Meet Sassy Mae!

IMG_20160221_150918625Sassy Mae

Graphite on Bristol Smooth

I giggled the whole time I drew this sweet little portrait.  Those ears….those wrinkles….those bulging eyes!  I mean, seriously?   What’s not to love!

I treasure each experience when drawing these little love bugs…But this experience was different.  I smiled like a complete goof ball every minute I was at the drawing table and quite frankly I was sad when it was over.  I dunno, it just made me happy.

Unfortunately,  she has passed over the Rainbow Bridge but the owners loved their tribute to remind them what joy she brought to their life.

And that my friends is what its all about!

I hope you guys have a great week!

Be Well and Happy!

scan0001

Extra Protection When Posting Your Art

Owl 2015I belong to a few on line groups and over the years I have heard some horror stories about artists getting their images stolen on line.  It almost makes you afraid to post anything these days for fear of being ripped off.  An artist can watermark their name across the whole image and somehow thieves find a way to photo shop it out and display it as their own. (If they only used their powers for good, huh?)  

The way I see it we only have two choices:  One to post and the other not to.  Personally, I like seeing all the beautiful art in the blogosphere and I love sharing my art.  Its scary knowing that there is no full proof way to protect yourself before the art gets stolen.   But we can after… and have been doing something to protect my work if it gets stolen.  Now as far as I know no body wants it, lol….but you never know!

Over the past couple of years I have been embedding stuff  with in my drawings that can’t be cropped out like my signature or a traditional watermark.  I mean it could be anything, a word, a symbol, a tiny picture, just anything your heart desires.  But it has to blend in using the same medium and so discreet that no one knows it is there, but you have to be able to find it.  I use to embed different things, but it was just getting too hard to remember what I did where, so now I use the same thing over and over.  Say, for example you are working in acrylic and you chose a heart to embed in your art.  So you paint a hidden heart in your painting.  Sounds easy, but it is pretty hard to do.  Because although it can’t be found by anyone at the same time it has to be proven intentional when it is found.

The owl above is embedded (and no I won’t tell you what or where it is, lol).  It is completely obvious to me but I welcome you to try and find it.  Enlarge the picture as large as you want…I bet you won’t find it 🙂

I hope you guys find this helpful and that you all have a great weekend and wonderful week!

What do you do to protect your work?

Be Well and Happy!  

scan0001

Same Blog, New Look, New Name…

Hello Everybody!

I guess you noticed that I updated the look of my blog. It is a lot different from the orange paisley, isn’t it?  I enjoyed the old look, but it was a little busy and kind of clashed when I posted art work. I really like this new one. It plain, straight forward and I hope you like it too and find it easier to navigate.
What may not be too noticeable is that my blog is now cjottaway.com. No, I do not go by C.J. but it is how I sign my artwork and I thought it would be appropriate and easier to find if I changed everything to my art signature.

The reasoning behind my signature:
My Dad is an artist and this is as close to his signature as I could get considering my last name is different and that is why I kept the J. after him as well. My Dad is very talented and I am extremely proud of him.  He is so supportive and has helped me a lot in learning to draw and I think this is a good way to honor him.  It doesn’t hurt that I love him to pieces as well 🙂

I hope this finds everyone having a great weekend. Here, the weather is cold but we are enjoying some sunny skies. It’s still a little too cold for my liking but at least it is pretty when I look out of the window from my warm house.
I hope you guys are staying warm as well!

Be Well and Happy!
scan0001

Uhhh…Happy New Year?

brothers

Brothers

Graphite on Bristol Smooth, photo from Wet Canvas

This has been one crazy year.  It’s been scary, difficult, awesome and life changing.  Starting a career in your late 40’s is pretty daggone daunting (especially after being a house mouse for the last 10 years).  But I’m getting the hang of being out there again, and I am meeting some great people.   The downside of all this that I have been M.I.A. on my blog and art in general.

I am hoping to get on some kind a schedule.  I am at a point  where my life is running me and I am not running my life.   But there are people that work full time and still manage to find time for art and blogging.  And I will be one of them…eventually.  I guess in a nutshell, I just wanted you to know that I am not giving up my blog and I haven’t quit drawing or painting.

Now on with the drawing,  This thing was a beast to draw and I thought about throwing it away a hundred times. If you draw and paint, you know about the ugly stages and how you are suppose to work through those ugly stages.  But I was so frustrated.  Those ugly stages were fighting and clawing and just didn’t want to leave.  Even though the photo quality isn’t that great, in real life this is one of my better pieces and I am so glad that I didn’t give up.

