I drive past this house every time I go to get my hair done and I've had this reference photo for a long time - I've always liked it and finally today I took it out of the stack of photos and went to work.
I sketched this last night while watching Extreme Makeover - it's from a photo of my beloved dog Rocky but the face turned out looking more like my other dog Dusty... guess I'm just so used to painting Dusty and all the dogs I paint end up looking like Dusty:) I'm tempted to call it Do you Hear What I Hear because of the big ears...
As I was finishing this up this morning it occured to me that while I was painting these 3 horses I was hanging out and painting with 3 generations of family - my mother in law, my sisters in law, and my niece...how cool is that! It was a great day of painting and catching up with each other. I highly recommend getting together with your family to do something creative and bond with each other - it's good for the soul!
Here's what I'm working on tonight...I will be listing it on ebay tomorrow with 50% of the proceeds to go to Sierra Wild Horse Sanctuary. The reference photo was taken at a wild horse sanctuary in Utah during a trip to visit my dad and his wife Jenny a couple of years ago.
Today I took a trip down memory lane and did a painting of one of my favorite childhood places - The Bee Hive restaurant has bravely stood in the middle of downtown Montesano forever it seems - at least for 45 years...and it was "retro" even then:) I love this place and had a good time revisiting it this afternoon --- it's made me ravenously hungry just thinking about those big greasy french fries and thick creamy milkshakes...
I've been dabbling with this the last few nights... another portrait study. My year of focusing on painting better portraits is almost over. I've learned a lot about them and don't feel as much anxiety about painting people as I did before my year of painting portraits. In fact I really enjoy them now. I only have a couple of months to decide what my focus will be for 2010.
Today I did a watercolor painting of one of my new favorite musicians - Esperanza Spalding. If you like jazz and you haven't heard her music yet - you should! I really enjoyed listening to her while doing this painting.
This month the theme for Nibblefest is Halloween. I decided to challenge myself to paint something that wasn't an animal this time. I almost always paint a dog or cat. So this was something completely different :)
My Australian Cattledogs are happiest when they have control of the "red ball"! Yes - we have more than one red ball...but they still always seem to want the same one and like to gloat when they have control of it:)
This is just a fun little ACEO pastel painting for this week's ACEO and ATC Enthusiasts weekly challenge. This week's theme is "cash" and Johnny was the first thing that came to mind for me! I could not for the life of me get a good photo of this little painting - this was the least blurry and color distorted of the bunch. The actual painting is much less pink and the background is a really vivid green that didn't show up in the photo at all. Oh well... I listed it anyway - on Ebay starting this afternoon.
Last night I went out with a friend for our monthly dinner and gallery night in Anacortes. After I got home I just had to play with some art supplies even though I was dead tired - I did this 8"X10" pastel painting before I dropped into bed.
I painted this during several short work night sessions. My favorite part was just playing with the magic of watercolors in the lower portion of the painting - splattering with water and adding a little salt to create texture...fun!