Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Storm Comin'


     I'm used to, by now, putting my artwork out into the world for people to view and possibly comment on. With the exception of my blog posts, it's rare that I share my writing. I need to get over it. I did this little illustration to go with a writing exercise I did for the writing prompt: Explain lightning to a five year old.

STORM COMIN'

      Close your eyes, child. Can you smell the rain? It’s comin’. 
      Shhhh. Hush now. Listen to the thunder boomin’ in the distance. It’ll be here soon.
      See how dark the sky is over that field? That’s the backdrop for the show.
      Now pick up your things and let’s move inside the house. We can watch everything from Grandma’s picture window.
     Let’s turn this chair 'round so we’re facin' out front. Come on up here on Grandma’s lap. There now. All cozy? 
     Look at it comin’. See how the rain is fallin’ in the distance? Look at it pour! That’s what you call buckets ‘o rain. Ever hear of it rainin’ cats and dogs? Well that right there is lions and wolves comin’ at us. Are you ready? Don’t be frightened, Baby. We’re all safe inside here.
     Oh my! That’s what you call lightning. Did you see that? That was a beauty! I just love the way lightning snakes and sizzles its way down through the sky like that. All that energy can’t just come down in one beam of light. It breaks out of that one beam and jaggedy jumps in all kinds of directions.
     Oh! There’s another! 
     Listen. Let’s count. One . . . two . . . three . . . four. . . Hear that? That’s the thunder come followin’ that lightning. The less numbers you can reach, the closer the storm is gettin’.
     Haha! That one was beautiful! Let’s count. One . . . two . . . thr . . . Ooooo! It’s almost upon us. Close your eyes again. 
     Listen. 
     There. 
     Grandma loves the sound of rain dancin' on the roof, and me knowin’ I’m safe and dry, and God out there real close, waterin’ my garden and givin’ drinks to those in need.
     Oh my! I think we both jumped! Haha! This is a good show isn’t it? Grandma sure does love a storm. Can’t think of anyone else I’d rather be enjoyin’ this show with either.
     What do you think?
     Hmmm?
     Child?
     Awe, Sweetheart. You just go right on sleepin’.  Grandma’s got you right here. All safe and dry.
     

Thursday, April 13, 2017

"Ashley the Great" in color


Here she is!
     I don't know if I did this in a true grisaille style because I felt more like I was painting over the black and white rather than just glazing colors over the top. Oh well. I think she turned out really well and once she is dry and I am able to varnish and frame she will be on her way to Cuba to her parents' house.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Spring

     
     It's almost this time of year! My eyes are on my lilac bush and I intend to appreciate every last blossom this year. I intend to make bouquets and bring them into my house and sit and just breathe. 
     I did a piece very similar to this about 3 years ago when I was participating on a website called Illustration Friday The word prompt for the week was LUSH and below is my old submission. 


I wish everyone a Happy Easter!

For anyone checking out this blog on a regular basis, I'm nearly done with the portrait of my great-granddaughter and will probably post it by the end of the week.


Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Ashley the Great

I haven't posted for a couple of weeks because we have been in Cuba! This is a portrait of my great-grandaughter (yes! a perk of marrying an older man - he made me a great-grandmother. Look at her! I'll take it.)
When I got back and started going through my photos I was a little overwhelmed with where to start. So many beautiful images! So I pulled out this photo of her:

 and did this quick pencil sketch in my sketchbook:

And I thought it might make a nice little portrait.
The technique I'm using is called grisaille. I used only black and white paint. Once this bottom layer dries I'm going to glaze some colors over the top of it. My fingers are crossed that it turns out. I don't want to ruin what I've already done. I promise to post the result here in a week or two.

I also want to share the portrait I painted, over ten years ago, of her father.
He was 10 years old when I last saw him (prior to this visit). I thought he was a wonderful and affectionate boy and he has grown into an amazing young man, willing to pose for me under a palm tree on the same beach. 

