Saturday, January 10, 2015

Tonka

 Tonka
6 x 6", oil on panel
commission
What can I say about a face like this that has not already been said? Sweet Tonka passed away at a very young age but I bet he got everything he wanted in that short time. I mean, who could say no to that face?

Thursday, January 8, 2015

New for 2015

Herb and Adam
10 x 8", oil on linen panel
I finished this commission in 2015 but I intended to finish the it during the last couple weeks of 2014. The daunting task (poor quality reference photo plus a figure) led to procrastination. I even drew out the composition a full week (may have been two) prior to applying paint to the canvas. But, now that it is done, I am not only relieved but feel like I can handle the next one. Speaking of 2015, I made a resolution to draw every day of 2015. Seven days into the year and I am going strong. Below is a little collage of my 2015 daily drawings. If you look closely, you can see that several of them start with a drawing of one of our cats and end up with an unfinished drawing of a cat, a cup, or my facial features. Max and Carlos have no respect for the words sit or stay.

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Who Hops There?


6 x 6"
oil on panel
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Using a limited palette of Titanium White and Torrit Grey on a panel toned with Quinacridone Magenta, I painted this little bunny figurine. He is one of those vintage, sort of fuzzy, Easter decorations. He looked at me when I was searching for a white object to paint. He is a nervous little dude!

Friday, January 2, 2015

Brandy

Brandy
8 x 8"
oil on panel
commission
Brandy was one of those border collies that loved to fetch a tennis ball. She passed away this year. Brandy's human Mom wanted to surprise her husband, Brandy's favorite tennis partner, with a portrait for Christmas. Glad I could help.

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Duke

Duke
6 x 6"
oil on panel
commission
Are any of you familiar with a book series about Hank the Cowdog? It came into our lives around the time that books on tape became available and our son was about 4 years old. A friend with kids recommend the books for an upcoming road trip, we listened, and fell in love with Hank. When I was discussing Duke's commission with his human, it was mentioned that Duke thinks he is Hank. Hank is in charge of ranch security. Duke's humans have a ranch in Colorado and Duke runs the place. Literature and art go hand in hand.

Happy New Year,
Patti

Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Before it's Gone: A Look Back at 2014

Looking back at my artistic life in 2014, I definitely feel blessed. I have spent the last year as a full time student at Wright State University working on my Bachelors of Fine Art. While maintaining a 4.0 GPA, I was able to complete a record number of commissions, donate artwork to three dog rescue groups, and participate in shows in Colorado, Ohio and Virginia. Visiting the Art Institute of Chicago and the Toledo Museum of Art were artistic highlights for 2014. Thank you for sharing the past year with me! Your feedback, purchases, and commissions have made it a great year. Here is a look back at some of my artistic memories from 2014.

 Sophie, 7 x 5", oil on panel
I had the pleasure of photographing and painting this adorable rescue dog, one of three commissions for a nice lady planning a surprise for her husband's birthday.

Throne, 6 x 6" oil on panel
This was my favorite palette knife painting. Some how the right colors and values ended up in the right places even thou I was using a knife to apply the paint.

To the Lake, 6 x 6", oil on panel
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This painting came about in an unusual manner for me. I drew this scene from life as the basis for my first ever etching (BFA printmaking class). After studying the values so closely, I decided to paint from the value sketch and used my memory for the colors. Not that difficult since we all know what colors to use for trees, grass, and sky but it was still pretty exciting when the painting came out looking good. I suppose you could say that this painting is a testament to the importance of value.
 Green Eyed Boy, 4 x 4", oil on panel
This is my favorite 4 x 4" painting and my favorite 2014 painting of Carlos (one of our two cats). Our cats' constant quest for the sunniest seat in the house and their dog like need to be by my side, make them perfect models. I have drawn, photographed and painted them more times in 2014 than you can imagine.
Max, 6 x 6", oil on canvas
This painting of our cat, Max, is the best example of how I want to be able to paint. I put down my strokes with confidence in color and value and for the most part, left them alone. I love how fresh the painting looks. I hope to maintain that freshness in more paintings in 2015. 
That's the end of my reminiscing. During 2015, I plan to share my studio work, commissions, Art Walk drawings, museum visits, school work, and more. 
Happy New Year,
Patti

P.S. This time next year, I should have just graduated with my BFA!
Me in front of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Let's go back soon!



 










Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Dixie

Dixie
6 x 6"
oil on panel
commission
Dixie's fun coat and the sparkling water behind her made for a great painting even thou you can barely see her eyes. I was so glad the reference photo had beautiful lighting because with pet portraits, the eyes are usually the soul of the painting. With Ms. Dixie's haircut, her eyes are hard to photograph.