Thursday, December 6, 2007

Pteranodon Jeebus and the Triceratops...

I've been promising pictures of my triceratops painting so, last night, I pulled out the camera and took some teaser pictures. The painting is not, by any means, original. It's actually a painting of a photograph by Chad Shier of the Royal Tyrrell Museum that appears in John Acorn's Deep Alberta. Either way, a lot of time has gone into it (maybe 15-20 hours) and I'm pretty happy with it so far.




Also, below are some photos of J's painting, which I from now on dub "Pteranodon jeebus." J is in an oil-painting class this semester and he had to make a shadow box and use it to paint something abstract. He used our Pteranodon toy and our LED Jesus statue in the shadow box, as well as a bowl and a piece of wood, which you can see in the lower right and left-hand corners. It's rad.



And of course, I couldn't resist posting this fun photo of me as a little girl. I was so cool back then...*sigh* That chubby little hand trying to steal my video game belongs to my little brother, Tyler.

5 comments:

Zach Miller said...

That's an incredible painting, Amanda! I wish I had the patience for it, but I think line drawings are as far as my brain will let me go. And it's a shame, because I have so many complicated ideas in my head, but I don't know if they'll ever see the light of day.

Amanda said...

Thanks Zach! It's my first oil painting. I've been doing watercolors for most of my life, so I'm still getting used to the difference in style.

Painting is sort of meditative for me (except for when I think I'm not doing well, and then it's just rage-inducing). I have that "perfectionist" thing and I'll spend hours on one spot. Drawing is the same for me...I will spend hours on a drawing.

I would love to be able to paint something from my head...something not on a picture in front of me. I don't have that creative thing...

This holiday, I'm going to go to NYC and visit some museums. I'm hoping to take some interestingly-framed pictures of skeletons. Then I can paint something entirely original. Maybe I'll have some time to do some 4X6 paintings for my paleo-blogger friends...

laelaps said...

Wonderful work! I wish I had your talent. And if you're coming to NYC you should let me know; as you know from my blog the AMNH is one of my regular haunts.

Amanda said...

Brian, I will probably be at AMNH on Saturday the 22nd or Sunday the 23rd. If you're around, we should meet up! I won't know for sure when I can go until my father lets me know when the show we're seeing is.

Sarah said...

i'm a fledgeling artist myself - and i've found myself hooked on pterodactyls and pteranodons. seeing this work makes me feel like i'm on the right track to somewhere! Thanks!