Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Monday, December 1, 2014
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Saturday, November 29, 2014
|Painting #80 Sleeping In|
On the positive side, I've gotten a lot of sleep over the holiday!
So has this cute little teddy bear. I was going to post it and say I was doing this instead of doing "Black Friday". Well, I didn't get it done. Oh well. This is painting #80.
|Painting #79 Thanksgiving Turkey|
|Painting #78 Lamb of God|
Monday, November 24, 2014
This little blue bird illustration is available for sale for $25. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at email@example.com. Thanks for visiting today!
Sunday, November 23, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks again for coming by to see my artwork. It means so much to me!
Saturday, November 22, 2014
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 email@example.com. Thanks for visiting my blog today! Hope you can make it by tomorrow!
Friday, November 21, 2014
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 @gmail.com. Hope you can come again tomorrow!
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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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
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 email@example.com. Thanks for coming by to see my art. Hope you can come by again tomorrow!
Monday, November 17, 2014
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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!
Sunday, November 16, 2014
This painting feels like it has a story. Something has gotten this fox's attention and the darkness behind him is mysterious. He is on his way to somewhere but will he make it? Most of the paintings I have done for this project have not really had stories. Usually they are my attempt at capturing something beautiful. This time, a story feels like it is forming. I may have to revisit this picture when the project is completed.
Like all the paintings in my 100 days of painting, this red fox is for sale. It is 5 x 7 and available for $25. I think it would make a nice gift for a wildlife lover or a story teller. If you would like to buy it please email me at email@example.com. Thanks for visiting today.
Saturday, November 15, 2014
It has been a week with ups and downs. Unfortunately the downs have been rough enough to cancel out the ups.
Relationships can give us such comfort and other times they can cause such inner turmoil. And I am realizing I am not so great at friendships sometimes. I am self centered and thoughtless.
When I feel stressed or uncertain, I withdraw and I am sure I leave people who were counting on me wondering what became of me.
It is hard to face my short comings. I feel embarrassed and upset. I feel guilty for letting people down who had had expected more of me.
I want to do better. I want there to be a greater quiet in me so that I don't withdraw. I wish I could explain to those I let down. But maybe my explanation is lame. On the outside I look like I am strong but inside I am fragile and weak. On the outside I look like I want to be there for others. On the inside it is all about me. I worry so much about pleasing other people I set myself up for a big let down because I can't live up to the image I present.
I should be more grateful and more patient. I should be wiser and more sensible. I want to be the kind of friend who says all the right things and appears at the right moment. Instead I miss opportunities to comfort and support because I am intimidated by the situation or there is a conflict between helping one person and being there for another.
I don't want to offend anyone. But somehow I manage it. Somehow I have to let this go and accept that I make mistakes. Apologies are all I have. I wish they were enough. Not much more I can do except pray. Pray a lot. I'm praying right now. And I am waiting to be peaceful.
As always my paintings are available for sale. Each one is $25 a piece. If you would like to own one, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for coming by to see my art. Thanks for listening to my emotional
Thursday, November 13, 2014
I spent the day setting up an account at Fine Art America where I am going to offer prints of some of my daily paintings. If there were paintings you may have liked, you can order a print.
Thanks for coming by to see my art work. Hope you can come by again tomorrow!
Wednesday, November 12, 2014
A dog belonging to a friend of mine was my inspiration for this. He is a bundle of energy and is always starved for attention and does all he can to get what he wants. He's a handful and he really is a cutie!
This is my 67th watercolor painting an it is 5 x 7 and available for sale for $25. If you would like to own him, please email me at email@example.com. Thanks for coming by today. Hope you can make it by again tomorrow!
Tuesday, November 11, 2014
Friendship can be really hard sometimes. I know I am not always good at it. I am easily distracted and caught up in my own life. It is so easy to lose touch with people or something happens and there is this awkwardness that drifts in like a cloud. But when there is acceptance and enjoyment of each other's company, in spite of our short comings, our hearts are nurtured and warmed against life's cold places.
This little group of friends is on 5 x 7 watercolor paper and available for sale for $25. If you would like to own this painting, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for visiting. Hope you can come by again tomorrow!
Monday, November 10, 2014
My sister asked me the other day if I am sticking with this because I have done this project publicly. I did not hesitate. YEP. If people were not watching this, I would have quit this weeks ago! Ha! But I am so glad for the accountability because of the progress I have made in a very short amount of time. It has been completely worth the struggle.
