Pardon my Porcine Pauses

Posted in Art on February 1, 2011 by Chambers Art Studio
Don't Let Anybody Tell You It Can't Be Done

Don't Let Anybody Tell You It Can't Be Done

To paraphrase Mark Twain, “rumors of my recent demise have been greatly exaggerated!”  I’m still here, folks, and even though I haven’t posted in a couple of months, that isn’t necessarily a bad thing.  I’ve been working on several paintings, off and on, trying to get ready for a regional Art Competition coming up at the end of February.  Once the show begins I will post the new paintings that I have entered into the competition, and also provide some more information on the competition itself.  For the curious and industrious in the audience, you can Google the “Barclay Visual Arts Competition and Exhibition” held at the Cultural Activities Center in Temple, Texas.

I put up the picture of my little aviator piggy to symbolize the struggles and challenges I’ve been facing these past couple of months.  I am writing a series of posts about my experiences and will be putting them up soon.  My sister Martha named the picture of the piggy for me.  She said she thought the title fit the picture well.   There is a movie that I like that was made back in the sixties (the old days) starring Catherine Hepburn, Peter O’Toole and Anthony Hopkins called “The Lion in Winter”.  There is one particular line of dialogue in the film during a fight scene between Hepburn (Eleanore of Aquitaine) and O’Toole (King Richard II) where he tells her that something won’t happen, and if it does it will only be when “pigs fly”.  Hepburn proudly responds by telling O’Toole that “there will be ham in the tree tops come morning!”

Sometimes it takes that attitude to keep going when things seem impossible.  Many times I will look at something I have finished and think that it was only possible through a miracle.   Yes they do happen around here from time to time.

I’ll stop here for now since I plan to post again the series of writings that I have been working on to  more clearly understand some of my existential quandaries concerning art and why I need to paint, draw and be an artist.  Come back soon.

Search Me and Hendrickje

Posted in cats, drawing on October 19, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Hendrickje

Hendrickje

I’m happy to announce that my listing now shows up when my name or blog site is searched on Google!

Above are some sketches I did of a cat I had that I named after Rembrandt’s common-law wife, Hendrickje Stoffels.  Nobody could pronounce the cat’s name, and after a while even I started to just call her “Scootie”.  The sketches are done in sepia ink with brush and pen.

Quericus rubris

Posted in drawing on October 13, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio

 

 

Red Oak Leaves With Acorns

Red Oak Leaves With Acorns

 

Quericus rubris, or the Red Oak tree, has beautiful leaves that turn a brilliant orange-red in the Autumn.  I have one of these trees in my front yard, and drew this picture of its leaves and acorns with dark brown Conte highlighted with white on toned paper.

Sepia Ink Drawing

Posted in drawing, still life with tags , , on October 13, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
sweetgum

Sweetgum

This is a Sepia Ink drawing I did many years ago of some Sweetgum ball seed pods.  I used to pick them up when we went on family visits to East Texas to visit my aunt.  She had a lot of different kinds of trees on her land and I would go exploring through the Pine thickets of East Texas and collect specimens.   These sweetgum seed pods are prickly and spiny, with seeds rattling on the inside.  They remind me of the artwork of Bosch or Bruegel or Durer…very medieval looking.

 

Saffie

Posted in cats, watercolor on October 7, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Saffie

Saffie

This is a watercolor of my beautiful Saffron.  She is a shelter cat.  I think I’ve written about her before, but I’ll mention again that she has one blue eye and one green eye, and she is quite the “diva”.  When I went to the shelter to pick out a cat to adopt, I didn’t hesitate a minute after seeing her.  The guy at the shelter didn’t even require a waiting period…they had picked her up off of  the street and she was filthy and covered with fleas, and starving.  Such a beauty, and nobody wanted her.  Well, she is well fed and cared for now.

You might notice she posed for my painting of  “Vermeer’s Cat (Cat With a Pearl Earring) that I used in my blog banner.  I didn’t portray her multiple color eyes in that painting, though.

Another Portrait of Mom

Posted in portrait on October 4, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
Mother

Mother

This is another portrait I did of my mom.  I wanted to paint something of her in a more traditional style.  It measures 18″ x 24″.

Now For Something Completely Different

Posted in Uncategorized, watercolor on October 3, 2010 by Chambers Art Studio
The Possum Fairy

The Possum Fairy

The Bunny Fairy

The Bunny Fairy

Ladybug At Home

Ladybug At Home

Here are some children’s book type illustrations I did a while back, before returning to studio painting.  If you are scratching your head over “The Possum Fairy”, well, make up your own story…it was the middle of the night when I came up with the idea.  I’ll post more of these later.

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