Friday, January 30, 2015

ACEOs Valentines Miniature Art for Paint Party Friday

A few of the 30/30 Valentine ACEOs I have created for the Facebook Challenge. See more in my Ebay Store

Cowgirl Valentine

I am Smiling! Persian Cat In Love.

Art is my One True Love!

The 30/30 ACEO group is doing 4 different topics/ themes for February 2015, and the first one is Ground Hogs, squirrels, rodents, etc. 

ATC size Gouache and Acrylic of my son's German Shepherd.
I have painted so many of his pets, and this time I tried lots of colors. German Shepherds are pretty much neutral brown, black, white, but this is my interpretation.  

"Marsala" The Watchful Kitty Cat, 6x6, watercolor, pen and ink.
Marsala is the Pantone Color of the Year for 2015
I did this for a challenge at the Dick Blick website/Facebook Page using the best match I could make with watercolors. It's the brownish red mauve looking tone.

Fancy Cuppa Joe, 6x6 watercolor, done for a challenge on a blog I just joined, the Paint and Draw Together Blog which has challenges every 6 weeks. More fun! Painted from a reference photo.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Pets, Cats and Dogs PPF

More Pet Portraits for 30/30:  Cats and Dogs
See the whole menagerie at my DPW Gallery

5x7 I'm Mr. Blue, Watercolor, Pen and Ink

6x6 Fluffy Grey Cat, Sealpoint Ragdoll Watercolor, Pen and Ink
Matted to 8x10

Mini Australian Shepherd, 5x7 Watercolor, Pen and Ink

6x6 Orange Tabby Cat

5x7 Watercolor, Old Dog

5x7, watercolor, White Poodle

Friday, January 16, 2015

Pet Portraits for PPF

Experimenting with Canvas Paper

This was a fun experiment. Usually I paint with watercolor on 140# or maybe 300# paper, and the paint sinks into the surface and you can glaze on top, but this time I used Fredrix canvas paper, which says can be used for any medium.  If you have ever used Yupo, then you would probably be comfortable with this surface, except it is not slippery, but has tooth and texture. The fun part is that you can lift very easily for highlights. That is also the frustrating part, because adding more color sometimes lifts the color beneath. No chance for glazing here. I used Higgins White ink for the whiskers and final highlights. I am pleased with the results, and will probably do more like this. 

Lola, a Rag Doll Kitty, with her mom, 
9x12 watercolor on Canvas Paper

This month I am doing 30 paintings in 30 days and mostly practicing my pet portraits. I want to be familiar with all breeds of dogs and cats, but sometimes it is difficult to be sure that I have described the animal correctly. Owners are very particular about that! These are all for sale in my Gallery at DailyPaintWorks

5x7, watercolor, Chinese Crested Dog Pet Portrait

5x7, watercolor, Dixon, photo ref by Sally Bernard

5x7 Watercolor, A Pine Marten, not a raccoon
Photo ref by Kim Allsebrook

5x7 Watercolor, Bunny Rabbit
Photo ref by Chris Allsebrook

5x7 Watercolor Squirrel
Photo ref by Kim Allsebrook

5x7 Staffordshire Bull Terrier "Happy Dog" 
Watercolor and Pen, photo by Paola Richey

This 8x10 was done in class this week. I have been in a watercolor class for a couple of years, and I am really enjoying it. I can see now, after scanning this, that it needs some work. Still Life is not my favorite!  LOL.

Friday, January 9, 2015

Watercolors Still Life and Dogs, PPF

Another Busy Week

Yes, I have been busy painting this week. I actually finished more than a dozen pieces of art, including more Valentine ACEOs for the 30/30 challenge on FB.

"Pears, Bowl and Reflections," Watercolor, pen and ink.
Still Life, 8.5 x 11 on 140# Hot Press Paper. This is from a challenge photo posted on the Reference Photos for Artists group on Facebook. It runs all month, but I like to get it done first thing.

