Pastel Portrait of Leon-From Start to Finish

My most recent pastel pet portrait is of Leon, a beautiful Australian Shepherd.  The portrait was a wedding gift from my client and her sister to their niece and her husband.  When my client and I met, she brought along photographs and the one we decided on was of Leon sitting between his owners, which also happened to be the wedding invitation.  She said if I needed any more for reference, I could visit the website for their wedding.  Most of the photos on the site were of Leon, so  I knew he had a very special place in their hearts!  Below you will see the progress of the painting from the original charcoal drawing I start with all the way to the finished piece.  The painting is done on 14″ x 11″  tan Ampersand Pastelbord.  Let me know what you think in the comments below.

Charcoal drawing of Leon-Denny Martindale
Original charcoal drawing of Leon
Background, Leon, pastel-Denny Martindale
Background of Leon, pastel

At this point, my client and I agreed to tone the background down a bit more.

Leon in progress 1-Denny Martindale
Starting to add color

Leon in progress 2-Denny Martindale

Leon in progress 3-Denny Martindale

Leon in progress 4-Denny Martindale

Leon in progress 5-Denny MartindaleLeon in progress 7-Denny Martindale

Leon in progress 8-Denny Martindale

Leon in progress 9-Denny Martindale

Leon in progress 10-Denny Martindale
Finished custom pastel pet portrait of Leon, 14″ x 11″, Denny Martindale

Thanks for viewing the progress of Leon, have a blessed day and would love to hear from you!

Art Entertainment

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Martindale Artworks!

New Year 2015
Happy New Year 2015!

If you are an art lover, here are some movies, books and exhibitions you might be interested in.  I have not seen/read all of these, so you may wish to check out the links for more information before attending.  I am only passing these along as entertainment, not advertising for anyone or anything.

1. The younger set might like the animated movie ‘The Painting’ (2011), where the subjects and landscape of an unfinished painting come to life.  You can read more at IMDB.

2. One of the newest films out is titled ‘Big Eyes’ (2014).  It is the story of a husband who involves his wife and her paintings in one of the largest cases of art fraud and how she deals with it.  You can check it out at IMDB too.

3. One of my favorite books, ‘The Rescue Artist’, is about the theft of Edvard Munch’s iconic painting, ‘The Scream’.  It is written by Edward Dolnick and if you can’t find it at your local library, you can check it out at link above.

4. Other IMDB movies about art and artists can be found at the following link: art movies.

5. Exhibitons:

Kimball Art Museum, Ft. Worth, TX- through January 25, 2015: Faces of Impressionism: Portraits from the Musee d’Orsay

MoMA, New York, NY- through February 10, 2015: Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs

The Morgan Library and Museum, New York, NY- through January 25, 2015: Cy Twombly: Treatise on the Veil

Flint Institute of Arts, Flint, MI- through February 22,2015: Cutting It Close

Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, TN- through January 25, 2015: Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy

Various locations now through 2015: The Art of The Brick, featuring the Lego sculptures of Nathan Sawaya.  Yes, you read that correctly, Legos, those little, colorful plastic building blocks!

6. Another book that came out last spring is Self-Portrait: A Cultural History, by art historian and critic James Hall looks to be very good as well.

I hope everyone has a wonderful 2015, may peace fill your world, love fill your heart, and color and wonder fill your life.  God Bless!

 

 

Made to Create

As artists, musicians and other creatives, we often question ourselves and our abilities.  We listen to the voice of the one who is against us and after a while we begin to believe the lie:  “What difference does my art really make?”  I create it, then what?  Even if it sells, it doesn’t change anything.  That is where as creatives and believers we are wrong.  Dead wrong.

Last month along with 20 to 30 other artists, I attended the ‘Made To Create’ workshop given by Deborah Gall of Abide Studio Ministries and hosted by Grace Chapel in Franklin, TN.  It was a wonderful time of worship and learning, all while giving glory to God the Father.

Deborah is completely in touch with God and listening to and doing His word.  She is passionate about reinforcing to the creative person the fact that we as artists were made to create, its in our genes and we are to go about it with purpose, passion, and as artistic warriors.

Made to Create, Denny Martindale,
One of the exercises at the Made to Create workshop

Taking us through a series of exercises over the course of the day, Deborah revealed how the scriptures not only give affirmation to craftsmen, but also command us to use the artistic gifts the Creator has given us to further His kingdom.  She offered scriptures, book references, as well as break out sessions for artists to worship and create in whatever form they desired.  Many painted, some played instruments and/or sang, while still others wrote poetry or in their journals, while another even danced.

Made to Create, Denny Martindale
One of the breakout sessions of free artistic worship

By the end of the day, each of us was filled with the Holy Spirit and a renewed sense of purpose for our art and life itself,.  We were deemed ‘artistic warriors’, and charged with Deborah’s mantra, “If you want to change a culture, change it’s art”.  Sometimes just hearing truth to the fact we are on the right path helps us to take the first steps to making change happen.  Thank you Deborah!

