Tuesday, July 25, 2017

Beaver Card

I've been working on some winter designs for Groundswell Greetings. Here are some happy beavers drinking hot chocolate :)

I posted this sketch on Instagram, but ended up simplifying the final drawing. I used more stylized fur lines because of the size of the card, and because I thought it looked cute.

Also, look for my cards in my newest stockist, Renee James Boutique in Havertown.

Sunday, July 9, 2017

Alligator Valentine

This is another design for Groundswell Greetings. It's still going on the American wildlife theme. ai know that American alligators are mostly black and yellow, but I wanted this to be a little more colorful. I made yellow bunnies and a purple raccoon before, so brightly colored animals fit with my other work.

I love reptiles. I'm not sure why I haven't drawn them much before. I should definitely draw more!

Here's a look at my preliminary drawing, and a look at the very beginning of my drawing:

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Unicorn Card

I have a brand new unicorn card available on Etsy!

Here's the preliminary drawing:

Pet Portrait: Hoss

I loved painting Hoss and her tennis balls!

Here's a look at the preliminary drawing:

Spring Catch Up!!!

If you follow me on social media, you've already seen these things.

I realized I never poster them on my blog, so here goes nothing:

The NFL Draft

The NFL Draft was in Philly this year. I was one of 16 artists to be asked by Mural Arts and the NFL to paint live during the NFL Draft. I had never painted live in front of an audience before, so I was excited, but also anxious before the event. We had to paint players who were drafted as they were drafted, so there was really no way to know ahead of time who you would represent. It was fast paced work! Time lapse cameras captured the whole experience:

NFL on Twitter

32 picks. 32 paintings. Local Philly artists #PaintedTheFuture to celebrate the #NFLDraft 1st Round. https://t.co/39KvmNK0Qd

We worked on prepainted canvases. I painted Jamal Adams for the New York Jets and Charles Harris for the Miami Dolphins:

Philly.com caught me working:

You can read about the whole thing, and see more pictures on the Mural Arts site:

Painting the Future with the NFL - Mural Arts Philadelphia

When the National Football League approached us at Mural Arts Philadelphia about using painting to commemorate the 2017 NFL Draft this April, we weren't sure what to expect. Philadelphia is a proud sports city, and we've done murals for the Eagles, the Phillies, and most recently the 76ers, but we'd never done anything like this.

Groundswell Greetings

My cards are now available on Groundswell Greetings here 

Custom Pet Portraits

Custom Pet Portraits are not available on Etsy here

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.

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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