Monday, February 28, 2011


It's done. Finished! Phew. I had the deadline of March 1st to send in a piece for consideration as a major horse show poster. I don't want to jinx anything by letting you know what it is just yet...but I will let you guys know what and where in the future.

For now though, here it is, "Our Champion.

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Racing along…

I’m having a lot of fun with this piece. I love the feeling of the girls with their attention on their show pony. When I was younger my sister competed on the “A” Hunter circuit with a pony that looked a lot like this one. Her name was Plum Puddin’. When I look at this piece I smile and think of my sister and her pony.

“Champion” part 2

Friday, February 25, 2011

Short deadline

I have been working so diligently on pet portraits lately that I haven’t had time for much else. All the same I have a piece I need to complete for March 1st and need to get it done in a hurry! Can I do it? I hope so…

Here is the beginning of it. A piece called “Champion,” 11”x 14” colored pencil on Felt Grey colored Canson paper.

At this stage I just have the darks and lights in. This is one of my favorite techniques, colored pencil on neutral colored paper.

Ok, the flag is down and here goes my motor…Vrrrrrooommm! Off I go.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Long time, no post

Oh my, it's been a long time since I've posted anything here! Today I thought it about time to let folks know what I've been up to. First off, I've been working on a large colored pencil commission of two Pointers. For each commission, I provide my client with a personal, secret webpage on my site where they can watch the progress of their portrait. It's proved a very popular feature that gives a client a lot of peace of mind about their portrait. :-) When the portrait is done and delivered, and with the client's permission, I'll post it here. ;-)

I've been playing around with Distress Inks and are finding them delightful. I've made a bunch of freebie promotional  bookmarks and have been experimenting with card and tags. I love the look of distressed paper and am considering some new options for a line of Etsy cards combining distressed paper, collage, and my artwork. Pretty fun!

My distress ink samples

Promotional bookmarks

Finally, after MANY, MANY years I have gotten myself a proper photographic set-up for small product photography. WHAT A RELIEF!!! The photos above were taken in a tent with a black sweep behind them and tra la! I AM SO HAPPY!! Back in the day, I was pretty good at both product and studio portrait photography. It's really nice resurrecting some very old skills. ;-)

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Wishing all well

I just wanted to take a moment and wish all those braving the terrible Winter storms well. Be safe, keep heart, and stay warm as you can. :-)