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…! 

07 7 / 2014

Sweet Bee logo design

Work-in-progress for my friend Tyson’s beekeeping & ethical bee removal business

01 7 / 2014

ANICA’s 2015 calendar painting

17 6 / 2014

ANICA 2015 calendar

The beginnings of a new watercolor painting commission, this one for Seattle/Anchorage-based company ANICA, Inc. (Alaska Native Industries Cooperative Association). I’ve been painting their annual calendars since 1996, depicting native Alaskan village scenes. The calendars are distributed to ANICA co-op stores throughout bush Alaska. One of my best compliments came from a woman in Savoonga, who told me that I painted like someone who’s been to Alaska before. (I’ve still never been!)

While most calendars have been landscapes, the General Manager of ANICA requested an interior store scene, specifically, with groceries, since some stores have expanded those sections. (I used other store photos for the shelf items.) I think this is my first time painting groceries! Of course, these calendars also introduced me to painting bush planes, snowmobiles, and fishing boats too…

05 6 / 2014

Orchid Dogs (aka Three Moppets)

This is the completed watercolor painting, which was commissioned as a surprise birthday present. I hope the recipient will be pleased with my portrait of her three dogs!

Mediums used: watercolor with crimson colored pencil and white conté crayon

02 6 / 2014

Three Moppets (work-in-progress)

Now adding levitating orchids to the levitating dog heads… The recipient of this painting loves orchids, so I’m throwing a few in.