Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Catching Up

I've been a bit quiet as of late, because my life hit some sort of stress threshold where I was just breaking down. It's complicated, and pretty much hit everything from family to work. Ever hit a stress point where you just sort of wander around and get nothing done? I had this mental image of me in a bathrobe for the next ten years with Twinkies in my pockets! And I don't even like Twinkies!

I tried to get things done. I got some things done. But for the most part I would say last week was a bit of a failure for me. Which is irritating, because how does that help my stress level any? *sigh* At least this week seems to be going somewhat better. I'm working on my Cheshire Cat:


I've had him on my easel and everything since last week, and like I said; I accomplished very little. But this week seems to be going better and he's starting to come into focus for me:


But I have to tell you that it's simply taking forever. I think it's the fur, it's just requiring so many layers, and yes, I'm the type who takes a tiny brush and does hairs. I've never really mastered the quick stroke that hints at hair and fur, instead I tend to layer it in. My white rabbit is the same way; shadows underneath and layering in of actual hairs. Explains why it took so long!

As you can see, my Cheshire is developing a moustache. He's always seemed so debonair to me, it's sort of fitting. Unplanned, but fitting. I plan on looking at raising the sides a bit to give him his "grin", but I'm sticking with a more refined Cheshire. It just seems right, in this case.

I also finally got my shipment of Fabriano paper, and I'm excited to use it! My old big block will work for those dragons with the rougher surface, but I have a fairy and dragon painting in my head and I know I need the smoother paper for my fairy. I also ordered a huge block, 14x20. I've never been intimidated by a large canvas, but I am a bit by this paper. How strange! Intimidated, but excited. I never run out of ideas, I just worry about blowing the painting.

But I can't do any of that until I finish my Cheshire! So, it's movies and painting today, as it has been all week.

I hope everyone is well! Oh, and I've fallen behind in the art award where I am trying to compete for a licensing contract. If you haven't voted, can you pop in and help me? You don't have to register or anything. At the bottom is a list of artists, and I'm there: Kyra Wilson.  Thank you!

5 comments:

Nadia said...

I think you would look lovely in a bathrobe with Twinkies. LOL. I think the cat looks nice, very detailed.

hillandatree said...

I've voted!! Good luck!

Magic Love Crow said...

Never feel you have failed anything! Maybe you just needed a break ;o) There are always two ways of looking at things ;o) Maybe twinkies was a sign of sweet things to come ;o) Your cat is stunning! Beautiful! Your detail is amazing!

Introverted Art said...

so cute!!!!!!

Cameron said...

All those little hairs are what give it the "Kyra attention to detail" style.....just gorgeous!