Wednesday, December 14, 2011
This was a wonderful commission that I recently finished for Christmas. They are all rescued cats. From the left is, Nina, Gus, Mimi, and Gozwald, he's the oldest at 15. The others are 12, if I believe correctly. A beautiful family of loved cats!
Monday, November 14, 2011
Sunday, October 30, 2011
When I started back into painting I was introduced to painting the human portrait. I loved it, but it wasn't coming easy for me. I started to wander and paint fruit, flowers, landscapes, etc. I painted anything to avoid people. Then the animals started, all from a few commission pieces and I have been running with them ever since. I LOVE painting animals and I would have been the first one to admit that I never saw myself painting animals.
Then, my girlfriend lost her husband a year ago. I told her I wanted to paint him when she was ready. Almost a year later she had a fundraiser in his name, there on the table was his photo that I knew I had to paint. I really hoped that I could capture him. I had been so hard on myself with previous portraits that I talked myself out of painting them. In fact, I still have a couple unfinished.
Well, not only was I surprised of the outcome, but I painted him in 6 days. I think the second full day was when it just poured out of me. I also felt this amazing energy when painting him.
Normally the best part of a painting is looking forward to seeing a clients reaction, but knowing that it would be an emotional viewing for my friend I decided to wrap it up and dropped it off for her and her family to open in privacy. She had a different opinion...she wanted me to be there. She had a family dinnter last night and asked if I'd come over after since she had everyone there.
They all loved it! I was glad to be there. I shared that when I first started to paint him I kept seeing a race car behind him. She informed me he LOVED and watched the racecar races. He definately was with me the whole time I painted him. I look forward to the next one!
Monday, October 17, 2011
This is my girlfriend's dog, Sammy, a schnauzer. I'm really enjoying painting different dog breeds. It brings new challenges to me. I actually did this painting in about 5 hours, which is a first for me. I guess I'm getting more efficient these days. That's a good thing.
Monday, October 10, 2011
This painting was pretty much done and I tweaked it today, complete now! This is actually a juvenile snowy owl, adults are pure white. He was fun to paint, especially the right side with his whispy feathers. I also signed my initials to look like feather markings on the right. There are so many more owls I want to paint. I do have a short eared owl in flight I'm still working on. Will post that one soon, I hope. I have so many paintings I work on at a time I never know which ones I will complete first.
Sunday, October 9, 2011
I took a photograph of our home flag around the 4th of July for my fb profile picture. I decided to paint it and here it is complete. It was a joy and honor to paint this as a tribute to the men and women who have given to our country for our freedom and to those who have given their lives for our country so that we can have our freedom! Thank you to all our troops!!
Saturday, October 1, 2011
This painting is another one of "City the Kitty". I painted an earlier painting a 16x20 of him sitting in his favorite bowl. His mom, Lori Shepler is a professional photographer. Her photo, that I used for this was and is my top favorites. I asked if it would be okay to paint this one as well. I wasn't too sure of painting it in black and white at first. I must say though that I learned a lot from this painting. I handled the blending so differently and I was able to paint wet on wet with this. I look forward to the next black and white picture with open arms, I mean hands.
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Colby just past this week. I memorialized him by painting him for his owner. She used to live next to us when we lived in northern California. I incorporated her favorite color, orange, into the background. He'll be shipped off to his new home this week. I hope this painting brings her comfort.
Friday, September 23, 2011
Another feathered friend. I finished this one a couple of weeks ago. This one is a Black-capped Gnatcatcher. The texture of the tree was fun to do. I carved my initials into this painting like I did with the "Nuthatch". I just finished a dog portrait and will post that one this weekend. I'm definately keeping busy in the studio. I have at least 5 paintings going at once in different stages. When I come into the studio I work on the one I'm in the mood for.
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
City the Kitty has his own fb page...it's fun to see what he gets into and tries to get out of. Of course all captured by his mom Lori. I hope you check his page out, he's very handsome!
