This is my most recent work which depicts Cernunnos, the celtic horned god, at rest from the hunt. A Wiccan friend of mine commissioned it to put it on her alter. I used my usual pen and ink with digital coloring method and I’m really pleased with how it turned out. Working as a colorist has really improved my digital painting skills and color sensibility which is awesome because colors were my weak point in college, but now I feel like my painting skills have far surpassed my drawing skills, so I’m going to need to work on that.
I’m hoping to sign a lease on an art studio in the next few weeks and move my studio/office out of my bedroom- I feel like working from home is really detrimental to my productivity. I’m excited! I’ve been working in my room for as long as I can remember, from doing homework in my room growing up and bringing paintings home on the weekends and working on the floor, and then painting in my dorm rooms all throughout college, and now I live in a house and I’m STILL stuck painting in my room. I had my stuff in the living room for awhile but too many people messed with my computer when they came over and when your livelihood comes from your computer, its really bothersome to find people messing with your equipment.
I’ve started teaching bellydance classes which I’m so excited about. I’ve been thinking for awhile that I might like to be a yoga intructor but since I don’t do yoga regularly I can’t logically enroll in an instructor course.. But I can definitely teach bellydance! That doesn’t require any sort of certification. Right now teaching will fund my art studio and if I can get a few more students then hopefully I can afford to take some yoga classes. As much as I like freelancing full time it is a) lonely b) hard to motivate myself and c) scary when the work dries up. I’m thinking about part time jobs that would actually be fun and help support my freelancing- I just don’t seem to like doing anything full time. I could be doing the most exciting job in the world, but if its the same thing every day… I’d get bored. I think pursuing a dance/yoga part time career is a really great option for my ADD tendencies. My freelance work has all of a sudden hit a lull which is to be expected every once in awhile, and while I’m tempted to freak out, I’m trying to get my own work started. I want to do a series of nudes for the gallery.
I finished a painting recently for my Dad as a Christmas gift. Its of my great grandmother, Franziska, and my grandfather, Adelbert. It was done from their passport photo on Ellis Island when they immigrated here from Germany in the 1920s. My grandfather was still a baby. I can’t imagine how hard it would’ve been to take an infant on a several month long boat ride across the ocean, and alone, no less! Franziska’s husband had passed away before Adelbert was born. She looks so worn out but determined in the photo- its always been very striking to me.
Here is my interpretation. I painted this with acrylics and it really pumped me up about painting traditionally again. There is something so magical about holding a finished painting in your hands. Finishing art really inspires me, and seeing how much the painting meant to my Father when I gave it to him meant a lot too.
I’m getting pumped about art again (its amazing how art school can really drag it out of you) and making life plans. I’ve had a lot of good luck since I graduated- oh my gosh- a year and a half ago! I didn’t realize it’s been so long already! In may it will be two years..?! That just occurred to me. Wow. I’d better get cracking. I’ve accomplished a lot recently and I’ve never been happier but I still feel like I could be doing so much more. Carpe diem, friends!