Monday, April 23, 2012

How I Paint

Just for fun, I thought I'd show the painting process for this painting:

This is a painting I did for a friend and it measures 22in X 30in and is done in watercolors (my favorite medium).
So first, I started by sketching it out and then masking of the birds and the branch with watercolor masking. This lets me paint the background without fear of getting paint on the foreground.

You can just barely see the birds masked off. The paper is also taped down to keep it from warping too much (which paper likes to do when wet from say . . .watercolors).
Next, I did my first wash of color:

Very light and basically just doing some color blocking and deciding what colors I wanted to use.
Second wash:

A little darker now, more brilliant colors used.
Third wash:

I actually did another wash after this and forgot to take a picture of it. Oh well! I let it dry completely and then removed the masking. Next came painting the birds, again, done in washes.

This is after 2 washes. You can start to see some details.

After another 2 washes. Time to paint the branch!

The finished painting again - did 2 washes for the branch and touched up the sparrows. I hope my friend likes it!

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Anatomical Knitting

I stumbled upon this Facebook fan page for Anatomical Knitting, and it is quite awesome. Her knitting is impressive and just plain cool!

I mean, LOOK AT THIS! A full skeleton with all its guts!! She even did the thyroid gland!!! I have this sneaking suspicion that if I counted the vertebrae she's have the correct number (which is 24, by the way - 7 cervical, 12 thoracic and 5 lumbar - you're welcome).


Want something other than guts?? How about a . . . .LUCHADOR MASK!!!

I want this so bad. EVERYBODY needs a luchador mask!

Jill is quite talented and if you get a minute, you should check her out!

Friday, April 20, 2012


A friend of mine has just purchased her first home and she has a thing for owls. So, as part of her house warming gift, I'm painting her owls! I've done 7 so far and may do a few more if the muse hits me ;)
I quite love this barn owl, let's be honest.

This green owl looks very contemplative. Maybe he needs to take a dump and he's deciding which car hood would be best . . .
Both are done in water colors.

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Zombie Walrus!

Why yes, yes I did make a zombie walrus! And of course I think he looks like Jaime Hyneman from Mythbusters. Come on, every walrus looks like Jaime!

He's rather intimidating, yeah? I'd certainly hate to meet up with him. Well, except if we were on land. I've heard a rumor that walrus are slow on land, all bulky and awkward. 

Look at that kissable face! Never mind the blood and fishy smell. Kiss him!

Available in my Etsy Shop

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Contest Ratty

This is the prize ratty for my contest I held! Curt Baxter was the winner and this guy has been shipped to his new home! I'll probably hold another contest in May, so stay tuned!

Tuesday, April 17, 2012


I painted this for my friend. She's just bought a house and I'm doing several owls for her! I do believe he's proud of his dapper sweater!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

New Videos That I LOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

These are the latest videos from genius Nathan Barnatt. He's a comedian and physical actor and he is amazingly funny!! I love this man!!

The dancing in this one made me giggle so hard.

And his dance tryout for a Kimberly Cole video! Pure genius!

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Sparrow Speed Paint

A 20 minute digital speed paint of a house sparrow. Part of A Study in Sparrows.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Zombie Wolf

The latest zombie to be added to my hoard!! A zombie wolf who's been disemboweled. Hooray!

Sunday, April 8, 2012

Happy Easter

We colored eggs last night with some friends! Yay!

Friday, April 6, 2012

Plush Sparrows

I've made 3 little plush sparrows! Two of them are mine and will be hanging from my ceiling. The third one is my son's (the blue one with the blue belly with orange circles) - he picked out the fabric for his!!

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Zombie Foxes!

A cute little vixen and her mate!!! The vixen has been sold, but her mate (with the exposed brain) is still available!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Zombie Chicken

Oh yes. I made a zombie chicken of DOOM! Available in my Etsy shop!