December 14, 2011

End of Fall Trimester

In less than 1 week my husband and I leave to go out of town for Christmas to see friends and family. :D I am excited for the trip but there is so much to do before I go!

The last day of school was 1 week ago, however, I was able to use the last week of "extended" model time to finish the Andromeda drawing shown below. Praise God for how this drawing turned out! I am happy with it, but the next one will be better, much better. I made so many mistakes early on with this drawing that I am amazed and give glory to God for anointing my hands to be able to finish this drawing and bring it to this level of refinement. :) Seriously, I am surprised...and very thankful to Christ.

Below is the beginning stages of my 2nd Cast drawing. I have had roughly 2 weeks on this drawing. The other image is the Andromeda drawing followed by a close up of the torso area. :)





November 18, 2011

More updates

End of week 3 on my Andromeda drawing (shown below.) I also finished my first cast drawing of an eyeball. It took 5 weeks. I am not that happy with it, honestly...but I feel I learned a lot. The next one will be better. :) Much better.




November 9, 2011

Quick Studies

Updated Andromeda image and two 2hr figure studies in graphite from the evening drawing class. :D




November 5, 2011

Another quick update

:) Yep. Andromeda drawing after 4 days working on it. Next week I put in tone and figure out why her head feels a little disconnected from her body. :/

November 1, 2011

Andromeda

 Beginning of new pose and a quick 2 hour study from Monday night. :)

October 30, 2011

Changes

I've decided to switch back to Blogger to write studies and update with In-Progress work. I think I feel more free to write and post on a blog site than on my official website. This way I can change my website to be completely professional with only finished work that will be updated a couple of times each year. In the mean time, I will try and write and post more and more as I am able. Below is my finished Bargue drawing (4th and final one), my finished 6 week charcoal drawing of John from the summer, and my finished Fall 5 week charcoal drawing of Richard. :)



June 1, 2011

John

In progress update. :) God is so good.

May 21, 2011

Update

Just wanted to post some updated pictures. :) I finished the drawing of Jasmine as well as my 3rd Bargue. I am also posting the new drawing that I began this week.




April 19, 2011

Progress

"Progress means getting nearer to the place you want to be. And if you have taken a wrong turning, then to go forward does not get you any nearer. 
If you are on the wrong road, progress means doing an about-turn and walking back to the right road; and in that case the man who turns back soonest is the most progressive man." - C.S. Lewis (Mere Christianity)

In my art studies I feel as though I have turned around and returned to the fork in the road and began the journey anew. I have learned more in the past few weeks than I could have imagined and I am so thankful to God for strengthening my eyes to see and blessing the work of my hands. He is awesome. :D

Updated figure drawing:



Finished 2nd Bargue drawing:


Began 3rd Bargue drawing:


April 13, 2011

Updates

The first two images shown below are from the end of last trimester and I am finally posting them! :D I am so amazed with how much I have learned and yet I still have such a long long long way to go. The Bargue drawing took 5 weeks to complete (this time period included 1 do-over). It may not look like much, but this drawing taught me more than I could have imagined. I am happy with how the figure drawing turned out, but I hope to do so much better on this next one.





NOW...on to the new trimester which commenced on Monday.  I hope to have this Bargue drawing, my second one, done within the next week. I am excited about this figure drawing. So far so good... :) 





April 9, 2011

True Treasure

He is my treasure. 

"The man who has God for his treasure has all things in One...Whatever he may lose he has actually lost nothing, for he now has it all in One, and he has it purely, legitimately and forever." - A. W. Tozer

Wherever this journey may lead me, may I always, like Moses, "regard disgrace for the sake of Christ as of greater value than the treasures of Egypt..." 

Whatever may come my way, may I, like Paul, "consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord..."

And may I, like King David, "follow Him with all my heart, doing only what is right in His eyes."

I can never repay Him for what He has given me, but I want to spend the rest of my life glorifying Him, whatever the cost of that may be. He is my treasure and walking with Him in pursuit of Him is the grand adventure of my life. 

March 18, 2011

What the Light Reveals

Updated Figure drawing shown below. I had to do major reconstruction work on the face because it was too small. It looks a lot more like her now, though. I will post another update next weekend! Only 2 weeks left. I absolutely love my new atelier and my teachers. They are so amazing. I cannot believe it has already been 3 weeks!! :D I am learning so much!

