Sunday, November 30, 2008

15 Minute Lifedrawing...

Here is another watercolor life-drawing I did in a class at the Elmhurst Art Museum which I took for practice. This was a 15 minute poses. This even shorter short time allotment was a challenge for me to cover as much paper as possible while establishing the form. I feel that this practice will help me get faster when I work on my tighter gouache paintings as it helps to train the eye by moving fast and blocking in the shapes and shadows. Again in this one, I used watercolor pencil with the watercolors to add definition and quickly establish the darks.

"Coup de Foudre"...

I had two 30 minute paintings in the Naperville Art League's
October show "Coup de Foudre" which means "love at first sight."

Both pieces are life-drawings I did in a class at the Elmhurst Art Museum which I took for practice. These were both 30 minute poses. In the top one, I introduced watercolor pencil to add definition and quickly establish the darks in the short time allotment.

Interviewed by the Neuqua Connection...

On October 17, 2008, I was interviewed on the Neuqua Connection by Ashley Nicholas for Neuqua Valley High School in Naperville, Illinois.

To view the interview, click here

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Monday, November 24, 2008

My Sister's Film Won!!!

I just wanted to let you all know that, thanks to your help and support, my sister's film The Doll Hospital won the Fan Favorite! Thank you for voting, forwarding the information on, and listening to my emails, text messages, and/or phone calls. Below is a message from my sister:

To everyone who voted for The Doll Hospital as Fan Favorite:


Words cannot express how much I appreciate your help and support over this last month. It was a close race until the end, and it was because of your support and votes that pushed The Doll Hospital to the top! I cannot thank you enough for voting and for passing the word along to family and friends. The Doll Hospital was a personal tribute to two very special people that were important influences in my life…my two Grandfathers Peter and Joseph. I have received many touching e-mails and phone calls about my film and it such a rewarding feeling to hear how well the film was received.

The Doll Hospital could not have been completed without the wonderful group of people who worked with me on this film; a huge thank you to the cast and crew for their time and effort. Everyone's contribution and cooperation added to the success of this short film and I could not have done it without any of them.

I am forever grateful, and could not be more thankful to each and every one of you! I wish you all the best always, and have a wonderful holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

All My Best,
Melissa Kosar

Again, thank you so much!!!

Look for The Doll Hosptital on Lifetime!

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Bottom image © 2008 Melissa Kosar

Friday, November 14, 2008

Please Vote... How Can You Resist this Face?

Hi Guys, sorry I haven't updated my blog since before Halloween. I have been in California, but when I get back, I have lots of news and work to share. Right now, I just want to keep everyone updated on my sister's short film “The Doll Hospital” that is in the running for Fan Favorite in the Lifetime Movie Network’s “Every Woman’s Film Competition.”

Thank you to everyone who has been voting or has forwarded the information on, . . . but she still needs your votes! She has been in the lead, but recently has been going neck to neck with the film that has been in 2nd place, which has just overtaken Melissa's film by just a few votes. Voting ends on November 20th which is less than a week away. So please, pass this onto all your freinds and family and continue voting through and on the 20th (I think it is once per computer per day). Please go to the following website address and vote for “The Doll Hospital” by Melissa Kosar:

Thank you again to everyone for their support on this!!
It is really appreciated!

Image © 2008 Melissa Kosar