New Sketchbook Journals are now available in my Etsy shop! A lot of work goes into the making of each book, made with high quality materials in the pursuit of making a very versatile books for artists and writers alike. The books above consist of Stonehenge Paper with a natural torn edge look. To find out more about how these sketchbook journals are made you can read about them in my online shop.. http://www.onetindrum.etsy.com/
Thursday, December 30, 2010
Tuesday, December 28, 2010
Sunday, December 19, 2010
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
I am excited to share that I just sold my first commissioned portrait painting today and Luca's mom really loved it which is great because a mother has a very discerning eye when it comes to a portrait of their own baby. Katie, Luca's mom drove an hour and change to pick it up and brought Luca too who is Jude's age. The both got to play together for a little bit and go in and out of the snow fort outside. Sam and I used the money for the portrait to go shopping for Christmas gifts and have just come home after hours of buying gifts.
Sunday, December 12, 2010
For Isabella's Birthday I built her a snow hut of sorts with giant balls of snow which was in a perfect state for packing. I think I was outside for several hours before I was done. The only pictures we got were of Jude playing in and around it as he was really excited by it and yelled out in gleeful tones as he approached it. Then entrance was just at his standing height and inside the snow fort Isabella could stand straight up without her head touching. Grandpa Joe and Isabella engaged in a snowball fight and Sam crawled inside with Jude. Since that night the snow has been melting and today it is freeze raining but I am grateful that we all got a chance to see it.
Friday, December 10, 2010
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
For once I saw a Christmas parade with snow, which covered the ground outside the high traffic area of strolling pedestrians. Christmas lights could be seen all over town in sidewalk trees and shop windows. Outside cafes there was the selling of hot chocolate with generous amounts of whipped cream and tasty things to eat. We took refuge from the cold in the Native Canadian store Native Focus which is owned and run by friends of ours who also have two little boys. Inside
Erin made hot chocolate for everyone while Jude and I strolled around the store waiting for our chai latte to cool down. For such a small town I was surprised by the crowd and heard said that some folks had set up their chairs hours before to reserve an ideal spot for viewing the floats. When the parade began, it began like any other Christmas parade, people dancing around in gift wrapped boxes and folks sitting on hay bales on a flat bed pulled by a semi truck. But we were really impressed by the animals. A horse with a winter maiden was adorned with a rope of lights, illuminating the horses features in an ethereal quality. Reindeer were paraded in next, followed by lions, llamas, sheep, goats, and a girl riding center between the huge humps of a camel. Jude was up on my shoulders for most of the time in pure contentment, undisturbed by the blaring of horns and drums. I will openly admit that this small town parade was even better than the Christmas parades held in . Oakland California
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
Thursday, October 21, 2010
Thursday, September 30, 2010
This will be my sixth painting since I have moved here to Port Perry Canada and I am currently working on my seventh and eighth. Each painting has its own challenges but I am learning through the struggles and developing gradually, I can see it. This shows Isabella at the age of 9, right about the time we landed here. She looks to be a dancer in this picture and has a braided piece of string wrapped around her head. I will make some little adjustments to this picture before I put it in my etsy shop for sale. My other paintings are now in a contemporty art store in downtown Port Perry called Meta4.
Saturday, September 18, 2010
Sam and I will be attending this show to sell our art! We have been working hard to make our dream of becoming independent artists a reality. Since we have moved to Canada we have been given time to spend our days making things that we can sell. I will have for sale a group of paintings and mixed media works while Sam will have all the many wonderful things in her shop (http://www.pipodoll.etsy.com/) and more.
Saturday, September 11, 2010
A Disapproving Look- Original Oil Painting
I am happy to announce that I have just added this painting into my online shop for sale. I have not had the opportunity to photograph the stages of this painting's development but it has been one that I have been working on for the last 2 weeks or so. This is a painting of Sam in her favorite plaid dress that she is even wearing today. More detailed photos can be found on my etsy shop http://www.onetindrum.etsy.com/
along with further details.
Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Here is my newest painting that I have just added to my shop! It is an 18 x 20 inch portrait of a woman named Erin who Sam has been friends with for many years. Erin is an artistic being and a mother of two little boys. I was drawn to Erin's unique and captivating face which I was eager to paint a portrait of. More visual details of this painting or purchase information can be found at my online shop: http://www.onetindrum.etsy.com/
Wednesday, August 25, 2010
This is a new painting that I have just added into my etsy shop! It is an oil portrait of a friend in town named Erin who is a mother of two little boys. She also lives a very creative life of painting and art making with her boys.
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Saturday, August 14, 2010
Today looked stormy but I decided that I was going to paint outside anyway and so began this new small painting. You can see that I had to use boards to elevated the canvas to my eye level as I like to stand when I am painting. At first I struggled when working in such a small dimension but soon enough the portrait began to come together. I have several other canvas of this size that I made myself, the stretcher bars assembled from recycled wood. Each canvas is an object in itself. I don't know the size off hand but it is about 10 or 11 inches high but not quite a foot. Erin is a friend of Sam's and I am just getting to know her but I have been delighted to paint her and her son Callum. I will be looking for other new faces to paint as well. For the painting above I will work on it until it has a more finished look.