Last weekend (May 21st), was my first outing of the season with the London Plein Air Group. We visited the lovely Full Circle Ranch.
Given my focus on improving my drawing skills, I decided to tackle something a bit more challenging... a tractor! My nephew Lachlan LOVES tractors (I can't understate how much he loves them), so he was in my thoughts as I worked on this one.
I got a good start on location, and finished it up in the studio. It has been interesting experimenting with oils. I am definitely developing a preference for oils when I am paint outdoors.
After a HOT weekend here in Southern Ontario - this painting might help cool you down. Inspired from a photo my sister-in-law Cassie took, this painting depicts a sun setting on a crisp winter day.
Oils vs. Acrylic
Oil paint... here is the first oil painting I have done in many years. Despite our long time apart, oils were actually my first painting medium. I have fond memories of sitting at my grandma Mackay's kitchen table with her oil paints.
Coming back to the present, I decided to start with water-soluble oils so I wouldn't have to worry about solvents. I'm still on the fence ... oils vs acrylics? Both have pros and cons. So far here is my pro/con list:
Acrylics Pros/Oil Cons
Oils Pros/Acrylic Cons
I plan to continue experimenting with both oils and acrylic and let time help me decide which will be my primary medium. If anyone has any thoughts on the oil vs. acrylic debate... drop me a comment below!
Hello friends! While I haven't posted new paintings for awhile, I have been plugging away at my art. I have been working on my online Watts Atelier Course and also started attending some life drawing classes at the Arts Project in London, Ontario. Additionally, with the nice weather- I hope to get out and do some plein air work soon (with the London Plein Air Group!).
I am delighted to share this painting with you! Inspired by an Arizona sunset, this is the first in my new series of sunset paintings. More paintings to follow in coming weeks.
My sister Amy and I visited Arizona this past February... so I decided to included a few photos from our trip below. One of the highlights of the trip was purchasing a painting by talented artist Cody DeLong.
I am happy to share these 3 cute canines with you!! Bojangles, Tito, and Armani are my latest pet portrait commissions.
Speaking of portraits, I have discovered a great TV series - Portrait Artist of the Year (on Makeful Channel). Based out of the UK, artists complete to be titled portrait artist of the year. I can't get enough of it.
I have long avoided doing human portraits as I find people extremely difficult to draw & paint. However - I think the time has come to start tackling the human figure/face! This past Monday, I attended my first life drawing class at the Arts Project in London, Ontario. While my drawings were a little rough.... it was a great experience. I hope to continue attending 1-2 times per month. I will share some of my work here ... once I improve a little.
All the best!
Having just completed my latest pet commissions.... I wanted to share them here. I was very happy with how they turned out. As a pet lover to the core, I _always love doing pet portraits. These 3 paintings are California bound to the home of artist Randy Honerlah (check out his wonderful art at http://honerlahfineart.com)
While I have done many pet portraits, oddly enough, I have never painted my own pets. With 7 cats and 1 dog, where would I start? There is also a part of me that worries I won't be able to do them justice. Stay tuned... I will definitely share my own family pet portraits when (and if) I eventually paint them.
Hello friends! While January has now come and went... I am still finishing up my challenge. Only 3 sketches to go!!!
The benefit of being my own boss for my art business... no big deal if I'm a few days late. I am really happy with my day 23 skull sketch... one of my best I think.
Day 23: Sketch of a skull (for my class)
Day 24: Sketch of calf ... from my parent's farm
Day 25: Sketch of Newfoundland Coastline
Day 26: Sketch of lighthouse (reference from the BC ferry between Vancouver & Victoria)
Day 27: Sketch of skull... different angle (for my class)
Here are a couple of my reference photos!
Hey friends!! Here are my next 5 drawings... only 2 days behind now :).
Day 18: Sketch of an Inuksuk. This is from a photo I took at the 2010 Vancouver Olympics!
Day 19: Sketch of Lobster shack, Trout River, Newfoundland (loved the lobster traps!!)
Day 20: Sketch of the Rocky Mountains
Day 21: Sketch of a skull (for my class)
Day 22: Sketch of abandoned mine, at the 4UR Ranch, Creede, Colorado.
Today's sketch is inspired by a photo I took in Colorado last year at the Stephen Quiller workshop (at 4UR Ranch). Such beautiful scenery!