This 5 x 7 red wing black bird is available for sale for $25. If you would like to own it please email me at email@example.com. Thanks for being there for me! I may not know who you are, but your visits have kept me going. I have 35 paintings left to go! Hope you can come by again tomorrow!
Saturday, November 8, 2014
Maybe that is what is on my mind. The struggle to learn. Learning the nuances of watercolor, learning the subtleties of composition, learning new programs, learning how to get my art out into the world. It is a lot to take in.
Never stop learning. Every painting teaches me. This one taught me a little bit about the color red and how a bit of orange and yellow makes a nice contrast against sky blue. It also gave me some practice in making my brush behave and not slip. It is also stretching me to write creatively.
This 5 x 7 watercolor of a cardinal is also available for sale. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for following along as I learn something new! Hope you can come by again tomorrow!
Friday, November 7, 2014
I know I can keep going because I have made up my mind. I just want to keep the quality of my paintings satisfactory. That is challenging. Especially when I have off days like today where I feel tired, stressed, hurried and unmotivated.
But I got it done! So feelings of wanting to quit will be nothing compared to the triumph I will feel when I have completed my 100th day. Then I have to decide what my next move will be. Probably take a little break for the holidays! Then at the first of the year, get back to it!
This blue jay was as fun to sketch as he was to paint. I enjoyed the pattern the black markings on his feathers created. Blue jays are such pretty birds, even though they can be a nuisance to bird watchers because they tend to chase other song birds off. When I was a kid, it was fun to watch them hop across the yard, their blue color so striking and vibrant.
I painted this blue jay on 5 x 7 watercolor paper. It is available for sale for $25. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at email@example.com. Thanks for checking out my art. Please let me know what you think in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. See you tomorrow!
Thursday, November 6, 2014
I recently watched an instructional video about watercolor painting and the artist used his sketches to develop his plan for the painting. As you can see in the photo below, I drew the kangaroo and developed shadows. I think used this as a guide for the shadows for the painting. Remembering that all bodies have volume, shadows and shading done with a consistent light source can create a three dimensional feeling to artwork. The sketch helps to achieve this.
Tuesday, November 4, 2014
This little dog grabbed my attention because of his eyes, the way he is looking up at the viewer and showing the whites of his eyes. Dogs look so human when they do that. It makes hearts melt!
This watercolor is 5 x 7 and is available for sale for $25. If you would like to own it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first person I hear from can buy it and give this little puppy a new home!
Thanks for visiting today. It has amazed me how much traffic my blog has been getting. I hope I can continue to post interesting stuff even after this 100 days is over. Maybe I should consider another 100 days to keep my momentum going.... Well, hope you can come again tomorrow!
Monday, November 3, 2014
I am doing commissions now for pet portraits but also for illustrations and other subject matter. I will be posting more in the days to come. If you are interested in having a piece of art custom made, please email me at email@example.com and we can discuss what you would like for me to create for you.
Thanks for stopping by to see my art. Hope you can come by again tomorrow!
Sunday, November 2, 2014
This is from a sketch I did a few months ago but I thought it fit my mood for the day and the happy little dog fits it into my theme.
This was a painting I did with layers of glazes, bringing out more and more details. And if I had more time, I could have developed it even more. But as it is, I feel like it is quite charming. Especially the red barn.
This 59th painting is available for sale for $50. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at lauraparkhurstillustrator @gmail.com. Thanks for visiting my site today. Hope you can come by again tomorrow for a new painting.
Saturday, November 1, 2014
This is Saint Francis of Assisi. He was know for his compassion on all creatures. The Catholic Church has named him the patron saint of the environment. In one story about him, it is said he preached the Gospel to a flock of birds who quietly listened and burst into song when he called on them to praise God. I thought he made a good connection between my theme of animal pictures and today's special occasion.
My 58th painting is available for sale for $50. It is 8 x 10. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for following my art through my 100 day journey. Hope you can come again tomorrow.
Friday, October 31, 2014
Painting 57 is my last Halloween themed picture with an owl and some happy trick or treaters.
I wish the weather had been this nice here. Instead it was rainy with a little bit of snow. So we skipped the trip around the block and stayed home handing out candy to those who where brave enough to venture out into the nasty weather.
