Wednesday, July 8, 2020

Happy birthday Leia!

For Leias birthday today I painted a portrait of our dear cat who passed away a few years back named Spooky. Spooky was adopted at five weeks which is a wee bit too early to leave momma. He was a stray from her auntie Lucy and the day he arrived at our house back in 1997 he was planted in the shirt pocket of her dad. Cute as a button. Who could say no to that? Through the years he was a big part of Leias life and almost treated like a brother. Well, he was a part of the family. Carted round in a toy doll carriage regularly and appeared at show and tell in grade school. Spooky lived a long 17 loving years with us. He is forever stamped in my memory bank and appears in the occasional dream. This painting captures his personality of a family cat. Happy birthday Leia. 

Sunday, June 14, 2020

Mountain Dog Portrait

My painting marathon continues with this handsome mountain dog dude. I’m challenging myself to complete a bunch of animal paintings such as 💯 by the end of the year.  I’ve never taken something like this on but it’s so incredibly rewarding. I feel the more I complete a portrait the better they turn out. I see the progress and I’m learning new bits and pieces every day with using this amazingly sophisticated software called procreate. I haven’t really begun to utilize the tools properly. I do know there is so much more to learn and I am by no means near what I want to be as an artist but I feel good about where I’m at now and that the future goal of an art career is possible. I work. And then I walk the dog. And then I paint. That is my life.  

Saturday, May 23, 2020

Dog portrait series!

I’m creating a series of dog portraits and then a series of cat portraits. This one of chihuahua ChiChi is a current favorite of mine. Abstract and expressive with pops of warm and cool colors. Love💗

Monday, April 20, 2020

From traditional to digital painting developing my style

Wet acrylic using procreate 300dpi 2020

Acrylic on board 12x12 2017

A month ago it was official. The world was experiencing a pandemic. The virus was infecting thousands and killing anyone in its path. Regardless if you are old or young. Black or white. The invisible enemy doesn’t give a shit. Toilet paper and hand sanitizer was sold out! (I found some) Most people in the world are able to telework and stay safe at home for weeks. And weeks. Fortunately most people infected have recovered. My awesome job has provided us with a 2 week paid sick vaycay. This is my second week at home in isolation and I believe my dog and cat love me more than the world now. Truly not sick of me. More time to play and cuddle and walk(safe distance)and just hang safely in my cozy pad. The time spent I’ve used towards honing my painting skills. I like traditional messy painting. But I love digital painting. So after a year of practice on the iPad Pro Ive been able to focus intensely and immerse myself completely. The style I’ve developed over the few years is the same yet more refined. Some days I just never know what I will paint in procreate or where it will take me. I’m pleased the beagle jojo took me on a lovely journey for the latest.

Sunday, March 22, 2020

An artists best tool-grip case for iPad Pro painting

I sent Leia to the grocery store to shop for a few things. One will not be toilet paper. Hope the trucks will have a shelf to pick from next week bc I have five good rolls left and I’ve resorted to rationing to 7-9 squares. No one has a square to spare!

Oh yes, lately these past few weeks life in this world has been uneasy to say the least. Most ppl are panicking over food and tp. The virus known as corona aka covid19 has infected and killed thousands. We are experiencing a worldwide pandemic. I am keeping my cool and trying to force myself to NOT Read any news today.

So I made a very good purchase for my iPad Pro. It’s for kids! Of course it is. It came in a variety of rainbow colors so I chose black. FINTIE caseBot kiddie. It is literally the ONLY case for comfortable drawing on the iPad Pro. You can grip it and hold it nicely in your hannies without your hannies falling off while you draw/paint/type. The perfect artists tablet holder. This past year has frustrated me to the core bc I normally sit on the couch and draw. Ugh. That hurts. This is beautiful. OMG and it costs $15 on eBay . Wtf. And it has a pen holder space!  CaseBot Kiddie for iPad Pro A1980
This has saved my poor suffering hannies.
What am I doing to get me through these terrible times? Painting things I love: pets, plants and painting I guess. The 3 p’s. Ok whatever never mind.
Rummy is my subject and he is our special lynxpoint Siamese big baby. Since Leia has a lot of time off from where she works-Apple-she is going to take him to her studio apartment and spend all this quarantine time with hims. This will be very helpful and therapeutic for her. She actually has permission from her doc to keep a cat at her place. Doctors orders. Btw I want to thank her fantastic company Apple for taking care of her! They are taking very good care of ALL of there employees at this time. I am grateful!!!!!
Painting. Pets. Plants. That’s my therapy right now. And forever! You betcha.