Showing posts with label Commissions. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Commissions. Show all posts

September 23, 2011

Sick.

A major cold has hit our house this week. It started with Peanut (we thought it might be teething since he's currently cutting 3 molars), but then it hit me, and now poor Philip has been subjected. We're all congested, coughing, and exhausted.

For the past week our living room has been strewn with books as I sit on the couch and Peanut brings me one after the other, asking to be read to. I love that he suddenly has a seriously love for reading (and the patience to sit through many books in a row), but I'm so sick of Dr. Suess, Eric Carl and Sandra Boynton, I could gouge my eyes out. We have read them each roughly five million times.

We went to the library and picked up about ten new books, but he refuses to look at most of them, despite the fact that one of them is one of the most hilarious childrens book I've ever read. Why he dislikes that one, I don't know. Instead we read Hop on Pop for the zillionth time.

Hopefully the weekend will cure us of our ailments and we'll be back in business (and back to blogging) by Monday.

Hope you have a happy (and healthy) weekend.



p.s. Have you checked out my holiday commission special? Order your custom painting before they're all sold out!

September 21, 2011

Giveaway Winner & My Next Big Project Announced!

First of all, thank you, thank you, thank you to everyone who participated in the giveaway. I was overwhelmed by the response and appreciate every single one of you. Some of you were old time readers, but some of you were brand new to my blog. I hope you'll stick around!

And now, without further ado, here are the giveaway winners!

Winner number one, of the "Boat Dock" painting is....

and....

Winner number two of the custom painting is....




Congratulations to both of you! Email me at merricksart@gmail.com to claim your painting!

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And now, I'm excited to announce my Holiday Commission Special!


Some of you may remember that last year I did a similar holiday special. This time around the only difference is the size of paintings offered. The offer is good for the next seven weeks and all the paintings will be shipped out several weeks before Christmas (all the details are on my website).

So if you didn't win the giveaway and still want a painting, or you're completely stumped on what to give your significant other, parents, best friend, or grandparents for the holidays, head on over to my website and purchase a painting.

What better gift could you give yourself or someone else?

Again, thank you for participating in the giveaway. I hope to see you over at my website soon! I'd love to do a very special painting just for you!

August 24, 2011

SPARK

Today Peanut and I are jet-setting off to Las Vegas for a quick two day trip. I'm going to help my dad with a project for his dental office, but it's certainly an added bonus to spend a little one on one time with my parents and little brother.

In the mean time, I thought you'd enjoy seeing the final results of my latest commission which I've mentioned here and there. I put my blood, sweat and tears into these humongous paintings, and I couldn't be more happy with how they turned out.

If you're in the Provo area, go check them out at SPARK restaurant. And get some delicious food while you're there!






June 30, 2011

Listening


For the past two weeks I've been working on a big painting commission for Spark restaurant in Provo. I may have mentioned it before, but I hate listening to music while I paint...I need something to occupy my brain and keep me interested so I listen to books on CD.

I've pretty much worked day and night for the last two weeks, so I'm flying through books like never before (maybe not quite up to Janssen's standards, but close...).

Just thought I'd share which ones I've gone through and a little teeny tiny review.

Matched by Ally Condie -- a fun light chick book that was easy to speed through. I'm excited for Crossed to come out in just a few weeks!

The Wednesday Wars by Gary Schmidt -- this is maybe Janssen's favorite book of all time (her words, not mine), so I came in with big expectations. I have to admit that I was a little disappointed at first (don't hate me, J!)...it reminded me of Ender's Game with lots of little boy drama and name calling. But once I hit the halfway mark, it suddenly grew up and I loved the rest of it. I even got a little emotional at the end.

The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan -- I didn't make it all the way through this book, but what I listened to was really interesting. I just prefer books with a plot when painting and this one is more questions and facts. Maybe one day I'll go back and finish it.

The Giver by Lois Lowry -- I'm not sure how I made it through my childhood without ever reading this book, since almost everyone I mentioned it to said they had read it in 5th or 6th grade. I really enjoyed it and I'm glad to have finally read it.

