Posts Tagged ‘love’

Oops,… well, may as well make the best of it. (Also it appears that I have finally figured out how to schedule updates, there’s so much I can do in advance now. regular JDGAF!)

Hair of the Cat:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11

All previous JDGAF comics available at the bottom of the comic page. HERE

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Well, that’s one way to wake up in the morning. Seems like Tiv, although disgruntled, is in his happy place.

Hair of the Cat:  1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

All previous JDGAF comics available at the bottom of the comic page. HERE

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Some time around the end of last year or beginning of this year (not 100%) I was asked by an awesome couple to do some art for them. The request was to do a silhouette of a fairytale like tree, and a little girl on a swing set. Also, it was to be painted in the bedroom of their upcoming baby girl.

Will say a couple things about this, first, the couple and their family were amazing, making sure this particular artist was well fed and had anything I wanted to snack on, which is always a plus.  Second, and more important, it’s a great feeling when someone is confident enough in your abilities as an artist that they will hire you on to do something you’ve not done before. For a client to have that faith in my abilities is motivation in itself. Thankfully I didn’t disappoint, and they were super happy with the end result.

(click images for larger view)

Wide Angle

Tree Story

Swing time

Alexandra's Bed

Additionally, since Alexandra was born, they’ve also included me as a recipient of baby picture holiday cards. Which is kind of an awesome thank you in it’s own right. Glad to see that their beautiful baby girl is enjoying her fairytale bedroom.

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Create Your World” 2014

Created this piece on Friday for a small local art contest at Williamsburg Artist and Craftsman Supply. The winner gets a nice new easel to take home with them, something I would definitely like to have as my pieces are starting to get bigger and leaning them against things in my house is getting tricky. So, to anyone who’d like to help out in that department, all you have to do is like the image on facebook in the competition page. Link is Here.

Also, if you havent already, would appreciate any and all likes/follows on my FB art page, James Groeling Art

Thanks all. More updates coming soon.

JG

Firstly, my grandparents celebrated their 50th anniversary in November, shortly before Thanksgiving. For their anniversary they invited their 4 children with spouses, and me, as I’m the eldest grandchild and still the only one able to drink legally. (way to go me!)

Now, every year at Thanksgiving, my family does a grab bag to see who will be getting a gift for whom on Xmas. It’s a fairly big family, and we all still give a little something here and there, but the grab bag is for a $50 gift so it’s a little more of an investment and takes some thought. This year, my mom got my grandmother, and I got my grandfather in the grab bag, so I asked my mom if she would go halves on a nice frame job for a portrait I would paint of my grandparents. She said yes, and I started working.

Fortunately my aunt was able to provide me with a bunch of really good pictures of the both of them, as well as their wedding picture. I also chatted with my mom a bit and found out that my grandparent’s honeymoon was in Paris, and they haven’t been back there since. So I whipped up a rough sketch to figure out the size, and set to painting. Originally I was going to do a full on detailed portrait of the two of them in Paris, but I started to realize that they might appreciate it if I took a few years off of them, left out a few wrinkles, and did the portrait of them as I see them still.

Here’s the piece, possibly still in progress pre-framing.

GmaNToopa

Just before Christmas, my mother, sister, and I went to the local Michael’s craft store on Long Island (I kind of love those places and have since I was a kid). Originally I was going to have it framed at some place near me closer to the city, but was concerned I might break it traveling out there, so waited on it. We were fortunate enough at the store to get the help of a very nice salesperson in the framing department. She custom cut the mat to my specifications, and helped us find a frame at a suitable size to what we were looking for. And,… we were just slightly over our budget, but well worth it. Here’s what the piece looked like after i finished framing it Xmas eve.

GmaNToopaFramed

Definitely looks good. Applied an archival sealant, archival matting tape and all the fixings. On Christmas day, the look on everyone’s face, especially my grandfather’s was well worth the effort and expense, and very much reminded me of something I seemed to have forgotten. The coolest gifts aren’t the ones you buy at a store, but the ones that you invest time and work into creating from nothing.

Happy holidays everyone.

This past week I visited my family on Long Island, and my little sister gave me this VooDara doll that she picked up while on vacation. I updated my page yesterday (Thursday) with some sketchbook images, and when I checked my site stats today I realized I got a lot of hits within the past 24 hours and it pushed my page to a new milestone.

Coincidence? Who knows? But I will mentally link the two and thank both the good karma from family support, and the friends and fans that have kept checking in to see new projects and artwork, and shared my site with others. Looking forward to seeing you all again at the 10k mark.
Thank you.
JG

My intended work has been getting progressively larger and more involved, so I’ve been toying around with some various ideas on ways to work larger, while maintaining a cost effectiveness. Frankly, my personal work doesn’t bring in too much bacon, but I’m going to keep making it til I die, and as it evolves, I know it will start paying off. So it’s a matter of keeping my costs manageable while I grow and take on bigger projects.
Anyway, one of the concepts I started playing around with is the idea of panels. I’ve done it for smaller works, and I’m sure I can get it to function well for larger pieces as well. But then I started thinking of varying ways to assemble pieces. I could do basic shapes, or I could consider doing odd shapes that make up other images….. ohhh, that could get fun. So here is a piece I started, basically with the concept of having it spread out over a couple panels, and then working with it from there. Essentially it’s practice for larger installation work, while also drawing something I enjoy and would like to share with others.
She’s still in the works, but you get the basic idea from these shots.

Production shot from early stages of the head area. I was greatly enjoying the requests from people to see if she was an elf, vampire, etc.

Teaser two. Got a few more of the same responses, and a couple requests for dates…. doh.

Teaser 3, which you’ll soon realize is some linework close up of hair/dreads/roots,…. whatever.

Wha0Bam! As you can tell, she’s a little more involved than the teasers really let on.  She’s been a lot of fun to draw, and work on. Still have about 15-20% to go (drawing and cutting) before I’ll get a highres scan of her to show off, but you get the visuals so far.
Check back next week for the finished version of her.