Friday, December 12, 2008

Congratulations Michael !

He did it! My son Mike has graduated from Grand View College with a Graphic Design degree. This was his last week. He's still on the Deans List too! Well, depending on how his finals went. He brought some drawings over that he didn't have room for in his apartment. So being I am the mom that I am, I'm putting his self portrait on my blog :) Congratulations Mike, I love you and I'm so proud of you!

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Didn't make the cut

So I went and got my hair cut :) I like it. It's sort of like an angled bob cut. Of the 1,274 visual artist who applied to the Des Moines Arts Festival 159 were invited. So we have 159 happy people and 1,115 who are bummed. ( Just what makes that little ole ant, think he can move a rubber tree plant. Everyone knows an ant can't...move a rubber tree plant. But he has High Hopes he has...etc.) There's always the next time!

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Bucket List

I had Thanksgiving dinner here for our family. It turned out good, lots of food and conversation. I kind of like entertaining anymore. I can stay in the comfort of my home, clean and cook and it all works out. Plus I get odd jobs finished that need to be done before company arrives.
I can now cross shopping at 4 o'clock in the morning off my bucket list. I had to do it at least once in my lifetime on black friday. My daughter and I talked about going Thanksgiving day. I didn't think she would actually get up that early to go but she was ringing my phone at 3 a.m. I was still sleeping pretty good ;) We headed to Valley West Mall within the hour. Would I do it again? Sure! It was fun and we came back in one piece.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Clover is Finished

Clover is finished and she's just an adorable little puppy! That's the one thing different about doing pets verses people. I really don't like to do portraits of people that are just sitting there posed. They need to be doing something! Something candid or interesting. Even a mischievous smile on a child's face works. Pets on the other hand can just sit there and look cute, it doesn't matter. They have that look in their eye or tilt of the head. Their personality shines in their eyes no matter what they are doing. Here's Clover, it's 14"X17" all colored pencil on paper.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Jury process

Yesterday Mike and I attended the jury preview for the Des Moines Arts Festival. There was a lot of really nice artwork, including mine :) They had a nice reception area with all kinds of goodies and little bottles of wine and beer. Who could ask for more! The judges gave absolutlely no indication of what they liked and didn't like which they were suppose to do I guess. I was looking for some signs though, I did't see any.
Mike went with me. He could get extra credit for going and I have a tendency to get lost downtown. Finding the Greater Des Moines Partnership building was pretty easy and finding a parking spot was not a problem either. We got lost in the building. His sense of direction isn't any better than mine, you could tell we were related. We parked in the parking garage and got on the elevator which I didn't realize till it rose from the garage that it was a glass elevator! So I had a death grip on him on the way up. He thought it was hilarious. I didn't see the humor in it till later.

My mat cutter arrived today too! WooHoo! I've already got it set up. That will save me some money in the long run considering what it cost to have a mat cut. It's a Logan 65o and it's nice. Maybe I'll go into the mat cutting business now too ;)

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Midlife ramble

Tonight I feel the need to ramble about stuff. I have 2 kids. One is 31 years old, single mother, doing well in her career related to insurance and annuities and making a decent living. The other one is 22 and will be graduating college next month with a degree in graphic design. I'm very proud of both of them. I'm going to take some credit for how they turned out, which is pretty darn good.
My first one has worked her way up the ladder and continues to educate herself to go even farther. Which is good, some people start at the bottom and are content to stay there, kind of like a safety zone. The other one wants to make a bunch of money as soon as possible when he graduates and aiming right for the top. That's good too, he has the potential.
Having an education and a degree is a good start. I don't have a degree in anything. I can't say I'm not educated, I have a high school diploma and a certificate. The rest of my education came from studying on my own through books, a few night classes and just doing. What I've learned is you've got to have a plan. You have the knowledge, now what are you going to do next? I don't think they teach you that in high school or college.
What about personality, character, morals and how well do you get along with all people? I guess that's where mom's come in. If I were to hire someone of course I'd want them to know what they were doing. It would also be important to be an all around good person. I think I've taught my kids well. You need the knowledge then continue to gain knowledge in your field, it doesn't end with a degree, you need go after what you want without stepping on anyone's toes. On the other hand you have to stand up for what's right and don't let anyone push you around.
Do what you love. If you have a passion, follow it. Don't waste a talent. No I don't have a degree. I do have a talent for artwork. Well, in my humble opinion anyway. I just do it because I like to do it. It makes me happy and I've made other people happy doing it. Someday maybe a degree in art. Maybe I'll be one of those people who gets a college degree at 80 years old. You always have to be going towards some goal ya know. It keeps your brain alive.
I'll always be proud of my kids no matter where their life leads them. Hopefully not too far away from me......but not too close. They both are in the process of being who they want to be, doing what it takes and having what they want. I'm sure there will be ups and downs for both of them. That's just life and learning experiences, continued education I guess.
I'm 55 years old and both of my kids are out of the nest. They both can fly pretty well. I don't have the empty nest symdrome, this mama wants to soar and continue to live life and have fun doing it.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

