Loose and Simple

I am loving using walnut ink on this soft cream paper! Trying to loosen up, and not plan drawings out too much – letting the ink do what it wants. In keeping this exercise simple, I’m currently sticking with anonymous portraits of imaginary women, inspired by all the beautiful ladies I know.

These are all available for purchase in the shop, and I’ll continue putting up new work as it comes out. Thank you so much for looking!

30 Day Art Challenge!

Whew! With a couple of hours to spare, I’ve completed the thirty 8×10″ paintings for this year’s 30 Day Art Challenge.

all 30 smI chose to paint burlesque girls for the entire 30 pieces. I wanted to use a lot of color, make some cheerful, sassy and frilly art, and well, the research is just plain fun!

all paintingsWhile for most of the pieces I used bits and pieces of photo reference, I also got the amazing opportunity to paint Lolo Ramone, who visited my studio and modeled for five paintings! She came prepared with a Mary Poppin’s bag of props: parasols, garter-belts, corsets, hair accessories a boa and an exquisite burnt velvet tasseled robe.

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Some pieces, while perhaps not exactly “burlesque” took a more circus-y theme. Perhaps a side effect of really getting into the current season of American Horror Story. This strong woman is one of my favorites!tiny burlesque 10

Lolo Ramone.

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Um, Sherlock?

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Ringmaster.

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Snake Charmer.

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“Moira” A sea-faring beauty.

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“Posey”

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“Mimi”

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“Suzy Spacegirl”

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This is pretty much what my studio’s looked like for the past couple weeks: it needs a tidying super bad.studio

My pieces, along with the collections of over 100 other artists (!! That equals over 3000 separate art pieces!!) will be on show for one night only, mark your calendars! December 4th, during the Pioneer Square artwalk, from 5-10pm. Art will all be priced the same at $50, and will sell off the walls, so be sure to get there early so you don’t miss out! 🙂 Hope to see you there.

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