So, How long are you willing to work through the ugly stages?

Be Well and Happy!

Owl

Owl 2015

Owl

Acrylic on 6 x 8 in. canvas

Hello!

     It has been so long since I have blogged that I don’t know where to start….So, I guess I will begin with the painting.

     This fluffy friend has been on my board since October and it finally completed and sold!  To be fair, I stopped and  put it away a lot but I didn’t struggle getting this completed which is very unusual for me, huh?

     This subject and on this scale is perfect for beginning acrylic artists, because it is basically two circles and a triangle. Give it a go!

Where I’ve been?

    I got a job in October and quit said job in January, lol.  I just didn’t like it.  So, I decided to go to Real Estate School.  Then, after studying for a trillion hours I passed my State and National exam!!!! Now, I am with a Company and waiting for my license so I can get this ball rolling.

   Everything has gotten so chaotic that it has been hard to find time for art.  But I hope things will get back to normal soon.  Take Care!

Be Well and Happy!

Still Here…

image
Things aren’t going too great on the art front I’m afraid. It seems that I have forgotten how to paint.  I have spent hours on 2 separate canvases and both ended up in the garbage.  So it is back to the drawing board for me and time to dig out some old  acrylic books.  I will admit that I am more than a little frustrated considering they were big art pieces.  I guess it is all in the experience. (A glass half full thing.)

I have been reading a little Art History and instead of Realism,  maybe I should give Impressionism a go 🙂

Since  visiting the National Gallery of Art,  I have been absolutely enthralled with Impressionism.  My love began with the piece by John Singer Sargent entitled “Repose”.  And then there was Monet, Manet, Pissarro, Renoir….I could on about these Masters of capturing light and darkness.  I have always appreciated art, but being in front of the actual work, the actual piece that they laid their very hands on almost brought me to tears and made my heart hurt.  But what I found very strange is that I didn’t care for the work of Degas  and I only liked one of Van Gogh’s pieces and that was “Starry Night”.

Although, I do love Monet’s work, I found  piece entitled “Death Bed” disturbing .  Death Bed is Monet’s wife as she lay dying.  And it bothers me.  It angers me.  His wife lays there probably in pain, scared and alone.  While he sits across the room and paints her!  Wow! he should win husband of the year!

In the book, it talks about how much Monet loved his wife.  He may, I’m not the Great Judge, but he had to have loved painting more.  He was a great Artist though and I am doubly glad David is not an Artist….he does golf though…..

Be Well and Happy!

Checking In…

Just for my benefit let’s pretend that there is a picture of a piece of art or at least  W.I.P. LOL

I don’t know if you would classify my life as of  late blog worthy, or exciting but it’s all I got and I don’t like being M.I.A. for long periods of time. So I thought I would check in and say HI! and fill you in on recent events.

❤ In September, I was the make up artist at the wedding of my  youngest niece.  I had a lot of fun and was extremely honored to be a part of such a special day.  For a bride to trust her face with you on one of the most important days of her life? I was touched.  The day was beautiful and made even more beautiful when I was able to spend some time with my sweetie, Alana.

My goodness, I miss my girl so much and I feel like I have this huge chunk cut out of me.   As a parent, I guess this is the sort of thing that we sign up for but man, it’s hard.  On the other hand, she is having such a good time coming in to her own and who doesn’t want that for their child.  I am trying to suck it up and I am certainly not going to lay in the middle of the road, but it’s a sad adjustment.

“Thank You God for Skype!”

❤  I have few short-term goals and personal situations that have me pretty stymied.

#1.) …..

#2.)  I’m in serious need of time management.  Yes, I am one of those girls who writes it down old school.  Now, I don’t write down,

12:00 /  Take Break

12:15 /  Pee

but  I have so many things in my life that I love doing.   I refuse to give anything up for the sake of anything else.  I just need to figure out how to have it all.

#3.)  Yep, saved the best for last.  Finally!  I have come up with 2 sets of series paintings that I want to do.  One is still an idea, but the other is ready to go, if I can figure out the scale.  Do I want to paint it on large canvas or smaller for prints?  Or two versions of the same painting?  Unless I do both sizes I will be limited either way, huh.  I have no idea if these pieces will be for competition, sale, show or print.  See what I mean?  I still have way  too many unanswered questions… (which is why you get to look at a sentence instead of art at the beginning of my post) but I guess this is a good problem to have.

I know this post, like most of my posts kept you on the edge of your seat.    If you stuck it out to the end then you are truly my BFF4L 🙂

Be Well and Happy