Art Expo

I visited the two rivers art expo this weekend with my daughter and granddaughter. It was really nice. My granddaughter was kept busy making jewelry, a hat and marble painting while my daughter and I look around. I like going to exhibits to see how other artist set up there booth and meeting people. Of course the artwork was great too! I was looking at this really pretty necklace while the artist was talking with a lady. I was thinking of getting it and then....snatch! That lady bought it :) Geesh, well I'll just move right along I guess. It really was a nice event though.
I've started a new commission of a cute little dog named "Clover". It's on my in progress page if you'd like to take a peek. This has been a busy month which is good. This coming Wednesday all the artist that applied to be part of the Des Moines arts Festival are invited to attend the jury preview, it should be interesting being I have no idea how that's done. They received 1,274 applications for 158 spots. Yes, I still have faith!

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Little Dancers

So far the title of this colored pencil portrait is "Little Dancers" because...well because that's what it is! It's hot off the drawing table today. I like the mood it gives off, just kind of fun and fancy free. You know these 2 kids know they are looking good and enjoying every minute of it. I enjoyed drawing it too. It was kind of challenge but I liked the perspective and had to try it. It's 17" X 14".

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Happy Birthday David

Just wanted to wish my brother a happy birthday. I miss him a lot. If by chance you read this David, please call.

Sunday, October 5, 2008

Keely...white and black

A while ago I did a portrait of "Keely" on black paper. I decided to do the same portrait of her on white paper. The background of the white paper I covered totally with indigo blue and black colored pencil and blended.This is the difference. Kind of the same but different. Anyway, I've been wanting to do it and now it's done. On to the " Little Dancers", my next project.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Two boys

I love getting in a zone and that's exactly what happened with this portrait. Time and space disappeared and it was pretty much finished about 3:00 this morning. Wish I could say go to my website to see a larger picture but for some reason the site is down tonight. I'll check again later tonight or in the morning to see if it's up. Anyway, here it is. One of the little boys was in my class. He's a great kid with a great personality. This portrait was fun to do. It's 11" X 14".

Sunday, September 21, 2008

Time to work on goals!

It's time for me to start working on goals. Past time as a matter of fact. At this point my definition of success is sticking to my goals and deadlines. My number 1 goal right now is to get ready to be juried into the art festival. Who says it can't be done? Not me! I have till October 31st, it can be done. I need to work on my artist statement, have 6 drawings ready to be judged and hire a photographer to take pictures of my artwork and booth. It's doable. So I'm going for it. The reason is I have to, if that makes sense to anyone. It's like stepping out of my box and saying, look, this is what I do, I can compete with the best of them, and this would be the best of them. My motivation is pretty simple actually, it's wanting to do my best and showing it. In return for putting in the work I'll gain experience and work towards improvement and creative ideas. Accepted or denied I'll learn from the experience. It's all about pushing forward, doing what I like to do and letting others enjoy it.

Monday, September 15, 2008

New to me Chevy HHR

Wanna see our new little vehicle? It's a Chevy HHR and something about it makes it fun to drive. After having it about a week now I'm thinking it looks like a miniature hearse ;) It's kind of a cross between a car, a truck and a van. It just is what is what it is I guess. I'm liking it!

Friday, September 12, 2008

Girl & Horse is finished

I just finished this last night. It could have and should have been finished sooner but a few things got in the way. Like my car breaking down! So we've been car shopping. I now have a new to me 2006 Chevy HHR. It's so cool and fun to drive! And then I've been thinking again. I'm thinking of painting a mural in my house, maybe our bedroom. I'm going to do it I just haven't decided what to paint yet. If it turns out good then I'll branch out to murals too...maybe. Amazingly Ed is agreeing to this. I think he has mellowed with age. Either that or he just know's I'm going to do it anyway ;) I'm also beginning a portrait of two little boys. So I'll be busy for a while.
This drawing is being donated to a charity in Kentuckey. It's 17" X 14" in colored pencil.

