Thursday, January 29, 2009

I must admit - I am having a great visit with my honey - and as much as I want him to stay, I cannot wait to get back to devoting all my free time to drawing! This is huge for me, especially since I spent most of the last 2 and a half years wishing that I had "the urge". It's wierd, I can go for 6 monthes without doing a thing and then all of a sudden, I can't stop!! Hopefully, I will beable to be a little more consistent with my work now that I am extra inspired and motivated!! I actually had an interesting idea for a piece the other day. I started it today and hope to finish it within the next few days. It is top secret since I am not sure if it will even turn out! I do love an experiment though!! Hopefully I will have something new to post by the end of sunday!!

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

It is so encouraging to see that people are taking an interest in what I'm doing here! I have only been on here for a few days and already, in my opinion, I am fairing pretty well!! I thank everyone who has decided to follow my blog! Being an artist has been a dream of mine for years, and with all of the positive feed back I have been getting, I am starting to think it might be more than just the dream of a horse crazy little girl who likes to doodle. This is just the confidence boost that I need to get my butt in gear and make something out of the talent that I have been blessed with. I have taken a small break from drawing for the week, as my boyfriend is home for a visit from working out of town. But come sunday, I will be hard at work back in the studio!! I think I am going to try and finish this one... it has been a woork in progress since the fall of 2006!! :S

Sunday, January 25, 2009

I drew this one afternoon in the summer of 2008. I was bored, so I grabbed a beer and a blanket and my sketch stuff, stretched out on the lawn, suntanned and managed to do this piece!!

This is the first piece that I did on my trip to Campbell River in 2006. I was quite happy with the way it turned out!! It is a little too big to put on the scanner - and the photograph didn't go too well!!

This is a piece that I have titled 'Pastel Night Mare'. It is not finished!! I had started to experiment with oil pastels.... and then I just kinda got to this point - and STUCK!! I haven't touched it in a few weeks now. Perhaps it is meant to be one in the series of unfinished works that I seem to have unintentionally been adding to for years!! I like it - I think it looks nice - it has just given me a lot of grief!! Ooooh - and I just noticed how bad the ears are! :S Hahaha!! We will see where this one ends up!!

Here is another piece that I have done. I did it in 2006 sometime. I actually had a fella on my Facebook ask me if I would sell him a copy for him to give to his grandpa. So, I copied it on my printer - and it came out alright. I feel bad charging someone for something that was only photocopied!! I told him that when he gets it, he can send whatever he wants, just as long as postage is covered! It was so flattering to get that message from someone. It really made my day! This might be a good one to get prints done of. A lot of people really seem to like it!

Saturday, January 24, 2009

So - this is just a quick little doodle I did on some scrapbook paper that I found at the DOLLAR STORE!! Haha! I love to go there and find different papers and things to experimment with! This paper had a lovely texture to it - it sort of looks like stone or something! The only bad thing is it's pretty light weight - so one has to be careful on it! Otherwise it took the coloured pencil quite nicely I think! I will gradually add old pieces on here as well as new ones as I go!! Thank you to everyone who has checked out my blog so far!! I have a group on Facebook as well!! Please check it out!!

What exactly is a "BLOG"??

Alright - I am new to this!! Haha - how hard can it be, right??

I guess I will start out with a little story - pretty much about how I got to this point. I will leave out all of the boring stuff, so this will be a short story! I am 26 years old, living in Campbell River, BC on beautiful Vancouver island. I have been here for 2 and a half years. I like to draw... so much so in fact, that I would like to be an artist when I grow up. Seeing as I have decided it is time to grow up, I have also decided it is time to be a little more proactive in my attempt to make a name for myself in the wonderful world of equine art. My work was not getting seen sitting hidden in sketchbooks and portfolios collecting dust in a room. I have started my own Facebook group dedicated to my work and have made some wonderful contacts over that last little while.

I have always been fascinated by horses. It wasn't until high school that I really began to discover myself artistically. I was the girl who always drew horses and that always seemed to worry me a bit. well - it did until grade 11. It was late in the school year and one day at the end of the class, my art teacher pulled me off to the side and told me that a fella who framed pictures and had a small gallery in his home had seen some of my work up in a local restaurant that our class had pieces displayed in. He left my art teacher his card because he had wanted me to do some pieces up for the cowboy poetry and art exhibition later that summer. The nicest part was that I was the only one in the whole art program that got that opportunity!! I was fairly successful there. i sold just about everything I took! Well, he had eventually moved back to England and I just got so wrapped up in school and then started to work and party after graduating. I let my art fall by the wayside, only stopping every now and then to do a 'doodle' here or there.

In 2005, I met a nice guy at a jobsite. He returned to Campbell River and I came to visit him that August. I brought some sketching materials with me and while he was at work, I sat out in the sun in his back yard and went on to do 7 or 8 of the best pieces I had ever done up to that point. there was just something so inspiring and comfortable about this place that I couldn't deny. So, the following June, I loaded up my Ford Ranger and made the long drive from Edmonton Alberta to Campbell River.

The hardest part about doing the sort of work that I do here is that this isn't the same atmospere as Alberta. You see more art done of boats and birds and water than you do of horses. My goal for 2009 is to get horses out there!! I might have an advantage being one of the only artists in this town to draw horses so it would be unique and people will eat it up!! OR it just won't fly!! There is only one way to find out!

I hope to "chronicle" my journey as an 'up and coming' artist here in this blog. If not up and coming, them coming and going!!