Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Blogs to mesh...somehow! Haha!


This is now the painting that will represent me.  

No matter if you are on my website, receive an email from me, purchase future videos I'll be creating,  my Facebook page, etc, you will see this gorgeous gated entry which represents your welcoming into my world of art, be it painting, drawing, wisdom, or jokes.  

The name of this painting is called "Nina's Corner" because I first used it as a cover to a book I co-authored with Joyce Marie Taylor.  It's a story of abuse, but it has some really good funny parts in it as well.  I am very proud of this piece of work.  Joyce and I actually wrote another book titled "Life in San Argle".  Both are available via Amazon.  I believe it now sells for $14.95, but only $2.99 on kindle.  Find it under her name (fastest way)...Joyce Marie Taylor.


As you can tell, they only used a portion for the cover.


"Life in San Argle" is a story of a girl from a small town that didn't want to live in a small town and be tied down with umpteen kids.  She wanted adventure and a big city, so she went for her dreams.  But somehow ended up in San Argle loving it.  Read this story to find out how it all happened.  
This book will make you laugh, and cry, it's so good.  We started writing it after Joyce's father passed, so there's parts of the book that will tug at your heart.  I truly feel it would make a great movie!

Back to my art world.  I haven't written in years!  But it was fun!

So when you see that entrance gate, you know it's time to buckle down for an art lesson, insights, see what I'm working on, what shows I'm attending, what I'm learning as well.  

See you soon.  

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Monday, August 22, 2016


Hello fellow artists!  

It's been a long time since I posted.  Until I realized how long it'd been since I last posted, I knew I was missing doing my blog!  

But there is good reason.

From December 3rd, 2015, I've been dealing with health issues.  Not to get too detailed, due to these issues, I had surgery on June 22 to fuse my whole neck.  Very detailed four hour long surgery.  

Recovery is a slow process after this surgery, and I can not produce any art work.  It's a nightmare come true!  But, I'm the type of person who finds the silver lining in everything.  I'm also not allowed to do grocery shopping, dishes, cooking, laundry, and housework.  My husband is doing it all.  

But, I've experienced a lot of pain along the way.  

Enough about that.

While being down for the count, I've had a lot of time to think, do research, watch videos, get ideas, etc.  My hands may not be able to do art, but, I now have time to do the things I never seem to have time to do.  My mind is going 100 MPH.  

BUT...

I am back now, my employer held my position open, and I'm designing what I will be teaching in January of 2017.  

I'll also be creating 30 paintings in 30 days.  

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Hello fellow artists!  

It's been a long time since I posted.  Until I realized how long it'd been since I last posted, I knew I was missing doing my blog!  

But there is good reason.

From December 3rd, 2015, I've been dealing with health issues.  Not to get too detailed, due to these issues, I had surgery on June 22 to fuse my whole neck.  Very detailed four hour long surgery.  

Recovery is a slow process after this surgery, and I can not produce any art work.  It's a nightmare come true!  But, I'm the type of person who finds the silver lining in everything.  I'm also not allowed to do grocery shopping, dishes, cooking, laundry, and housework.  My husband is doing it all.  

But, I've experienced a lot of pain along the way.  

Enough about that.

While being down for the count, I've had a lot of time to think, do research, watch videos, get ideas, etc.  My hands may not be able to do art, but, I now have time to do the things I never seem to have time to do.  My mind is going 100 MPH.  

When I do return, which I still don't know when that will be, I am ready to go, because I was smart enough to clean out my studio before my operation!  

Hopefully I'll be back in the saddle mid October.  If not, then I need more recovery time. 

My employer is holding my position open (they are amazing), and I'm designing (right now, in my head), the workshops I'll teach.  I don't think I'm ready to go back to teaching a regular painting class.  
I would be ready to teach Right Brain Drawing, as that doesn't require as much effort.  

So, I'll see you when I can do some artwork!  




Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Monday, January 5, 2015 30/30

K9 DIOGI

K9 Diogi, may he rest in peace, was an officer for 8 years with the Homdel Police Department of Homdel, New Jersey.  He passed of cancer.

Such a beautiful dog.  



This is the original photo!


Here is how I created Diogi, step-by-step!


First I draw it in!



I like to put in the features to give the dog "life".




Finished more of the nose.



Started to add in some black, but instead of working with black pastel, which is a nightmare to work in, I decided to do this portrait with charcoal.  Such a perfect decision!  



Adding in the ears and the hair "underneath".  

You must do the hair on the "bottom" and layer the hair to what is on top.


Trying to get the "shine" of his coat, I knew I had to follow each and every single "pattern" in the coat.  I had to get it right also to show anatomy! 


In the home stretch, just have to do the mouth.  Wonderfully, that's my favorite part.  


Completed.  Diogi is completed.  
He was a gorgeous pup.  



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Sunday, January 4, 2015

Sunday, January 4, 2015

WHAT DO YOU SEE?



Just wanted to slap color around, I'm not big on abstracts, but in this one, I see a red dolphin jumping, what do you see?  (Besides a blob...I'm trying to loosen up with my artwork.) 

3" high by 4 1/2" wide.

$20 includes shipping.

Was curious on how this would look framed, see below:


(In my opinion, my abstracts only look good or halfway decent with a frame.)



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Saturday, January 3, 2015

Saturday, January 3, 2015 - 30/30

VACATION MEMORY


Watercolor of a landscape.

3" high by 4 1/2" wide.

$20 includes shipping.

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Friday, January 2, 2015

Friday, January 2, 2015 - 30/30


This was K9 Nicko, R.I.P.



K9 Nicko served for ten years with the Corson County Sheriff's Office in Nebraska.

This painting was created for his handler, Officer Scott De Coste.

Here is the step-by-step collage of how he was completed and then below, the individual photos I sent in emails to him to show him his partner while he was being created.  He absolutely loves it!


This is the original photo from which I worked.



I begin by drawing it in.



I add in the eyes and nose and mouth to give the portrait some life.


I didn't know where to begin, so I started around the muzzle.



I soon realized I should work from the under part of the hair to the top layer.  
Kind of how a hairdresser dries your hair.


The area under the chin, I just knew I had to truly concentrate on just how this was completed.  The fur went in so many different directions, so I focused on getting this part in good definition, as I knew the handler probably loved the bushy-ness of his fur.  


Onto the ears!  I like to start on the left side of the animal since I am right handed, I have a place to rest my hand a bit.  Besides, I can't see it as well if I go the other way. Reverse if you're left handed!


Now I'm in the home stretch.  I must say I used more pastel on this dog than any other portrait I have ever created.  This dog had so many different colors and variation of direction with the fur, it drove me mad...but, then I remember what it means to the Officers and it's all worth it.


This is the completed portrait.  
The officer LOVED it.


This is to show about how big my pet portraits are, usually about 11" X 11" or 12" X 12", but this one was about 8" by 11".  Depends on how the dog is posed.  


This is Nicko while he was resting during work.
Cute dog, wasn't he?


He was such a hard worker, and so cute, he made the cover of 
"The Nebraska Sheriff".

That's quite an honor!


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