Monday, September 1, 2008

Horse and Girl portrait

Good morning and happy Labor Day! I had 3 days off and this is my third day. I didn't get as much accomplished as I wanted to but I still got a lot finished. I think my biggest problem with doing this kind of work is helping others realize that this is a job for me. I have thinks to do and deadlines. Sure I enjoy doing it and I'm home, but I have to get it done! I guess the thing to do is just say I have to work, even though to me it doesn't feel like work. Maybe set regular business hours. Lets see, last night I was working til 1:30 this morning. I'll figure out something.

Anyway, this is what I've been doing this weekend, it's still in progress the horse won't be that blotchy. It will be going to Kentucky! It's 17" X 14" on bristol vellum and of course all colored pencil. Which reminds me, I tried my hand at acrylics and working at an easel...lets just say it's not the same ;) I'm not giving up though.

Sunday, August 3, 2008

Happy Sweet 16 Anna!

My niece, Anna, (who to my knowledge use to be called Kariann), had a sweet 16 party. Apparently she changed her name too because when I got there everyone was calling her Anna. I need to come around more often or relatives need to notify me of name changes. Anyway, yesterday I set out on a 4 hour trip to a sweet 16 party. It was a lot of fun and she was beautiful as always. I know she'll appreciate me putting her picture here. Happy Birthday Anna :)

Midnight Crystal, professional mobile DJ, Gary Septer, provided the music, DJ, and light show. They did a great job entertaining the mixture of age groups at the party. I'd recommend them for your party entertainment. I wasn't too sure if this picture of lights would turn out too well with my digital camera, but I think it turned out pretty.

Friday, August 1, 2008

Not much time

I had 3 days to finish this portrait. When you count the actual time I had it figures out to about 10 hours since I only do this part time. It's my son and his girl friend. She flys back to Kentucky tomorrow so this is it. I was going to just do a regular graphite portrait, but I guess I've been working with color too long and decided to dig out the col-erase colored pencils since I could erase and blend with those too. It was different and I'm not too sure about it yet, but time is up. It's 16" X 20" on mat board.

Monday, July 21, 2008

What a wake up call!

This morning I was awaken at 3:00 by a huge storm. Nothing like waking up with the wind howling and no electricity, along with the tornado sirens going off. Ed was already up, I guess he decided to let me sleep peacefully through it all. Anyway I decided it was in my best interest to get up to see what was going on. As I walked in the kitchen, through the patio doors I could see the umbrella in our patio table lift smoothly out and sail onto the deck. It looked like someone just lifted it out of there. Then I check out the front of the house. The dogwood tree was down. Completely tipped over into the front yard. It wasn't looking good.

So here's a picture of what use to be my dogwood tree. It was twisted and broken right at ground level. Ed spent his day with his handy dandy chain saw. He's been keeping busy while he's been off work ;)

Saturday, July 19, 2008

What the?

There comes a time, I believe, when a person, lets say me, goes a little, well.....psycho. I kept drawing saying I kind of like it and lets see what happens. And now I don't have the heart to toss it. Not only that, I'm posting it here. I haven't decided on a title. Two come to mind. " What the ?" or "What was eye thinking?" It's 12" X 12" on black art paper.
I promise to snap out of it. I have another idea :D

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Interesting but not pretty

After the flood waters went down I took some pictures in the area where Ed works ( or use to work). I didn't consider how bad it would smell at the time. It was nasty, something like dead fish and cow pooh, if you can imagine that! But I decided to try to find something unique anyway for a reference picture to draw. Here's what I shot.
This is the machine shop at Eagle Iron Works where Ed is a machinist. It's still closed more than a month after the flood. I don't plan to draw it. I tried to get a picture of the white chalk mark Ed put towards the top of the door of where the water level got to.
This is across the street from the plant. I thought it would be an interesting picture, but not so much after looking at it.

And this was kind of unique. It's a picture of a sewer along the curbing with a tennis shoe stuck in it. I was going to draw it and started on it. But as a drawing it was hard to tell exactly what it was and it just didn't make sense.

