Last week, I decided rather spontaneously, to have a surprise Give-Away to the 100th ‘Liker’ of our Facebook Page for Our House Of Joyful Noise. The unsuspecting ‘Lucky Liker’, Tammy N., got a happy surprise, and I had so much fun doing it! I’ve decided that using our Facebook Page, when announcing having such Give-Aways, and sharing other random tidbits, photos, and inside-info, is the way to go!! SO…..if you haven’t ‘Liked’ our Facebook Page yet, you might want to do that riiiiiight now. Or else, you’ll be missing out. (It just means, you’ll see us in your Facebook feed, and you’ll be in the know, with things not necessarily here on the blog. It’s fun! Please join us. Buttons are in the sidebar.… Read More
I used to be pretty good at watercolor painting, back when my days consisted more of illustrating than photography. Oh, I was never, ever nearly as good as I wanted to be. But I am even further from my painting aspirations now!
My struggle with watercolor painting has never been about lack of brush control. It’s seemed like it’s been more about too much of it! The style of my art has always been realism. To create an image and make it as real as possible. Before turning more and more to the art of photography, I had spent many years doing 100′s of large commissioned pencil portraits of people, using photos as a reference. Often times, the portraits also included many symbols and items that spoke of that subjects personality and what mattered to them…..very much like my portrait photography work today. With every illustrated piece of work, I struggled to let that portrait go, until the subject looked like they were truly right there looking at you.… Read More