Tuesday, September 27, 2016

Mouse with a Heart Balloon

This little painting started out as one of my daily pencil drawings. With all the negative events going on throughout the world this little mouse stayed in my mind as a hopeful image of peace and understanding. 

There seems to be a lot of hate being expressed throughout the world right now. Some people have legitimate reasons to be looking for justice while others are acting out and causing more hurt in the world because of their religions, beliefs and ideologies. Regardless of our political stances, religions and ideas I think we can all agree that we need a little more love in the world. 

I documented my process for this painting. I started with the background for a change and worked my way forward. I used my Winsor and Newton watercolours and Higgins white ink for the clouds.
I finished the mouse off with my Faber Castel pencil crayons so his fur would look softer and then used acrylic white paint for highlights and whiskers! 

This 6" by 8" painting can be found in my Etsy shop!

Sunday, September 18, 2016


Symbiosis - acrylic 9" by 12"
This painting was dreamed up a few months ago but I finished it over the summer at my cabin. I was having an art block one day so I asked Sebastian to draw me a plant....and this is what I ended up with! Ha ha :)

It's one of our stranger collaborations, but I kinda like it. I enjoy the odd pairings of life in this painting, which seem to be both reliant and independent of each other. It's always fun to paint some crazy idea from someone elses head!

 It took me a few weeks to pick a title but I finally settled on "Symbiosis," which refers to the essential relationships between all of the different kinds of life found on our planet. 
This acrylic painting is painted on a 9" by 12" gallery wrapped canvas and is available in my Etsy shop!

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

Greeting Cards in my Etsy Shop!

These cards are a collaborative effort between Sebastian and I. He dreamed up the idea of providing different greeting inserts for the cards and of course they feature my paintings and recent pencil drawings. We are printing them with my Epson Stylus Photo R3000 on white cardstock.

These cards come with five different greeting inserts so you can choose your favorite card and coordinate it with your specific event. The inside of each card is outfitted with photo corners so you can easily remove and change the inside greetings without using glue or any other adhesives. 
This pack of cards is designed to cover you for all of those events that sneak up in your schedule. It's always nice to have an extra birthday or anniversary card on hand. 

These cards are available in my Etsy shop as well as on Ebay.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Drawings 47 - 50

This is my current stack of daily drawings. It's a little smaller than it was a few days ago since I sold a handful of them in my Etsy shop

47 Wolf
Although this series of drawings is a technical exercise for me and I'm not creating them simply to sell, it is always cool to send them off to a new home.
48 Ladybug

This wolf drawing stretched over three days but now it is one of my favorites. I think it was the background that took so much time!
49 Koala

I am quickly catching up on my Etsy uploads and I'm almost there....almost!
50 Mouse and Balloon
This mouse and his balloon are part of a cute little series of mice I have drawn. The next two will be in my next drawing update.

Monday, September 5, 2016

End of Summer Plein Air

Summer vacation is officially over. I've had my last sunny cabin weekend and now starting next week I'm back to my hectic schedule of teaching and dancing. 
This summer I spent almost every weekend sitting at my cabin relaxing and observing the forest and all the critters that enjoy it. I can sit on the deck all day long watching animals and observing the ever fascinating ecosystem around me
I decided a few weekends ago to pull out my paints and a small canvas to create a plein air painting of  one of my favorite trees. I generally don't paint landscapes so this painting was slightly experimental, but I like it. It's kind of cute!