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, August 9, 2011
I painted Scout for my girlfriend's husband's birthday. Scout was a shy dog to take pictures of, it was very funny. Finally my friends little boy came up behind me and Scout gave her best pose. I believe they were very happy with the end result of the painting. She was a pleasure to paint, as most are for me.
Thursday, July 14, 2011
I wanted to share this with you before my vacation. I started this a while ago and became daunted by it. Mean while, I painted my three 16x20 birds of prey, owl, hawk and eagle, go figure as they just rolled off my brush. I don't know why this bird had me at a stand still, but it did. Last Wednesday, I volunteered at my church to face paint. Guess what?? I was painting humming birds on little girls faces and they were the easiest to do. That made me come back to it and I just painted. I still have some small touch-ups, but it all worked out. Will update when I'm finished with him.
Saturday, July 9, 2011
I've painted some of these stones before. I enjoyed stacking these like a cairn (karn), which is a mound of stones piled up to mark a boundary or to point the way for adventures seeking a trusted and well-traveled path. Of course, the butterfly represents ability to accept change, a transformation.
Here's some of the latest pets that I've painted. They were such fun to paint. Otis is an English Bulldog and I couldn't resist painting that face. Sophie, well a blue eyed beauty. I have many more in the works and will share soon. If you want a commisioned painting of your loving pet you can email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Tuesday, June 14, 2011
I've been retouching this painting that I previously posted. He looks ten times better to me. I still need to sign it. I'm going to send this to the 60th Central Adirondack Art Show in Old Forge, NY. My husband is from there and his mom still lives on 4th Lake. It's been a long tradition for our family to meet there every summer for a couple of weeks. I always visit the art center to view all the wonderful paintings. I thought I'd send one this year, as they are opening for the first time their brand new building. I thought it fitting to send one of my birds that I've been working on. He has a long journey, so I'll make sure I get a picture or two with me in front of him at the show.
Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Monday, May 30, 2011
Saturday, May 28, 2011
I had so much fun painting these two birds. I'm enjoying my new "winged" friends and see lots more fluttering happening in my studio. I've been busy working on several paintings and will post as I finish them. Lots of ideas have been pouring out of me...love that part of the creative process. Now I just need to keep up with the painting part.
Wednesday, April 27, 2011
Tuesday, April 5, 2011
This is the second painting I've done using this birds nest that I found with it's eggs. Fortunately, I took photos of it with the eggs in the nest as I had a few unfortunate egg destruction. From kids poking their fingers into them to my kitty eating one. I think I only have one or two left. You might not be able to see it, but I added silver and copper paint to the delicate interior of the birds nest. I enjoy painting birds nests and know there will be more to come...maybe I'll add a bird with the next one.
Monday, March 28, 2011
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
City the Kitty has his on fb wall. One of his moms, Lori Shepler, is a wonderful professional photographer and captures City doing a lot of silly stuff. About a week ago City posted on his wall that he wanted to see himself sketched or painted. So, I decided to take him up on it. After all, I did have a wonderful photo to go by. I'm very happy with the final piece and I believe City will be too. The back ground I layed down on the first try. That almost never happens. The bowl came last as I wasn't sure how to handle it. This is when I stopped thinking and just spread the paint and the magic happened. I had some left eye issues, but found my problem, placement of the highlight. This is why practice makes perfect, well almost. Lori is going to take our family pictures of us on the beach. I just need to set a date. Not that we have horrible weather here in OC, but spring seems like a good time for it.I decided to let this painting rest for a week and went back to it and saw what my issues where. I'm very happy with the out come. I even put in copper paint in his eyes...only can appreciate it looking at actual painting.
Sunday, March 6, 2011
This is Mojo. He was a joy to paint. His owner is my cuz, well my cuz's wife, she's my family too. I might tweak his whiskers a bit more, but for now I feel he's complete and looking great. I think she'll approve.
I'm on to the next orange tabby and will post pictures of my process with that painting.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
I wanted to experiment with painting sand. I found these stones at Laguna Beach. I love to look for small shells and wonderful stones to add to my jar. It was fun to paint and hope to paint sand, stones, and shells together again.