Just to keep you folks informed of what I have been up to in the world of art and all the events coming your way!
On this site you will find original fine art paintings, custom hand-painted oil whimsical landscapes and classical elegance of the female nude. This website also features information on how to have your own custom painting created. And here in this blog, you will hear me rambling about the creative process and what I've been up to lately.
So besides building this site and working on my house, I've been creating beautiful nude maternity portraits. The past few days I've been exclusively working on one maternity portrait that has a bit of a twist. The twist is a beautiful tatoo of a mermaid.
This portrait was commissioned by a local couple, so I had the priveledge of meeting with them and doing the reference photography in my home studio. This gave me a great oppportunity to see some of the personality of the woman I was painitng.
All of my fine art nudes, including commissioned paintings, are done in several stages. For this piece, I have already built the frame, laid in the plaster that creates the textured background, painted the frame and the plaster and laid in the charcoal sketch. The next part of the process is to etch back into the paint allowing white lines from the plaster to show. this creates the feeling of sculpture within the portrait. I would then add pastel highlights, goldleaf or both as requested. This painting will have the warm glow of gold leaf.
I'm almost finished this portrait that will immortalize the expectant phase of this couple's life and its a great thing too. The baby came a few weeks early (mom and babe are healthy and happy!) and this will be a great reminder of all the excitement they experienced waiting for their little one.
Well, I'm off to keep painting!
I haven't written in a while, because I've been taking a break from painting to work on my house and building this new website of course. We've been doing a little virtual and real world renovating, and though a break from painting always brings me back rejuvenated and ready for more, its not that interesting to anyone else!
What may be interesting is that I was asked to participate in the Nan Go Grannies Chair Affair Auction. The auction has a bit of a twist...the art is all painted on chairs! So here is my entry with one of my landscapes with the swirling skies painted on it.
If you are in the Nanaimo, BC (Vancouver Island, Canada) area and feel like popping by for some fun, frolicing and interesting art, the auction is on at 7:30, May 1st/2010 at the Cavalotti Lodge. For more info you can check out their website at www.nangogrannies.org
It should be a good time... and you may just find the perfect unique chair that was painted just for you!
Well gotta run. I think the hammer is calling my name!
Art Guy / Artist / House Renovator
This is actually the first day for this new site! The previously dated articals have actually been copied from my previous blog site to test out this new blog format and to give you folks some of the back info on what I have been up to as well.
If you have been cruising around my site I hope you have liked what you have seen so far. I am super impressed myself with some of the new features and hopefully you will be able to find your way around easily and effortlessly... if not let me know! If you see little glitches or errors tell me please so I can fix them right away!
There is always something that gets missed when putting a site together.
Speaking of putting sites together... this one has gone so well that I am thinking of building web sites for artists who need to get out there into the web world. I can do it pretty darn affordably too and it is super easy to manage afterwards. You can send me a note if you want to know more about that Here!
Every year people ask if I can do one of my “Happy art” landscapes as a winter scene.
This year I finally did it!
“Starry Night” is a very unusual piece for me, mostly because it incorporates snow. It captures an evening of peace and connection. Starry Night is now available on eBay. If you go there right now it may still be available! Click Here to check it out!
Prints and cards will also be available shortly. I’ll let you know as soon as they are ready. If you are interested in having a print or card of Starry Night" send me a note.
I hope you enjoy looking at "Starry Night" as much as I enjoyed envisioning and painting it.
It appears that it's that time of year again! I'll bet you think, I mean Christmas time, but I don't. I mean crazy-busy painting creation time.
I haven't written in a while so I'm going to tell you a little bit about what I've been up to… just in case you folks have been wondering!
Most of this past year I have been focusing on doing custom commissions for people. It has been a very busy year in that regards as I have also be stepping into doing custom portraits in my classical renaissance style that I do as well.
So if you are waiting around for the perfect piece to just show up online you may be better off just sending me a note to have me create something special just for you… if I haven’t already done so!
For Custom Commission Paintings and Art information go Here or send me a note in my Contact area if you have questions.
The end of October and the beginning of November I was gearing up for Nanaimo’s Downtown Art walk that I participate in every year. That took place in the middle of November. We had piles of people come to our house over the two days of the event. It was a lot of fun and a chance to meet lots of interesting people who live in our area. Next year I’ll be on the ball and send you all invites if you happen to be in the area so you can drop in and check out our little studio/gallery.
The following weekend we took a trip to Ucluelet, which is on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. We went there to visit some friends and bring in some new paintings to the Mark Penney Gallery, which hosts some of my work. We had a lovely visit, and went home with a couple of unexpected puppies that we fostered for about a week and a half before sending them on to new homes.
Throughout the fall I‘ve been working on a new series of abstracted landscapes. The process of creating these paintings is a little messier than my usual oils, so I'm doing it in the basement studio to contain the mess. You can see one of them here.
The abstract series of paintings tend to be slightly more muted than the “Through the Forest” series of whimsical landscapes. If you were hoping to see more of those vibrant paintings, never fear, I have several new creations I’ll be posting on eBay over the next couple of weeks.
I tend to only post small and medium pieces for auction on eBay. But if you are keen on seeing some of my larger works I will be revamping my whole website in the New Year so that I can properly showcase my original works along side my new Gicleé Print Gallery. If you haven’t already checked out my Online Print Gallery go to: http://hoedlartgallery.artistwebsites.com to check it out!
Feel free to drop me a line to ask questions, make comments or just to say “hi!” I am always happy to chat and distract myself from work!
I wish you all the best of the holiday season and I hope you are ready yet another fabulous New Year!
Art Guy - Artist - Farmer
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