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.  

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, 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


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


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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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

January 1, 2015 - 30/30

Landscape Study

Watercolor of a landscape.

3" high by 4 1/2" wide.

$20 includes shipping.

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Saturday, December 20, 2014

Brunie is complete!

K9 Officer Brunie R.I.P.

Brunie 01-10-2011 to 09-28-1014, Over 15 Felony Apprehensions, 100 plus Bomb sweep/searches.  Brunie was not afraid to make the "call" when needed. Always ready.  Brunie saved many lives in his short time here, including mine and the citizens of the community, especially on August 1st 2013, when he took down the armed carjacking suspect on live TV that day.  As many don't see in the video, the suspect pulled a gun from his waist band and started to point it at us, at that time Brunie did his job and saved my life, the suspects life and others that day.  He was awarded the Patrol Case of the year for 2013 through the NPCA, National Police Canine Association.  Brunie was special to all of us, my wife, kids, family, co-workers.  In the end he paid the ultimate sacrifice, his life, doing his job, on 09-21-2014 he flushed a felony suspect out of the woods that was later arrested on a residence check.  Some where along the search he came into contact with something that effected his neurological system, he became very ill and would not eat or drink.  Brunie went from 76lbs. to 56lbs. in 8 days.  He was diagnosed with Dysautonomia, no cure, just grave.  The decision was made to let Brunie go.  Brunie did his job and did it well.  He served the citizens of KCMO well.  Another moment of good times was when the All Star Event of MLB was here in KC.  We had the detail of sweeping the infield and Brunie  relieved himself just passed Home Plate, priceless.  May he rest in peace EOW 09282014 K9 Brunie!  

Here is his step-by-step collage.

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