Oh dear, I have fallen a bit behind again! Here are my drawings for days 14-16. My excuse for being behind? I think it is just one of those January's... the short days and cold weather seem to zap the extra energy & motivation I reserve to work on my art. But I'm not to worried it... just a phase. I'm listening to my body and giving it plenty of rest and down time. "This too shall pass".
Day 14: This is a skull I am working on for the Master Skill Building Challenge through Watts Atelier. You'll notice I did not complete the skull drawing - I only took this drawing as far as this weeks challenge asked. I will work it to full completion over the next couple of weeks.
Day 15: A tribute to my childhood... the Fraggles! This sketch is based on my sister's stuffed Wembley doll.
Day 16: Back in 2009, my sister (Amy), sister-in-law (Cassie), and I visited Scotland. This is a sketch of a highland cow we spotted on the trip.
A quick flower sketch based on the WDE at Wetcanvas (thanks to Bunny for the great photo options!).
As promised, here is my first skull. More to follow. As part of my course, we have to draw it at MANY different angles and become very comfortable with the skulls anatomy.
HEADS, HEADS, HEADS
Today's drawing is a little different. As part of my online course through Watts Atelier, I completed the following assignment on head lay-ins. The next assignment in my course involves sketching the human skull.... so I'm sure I will be sharing these with you!! Till tomorrow.
Here are my sketches for day 7, day 8, & day 9. All caught up. Satisfying!
I am behind on this challenge... 2 days behind to be exact. But don't fret... I plan to catch up this weekend. A busy week at work and an under-the-weather dog squashed my motivation to draw in the evenings.
Today's sketch captures my nephew Lachlan's favourite thing in the world... Tractors!!! I've included a photo of the little guy!!
For today's drawing, I used a photo reference from the weekend drawing event at WetCanvas (an artist forum). Thanks to Richard for the photo reference!
This one is a light and shadow drawing I did as an assignment for my online course with Watts Atelier. Still waiting for it to be graded... hope I passed.
Here is the sketch of my travelling rat & art mascot - Stuart!!
I've also included a photo of Stuart ... and his buddy Steve (my sister's rat) getting into mischief over the holidays!
"Drawing is the 'bones' of art. You have to be able to walk before you can run." ~Dion Archibald
Welcome to 2016...
Happy new years friends. Hope everyone rang in the new year safely and enjoyably! My evening included delicious homemade pasta, a mean game of euchre, and streaming the ball drop on my Mac. Now that the new year is here - time to think about my art goals!
One of my major goals for this upcoming year is to improve the quality of my work. It is with that intention in mind that I start my fourth 30-in-30 challenge. Thanks to Leslie Saeta for hosting!
You might be wondering, as a landscape painter, why are you doing a drawing challenge?
In reflecting on my skills and abilities as an artist - I feel drawing is one of my weaker skill sets. I am much more comfortable with a paint brush and colourful paints than with a pencil and paper. It is my beleif that in order to really propel the quality of my work forward - I need to face my drawing demons. And maybe I'll learn to love it a long the way....?
I am currently enrolled in an online atelier drawing program (Watts Atelier of the Arts) - focussing on drawing. Great program so far with rich content and helpful assignments.
Here is the scoop on what this January will bring:
Without further adieu.... here is my Day 1 sketch.
What I've Been Up To...
It's been about 6-weeks since I have posted here. After a busy fall, I was feeling a bit fatigued and decided to slow my art business down bit. I have been using some of my creative brain power towards making Christmas gifts and working on a number of commissions for the holiday season. Feeling more energized now - I hope to bring you lots of new artwork in 2016!!
Still Looking for a Christmas Gift?
Still looking for a last minute Christmas gift? I still have a number of paintings available from my St. Mary's painting challenge (click on any of the paintings above for more information). My prices will be going up in January 2016.... so get your paintings now!
January 2016 - 30 drawings
I will be doing another 30-day challenge this January 2016 (hosted by Leslie Saeta). While I had previously planned to do sunsets/sunrises... I have changed my plans.
One of my major goals for 2016 is to improve the quality of my fine art skills ... with the goal of working towards a high degree of mastery (check out any interesting perspective on mastery here).
I have signed up for an online drawing course through Watts Alelier Program. It has excellent reviews and I hope this will help push me forward artistically. As such - I will be doing 30 drawings starting January 1st. More details to follow!!
Hope you all enjoyed the challenge!!
All the paintings can be viewed here: http://www.kathymackay.com/30-paintings-of-st-marys.html
There are still a number of paintings available for sale... check them out here: http://www.kathymackay.com/30-paintings-of-st-marys.html
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