July News

First, happy Independence Day! Hope you had a good one. Mine was spread across 2 days — I threw an ice cream float party for people at work on the 4th and went to a concert & fireworks on the 5th. (If you’re looking for a refreshing alternative to a root beer float, try an orange float — orange soda with vanilla ice cream and/or orange sherbet.)

Second, I’ve made a few changes to streamline this website & make navigation a little easier. The first change you might notice is the sidebar menu. It’s now shorter and has interactive options. Every menu item on the left is a link to its own page; several of them also display sub-pages when you mouse over them. I’ve also changed a few pages names, which I think will be clearer for people navigating the site: 

  • “For ‘Sail'” is now “Ship Shop.”
    • I’m in the process of making a subpage for art sales. The main Ship Shop page will be for books, note cards, etc.
    • I researched more about monetizing my website and adding e-commerce functions (shopping cart, check out), but at this time, it still makes more sense for me to keep it as is. If anyone wants to purchase something, just contact me. Payment can be completed through PayPal & check (or cash if we’re in person). 
  • “Port of Call” is now “Home Port.”
    • This change is to make the home page more apparent. Plus, as much as I enjoy the mystique and adventure of  the phrase “port of call,” as far as definitions go, “home port” makes more sense. 
  • “Otaku Corner” (basically a landing point for anime conventions) is now “Comics Corner.”
    • Fans of anime & manga will recognize the term otaku, but “Comics Corner” is more understandable to a wider audience. (“Otaku Corner” was a working title until I came up with something better anyhow.) Bonus points for alliteration.

I’m making some changes to individual pages as well. Some sport a nifty function to hide & show text. Next time I’ll share a little bit about how I put together an art show for a huge community event my workplace gave on Sunday.

Gallery & Goats

Good news from a budding artist-entrepreneur: I’ve just been approved to sell work on Artfinder.com. Artfinder is a gallery/sales hub that links fine artists with international customers including businesses and collectors. I think it will be a good venue for dispersing the nudes I’ve amassed from years of figure studies. Eventually I hope to design a sales gallery directly on Draws the Eventide, too.

Here is the link to my AF shop (also listed on my contact page):

http://www.artfinder.com/genevieve-bergeson

It also delights me to announce that the illustrations for Do You Have a Pebble in Your Pocket? have been digitized and therefore are truly finally complete. The author does not have set publishing plans, but meanwhile, enjoy this preview. (The left piece has now appeared in three main stages in this log: sketch, wash, and final painting.)

Alice’s Advancements in Painterland

Hello, everyone, especially the recent subscribers–thanks for your interest and support!

The Alice Moran painting is starting to come together. There is still quite a bit to do, of course–adding details, repainting parts of the sky & water, unifying some of the colors and values–but at least it feels like it is moving towards completion (rather than an amorphous “What do I do next?” state). Here are a couple photos showing some of the changes since the last major Alice update. The first two are close-ups of the stack; the third is a more developed version of the whole painting (as of a few days ago). Since then I have crisped up some edging, smoothed out some surfaces, and added more details.

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I liked the texture and coloration of the wash (think of that as a wet, loosely applied base layer of color that you paint over to achieve different effects) of the stack enough that for a little while I did not want to paint over it at all. But on its own, it did not match the rest of the painting, so I rolled up my sleeves and slathered more paint on top, leaving a little showing through.

A few other notes before I draw this entry to a close:

Just as I used peach colors in the sky of the M. Moran painting to match the walls in the room where it hangs, I am trying to use similar blues to the big armchair that this painting will hang near.

And if you ever want to compare the M. Moran painting (or read a bit about it), it’s still viewable here: http://www.drawstheeventide.com/tug-home-port/.

Alternatively you can go to the Captain’s Log (accessible from the sidebar) and scroll down.

Also, I’ve been updating things around Draws the Eventide. As you explore, you may notice a few differences, for instance, that the “Pet Portraits” portfolio is now “Animal Art.” It’s still quite small but now includes a couple more pieces that are also in other sections of the website. But there will be more in it one day!

If you would ever like a drawing or painting done of one of your pets (or people friends and family), do let me know! I would be glad to create something for you!

Terry Treble in Print!

Good news! Last night, I spoke with Bill Hermanson of MusicLearningCommunity.com, who picked up the long-awaited prints of Terry Treble Music Adventures on Monday. Once the MLC site is updated to include purchasing information for Books 1 & 2, I’ll add a link to Draws the Eventide. Stay tuned.

Also, in case you haven’t explored this site within the past few weeks, you might sally over to the Art Portal. I added two new sections:

 

Rhyme & Season

The snow and sun in Elsah shine whilst I have art to fill the time.

You may have noticed that literary devices occasionally make appearances in the Captain’s Log. This week’s adventures are brought to you by rhymes. (Two weeks ago, it was alliteration.)

Boats
I started a painting of the M. Moran, a sea-going tugboat. The image is based on (a photocopy of) an old newspaper photograph, or rather, part of a photograph, since the stern of the tug is cut off. (At least I assume it is a colorized photograph; it looks like an old tinted poster or postcard but does not have the same graphic quality. At some point, I’d like look into it and learn about printing press graphics.) At one time, the M. Moran (designed by my great uncle) was one of the most powerful tugboats in the world. It traveled between Korea and the continental United States, stopping only in Hawaii.

Goats
As I practice drawing goats for my latest illustration commission, Do You Have a Pebble in Your Pocket?, a counting book for very young children, I am discovering how much goats, despite being ungulates, resemble dogs in certain respects, not exclusively a penchant for chewing.

Quotes
More accurately, quotation marks, which make regular appearances in the fantasy/science-fiction novel I am editing for an acquaintance. 7 chapters down, 15 to go.

Notes
A divertimento from visual art — music notes. (Not a surprise, given rehearsals and practice, plus playing the Chapel carillon before church & before hymn sing this past Sunday.) Again, when MusicLearningCommunity sends word about the Terry Treble print run, I’ll post information about purchasing Terry books 1 & 2.

Coats
We may soon abandon them — today was a tropical 30-40 degrees! Also, over the next couple of weeks, I intend to upload more art — flora, fauna, and merry weather* — to Draws the Eventide. I’ll include concept sketches from my ongoing projects so you can get a tiny taste of what’s developing (beyond general progress reports).

*Any Sleeping Beauty fans in the audience? Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather are the three good fairies in Disney’s take on the classic fairy tale. Merry weather would also eliminate the need for coats.