Saturday, January 15, 2011

HN Sketch

Here's the latest in my pay it forward series, Hob Nob Paint the Town Red. 2.5 x 3.5 inches....very pleased with this one, especially the eye. I think it's the best eye I've ever scratched.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


I got in a challenge to do five pieces of handcrafts for unknown people and surprise them. This is the first and the next will be one of Jan's dogs. This is a puppy she just bred, and He now lives in Orlando with his new mom, Molly. It is ATC sized.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Cabbage Rose, Revisited

I forgot to post the second and final one. I'm pleased but still prefer the black and white.

For Kicks and Grins Occasionally

I belong to a group that does an exchange of artist trading cards. I've gotten Larry before and really admire his work and his persistence. He likes starlets so I decided to do one. However, I don't have television and have no idea what's out there. When you search the internet for starlets you get some very strange things. I decided to make one one. On wet canvas, there've been several artists experimenting with graphite on the white scratchboards. So, I figured I'd didn't last very long before I whipped out the inks and painted and scratched. However, I did leave all the skin in graphite which makes her a very strange starlet. I know Larry will love her. I did give her a great title too..."Do You Like My New Shoes?"  There're are no feet involved and I'm sure her heels would be very round, he he.

Friday, January 07, 2011

This One is a Bust

I'm behind on my resolution to do a piece a day. I thought I'd get caught up today but ended up spending a lot of time on this ATC. Then, I didn't like it colored and scratched the whole board clean. Fortunately, the artists on Wet Canvas have given me some ideas and I'm going to work on it again. I think the idea has merit, even if the piece did not meet my standards.

I watched the Georgia O'keef video that's out. I didn't think I was super-impressed with the movie, or the story of her life, but, I was influenced. Back to the drawing board tomorrow.

Monday, January 03, 2011

Deranged Kitty

I don't know if this one is done or not, I'm going to sit on it for a while. I sandpapered it twice and ended up following my motto "Persistence Pays", and kept on going.

Flamingo 2

The sun is shining in the window and between that and the old monitor I have, the screen is almost invisible. Anyway, here's the second flamingo, completed. I used pigment colors in combination with some acrylic paint and ink. The colors are wonderful with lots of shine and depth which the camera cannot pick up in the middle of the night. Come to think of it, it's sunny out so I could go outside and take another picture.

Saturday, January 01, 2011

More Howlite Art, Crow 2 and Flamingo 2

I'm doing the Flamingo as a larger version and trying out some new ideas. I'm letting it sit tonight and will finish it tomorrow. I used some pigments instead of ink and paint and really like what came through, it sparkles in real life.

I had a different Flamingo pose picked out. No matter what I did, it looked awful. That's when I discovered you can remove the permanent ink with sandpaper and an exacto, or fiberglas brush. Cool. I totally scraped off the painting I had done and started over with the same bird. The rock just said it was the perfect picture. Tomorrow, I'll put the black ink, in.

This is another pose of the crow that I used to feed, Marvin. He was such a neat bird, he was right outside in this picture, expecting his treats, and yes, he walked like that, he knew he was top bird.

The other crow piece has sold, but this crow is currently available. Oh yes, I got rid of the golden retriever, gonna do a border collie puppy on it instead for another friend.