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Untitled Cheetah

watercolor pencil on suede board

18×21 1/4 inches

Oh How I Suffer For My Art

Okay, so I’ve been kinda lousy about blogging my in progress works lately. I fear facebook has gotten the majority of work in progress updates. Something about blogging makes me feel I need to expand on it more than my basic “Here it is” that I do on FB. But I save the best stuff for my blog.

Stuff like my “Start To Finish” progression posts and my sick sense of humor. That’s right … it’s all for you.

Anywho, I had intended this piece to be done by last weds But … in my artistic frenzy of creation juju I seem to have inflamed my sciatic nerve. For those of you fortunate enough to not have this affliction (for me) it is pretty much like getting stabbed in the side. Suddenly. And without warning.

Being a cup half full kinda girl I must say at least it’s only first thing in the morning. After some stretches (which usually triggers multiple stabbings more soon followed by multiple cursing) I am totally good to go about my day as normal. Pitching hay, hauling and toting etc. So this is good.

I’ve rearranged my padding for sleeping and took a artwork hiatus. You see, me being hunched over my drafting table, gripping my pencils and forcing pigment into my artwork seems to tense up my back muscles. I enacted a strict artwork ban, followed by heating pads, hot baths and yoga. But after 5 days things have not improved (nor gotten any worse) well I’m back at it and all of this finally brings me to this cheetah piece.

I’ve got some tweaking left but for all intents and purposes it is finished. I’ll post the start to finish on her soon as well as my two previous cow pieces (they’re still in the tweaking faze too.)

I have no idea what to call this piece, I kinda hate to just call it “Cheetah” but there’s been no enlightenment moment in regards to title so that may very well end up what it is.

Anyone got any suggestions?

The Moo Crew

And now I move onto more cows. I want to do a minimum of 10 more cow portraits before the tentative “CowGirls” show date of August 25th.  More if possible. So I must do a cow or two then take a break and do something exotic then back to my Moo Crew.

I’ve got to rough sketches and I plan to finalize one of them today. Which one? I guess it depends on who speaks to me first.

They are both Scottish Highland cattle. I’ve named them Hamish a red curly headed bull and Goldie another sweet faced heifer. I’m leaning towards Goldie.

I’ve got so many critters wanting to come out and play it’s hard to choose who to paint first. I’ve got around 10 on my short list. Problem is my short list seems to be growing.


I guess my back isn’t going to be getting any better anytime soon. But it’s so worth it.

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