Most little kids enjoy drawing and painting, but at some point grow out of it. Some kids pick up a pen and it’s pretty obvious that they have the aptitude for art. And then some children are just born creating. I didn’t really fit into one are, sure I drew and painted with the best of the little kids. But that is what it was, little kid art.. Nothing special. I enjoyed playing with it, coloring books and so forth. So the first time I made a pastel piece that wasn’t kiddy like around age 11 or so my parents were genuinely shocked. Nothing in my prior art said I would ever make something like this. Both Mom and Dad were very supportive of it and thought it was great. They proudly showed friends and family as they came to visit. Dad boasting that I must have gotten it from Mom’s side because no one in his family knew how to create art he’d say with a smile. Mom just shake her head and say Music was her family, Music and Dance. Not Art. So there I was, the first redhead in a few generations Great Grandma O’Keeffe was a fiery redhead but none of the children were..so mayhap my art talent came with the hair coloring-back a few generations.. No one knew but they had a good time speculating. So Joannie became the artist in the family. Mom could draw almost anything IF she had a picture to go by, she could design things on graph paper (Like our many additions we put on the house). But for creating “something” out of nothing, that was my place. Chalk Pastels and pencil were my favorites for years and still for the most part are.
This pretty Fall Trees I did a few years kinda gives you an idea of my style (okay loose idea). I plan on adding the pics of the art as I create them (there are plenty at the farm that I left behind (this one included) so everything that I had from here out will be recent unless marked otherwise. I hope to add to this page and place let me know what you like/don’t like ect!
I just did this last night Below *05/02/2011* for a coworker who just got her own place and wanted art for her walls! I hope she likes it her words were; I like sunrises/sunsets, lots of color. This is what first came to mind, lots more to come I’m sure! Hope you enjoy Kitty! Click on Pictures for full size.
Here is another piece while made for someone they asked me to make something that I would also like. So here it is, Morning Tree Shadow
A close up of the mountains with the sunrise I put in. I traced out the basic tree and mountain line with a 2b pencil. Then let the “process” takeover from there and put peaks and limbs where they wanted to be with the random assortment of pastels I currently have.
(Below) “Mountain Sweep” ~ This beauty is on my wall
This is an oldie from a few years ago:
Another old guy inspired by the Moon rise over the hills of Eastern Tennessee.
June 2011 (so far)
Here are my latest prints worth mentioning (or should I say posting). They all currently reside on my wall though if someone comes along and says *that one speaks to me* I may let them have it. I often draw for people so that they can have art to put on their walls. Though I will say decent pastels and actual real art paper isn’t as cheap as one could hope – my fellow friends what do you think? Should I try selling some of it to at least cover the costs of the supplies? Oh and on a side note, if anyone wants a picture or two I’d be more than happy to do one for you (probably for free if I like you!). Let me know what you think about these guys ~ J
Sunset Tree ~ So not my best piece by any means..but I still enjoy it. It’s sloppy and took awhile to finish the branches (they are a tad tedious) but overall I was happy I could use bright oranges and not be completely annoyed but it
A Midsummer’s Moon ~ I had tons of fun with this one. I cranked it out in about 30 minutes and thoroughly enjoyed working the color scheme
Bright Sky – Green Hills ~ I figured since I seem to do okay with the whole sunset – sunrise deal I should more and that working with bright colors (especially since it was a gray day when I did it) would be good for me and help my mind be light. I somehow manage to make this guy in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I just “flow” and next thing I know I’m done and this is the end result! (click for a bigger version of this one. All the pieces need improvement. But overall..thoughts?