Posts Tagged ‘big cat art’


11×14 inches

water soluble mixed media on suede

( wc pencils, water soluble ink and water soluble wax pastels)

And as yet unnamed

I have been working on this piece at night at home on the couch in front of the tv. I wasn’t sure how that would work, as it’s not something I’ve really done. But been working the gallery during the day plus I had some new lighting installed in my framing room which I helped with. (and by “helped with” I mean handing him things so he didn’t have to crawl up and down the ladder. Because as you all know I’m technically skilled like that.)

I do have an in between photo so I may do a start to finish even though there’d only be 3. That’s what happens when I work from home.

I plan to add some more highlights and shadows and just sort of study it and see what else I want to do. I’ll probably live with it for awhile and I do plan to begin something new tomorrow. What exactly it’ll be will be a surprise to both you and me.

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I posted the very first WIP on my facebook page as my Sunday Sneak Peek (since I tend to start new works on Sunday the name seemed appropriate) which was quite literally nothing more than the eyeballs. Now 2 days and maybe 5 hours later this is what I’ve got.

I forgot how long it takes to do true realism. Thank goodness it’s a small piece of only 11×14 inches.

As for the flamingo piece, I do plan to finish it, but new inspirations keep popping up and like a loose dog with a squirrel fetish I just keep chasing whatever flashes past my line of site. This is not something I have ever done. I have always been someone to make up silly rules like “Finish this painting before starting another.”

Where do I come up with that stuff?

Any Guesses?

So I’m not letting on what exactly it is but as I posted on my FB page here’s three hints.

1. It’s feline
2. It’s not domestic
3. I have painted this species before.

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So here she is framed and ready to be shipped out to her new home where she can “hang” out with some of my other African critter artworks.

This watercolor pencil on 100% cotton rag mueseum grade suede board measures 18 1/4 x 21 1/4.


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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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