I have finally found some time to work on this web site. I hope that others will find my work inspiring.
Up until this year, my art work has been very “quick”. Anything that I could do in an hour or two was all I worked on.
In January (2021) I decided to challenge myself and try to paint animals in full detail, as realistic as I could. I knew it was going to require a lot of patience and time. It took some getting used to, but I forced myself to work slow, and spread the work out over time.
My first attempt was of a Canadian Lynx.
It took almost the whole month of January to complete, working on it for up to 1 hour a day when I found the time in the wee hours of the day before anyone else woke up.
In February I took on the challenge of creating a combination of images by digitally creating the planned work from multiple photos. The result was this Peacock.
After finishing the Peacock and getting an additional painting done in February, a Calla Lily, I felt like I was on a role to get at least 1 painting done a month.
From March to May, I increased my challenge by painting larger.
In June, I gave myself a new challenge. There was an old oil on fabric painting that my mother had made when I was a child. Over the years, the fabric started to deteriorate and my mother had mounted it onto a poster plaque. All I had to remember this art work was a photo. So, I recreated the painting with Acrylic on stretched canvas.
July I had the urge to attempt a pet portrait of my own pup.
In August I tried my skill at Black & White. I fell in love with this style and I have been working on a series now, which will include up to 24 different species of animals. Every painting is 12″ x 12″ and painted on stretched canvas.
AND now the addition to this new chapter of painting – Pet Portraits. I have my first request for a Pet Portrait. I was so nervous because unlike the other paintings I have been doing based on my own photos, of which no one else sees, a requested commission is based on someone else’s photo.
With encouragement from my husband, I dove into the commission. It was in black & white, so I was still sticking to my new passion. After approximately 25 hours, the painting was done. Below is a photo of the final painting.
And so my new chapter has begun. I am now offering commissions of pet portraits. We will have to see how it goes, but I am looking forward to the challenges that await me.