Shiver by Maggie Stiefvater -- Another fun chick book. It kept reminding me of Twilight with the werewolves, but I thought it was slightly less cheesy than Twilight.

Linger by Maggie Stiefvater -- This is the sequel to Shiver, and I think I liked it better despite the ending that totally leaves you hanging and waiting for #3.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow -- I wasn't sure if I would like this book or not when Janssen recommended it and told me it was a "techy" type of book, but I actually really enjoyed it. Yes, there were some parts where it went on for a few minutes about a bunch of computer/hacking lingo that I didn't understand or care about, but besides that most of the techy stuff was very understandable and interesting, and helped me enjoy the book even more. (If you read this, be warned it does have a decent amount of swearing, which I thought was pretty unnecessary.)

Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes -- I read this book many years ago but wanted to re-read it since I'd pretty much forgotten the whole thing. Such a great Revolutionary War novel that I can't wait to read with Peanut someday.

Across The Universe by Beth Revis -- Not my favorite book. I felt like it took a really long time to get going. It's hard to gauge how much you've read when you're listening to it, but I would guess that it was more than half way through when it stopped feeling like the intro. But once we got past that, I did enjoy it more.

Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte -- I'm only a chapter or two into this, but enjoying it already.

I'm hoping to get through several more books before these paintings are done. Any great suggestions??

March 24, 2011

Lovies

Another popular subject for my 30 days: 30 paintings project (in addition to babies, in case you didn't check that out) was couples. Several of these paintings nearly made me tear my hair out, but that's a different story. I've put some time between me and these paintings, so no hard feelings...ahem.

[the only painting I did on a canvas (have I mentioned that I HATE painting on canvas?) But it was a 2 year anniversary gift...the cotton anniversary. I had to oblige.]











**And in case you were wondering, all these people paid extra to have two people in their paintings, since the deal was for a one subject painting **

May 27, 2010

Roadtrip

A few weeks ago, I entered a painting into an art show. The piece was accepted, so on Tuesday the Peanut and I made the hour and a half long trip down to Ephriam, Utah to deliver the painting.

There was a good deal of singing, looking at the beautiful landscape, counting cows, averting our eyes from nasty roadkill, and other roadtrip activities. I can't blame Peanut for enjoying his food break the most, but I am looking forward to the days when he can participate a little more (and stays awake for more than 10 minutes of the trip).

Here's to many more roadtrips together...

March 22, 2010

What's on My Easel?

I decided not to do WOME the last two weeks because I was working on a commission and didn't want the family to see it before it was done. But now that it's done and delivered, I'm free to show you what's been taking up the space on my easel for the last few weeks.



This was a really fun, but tough commission. The photos were given to me, because the family wanted the painting to be done of the boys when they were younger, so I had no choice on the lighting, angle, etc. Plus there were two separate photos, so a little editing had to be done to make them look like they were in the same lighting. Also, one of the boys didn't have a shirt on in his photo, so I had to make that up (good thing I have lots of photos of my younger brother that I could use for reference).

But despite the challenges, this was a really great commission and I love how it turned out.

Now on to my next project...I'll be posting about that one tomorrow.

March 4, 2010

What's On My Easel?

Although I'm sure you just LOVE seeing all my paintings of nude models, I've decided to add another little thing into the mix of art-related blog posts. I'm calling it, "What's On My Easel?"

I am almost constantly working on personal projects at home that are completely unrelated to my class work and, much to the happiness of many of you, NOT of nude women. But somehow these paintings get neglected on the blog because they're always sitting there and I forget to take photos of them. Well, that will no longer be the case.

So, without further ado, I present to you Week One of "What's On My Easel?":



This is a commission piece that I just started yesterday. I'm really excited about this painting, especially because of the big floppy leather hats that both boys are wearing. I'm hoping to have this completed in one week (5-6 painting days), but if it's not completed by next week, you'll see it again on "WOME." Let's pray that you don't.

Also, I have to say, I'm not usually a fan of my work until it's completely finished, so this is a challenge to post unfinished work for the world to see. But it's good motivation to finish quickly so you don't have to see bad half-finished paintings!
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