Saturday, December 15, 2012

Snowy owl

Snowy Owl is one of the Holiday 2012 cards that I have designed.  It is designed to fit on both a 5 " square card and a 4.25 x 5.5 card. The original is acrylics on paper.

I thought that I had posted this, but when I went to find the post to use for "Illustration Friday" (The theme is "Snow"), I didn't see it. So, if this is a repeat, I apologize.

This got the most likes of all the cards when I uploaded the designs to facebook.  My most selective retail outlet ordered it.  And, my LMT ordered some to give to her clients.  How cool is that!

This design was not the one to get the first retail sale though.  That honor goes to "Skating with Dogs".

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Barb's new cat

I am not entirely sure this is done. Perhaps the eye on the left is a bit too outlined.  I will paint today and try to remove the starkness from the eye.

I need to get this in the mail, though. Tomorrow, I hope.

Now, back to dog commissions!  Happy day!

Thursday, December 06, 2012


This is Peewee, my sister's cat. I don't often like how my sister names her cats (we had kegger and miller growing up) or how she treats her cats (declaws them but doesn't spay them). Somehow, though, this cat, from a fuzzy out-of-focus film camera caught my eye. 

I'll be sending this as a holiday present.  Being the literal minded, realistic art sort of person that my sister is, she may not even think this looks like Peewee. 

What's that saying?  You can choose your friends, but you can't choose your relatives.  

Monday, December 03, 2012


I am still participating in Illustration Friday. It's actually a fun break from doing the more formal ( if you can call my art formal) pet portraits.  I have two commissions for the holidays.  I could do one more if you know of anyone who wants a whimsical pet portrait....

This is a morning calisthenics class in high meadow.  Everyone is supposed to be following the bird, but the raccoon just needed to stretch! 

This is mixed media, approximately 8.5 x 8.5 inches on 140 lb paper. 

It is for sale, but I have to find a mat for it.

Sunday, December 02, 2012

Izzy Bee

Rats make great pets. Really. They are intelligent, social, and very entertaining. 
This is a portrait of a very special rat, Izzy Bee.  She was entertaining and very cute and was an ambassador at Ideal Pet Stop for what rats can be.
I had planned to paint this for years, and it had been laid out on a 4 x 4 canvas in my studio. When I finally decided to paint the portrait, it came easily.