Friday, May 29, 2009
Thursday, May 28, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Thursday, May 21, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Monday, May 18, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
"Gentle Giant I (Pooh with Downward Gaze)" and "Gentle Giant II (Pooh in Profile)," both 6" square, commissioned pet portraits of a South African Boerboel, acrylic on canvasboard. My client will choose one painting and the other can go home with the first taker. (Don't you love Pooh's beauty mark?!) Proceeds from the sale of both pieces will go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. Inquiries may come to me - including how you can commission your own pet's portrait and have the proceeds benefit animal welfare.
- I am now a contributing editor to Art Career Experts. This is a new site that has evolved to meet the needs of emerging and established artists who want to learn business practices that are well suited to the creative industry. Please, if you are an artist or creative soul, take a minute to check out their site. My articles will be included in the free newsletter and blog. Here's my first entry.
- If you don't already have a copy of Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year, shoot me an email so that we can get one into your hands. I have a few remaining books from the third press run (sales have been wonderfully strong - thank you!) and I'll be happy to inscribe a book for someone special. These books also make beautiful donations - I've had several clients purchase copies for auctions and other fundraising events. If you mention your cause at the time of purchase, I'll add a breed-specific sketch inside or some sort of appropriate personalization at no extra charge. There's more information on ordering the book Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year here.
- I was amazed at the response generated by last Thursday's dog, Suzy Q. Apparently a number of Dog-a-Day readers were compelled to make donations of their own to the Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation. Thank you very much for taking that step and supporting animals around the world - the size of your hearts always amazes me.
- And Friday's unveiling of In Memoriam, the website I've established where the Dog-a-Day community may share their losses, was received with open arms. Several contributions were sent in over the weekend, which I hope to edit and publish in the next day or so. There's information on submitting your own memorials on the Painting a Dog a Day blog and also the In Memoriam site.
Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow!
PS: Happy Birthday Grandma Kelly!!
Friday, May 08, 2009
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Wednesday, May 06, 2009
- The sky was lovely in the first painting, but too dark. It distracted from the dog's face, and seemed almost foreboding, which contradicted the dog's mood. Lightening it up also allowed the slanted horizon, intentionally angled to build a little contra-action to the implied motion of the dog, to better play it's part.
- The dog's face was not drawn properly. The eye sat too low, and the nose was twisted and not grabbing the light properly.
- My poor girl had a scrawny neck that was impossibly thin, and her chest and shoulders were not properly illuminated.
Tuesday, May 05, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
- I am the guest blogger on Horse Artist Carrie Lewis's painting blog this week.
- My painting "Black" was honored with 3rd place at Dancing Horse Farm's 3rd Annual Equine Art Show opening this past weekend.
- The Equinest featured a recap of last week's Derby Paintings on Saturday.
- Similar to the Kentucky Derby pARTY on last Friday, Carrie Lewis and I will be launching a virtual pARTy for the Preakness - this one being open to any artists' wishing to participate. Stay tuned to The Virtual pARTy for details.
- I've eaten close to a 1/2 pound of old Easter egg Whoppers that an unfortunate child stashed in the studio. Silly rabbit thought their candy would be safe in here?! not!
- My son came home from today's track meet with a low grade fever, general aches and pains, and lots of snot. We're thinking this is payback for the swine flu jokes we've been cracking (and I give him HUGE kudos for running despite feeling like yech - he's a truly neat kid.)
Friday, May 01, 2009
"Snowy Greetings," 12" square, chestnut Thoroughbred filly portrait, acrylic on canvasboard, $529 to the first taker. This is a tough piece to photograph - with the amped contrast and saturated complimentary colors, my camera didn't know what to do. I may try to scan portions of the painting and piece it together in photoshop, but meanwhile inquiries may come to me.
How did this piece come together? Well I started out with a violet underpainting (the compliment of orange), and pretty much had the drifts and swaths of snow painted in the first pass. Then I sketched in the rough shape of the filly, and working from general to specific, gradually laid down smaller and smaller layers of paint.
We are having so much fun with this pARTy that we are considering doing this regularly and opening it up to any artists who wish to participate. Stay tuned....
Thanks for sharing Derby Week with me - I hope you enjoyed our venture into all things equine. I promise dogs next week, and maybe a cat, too, just for good measure.
Enjoy your weekend - hope it includes a couple minutes watching the Run for the Roses!
See you Monday, Kim
Sites I Stalk
Sketches 56-65 - 2012 drawn on Fabriano Artist Journal paper. Images can be enlarged. I hope you enjoying seeing them as much as I enjoyed sketching them. - Sketch 56 Sketch 57 Sketch 58 Sketch 59 Sketch 60 Sketch 61 Sketch 63 Sketch 64 sketch 654 months ago
As Featured On....
- Almost Perfect Pets
- American Kennel Club
- Art Gallery Today
- Carrie's Horse Painter Blog
- Dog Art Today
- Dog Gone Art Magazine
- DogBlog Carnival
- Elizabeth St Hilaire Nelson
- Linda Shantz Equine and Animal Art
- Making a Mark
- Mutt Lynch Winery
- Polo Players Edition Magazine Sporting Art Issue
- The Equinest
- We Don't Rent Puppies