Cake the Cat

•January 10, 2019 • 1 Comment

Oil painting for a lovely human who lost her kitty recently. Progress as I worked on this randomly.

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Thursday Group at the Hungerford December 20th & 27th, 2018

•December 29, 2018 • Leave a Comment

I really liked the pose that Rina took for this one. I went out to my car to get a little bigger canvas so that I could paint the entire pose instead of focusing just on her face.

First Session

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Second Session

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Overall I would have preferred of I would have had her take up more of the canvas. It’s possible that I could have even horizontally formatted it. I ran into a lot of new problems trying to work this small. There were some things that I was happy with and some things that I would do differently.

As always, it is worth the time and the effort. My painting and mixing abilities are improving and I am more willing to take risks in what I am doing. I am no where near comfortable with this and from what I hear you never really get comfortable working from life. That’s okay too. I like being outside of my comfort zone and I like learning new things.

Tattoo Update December 2018

•December 20, 2018 • 1 Comment

Fresh peony on my friend Michelle.

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Healed poppies on my friend Michelle.

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Hanuman. I can not tell you how much I love being given the opportunity to make a tattoo like this for someone who truly understands the time commitment involved in a piece this complicated and detailed. I love this piece.

He healed it well and I have no doubt he will take care of it and it will look amazing for a lifetime.

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Super honored to make this Strawberry Critter based on my personal artwork.

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Don’t piss off this mermaid.

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Finish of the thigh tattoo on an old friend. Based on the artwork of Ben Newman. I apologize if this piece offends you. It amuses me terribly.

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Watercolor style Rochester Flower tattoo for a wonderful young lady who happens to have the perfect skin for this sort of project. This would not work on just anyone.

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Added background to the bunnies. Bunnies are based on the artwork of April Coppini and were tattooed with her permission.

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Jen’s shoulder project keeps growing….

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Super fun Punisher tattoo!

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Adding color onto Casey’s frontpiece.

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I can’t even begin to tell you how much I love this bunny tattoo. Things that I love… bunnies and tasty snacks! How can you go wrong? Super excited that Erin came to me with this super fun project.

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Robert asked me to make this Mystery Machine a while ago as a surprise for his daughter. They like to watch Scooby Doo together. I mistakenly referred to this as a little tattoo while I was making it. I apologize again for that Robert. I generally think of any tattoo I can finish in one session as being little. 🙂

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Tiger eyes. I have seen a lot of versions of this particular tattoo and I actually have never made one. Top photo is un-edited. Bottom photo is edited to be similar to the reference photo he had brought me.

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I had a last minute cancellation and very shortly after that cancellation came in I received a request to squeeze a young lady in for her first tattoo. This is a memorial piece for her Grandfather. I was very glad we were able to accommodate her scheduling.

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Spike and Tom on a forearm. There will be angel and devil Jerrys added later.SpikeandTom

Another session on Rob’s sleeve. Added the turtle into his underarm/armpit. Probably one more session will finish up that last space on the arm. Then to see where he goes next.

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Constantly Making Stuff

•December 19, 2018 • 1 Comment

Here is some of the stuff that I have been working on since I was here last:

Once again was able to participate in the Perry Chalk Festival:

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Started to add wings to this piece that I began from life at the Thursday group.

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Went to the beach with my friend Deb. We visited, snacked, watched the world go by and played with watercolors. Some things were learned. We need to do it again when it is nice out again.

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Piece that I submitted for the Canvas Project. I was given the word “Netizen”. This was a weird project that I have never heard anything else on. I was supposed to get an exchanged piece of art and I think a book with all of the art in it. So far nothing.

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I think that I may have posted this when I originally finished it… but it was on my camera roll again. I think that it was damaged and I had to do some repair painting to it so it may look a bit different. Maybe not. Here it is again anyhow.

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Started this as a drawing from an email that I received. Person who emailed me vanished. Feel like this isn’t where I would have gone with this one left completely to my own devices. It also isn’t what they were looking for. I want to do more with it. When the inspiration strikes… we shall see where it goes. Right now it is in a weird un-inspired limbo.

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Portrait I made for someone for reasons.

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Framed and ready to be hung.

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I may have gotten stuck in the Apple Store for an entire fucking day. This may be a traumatic memory that I may not want to recall or speak of. If this thing happened I may have kept myself from completely losing my mind by using one of their sample iPads with ProCreate to draw some stuff. If this happened it would look exactly like this.

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I have a thing for dead birds. Yes, I know how creepy that sounds… but in my defense I follow @deadbirdsaresexy on Instagram and that sounds creepier. Neither really are. We don’t “like” dead birds in that way. If that’s how you take it… that’s on you.

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starting the Fairy Kitty painting:

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Clearly inspired by Bugs’ Opera Episode…

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Went out and tried my hand at “landscape” painting. This is an old abandoned train round house. It was a really cool space with graffiti and all the grunge. Still not sure how I feel about painting landscapes, but this was a great experience and I’m really glad that I went. This is oil on paper.

