created this portrait of my granddaughter from a cell photo photo she
took of herself while riding in the car with her mom. Windows were open
and her hair was blowing which created a wild effect. I titled it "Aldabella" which means beautiful in Italian.
I have been working on several commisson requets of the same dog. This is Tula. She was adopted from an Ibizan Hound rescue in Spain where her mother delivered her and her siblings. Her owner Sue is a very nice Lady from the UK rescued her and is giving her a wonderful life. Sue asked me to do several colored pencil drawings and these are the first two.
I had the pleasure to meet this young borzoi girl at a sighthound event here in Hanover.
The event was the Mason Dixon Ibizan Hound Club Lure Couraing Trials for all sighthounds.
It was very warm that day but this girl seemed like she was happy to be there so from the photos I took of her, I drew this colored pencil drawing. Sighthounds are beautiful and graceful and I enjoyed creating this.
This is a work in progress. It has been awhile since I worked on black so I decided to draw Halen, my Ibizan hound sleeping on the rug at the glass door. Catching the right light with the colored pencils is fun but the shaded area is a little tricky. I want to show that the rest of the body is there but not too much to take away the dramatic shadows. I am working on this in between commissions and competition pieces.
I love capturing light reflections in glass especially colored glass. This bowl was my mother's which brings back so many memories when I recreate it on paper. This colored pencil painting was selected to be shown in the 2012 Keystone National Works on Paper Exhibit at the Mechanicsburg Art Centers gallery.
This cute little house sparrow was on the mop false cypress bush outside my kitchen window one morning when I photographed him. He was making sure the feeder was safe because a hawk attacked his friends a couple weeks ago while they were eating. We have not had much activity at the feeder since then.
This is my most recent painting of a
Auodad Sheep. He is a resident of the Catoctin Zoo where I photographed
him years ago but just recently decided to paint this for a demo in my
colored pencil class. I showed my students how colored pencil can be
used with many other mediums.
I think I found another favorite medium combination.
I heard today that my 2 paintings "Waiting Whippet" an oil painting and "Ibizan Hound Pup" a watercolor painting both have been
accepted into "The Art Show at the Dog Show" a National canine art show
in Wichita, Kansas. I am thrilled to get 2 paintings in this show again this year. The judging will not be until March 6.
am not sure if this painting actually shows the idea I had in my mind
when I started it but it does raise a few questions for the viewer. Is
the dog patiently waiting to follow someone on a bike ride or are these
three relics (the old dog and two old style bicyles) forgotten in this
I was notified that this painting called "Zebra Look" was accepted into the Colored Pencil Society of America's annual international exhibit called "Explore This 8". This is an acrylic and colored pencil painting on illustration board. I completed this last year and entered it into the York Art Association's 41st annual Juried show and during the juring, it was declined. Then I entered it into the Hanover Area Arts Guild fall show and it won "Best of Show".
This is my second entry that was accepted into the Colored Pencil Society of America's show. The last one was in 2009 and it was called "Horse's in the Snow". Art competitions can be sometimes disappointing and also rewarding.
I have been working on this oil painting
since November in between commissions and all my other activities and I
have finally decided it was finished. I am not sure if I like the photo I
have taken and might try to photograph it again. Painting wolves and
foxes are similar to painting dogs so I challenge myself to try to paint them in their natural enviornment. Send inquires to firstname.lastname@example.org