Monday, January 19, 2009

Recent Works / Snow Tonight!

It has been extremely busy at work and when you work full time and have a family it is sometimes hard to work on your art like you want to. I haven't taken the time to post recently but I have completed a few things.

The first is an ATC (Artist Trading Card) for an exchange on a forum I belong to. The theme was the new year and after turning over many ideas I thought of the Chinese calendar. A little internet research revealed that 2009 was the year of the Ox so I decided to work with that. The first Ox I tried was a realistic representation but it didn't seem to work out that well so I went with a cartoon version. It didn't take very long to complete and although not a work of art I thought it was cute and decided to send it to my trading partner. I received my card from my partner and I felt kind of bad because theirs was very detailed and intricate and obviously took a lot of time. Mine took less than an hour to complete. Well, that is the fun of a trade, you never know what you will get and you are always surprised. My partner liked their card so that is what is important.

Year of the Ox (ATC)

By: Lori Talbert


I also completed a couple of OSWOAs (Original Small Work of Art) that I haven't posted yet. The first was a still life that I had originally done as a digital work. It came out very well in digital but not quite as well in this version. Some parts of it I am pleased with such as the glass vase the flowers are in.

Still Life with Flowers

By: Lori Talbert


I also revisited the cardinal sitting on the fence and completed another version of it as an OSWOA.

Cardinal 2
By: Lori Talbert

All works are in colored pencil on bristol board. The ATC is 2.5 x 3.5 inches and the OSWOAs are 4 x 6 inches. I am thinking about another larger work in graphite probably 8 x 10 and am turning over a couple of ideas in my mind.

On another note the weather forecast is calling for 1-3 inches of snow tonight and early tomorrow morning. That probably doesn't sound like a lot to many of you but here in our part of North Carolina we sometimes go all winter without any snow at all. If we get bad weather during the winter it is usually freezing rain or sleet which is no fun at all. When we do have snow virtually everything closes down as we see it so rarely southerners do not know how to drive in it and slip and slide all over the roads. I have a 4-wheel drive but I usually stay home as well because the 4-wheel drive does not guarantee that someone will not slide into me! My son is extremely excited! When he was almost 2 years old we had a whopping 13 inches in one night! We were without power or telephone for practically a week but he doesn't remember that. He will soon be 11 and has only had enough snow in his life (since the 13 inches) that he remembers to build two snowmen. He is hoping for the 3 inches so maybe he can build one.


Jan said...

Your cards are really nice, Lori. I am not that fond of snow but am glad that your son should get enough to build his snowman! We have over 3" right now and it's still coming down heavily!

twincedar said...

Thanks Jan. I like the picture of the snowfall on your blog. I took a few but I haven't downloaded them yet.

Teresa said...

Hope your son was able to build a BIG snowman!

Good for you on getting your cards out... I'm behind on my trade and trying madly to catch up. I do love doing the ATC's... such great practice and you get to explore a wide range of subjects.

twincedar said...

Thanks Teresa. Unfortunately the snow was light and dry and didn't pack well enough for a snowman. However he did make a few snowballs and had a lot of fun!

Laure Ferlita said...

Looks like you and your son have been having fun - just with different mediums! Love the ATC and small works (especially the cardinal).

As to snow, don't know a thing about it, but I can tell you the water in my bird bath has been frozen SOLID the last two mornings - and this is in FLORIDA! LOL!