Hello dear friends!
Welcome to my first blog post on my new website. Thanks for coming! I intend to use this blog as a place to share random thoughts, updates on my artwork, recount weekend adventures and maybe tell a joke or two (I'll try to keep that to a minimum). I’m no virgin to blogging. I abandoned an older blog years ago when it started to feel like too much of a chore. Spending hours forming thoughtful posts each week was incredibly time consuming and I didn’t feel the benefits outweighed the disadvantages. Ultimately, though, I regret having given up on something that I did really loved doing. Above all, I've really missed writing. I truly hope that I can keep up on this one. I certainly can promise to try! And on that note, let’s begin with blog post number one:
Never say it’s too late to teach an old dog new tricks (me being the old dog in this scenario). I’ve come a long way since art school. I went to the University of Oregon for oil painting with the intention of becoming a fine artist. I didn’t take a single course in digital art or multi-media. I was dedicated to the hands-on approach when it came to art making. I stuck with that intention for another 13 years (holy cow, I can’t believe I graduated that long ago!). Until recently, I sort of scoffed at digital art, sticking my snobby nose up at almost anything created using a computer program. Not that I don’t think it lacks skill or talent, but more of a soul that was always missing for me. There's something that I will always find irreplaceable about making art by hand. It's a certain human connection that's recognizable and often lost when you create a piece solely using computer graphics. I guess I can be stubborn and a little old school sometimes. Well some things are (finally) about to change. I’ve been teaching myself how to color my drawings digitally in photoshop. I’ve found a technique that I am quite drawn to. Starting with a shaded pencil drawing I make by hand and scanning it in to the computer, I then continue to complete the work by coloring it digitally. I’ve been enjoying it so much, in fact, that I’ve bought a Wacom tablet and am impatiently awaiting it’s arrival in my mailbox. I can't wait to free myself from the mouse and truly unlock my digital drawing potential!
Below you can see my most recent attempt at this brand new (to me) art form.
I hope this is the beginning of a very beautiful friendship. I promise not to abandon the hands-on approach to art. Watercolors will continue to remain my favorite method of expressing myself. But as I finally step into the 21st century digital world, I hope to attract a more diverse set of clients, therefore continuing to do what I love as my full time job. Onwards and upwards, as they say!