Greetings, blog readers!

I’m still working on the painting of “Bird Boy” (see previous post for value sketch).  Much to my relief painting is getting easier and faster as I work out a process, and the painting is looking pretty good so far.   However I will refrain from posting the progress because it is in a terribly awkward place where the figure has no eyes or hair yet and bears an uncomfortable resemblance to an underdeveloped fetus.  No, don’t worry, I’ll spare you.

While doing some housework today I happened across one of the sketches I did for a painting demonstration back in February.  I’m pretty happy with this one.  My model, once again, is my dear roommate Jeremy, he just has such good features – that and he is the only person I have access to at 10pm when I need to shoot reference.

I think that is about all for now.  Back to paint, paint, painting!

Oh, and if you’re looking for a new artist to check out, here is one of my favorites, Pete Ferguson.  He’s a fantastic painter and an inspiration to me.  Also, a cool guy. Enjoy, my friends!

Lookie Here!

Salutations!

I’ve been a bit lax about my weekly posting.  Whoops.

Here’s the latest piece I’ve been working on, it’s for my own story about a boy who turns into a bird so he can be with the moon (he happens to be in love with the moon. sweet, I know).  Being a particularly creative individual I address him simply as “Bird Boy” so far.  I’ve been sitting on this sketch for months and I’m very excited to be starting the final after so long.  Funny story, the line drawing doesn’t look anything like my roommate, who posed as my model, but the b&w study does.  Hilarious.  OK, maybe not.

I’ve got big dreams for a show in about a year.  Millie will hopefully be in it with me, she’s started turning out some cool new stuff, too!  Stay tuned, viewers!

All images (c) April Kuhn 2010.  Obviously.

Progress

Well, hi!

I’m trying to stay on top of the blogging and art aspects of my life, while simultaneously trying to get everything else in my life together as well.  Ambitious, I know.

Here is the first one week assignment I’ve given myself.  I’ve really taken a liking to pretty designs involving circles and I have a deep love of nature which I’ve never really expressed. This is simply a post card featuring an oak leaf and acorns (obviously).  Figuring out my process in oils is getting easier, which made this piece a lot more fun to work on.

Tomorrow a new sketch is due, I’ve made up a list for the next two months, some assignments are pieces I already have in the works, others are new ideas.  I still have to decide which concept I want to do, so we’ll just have to wait and see what I post tomorrow.

Other art nonsense.  I’ve decided that I want to have a show, most likely in a year (since I just decided on this and I’m no where near ready) and I think I’ve successfully roped my friend Millie and possibly my roomie Jeremy into it as well.  This is actually what spurred me into starting my intense regime of weekly assignments (though in comparison to college and I expect some aspects of the real world this is not so intense).  Well, off to bed, will be updating tomorrow with a sketch.

Much love.

all artwork copyright April Kuhn 2010

Say what now?

Oh, hi!  It’s been awhile.  Did you miss me?  I know I did.

Just a short post, I want to put up a sketch / work in progress photo of something little I’m working on now.  It’s a personal piece, oak leaves and acorns, I like nature ❤  Part of the 1 week assignments that my friend Millie and I have decided to team up and do in an attempt to get our mayhem and foolishness together, this will be due next Monday the 24th.   These should hopefully prove helpful to me because I’m going back to painting in oils after using acrylics to create all of my senior porfoilo last year.  Just gotta work the kinks out of the process.  More stuff to come VERY soon.

Also in the works: brand new website!  Whoohoo!

Much love,

April

Edit:  Oh hi! another wip shot…pardon the terrible quality.

Senior Thesis

Well, this past Sunday (March 29th) was the reception and award ceremony for my senior thesis show called the ELY. It was a fantastic show, I didn’t place in the competition, but I wasn’t expecting to and I am THRILLED for everyone who did place. I love the work I’m doing this semester, it’s just difficult to stay on top of things.

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I’ve been getting really great feedback about my thesis, every comment means so much to me.  ❤

Contrary to popular belief, things will not be easier from here on out, now is time to bang out some amazing pieces and get my portfolio together.  A tough job, but must be done.

2008…for lack of a better title

I have mixed feelings about this year.  Good and bad things have happened, but in essence I feel it has been a year of stress and frustration that is leaving a bad taste in my mouth.  However that bad taste could be the fact that I spent the entirity of Chistmas day sick to my stomach…to put it lightly.  Merry flippin’ Chirstmas.

School was tough this semester, I’m not gonna lie.  It took me a long time to fall in line and my perception of myself being boarderline perfect was shattered.  I always thought I worked hard enough and that my work would fall in line and be good eventually…but I still got an intervention and some tough love from my teachers.  I am now thankful for it, my work has grown in leaps and bounds in two months and I am a much better artist.

My senior thesis is coming along quite well.  I’ve chosen to do the Greek tale “Cupid and Psyche” set in Victorian England and as a children’s book.  Whoot.  Here is the second piece in a series of four, it is the bookcover, all painted (including type) in acrylic paint on Illustration board.

