Thursday, May 18, 2017

Pet Portrait: Marty

Marty, watercolor & pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.
 I got to draw another adorable dog!
This time it's Marty. My favorite part in this one (besides Marty) is the squirrel holding a Wawa hoagie:


Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:


I have some great events coming up! Come visit me at the following events this spring:

Friday, May 12, 2017

Pet Portrait: Sophie

Sophie, gouache and pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.

Sophie is such a fun dog to paint! I used gray paper so her black and white fur would stand out a little more.

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:


I have lots of things I haven't posted about this spring that I need to catch up on! I'll have a longer post soon.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Pet Portrait: Red

Red, watercolor and pencil on Rives BFK, 10x10", 2017.
I  got to draw the adorable Red. He's got great personality, and loads of fun fur.

This drawing was a little bigger, at 10x10".

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:







I have lot to catch up on, so look for some new blog posts very soon!

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Horse Portrait: Mo

Mo, watercolor & pencil on Stonehenge paper, 8x10", 2017.
I just completed my first horse portrait of Mo. He's handsome!

Here's a close up:





































Here's a look at the preliminary drawing from Instagram:



Look for a listing for custom pet and animal portraits on Etsy later this spring. I'll be taking commissions.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Owl Sisters

Owl Sisters, gouache, watercolor & pencil on Rives BFK, 8x10", 2017.
Woo! Done!

This one took longer than I anticipated, but I like the result.

Here's a detailed look:

I also have a print available on Etsy: 


Thursday, March 2, 2017

WIP: Owls

Here's a look at what I've been working on lately. It took much longer than I thought it would!


Saturday, February 25, 2017

Wolves and Bison




























Here's another design for Groundswell Greetings. I loved drawing these wolves!

Here's a closer look:



And here's a look at the preliminary drawing. I did change the design. The wolves would have been too small on the card with my original plan:


Unlike the bighorn sheep, I have been lucky enough to see wolves in real life. The photos below are from the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone this past September. I added the arrows to point out the wolves. It was very easy to watch them with binoculars or a scope, but harder to see in a photograph. You can see the elk they were hunting in the river of the first picture.

Photo by Zachary Gillespie

Photo by Zachary Gillespie
I've also seen too many bison to count! So, of course I had to paint a bison card too.


Here's the preliminary drawing:

And some excellent bison photos by Zack. Baby bison are called red dogs:
Photo by Zachary Gillespie

Photo by Zachary Gillespie


Thursday, February 23, 2017

Bighorn Sheep Card


When I was asked to design cards inspired by animals, conservation and national parks by Groundswell Greetings, I knew that I had to draw some bighorn sheep! 

Here's closer look:

Here's the preliminary drawing:
Do you see what I changed?


The closest I have come to seeing a bighorn sheep in person is the diorama at the Academy of Natural Sciences here in Philly, but I've spent LOTS of time looking. 

I know I've been near sheep... I've even seen their tracks in snow on Mount Washburn in Yellowstone, but I haven't been able to spot them.  My boyfriend Zack and I have seen lots of signs like this:



But still no sheep sightings!

Here's just a few of the places I've tried:

Arches National Park... Hey look! Sheep!

Zack looking in Canyonlands National Park



Bighorn National Forest... that's me, not sheep

Bighorn National Forest... they've got to be here!

Baronette Peak, Yellowstone. No Sheep, but we saw mountain goats

Mount Washburn, Yellowstone. We saw sheep prints in the snow

Death Canyon, Grand Teton National Park. I looked at these rocks with binoculars for ages!

Death Canyon, Grand Teton National Park. I'd seriously live here if I were a sheep.

I know I'll see them someday! I just have to take more trips.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Fox Card

This design will be a Father's Day Card for Groundswell Greetings, a Philly-based stationery business.

When I researched and found out that foxes are good animal dad's I couldn't resist!

Here's a closer look:


I rarely change the final painting much from my preliminary drawing, but this time I made an exception. I made the dad fox's face a little rounder and friendlier. You can see a peek at the original version in the Instagram post below. It's a lot more realistic, but the dad looks more annoyed than I would have liked.


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If you want to see a REALLY cute fox, check out the one my boyfriend photographed last week:

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Manatee Card


Here's another card design for Groundswell Greetings.

I love manatees! I accidentally swam with a manatee in Florida. We went snorkeling, but it was too muddy to see anything. Suddenly, a giant flipper breaks the surface of the water next to us! It scared everyone until we realized what it was. 

The preliminary drawing from my sketchbook is below:




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Friday, February 17, 2017

Rooster Card


Hello!

My first design is a rooster since 2017 is the year of the rooster.

Here's a closer look:



I had a lot of fun drawing the tail!

My preliminary drawing is below:



.... and here's an in progress shot from Instagram:




Thursday, January 26, 2017

Pet Portrait: Nacho

Nacho, watercolor and pencil on Stonehenge paper, 8x10", 2017.
 I finished another pet portrait. This time it's an adorable cat named Nacho!

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:


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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Pet Portrait: Maybe

Maybe, watercolor & pencil on Stonehenge paper, 8x10", 2017.
Here's another puppy portrait done!

There's a detail shot below:

I'll be offering custom portraits on Etsy very soon!

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pet Portrait: Reggie

Reggie, watercolor & graphite on Stonehenge paper, 8x10", 2017.

Here's my completed portrait of my boyfriend's dog, Reggie. What kind of dog is he? It's a mystery... but he sure is cute.

Here's a close up of some of the detail:




Sunday, January 8, 2017

In Progress: Pet Portraits

Happy new year!

I'm starting this year by making up a portfolio of portraits, so I can offer some commissions in a month or so.

Here are the preliminary drawings for two dog portraits:






































I'm waiting for a new watercolor set in the mail, then I'll start the final copies.

If you follow me on social media you've seen these in progress; if not, I'll link photos below:

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