Sunday, April 6, 2014

Spectrum 21

I am both honored and humbled to report that one of my paintings was selected to be in this year's issue of Spectrum. I have not been selected since issue 14. Last year I submitted what I felt was my best work to date only to be disappointed. This year was a last minute decision, just to support the magazine and I got in. Go figure. I think the lesson here is to keep trying. Keep submitting. You never know.

I received this photo (below) from the collector who bought Heron Girl. I love how she choose to frame it. The motif in the frame truly complements the painting, giving it an Egyptian she's now in the Nile, bathing. I appreciate others who have shown me how they have framed my work.

  The next is from a woman who bought both a print and the original sketch of Jorg. She framed it along with her letter from the author, Mark Lawrence.

The same author posted this on Facebook, showing how he displayed the print I sent to him.

Great to see they have all gone to good homes.

Sunday, March 30, 2014

New Personal Piece

Here is a new personal piece I've started. I'm excited to experiment with some lost and found edges on this one as well as formed and flat surfaces. 

And here is a delightful "personal piece" my son and daughter-in-law created. She arrived last Monday. Mommy and baby are home and doing well.

Welcome to the world little Nora.

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Heron Girl II

I haven't forgotten about the first version of Heron Girl BUT after Rebecca Guay posted a demo video on her website of her painting, "The Visitor", I had to try it. For the first time in a long time, I wasn't battling with the painting. I could actually SEE the finished painting in my head before I began. No scanned sketch this time either. I started on a 300 gm sheet of Arches watercolor paper.Sketched in the face and heron and reeds and then sealed it with 2 layers of acrylic matte medium. I then proceeded in oils, beginning with an under-painting just like Rebecca did in the demo. 

Here's the final. 11"x 14".
And she sold too!

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Women in Fantasy Illustration Interview

Kiri Ostergaard Leonard is currently running a blog series on Women in Fantasy Illustration.  I am honored to be included with these awesome artists. Kiri has an extensive roster planned for this series that includes many women on my envy list. When I was in Spectrum (issue 14), we counted about 12-15 females in the whole issue. It's great to see the female talent pool flood the genre. Go Girl Power! Thank you, Kiri!

Friday, February 21, 2014

Heron Girl Progress

I've been busy working on commission and SmART School assignment. Here are some progress shots of  Heron Girl as I try to bring it to a finish.
 Finished sketch.

 Rebecca's paint over in Photoshop.

This is a photo of my first pass of oil.

Portrait Artist this post is

 Just look at those hands!!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Krab Jab Studio's FAERIE II

As I mention before, I was invited to participate in an art exhibit held at Krab Jab Studio. The show opens this Saturday and runs until the 27th of February. Just look at that list of names. What am I doing there??
My portrait artist this post is Sandra Flood. It's not that I don't like her people portraits, it's just that her animal portrait are absolutely outstanding. Such personality and expression.

Monday, February 3, 2014

And We're Off!

I have started SmART School once again with Rebecca Guay. This time, I am doing the every other week study course, so that frees up time to finish the book...hopefully.

First things first. Here's another portrait artist and an example of her work followed by my the first steps of my first assignment. 

Our assignment is to come up with a cover for a hypothetical "Art of...(me)" book. Something that will most represent my work in a collection of my best work. Great assignment because it really made me dig deep and think about what is it that speaks "Kim". She emphasized that we need to focus on our strengths and build from there. I knew I wanted to include a compelling face and try for graceful lines. I started there.
 Head Study

 Composition study #1

 I felt it needed more room on the bottom.
Composition sketch #2

This is the sketch after Rebecca has worked her magic. Proportions were off on woman. Lengthened her body and eliminated her background hand, giving her a cleaner silhouette. Worked on dress and narrowed the frame. She also fixed a tangent and defined shapes. Now to get better reference for body and dress and redo.