Pencil Sketches and Portraits

So sometimes I have to ask myself if I'm up to a certain activity. I think I get comfortable in my own routine. My rut, so to speak. I like to paint my dogs and my bird. I'll paint the flowers and I love a sky. Trees - not as much. Urban? yep. People? Not really. It's not because I don't like people, I yearn to be a sought-after portrait artist. So why not people? The landscape of the person is so particular. It needs to read as THAT PERSON. Pretty unnerving to think about. This is a pencil sketch in preparation for a painting. It's from a photograph, and it's the one the client wants. I generally don't put teeth in a face, they force a specific emotional response, but in this case, the smile is not displeasing to me. The smootch says everything that needs to be said, and the smile is an acknowledgement of affection. I think I'm going to like this assignment. oil; ; $ Sold Interested parties may contact me here: Kittie@KittiesArt.com

Bella Bullie

Bella is #2 in my Reno series.... If you're just coming in to the blog, I've been commissioned to do a series of pet portraits for a veterinary hospital in Reno, Nevada. One of my challenges in painting Bella is that she was really turning her head to the side, straining. The eye that's visible was rolled way away from my viewpoint, almost so the white of the eyeball was the most prominent feature.  I corrected that angle a little so the portrait is more pleasing to look at. The high desert light is so very pure, and so very intense that few cameras can capture the light AND the shadow adequately. Fortunately, I have lifelong experience with many breeds of dogs, and have lived in the high desert most of my adolescent life. With a decent capture, a nice expression on your pup, and my ability to interpret both into a painting, the results can be fabulous. If you'd like more information on purchasing or commissioning, just let me know! Bella Bullie 6x8 watercolor on cotton paper; To purchase or commission, please contact me.

Nevada Pampered Pooches

I've been commissioned to do a series of pet portraits for a veterinary hospital in Reno, Nevada. Besides being asked to paint dogs (which I love, BTW), I get to experience first hand the power of the modern smart phone! With a decent capture, a nice expression on your pup, and my ability to interpret both into a painting, the results can be fabulous. For anyone who's been following my art this past year or two, you already know that I put my own spin on the pets, and the result is something that definitely doesn't look photo copied! If you'd like more information on purchasing or commissioning, just let me know! Aces 6x8 watercolor on cotton paper; To purchase or commission, please contact me.

Desi Dog’s watercolor portrait

I was so honored when Yaniv and Lisa commissioned a painting of their dear girl! Desi is no longer in the world, so this painting was of necessity designed from already existing photographs the Yaniv and Lisa provided. If you think you would like a piece of contemporary art the celebrates life, then please contact me by email, or phone. Let's talk! Desi Dog 11x14 wc; Sold

Samson the Boxer dog

I was commissioned to paint a portrait of a lively older gentleman of a dog. Is that an oxymoron? Only when talking about humans, I think! Samson is a brindle boxer, about 10 years old. Met his dad and mom at my Raleigh studio on a First Friday. Whenever possible I prefer to meet the pet, and get my own photographic reference material. In this case I was able to do just that. It was an absolute treat to meet with Samson and Diana. This will be the best birthday gift surprise ever! Boxer dog Samson at 10 years old wc; ; $ Sold