Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Bye Bye Bakersfield, Hello Wales

Dave's portrait will be leaving here tomorrow. Not sure how long it takes to get to Wales but hopefully before Christmas. I sent both graphite sketches and the watercolor so he will have plenty to look at when he opens it. It was so nice of him to ask me to trade with him. I still haven't heard from the other partner so he apparently isn't going to trade. At least now I will get a portrait in exchange. I would mail the other partner's to him but don't have his address.

I took my 2 plein air paintings to the Art Assoc. gallery yesterday. The show is for plein air artists who at least did part of the painting outside. It is ok if they finished it in a studio. The reception for the show is on Friday evening.

Now I need to get busy with a couple other Christmas gifts which will be paintings. I know what I want to do, I just have to get them going.

I sketched several more celebrities for the Art House Sketchbook 2012. Tom Selleck (as he is in the new show "Blue Bloods"), Claudette Colbert who has been my favorite actress since I was in grade school and saw one of her movies, Sean Connery (my favorite actor), Bill Cosby, and and Cat Stevens the way he looks today. tom Selleck is getting color put to his face now. I only have a couple more on the covers and the book will be finished.

I'm posting some photos I took at a local park a couple of weeks ago. I love watching the ducks and geese. They are so comical.

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Dave Finished

I just finished Dave's portrait. Several times I thought I had lost it and would have to start over. I am happy with the finish now. I didn't plan to add the blue in his hair but I am glad I did. Watercolors on Arches Watercolor paper. A little pen and ink and white Conte pencil. 11 x 14 inch size. This will be getting mailed to the UK.

Dave's Portrait Update

I have started to add the color. I'm probably not finished working tonight so maybe another update or two.

Dave Start

This is the drawing of my Wetcanvas Portrait Swap Partner. Since I had not heard from my other swap partner, Dave volunteered to do a second and swap with me. I did one sketch and worked it to death. Couldn't quite get his eyes after much erasing. So I decided to do a little basic outline transfer of a few vital details and then went to work. This one is much better. I have it transferred to watercolor paper and will get started today on the watercolor.

Here are the first and second sketch. I will have to ok with Dave before I post the original photo. Or you can go here and see it on the Wetcanvas Portrait Swap Thread.http://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif

More to come.

Monday, November 21, 2011


I met Bailey at a local obedience show. Her owner, Sue, won a silent auction prize for a pet portrait from me. I just finished packaging up the portrait to send on its way. It was such fun getting to meet Sue and Bailey and taking my own photos. And a pleasure to paint such a beautiful dog.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Scavenger Hunt #246

I did 4 of the Scavenger hunt items this morning as ATCs. They are available for trade.

#1 it pivots - it's a tiny little kitty whose head swivels and it is maybe 1 1/2 inches tall
#2 something on my fridge - refrigerator magnet
#3 fits in my palm - A little clay animal I bought last week at Goodwill store
#4 with a crack in it - my hand with wrinkles/cracks
#5 sugar bowl - another Goodwill purchase I got a couple weeks ago. Just last week found another piece of the same set.

And I think it is a miracle that I was the first to post. I am usually about the last these days.

I did finish the doberman that was a commission for a silent auction at a dog obedience show here locally. I can't show it yet but I am waiting for approval from the owner and permission to post it. I am happy with the way it turned out and hope that she is too. To me, it is finished. Just needs my signature.

I still have one more silent auction portrait to do but the lady hasn't decided yet which pet. It will probably be her now deceased horse. I will contact her soon and get started on hers next.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011


My latest in my Sketchbook 2012 Project book. Alfred Hitchcock.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Nickels Ranch

Working on the plein air painting I started yesterday when out with my art group. This one and the one from Majestic Palms (the statue) will be in a plein air show at Bakersfield Art Association in December. We went to Nickels Ranch yesterday which is beside the Kern River. Nice day except for the wind and the tiny, irritating flies.

I am taking photos as I work but haven't uploaded any of them yet. I have darkened the background trees and putting the color on the trunks.

Saturday, November 05, 2011

November Drawspace ATC Trade

The signups haven't even ended but I got busy last night and this morning and finished the 5 that I need at the present time. If no one else signs up, I'm done.

"What I'm thankful for" is the theme and these are the reasons for my cards:

My hand for my marriage that lasted 39 years
Baby Kylie my great-niece (not a good likeness but....) for family
Teddy bear for friends
Art supplies for getting a gift from God for using and having them
My Bible for being able to worship my God freely

Thursday, November 03, 2011

Barney Fife

Don Knotts as Barney Fife. I'm glad the sketchbook is getting done. Next up is Alfred Hitchcock.

Wednesday, November 02, 2011

Half Pint

Another face finished for the 2012 Sketchbook. Melissa Gilbert - Laura Ingalls - Half Pint from "Little House on the Prairie".