Hi! I'm Aubrey.

Hi! I'm Aubrey.
I am an artist based in LA (but from the good 'ol Midwest). This blog is a record of my life as a painter/artist. It is here to help me keep my place and motivation, ground me to learning and be a connection to other artists.

If you are interested in purchasing existing work, please visit my etsy site here. If you are interested in commissioning an original artwork, e-mail me at aubrey.studebaker@gmail.com


Coming Soon

My brother (far left) wants me to do a painting of him & his roommates for their house...I'm going to play this up & make it a caricature...also definitely putting them into some kind of scene & thinking about adding some goofy props/outfits.
Jester hats, crowns, furry capes, swords & scepters come to mind but maybe that is all too obvious? -Any ideas for additions that will make this an over the top goofy painting ('cause that's what I'm going for)?


Everyone Take a Nap

The day after Christmas seems like it should be filled w/ naps & the watching of old movies. This painting is now available on etsy:
8.5"x5.5" watercolor & colored pencil on cold press watercolor paper


Merry Christmas

I hope everyone's Christmas is going splendidly. This painting is now for sale on etsy:
 24"x36" acrylic on stretched, 1.5" depth canvas


Painting 47 & 48

Going home for the holidays today! It is going to be splendid to be in a house full of children, dogs, babies, food, presents, a rat, a lizard & a partridge in a pear tree. (Okay, maybe that very last part is a lie...)

3.5"x4" watercolor, colored pencil & ink on cold press watercolor paper

...And here's what all of these small portraits look like together (as they're being gifted):
(I know I need to start taking better photographs. -Hey, maybe that can be one of the new year's goals, eh?)


Paintings 45 & 46

It seems that there are two major types of artists. Type 1 is extremely meticulous & detailed. Type 2 is half-hazard & acts mainly on instinct. When it comes to art (but not really to any other part of my life), I am definitely type 2 but I greatly admire those people who have the patience & desire to go that extra mile when it comes to detail.

3.5"x4" watercolor, colored pencil & ink on cold press watercolor paper

At the same time, I do really love something when it looks a little rough/sketchy. There's that little rebel in my head that says (in a snotty voice) "If you want it to be photographic, just take a picture." Rather close minded, I agree, but it still talks me out of spending the headache on a lace detail or the subtle texture of someone's clothing many a time.


Paintings 43 & 44

As we're nearing the new year once again & it's looking like I'll actually meet my goal of 52 paintings in 2010 (!), I'm beginning to think about what kind of new goals I'd like to set for 2011. Saying a goal out loud or writing it down seems to increase the chance of reaching said goal. 
 What kind of goals are you aiming for in 2011? 
both are 3.5"x4" watercolor, colored pencil & ink on cold press watercolor paper

I know I'm not going to set the same goal this year, and I know that I want my goal to be unrealistic since I want to push myself. Have a few things in mind but not going to say until I have absolutely decided...


Paintings 41 & 42

It has been a bit of a hiatus for me these past few weeks. Glad to say I'm back. These next 8 paintings (I'll be posting 2 per day for 4 days) are all part of a commissioned work to be given to a grandmother as a Christmas present. Nice present, I think.

both are 3.5"x4" watercolor, ink & colored pencil on cold press watercolor paper


Painting 40: Star Trek is for Babies

Another nephew (Luke) is on the way today and we're driving to meet him after work tonight. I can't wait. Babies are wonderful, no?  Here is the gift that I'm bringing him (side note, this side of the family is a tad obsessed w/ Star Trek Next Gen):
I screen printed these using the paint mask posted awhile back.

Speaking of babies...here is a pic of my new baby, picked him up on Saturday:
Little Marvin is the reason that my blogging has been so lax this past week as we are in full-on crate training mode. Isn't he sweet?