Feeling a little sketchy

It’s been a while since I’ve had a sketch commission and I forgot how fun it is. Off the cuff, no pressure…just fun! Besides that, what a great gift to a new home owner!? A realtor friend of mine commissioned this one and I’m hoping that more will follow. If you know -or are- a first time home buyer- or are a realtor yourself- don’t forget about your little old starving artist when it comes to a special housewarming keepsake! IMG_20160316_152542

A little break from the fur.

Though I simply LOVE painting animals it’s nice for an artist to take on new challenges or mix up the pot a bit. My recent commission “Crouton” was just such a departure. I had such a great time tackling this painting and the client was over the moon with the finished product. I painted this oil painting in the same way I have with my recent pet portraits. I used what is called the flemish technique that you can read about here in my old blog post on the process of painting Thoroughbred “Rydilluc”  

Here are my process pics for “Crouton”. It was a lot of work, a lot of fun and great learning experience. I look forward to my next project from this client.


Umber Layer


Dead Layer