Thursday, April 28, 2011

Work in Progress . . .

School's been keeping me very busy the last two weeks, both in and out of the studio, but now I finally have some time back for myself, which I hope to use for some sketching and reading over the weekend.  Here's an oil painting I've been working on recently, begun from observation of a model and then continued via imagination.  It's almost done, just a tiny bit more tweaking and detailing to go.    

I'm going to be starting a new oil painting series of mixed size and shape soon that I'll be working on all this upcoming month.  I'm very excited for this project, I'll make sure to post lots of in-progress updates so you can see it as it develops! 

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Of Tin Soldiers and Ballerinas . . .

Hans Christian Andersen, how I love you!  "The Steadfast Tin Soldier" has always been a story dear to my heart, so here's a quick pair of ink sketches I made of the main characters, the tin soldier and his little ballerina.

Make sure to listen to Donovan's cover of "The Little Tin Soldier" by Shawn Phillips as well, its a beautiful song that matches the story ever so nicely.  Both versions are great!

Friday, April 8, 2011

New Additions To My Collection . . .

I recently found these fairy tale books in my favorite used bookstore, so of course I had to bring them home with me!  Aren't they lovely?  Reconnecting with the old stories is always delightful, they have such a simple, nostalgic beauty to them. 

And these books have such gorgeous illustrations.  The one in the picture on top is by Arthur Rackham, one of my favorite artists.