After much rumination, I finally made the decision to rebuild my site and move it from Wordpress to Squarespace. The change was a big one for me as I have used Wordpress for years. It is where I taught myself webdesign and coding - a feat I’m very proud of. However, at the end of the day, designing my own…Read More
Has it really been since January that I last wrote? Yikes! So much has happened since then - the biggest being the Reel Tucson Lucky Art Show and the Tucson Museum's of Art's Spring Art Market & Flower Festival. I spent about a month preparing for both events - making art and getting supplies. Only now has the dust settled and I am finally able to get back to the day-to-day - including (hopefully) more consistent blog posts! In the meantime, here's some highlights on both events, site updates, and future plans!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 :)
It's been no small task for me, but I've been doing my best to work through the backlog of speed drawing and painting videos I had sitting on my computer. I am a mega-novice at using Adobe Premier Pro and my computer is very dinosaur old, however, I am learning and making the best of it!My latest videos include:
- New Year's Rooster & Girl - speed painting
- First Kiss - speed painting
- Forest Sprite - speed painting
I only have two more painting video to make before I'm all caught up - and I am currently recording the work on my latest piece, Tiger Lilies!Also in the works are tutorial videos! I am very excited to be able to share my knowledge with you regarding drawing and painting. I hope I can help inspire and encourage others to pick up the pencils/brushes, and create something for themselves.There's a ton of work to be done, but please look forward to it all! :DWarmest regards!Samantha A. Violette
Prints of First Kiss and Primadonna Doodle are now available in my shop! Additionally, I am now able to offer 13x19 inch size posters of most of my work! All orders ship on Friday and orders over $100 qualify for free shipping!