I have some other pictures from that area but I don't like any of them enough to draw. I think between the smell and and loss there's just nothing to get too excited over.

I am working on another drawing though, again it's different than a portrait. So I'll be posting an update soon. I'm not sure how it's going to turn out yet, but I'm liking it so far ;)

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Reach Out

I haven't decided what to name this drawing yet. It's a taste of my change in style and subject matter. I started it this weekend and amazingly finished this weekend. Once again one of those things where I got totally caught up in it and time vanished. So it was about 3 o'clock this morning when I finished.

The idea behind it is breaking free from old patterns and exploring bigger and better things. Not being held prisoner to the past and finding your light. That's the idea behind it anyway. Now finding a reference photo for it was my challenge. Because we all know I have to have a reference photo. I'm not one to just sit down and draw a hand, I have to see it in front of me. That's something else I have to work on I guess.

The creative thought was there, I could see the picture in my mind. All I needed was handcuffs and 2 guys ( I know it sounds pretty kinky). So in comes my family, the handcuffs were easy. I called my daughter and asked if she had any. Well, she had a set but they were pink and furry. She knew someone who had some I could borrow though. Now the hard part, convincing my husband and son to be hand models, one of them had to put the cuffs on, but only on one wrist. There was no doubt that Ed was going to be "God". My son reluctantly gave in out of respect for his dad ;) This was decided after an hour or two of convincing them to even pose for it. They both decide they would knowing I wasn't going to leave them alone and they both like the fact I cook for them. The universe of course had to be just out of my head.

So, that's the story behind this ;) It's 12" X 12" on black art paper.
I'm open for suggestions on the title.

Friday, July 4, 2008

Happy 4th of July!

I guess this is officially the last day of my vacation, still have the weekend though ;) Yesterday my daughter and I celebrated our birthdays' together, that was nice. We went out to eat and the waitress gave Ed a senior menu (tee hee) I didn't get one, so that was fun. Cathy and I are considering getting matching tattoo's but can't figure out what to get yet. Something small and dainty, I'm really not into pain that much.

I've reached a goal too, I'm in a size 8 :) Who needs "the biggest loser"? I did it all by myself with no gyms or coaches. I'm not finished yet, actually I'm kind of getting into working out, it's tough getting started but once I'm into it, it feels good. Nothing like a sweaty body. I still haven't mastered "Chicometrics" though, oh my gosh that's tough. Chico and I have a love hate relationship.

I've also started "The Master Key System". So far that seems interesting. I love things like that. And the artwork is still coming along well. There's changes to come along there too.

Thursday, June 26, 2008

News and this and that

I've started a new drawing it's of a picture I took after the flood. It sounds kind of weird but I saw a tennis shoe in a sewer with water rushing over it and for some reason found it interesting. I'll be posting pictures once it gets a little farther along. I'll be doing that in between a private commission I'm doing of a home, it's almost finished. The house is beautiful and turning out nicely.

I'm on vacation from my other job so I'll have more time to get things done. Of course the Des Moines Arts Festival is this weekend so there's no doubt about it I'll be taking time out for that too. Ed hasn't been called back to work yet so he's still sticking with our original vacation days. We have no plans now but it still feels good to have time to do whatever. This coming Thursday, July 3rd, we have 4 birthday's. My daughter's, the twins and yours truly :) I've lost 35 pounds and still counting preparing for this event. It's swimsuit time!

Sunday, June 15, 2008

Has it been 40 days yet?

Rain, rain, go away! No is hasn't rained for 40 days here but it seems like it and it's starting to cloud up again. It has been 15 years since the last flood and according to calulations it wasn't suppose to happen like that again for another 100 years. What can I say, it's 85 years early. So Ed is out of a job till who knows when since Eagle Iron Works is flooded. Guess I'll have to get my "Honey Do" list ready for him. My other job is high and dry but there's a river between me and there. Wish I had a row boat or a helicoptor, either one of those would be better than the interstate. This too shall pass, so once again "Que sera sera." It could be worse.

Today I'll be organizing my Studio, it has to be done I'm running out of room, then I'll get started on the next drawing. It's also Father's Day so Cathy and Mike are coming over for dinner. Jeepers! I'd better get busy.

Update: The water is down in most places. I now have a road!

Sunday, June 8, 2008

She's all framed and I'm moving on

I'm calling her finished. Now all that's left to do is get prints for the family.

