan Hawk the Rooster. Shop for cause with Ethan the Rooster as 50% of each sale from this work goes to the farm animal sanctuary he calls home - Amiee's Farm Animal Sanctuary!
My poor Youtube channel has been dormant since earlier this year. I am hoping to reawaken it with new videos! I have time-lapse, create with me, and a special Halloween themed surprise planned! Making videos requires a lot effort, but I want to give it another try. Please look forward to them!I can't believe the end of summer is nearly hear. This year has gone by so fast! And there is still so much I want to do with my art before 2019 comes around. This year has been full of mistakes and learning, and I feel up to the challenges the few remaining months are sure to bring me.Until next time - with determination and FIGHTING!!- Sam :)