Representational landscape painter specializing in aspen trees and forests. Her chosen medium is oil, with variety of brushwork, thick and thin, loose and detailed. It gives her the opportunity to portray the breadth and scale of nature.
On January 30th I painted in a live painting tournament called ArtBattle. There are two rounds with six artists who have 20 minutes to create the best work they can. As they work, patrons move around the easels, closely watching the creative process. At the end of the round, the audience votes for their favorite painting. The top two from each round continues onto the final round.
Well I didn't make it to the final round. I would have needed to bring a voting entourage with me, and perhaps paint a better painting. All the works were up for silent auction during and the evening.
To prepare myself for this war of paint and brushes, I did some sketches on canvas paper and also two 18 x 24s (which is the size of the canvas for the event). I've listed all my practice pieces for auction. The small 12 x 9s are listed on DailyPaintworks for $10 start bids and the large pieces are on Ebay.
I cannot believe it, I have agreed to participate in a ... battle! Phoenix's first Art Battle! It is a live "painting" competition: 12 artists (probably all tatooed, pierced, and stoned) create whatever they can on a canvas using acrylics within a 20-minute round of public humiliation. Six artists compete in Round 1, another six in Round 2, and the top two artists, one from each round, go into the third and final fight to beat each other to death -- not really, just to spoil another canvas. The crowd throws tomatoes at the competitors and votes for the winners. The third round determines the grand champion. Oh my, I already need a drink. Please come and cheer for this gladiator!
When: January 30, 2018
Where: Cactus Jack's, 4747 E. Elliot Road Phoenix, AZ Time: 7:30 PM to 11:00 PM Price: $25; Early bird $20; Student $15
Ideas often come late at night. Over the summer I visited a neighboring farm and asked to take photos of their horses. When you're out on a photo shoot, there is not necessarily a composition you are specifically trying to acheive. And with live subjects, such as horses, you basically just take as many photos as possible and hope you get something you can use later.
I was lucky to get all three horses in this intimate pose, and knew when I was reviewing my shots that I wanted to eventually paint them in this position. I also liked the field patterns in the scene. It was daylight when I took these shots, but a few days ago I started pondering creating a nocturn out of this reference (three different photos actually). So with this idea in mind, I did a quick oil sketch using colors I imagined would exist in the night. If I decide to enlarge this into a studio piece, I think a title such as Midnight Meeting might be fun.
I also experimented with a time lapse video. Here is the link to my FB page with the 3 minute video:
"Nancy, I absolutely love it! Truly love it! Thanks so much. I really loved working with you. It could not have been a better experience!
Thank you so much. It is so lovely!"
I just finished a commission and thought I'd share the process with you.
One morning I received a phone call, a woman wanted a painting of the Mogollon Rim as an anniversary gift for her husband. The rim was a very special place for them, and she wanted him to be able to take the painting with him while he is stationed overseas. We chatted about the process and she sent me some photos of the rim she and her husband had taken when they used to live in AZ and frequented the rim area. I emailed her my price list so she could select the size she wanted that fit her budget (and the need for it to me taken overseas easily).
She selected a size and made a deposit for the painting. I then took a road trip with our littlest one to take my own reference photos, sketch, and enjoy a picnic.
After the trip, I sat down and drew multiple thumbnail compositions, in grayscale, for the client to select the final composition.
From the selected composition, I painted a to-scale oil sketch in color. The oil sketch is on canvas paper and ~ one quarter of the final size.
After approval of the oil sketch's color scheme, I began the final painting on an 11 x 14 linen panel. As I progressed, I would email her progress shots to keep her in the loop and make sure she is happy and informed along the way.
Once I completed the painting to my satisfaction, I emailed her an image of the final painting for her approval. She is very happy with the painting and the entire process. Now, I wait for the painting to be dry enough to varnish, wait for the varnish to be dry, and ship it to her. One of the things I like to do with my commissions, is let the client title the work. This one's title is still pending and she may even wait to title it together with her husband after she presents it to him. Such a sweet anniversary gift that will last forever. :)