My latest piece. I feel quite accomplished with this one!
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September 1st I'll be having a solo show at the West Caldwell Public Library! I had to book this show a year in advance so I'm very excited it is finally here. If you live in the Northern NJ area go take a look!
Before I get to the main topic of this blog post below is the finished portrait of Spirit. Considering my novice skills when it comes to backgrounds I am happy with the end result. I went for a more out of focus effect that afterwards I realize was a really good choice. Adding too much more detail like leaves and trees would take away from the cat. A little touch of leaf detail pulled it together.
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In other news I will be having my second solo show! I scheduled almost a year ago to display my work at our local library...and now the time has come! I had to write a press release to send to the editor of our town newspaper. Writing about myself is always a challenge...here's my attempt at making myself look good ;)
Jessica Kale is an emerging artist who has lived in West Caldwell for 10 years. She has an associate's degree in fine arts and is currently working towards her bachelor's in illustration at New Jersey City University. Jessica's passion for animals inspires all of her artwork. To create realistic and soul captivating animals Jessica specializes in a unique medium called scratchboard. A white clay tablet that is coated in black ink and etching tools that are used to create fur and eyes. Jessica recently won Honorable Mention in mixed media for her scratchboard work at the Twelfth Annual Gaelen juried art show. Her pastels have also gained attention by being accepted into the prestigious Pastel Society of America. Jessica creates artwork through the essence of animals and is honored to be showing at the West Caldwell library.
Now if I could just get those motivation juices flowing and create at least 1 more new piece to hang before Sept. 1st!
In honor of the Feline Conservation Federations recent convention I donated a pet portrait. The winner contacted me and I have started an 8x10 pastel of a beautiful Geoffroy's Cat named Spirit. Considering the whole body needs to be included in the portrait I have to work pretty small. Thank goodness for pastel pencils! To do a fun comparison here is the finished head next to a real quarter to show the size.
The head took me two and a half hours. I'm starting to wonder if mini heads take longer then my large 11x14 heads. What I really need to do is put a stop watch on while I'm working. Hopefully more to come tomorrow.