Wednesday, March 11, 2009

Two Year Anniversary

This past Monday, March 9th marked exactly two years since I began my career as an artist, so I thought I'd take the opportunity to look back at my progress thus far. I am so thankful for the support and encouragement of my husband Brian, who also happens to be a very good model. Over the past two years, I have drawn/painted Brian in various techniques and media. Here I have posted a series of portraits of Brian, starting with quick sketch from 2006 and ending with a snapshot of an oil portrait I just finished.


pencil on paper, 2006


colored pencil on bristol board, 2007

colored pencil and water-soluble pastel on sanded board, 2008


pastel on sanded paper, 2009


oil on canvas, 2009

18 comments:

ColorfulJacksons said...

Wow. The oil panting just pops! Dang, Holly, how much better can you get?

garyruuska said...

Holly, you have made serious progress in a very short time. Your work is at the highest level in any medium you choose to work with. I'm very impressed with the oil portrait. Beautiful work! Will oil become your new favorite?

hbedrosian said...

Thank you, Elizabeth and Gary! I do like oil a lot; my biggest complaint is that I can't seem to figure out when to stop painting. I could have gone on for several more days, but I have other projects to work on, so I called this one done. I do still like pastel and colored pencil for certain subjects, but I think you're right, Gary - oil is my favorite!

Chantell Van Erbe said...

The oil portrait of Brian is just gorgeous, Holly. It's amazing how much your work has improved over a short period of time. I also notice that Brian's look has also become more intense. A look that one achieves through time and experience.

Peter Brown said...

Holly, your work is an inspiration, whatever the medium.

Happy anniversary!

CandynRA said...

Amazing, Holly. I could sit and look at these for hours. The oil painting is the best...love the shadows and your husband's intense expression. Happy Anniversary to you!

debrossart said...

Holly, you are so accomplished in all mediums. I always look forward to seeing new work of yours and you never fail to amaze me.

Kathy said...

Holly, what a progression! Congratulations on your two year aniversary as an artist. You have a knack to master any medium you try. The oil of Brian is gorgeous. Here's to many more years!

Valerie Jones said...

Beautiful progression, Holly! I have to agree with everyone about you being at your best no matter what the medium. Congratulations on your anniversary and here's to many, many more years!

Cindy said...

Love this retrospective of Brian! Your work is masterful no matter what the medium. Here's to many years of success in your art career.

hbedrosian said...

Thank you all so much for your comments!

Teresa Mallen said...

Happy Anniversary Holly! Congratulations on all of your achievements over the past two years and cheers to Brian who is willing to be a model - over and over again!! :-)

Ana Tirolese said...

Happy anniversary and congratulations. You have progressed and your husband is very handsome. Well done.

butterfly woman said...

Hi Holly,
I stopped here via blog of Deborah Ross. I must say you have a wonderful touch with portraits. It's interesting to see all the different mediums used for the same subject. I like the oil painting the best, the background is divine and sets off the face so well. It makes me wonder what it would be like to paint my husband. With beard, without, with mustache, without.
I shall be back here to visit.
Very inspiring!

Sheona Hamilton Grant said...

Holly it has been riveting watching you grow over the last 2 years. It has also been great pleasure.
Here's to the future. (BTW, I'm echoing all the comments about the oil portrait: is it great:)

Rhonda Bartoe Tucker said...

Holly, congrats on your anniversary. I'll echo everyone else: my how you've grown! Stay the course! Looking forward to seeing more of your wonderful work.

Peggi Habets said...

Not only are your paintings getting better and better, but your husband is getting more handsome! ;-)

I just realized I hadn't dropped by your blog in a while when I saw your wonderful paiting in the PSA newsletter. (the one of the little girl) It's beautiful and congrats on the award. (Are you going to the PSA conference in April?)

hbedrosian said...

Thank you all so much for your comments on my work (and my husband!)