100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #9 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?”
#9 Watercolor and Mixed Media
on Yupo

© Holly Herick 2013

© Holly Herick 2013

Please name her. Leave your comments below.

Better yet, follow my blog to get updates and new faces every couple of days.

100 Faces: “What’s Her Name?” #4 Watercolor and Mixed Media on Yupo

On My Way to Painting 100 Faces:
Here is “What’s Her Name?”

© Holly Herick: Watercolor + Mixed Media on Yupo. Face #4

As I start this adventure (about one week now) I have been sharing my faces on facebook and something exciting is happening. People have been suggesting names for my faces—sometimes 100 or more names in the comments. My friends are offering so many excellent names that I have decided to make this part of the theme of my blog. Naming the faces will be a contest. So, here is how it will work. I will post my paintings to facebook and also here on my blog, requesting names on both sites. A name will be awarded from either site to match each face I create.  Once a name is picked I will post the winning name and who suggested it on my facebook page and on my website. If you have a website of your own I will also post that so people can check out what you have a passion for. Please name
face # 4 of  “What’s Her Name.”

What do you think her name should be?
Please leave a comment below.

Follow my blog to keep up with the fun.

100 Faces: A Quick Sketch Project

Sketch Without Fear: 100 Faces

Recently I Took on this project
to loosen up and draw.

Face No. 12 © Holly Herick

Below are some of the 30 second sketches. I set out to sketch 100 faces, but I ran out of paper at about 48 sketches. I drew with a Sharpie® (my favorite is the Ultra Fine Point) so I couldn’t erase. This also helped me to just draw a face and move on to the next.

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I drew faces 2 up on 8.5 x11 inch card stock. I just grabbed old paper samples in any color and texture. The idea is to NOT worry about it—just grab and draw. I started with single line sketches and some of them are my favorites. Most of the sketches are from my imagination. When I got stuck, I opened up my photo library and browsed through old photos so some of the sketches are loosely based on people I know. It made it even more fun to draw while I reminisced old times with family and friends.

Some of the sketches are awful. That is fine. This project is teaching me that not everything I do will be awesome. This is just practice and if I get a number of sketches
I like, I will count it as a bonus.

Face No. 1 © Holly Herick

I did not get photos of the ink drawings of the first eight images I painted with watercolor and acrylic—it would have been nice to document the before and after of the three painted images in this blog. Sorry about that.

This project definitely got me drawing and loosened me up (mind and hand). Each of the faces so far has turned out so different. It is fun to know I have the ability to draw and paint so many different styles.

Face No. 14 © Holly Herick

If you enjoyed my 100 Faces project, I challenge you to try it yourself. Be sure to leave a comment below with a link to your web page or blog so I can see what you created.

Happy sketching with no fear,
Holly Herick

100 Faces is an exercise from “52 creative exercises to make drawing fun” by Carla Sonheim

An update on 100 Faces: A few more faces for you review.

 

 

 

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Finally got the art up on the wall.

It is the little things in life that create success.

I finally got my art up on on the wall, Here are a few photos.

Close ups

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Pinterest Addictions

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Pinterest addictions:

Over the last couple of weeks I have discovered how to use Pinterest. It is a virtual storage system or “Pin-board” for EVERYTHING you are interested in. If you are building a home, having a wedding, planning a party or you just want to file your creative images—Pinterest is for you. Here are a couple of ‘Pinaholic’ quotes that have come to mind lately. If you have not discovered Pinterest, ignore this post—you won’t get any of it. I hope you enjoy.

Hot Guy/Dream home:

I am a Pinaholic:

Dis facebook: What I am doing vs. dreaming of doing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dog ate it:

Storage Locker:

 

Realism:

 

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“Love From Me” book now available

Dear friends, loved ones, and followers:

“Love From Me” is a book of amazing inspirational art compiled to raise money for cancer fighters. I have a page dedicated to my friend Wendy Anderson in it (p. 44). The book is now available for sale. I will not make any money from the sale of the book, my art is donated.

PLEASE follow the link to view the entire book and purchase “Love From Me.” It is a wonderful gift for people fighting the battle against cancer and a great coffee table book—truly inspirational.

“Love From Me”

The Love From Me Project is an extension of the Paws For Charity Art Book Project (pawsforcharity.blogspot.com), and is the 3rd annual Art Book Project compiled and edited by Sara Harley.

The Paws For Charity Art Book Project was started in 2009 and raised funds for breast cancer charity while celebrating the bond we feel for our pets.

