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Go-Go-Gadget Gouache!

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Last weekend I had the opportunity to take part in the Watercolor Society of Oregon’s annual conference.  During some down time someone literally thrust a few tubes of gouache into my hands and told me to do a little painting.  After about ten (maybe fifteen?) minutes I had blocked this little heroine in and had to get back to my duties.

I’m thinking more of this kind of thing will be in my future.

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Jean Grey: Woman of Wonder

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I just found out about this wonderful thing that happens in Portland, Oregon every year and I couldn’t not participate!  It’s called Women of Wonder Day, and it’s a benefit for Domestic Violence programs in Portland, Oregon; Flemington, New Jersey; and San Antonio, Texas.  It’s an auction, and the really wonderful thing is that 100% of the proceeds go to Domestic Violence charity programs.
Check out their website, and please, help out if you can!  If nothing else, there’s going to be a lot of great art to look at.
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Virgo

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Virgo.  Virgo.  Virgo.  I think Virgo was the hardest zodiac in the series to complete.  As the “virgin maiden” she has no props or accoutrements that would help identify her immediately; still, I think she’s pretty maiden-y, and I’m pleased with how she turned out — especially in the series at large.

So, now with Virgo, we’ve made it half way through the zodiac.  Six down; six to go.

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Shadow Cat and Colossus

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Since I’ve been showing pretty steady updates of the Shadow Cat and Colossus piece I thought it’d be fun to put it all in an animated gif.  From thumbnail to final, you can watch the piece come together one step at a time.

On a related note:  I installed the demo of Adobe Captivate so that I can film myself working on my next piece — I just have to decide what that’s going to be.  To that end, I may post some candidates over the next week and let the good people of the internet weigh in.

Exciting!

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Shadow Cat and Colossus: Part V

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After staring at it all day, I really only found a few small (but critical) moves to make to bring this piece to a satisfactory finish.  Of course the more I look at it the more I’ll find that I want to change, but I have to let go sometime.  The work is never really good enough and that’s okay.  That’s what keeps driving many of us forward.

May the images your mind is capable of conceiving forever be better than what your hands are capable of constructing.

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Shadow Cat and Colossus: Part IV

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I think this piece may be done, but I’m going to sleep on it.  Chances are I’ll find a few things here and there to fiddle with to make the piece stronger — I usually do.  (Well, I usually fiddle at any rate.)

This is kind of the most important step in many ways.  Sometimes you’ve gotta paint, and sometimes you’ve got to walk away to gain some distance and perspective.  I’ll do whatever fine tuning I need to do tomorrow when I’m able to see things more clearly.