Tuesday, November 29, 2022

Painterly portrait of Doe

  I just completed this 8" X 8" acrylic portrait of Doe, a rescue dog who sadly passed away recently.  I was given only a few less-than-ideal reference photos to work from, but there was just enough detail in them for me to be able to capture Doe's smile.

Tuesday, November 1, 2022

Painting of Etta the chicken

 I was commissioned to create this painterly portrait of a rescue hen named Etta.  Etta sadly passed away and her owner wanted a special painting to remember her by.  The painting is 9" X 6" and is done in acrylics.

Tuesday, October 18, 2022

BIRDTOBER Art Challenge - Week 2

Two weeks into BIRDTOBER and I am already struggling to keep up!  I feel like the quality of my drawings suffered this week due to a lack of motivation, but at least I got it done! 

8. Mimic
9. Yellow
10. Baby Bird
11. Ocean
12. Unique Beak
13. Forest
14. Free Choice

Friday, October 7, 2022

BIRDTOBER Art Challenge - Week 1

 This month I am taking on the BIRDTOBER challenge!  BIRDTOBER is an art challenge hosted by @kaylafiskbirds in which artists draw a bird from a list of prompts every day in October.

I am working in mixed media for this challenge, specifically watercolors with colored pencils, and most of the bird species I have chosen can be found in my area.  The first week and my first page is done!

Thanks to Susan Elliott for the reference photos for the Golden-winged Warbler and Red-breasted Nuthatch.

1. Last Bird You Saw
2. Blue
3. Woodpecker
4. Swamp/Marsh
5. Locally Threatened
6. Cavity Nester
7. Free Choice

Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Painterly chicken portraits

 These fun portraits of a couple of my pet chickens are done on watercolor paper.  Paper is not my usual surface for acrylics as it is more of a challenge to work on than canvas and has a much different texture, but ever since I started my mixed media sketchbook it has grown on me.

Tuesday, August 30, 2022

Boomer's portrait update

 The painting of Boomer the Bernese is coming along!  All that's left to do is paint in the details on his face and a few touch-ups here and there.

Saturday, August 20, 2022

First stage of Boomer's portrait

 This is Boomer, a sweet Bernese Mountain Dog who is sadly no longer with us.  I was asked to paint Boomer's portrait for his human family who misses him so much.

I am finished with the block-in stage and have already begun adding details.

Wednesday, July 13, 2022

From the Sketchbook - Deer study 13 years later

  I've always wanted to repaint or redraw one of my old pieces, and what better time to do it than on the 10 year anniversary of GSC Artwork?

I chose to paint a deer fawn, an animal I painted way back in 2009 when I was just learning to paint.  Both are done in acrylics in a loose style, both are in sketchbooks, and I even painted the signature with red paint not knowing that I had done the same thing 13 years ago!

Thursday, June 9, 2022

🎂 10 year anniversary of GSC Artwork 🎉

Yep, that was my banner in 2012!

Today marks the 10 year anniversary of this blog!  A big THANK YOU! to all who have followed, shared, and purchased my artwork over the years.  To celebrate I am putting together a gallery of photos from my customers.  So if you have photos of your original GSC Artwork in its permanent home, I would love to see them!!  Click HERE to send photos.  Looking forward to hearing from you!

Brown Creeper 2018
American Redstart 2016
Ruby-throated Hummingbird 2012

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

From the Sketchbook - Bird drawings on toned paper

 It started as an experiment...I wanted to try something different (as usual) and I ended up randomly deciding on colored pencils on Strathmore Toned Tan paper.  I honestly thought it wouldn't work.  Boy, was I wrong!

Here are the first two pieces I drew, a Red Crossbill and a Black-throated Blue Warbler.

red crossbill bird nature wildlife art drawing colored pencil artwork
black-throated blue warbler bird nature wildlife art drawing colored pencil artwork

I thought I was done with colored pencils for pieces that require a lot of time and effort...until I discovered this combination!  I had so much fun with the little bird drawings I wanted to do something larger.  So here is my first serious, full-page colored pencil piece since 2014!

Red-shouldered Hawk reference photos by Marv and Sue Elliott used with permission.
Thanks, Sue and Marv!

I also discovered that my electric eraser is a colored pencil game changer.  It's amazing how well it erases colored pencil and it saved my drawing countless times.  And the paper held up surprisingly well to the eraser and the pencils.

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Painterly portrait of Dorie

This painterly portrait of my Boston Terrier, Dorie, is painted in acrylics.  My sketchbook wasn't big enough for this study so I reused an 8" X 10" watercolor canvas board.

boston terrier dog portrait painting acrylic pet animal art

boston terrier dog portrait painting acrylic pet animal art

I plan to do a larger painting of Dorie in the future, but I haven't gotten a suitable reference photo yet (Bostons don't like being photographed!).  Until then I'll be practicing with small studies.