Thursday, November 15, 2018

Casino WIP PastelMat 3

Wow, I am way behind on posting here.
Here is where I'm at with this portrait.
Really enjoying the process of learning how to use pastelmat and polychromos together.
I've also been experimenting with Zest-it.
For those of you that don't know, Zest-it is a liquid that dissolves the binder in the colored pencils when applied.
You need to have a few layers before using it to get the benefit of using it but I really like what it does and it also speeds up getting the pigment into the paper.
It's also great because after it's been applied, the Pastelmat tooth is now able to take more layers of colored pencils with ease.
Anways, enough babble.
Here is the WIP shots since the last post.
Hope you like it!

This is what I have done so far
See the steps below that led up to this point.

Step 3
Step 1 and Step 2 are on a different Blog Post

Step 4 - Blended with Zest-it

Step 5 adding in the forelock and still working on more layers

Step 6 Blended with Zest-it again

Step 7 Working on the mane

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Saturday, July 28, 2018

Casino - WIP on PastelMat 2

Hello Everybody!
Have you ever started something and just weren't sure where to go from there?
I've sorta done that with this piece.
Normally when I work in my colored pencils, I have a tin that I place the current colors I'm using in and then keep them out until I'm finished. 
Well, we recently rescued a feral kitty that was born in our hay barn, weaned after 6 weeks and left on her own until we found her.  We've actually had her now for almost 6 months so she's not so feral anymore and is quite the love.
Anyways, she's quite a handful and loves taking pencils, pens and anything else that size.  So, after I worked on my piece last time, I put all my pencils away without even noticing the colors I'd pulled! I didn't even think to write down the colors I'd used so far.

So, now I have a slight dilemma.  Where do I go from here??
Here's what I've gotten done so far.
5x7 PastelMat with Polychromos

Hope you like it so far!

Friday, June 15, 2018

Casino - WIP on Pastel Mat

This is my own gelding Casino.
It's so hard to paint or own animals, at least I think it is.
Colored Pencils on Pastel Mat
First time using Pastel Mat and first time blending ColoredPencil.
Currently using Gamsol but just got some Zest-it in my newest order so now will be experimenting with it as well.

Hope you like it so far.

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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Watercolor Black Poodle

Hello Everybody!
I hope you are doing well on this sunny Wednesday.
What better thing to do when you are sick and coughing up a lung.
I finished my black dog challenge to myself piece.

I used some artistic license for the eyes (they are too dark in the photograph) and also the fur. 

As many of you know by now, I love animals, all kinds, probably since birth.

I remember bringing home kittens after school. "Look Mom, look what followed me home from the bus stop?"
Of course, I would pet, love and encourage them so that they would follow me home. We always had to take them back to the owners. Which broke my heart as a young child.

It wasn't until we discovered Poodles that we were able to have any pets.
Poodles have a different type of dander and my Grandma wasn't allergic to them.
The first pet I grew up with was a beautiful miniature black poodle that we named Tracy.

Painting this picture really brought back the memories of growing up with Tracy.
Here's my poodle piece on watercolor paper 5x7.
I may have to do this full picture. Image is from pixabay.

Friday, June 1, 2018

Horses Eye - My Reflection

Did this little eye study. This is my mare's eye and my reflection in her eye.
I was doing this study and using gamsol orderless blending spirits.
Can you see me?

Gum Balls - Strathmore tutorials

This is a Strathmore tutorial done by Kelly Eddington on
If you follow my work or even just look at the majority of my work, you'll see I'm mostly a pet portrait artist that paints realistic portraits.
Doing this tutorial by Kelly was completely out of my comfort zone lol.
AND Disaster struck...In many ways lol.
So this was not an easy painting. I Might actually have to try these gum balls again.
One of my disasters was I decided to tape the side of my work and the tape I grabbed I thought was my lowtack artist tape and it wasn't.
So even though I pulled it away gently and slowly it ripped the top corner of my paper.
Now I don't have a nice clean white border all the way around. So, I cropped it.
Here's the taped tear and then the cropped piece.
Thanks for looking!
I think I'll stick to mostly animals from now on lol
Except I'm starting Kelly's second tutorial on human features in watercolors :-O
As always, thank you so much for stopping by, leaving your comments and supporting my artwork!!

Poodle Tutorial

Following loosely a speeded up youtube video tutorial by Rebecca Rhodes for this dog study.

Watercolor on watercolor paper.

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Casino - PastelMat

Using my new PolyChromo's and have started a new little piece.
This is a 5x7 on Pastelmat and it's of my horse Casino.
I've barely started it at this point but here's what I have so far.

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Cat Eye Tutorial

If you've followed me for any length of time you know that I draw and paint in a mostly realistic way with a slight painterly feel.
I strive to create realistic art that captures the unique character of the animal or person I am painting. I have never been considered a loose artist.

Well tonight, I tried something a little different and it was so liberating?
Hope you enjoy my little 2"x5" watercolor CatEyes
Loosely based on a cateyes tutorial from Rebecca Rhodes.
What do you think? Would you like to see more art in this style?

Thanks for stopping by!

Sunday, May 20, 2018

Dog Eye Tutorial Finished

Completed as far as I'm going to take it.
I was following a Dog Eye tutorial from Rebecca Rhodes but I've taken it past the eye and filled in the face that fits the 5x6 image.
There is a lot wrong but a lot right as well.
What a great lesson and what fun to practice more techniques and learn new ways of doing things.
Hope you like it!

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Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Horse Tutorial Cont. - Adding the Bridle and Blue Accents of Color

Still working along on this Horse Head tutorial offered by Carrie L. Lewis.
Today I added the Blue Accents, increased the contrast and started on the bridle.
Wow does that Blue make this piece POP!

What do you think?
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Dog Eye Tutorial

Following a Dog Eye tutorial from Rebecca Rhodes but I've taken it past the eye and filled in the face that fits the 5x6 image.
Here's what I've done so far

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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Adding the Cast Shadows and Form Shadows

WIP Still ongoing with this fabulous tutorial provided by Carrie L. Lewis 
Now I'm starting to add the layer of Indigo Blue to darken the darks and cast shadows. This is where I ended last night.

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Starting to layer the Dark Brown to establish base values

Now adding in some Indigo Blue to increase the contrast