This year continues with the Love From Me Project…Inspirational images donated by 61 artists and photographers from many countries. All funds raised from this project are donated to The Rose Fund, c/o the South Shore Regional Hospital in Bridgewater, Nova Scotia, Canada. This is a registered charity to help cancer patients who are facing financial difficulty as a result of dealing with their cancer treatments.
My page dedicated to Wendy:

"Love from Me" compiled by Sara Harley

If you purchase the book or at least view it online, I would love your feedback. Please come back and leave me a comment about the book—or the battle you or your loved one have fought against cancer.

New favorite blog!

Please check out this blog that I am so proud to be a part of. It is amazing that I can help people around the world through my God-given talents and connections. The “Love from Me” project is dedicated to people suffering from cancer. In this blog you will find many artist whom have dedicated their art to friends who have been through cancer. My dedication is to my friend Wendy. “Foxgloves for Wendy” was painted around the time that Wendy fought and died of breast cancer. Here is my page from the book that is being created to honor cancer sufferers.

"Love from Me" by Sara Harley

When it becomes available I will share the link so that you may purchase the book in order to support those whom have suffered in your life.

Dogs for the Deaf dog portraits available soon.

© Holly Herick Design

"Jigsaw" © Holly Herick Design

"Scooter" © Holly Herick Design

"Topher" © Holly Herick Design

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Check out Dogs for the Deaf. It is a great non-profit that trains dogs for the people with hearing disabilities and rescues dogs from around the Northwest and California. Dogs for the Deaf (DFD) resides in Central Point, Oregon. Central Point, Oregon is about 5 miles away from Jacksonville where I live. Dogs for the Deaf is one of my favorite local charities.

Recently, I answered a call for local artists to donate artwork to their cause. Today I was blessed to deliver three dog portraits to Kristine at DFD. Soon the portraits will be available as a set of cards—and possibly more—through DFD. Hopefully my pet portraits will help raise money for a cause I believe in—nothing gives me more joy than to help others.  You may also purchase prints of these three dogs on my Zazzle website: http://www.zazzle.com/hollyherick. (prints coming soon)

If you have never visited Dogs for the Deaf, I urge you to drive on out the the base of the Table Rock Mountains and take a tour. visit the Dogs for the Deaf web page for more information.

If you are interested in having your own pet painted in this style head to Holly Herick Design and contact me. Or send me an email for more details hollyherick@charter.net

Dogs for the Deaf: Scooter

Not even artist get it right the first time. Just know that whatsoever you do, you should not expect perfection. Perfection is overrated. Seriously, nobody likes to be around someone who is always perfect—it makes people nervous. Or at least it makes me personally nervous—I like to be able to make a few mistakes in the process of getting something done. That is how I learn.  Thomas Edison said, “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” So as I paint, I usually create some versions that involve discontent. It is all part of the process though. That’s how one figures it out. Or as I said before, “I like to be able to make a few mistakes in the process.” “Don’t give up when at first you don’t succeed.” Here is some of my “process” for “Scooter,” a Dogs for the Deaf dog in training.

First Painting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just  study of depth of color, shape and composition. This painting took about 15 minutes.

Second Painting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still not successful. I tried to work in orange, yellow, red combo, but it didn’t work. At least I like the composition. Many people think an artist just whips out a sketch or painting, but it is not true for me. Most artists have to practice many hours to create what pleases the eye. I personally have to work for what I want. I am almost embarrassed to post my mistakes, but I want to encourage people to try. Discontent creates progress.

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Finally, I am liking Scooter. The third time is a charm. Well at least I am happy with the third try. Scooter is a “Dogs for the Deaf” dog in training. Check out Dogs for the Deaf. It is a great non-profit that trains Dogs for the Deaf and rescues dogs from around the Northwest and California. Dogs for the Deaf resides in Central Point, Oregon. Central Point, Oregon is about 5 miles away from Jacksonville where I live. Dogs for the Deaf is one of my favorite local charities (along with Habitat for Humanity). Recently, I answered a call for local artists to donate to their cause. I am blessed to be able to donate two paintings so far. “Topher” and “Scooter” will be donated to Dogs for the Deaf for their promotional use. You may also purchase prints of these two dogs on my Zazzle website: http://www.zazzle.com/hollyherick. (prints coming soon) But, if you purchase the cards (eventually—there will be a set of three to five cards) through Dogs for the Deaf, the proceeds will go towards a great cause—Dogs for the Deaf.

Here is the process of “Scooter.”

 

 

 

 

 

After I got a composition that I liked, I used my art table like a light box to trace the layout. I actually put my light under my sketch—under the glass table so I could sketch (like using a light box). Maybe this shows in the photo.

