Saturday, October 3, 2015

#Draw365 14-20

This week, I ran into the issues that usually stop my #Draw365 efforts in their tracks-- lack of time, exhaustion, being on the go quite a bit.  I did not allow any of those things to stop me this time.  Some of my sketches have been done fairly hastily. . . some quite late at night.  The beauty of #Draw365 projects is that it does not really matter how "good" the sketches are, when they were completed, or what the artist has chosen to depict-- the point is simply to create, freely and daily, and to make art a part of one's life.  Each sketch is a reminder to make time for quiet reflection every day, no matter what.

Monday, September 28, 2015

On Architecture

In my last post, I mentioned my budding interest in architectural subjects.  In fact, my most recently completed piece happens to be of the tower of a law firm on the corner of Jefferson Street and Holmes Avenue (down the street from my studio).  I find buildings and architectural detail highly challenging to paint in some ways, but that has never stopped me from happily working to portray interesting light conditions or completely abstracting already curious geometry based on my thoughts or emotions.  At any rate, the abundance of beautiful and fascinating buildings in my town has been providing plenty of tempting fodder for my art. . .

Saturday, September 26, 2015

#Draw365 7-13


Here are this week's #Draw365 sketches!  I find myself exceedingly fond of drawing buildings and delight in seeing my sketches grow increasingly complex.  I have made it to 13/365. . . already I am thinking about new subjects to draw and imagining what it will be like to reach 365/365.  I even picture continuing to do a drawing a day for the rest of my life and having a box full of little sketchbooks to flip through.  Enjoy!

Saturday, September 19, 2015

#Draw365 and the Appeal of the Art Journal

Like many people who appreciate beauty, teacups, vintage typewriters, European cities, and photos of ornate doors, I am on Pinterest.  I curate little collections of prettiness, home improvement, fashion, and art on a regular basis-- for inspiration, for safe-keeping, to look at again and again and enjoy.  I go through phases in my collecting; one day it is pictures of Victorian dresses, another day fountain pens, color palettes, even recipes from the 50's so awful that they are oddly fascinating.  Lately, I find myself particularly curious about sketchbooks, art journals, and travel sketches.  There is something fascinating about the way a daily art journal can make little things matter and tell interesting stories in an effortless way.  I am drawn to this intimate look into an artist's life and surroundings, seeing a large variety of subjects through that artist's eyes and watching his or her style develop over time.

I am so fascinated, in fact, that I have decided to start a new #Draw365 challenge.  I have done projects like this on and off, but have never quite managed to make daily doodling a habit for more than a few months at a stretch.  Looking back on a #Draw365 attempt from 2011, I am flooded with memories, the evolution of creative compositions, and little triumphs in the development of my drawing skills.  I only wish I had continued doing these sketches through the years!

As of this week, I am determined.  Below are my first six sketches from this round!  I will post a new group of sketches every Saturday. . .

Monday, September 14, 2015

Clinton Row and Christina Wegman Fine Art

For about a year and a half, I have been working out of a public studio in a converted storage unit in Downtown Huntsville-- my studio also doubles as a gallery space, and I am part of a larger retail incubator project that you may already know about called Clinton Row.  I started in a 10X10 unit, and within a year, was able to expand my space into a 10X20.  The studio is small, but perfectly efficient, and I have done my best to make it a pleasant place for visitors.  

Daily life and a full schedule of events have taken me away from this blog for quite some time, but today seemed as good a day as any to return to it.  My work has taken many different directions since the last time I composed a blog post.  From doing artwork for Huntsville's 1st Cheese Festival to pet portraits to fashion shows to car art to festivals and beyond, my relationship to my town has also deepened in ways I never imagined.  Below are several pieces I have worked on, both commissioned and for my own joy, during my absence from this blog.  As I reflect on them and browse through older posts, I can only feel humbled by how far my career has really come. . . and yet how many more projects I still want to explore and enjoy and share with others.  I have always joked that I would always have more work to do and that I was glad that my work would never be done-- I would never be bored.  It is nice to look back and confirm that what I said then still rings true now.

I promise to return to updating this blog more frequently.  If there are any topics or artworks of mine in particular that you would like to see featured here and discussed more fully, please do mention them in the comments.

