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More Sketching

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I decided I would redesign "feel the spirit". I wanted to change the background some. I kept the idea of a Native American mermaid in a canoe. I love water and trees. I grew up in a log house in the woods and we owned river front property, so I got to swim and play at the river a lot. I guess this is why I love drawing mermaids.





This is the 2011 version of "Feel the Spirit".

New Sketches

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After doing updates on my website, I've decided to work on remaking some older pieces. Some of these are 5"x7" works. Because of my chronic health problems, it will make it a little more easier to work on simple pieces. Plus I won't have to think to much about color schemes, because I will most likely use the same colors as before.
I've been thinking a lot about sketching. I have read about some artist sketching everyday. Whether it's for 15 minutes or a hr. I would love to get into this habit, but I know it's not possible at this time in my life. I know it would help me to hone my drawing skills more.

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It's been a very long time since I posted anything on this blog. I've been battle my health still and when I'm not doing that I've been working on private art projects for friends of mine. I finally got done with them and now I'm working on getting ready for a spring show and I'm working on my website. I'm learning more CSS codes. I added a drop down menu to my website and I'm working on a mobile version of it. I was going to move the site back to Weebly, but Weebly's been having a lot of bugs and whenever I make changes to the code it is fine for awhile, then the website goes black. So I'm finding it's not going to be worth it. So I'm working on moving my portfolio and email back to my main website. My blog will be moved here to blogger. This will not effect hollydurrart.com, because I'm just changing where the links will be directed.

This Summer I hope to get the help I need to get my health back on track. I've bee…

Spring Newsletter

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It's been a long time since I last post on this blog. I've been battling with my health for months now. At times it's been very discouraging. The one major blessing out of it, is I feel like trying anything and everything new with art. I finally dived into acrylic painting. I also have been wood burning a little. I got a bunch of supplies for sculpting, which I still need to get a few more things, before I start. There's still a lot of things I want to do, like oil painting and pebeo art. I want to eventually do handmade jewelry. I just don't mean regular jewelry like you see everyone else doing. I would like to design or sculpt the pendents. Right now I'm having a lot of fun with painting blank wooden frames with mermaid, fairy, and other fantasy themes. This one to the right is in my personal collection. I'm working on two right now. A unicorn theme for my daughter and dragon theme for my son. The kids are very excited and enjoy watching me work on them. …

Life and Art

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Life:
Once again I'm battling my health and it's a lot more serious than before. For now I do not want to go into it. I'm just praying about it, waiting on the lord and praying for a healing.

A lot has happened since I last posted. My Father in-law passed. It was a shock, because it happened so fast. Then a little over a week ago, my Mother in-law's boyfriend passed away. There has been so much death in the family over the past few years. I'm ready for a break from all of it, but I know there is no choice in the matter.

Art:
I've been working on a project, off and on when I'm not battling my health. I'm only about 50% through it. It is different from my other works and I will be doing a lot of my future projects this way. I've learned a lot of new colored pencil techniques over the last couple of years. I'm really starting to add them into my works. I'm sorta leaning away from the heavy paintery style with mixed mediums, and wanting my work t…

May News Letter Updates

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I've been very busy the last couple of weeks working on line art for digital stamps and coloring pages. I have decided to offer these from my website. There are so many marketplaces to sell online, but the downside is they keep changing their policies, prices and looks of the shops. I really thought long and hard about where I want to sell my work. I know it's going to be much harder to sell them from my website, because I won't have the exposure that the online markets have. However, I'm going to keep my art at two online marketplace and that's Store Envy and Zazzle. The shops are free, so there is no monthly bill for it. I most likely will not offer my digital goods at store envy, because they have partner with a company and the price is a little to steep for me right now.

Untitled Mermaid

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Well I'm finally getting back into the grove of things. This is my newest painting I just completed recently. I used over 60 colored pencil and 40 neocolors to complete it. I'm becoming more comfortable with neocolors. They do have there limits. I'm sure the more I use them the more I'll understand them. I haven't come up with a name for this painting yet. I concentrate so much on it, that I actually forgot to think of a name. It will be available for sale later on. I still need to seal it and maybe matt and frame it.

My art has change some over the years. I wanted to add more contrast and make more art that was bold in colors. I've finally accomplished it, but I've found out though it is bittersweet. It takes a lot longer to make art. I will have to charge more for originals. I get tired and loose interest halfway's through a painting. It is a lot more challenging! While working on it I loose my way and I'm not sure the painting will turn out. But…