When I saw the reference photo I used for this painting taken by Kristan Hankewycz of her greyhound "Fanny" I just had to paint it. So I did with her permission and I enjoyed every minute capturing the elegance of this beautiful hound.
I was asked to participate in the "As We See Ourselves II" Self Portrait show at the Whitaker Center for Science and the Arts in Harrisburg. I worked from a photo that my grandson, Dylan, took of me and changed it up a little but it was taken a few years ago when glasses and hair-do were different but he caught me in a moment of thought so I will call this "Contemplation".
Never too soon to start thinking about Christmas Cards so I am announcing my new design with a Gettysburg theme. A Civil War Santa is seated next to the Abraham Lincoln Statue with 3 greyhounds and the Gettysburg tree in the background. If you own a greyhound, love one or know a friend that does, this would be the perfect card for them. I am selling these cards for $4 for a single card or $8 for a pack of 4 cards or $15 for a pack of 8 cards.
I guess you can tell I like painting sheep. I passed by a field one day with some wooly sheep grazing and thought I need to go back to take some photos. Well to my surprise when I finally got by there again with my camera, the sheep all got haircuts. Being a daughter of a sheep farmer, I know why this happens. My dad sold the wool from the sheep we raised. So this is my painting of one of the not so wooly sheep. 6x6 oil on gessoed board.
One of the miniatures that I have been working on for a Miniature show in Chambersburg. This is a 4x4 oil painting done from my own reference photo taken at a horse show at Swan Lake Stables in Littlestown. I liked the horse's head dress but is actually a netting to keep the flies off the horses ears.
This painting is now available. I painted this from my reference photos from years ago of a pasture that I passed by every day. The cattle had a small creek and lush green grass with many trees for shade and they always seemed so happy.
I recently attended a dog sporting event with my dog and even though we were participants, I always have my camera with me to capture images for future paintings, The event was for sighthounds but a couple arrived at the event with their three dogs but one was not a sighthound. I saw how well behaved their three dogs were and it made me feel good that this couple cared enough to train and socialize their dogs to be able to mingle with people and other dogs especially this girl that I photographed then did this colored pencil drawing of. This looked to be a American Staffordshire terrier as they are known in the American Kennel Club and she was very happy and pleasant to everyone and all dogs she greeted. This breed has gotten a bad reputation but I still feel that if you do not take the time to train and socialize any breed, you can not blame the dog for poor behavior.
New colored pencil on suede mat board. I never used this before with colored pencil and I think I really like it. Not satisfied with the background but I will work on it. 8x10 drawn from my own reference photo.
New Oil Painting. I stopped by the Swan Lake Riding Stables with Sharon Benner where there was a horse show and we took lots of photos. Here is one of the first photos I took of an employee bringing two horses in from the field.
I am painting a lot of greyhounds since I was invited to be a vendor at the "Greyhounds in Gettysburg" gathering at the All Star Family Fun Center on April 24th and 25th. I will be there 10-5 pm both days so stop by and say "Hi". While you are in Gettysburg, stop by The Drawing Room Gallery on 333 Baltimore Street where I and 3 other local artist show our work in a co-op gallery. Hours there are 12-6 Friday and Saturday.
When I am painting a cat, I feel calm, content and peasceful just like a cat. Painting them is my therapy. The reference photo for this painting was taken by me, in my studio as I took a break from painting and saw that my 16 year old cat was watching me.
One good thing about snow storms is that I get a lot of work done since time slows down when the roads are snow covered. This is Finn and Allure, two standard poodles drawn with prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore Bristol.
I just completed this drawing of my dearly departed greyhound. We adopted her in 1993 and laid her to rest in 2005. She was a racing greyhound that became the sweetest therapy dog with her quiet nature and loving desire to be petted. She wore these rose colored sun glasses to visits which made everyone smile.
Great News! I found out that I won 2 awards in the 29th Annual National Juried Fine Arts competition at the "Art Show at the Dog Show" in Wichita, Kansas. My colored pencil drawing of the "Rodesian Ridgeback" received a 3rd place award in the Drawing Category and my photograph of my dearly departed Ibizan hound "Halen" received 4th place in the Photography Category. I never entered the photography category before so this is quite an honor and especially since it was my favorite photo of my beautiful boy.
