New Chapter

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.

Splendor, Acrylic on canvas, 12″x36″

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.

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