Saturday, November 21, 2009

Kitten Candy

"Kitten Candy"
5"w x 5"h
Colored Pencil on Pastelmat paper

This is the second of my whimsical Christmas still life. A little brighter, this ginger kitten is all decked out in her best green dress for Christmas, (as long as she doesn't get Candy Cane all over it!)

Kitten Candy is up for auction on Ebay!

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

"A Prezzie for Lizzie"

"A Prezzie for Lizzie"
5"w x 5"h
Colored Pencil on Pastelmat paper

Here is one of my whimsical Christmas still life completed.

She is beige-grey bunny dressed for Christmas in a mixture of dark browns, olive greens and reds with a touch of yellow thrown in.

This is colored pencil on Pastelmat, again just loving that surface for my pencils :-)

Miss Lizzie is up for auction on Ebay!

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

WIP - Christmas Cuties

Between Christmas commissions, I took a break and sketch out a couple of toy animals. These Christmas cuties will be finished off with color pencil on Pastelmat paper, similar to my previous Teddy bears. Hopefully, I can post the finished pieces by this weekend!

Monday, November 9, 2009


As my artwork decorates my studio and I only have so much space, I will be auctioning more pieces as we head into the Christmas Shopping season. I am posting two coloured pencil paintings, both done on Fisher paper.
If you are interested, please click on the link to go to my Ebay auction page. Thanks!


5.25" x 5.25" Coloured Pencil on Pastelmat.
Sells with neutral mat and is ready to frame (8"x 8" frame) or be custom framed.

This is a FIVE day auction. To view auction, click here.


4"x6" Coloured Pencil on Pastelmat
Sells with neutral mat and is ready to frame ( 5"x 7" or 8"x 10" frame) or be custom framed.

This is a FIVE day auction. To view auction, click here.

Sunday, November 8, 2009

Girl Power!

Photo: MARK RALSTON/AFP/Getty Images-StlToday

No painting to post today; I've been out working for the last week and am playing catch up at my easel; however, I did take out time to watch one or two of the Breeders Cup races yesterday and am so glad I did! One of the most amazing races I have ever seen was the final race, The Classic.

The undefeated mare Zenyatta, was pitted against the boys and boy-o-boy did she show them!

The race itself was one that movie script writers would have trouble topping :-)
This big, lovely girl readies herself for the race with a strange hoof-pawing dance before each race. One of the commentators described it as pilates for horses.
A California-based girl, she is bold and full of herself and she loves her people.
The rest of the field is a stellar cast of racing's best boys including the Kentucky Derby winner, The Arlington Million Winner, and a host of European Champions.

Going into the gate, Zenyatta had some loading problems, changing her mind about cooperating at the last minute (such a girl!) She eventually goes in and then the field has to wait for Quality Road, who, quite simply, freaks out at the gate, kicking and bucking and eventually is scratched and is withdrawn.

From there the horses break, and Zenyatta is caught unprepared and breaks on the wrong lead, settling into last place, about 10 lengths behind the leaders. (For those that don't know what a wrong lead is, simply put, it is starting out on the wrong foot.)

Jockey Mike Smith settles her down and changes leads. Nothing happens for the first half leg the race then Zenyatta joins the party. Just after the half mile mark, Zenyatta shifts into gear and starts to cruise by the boys, picking them off one by one. Then, just before hitting the homestretch, Mike takes her outside the field and she just motors home.
Seriously, she was like a big old caddy smoothly passing a bunch of jockeys on Vespas (sorry boys)!
The power of this girl!

Anyway, don't believe me? Watch it for yourself (Zenyatta is a big dark horse with a yellow saddle cloth and the jockey is in Teal and link silks w/ a teal cap)

Yes, definitely the most exciting 2 minutes in sports. And that's my lengthy commentary for today :-D
I'll be back tomorrow with a lot less words and more paintings!!

Zenyatta "Pilate's" photo courtesy of Smile Politely Blog