George was named after his owner's favorite Beatle and is a very cute boy.
I loved the Joshua Trees but even more I loved the gigantic rock piles. Had to start this one on site and finish 'er up in my friend's kitchen in Los Angeles. Never ideal but better than nothing! I can only fit three more drawings in my panorama sketchbook, I wonder where they will be!
There are two circumstances which make painting pets tricky. Cairo here had both of them. She is no longer with us, which limits the availability of reference photos. Also, my client was giving this portrait as a gift, so couldn't ask her owner for better pictures. After some sleuthing I was able to find another Abyssinian cat in this pose and painted Cairo's face. I think she turned out great!
My 35th National Park was Joshua Tree! I loved loved loved the landscape. Wish I could have made 100 more drawings when I was there, but too many good hikes!
I was in Los Angeles last weekend and sketched this Mastodon momma at La Brea Tar Pits! Spent about 5 min on her. I love drawing skeletons, so many interesting parts!
My New Years Resolution for 2018 is to draw every day, even if its just a 5 minute sketch. I've tried this resolution before and it hasn't stuck. Hopefully 2018 is my year! Here's a few I have gotten a head start on.
South City is full of great brick homes. I finished this commission a few weeks ago, the dog on the porch was a special request. :-)
I had a last minute request to paint this horse for a Christmas gift. Luckily I have been painting horses since age 6 so it was no problem to get him finished in time. His name is Chicco and I would like to snuggle his nose!
I'll never forget watching the solar eclipse on August 21, 2017 in front of a lovely huge glacial lake. I did this quick sketch leaning up against a log and watching it progress.
Yellowstone really is my happy place. This is Roosevelt Arch, at the North Entrance near Gardiner, Montana. Driving through it always makes my heart swell. This is the 100th anniversary of the Roosevelt Arch so I made sure to stop for a painting.
Avalanche Lake at Glacier National Park. I made sure you could see some glaciers in the top left corner. This was a lovely (long!) hike!
Pet portraits as wedding gifts seem to be very popular this year! This is Bob. He is a corgi/lab mix and has the cutest little stubby legs.
Here are some Bison at Lamar Valley. It was so chilly I painted this one from the car. I cant wait to get back there.
I am getting some of my paintings from my recent trip to Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, and Glacier National Parks scanned. Here's one of Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone.
Another pet portrait as a wedding gift! My client commissioned Trixie for her brother and new sister in law. Apparently Trixie can have quite the attitude but her parents love her anyways. I swear, I should start a collection of "cats in sexy poses"!
I've been super busy with school work and regular work, but not too busy to paint this little lady!
It took a little while, but I finally got a photo of my latest quilt, Forest in Bloom. I actually started and finished this quilt in one marathon session, buying the fabric at 5:30 pm and finishing at 3 am. Sometimes I get some crafting adrenaline going and I can't stop! The new owner of this quilt is very happy with it.
I painted Caspar for one of my best (most repeated!) clients. She loved him.