Sunday, April 17, 2011

Red Tail Hawk

Finally a new drawing! Playing a bit more with pattern and bits of color. This drawing is 33" wide by about 10" tall. It is a juvenile Red Tail they have at the Desert Museum. I also have another work in progress of a raven in flight. Shouldn't be too long before it's complete.

I am also going to be doing a group show with my mother (how cool is that) at the Ranch House Gallery at Aqua Caliente in July & August of 2012. It will take me that long to get ready for it too. My mother works mostly in oils, but also dabbles in colored pencil and graphite as well. I will post some images when it gets a little closer of some of her work. I am very excited to share in this opportunity with her. Should be fun, can't wait!!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

Strokes of Genius 3- Yippppeee!

I just received the letter that " Horse with no Name" will be included in North Light Books, Strokes of Genius 3: The Best of Drawing . I'm very excited and honored to be included in the book with so many amazing artists. I have the first 2 books which are filled with some absolutely gorgeous works of art from some of the best artists out there. It won't be out for quite some time - around October of 2011, I can't wait!

Monday, February 15, 2010

All Consumed!

What the heck have I been doing for the past 4 months? Good question! Not nearly enough art. On top of working 5 days a week, I've been volunteering 1 day a week for the Raptor Free Flight Program at the The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum as a bird handler. I love the birds, dearly! I have learned so much and have a new love and deep respect for raptors. I have been getting some amazing photo reference as well - Yes I will be drawing a lot of birds in the near future!!

The Raptor Free Fight Program has , a Ferruginous Hawk, 2 Barn owls, a Great Horned Owl, a Grey Hawk, a Prairie Falcon, and a whole family of Harris Hawks, as well as 2 Chihuahuan Ravens, and a Greater Roadrunner. I volunteer all day on Fridays from 8:00am to 2:30pm. There are about 4-5 volunteers per day and we feed and handle the birds, clean and do odd jobs, help with training and help put on the demonstration twice a day. I've made some great friends who I'm sure I will keep for a life time, and it is honestly the best day of the week for me. They asked me to do an illustration for the t-shirts this season and I was honored, and more than happy to. I couldn't decide between a hawk and an owl, so I did both. Then they couldn't decide which one to print, so they did both! I did them in pen and ink, which was a first for me. I loved doing them and I may do more with pen and ink at some point. It was much much faster than pencil. They wanted me to show a connection between the handlers and the birds so I thought it only fitting to show the bird on a handlers glove. The shirts should be coming in this week and I'm very excited to see them!!

Ferruginous Hawk

Barn Owl

I got a wood burner quite some time ago and had never done anything with it. Because I was so broke this Christmas, I decided to make everyone something. For the girls I made wood burned pendants and for the guys I turned them into keychains. I had a blast making them and several people asked me to make them one. Of course I started playing around with other items and it has sort of taken on a life of its own. I am going to open an etsy shop soon with limited edition giclee prints of my drawings as well as some of the wood and leather burned accessories I've been making. My plan is to hopefully start selling things so I can cut back on my days at work. I would much rather be creating than working : ) Here a few of the items I have been burning!


Pendants wrapped with silver:

Belt buckles:

And last but not least, I've actually started a new drawing! It is just going to take some time to complete. I have several reference photos and plans for new drawings ready to go - I am working on a harris' hawk now, next will be a barn own, a horse and a coopers hawk, not necessarily in that order : ) I may actually do a work in progress on my next drawing and show a bit of my working process and how I plan out a drawing. Hopefully it won't be so long between posts for me, I was feeling a bit guilty for not posting in such a long time : (

Saturday, October 3, 2009

Busy, Busy, Busy

I have been really busy - I didn't realize how busy, until I was through with all I had to get done and then I didn't know what to do with myself. So here I am!

I have been volunteering on Fridays for the Raptor Free Flight program at The Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum. It has got to be one of the coolest things I've ever done. The people are all incredibly nice and the birds are amazing. I'm sure I will be posting more on the subject as the season progresses and we start handling the birds more. So far my favorites are the Barn Owls and the Chihuahuan Ravens. I will absolutely be drawing a barn owl soon!

My Pygmy Owl drawing was juried in to an art exhibition at Sundust Gallery which opens Saturday, October 9th in Mesa Arizona.

I have been drawing these little hummingbirds for an upcoming show at the Tubac Center of the Arts, It is a holiday exhibition of small works called " Little Treasures". I will find out on the 16th of Oct. if they are juried in. I added a touch of iridescent powder to these for the color, which is perfect for the hummers beautiful little iridescent feathers. I hope they take them, I love going to Tubac.
"Nesting" 5 1/2" x 8"

"Out on a Limb" 4" x 7 1/4"

"Play Time" 5 1/2" x 8"

"Resting Place" 5 " x 8"

Friday, August 14, 2009

Harley Brown Rocks!!!

I was completely blown away by the generosity of Harley Brown. As the winner of the "Last Photo" contest I was informed that I would be receiving the last photo from Harley. I was completely expecting to get an 8x10 photo with a piece of cardboard in a manilla envelope.... seriously. Late last week I received a package from harley with "the photo" - framed, a nice note written in one of his gorgeous note cards, one of his signed prints, a copy of his book in which he drew a stunning indian and a personal note to me. I couldn't believe it, I am touched! it shows the generosity and spirit of such a great man! Thank you Harley Brown!

I have started reading Harley's book and I am loving it!!! He is so inspirational, and has given me a new outlook on my art and how I feel about my own work. It's an easy read, broken down into small sections. Perfect for someone like myself, with the attention span of a gnat : )

Thursday, July 23, 2009

Exciting News!

I was feeling a little down yesterday. I was laid off in January and the job market is getting worse and worse. Ocassionally it gets the best of me. : (

Around 6:00 last night I decided to check my email, and received some news that cheered my right back up!!

Several months ago I came across an article by Harley Brown in the International Artists Magazine. I love his articles. He is, to say the least, amazing and his articles are always interesting and informative. So he had a contest to draw his last photo, of a lighthouse.

I took the challenge and sent in my drawing, and I actually won! The editor of International Artist Magazine wrote me a nice little email informing me that I won and said of the hundreds of entries from all over the world mine stood out. How nice is that to hear?

I will receive the original photo signed by the master himself, Harley Brown, as well as having my drawing published in the next August/September, # 68 issue of International Artists Magazine.

Here is Harley's photo-

And here is my drawing - I used graphite powder on this one. I'm in the process of doing another drawing with the graphite powder. The more I use it the more I like it, and the more comfortable I get with it. It has a different- "looser" look.

Monday, July 13, 2009

Playing with Color Again!

I am going through a weird little faze right now! Being a graphic designer, I always associate a piece of art with coordinating patterns. When working as a designer we always took a main image and added coordinating patterns to make a group.

I often think that way when I am drawing. After completing a drawing I almost always start picturing patterns that would work with the art. I often think about drawing a pattern to coordinate with my main image. I started playing with this idea this week. I have a couple done already because I'm working fairly small right now. I also decided to add a touch of color. I'm doing washes of watercolor. I will post another very soon. What do you think? Good or bad, I would love to get some feedback.

I'm also trying to figure out why my blog is not updating correctly on other's blogs. I'll keep trying, and thanks to those who have been trying to help me with the problem.