I really enjoyed Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge . I am very glad I chose to do people portraits this year because It greatly helped me to improve on my speed and accuracy of creating the human portrait. Thank you all for following
Day 30 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. My last piece is a colored pencil painting of Haley from one of her selfies taken in 2012. I have enjoyed this challenge and am proud that I stuck to my theme of people portraits. It was not easy doing a portrait a day and also working on commissions and painting for my galleries.
Day 27 of the "30 paintings in 30 days" challenge is an oil painting of Haley with Tiger the cat. My granddaughter is my all time favorite model. I should have kept track of how many paintings I have done of her since she was born.
Day 26 of the "30 paintings in 30 days" is a watercolor of Danielle and Rocky on the day they met. I took the reference photo and always thought that Rocky had that look on his face because he knew he found his forever mommy.
Day 24 of the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge is aportrait of my granddaughter Haley when she was younger holding a kitten. The kittens colors make it look like I did not finish it so I might have to put some more yellow stripes on it.
Day 19 of the 30 paintings in 30 days and this has been a real challenge painting all people but I am having so much fun. This painting is of me and my daughter, Amy from a photo taken of us on Mother's Day 2014.
Day 16 of the "30 paintings in 30 days" challenge is a painting for "Flashback Friday". I created this pastel from an old photo of my mom and her friend and my little sister in a boat on the Conewago Creek.
Day #14 of the Leslie Saeta's "30 paintings in 30 days challenge" I chose to paint from my photo taken in 2008 of my grandson and his new boxer puppy Lucy. I am enjoying this challenge which gives me a reason to paint from some of my most favorite photos.
Day #13 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days". I chose to do a pastel of Amy when she was competing in in western style riding at a horse show at a 4H event. I changed the background from the riding rink and bleachers to more relaxed field.
Day#12 of the "30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I chose a photo of my granddaughter Haley with her new chihuahua puppy Ramone riding in the car taking him home for the first time. This was a couple of years ago.
Day10 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" is a 6x4 section of a planned 8x10 painting. Since I chose one of my reference photos that I took at the Victorian Carriage Farm that has a lot of details and a horse in it, I did not get it finished today. This is a General Grant impersonator.
Day #9 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" I used a reference photo I took during the Rememberance Day Parade in Gettysburg of a man walking on the sidewalk during the parade. He made me wonder was he vagabond or a re-enactor,
Day #8 in the "20 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge. I chose to use a photo from a free artist reference photos site and I chose colored pencil as the medium. I know the challenge is for paintings but when I use the mineral spirits with the colored pencil it has a painterly effect.
Day #6 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge. Since we had snow today, I painted one of my favorite snow photos that my daughter, Amy gave me years ago. This is David, my grandson and Haley my granddaughter and their dog Shep. He always loved the snow!
Day #5 of the "30 paintings in 30 days"I used a reference photo that I tool during the Remembrance Day Parade in Gettysburg. It was my first time seeing this parade and it was exciting to see that many re-actors in one place at one time. I do not think the red scarf was actually part of the uniform for this re-enactor but it was a cold day in Gettysburg.
Day #4 of the "30 Paintings in 30 Days" is a quick watercolor painting of a little girl with my whippet "Bailey" during a therapy visit to a summer camp. The connection between a child and a therapy dog is a remarkable a experience.
of the "30 paintings in 30 Days" I chose to do a colored pencil drawing
of my grandson from a photo I took in 1994. He loved to go to Codorus
Park to see the geese. Every new year, I love getting out old photos to
look through them and remember fun times and they will be great subjects
for the challenge.
Day #2 of Leslie Saeta's "30 Paintings in 30 Days" challenge and I chose to paint Russ and I in 1995 sitting on a bench in the Boston Commons, Massachusetts during our trip to Cape Cod. The reference photo is one of my favorite photos of us that I have ever taken. I chose to paint this since we will be celebrating our 18th wedding anniversary on Sunday.