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I started this in Hell City. There was some sort of major malfunction with the purple in the background and it took a super ridiculously long time to dry. No idea what happened.  I may have mixed an old tube of water soluble oil with regular oil or something? No idea, but it finally was dry enough to go back into again.

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The kitties are constantly wanting to help me paint. Sometimes they look pretty judge-y while doing so.

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Working on the fairy kitty.

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Working on the dead bird…

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Drawing from life at Steve Carpenter’s Studio. Not sure how long I spent on this one. Had started out with watercolors and was really not feeling it. Switched to pencils and was much happier with the outcome.

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More randomness coming soon.

Thursday Art Group 092018 & 092718

•December 18, 2018 • 3 Comments

Painted from life. Art group without a name that meets Thursday afternoons at the Rochester Art Club space in the Hungerford Building. Oil painting humans from life has been a really productive (and sometimes humbling experience).

First session:

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Second session:

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This one I was really pleased with in a lot of ways. I can always see things that I would improve and things that I would do differently – but I feel like this one was successful and thus far has not been put on the fence. Spring may change that, but for now no fence.

Thursday Art Group 120618 & 121318

•December 18, 2018 • 1 Comment

Regular Thursday group at the Hungerford (the one I constantly refer to as the Art Group without a name). I did find out this week that we actually have a name. It is horribly awkward and I honestly can’t remember it. The model suggested that we call ourselves “Afternoon Delight”. Most of us figured that our spouses would not find that amusing.

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This looks more like the model here. Mia1206184 Started to lose the likeness again at this point.Mia1206185 Decided it must be that eye’s fault.Mia1206186 Continued struggling with the drawing and the placement of that eye. I think her head was tipped down more than I was drawing it and that is why the features looked off. This was as far as I had gotten by the end of the session. Mia1206187 Not thrilled with it… but not horrible.

Then on the way back to the shop I had to slam on the brakes and my backpack flew off the seat and across the painting.

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Oops.

Tried to paint it back in some on my own and develop the background some… but without any photo reference I didn’t want to push it.

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Next session:

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In the end I was not overly thrilled with this one. I found myself trying to incorporate some of the things that I had picked up at Steve’s, which is good. I did not however ever feel like I had captured her likeness or gotten the drawing correct. It very well may be a case of me being overly critical as many people knew who it was right away and a couple of people told me that I captured her likeness.

Keep pushing. Keep learning. Keep growing.

I do think it is a nice painting. It just isn’t where I want to be yet. In all honesty, it’s possible I may never get to where I want to be. I think like most artists I continue to improve my eye and so the goal keeps moving further away. When I look at the work I was doing a year ago I see a lot of problems that I couldn’t see when I made them.

I’m still inspired and I will keep working on it. That’s what we are here for.

 


When I went to post this it popped up back to the first photo. I realized the fact that I was able to pull this painting out of that drawing says a lot.

Drawlloween 2018

•December 13, 2018 • 1 Comment

I do love the Drawlloween prompts. They get me back into the swing of Daily Drawings. In the previous years when I have participated in Drawlloween I have followed the official prompt list.

This year I wasn’t super excited about the prompts.

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I poked around on the internet looking for an alternative and was all ready to follow the Inktober prompts even though I don’t work in ink.

Then I came across Mab’s Drawlloween Club. I don’t know why Mab decided that she had to have her very own Drawlloween Club, but I am glad that she did. I much preferred her choice for the prompts.

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Day 1 – Witch

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Day 2 – Black Cat

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Day 3 – Cryptid

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Day 4 – Mushroom

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Day 5 – Laboratory

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Day 6 – Ghost

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Day 7 – Haunted Object

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Day 8 – Yokai

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Day 9 – Spider Baby

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Day 10 – Lagoon (Creature)

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Day 11 – Bat

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Day 12 – Vampire

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Day 13 – Grave/Coffin

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Day 14 – Skeleton

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Day 15 – Owl

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Day 16 – Goblin

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Day 17 – Werewolf

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Day 18 – Rats

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Day 19 – Seance

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Day 20 – Serpent

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Day 21 – Alien

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Day 22 – Pumpkin

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Day 23 – Monster

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Day 24 – Hunter’s Moon

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Day 25 – Dark Forest

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Day 26 – Toad

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Day 27 – Swamp Thing

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Day 28 – Raven

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Day 29 – Mary Shelley

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Day 30 – Bride

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Day 31 – Frankenstein

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I would definitely like to play along with one of the groups again next year. A bunch of these are on RedBubble already. If you are looking for one of them that isn’t you can always reach out to me directly at justteejay@gmail.com and if I have a good scan I can add it for you.

Thank you everyone for your support and visiting my “virtual ‘fridge”!