Monday, November 24, 2014

A Painting a Day - Day 77

Today I am thankful for my home. Not just my house, but my community. I have friends and family here who love me and whom I love. It has been a good place to settle down and raise my children. Home Sweet Home.

This little blue bird illustration is available for sale for $25. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at Thanks for visiting today!

Sunday, November 23, 2014

A Painting a Day - Day 76

With Thanksgiving approaching I am, like so many people, considering what I am thankful for. This has been a year with a lot of unexpected events, twists and turns. I am thankful for all the people who have been so supportive through this en devour to ignite my art career. So many of those people are online, I don't get to see the face to face but I know they are their rooting me on. I am thankful for YOU!

These little chipmunk friends are painted on 5 x 7 watercolor paper and available for sale for $25. If you would like to buy them please email me at Thanks again for coming by to see my artwork. It means so much to me!

Saturday, November 22, 2014

A Painting a Day - Day 75

I struggled so much with this painting! I did it from a photo because I really wanted to see if  I could capture the likeness of the dog. I had to start the sketch over 3 times!

I am 3/4 of the way to the end of my 100 paintings in 100 days project! Granted I have missed some day and I won't make it 100 but that is okay. I am learning so much and producing more than I ever thought I could. And my paintings have change so much too. I feel like I am also developing in a direction which I did not expect which is exciting and anxiety producing all at the same time! I am really enjoying creating pet portraits and animal art in general.

This 75th painting is 5 x 7 and available for sale for $25. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at Thanks for visiting my blog today! Hope you can make it by tomorrow!

Friday, November 21, 2014

A Painting a Day - Day 74

Doing this project has allowed me to meet so many people. On my best day I am nervous when I am with strangers. On days that are not so good it is hard to talk at all. I often have to just make myself do it. But having this art work out in the public sphere has helped me make those connections with people and I am really enjoying getting to know those people who are enjoying seeing my daily posts (well nearly daily!)

Tonight I am posting an illustration that is just meant to be fun. I have yet to actually do a portrait of my dog, but this little pup is modeled after her.

Thanks so much for coming by to see my artwork again. If you would like to buy this art work please email me at lauraparkhurstillustrator  Hope you can come again tomorrow!

Painting a Day - Day 73

 I am giving myself permission again to not be perfect with my posting and doing a daily painting. I posted the sketch to Facebook, with the intention of posting the watercolor yesterday, but family stuff came up and I've got to take care of certain people!

This was another kitty cat I used to have. She was very shy but very sweet and very pretty.

Doing the sketch was a great way for me to find her fur and her tabby markings. I have heard it said and I believe it is true, drawing is the basis for all good art. I always do
a sketch before I start start painting. This is especially important if I am doing a painting from a photo or from life. It helps me find texture and shadows which will help me when I get ready to make the painting.

Thanks for visiting again. I appreciate you coming back even though I didn't manage a post yesterday. If you would like to purchase the watercolor of this kitty cat, email me at  It is 5 x 7 and for sale for $25. Hope to have a new painting up tomorrow so hope you can come back then!

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A Painting a Day - Day 72

My son suggested I do a black footed ferret as a subject for one of my animal paintings. He did a report on them for his language arts class a couple of weeks ago.

I was thinking of Chinese brush art when I began to apply the black lines. Something different. I like the looseness of the lines. It feels sketchy and freer than some of my more detailed paintings. It was relaxing to try something a bit new.

This little ferret is painted on 5 x 7 watercolor paper and available for sale for $25. If you would like to purchase him, please email me at Thanks for coming by to see my art. Hope you can come by again tomorrow!

Monday, November 17, 2014

A Painting a Day - Day 71

This is a portrait of my own cat. I don't have him anymore. He passed away four years ago. His name was Elmore and he was mine for 10 years. He was my baby before I had babies, which was hard on him when that happened. I loved him so much. I still miss him. He taught me how to be a better pet owner.

Wow, I didn't expect to feel that so deeply! But that is what having a portrait of him causes! Something about focusing on all the little detail that make him who he was brings back all the sweet memories I have tangled up with him.

I am currently taking orders for pet portraits and would love to help you make something precious that you can keep forever that will remind you of how much you love your pet. We don't get to keep them as long as we'd like and something that preserves those memories is priceless.

This is my 71st painting in my 100 paintings project. I think I am going to have to hang on to this one so it is not available.  But I still have other paintings available for sale yet. If there is one you are interested in, please email me at I'd also love to hear from you if you would like a pet portrait done. This was done from a photo and I can do the same for you.

Thanks for following my art. I would love to know what you think in the comments below!