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Apart from the things that have sucked about this year, ya know, my lack of money, the economic meltdown and a few other things, I’m thankful for the people and things I have.  I pray for a good 2009 and thank all the people in my life who have blessed me with their love and kindness. ❤

Here’s some more art…pre-intervention.

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I have also discovered this amazing Illustrator, P.J. Lynch, and now own two of his books “Gift of the Magi” and “A Christmas Carol”.  His work is beautiful.

http://www.pjlynchgallery.com/

http://pjlynchgallery.blogspot.com/

This piece of poetry was meant to do harm

Started school this week.  I’m feeling pretty good about it, a lot of the fears have subsided (perhaps prematurely).  Earl has already helped set me in a good direction of self discovery and I love his first assignment, a self portrait poem and piece.

I suck at poetry.  Well, I can write some well enough, but as far as reading and interpreting…not so much.  As far as I’m concerned, to be good at it you should be able to read it and write it well.  In conclusion I do suck at poetry.  I wrote my self portrait poem yesterday in a diner after a decent amount of research (self reflection and reading of short poems, most about death <3).

I had a weird dream last night about my father and found a poem in my head.  Here it is.

I dreamt I fought
to save my father from wolves
In a forest in autumn.
His limp body
Like a giant infant in the leaves
Helpless.
Logic said to leave him
What father was he anyway?
Still I pulled in vain
Knowing
The wolves would come anyway.

Now to do sketches.  I’ll be posting once things get underway.

“Even villains are…

…the heroes of their own story

The good news is, I finally found a job. Thank Jeebus, it’s about time. I’ve decided that should I ever wind up with kids I will make them get a relatively crappy job involving a cash register while they are in high school just so when they go to college, they can get a crappy job to help support them during the summer and even school months. I know I’m certainly regretting not having said crappy job, it’s been a blooming nightmare trying to find a way to support myself this summer. Gah. Anyway, yes, I am a bartender now, whoot. It’s fun, I love the people and my bar/restaurant is super cute and snazzy.

Down to business: Art. I’m a horrible person, I’m in a funk and struggling to get out of it. I haven’t done a serious finished piece all summer and I spent the whole damn day trying to draw but can’t, at least from my imagination.

I finally buckled down and drew a self portrait. It came out pretty decent for being in a funk, vine charcoal, black and white conte crayon on cardboard.

I’ve decided that I draw from life best on large format and in charcoal or like media. My nerves are starting to get the best of me because senior year is right around the corner and I still don’t know how I want to work/have a set style or WTF I’ll do for my Ely (senior thesis). Having my artistic engine stalling right now does NOT help.

Here’s a random sketch-a-doodle a did a little while ago, just so I can upload artwork. Sorry for the HORRIBLE image, one can only do so much with Mac Photobooth. Yes, it’s sad.

I did a little work on my bartending piece, the colors still leave MUCH to be desired, but for the sake of updating, I’ll post the progress.

In short, I’m a hot mess.

Close your eyes and shoot

I’m trying very hard to get my life back on track, my financial situation is unbelievably bad, and now I’m waiting for my bartending resume to get approved before I’m able to go out and job hunt.

Speaking of getting things back on track, this applies to my art life, too.  I’m finally getting to those “Thank You” cards (OMFG I’M A HORRIBLE PERSON FOR TAKING SO LONG).  Hopefully this project won’t have to be stalled again, I’m running out of key oil colors (like WHITE) and as stated previously, I’m kinda screwed money-wise.  However, here’s a little glimpse of a work in progress of one of the cards. My apologies for the shotty image, I have to use the camera on my laptop to post photos, I find it rather comical.

Enough of this negative hoobabagoo, life is full of blessings.  My landlord finally OKed the replacement of the kitchen cabinets in my house, thanks to some very nice maintenance men advocating on Jeremy and my behalf <3.  My friends make me laugh to the point of hysteria on a daily basis, and I’m finally living life close to the way I want to.  And listening to “Day-O” by Harry Belafonte can make everything bad go away.

Apparently there was a holiday

I spent most of yesterday drawing, and in no way shape or form did I formally celebrate the holiday, other than making burgers with Jeremy (my darling roommate). It felt really good to hemmoriage art, so to speak, I just felt so exhausted from the day before (by the way, I passed my bartending exam, whoot for being a certified mixologist/enabler of my alcoholic friends). It was the most stressful 20 minutes ever, sort of.

Milie is doing a super cute comic about my whole bartending experience, but she needs me to describe what my exam was like. Yesterday I decided to do one better and draw it for her. So that occupied a hunk of my time, though it is still far from finished.

Last night I got itching to start designing my next tattoo, and in the process I came up with a doodle that I inked with my nibs (I love my pens and nibs), took a SUPER horrible photo of using photobooth on my mac, and cleaned up in Photoshop.

That’s it for now, I need to do serious art…NOW.