 

 

 

Then I started to under paint the tones of blue.

 

 

 

 

 

A little more tone and shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at my computer and watercolor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost final painting. “Scooter”

I hope this maybe encourages someone to try. Try something even if maybe you are not sure of what the process is. Especially if you can help someone else, or some organization in the process. It will make you feel good, even if you fail the first couple of times…Or maybe even more if you fail at first…

Start your Holiday shopping now.

If you are looking for a custom portrait of your dog, cat, horse, or any pet, you need to plan ahead. An original custom portrait takes about a month to create. From the first contact about the portrait, through planning, sketching, painting, drying, framing and shipping, it takes time. If you want to give a Pet Portrait for Christmas you need to contact me now. Prices start at $225. Sample pet portraits below:

CHONGO

COCO

LUCY

If you can’t afford giving a custom portrait as a gift, consider ordering a print, poster, or set of cards to give as a gift. As I create, I am added my art to my own shop at Zazzle.com. Check it out. Products include, pet portraits, watercolor illustrations of flowers, photography, paintings and more. Items can be ordered in a variety of forms such as, cards, prints, posters, coffee mugs, hats, mouse pads and t-shirts. If there is an image you like and it is not offered in the product line you are looking for just drop me a note and I will create it for you. Fine art prints and posters will be created with archival quality inks and you have the option to have it framed at a reasonable price. Below are samples of some of my card and poster images.

FOXGLOVE

POPPY

ROSE

BLEEDING HEART

I plan on creating a line of cards with historic buildings of Jacksonville. The Pink Church is the first of one.PINK CHURCH, JACKSONVILLE

If you like my style please pass my store link along to a friend. You can also find a link to my Zazzle store on the top right of my blog: PURCHASE MY ART.

“Your Dog Here”

“Your Dog Here” is about a new creative line of paintings I am doing. Commissioned Pet Portraits are so much fun. They capture your pet in a whole new light—fun and whimsical, real but imaginary. This first one is Chongo, my own dog. He is a poodle and shih tzu mix.

CHONGO: Watercolor on Yupo

Chongo was painted with liquid watercolors on “Yupo” paper which is a 100% plastic paper. At first I hated this recycled synthetic paper, but now I am learning to love it. First of all, the paper is not made from a single tree. Cool huh? On the other hand, the paper does not behave like any “tree” paper I have ever used. The paint sits on top of the paper. The pigment does not get absorbed or blend together, so the big problem I am having now is how to frame this art. The paint seems to remain tacky on the Yupo paper.

COCO: Watercolor on Yupo

I am learning to use Yupo paper. Below is my fifth pet portrait on Yupo.

LUCY: Watercolor on Yupo

I will keep experimenting with some fixatives to see if they help the paint set for framing. If you have used Yupo paper or have any ideas on how to set the paint for framing this medium/paper, please let me know. A couple of good photos of your favorite pet are great reference for a portrait. Eye level photos are best for reference and focal point. If you are interested in having a pet portrait created please contact me @ hollyherick@charter.net.

Next up:—Tabitha!

Feedback welcome.

Flowering Quince Art: Artist are painting from my photo. See them all here.

A photo I took on Easter of flowering Quince is being used for Monthly Sketch Project on Ning. MSJ is just a group of artist looking for inspiration and support. Anyone is welcome to join, but you don’t even have to join to participate in my blog. I hope to add links to any participants blog’s. One of my favorite things to do in art is find how many different ways artist will interpret the same thing. Artists styles vary be the medium they use, the style they have developed, and the mood they are in at the time they created the art. Watch with me over the month to see how many people will chose to draw, sketch or paint from this photo. My goal today, among others, is to get started on a watercolor from this inspirational photo today. I will post when I am done.

If you would like to participate you can send me an email with your art image attached (please keep .jpg file size small) and I will post it on my blog. Also, you can post it to your blog and link up to mine. I am working on figuring out how that works so stay tuned for a “McLinky button”

Any level of work is acceptable. Hope to see your work.

Here is my first attempt. It still needs some detail work, shadows and washes. I might just start over, but l like to see the transformation take place. Check back later to see my reworking of the quince flowers.

This morning a worked on shading the flowers and creating more depth. It was hard to decide what approach to take. More practice and experience will definitely help. Helpful critique is always welcome, so if you have any please leave a comment. Below is after I added shading to the flowers and depth to the background.

I sure like this one by Neon Fog, nice composition and sense of light.

This one is by Eva @ To Be Determined.