Tuesday, December 24, 2013
Saturday, December 14, 2013
Saturday, November 16, 2013
This is a little 9" x 9" watercolor of a cute mixed breed dog named "Athena". The client wanted to show her in her younger days, which can be difficult when they send you more recent photos. Time goes by so quickly when you have a dog. Those first months of insane puppyhood seems to fly by...hopefully! The next think you know you are looking at a grey muzzle and more time sleeping by your side.
Thursday, November 14, 2013
I recently completed this gift commission of a handsome dog named "Akino" from photographs the client sent me. The outdoor setting is an area in Fairmount Park in the Philadelphia suburbs where I grew up. I have wonderful memories of running the beautiful trails there over 20 years ago. It was so much fun to paint this watercolor and a challenge as always with the customer's photos. I hope the newly married couple enjoys it as much as I did painting it!
Tuesday, September 24, 2013
|First stage with background and masking|
I just completed this watercolor of an older dog named Suli and a 17 year old cat named Alex. This painting is a good example of how I go about my watercolor portraits. After taking close to 75 reference photos, I created my design on Crescent watercolor board and began by masking out the animals. I don't always start this way, but in this case I wanted to work on the background first. After showing the clients the painting, they did have a few minor changes. The tail on Alex needed to be a little longer and the eyes on Suli needed to be "beadier" according to the owner...funny description! I made the changes and I hope they are happy with the final result.
|Adding detail to animals|
|Client wants tail longer on cat and eyes "beadier" on dog:)|
Tuesday, August 27, 2013
My recent painting commission of three Pygmy goats has been quite a challenge! These three Pygmy Goats are not just your average goats. They are the winners of the Pygmy Goat National Championship. This buck, doe and wether are as close to "perfection" in the pygmy goat world as you can get. So, suffice it to say I have been challenged to paint them perfectly and also please their owners! Animals, like people, are complete individuals. An ear or nose painted in the wrong way, can change the animal completely. It was a fun project and I have learned so much about Pygmy Goats! The finished watercolor painting image was 11" x 14". The image is featured on the publication for the National Pygmy Goat Association. Pictured are the Doe Burntwood Farms Annabelle Lee, the Buck Dream Catcher Little Wing and the Wether Rolling Meadows Eclipse.
Sunday, August 18, 2013
I have really become obsessed with following my favorite artists now that technology has allowed us to share with facebook, blogs, websites, youtube, and a host of other computer sites. It has gotten in the way of my work at times and I am constantly trying to keep a balance. But, I came to realize that artists and collectors love to see the progress of your art from start to finish. I have written artist friends and discovered new materials and techniques that have enhanced my own art.
This is the beginning of my portrait of Suli and Alex...two very old pets. I am working on my favorite Crescent Watercolor Board. As you can see, in this case I decided to "mask" out the animals and work on the background first. I took about 80 photographs of the animals, but being indoors did not provide the natural light I prefer...as well as the challenge of two other dogs and "I think" three other cats tagging along with me.