Pet portraiture and Happy New Year (finally!)

Business of Art, Le Grand Portefeuille, Pet Portraits

Hello Friends.  Happy New Year.  I’ve been a bit busy, and have neglected blogging.

Here are some of the pet portraits I created for people who needed gifts this past holiday season.  I create these (and other custom work) all year, so if you need a Valentines gift…or Presidents Day gift (?) or an anytime gift, let me know!  You can even order online.

I’ve revamped my website, if you have time, take a gander.  Any feedback is appreciated, if you feel so inclined.

I am excited for 2016…it has started off on a pretty great note, with lots of possibilities! I hope you are having a great one so far, too.

The artist and her muse, reading

Illustrating Books

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Since creating two cute characters for the prompt “Muse”, I’ve decided to put them together in more scenes.  Maybe a story will come from pictures…as an illustrator, that is how my mind really puts things together.

Watercolor, colored pencil

Literary Soccer Cats by Nancy Lemon

Pet Portraits

 

literary cats, orange cat, tuxedo cat, siamese, gray, fluffy

Click the image for a closer look

A friend and colleague commissioned me to create a painting of their four cats for his wife’s birthday, which I thought was a very nice gift.  (Although I may be a bit biased…)  Their names are Faulkner, Whitman, Beckford (aka Baby Monkey), and Titus Bramble.  Two literary, two soccer (or football) players.  His and hers, if you will.  If you like this, feel free to check out my Etsy shop for more animal watercolor paintings and you can also request custom pieces there. Or check out the INPRNT store I have set up for prints.  As always, thank you for following along on my illustrated journey!  Have a marvelous weekend.

Classic Wolfman

Love letter to October

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I have never seen this movie, but I’ve always loved werewolves.  Continuing the love of October, this was quickly done on spare watercolor paper using a variety of materials!  I think I’ll go hunt this DVD down in the library, or see if Turner Classic Movies will be showing it sometime this week for Halloween…

Surfer Witch

Love letter to October

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To continue my love letter to October, here is a “surfer witch”.  I used a picture of a girl surfing as a “model” for this little painting.  Originally I was hoping to post a picture a day for October, but life has a funny habit of getting in the way of best laid plans.  Therefore, I will be posting October-themed art this month, as much as I can on a schedule such as mine!  I hope you enjoy my “love letter to October.”  It’s a great feeling time of year!

Pillow King Kitten

Le Grand Portefeuille, Pet Portraits
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Pillow King (watercolor, gouache, charcoal, pencil on paper)

 

This was a quick night time scribble followed by a quick lunch time painting.  I took the advice of TV Kapherr over at Cats at the Bar and borrowed one of the cats’ pictures as a feline model.  I know I can do better…the model was a lot cuter in the picture than in my painting!  Ah well, art is about patience and practice.  Have a great weekend!

Doodle, Awards, Fantasmagol Bloggers

Inspiration
Winning!

I drew myself in the car mirror this morning.

 

Hey all, lovely Rosie Scribblah nominated me for a Versatile Blogger Award.  Just the thing I need to get my wheels turning again!  I have let my day job get in the way of my life’s work (drawing), so this is a most excellent bump to my creativity.  Thank you so much to Rosie the Mad/Brilliant printmaker.  Take some time and check out her blog as well.

The rules for the award indicate that I must nominate 15 blogs I think are deserving of the Versatile Blogger Award.  All of the blogs I have listed are fantasmagol and I recommend checking them out.

My nominated blogs are:

1. Hark, A Vagrant!  by the lovely, wickedly smart Kate Beaton.

2. Doodlemum This is a really cool, cute blog by a mother of 3 (how does she find the time?) in Wales.

3. Gemma Correll and her Merry Band of Misfits Brilliantly funny cartoonist from England.

4. Get Rich Slowly A great financial blog.

5. Low on the Hog  Very talented charcutier now living in Atlanta, Georgia.

6. The Idler A great slow blog.

7. Slow Down Now This blog has made me laugh and be more mindful.

8. The Stone Soup Excellent cooking blog, utilizing 5 ingredients or less for each recipe.

9. Missed Connections  Very talented illustrator makes art from “Missed Connections” section of the classifieds.

10. Cold Antler Farm  A young woman’s sojourn into homesteading/farming.

11. Nina Johansson Extremely talented artist from Sweden.  I LOVE her work.  Amazing.

12. Dadu Shin  Ethereal work.  Just wonderful.

13. Bouletcorp Funny French cartoonist dude.

14. Yellow Owl Workshop  Lovely printer from San Francisco.  Found her through her newest book, Print Workshop.

15. Sustainably Creative  Michael Nobbs teaches how to keep being creative, even when you don’t feel like it.

ImageNominated bloggers don’t have to participate.  I nominated each of these because I feel their blogs deserve to be recognized, read and followed.

Now, seven things you might not know about me:

1.  I can call owls.

2.  Movies from the thirties are my favorites–especially screwball comedies.

3.  In addition to drawing scribbly cartoons, I also paint and make relief prints.

4.  Coffee addict

5.  I am a foodie.

6.  Though terrible at gardening, I keep trying.

7.  Six of my toenails have fallen off since I started training for a half marathon.  (After next week, never again!)