The Lioness

The Lioness

The Lioness

If only someone would pay me to hang around their zoo all day making friends with and painting all the animals. My life would be complete! This fierce, gorgeous lady lives at the San Diego Zoo. We went last Fall to check out all the parks, and let me tell you, my cup was full.

This painting was a bit of a quick one created on the iPad in Procreate. I started with the big shapes and worked into the details. I approach animal portraits the same as I do the human variety. Lots of measuring, looking at shapes, adding my own flair, and having fun. What is your favorite wild thing found at the zoo? (What’s your favorite zoo?

Mother of Dragons Procreate Process Video

Are you a fan of Game of Thrones? We eagerly awaited every episode this season. Although I will miss the series, but I will be glad to have my Sunday evenings back! 

I painted this little portrait of Daenerys Targaryen and her dragon, Drogon, for fun. It was created in Procreate on the iPad Pro. Maybe I can do a bigger piece when time allows.

 

Next Appointment

I have been working on a series of paintings geared toward the barbershop. I have been having a blast playing with color, figures, and reflections. The latest image, Next Appointment, is completed just in time for a show at Portneuf Valley Brewing. (Check it out in June in Pocatello, Idaho.) Below you will also find a process video to see how this painting was created. It was entirely created on the iPad with Procreate.

Next Appointment by Paige Weber

Next Appointment by Paige Weber

At the Barbershop

A few weeks ago I was in Salt Lake City. We popped into City Barbers, and while my husband got his hair done, i set to work getting some snaps of the joint. I wanted to capture the essence of the modern day barber. It makes me think of one of my favorite illustrators, Norman Rockwell. :) This painting was crafted completely on the iPad with Procreate. I plan to do a couple more illustrations in this series. Stay tuned!

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Bella, the Shiba Inu - A Process Video

This is Bella. My dear friend Jinell belongs to her. I got the chance to meet her the weekend before last on a trip to Boise. My good friend is getting married in May and I got to spend some quality time with her, a pre-wedding shower, if you will. We’ve been friends for over 23 years. We met working as baristas at one of Boise’s first drive-thru coffee shops in the ‘90s, Mocha Notion. We’ve lived together, worked together, moved away, moved home, dropped out of school, gone back to school, graduated school, gotten married, consciously uncoupled, navigated the hallways of loss, developed careers, held each other up in good times and in bad, and the list continues. Friendships that grow with you and survive the waves of time are truly special. I’m grateful. 💜

In the News!

I would like to extend a big “thank you” to Stephanie Bachman, Danae Lenz, and the Idaho State Journal for this wonderful piece on Gumption! It’s so exciting to be highlighted. I am also very grateful for this kind, encouraging community that can be found here in Pocatello. Many thanks!

To read the article on Idaho State Journal’s website click here.


Photo by Jordan Beesley for the Idaho State Journal

Photo by Jordan Beesley for the Idaho State Journal

Article written by Stephanie Bachman For the Journal

Old Town Pocatello is rife with personality, and Paige Weber’s Gumption is no exception.

On the third floor of the historic Kane building, Weber’s illustrative design studio is an eclectic pocket full of her art, whether that be its Idaho-shaped stickers of Idaho State University’s Red Hill, watercolor postcards of English cows or posters of the many neon signs that light up the streets of Old Town Pocatello.

“For me, I love to paint, I love to design, and I love digital illustrations,” Weber said. “The variety is what keeps me going.”

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Weber moved from Boise in 2015, and in August quit her full-time job and dedicated her efforts toward creating art for her clients and the community. Her mom, who’d been a fine artist in Weber’s early years, helped cultivate her daughter’s love of art, and was one of the inspirations that gave Weber the final push to open up a studio.

“In 2013, (my mom) was diagnosed with terminal cancer and in the last couple months of her life she started to paint again,” Weber said. “And for me, it was a real poignant moment because it took her till the end of her life to pick this up again, and she loved it, and so for myself … I’m going to really make art my business.”

At the start of 2015, she took on a year-long goal to whip out one painting a day and in 2016, leaped headfirst into a project that emphasized the small yet powerful icons that make Pocatello distinct.

In 2017, she created the Gumption Works Zine, a miniature magazine that highlights eateries, hot spots, and events of Old Town, with a flair of the Gumption’s stylized personality coming through the illustrated artwork. Weber distributed these in shops and businesses around the area and would like to launch a new, updated one in the future.

“It was a guerrilla art effort just to get it out to the community,” she said. “I wanted people to know what was great about Pocatello. … I did (a First Friday Art Walk) over at Deckadence, and a lady took a bunch (of zines) to take to her class reunion. It was interesting where it wound up.”

Another project she’s working on is the Neon Lights Collection, where she draws and digitally designs Pocatello’s historical neon lights that are making a welcome and colorful return back to the streets. Among just a few that she’s captured onto paper are the signs of the Chief Theatre, Red’s Key Cycles, Tough Guy Lanes and Buddy’s Italian Restaurant, with more on their way.

“I’m really into neon sign art right now, and that’s all thanks to Pocatello because we are a unique area, and we have a unique situation where we have all these neon signs,” she said.

One of her year-end goals is to create a calendar of the neon signs, but for now she shares her current collection at the Portneuf Valley Farmer’s Market and intends to participate in it this upcoming year.

San Diego!

If you know me, you know I am a fan of animals. Recently, on a trip to San Diego, my husband and I toured Sea World, San Diego Zoo, and the San Diego Safari Park. I think we trekked over 15 miles in three days, seeing all we could. We went to the beach too—to take photos, watch surfers, and listen to the ocean. It was an incredible trip and I hope to visit again. By far, the animals were our favorite part and I took hundreds of photos. I always do when I travel. You never know when you’re going to use them for reference!

This illustration is my ode to our trip to San Diego. I will have prints available soon in the shop!

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Moving on up to the Third Floor

I am excited to announce that I have moved my office to a new location in Pocatello! My new studio/gallery space is located in the Kane Building (specifically 315 W Center Street, Suite 307). This historical building is the perfect location to house creative thinking! And I am stoked to have a place where customers can pop by to pick up stickers, prints, or to have a chat. Pop by if you’re in the area. I am usually here, but will keep regular hours M-Th.

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Vanessa

In the evenings I like to unwind and paint while I watch, or rather, listen to television. It usually never involves anything I am working on at the time. It’s a sort of meditation to take my brain down a notch. I think it helps me sleep (if I’m not up until 2 am).

A couple of my friends mentioned Penny Dreadful to me after my last Eva Green portrait. I decided to start re-watching the series. There was so much I forgot! I did my best to capture her in all her ‘Vanessa Ives” glory. What is your favorite Eva Green character? 🎨☠️😁

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Miss Peregrine

Miss Peregrine, 2018

Miss Peregrine, 2018

One of my favorite actresses is Eva Green. She has such a unique look and can transform into some of the most unusual and eclectic characters. Miss Peregrine is a character from the film “Miss Peregrine's Home for Peculiar Children,” based on the book of the same name by Ransom Riggs. Like all Tim Burton films the characters come alive. This portrait is an ode to Eva Green’s Miss Peregrine.



The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina

Recently I have been exploring some new portrait techniques I learned. I decided to create a little series based on the characters from The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina on Netflix. This edgy series pushes the boundaries in an interesting way. I can say I was hooked from the first episode. It helps when you have such a winning cast. Have you watched this series yet?

The portraits I have completed to date are of Aunt Hilda (Lucy Davis) and Sabrina (Kiernan Shipka).

Aunt HIlda

Aunt HIlda

Sabrina

Sabrina


Here are process videos of each of these paintings