The Big Move, and why I haven’t posted for a while

I truly cannot believe it is post Labor Day already!  This summer has flown by, and as some would say, it goes faster the older you get.  Well, if that is true then I must have aged a lot and quickly!  So, just to bring everyone up to speed, here is a synopsis of the past few months:

For the past few years my husband and I  have been thinking of selling our place.  This was a very difficult decision:  on one hand we loved where we lived, the neighbors, location, the barn we built with my father, uncle, and a good friend, plus the sheer beauty of our property.  On the other hand, life was changing for us, and we had some goals we wanted to meet:  closer to family, a set studio space for my art as my business has been growing and it was taking over the house, garage and barn. So, we decided in 2013 to list our small farm.  We had numerous showings and then in May we did sell.  After nearly a month of rigorous house hunting, we finally found a wonderful place.  It is a little less acreage, is much closer to my folks, brother, and aunt and uncle, the drive for my husband’s work is the same, plus it has a room that is my new studio! 

Barn we built
Barn we built

 

However, we did leave some wonderful friends and neighbors, but we are only in the next county over, so it is not that bad.  We are boarding the horse until we get a barn built here, and there is a wonderful canvas for future flower and vegetable gardens.  I am really looking forward to getting the raspberry canes in again! 

Since moving in during late June, I have painted 4 full sized whiskey barrels, 4 new fox cutouts, a toilet seat lid, plus a huge mural.  My aunt from Michigan was here for two weeks, my cousin from Texas and his son were here for one week, plus we helped put on a surprise anniversary party for my aunt and uncle.  We had to replace the motherboard in the computer, but outside of that the move went quite smooth over all, thanks to our Lord and Savior Jesus!  I believe we are at a place where we are catching our breath once again and moving forward. 

View 1 of studio
View 1 of studio                                                                                                                  
View 2 of studio
View 2 of studio

I have a lot to do to get the studio ready, and I really need to catch up on computer work!  I will post photos and info about the aforementioned art pieces soon.  I hope you and yours have had a fun, safe and memorable summer! 

 

More Geraniums & Ivy

First of all, I am way behind on posts!  Busy but good summer, lot of humidity but up until today, we have been way below normal temps.  Like I said, until today.  We are definitely making up for it.  Now to get off the rabbit trail.

My client that I did the old door for was extremely pleased, and had also dropped off a large metal tub with a lid.  Someone called it an old double boiler, (if you know what it is, I would love to have you post it in the comments!), and it was beat up enough that the lid would just barely sit there, then if you bumped the tub it would fall in.

old metal tub, Denny Martindale
Good side of old metal tub

There were also a few rust spots, some that were pretty stubborn in the bottom.  I cleaned it up and bumped out the dents and actually got the lid where it sits pretty well.  We weren’t really sure what we wanted to do with it, when my client asked if I could put the geraniums and ivy on this piece too.  Once the bonding primer was on, I set to work painting it with latex house paint.

old metal tub, latex house paint
Geranium & Ivy tub

For the handles, lip, and inside of the tub and lid I painted it to look like old metal, maybe a weathered copper or old bronze look.  To complete the work I finished the insides and handles with a couple of coats of spar urethane to help protect against possible scratches, although care should still be taken with it.

 

old metal tub, latex house paint
View of inside of lid
old metal tub, latex house paint
Detail of Geranium & Ivy tub

I was rather pleased with the project as was my client.  Now on to the next project!  Look for the pastel portrait of a tabby cat I am finishing.  I think you will like it!  Happy painting!

 

 

Giving New Life to an Old Door

Old door, paint, decorative paint
Old door awaiting paint

One of my clients runs the High Horizons coffee shop at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky.  It is located in the back at the stadium jumping complex which is a very busy place!  She brought an old door that came from a house that was built in the 1800s and asked if I could paint it a butter yellow with the panels being chalk board paint so they could use it to advertise their specials.  She also asked if I could paint a pot of geraniums with ivy at the bottom on both sides.  I have done flowers in the past, so I said I would give it a try.

 

Old door, paint, decorative paint
Old door with primer

Of course, there is always plenty of priming work to do, such as sanding down the old chalk board paint that was on one side, and removing the hardware which needed cleaning due to not having been removed before, then applying primer.

Old door, paint, decorative paint
Finished door
old door, paint, decorative paint
Detail of geraniums and ivy on old door

I then painted the geraniums and ivy on both sides which completed the door.  Thank you for viewing this rejuvenation project!

 

Painting on a Milk Can

One of my latest painting projects was a milk can.  It was old, with very old black paint on it that was starting to chip and had a tad bit of rust showing.  Once again I was doing the fox hunting theme which I thoroughly enjoy.

Milkcan, acrylic painting, fox hunting
This is the start of the milk can project. The grey paint is the adhesion primer, which will be completely covered in paint.
Milk can , acrylic painting, fox hunting
This is side 1 in progress
milk can, acrylic painting, fox hunting
Detail of side 1 completed
Milk can, acrylic painting, fox hunting
This is side 2 completed. This view shows the finished top.

 

After completing the painting, I placed the milk can in front of our fireplace.  It looked really good there, and I received many complements on it.  Finally, the client came to pick it up and I was sad to see it leave.  I have picked up a milk can of my own, now to get time to work on it!