Hope you had a happy Halloween!
This 8 x 10 painting is available for sale for $50. If you would like to purchase it please email me at email@example.com. Thanks for following my art work! Hope you can come again tomorrow!
Thursday, October 30, 2014
This is a Little Brown Bat. They are native to Indiana, which is where I am. On a warm evening you can see them darting about. Little Brown Bats are not the cutest of animals but they have an awesome purpose. They eat mosquitoes. A lot of mosquitoes! Up to half their body weight. They also eat wasps and moths.
Bats have a bad reputation that is based on rumors and folk lore. This little guys looks fearsome, but he has his mouth open because he is echo-locating for his food and for his surroundings. He lets out a high pitched sound that human's can't hear but it bounces back off of objects like trees and bugs into his huge ears and he can tell with great clarity and quickness where those objects are and what they are. Amazing!
Little Brown Bats are in trouble. Many have come down with an illness called white nose syndrome. It makes it difficult for the bats to hibernate and they die of starvation. And people also kill them because they see them as a nuisance. Here in Indiana they are on the endangered species list. One way to help is to build a bat house. For more information about bats follow this link Bat Facts. For instructions on building a bat house follow this link Bat House.
This painting is 8 x 10 and available for sale for $50. If you would like to buy it please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for following my art. Tomorrow will be another spooky animal picture for Halloween! Hope you can come by and see it.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
I had to look through several spider pictures to choose one that would be big enough to make an impressive sight in my painting. Now if this was real life even a tiny spider could get that reaction if it was on someone's shoulder. I appreciate that spiders keep other pesky bugs down, but when I look at them they make my skin crawl. They need to stay outside and out of my house!
There was one spider that was photographed close up so you could see it's large eyes and my daughter says, "Aww, cute! Don't you think so?" Sorry kiddo. Nope. Spiders are not cute. Not cute.
This is my 55th painting and like all the rest before it, it is available for purchase to the first person to contact me at my email which is email@example.com. It is 8 x 10 and is watercolor on Arches 100% cotton paper.
Thanks for stopping by to check out my artwork. Hope you can come by again tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 28, 2014
I also wanted to create a feeling of shadow and light with the pumpkins. The shadows create a dimension to them while the bright light shining from within creates a nice contrast.
This black cat is painted on 8 x 10 Arches 100% cotton watercolor paper. It is available for sale for $50. If you would like to purchase it be the first to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I know decorating for Halloween has become very popular and more elaborate than it was when I was a kid when all you had was a couple of jack-o-lanterns on the front porch. This black cat would make a great addition to the ambiance of that spooky day!
Thanks for following my artwork. Hope you will come again tomorrow to see a new picture!
Monday, October 27, 2014
for today's painting. First I thought of a black cat, but it just wasn't feeling right today. A picture of a blue jay lay on my kitchen table and I recalled that blue jays are related to crows so I looked up a picture of a crow in a bird book. A page over was a picture of a raven. I had no idea they were so huge by the way and are not here in Indiana. But I then thought of the poem by Edgar Allen Poe and who better to recall at this time of year than that famous writer and poet of macabre stories and melancholic poetry.
Here is a little bit of the poem to have as reference for this illustration.
'Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
Here is a little bit of the poem to have as reference for this illustration.
'Open here I flung the shutter, when, with many a flirt and flutter,
In there stepped a stately Raven of the saintly days of yore; Not the least obeisance made he; not a minute stopped or stayed he; But, with mien of lord or lady, perched above my chamber door— Perched upon a bust of Pallas just above my chamber door— Perched, and sat, and nothing more. Then this ebony bird beguiling my sad fancy into smiling, By the grave and stern decorum of the countenance it wore, “Though thy crest be shorn and shaven, thou," I said, “art sure no craven, Ghastly grim and ancient Raven wandering from the Nightly shore— Tell me what thy lordly name is on the Night’s Plutonian shore!” Quoth the Raven “Nevermore.” 'Thanks for coming to see my art again today. This 8 x 10 illustration is available for sale for $50. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at email@example.com. The first person I hear from can buy it. Hope to see you again tomorrow.
This is Halloween week so I thought I would do a few paintings of animals that might give some of us the chills. The sound of wolves howling can send shivers up our spines. Wolves howl, not to scare us, but to communicate with each other. Members of a pack will howl to call to one another because their territories are very large and they will become separated when hunting. They also howl to let rival packs know where their boundaries are.
