Marching Along

Hmm. Judging by the title, the Art Walks may be done, but wordplay and references to foot travel persist. So be it. I have updates on three projects this month: a long-term one, a medium-term one, and short-term one.

Long-term: Recently I finished illustrations for a Biblical children’s book. It is a retelling of an Old Testament story. After the author and I wrap things up, I will share more.

Medium-term: A few months ago, an illustration project I completed for a client a few years ago fell through. In short, after long absences, the client completely rewrote the story, so the illustrations no longer fit. I have been thinking about how to use them for a book of my own. More on that, too, when things are further along.

I have posted some of the art before, so if you would like to see any, either visit the Illustration gallery (after the Racing Pajamas illustrations) or, for some different images, including in-process work, search for “goats” in the site search bar.

Short-term: A special lady who has has served the organization where I work is retiring from the board. She has served with overflowing love and joy in many capacities over multiple decades. This drawing was part of her send-off and thank-you gifts.

Willow’s Turn

The last couple of posts have been dominated by dear doggy. If Willow, the resident kitty, knew this was happening, she would surely call for more attention. In the spirit of fairness, furriness, and fun, I have completed a portrait of her, too. It is titled “Self-examination” and is a two-for-one.

1.13 Self-examination

For fun, here are process photos:

Self-exam P2

Self-exam P1

And Miss Willow’s sign of approval. Happy kitty.

Self-exam P3

Welcome, 2016

We ended 2015 posts with a puppy; we’ll begin 2016 with the same puppy! Here’s another portrait of Coda, though admittedly the painting was finished last year. Coda’s a bit younger in this one than in the drawing–maybe 3-4 months old. Besides puppy, I was interesting in painting the floor. This piece is oil on canvas board and about 8″ x 10″. It also features the largest John Hancock I’ve ever affixed to a work of art.

As usual, click to enlarge.

Coda Blue web

Christmas Canine

I looked at the calendar and decided to squeeze one more post into the year, something short and sweet. Like Coda (the resident puppy)!

So here’s a drawing of Coda (from a photograph) I gave my mother for Christmas. It was done in charcoal and colored pencil. I drew on the rough side of pastel paper to achieve the textured look. Click to enlarge.


Merry Christmas, and blessings for the new year.