She looks real light here. She was fair skinned but the original drawing isn't this light. Anyway, I'm pleased with it now and I have it all framed and matted so I'm moving on.

Monday, May 26, 2008

Happy Birthday Eddie!

I hosted a birthday dinner for Ed yesterday. I think it turned out pretty good. The main course was Italian beef hoagies along with kraut salad. I have to say that my Italian beef and salad are magnificent, no brag just fact. The only damper was tornado warning lurking but that's not unusual for some reason when I invite people over to my house for a party. There were tornado sirens going off at Mike's graduation open house too. I figure it just adds to the excitement of the day. "Que sera sera" translated means "what will be will be". Ed enjoyed himself and that was the whole point of the day.

I decided I'm not finished with Ed's mom's portrait, it still needs work but it's coming along. I'll have an updated picture here soon. If you want to take a peek now it's on my website at the in progress page.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Progress and update on website

Mary's portrait is coming along nicely. She's starting to almost come off the page now. She still needs skin tone built up and work on details like the glasses for one. Then of course her blouse which will be light blue. I'm also not certain about the color of her eyes, they may have to be a little browner. I'll have to ask someone for certain because they don't show up much in the photograph. I've actually been using two photographs for reference and I'm still not sure.

I've also updated my website and changed it a little. Hopefully all the links and things work. If you have time check it out and let me know if you find broken links anywhere, it's at Joyce Egbers That should get you there ;) On the contact page I've added a comment form feel free to comment and leave feedback for me. I know that works I tried it out myself :) And don't forget to keep up to date on the progress page. I'll be working more on Mary tonight and tomorrow.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

Colored Paper

Good morning. I'm rarely on the computer in the mornings because I have what I call "the other job" but I had a little time this morning and decided to drop in. I've changed things a bit with Mary's portrait and trying colored paper. It's Canson Mi-Teintes, I forget the real name of the color but it's tan. So far I'm liking it better. I was thinking I should have done that in the first place then a new friend Darla Dixon verified my suspicions by suggesting it in a comment. That was all the push I needed so I appreciate her help. I don't have a progress picture ready yet but stay tuned, the outline is finished and some color down. You'll just have to trust me it'll be worth the wait. Guess I have to go to that other job now. Keep watching.

Sunday, May 11, 2008

Colored pencil portrait in progress

This is a hard Mother's Day there's a piece missing. I worked on Mary's portrait a lot yesterday I was up till 2:00 in the morning. That's what happens when you have an obsession I mean a passion :) Anyway, I think the beginning stage is there and I can go on with the rest. There's not much to see yet but it's getting there. I'm working on skin tone now which has to be built up with lots of layers. So far only the wash is down. I needed to do her eyes before I went any farther for some reason that just works for me with most portraits. Guess I need that spark of realism. I haven't decided on the color for the background yet but that's a decision I'm going to have to make soon before I finish her skin tone. She's wearing a light blue blouse and her hair is white to grey. Any suggestions are welcomed and feel free to critique any changes that need to be made. Stay tuned and keep your seat pulled up. Watch the progress at Joyce Egbers colored pencil website.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Mary in progress

I'm beginning a portrait of my mother-in-law. The reference photo is from a snapshot which I had to blow up. The details are not real good and I promised myself I wouldn't do another portait without a good reference photo. This is a different situation though so I'm going to give it a whirl. I have the outline down but I think I need to tweak her mouth a little. There's something not quite right, I think maybe on the right corner. So pull up a chair and keep tabs on how things are progressing by going to my website on the progress page. I'll keep it updated.

Monday, May 5, 2008

Yellow Rose is finished

The rose is finished. I started it before Mary passed away, not knowing she liked yellow roses. When I was told about the yellow rose she pampered by her porch I wanted to dedicate it to her. It's 14" X 17" in colored pencil.

It's been through a lot really. I moved my desk out of the studio so I could watch TV and do art work at the same time. What I forgot about was the weird shows Ed tends to watch. One day I actually listened to a documentary of some doctor in Russia who transplanted the head of an ape onto another ape. They even had a graphic video of it. That's when I decided the desk and myself had to move back to the studio. So everything went back again.