This painting is 8 x 10 and done on Arches 100% cotton watercolor paper. New kind of paper calls for some adjustment in technique. I think it has a bit more of a painterly look. It is available for sale for $50. If you would like to own it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first person I hear from can buy it. Thanks for coming by to see my work. Sorry it is a day late. Hopeful I can get a new painting up for today later tonight. See you later!
Saturday, October 25, 2014
I went back to the 5 x 7 size for this illustration. I think the size makes for a more personal piece that looks nice on a bookshelf or desk.
Because I am going back to a smaller size I am going to leave the dollar a day increase which I have been doing. From on, all 5 x 7 paintings I do for this project will be available for sale for $25. Pricing my art is a challenge. There is the desire to be compensated for my talent and time. But I don't want to alienate potential buyers. It is a narrow path to tread.
If you would like to purchase this cute little kitten, be the first to email me at email@example.com. It is $25 and the first person I hear from can buy it.
Thanks for checking out my art work. Hope you can come by again tomorrow for a new painting!
Friday, October 24, 2014
This painting means hope to me. Hope is something we have to reach out for. It is something that is so easy to lose but makes life worth living. And it is something we have to believe in to receive. You have to believe there is a reason to hope.
This is actually my second attempt at this picture. Previously I did it in colored pencil but didn't like the way it turned out. I like it much better in watercolor. Just like hope, it is worth the struggle.
This painting is 8 x 10 in watercolor and it is available for $50. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. The first person I hear from can buy it.
Thank you for sticking with me these past 50 days. I appreciate every encouraging word. Hope you will continue on with me for the next 50 days!
Thursday, October 23, 2014
I wanted to convey the feeling of relief that Noah felt when the little dove returned with that olive branch. Knowing there would be an end to the confinement in that ark would have called for celebration. Which is really an image of God's gift of grace to humanity through Jesus Christ and when we receive that, we have reason to rejoice!
This illustration would be perfect for a children's room. There are lots of details to look at. It is 8 x 10 and it is available for sale for $49. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at email@example.com. The first person I hear from can buy it.
Thanks for coming to see my artwork again. Hope you can come again tomorrow! I have no idea what I am going to paint, but I will come up with something!
Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Receiving my horse was a good day. But there were other good days. I remember the thrill of riding home really fast in the snow and how it flew off of my horse's hooves. I remember how beautiful our horses where when they would gallop across a field. I remember how fun it was to go on a ride with my dad and have his company all to myself. I remember getting caught in a rain storm at the far side of our farm and sitting on my horse listening as it poured down on the roof of the a old barn which stood back there.
I remember the day my dad sold our horses. It was the winter before I got married. They had become wild from lack of attention. It was time for them to have a new home. I didn't tell them good bye. But I have those memories and there were many good days.
This portrait of an Arabian horse is my 48th painting in my 100 day series. It is available for sale for $48 to the first person to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you would like to buy it please drop me a message!
Thanks for coming buy to see my work. Hope you can come again tomorrow!
Tuesday, October 21, 2014
This is the eastern tiger swallowtail. They have some orange on their lower wings while the western variety has only blue on the lower wings.
This butterfly is my 47th painting. It is available for sale for $47. If you would like to purchase it, please email me at email@example.com. The first person I hear from can buy it. Thanks for checking out my art today. Please come back tomorrow for another new painting!
Monday, October 20, 2014
Finished this pet portrait for a new customer over the weekend. It was such a wonderful feeling to bring it to her home and see her
reaction. I was so glad to know I had exceeded her expectations and captured the spirit of her beautiful greyhounds (which were super sweet, by the way!)
I thought it would be fun to share the process of the painting here on my blog.
I started with a sketch which I did from a photo the customer emailed to me. We discussed over email the size and details. I told her I would not proceed until she approved the sketch, which she did!
I then transfered the sketch to Arches 100% cotton watercolor paper by using my light table. I love this stuff! It is worth the extra money because of the way the paint goes on it. Perfect. The light table I use it an ArtGraph light pad. It is so easy to store and to move around in my small space.
It was such a pleasure to create something she can treasure for years. And I loved meeting her and her sweet dogs!
If you would like to have a pet portrait done, please feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I would love to hear from you!