March 12, 2011

Bringing Light out of Darkness

Sometimes we forget...I forget...that it is me and Him on this journey together. That He walks with me, stands at my side and equips me to do what He has called me to do. Contentment lies not in arriving at some imagined destination, but enjoying this Holy Walk with Him...together, into eternity. May I walk everyday with Him and let the joy of the Lord [being in communion with Him] be my strength.

I finished my second week at Ravenswood and below is an updated image from my in-progress figure drawing that I began the first week. :) 



March 4, 2011

Visual Impression

This was my first week at the Ravenswood Atelier. I cannot articulate how amazed I am with my teachers, their  artwork, their process, and the school in general. :D I truly feel blessed beyond measure.

I may edit this and write more this weekend, when I am less exhausted. But, for now, here are the two pieces I am currently drawing. Both are at a very early stage in the process.




February 11, 2011

For Him

I have a new goal for this year that is inspired by the writings of A.W. Tozer and the guidance of the Holy Spirit.

Goal : Doing everything unto Him.

Quotes from Tozer's "The Pursuit of God" will help more than an explanation:

All based on: 1 Corinthians 10:31 - "So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all to the glory of God.".

"Paul's exhortation to 'do all to the glory of God' is more than pious idealism. It is an integral part of the sacred revelation...It opens before us the possibility of making every act of our lives contribute to the glory of God...To say this is not to bring all acts down to one dead level; it is rather to lift every act up into a living kingdom and turn the whole life into a sacrament."

"We must practice living to the glory of God, actually and determinedly...Let us believe that God is in all our simple deeds and learn to find Him there."

"Paul's sewing of tents was not equal to his writing of an Epistle to the Romans, but both were accepted of God and both were true acts of worship...It is not what a man does that determines whether his work is sacred or secular, it is why he does it. The motive is everything."

In the coming months and years of my life may I cultivate a life of hearing His voice, responding, and doing everything I do unto Him, for His glory...Amen.

January 31, 2011

Last Cast

In a few weeks from now, as I return to the atelier world, I will begin posting new studies and drawings. For now here is the last image I worked on before leaving my previous atelier. Sorry for the graininess...the picture was taken in bad lighting.

I really enjoyed setting up this cast... :)























I also wanted to include a 1 day charcoal drawing done earlier in the Fall. It will be nice to return to drawing again in a few weeks. :)



January 29, 2011

Ravenswood

In 1 month I begin at The Ravenswood Atelier. The atelier and the instructors have surpassed my expectations and I am eager to begin at the end of February. :)

I also am beginning my journey as a self-employed artist. This year my goal is to sell at least 1 painting. May God bless the work of my hands, anoint my eyes to see, and enable me to go and do what He has called me to do. Amen.

On a side note... I noticed tonight that in about 10 days I will have had this blog for exactly 3 years. Has it really been that long since I first began this journey? Yet...so much has happened...at times I cannot believe it has only been that long.

Lessons Learned

A great deal has happened over the last year of my life, I am unsure where to begin or what all to include. Honestly, I will try and keep this short and simple. :) No need to over explain...that is not this blog's intended purpose.

Here is a short summary of my life over the last 8 months: My precious white kitty, Logain, passed away. I realized a friend was not who I thought he was. I began doing work for another friend and later discovered he, also, was not the person I thought he was. I do not blame them, I blame myself for seeing what I wanted to see. I experienced severe abdominal pain for months and 1 week ago I finally had my gallbladder removed; each day, pain free, is wonderful. I left the atelier I was attending and discovered a new one that surpasses my expectations. My husband and I celebrated 6 wonderful years together; I wouldn't change one moment with him; he simply amazes me. I joined a new church family, one that has left me speechless with their Christ-like love and kindness. I have been numb, bitter, broken, and wounded. I have lost more than I thought I could endure and gained what I never thought possible. I have seen the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living and tasted and seen that the Lord is good. I do not deserve Him; none of us do. I have once again learned I am nothing apart from Him and have nothing to give to Him that He has not first given to me.

Most of all I have learned that this journey with Him is the most important thing I do in life. He is my life, my love, and my very great reward.