Glenda Blake's Profile

About

For many years I worked as an in-house graphic designer, communications professional, and art/publications director. But in 2009 I returned to my studio-art roots and began painting again. It felt like remembering how to breathe.

My primary subject is the human figure in light and space. I also enjoy the occasional still life and landscape, along with owls and pussycats (a shared personal symbol for my husband and me).

When asked whether I work from life, from photos, or from my imagination, my answer is always, "yes." The reference photos I use are nearly all photos I've taken myself or was present for, and they are always altered, recombined, and elaborated in Photoshop before painting. I work or sketch from life whenever I get the chance. And sometimes I just make things up! There is always more to my work than…

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  • Female
  • Born on August 7
  • Joined January 1, 2010

Favorite materials

oil paints, Prismacolor colored pencils and art stix, charcoal pencil, graphite pencil, white conte crayon

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GREENBOAT GALLERY art, prints, and art cards

About

For many years I worked as an in-house graphic designer, communications professional, and art/publications director. But in 2009 I returned to my studio-art roots and began painting again. It felt like remembering how to breathe.

My primary subject is the human figure in light and space. I also enjoy the occasional still life and landscape, along with owls and pussycats (a shared personal symbol for my husband and me).

When asked whether I work from life, from photos, or from my imagination, my answer is always, "yes." The reference photos I use are nearly all photos I've taken myself or was present for, and they are always altered, recombined, and elaborated in Photoshop before painting. I work or sketch from life whenever I get the chance. And sometimes I just make things up! There is always more to my work than meets the eye, but what that is, is up to you, the beholder.

I try to paint for at least two hours every day.

FAQ
For those morris dancers who stumble upon my shop: I danced for several years with Hearts of Oak Morris (mixed), Binghamton/Ithaca NY; was founder and fore of the Rose Mountain Morris (women), Montrose PA; and danced briefly with BF Harridans Morris (women), Binghamton NY. I still cherish my association with the world-wide morris community.

My website/blog: http://glendablake.com
(find an easy link there, under "Shop" in the upper right-hand menu, for return to my Etsy shop.)

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