animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, kids, simple photoshop, thoughts behind the work, whimsy

I need to find me a cat, design

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I am very happy with this drawing.  Maybe things are falling into place with this effort.  The leaves are a watercolor that I scanned and brought into photoshop.  The cats were added in layers in line art and colored in.  Everything was done after that on my tablet. Hey, I only crashed Ps once, and I think that’s because I got distracted with a visitor and had a feeling it would happen.  I was away too long and by the time I hit save, I knew it was too late.  But I did not lose too much as I just had to paint in more of the pale turquoise leaves.  This happened once before for the same reason.  my fault.   ALSO, as  time goes on I will learn how to manage things better and make smaller files.  I am getting more and more comfortable working with text.

This is kind of new territory for me and it’s really been fun. Here is the drawing on products.  and boy this product line is getting bigger every day. what fun!

Let me know what you think about this dear readers.  I would love feedback.  I am getting closer to my goal.

animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, Revising Old Work

Appaloosa in Training

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This is a young girl I knew in California as a very talented and hard working young trainer.  I did this watercolor of her with an underpainting in soft pink tones.  She is resurrected here.  Enjoy.

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animals, dogs, horses, cats, people

Horseshoeing Day

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When the farrier comes to the ranch, it’s a happy day.  This watercolor tells the story of one such hard working shoer who tends to his horses and does the job well.  The horses like the attention and very often, they seem to feel better with a nice trim.  The owners are happy because it’s the healthy thing to do and they know they are fending off problems with their animals and keeping them healthy and happy.
Drawing and painting horses and complete story-telling scenes is a lifelong challenge.  Whenever I do one, it feels good but at the same time it makes me a little tired.  Painting single images, like an apple or a tree is an exercise I view as a quick challenge to get the information down with feeling and as quickly as possible.  After it is done, I always ask myself, “was this a clear image?”  “could I have done this better,  and was it worth the effort, etc. etc.  Well, I think there is a little conclusion to this that makes sense to me and it’s this:   I think storytelling images need to be big.  I don’t think they read well when they are small and intimate.  Well, onward and I won’t belabor it.

 

 

 

animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations

Horseshoeing Day is Here

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When the farrier comes it’s a happy day.  Horses are happy because they get a nice trim and love the attention.  Horse owners are happy because all the problems will be taken care of and it feels so good to have a nice trim.  The farrier is happy because he gets paid. It’s a win-win for everybody.

This is a watercolor that I did partly from a photo and partly from life.  Painting horses is always a challenge but it’s also rewarding.

Here’s the work in my online store.

animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations

2 cats, best buddies, version 3

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Here is the 3rd and most likely the last version of the 2 cats, best buddies. I have been dreaming about doing charcoal.  This one is on watercolor paper and it had too many peaks and valleys in the texture to be good for vine charcoal.  I now have a charcoal pad and I will be playing more with the medium.

So here are the 3 altogether.  I think it is fascinating to draw and paint the same subject from different points of view.  The background of course was made up on the spot and I got a kick out of doing it.  I love the moon as you can probably tell.  It’s in so much of my art.feline-buddies-web

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Here is the charcoal version on a bed blanket

dogs, horses, cats, fantasy illustration, Illustrations, kids

Two Cats are Best Buddies, version 2

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Here is another version of Two Cats Buds.  This one is done in india ink using a speedball nib and colored in watercolor pencils.  I enjoy playing with doing the same art in many variations.  It is a great treat to be able to enjoy these disciplines.

                                   Here is the version #1

Here is the link to see version #2 on product.

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animals, dogs, horses, cats, Illustrations, Pen and Ink Drawing

2 cats are “best buds”, version 1

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My lovely friend Marta took a picture of 2 cats at the cat shelter here in Mexico, where she volunteers.  They have a lot of kittens, and cats and sr. citizen cats.  I drew these two and got carried away with the stripes and lines.   I fell in love with them and this is the first of a few treatments of these two sweethearts.  I drew them freehand in pen and ink and played a little bit in photoshop.  I will do another few paintings of them and let’s see how they will turn out.

What I love is their little body language.   Here they are on a big zipper pouch.