Category Archives: graphite

Cape Escape 3 x 3

Once again I find myself getting inspired while away on vacation in the Cape. Maybe it’s because I had a chance to relax or maybe its because I was able to see A LOT of art. Either way it makes me happy.

First we stopped off at the Heritage Museum where they had a great exhibition showcasing three generations of The Wyeth Family. I was familiar with some of the works but had no idea how talented each family member was. The show focused on N.C, Andrew and Jamie Wyeth. I definitely recommend looking at their work. Each had their own voice but you can absolutely see how their work influenced each other.

The Second great art experience of the weekend was my visit to the Edward Gorey House. I’ve always been obsessed with his works and we figured why not check this place out for a whopping 8 Dollars! The tour was interesting and I loved just getting a glimpse into his mind via his collections, stories, clothes etc. Needless to say I bought a couple more books he illustrated, The Sopping Thursday and The Doubtful Guest, GREAT reads.

The rest of my time was spent wondering around Provincetown, indulging in bevies and foods and just looking. I mean really looking and taking things in not just walking with my eyes open. There is a difference you know.

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The above was an interpretation of something I saw while running in Dennis. It’s by no means an exact account but it gives a general gist. It was a quick, relaxed sketch I did when I returned home.

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This was an interpretation of the image above! Obviously more pattern inspired but again a good experience. Now to add some serious depth or color blocks and we would be all set.

Enjoy and see you next time.

 

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Not quite 3 x 3 but who is really paying that much attention?

It’s Tayto!  Looking quite dapper if I don’t say so myself and he is Blue. Tayto has a way of staring uncontrollably at a person to the point of awkwardness. Luckily, being that he is a dog its not quite as weird as if the human next to you stared for a solid 5 minutes. Imagine how strange that would be.

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Anyway, he was just sitting so still I decided to sketch him out. Naturally I had a highlighter near by so he became a blue Pomeranian. After sketching Tayto I felt as if he needed a little something, a chair, a pillow, maybe a thrown if he had his way. He acts pretty entitled like a Royal might, really he is just a moody little thing but I love him all the same.

Enjoy and see you next time!

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The 3″ x 3″ Challenge – 1st Post – A fall breeze on a summer day….

A fall breeze on a summer day, probably the most ideal kind of day in my mind. On days like these you can enjoy every moment outside, the early morning peace accompanied by the tweets of birds, the mid day rush of passersby-ers trying to finish up their errands while you sip on a cup of tea and the cool evenings wrapped up in a cozy blanket on the back porch.

When your mind is at peace I actually find it very hard to paint but it is one of the few times I have the time to. I decided a few weeks ago to start painting again. For those who don’t already know there was a serious lull in production but I needed a break after my last challenge. I haven’t decided on all the parameters but currently we have the following…

  • 3″ x 3″ square  image size
  • 7″ x 7″ square canvas size
  • mixed media
  • one day per image

I have not decided on a number of total images or a time frame but maybe I will figure that out eventually. Below are a few of the images I have created thus far.

3" x 3" image 1

© 2015 Calla Grace Fogarty

Backyard Bunnies – inspired by the baby bunnies that took up shelter in my flower bed. I was happy to finally have an opportunity to utilize my own reference photos!

3" x 3" image 2

© 2015 Calla Grace Fogarty

Science/planetary – This was nothing to begin with just a few random shapes. It got a little muddy but at least I got it done.

3" x 3" image 3

© 2015 Calla Grace Fogarty

 Succulents are my favorite! – I know that succulents are only a minor part of this image but its what inspired the piece. Succulents are fantastic. They have the best shape, need hardly any maintenance and have wonderfully vibrant color.

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Three Hundred and Fifty-Four!

This is a sketch was drawn for a painting I painted when I got home from Indiana. The image does not look the same at all but you obviously see the concept, Easter Bunny and Easter Eggs. I kind of liked doing this image because there was not a weight on my shoulders like the paintings carry. Initially drawn in pencil then finished with pen, there was room for error. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Three Hundred and Fifty-Two!

Doodles from Indiana. Went to good old Indiana to visit one of my besties and her new little baby aka. Cricket. Was not exactly in my routine but I was required to produce something during my time there since the trip happened so close to the deadline! Needless to say the image is not exactly to my typical standards but what are you gonna do? It’s fun and whimsical and that is enough for me. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Three Hundred and Twenty Five!

 

 

For those of us that post our artwork online, sometimes it gets really difficult to post for the pure fear of someone stealing your artwork and claiming it to be their own. The more I venture into this illustrative world the harder everything becomes regarding posting. I know that you can copyright things but does that actually do anything, I mean once its on the internet I feel like it’s a free for all. Anyway, I was super happy with the way this image turned out. It started from a tiny sketch of a bird with garland and developed into this fun birthday piece. The colors really work for me here, they are bold and fun and I think would draw a kid right in. I mean think about it a little bird flying around your birthday party hanging decorations? I would lose my mind! Enjoy and see you next time!

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Three Hundred and Ten!

 

 

 

Back to the furry critters. Not entirely sure what prompted the stacking but I went with it. Not too much to discuss, this is really just a study on different variations on position. I hope to eventually put them all together and work on a story line. Enjoy and See you next time.

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Three Hundred!

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OMG, 300 down only 65 more to go before April 2nd, about 45 days. I haven’t been able to get ahead of the 1.5 drawings a day but at least I am currently on track. I find week nights most difficult as the choice between a yummy meal, a good work out, the chance to draw, sleep or just relax becomes pretty tough. Regardless, it is images like this that remind me I need to paint. Above is the full image, its long and skinny like prior post but its my exploration of these furry critters that I enjoy. I tried to give them a story, whether that be the journey through the dark with only a lantern for light or the welcoming sight of a friend at their front door. Below are close-ups of each critter. Let me know your thoughts, I do not get feedback like my days in school so anything would be wonderfully helpful. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Journey through the night (above)

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The Welcoming Friend (above)

 

 

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Two Hundred and Ninety-Seven!

This was another drawing while cooking experience. Honestly, it was meant to be a mouse but it absolutely looks like a rat. Another little sketch, mixed together like a collage. Enjoy and see you next time!

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Two Hundred and Ninety-Six!

These snow storms have forced my weekends to get divided into two categories; shoveling and painting. Alright, that may be a bit of an exaggeration but still I have had the opportunity to get some image done. The image below was absolutely not meant to be anything more than a sketch. I literally drew while making dinner hence the integration of cabbage and fry like shapes. Enjoy and see you next time.

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