update!

Wowzers! It’s been over two months since I last posted a blog entry! I cannot believe it.  FOR SHAME! It’s not that I haven’t been working on stuff, although I did take a bit of a break after the Christmas madness.  Since the holiday whirlwind, I’ve been obsessing about wedding crafts (of course I’m making everything I can myself!) And…well, mostly obsessing about the wedding this summer. There will be pinwheels and fabric bunting and mason jars and a pig roast and a Beatles cover band! It’s going to be amazing!

However, I have actually been working on a fun new drawing project that I hope to finish up in a couple of days…here is the rough draft…do you get the reference?

 mstarkweather_eloisesketch

The woman who has commissioned me to do this drawing asked for me to draw her sister and sister’s dog as Eloise and her pup Weenie from the Eloise stories (written in the 1950s by Kay Thompson and illustrated by Hilary Knight.) I tried to reference the original heavily, but put a bit of my own spin on it.  I also wanted to imbue the original image with the character and personality of the subjects in my drawing. Here is the original:

Eloise

I do love it when customers come to me with their own ideas and present me with a challenge – an opportunity to stretch my creative muscles and drawing/painting skills! Remember this one? This was another person’s vision as well, which I managed to bring to life on canvas. (I think that Wayne and I were somehow mentally/spiritually connected throughout that process! See what he had to say about it in my testimonials.)

I’ll keep you posted on the progress of this portrait. I’m also going to post a Christmas roundup – all of the paintings and drawings that made it under people’s trees this past holiday season. How honoured I feel to have found such a special place in people’s Christmas mornings, and on the walls of their homes!! You should see that post in the next few days.

Thanks for reading. xo melody

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