Lily Lemon Carney, beloved furry daughter, protector, snuggler extraordinaire.
We had to tearfully say goodbye to a member of our family recently. Lily was our 12 year-old pit bull mix. She was the most empathetic, nurturing and beautiful creature I had the privilege of knowing.
We called her “Nurse Lily” because she could sense when you were sick or sad, and would curl up next to you, or if there was no room for curling up, put her head in your lap. As a puppy, she stayed in bed with me (except for potty breaks) when I got a bad case of food poisoning. When a migraine would hit, she would be curled into my side in the darkest room of the house. When my husband had shingles, she stayed on the floor by the couch, as he was in too much pain to snuggle. (She knew.) And when I was pregnant, she was my protector. If any person or dog was too exuberant, she strategically placed herself between them and me. When we brought our newborn daughter home from the hospital, Lily moved wherever the basinet was, so she could lay at the base of it, and “protect” Rosalee. Bandit was “her” puppy…she picked him out at the doggy adoption day. She cleaned his face and put up with his silliness. Lily let him get away with all sorts of nonsense. Now Bandit is five and misses his adopted mother.
We all miss her so much. She has, of course, popped up in my work over the years, my first furry muse. I found that I needed to draw her again. I hope it does her justice.
I have been creating portraits for the 100 day project on Instagram, and I’d like to share a few here.
My Honey Pie and first daughter
Self-portrait after Yoga
Odd self-portrait (gouache, colored pencil)
Little boy Bandito
Silver Fox Fashionisto
The 100 day project is an initiative to do one creative thing, be it drawing, painting, music, sculpting, digital art…some people just take happy pictures. The point is to commit to bringing some creativity into your life each day. It began on April 19th, on Instagram, but they encourage you jump in at any time. I did it last year and it really challenged me to create a new little story each day. The challenge is currently on day 22, but I am playing a bit of catch up. (I’m on 19.)
I’ve been using Instagram more than my blog, as it is really easier, takes less time and is more convenient. Also, I’ve spent some time revamping my website and have an additional blog over there. However, I miss the camaraderie and little community blogging brings. I hope all of you fine folks will feel the pull of the creative challenge and join me on this journey of 100 steps. 😉 I will try to be better about regularly posting!
“If you want to make an apple pie from scratch, you must first create the universe.” -Carl Sagan
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.
Hall and Oates…R.I.P. Oates
Kiss Me, Kate!
Lucy & Kramer
Lydia a.k.a. Diddy a.k.a. DiddyBop
Sol & Lolita; together, they are Solita!
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.
Here we are with more artistic expression via Muse the dog. He cuts a dashing figure, reminiscent of Napoleon, or Javert from Les Miserables. I ask you, if your dog stood still clad in old-timey maritime costume, wouldn’t you also feel inspired to paint?
Watercolor, cool new Derwent Inktense pencils, all on paper
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
I’ve been featured on the Charlie’s wonderful blog today!
See it here: Guest Doodlewash: Doodlewashing A Story
When I draw people, they seem to all be in a similar pose. This made me imagine the things we miss while we gaze, text, and scroll our phones. Illustration Friday provided the inspiration as usual. This week’s theme is “people.”
Original is watercolor and colored pencil on mixed media paper.