And . . . one last photo for this post (I'm sure I'll be posting more of Cuba as I work on paintings.) Probably my favorite of the whole trip. 
Me and my grandson.




Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Irish Roots


     It won't be long now until we leave for a large family vacation to my husband's native land, Cuba. This is something that we've been planning for months. I've been reading in Spanish, speaking Spanish, eating Cuban food, listening to Cuban music, saving money for Cuba, and buying gifts to take to Cuba. It's going to be an awesome trip to see family and hopefully explore a little more of that incredibly gorgeous island, (I was there once before in 2006) but for goodness sake! I have roots too! And not all of them are gray. Happy St. Patrick's Day to all and especially everyone whose name starts with an Mc or an O'.

Your's Truly,
 the former, Tracy McGlinch.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Dress Up

Dress up
I seem to have a very strong desire to "perfect" this image. It is my fourth attempt at working on the idea.
For most of my adult life I've painted realistically. I always said I couldn't draw from my imagination if my life depended on it. If it wasn't set up in front of me to view, I couldn't get it on paper. When people wanted me on their Pictionary team I warned them that my drawing skills would be no better than anyone else's. And I was correct.
But I've always wanted to illustrate children's books and knew that unless I worked on the skill of drawing from my imagination, I would never be able to come close to making that a reality.
In 2011 my step-daughter Ashley (my personal cheerleader) bought me a sketch-a-day book for Christmas. That little book started to change everything for me. On March 4 2012 I drew this image in that sketchbook for the Illustration Friday word of the week - INTENTION: (Well, at least she had good intentions)
first girl dress-up
I was pretty proud of it at the time and thought "Hey! Now I can be of benefit to a Pictionary team!
Almost exactly a year later I felt that I had improved my skills and could do a much better version. I did this one for the Illustration Friday word of the week - PROTEST (the fish was definitely protesting).
Protest
And in 2015 I felt like an absolute expert and decided I could do so much better. Here's that one:
INTENTION
So there you have it.  The top image is where I am after 5 years of drawing while relying heavily on my imagination. I certainly use reference material in my process, but to be able to have done the top image 5 years ago I would have needed a little girl model, a happy dog, a curious cat (one that would allow me to put clothes on it and then pose nicely), and a fish that I would have had to put through way too much trama.
Have we all seen the last attempt of this image?
Probably not.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Victorian Tea

   
     There is something about this site for posting a blog that I like better than the new site I'm working on. So even though the last post here was called "Last Post Here" . . . it's not.

     This is a piece done for the SVS Learn class https://svslearn.com/ called "Draw 50 Things"     https://svslearn.com/classDetail/-KbmllbZT5dO6dI-6NGc

     The challenge was to do a complex piece incorporating 50 separate and identifiable items. I've been working on it for about 30 hours and it's done for now. I may pull it back out in a few months and see what I might do differently, but for now I'm very satisfied. Thanks, Will Terry!

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Last Post Here

     This will probably be one of my last posts on this site. Thanks, in very large part, to the help of my step-daughter and her husband, I have a new home at tracyonoz.com and you can go directly to today's art blog here: https://tracyonoz.com/2017/01/18/seahorses/
     We just spent a week visiting in Vegas and traveling to Pacific Beach for the weekend where we were photo bombed by our waitress. That's me in the bottom right corner, my daughter Louisa behind me, my husband Henry, the waitress, Alonzo my son-in-law and and doing the selfie honors with the camera is my step-daughter Ashley, who made our visit crazy-amazing and memorable!
     I took many photos on the trip that I plan to turn into artwork, so if you're interested in seeing them, click on over to the new place and follow me. Thanks!


Wednesday, January 11, 2017

WINTER


I've been working on illustrations for the four seasons and here's how WINTER is progressing. I started it in acrylics (below)


and that is where I will (before the end of the month) finish it. I like the more painterly look of the original but I turned to my digital paint program to work out some of the details. 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Sleepy


When a kid is sleepy but DOES NOT want to go to bed.
This is a practice piece and makes numbers 15 and 16 of 100 somethings.