Saturday, August 9, 2014

Something different and a lovely mail surprise!

Still working on my jaguar at the scratching post - accidentally smeared dark paint on the poor kitty so had to repaint and make his spots all over again.  In the meantime - decided to go a bit looser and more abstract - and do something I've wanted to try for a while - a cityscape.  It's also a bit larger than I usually work -  I think about 18" x 24".  I need some more brightness but it is more bright than the photo. Now to finish it without overworking the poor thing. I have been very inspired by Nat Kalbach and her building paintings - I have a ways to go before I paint anything as colorful and wonderful as her buildings. You can see her work here.

On the right is a beautiful, hand painted card from Faye Holland - She was sweet enough to send it even though I didn't win her give away.  I will definitely find a small frame and a perfect spot for it.  I love to fill my home with art of all kinds!  Didn't make it to Paint Party Friday this week - but that doesn't mean I won't go and visit to see some gorgeous and inspiring art.  You can visit too-right here.  Thanks so much for stopping by - have a blessed and creative day!

Friday, August 1, 2014

2 wild beasts and a lovely birthday card

Endangered Series - Jaguar WIP

Birthday Card
 My "baby" brother asked if I would paint a jaguar as part of my "endangered" series and I started it this week.  I love that he is at a giant scratching post - kitties big and small, domesticated and wild share so many characteristics.  On the right is a lovely birthday card - sorry I took so long to post this - from my friend and former recruit for Stampin' UP!  Former in that I am no longer a demonstrator.  You can see her beautiful work here.  The last image below is of my dangerous cranky diva - our Boston Terrier.  We rescued her 3.5 years ago and she is a pip!  A definite personality and keeps me laughing with her craziness!  And she is fierce - if anything bigger than her approaches when we are walking - she is a beast to be contended with.  In the house - not so much!  Thanks for visiting me today - I am linking to Paint Party Friday.  Go over and visit this fabulous collection of artists from around the world. Have a blessed and creative day.

Wild and dangerous Boston Terrier

Friday, July 25, 2014

A rhino and an angel

Are we there yet?
My finished baby rhino - I used acrylic paints, oil pastels,charcoal and Pan Pastels.  Maybe you're not supposed to use the oil pastels with acrylic paint - I never learned all the rules.  I have named the painting "are we there yet?"  The top photo is truer to the color than the close-up which looks a little washed out.  The angel below was a paint over (like a do over) and her face and body seemed to just appear - so here she is.   Acrylic paint, Pan Pastels and charcoal.  Don't have a name for her yet.  Can you think of one?

Love doing a series - gives me all kind of ideas for other paintings.  I am so glad you stopped by.  I will be linking with Paint Party Friday and hope you will visit this website to see all the wonderful art.  Thanks to Eva and Kristin who faithfully host this site every week.  Have a blessed and creative weekend!