And I am working on 30 Paintings in 30 Days with Leslie Saeta's Blog group. Mostly I am doing animals / pet portraits.
Lily, my sweet little Chihuahua, 5x7 watercolor and pen 
on 140# cold press paper

Rodney Fox, 5x7 Watercolor and Pen and ink. Challenge Painting done from a free photo posted on the Artist Reference photos group on Facebook.

5x7 Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Puppy Dog Pet Portrait from a photo  on another free photo site,

8.5 x 11, Yorkshire Terrier Watercolor, Pen and Ink from a photo by Paul Beattie on ARF (funny) Artist Reference Photos Group.

And, a Cityscape, at night.
This was the challenge on DPW this week, and it was a stretch for me. I don't do buildings, cars and people like this, but I love to try new things. I kinda liked it afterwards. It's my style, I suppose. Watercolor, Pen and ink! Loose style.

Friday, January 2, 2015

White Animal ACEOs and Valentines for PPF

Animals, and more animals.

Here are some ATC/ACEO cards I did this week for the ACEO-TW challenge on Facebook for January.  The topic this month is White animals. I am also starting the next 30 ACEOs in 30 Days challenge, to paint one a day with a theme of LOVE. I chose to do Valentines. I always work better with a theme. The first ones feature white animals, so I can do Twofers! I love Twofers! These are all starting at  a mere $5 each on my Ebay Auctions section of my store.

Proud Boxer with Red Collar


Magic Love

Some Bunny

Fluffy White Cat

Aloha Kitty

Another challenge I am participating in this month, is to paint 30 paintings in 30 days on Leslie Saeta's blog. I could have used the valentines, I suppose (Three-fers?) but instead I chose to do thirty 5x7 watercolor mixed media paintings of various animals. Here's the first one. 

The Challenge this week on DPW: Paint sharp objects.
Here's my entry.

Friday, December 26, 2014

Pets and their People for PPF

Watercolor Illustrations For Christmas
People and Pets

This is one of my favorite couples. 5x7 watercolor.

I made loose style 6x6 inch watercolor paintings with pen and ink for two sisters, my relatives actually, for Christmas presents. I hope they like them. It was fun trying to get the personalities of both the cats and the girls. 

Friday, December 19, 2014

Reptiles, Toad in the Road and Iguana, plus Abstract PPF

It has been a fun week for me in my painting world. I might call it "Reptile Week:  Unusual Pet Portraits," since I painted two really odd critters. 

Here is My Iguana, which I call  "Here Lizard, Lizard."
Painted from a photo by Hazel Lewry on Reference Photos for Artists.
9x12 Mixed Media, Watercolor (Brusho), pen and ink, gouache and acrylic on heavy paper. These are my first amphibious reptilians. LOL.

"Toad in the Road" was painted for a challenge on It had to be a photo from their site, and the title had to rhyme. I was going to paint a frog on a log, but the toads were more interesting. Acrylic on canvas board 11x14.

"Bold and Bright" Abstract Landscape, beautiful luminous colors using Brusho and Bleach. I like the purple mat because it sets off the mountains in the background. Done on 140# watercolor cold press paper.

Jinx the Orange Tabby Cat. 5x5 Illustration, Watercolor and Pen. 
This was a commission for a Christmas Gift, so it is SOLD. It was done from a really tiny photo, but I guess it looks enough like the actual cat to please the owner.

I plan on doing more watercolor and pen sketches like these because they are so much FUN. And the buyer wants me to paint another one after the 1st of the year. 2015 will be a banner year!

Friday, December 12, 2014

Sunflowers, Trucks and Santa, PPF

What I painted this week . . . 

I usually sketch with watercolors and a pen when  I have to wait for stuff to happen, like the bus to arrive, or the doctor to call my name. These little sketches are usually flowers, so I guess the series could be called "Flowers in Waiting."
ACEO, 3 Sunflowers
ACEO 3 Sunflowers, Watercolor and Pen - Sold
These old rusty Trucks For Sale were painted for a challenge on DPW.
Here it is matted. I love mats.

From this reference photo . . . 

 And another challenge, Santa and Me
on a Facebook group, to paint our interpretation,
of this photo.