Detail of Raindrops Keep Falling on My.....
started out working as a “fine artist”.....i.e. I painted for
myself and to enter juried shows and sometimes show at sidewalk art
fairs. I painted in one of the three standard genres....still life,
landscape or portrait. I loved realistic painting, and painted
mostly from my photos. So far so good.
little bitty stories began creeping into my compositions. At an
early age I'd been exposed to all the great historical illustrators
thru National Geographic magazine, with lush many page painted
spreads. So in my own painting, I began to go outside the “fine
art” genre, and painted things with historical themes. In painting
historical, I was well on my way to telling stories.....about
enough. So.......I began to segue over to illustration. Here, I was
commissioned to actually “tell” stories, whether for magazine
covers, cards or children's books. But I was still using the “fine
art” style to tell stories. This is both good and bad. Good
because the “fine art” look did indeed find favor with certain
publishers.....bad 'cause it takes a LOT of time to complete final
I've been having my cake and eating it too, (no calories involved)!
I've been planning colored pencil pieces that combine aspects of
(still life, landscape or portrait) with a quicker “illustrative”
style I.e. “telling an itty bitty story.” My style is still
mostly real.....sometimes with just a bit of artistic license. And
I'm working hard to “find my whimsy”.
point,this recent colored pencil piece......”Rain Drops Keep
Fallin' on My.......”.
elements of a still life (leaves), landscape (surrounding ground) and
portrait (chipmunks), yet these three things put together, with some
red coloured rain drops dripping off a polk berry branch does tell a
itsy bitsy story.
side step from other work I've done..... I'm learning a lot......and
it's a lot of fun to boot.
guess “it's a good thing” that I just can't stop myself!