Paintings in Progress - Instagrams from my Studio

I've been hard at work in the studio the last few weeks getting some new pieces done for my next show at Deer Run Art & Artifacts in Cambria, CA.  I can't wait to get these finished and sent out!


This is the underpainting for this piece - I've still got another two layers or so to build up the surface and really make it 'shine'.

I'm going to spend my afternoon with these guys.
I also recently bought more brushes - I'd had one of these cheapo sable brushes from Blick that I'd used for about 8 years now (and pretty much reduced to a nub...) and it was my favorite - so I finally remembered to order more.  I'm in heaven - these are the cheapest most amazing brushes.  They are great for blending glazes and thinned background layers.  These aren't all of them. I seriously ordered about 20 of them - good thing they are cheap.

Sometimes paintings are too small for an easel. :)

I also started this little guy, and am pretty smitten with him.

The view from here.

I'm about halfway through - he needs another layer of paint to build up the surface as well.  I'll have a hard time parting with this guy. :)

PS - I'm on Instagram!  Check it out: Cassie Marie Edwards

Frosty Days and Watercolor Sketches

I've had my nose to the grindstone the last few weeks getting ready for some great things in the next few weeks!  I've even got some new paintings finished, but I'm going to wait a bit to post them here until they are shown in-person.  :)  So in the meantime, here's a lovely picture of our frosty trees.

Good morning! :)

I was also invited by my good friend (and coworker) Giles Timms to attend DSU's animation club drawing night.  I had a wonderful time, and it was the perfect distraction for such a busy week.  This is my quick 30 minute sketch of one of the students who sat and modeled for us.   
Thanks to @gilestimms for inviting me to DSU's animation club drawing session!  I had a blast!  This is my quick watercolor sketch from the evening. :)

I'm so lucky to know so many talented people in such a small community  :)  

You all should check out his wonderful animation work here: Giles Timms 
And his drawings from the evening here: Giles' Blog

Painting Progress - Plastic Horse & Brass Deer

I've been putting some long studio hours in the last few days, and I'm making some good progress on these pieces.  I've put the second glazed layer down on the horse painting, and just need to add another layer to the background and shadow on the ground and she's done!  Almost there!

I also started this little deer - I've got a set of these, so I think I'll make it in to a diptych.  I got a little bit further on this painting than what is shown here.

Well, that's it for now.  I'll probably have a lot more progress to show you all in a few days!  

Knitting Projects, Fancy Ramen, and Cats.

By the title of this post, it may seem like I've somehow given up on life. I assure you that is not the case. The last few weeks have been a bit of a blur! I've been working on so many projects simultaneously that I keep forgetting to eat meals or sleep. This week I'm trying to slow things down a bit - I'm back to going to yoga, eating regular meals, and drinking non-copious amounts of coffee.

So, here's what I've been doing. I made two hats in the last two weeks. One was sent out the other side of South Dakota - it was a commission for a friend, and here's the other:
Scallop Hat
It is a slouchy hat - 100% wool with a cute scalloped fair isle pattern. I'm going to write up the patterns I've been working on soon! I'd love to put together a little pdf booklet at some point of all of my simple hat/scarf/mitten patterns. I started this during our last stitch & bitch and it is almost finished! I'll block it before I wear it to even out the pattern a bit. :)

Also, I've had luck with thrifting lately. Last week I found this blanket for $2 - it is a lovely boiled wool blanket.
 Bo decided to model it for me.

And a while back I also found this lovely blanket, which Rascal is ever so nicely modeling as well - it is a knockoff hudson bay wool blanket. It is HUGE - it fits on our queen bed perfectly. Also, it was only $6. I seriously love thrifting in South Dakota.

Lastly, in an effort to eat real food (and not chips) for lunch, I've been making soup the last few days.  It is great for using up leftovers and is super simple.
Counting on this to warm me up.
Basically you boil 2 1/2 cups of water with 2/3 Tsp of 'Better than Bullion', 1 block of ramen noodles (without the seasoning packet) or a single serving of soba noodles, and when the noodles are halfway done cooking you add 1 sliced green onion, a handful of chopped cilantro, 1 tbsp rice vinegar, a small drizzle of sesame oil, and any leftover protein you have (like cooked chopped chicken breast, or tofu) and finish cooking the soup until the noodles are done.  So simple, so delicious.

New Work - Cassie Marie Edwards

Hi guys, just thought I'd post a few of my recently finished pieces to the blog! I've been busy photographing/documenting/and organizing my work these last few days, and realized I hadn't shared these pieces with you all yet.

20 - Faux Fox - 16x20 - 2012 - Cassie Marie Edwards

{Faux Fox - 16x20" - Cassie Marie Edwards)

07 - Horse - 12x12 - 2012 - Cassie Marie Edwards

{Horse - 12x12" - Cassie Marie Edwards}

17 - Panther - 12x16 - 2012 - Cassie Marie Edwards

{ Panther - 12x16" - Cassie Marie Edwards }

Check out more pieces at my website here:

In the Studio - Plastic Horse Painting

Started this painting yesterday - it is 12x12" and oil on canvas.  I love doing these smaller paintings.

Here's the base of the underpainting - in this layer I'm laying out the light and dark areas of the composition.  I also noticed after doing this layer that the neck was weird, so I had to go back in and change it.


As usual, Rascal had to join me - she is only allowed in the studio if she sits in her little 'bed'.


This is how far along I got last night - just working wet-in-wet.  I'll let this layer dry for a few days and then add another layer over the top to really solidify everything and get a good amount of detail in to the horse figurine.