Tag Archives: Animals

The Evolution of Sofie

I recently had the pleasure of painting a client’s Shih-Tsu.  Her name was Sofie, and mine is Sophia (often shortened to Sophie), so it seemed like fate had brought me to this project.  I also fell in love with the happy expression on this adorable dog.  And so I went to work.

This was the painting after I applied the initial shadows and started playing with color.  I pined over which “creative” colors to use and found it helpful to layer some colorful lines over the original photo I had of Sofie via Pixlr (a photo editing tool I highly recommend).  Pink, blue and yellow seemed to highlight the happy expression on my subject and gave the painting some brightness.

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Here I had added more color and more color and then some more color.  I wanted a good saturation, particularly of the blue and then I tipped up the piece to let some of the colors run along the bottom.  Now the party was getting fun!

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Lastly, we have the final piece!  Sofie, with her personality bursting all around her and a smile donning her sweet face.

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Passionate Plumb

I just finished my latest painting of a plum headed parakeet. I just love these birds for their vibrant color and charming personalities. To prepare for  this particular piece, I bought a tube of magenta by Windsor and Newton to add to my paint collection, which really allowed me to get some bright color for that beautiful head.  And I could justify a shopping trip to the art store…yay!!!  I am trying to pull back some on the detailing and allow for abstract creation, and this piece was definitely a journey in the right direction for me.  Watercolor is so beautiful when it is just allowed to flow and blend and do what it does, so hopefully being a little less “demanding” of it will lead to more intriguing effects.

 

INKed

I have been fascinated and delighted by ink/watercolor works for quite some time now, so I decided to give it a shot myself.  I just love way the free flow of the watercolor lends a contrast to the precision of the pen.  I worked on a dragonfly first and was very generous with the color surrounding it.  It was a bit overwhelming I thought, so I hashed out a betta fish and was a bit more restained with the colors.  The latter is definitely much more my style, and I think the drawing has more room to stand on in that piece.

My tools of choice for this project were a Faber-Castell PITT artist pen in black (waterproof india ink), Winsor & Newton watercolor pigments and Strathmore 140 lb. watercolor paper.  A pretty easy project and so much fun.  Give it a go, and let me know what you think!

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Little Collared Lizard

Another Bird in the Hand

watercolor of Pilealated Woodpecker
watercolor of Pilealated Woodpecker

Here is my newly completed work “Chopper”.  He is a North American Pileated Woodpecker, and it was fun hanging out with him as he took shape.  I am really trying to find a balance between being detailed and adding some splashes, spills, and splatters to create a dynamic.  I think the balance in this piece is a bit closer to where I want to be.

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