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May 11, 2019
Presenting the Olivia Beaumont Collection by Pigeon and Pip: A furniture line inspired by the artwork of Olivia Beaumont.
This post is a treat for me because I get to talk about another creative person I really admire. She also happens to be named Olivia. Pigeon and Pip is a small business started by Olivia Lacy who specializes in one of a kind vintage furniture that has been reimagined with an artful and whimsical approach.
The photography is also by Olivia Lacy. She takes a fun approach to styling and personalizing a space with an unexpected pop of whimsy. Follow @Pigeon_and_Pip on Instagram for truly inspiring home decor ideas!
We hope you enjoy our collaboration and are inspired to "feather your nest" , as the motto of Pigeon and Pip.
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May 17, 2017
December 22, 2016
Preliminary sketch: Snow leopards are endangered. I wanted to reference the natural environment so I focused on the Tian Shan mountains. Wild tulips and small wildflowers can be found after the last frost.
I chose the Grisaille method of painting. Here I am preparing my color glazing palette to glaze over the dry Grisalle painting.
After the first glaze I use dry on wet paint to build rich color and eventually paint details.
"Senka": Because snow leopards are so elusive I chose "Senka" meaning "shadow" for this queen's name.
copyright 2016 Olivia Beaumont
September 21, 2016
I'm excited to write about drawing as part of the painting process because I've worked hard all year in this area. I've been trying to combat my impatient nature about sketching. Think about it, do you want to cover a surface with a little tiny pencil point that you have to sharpen every minute or a nice wide brush?! But, no! You can't think like that unless you want your poor draftsmanship to show up later. How are you going to answer when your worst critic (self) asks, "Did you fudge that right there?" Maybe I just have issues with pencils because I have no problem painting with a one-hair brush for five hours.
Ok, enough, let's see some pictures!
1. Thumbnail: This is the "seed"of the visual idea. Some artists (the good ones who took second year illustration) spend time on thumbnails. Then you have me. This took all of two seconds to draw. It was more of a "write it down so you don't forget it" moment.
2. Gesture. The gesture is my favorite part because I get to scribble and draw movement. I don't have to commit yet and I don't have to sharpen the pencil much. Plus, look at those adorable Winnie-the-Pooh arms.
3. Solidify the drawing but don't loose the gesture. However tempting to spend an hour on an eyeball, don't. See how there's weight to the arm and the belly by using a thick line at the bottom and using the eraser to carve your scribbles into a thin line everywhere else.
4. Allow the drawing to tell you what it needs. The weasel on the shoulder was planned, but I didn't know I needed the other two characters until I got this far.
There are infinite ways to solve the negative space, but think gesture first. See how I used simple curved lines behind the Otter King to show what kind of movement and direction the drawing needed before I decided what to put there?
5. Continue until you feel you've covered all the bases with a good balance of detail and gesture. Here's the final 11x14" drawing which took me around 8 hours including mustelidae research time.
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