I was recently chatting about my art, and I mentioned I occasionally took commissions and showed my work.
Most of the time when I tell someone I am an artist the response is “My friend or relative is an artist too.”
I usually request to be put in touch to see their work and do some networking with other artists.
But an even happier response is, “Can you make some art for me? I will give you money” and that is usually how I land happy commission like this one of Lou and Julie.
These two versions I will present to my client and hear if they capture the spirits of her animal friends. If so, I will collect the remaining fee [a deposit was paid before I started] and if not, I will collect feedback and do another version so that I know it is just right.
These two dogs are best friends and Lou is the elder. I really enjoyed the feel of charcoal on vellum and when I finished I sprayed them with Krylon clear coat as a fixative.
My paintings are still hanging in Serenity Day Spa and Salon in Grover Beach. I love seeing them whenever I head out to Grover Beach. When my friend Michelle was visiting us in Los Osos, we took her and Stephen to see my art hanging in person.
It was so encouraging to hear her talk about my work and admire the way my brush’s strokes looked like blue sky shining through tree leaves in Lace Leaves and the way that the horizon drops away so your eye floats through the clouds and the tension of being tethered to the atmosphere before the expanse and majesty of the sparkling silver stars in Silver Lining. She commented that my work is more intriguing in person and I know it, because of the reflective paints I use that don’t photograph well.
I recently was gifted a spirograph, which I absolutely love. I like making the circles in each pattern, and watching the pattern appear. I have been using the circle wheels until my pen ran dry. I am going to experiment with pens. I want a nice dark line that applies smoothly and doesn’t puddle or spot (when the pen leaves white spots in its wake I have to fix it in Procreate). My pen did both but for what I had, its nib fit in the Spirograph discs so I used it anyways. Mine is vintage, and from the looks of the ugly bulky colored not clear plastic modern ones, I am very lucky to have it. I guess parents don’t want toys that come with dozens of tiny push pins. I don’t blame them; Jeremy has already punctured his thumb after picking up what he thought was a small green bead off the floor.
My Super Spirograph set comes with a little cardboard surface. I lay out my paper – I like more than one layer of paper so my pen doesn’t fall in a pin hole and puncture my paper. Then I pick the larger shape and pin it to the cardboard. This is the one the circle will spiral inside or around.
Then the circular wheel, with pen shaped holes spiraled around the disc. These are where the pen goes in and turn the gear. Its a little bit of a steampunk craft, with the little gears revolving around a shape and laying down a pattern.
(edited to add: my friend Alan let me know my previous link was not working and adds, “Caveat: the device above is not recommended for small apartments or those with nervous cats…” Ha! 😀 )
Have you ever heard of the Spirograph nebula IC 418? It is so named because its patterns are complex and lovely, too.
I import the spirograph designs into my digital illustration app, ‘Procreate’ and edit away the texture of the paper. Then, I transform the drawing from pen and ink to black and white, suitable for creating custom brushes in Procreate.
Come join in on the festivities and tour our newly opened Day Spa and Salon and check out what local art work we have on display! This month we are hosting 4 artists from Arroyo Grande, Pismo Beach and Los Osos!
Have the opportunity to enter into a drawing to win free services provided at the salon and day spa. We will be drawing 23 tickets for a variety of services and for 3 fine art prints (4×6) of your choice from artist Katana Leigh!
Music, Finger Food, Wine, Beer and Beverages will be provided! Come join us to celebrate our new shop and just enjoy the night!
Hope to see you there! From the staff at Serenity Day Spa and Salon
Look at these two Hibiscus flowers – one done in oil pastel, the other in watercolor:
Today I did still life studies of Hibiscus Flower again, like yesterday. Painting Hibiscus Flower in watercolor makes a big difference between today’s flowers and yesterday’s oil pastel flowers. The marks and shapes change with the medium and give the flowers a different flavour.
Hibiscus Flower studies in watercolor.
Painting something many times is like memorizing a song; you start to know how the light falls and can paint it later, from memory.
Vibrant reds and oranges contrast with cool purple.
Skies & Spirals – portfolio art book by Katana Leigh DuFour
The opening page, a detail from one of my paintings in my new art portfolio book.
Plein air watercolor waves in San Diego.
Plein air paintings – love that emerald green.
Neon goth girl drawings – linework.
Digitally illustrated Tattoo designs – Nagini Angel and Lotus Pinup.
Chicks With Guns – Autumn Reeser and Red Heart.
Spiral Smoke and Detail.
Starry Dancer and detail of Pendulum Moon.
Acrylic painting and detail “San Diego Surf”
Lunicke Moon and detail of the northern lights wash.
All Come Enchanted and Spiral in the Stars.
End of the road, end of the book.
I just got my art portfolio book that I ordered from Shutterfly at a super reasonable price – it has a glossy hardcover and is filled with images of my artwork from my art portfolio.
So I have to give a good review about Shutterfly’s Photo Books – this is gorgeous, it does justice to my artwork, the pictures look sharp in real life, even though taking photos of photos in a photo book doesn’t quite work out as well.
This set was just completed and unified into a triptych. There are three canvas panels that feature the dark black purplish night sky; one is the hand swinging the pendulum moon, showing the lunar cycles, while another features a figure meditating on the heart sun- the glowing feeling of love that is like the sun of the solar system. Behind the figure, the sun and the moon form an abstracted yin yang symbol.
I am so proud of Lisa and Mindy Elgert, proud owners of Cana Vines Winery – I am sure Lisa’s dad must be so proud from his happy view in heaven. I am super honored that they chose me to paint two large murals for them and even more delighted to hear that I warranted a mention in this wonderful article that was recently published, “Cana Vines Dream Now a Reality.” I can’t wait to taste their wine and toast to their happy future.