13 8 / 2014

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Art, Inc. – a field guide to the psychology and practicalities of becoming a successful artist 

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Art, Inc. a field guide to the psychology and practicalities of becoming a successful artist 

12 8 / 2014

Barney

Now available as a print! http://society6.com/houseofsnarf/barney-whq_print#1=45

Mediums used: Micron pens, colored pencils, white pastel pencil

12 8 / 2014

Late night doodle sessions part two: more strange characters.

11 8 / 2014

Late night doodle session yields some strange characters

Late night doodle session yields some strange characters

30 7 / 2014

Agave americana stem
This image was from a photograph I took of an agave americana plant in my neighborhood. When I take the dog for walks, I often encounter beautiful flora that I am not familiar with. This amazing plant stem stands as tall as a tree.
After admiring the plant for so long, I wanted to make an art print of it: http://society6.com/houseofsnarf/agave-americana-stem#1=46

Agave americana stem

This image was from a photograph I took of an agave americana plant in my neighborhood. When I take the dog for walks, I often encounter beautiful flora that I am not familiar with. This amazing plant stem stands as tall as a tree.

After admiring the plant for so long, I wanted to make an art print of it: http://society6.com/houseofsnarf/agave-americana-stem#1=46

25 7 / 2014

Portrait of Adelaide
I changed it!
For better or worse, I’m not sure yet. When I had started doing the ‘electric’ blue outline around her initially, I was wondering, “Is this a mistake?” I’d glance at the previous work-in-progress photos I had taken, and think, “Hmm. The blank background was clean and simple.” And yet I continued with my concept of “Electric Adelaide,” where the outline was like crackling electricity. (That was the idea anyway.)
By late last night, however, I had already resolved to redo the background today, because I felt that the outline was just that: too much of an outline. So now this.
Maybe I’ll give it another day before messing with it again, or maybe I will simply leave it as is. Sometimes you just got to make yourself stop, before further workings muck it all up. ;)

Portrait of Adelaide

I changed it!

For better or worse, I’m not sure yet. When I had started doing the ‘electric’ blue outline around her initially, I was wondering, “Is this a mistake?” I’d glance at the previous work-in-progress photos I had taken, and think, “Hmm. The blank background was clean and simple.” And yet I continued with my concept of “Electric Adelaide,” where the outline was like crackling electricity. (That was the idea anyway.)

By late last night, however, I had already resolved to redo the background today, because I felt that the outline was just that: too much of an outline. So now this.

Maybe I’ll give it another day before messing with it again, or maybe I will simply leave it as is. Sometimes you just got to make yourself stop, before further workings muck it all up. ;)

24 7 / 2014

Electric Adelaide

My man has been asking me to paint a portrait of our pup Adelaide for months now. Him: “You’ve been painting great pet portraits of other people’s animals; when are you going to paint OUR dog?!?” Me: “Here it is! Finally!

So, yes, I finally sat my ass down yesterday and started the painting. I had sort of given myself a head start, in that I had completed the initial pencil sketch months ago…and, um, yeah…procrastinated, until now, to actually paint the damn thing.

For me, with watercolor painting, the process often starts off with “This is terrible!” But with persistence and focus, the thoughts flow into “I really love painting,” followed shortly by “I should do this more often.” Duh.

Then I have to turn around and kick myself metaphorically in the head. Keep painting, kiddo. That’s what I need to keep telling myself.

So, here’s to more painting! MOAR PAINTING!!!

18 7 / 2014

Duck Duck Cat art print
The painting has been cleaned up and posted in my Society6 store! Art prints, framed prints, stationery cards, and iPhone cases are available here: http://society6.com/houseofsnarf/duck-duck-cat#1=46.

Duck Duck Cat art print

The painting has been cleaned up and posted in my Society6 store! Art prints, framed prints, stationery cards, and iPhone cases are available here: http://society6.com/houseofsnarf/duck-duck-cat#1=46.

14 7 / 2014

Duck Duck Cat

Inspired by a photo shoot with our rubber ducky, I started doodling, and this painting is the end result.

Mediums used: Reeves watercolour, Micron pens, Sharpie metallic marker

12 7 / 2014

Daisy

This painting is a pet portrait commission of a dog named Daisy.

The request was to have Daisy in a field of her namesake flowers. I think the end result resembles a children’s book illustration, which I hope the recipient likes…!