Saturday, September 29, 2007
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
I'm back at home after my fourth weekend in a row out-of-town. My life is usually of the home-body variety, but we've just had an usually active month. This past Saturday night, I had the pleasure of attending the Bosque Conservatory Art Classic show in Clifton, TX. The pleasure was greatly enhanced by getting to see my 20-year-old daughter, Allison, win second place in the drawing division of the competition. It's a mother's right to brag, so I can say that Allison is an extremely talented young western artist - you can see her artwork at http://www.allisoncantrell.com/. The Conservatory Art Classic show was very impressive. I had seen the works accepted to the show online before we went (click here to see the show online), but I've got to tell you, the online images don't do a good job of reflecting the quality of this show. If you get a chance, do see this exhibit in person.
Above is my daily painting from yesterday - I should say "nightly" because I did this one last night after we returned from Texas. I'm teaching a one-day colored pencil workshop next Saturday and this was a little setup that I did in preparation for that workshop. Although I had already done the still life in colored pencil, last night I decided to do it in oils as well. It seems there should be some benefit in doing the same still life in different mediums, but as I was finishing up last night at about 11:15, after a 10 hour drive back from Texas, I just couldn't quite figure out what it was.
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
I think I know something of what those momma elephants must feel when they finally deliver the baby and end that two-year pregnancy. This one hasn't actually been on the drawing table for two years, but it has felt like it at times. At any rate, I finished it last night, and since I haven't painted yet this week, I thought that I'd post this colored pencil drawing. It's back to the brushes today after I take this puppy to the framer's. I have a show coming up in October and this is the last colored pencil work that I needed to go in that show. Yes - it is cutting it a little close since this is mid-September, but I work best when under pressure...
Monday, September 10, 2007
Chocolate/Vanilla Donut Pair
Copyright 2007 Sheila Cantrell
I'm back from a very fun weekend in Hot Springs. My daughter (Allison) and I, along with a good friend of mine and Allison's future mother-in-law, attended the opening reception and awards ceremony of the Diamond National Juried Exhibit at the Fine Arts Center of Hot Springs. Awards were broken out into three divisions - watercolor, 3-D, and "oils and other mediums". Allison's graphite drawing "Spin to the Left" won second place in the "Oils and other" category, and my colored pencil drawing "November Roses" won first place in that same category. Needless to say that made a fun night out with the girls all the better!
Posted today are two little donut paintings that I did last Thursday. I liked the "yin and yang" idea of the chocolate and vanilla donuts, so I decided to do them similarly on two separate canvases as a little diptych and list them on ebay together.