Still Life in Aubergine and Olive

 The Russel Erskine Hotel
Huntsville, AL

 The Church of the Nativity
Huntsville, AL

 Ride the Champion

 The Kaffeeklatsch in Winter
Huntsville, AL

 Dance of the Cherry Blossoms
(Spring Kaffeeklatsch)
Huntsville, AL

 Say Cheese!
Official Art for Downtown Huntsville's 1st Annual Cheese Festival

 Askum and Ginger


 '53 Chevy

 Nell's '55 Chevy

 Lady Slipper

 Iris and Hourglass

 Take the Reins

Nikola Tesla and White Dove

Pricing and Commissions

If you would like to purchase a painting, print, or commission a custom piece from Christina Wegman Fine Art, please E-mail me at, or contact me via my Facebook page, here.

The price of a painting can depend on many factors, including the materials used, complexity of the project, the reputation of the piece (being in a juried show, for instance), and the size or thickness of the stretched canvas among other things.  At any rate, here is the current range of prices you can expect when buying paintings directly from me:

*Ready-Made Originals:

See individual pricing at Christina Wegman Fine Art. . . most pieces will be priced according to the guidelines below, but according to complexity, many pieces might be priced lower or higher.  If the piece you like has no price and has not yet been sold, please inquire!

*General Pricing Guidelines For Commissions:

11X14:  $150
16X20:  $275
18X24:  $350
24X30:  $600
24X36:  $675
24X48:  $800
30X40:  $1,200
48X60:  $3,000


Mini on Wood: $10
8X10 Signed on Wood: $35
8X10 Signed Stretched Canvas: $40
16X20 Signed on Wood: $75
16X20 Signed on Stretched Canvas: $80
18X24 Signed onWood:  $90
18X24 Signed on Stretched Canvas: $150

(Smaller paintings may not be suitable for 16X20 or 18X24 prints and many other options are available upon request.)

*Other Items

Large coffee mug:  $25
Beer stein:  $40
Small Rectangular Pillow: $40
Larger Rectangular or Square Pillow: $50

Thursday, February 20, 2014

An Ancient Commission: The Khazne of Petra

When Jerry Gilley asked me for a two-panel commission, giving me free reign provided that each panel was 10X20 and depicted something to do with travel, it took me a while to figure out what exactly I needed to do.  A collage of travel images?  Perhaps the Great Sphinx (since Gilley has been to Egypt)?  None of the ideas seemed right for the smaller panels. . . until one day I was flipping through one of my mother's books on Petra.  I have always been fascinated by the abandoned ancient city in the desert and longed to see its monumental architecture, feel its mystique-- and I thought of my mother's stories of living in Jordan many years ago.  I also remembered that Gilley mentioned Petra as a place he too would like to see. . .

The symmetry of the Khazne seemed perfect for the project, allowing a variety of ways to display the panels-- together as one piece [above] or separately [below].  That said, I played with the composition of the underpainting and background to ensure that the piece was not symmetrical to the point of blandness. I tried to paint it in colors that suggested the building's rosy desert tones, but also added jewel tones reflecting the geometric splendor of Middle Eastern art.  Since it might hang rather close to the Rome painting I did for Gilley, I also wanted to make sure that the colors would not clash.  This piece will be ready for Gilley to pick up at the opening of my new store on Clinton Row next month, and I hope he will enjoy adding it to his growing collection of my work.  As for the store-- Stay tuned for more on that in my next post! 

Friday, January 3, 2014

Here's to 2014!

Columns and Swirls [above] and Seasons Change [below, with an extra photo showing the texture of the piece and echoes of 2010's Emerging Red] are the last two paintings that I managed to complete in 2013.  In a sense, I feel as if I still have a bit of unfinished business left over from last year-- two portrait projects and a two-panel commission-- but at the same time, a new year always makes me want to formulate new goals, so I suspect that these projects might go in different directions than I previously expected.  We shall see!

As for my other plans for 2014, I am excited at the prospect of opening a small public studio come March (if all goes well).  This will be a very new step for me, but hopefully one which will help me to better serve my community, continue to ascertain what I need in a workspace, and gauge whether I should expand my business into a gallery/larger shop, dive headfirst into writing and design, or do any number of other things in the future. . . so many roads spread out before me, and I must choose each one wisely!  Naturally, I will continue to do commissioned portraits, as I very much enjoy painting human faces and figures and find the happiness that a portrait can give a client extremely fulfilling.  I would also like to get started on an idea for a series of paintings that has been incubating in my mind for at least two years now.  The sheer number of ideas swarming my mind is exhilarating; stay tuned for quite a year!