I really don't care what he watches, what bugs me is he falls asleep and I'm listening to it thinking he's awake. So, I'm very satisfied now with my little TV in the studio. By the way, the ape made it through the operation but he was very angry and mean when he woke up. Sounds kind of Frankensteiney to me :)

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Yellow rose symbol

I'm still hoping to get the yellow rose finished this week or at least over the weekend. I'm doing it petal by petal just because I want to get the colors to go together well and it seems to be working best that way. There's a lot of colors in a yellow rose by the way. A lot of petals too!

While I was working on it I got to wondering about the meaning of the yellow rose so my inquiring mind had to look it up. Did you know that in the Victorian era a person couldn't flirt even by love letters or eye to eye contact because it was considered in bad taste. So giving flowers took the place of flirting. It use to be that yellow roses were symbols for jealousy,infidelity and fading love. Now they are a symbol of happiness and friendship. I'm sure glad the meaning has changed. Why would you give flowers to someone expressing faded love? Maybe it was a sly way of letting the other person know you were having an affair. But then again, why bother? OK, I'm getting way off track here. The meaning of the yellow rose is friendship.

Sunday, April 27, 2008


I spent the majority of the day yesterday figuring out RSS (Really Simple Syndication)... It wasn't so simple:) I got some other things accomplished too, but what I learned was it's important to allot a certain time limit. You can't get everything done in a day. That's where your routine comes in handy. When you're going through the book," I'd Rather Be In the Studio " you'll find there's a lot to do, that's a good thing! At least I know what I haven't been doing. A regular routine will help get the things done that need to be done, yet won't make you feel overloaded. What I did was started to write the things I needed to do on a large "to do" list. Then I'll check them off by putting some things in my daily routine, making sure my art work is part of the daily routine. Viola! It should work.

I might add that I didn't go to one garage sale yesterday. I saved money by doing things I needed to do and not spending money on things I didn't need anyway. Not saying I won't go to any garage sales this year. Until I get some things in order I'm just on a garage sale diet. And Oh, there was some big ones! My daughter called and asked if I was going, it felt pretty good to say, "I'll pass". We just had a garage sale last week and I got rid of a bunch of stuff, it makes no sense. That would be like losing 5 pounds then eating a whole cake :)

Saturday, April 26, 2008

Great book: I'd Rather Be In the Studio

I started this blog over a year ago, making art and blogging a little here and there. Today, April 26, 2008, The time has come to get down to the business of art. I purchased the book "I'd Rather Be In The Studio" by Alyson B Stanfield and I highly recommend it if you are an artist who like me, created artwork without a plan. Now I have an idea of where to begin and what it takes to get where I want to go as an Artist.

The first thing I'm doing is making a schedule for myself. I always blamed my day job for not getting artwork finished. Enough of that. There are 24 hours in a day, I only do that job 8 hours. That leaves 16 hours, of course I do have to sleep but not 16 hours! Then take out time for dressing, grooming and personal things. So the truth is I do have time. It all comes down to setting priorities. Follow along with me as I learn and do what it takes, who knows before too long that day job may be history.

Sunday, March 9, 2008

Green Grapes and Crystal

Looks like I'm heading in a new direction, moving on to a new chapter in my life. I still like portraits, but boy, these still lifes can be just as much of a challenge. I haven't really titled this one yet, can't come up with a name. The photo reference is from Wetcanvas user mustcreate. I just finished it and it became an obsession with me to finish it. So here it tis. It's 17" X 14" on Strathmore Bristol vellum paper, prismacolor pencils. I kind of like it myself ;)

Tuesday, March 4, 2008

Loose Change

I know, I know. It's been almost a month since I've posted here. Not because I've just been sitting around twiddling my thumbs though, I've been making money.....see! Acutually I did this in a couple of days. It's not my usual stuff of drawing portraits, but change is good ;) Photo reference is from wetcanvas user jyvonne. It's 14" X 17" Bristol vellum paper, prismacolor pencils

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Happy New Year!

Yesterday, New Years day, I was ask if I would take in a puppy who needed a home. I'm not running a zoo around here! I already have 2 cats, a bird and a great big dog. I admit I do like animals and they are really good companionship and they love you unconditionally. But this was a little puppy, only 12 weeks old, weighs about 4 pound and not house trained yet. Plus I like big dogs, the puppy is a "Coton de Tulear" I've never heard of that breed before. He looks a lot like a Bishon though and they are small dogs. Very cute, very cuddly and sweet......Wanna meet my new puppy? :) I named him Eli. He captured my heart.