Monday, January 19, 2009

Trying yet another experiment

There are several artists whose blogs I visit because I love the animals they paint or sketch. I am trying something new which will hopefully help the critters at my local shelter and help me make payments to my ex. [did I say that out loud?]

This is my first pet portrait of a kitty I took a picture of at our local SPCA over the weekend. This is a 6x8 oil on canvas board.

Many thanks to the following artists for their continued support, encouragement and inspiration by continued excellence in animal masterpieces.

Adebanji Alade: I've been admiring his people and didn't know he was an equine expert until today.

Amanda Carter: check out her "Dinner Time"

Annie Salness: love her "Getting Ready to Ride"

Akiko Watanabe: hands down the humanitarian or animaltarian of the year.

Erika Nelson: her subjects and styles are unlimited but I adore her "Zoey" portrait.

Elizabeth Pearson: talk about taking a walk on the wild side....check out what she has in her backyard.

Judy Mackey:
you'll be floored by her tiny gem-like pet portraits. I'd love to learn how she does this!

Carol Schiff: Another artist with a style I love. Take a look at "Lucy".

Dana Cooper: Love her "Rocky" but also check out her latest amazing "Love to Ride".

Dean H. Another DSFDF artist whose "Laid Back Cat" painting is where I commented that I never painted a cat.

Diane Hoeptner: A prolific painter of whimsical toys and beautiful blooms who will surprise us once in a while with a jewel like "Petal: the Found Dog"

Ed Burton: Karin Jurick is even his fan. Look at his "Claude"

Margaret Mayer: "Yellow Dog" needs a hug but also check out her sassy "Lucy"

Paula Villanova: Love her unique palette, just look at how she handled the "Independant"

Kate: She's working on Jump Series but I think she did a wonderful job with "Dede".

Torrie Smiley: Ravishing Rooster series just one of her many paintings.

Dominique Eichi:
Another artist who isn't limited by medium or subject matter. She just posted "Grace" painted by Vern Schwartz.

Janet Whitehead: You've got to agree she did an awesome job on her first pet portrait. "Gone to the Dogs"

Michelle Burnett: She does whimsical drawing and wondrous paintings. She posted a new ACEO with a raven but I love the commissioned pet portrait from not so ideal reference.

Carol Horzempa: Ya gotta love what she added to her DSFDF boot challenge.

Sam Dolman: Who doesn't love a perky piggy?

Tom Pohlman:
Even our favorite cowpoke has his Longhorn days.

After working on this post for the past hour I know I have not included all of you so I will continue to edit and add as the day progresses. Just realized how rich I've become in my bounty of virtual friends and boundless sources of informations since I started this blog a month ago. Thank you everyone for visiting and bless you all.

Told you I'd think of more...
Melissa Langer: A new found friend who is a champion for a good cause. This post lists her favorite pet artists.

Karen Hargett: After smiling at her Maine coon cat, chuckle at her avatar.

Pat Burns: Birds are something I haven't tried either.

Kristen Duer: A new blogger with a new post on her canine companion.


Vnukot said...

Nice pic! :)

Rhian said...

how have you gotten so many readers to your blog in such a short period of time?

i stumbled across your blog just accidentally by clicking "next blog" at the top of the screen. It's a cool blog and i really like it but I was just wondering how you did that?

Thanks in advance =)

Erika Nelson said...

Sheila you show a wonderful style with this cat portrait, your technique appears to be confidently executed as it is consistent through the piece. I like it and I also like the palette and the energy - very consistent, very successful.

OMG look at this list and I'm even included! I'm honored and humbled. xx

Melissa and Emmitt said...

Hi Sheila!
I absolutely love your work! I am so happy I found your blog! it is so nice to meet you. Thank you so much for mentioning me. I am truly honored.
:) Melissa

artbyakiko said...

Sheila, this one is so cute!!! You have captured his(her) sweet nature.
Thank you. I'm honored to be among those awesome artists. :)

Trevor Lingard said...

Hi Sheila
This is a clever painting. You have got lots of freshness in this. It is a small piece but you have managed to give the brush strokes lots of life. Your a talented lady.

adebanji said...

Thanks for the mention! You are a crowd puller! So funny I'm sure I'll be laughing if I met you in real life!

Nice impasto textures on the cat!

Great post and good information on some "animalartists" out there!

Torrie Smiley said...

I love your cat! Thanks so much for including me in your list. I am so honored to be listed with such fabulous artists that I admire. Your comments on my blog are greatly appreciated and very supportive!


Judy Mackey said...

OMG Sheila - first of all thank you for mentioning me in your blog but secondly - the cat is wonderful!!! Cute cute cute!!! I love it.

Kristen said...

LOOOOVE the cat! I love the composition and color. Great job and thanks for adding me to your blog today! Its so great to see what everyone else is doing out there.

Edward Burton said...

Hi Sheila, wonderful portrait, very sweet - I love the lively strokes of color - really nice job!
Also, thank you very much for including me on your list, I am honored.

Linda said...

Beautiful work Sheila. Lindax

dominique eichi said...

Oh my Gosh I didn't even paint an animal and I'm included how did that happen ! THANKS Vern the credits goes to you. I gonna try to follow in your footsteps Sheila and do a painting hopefully as fabulous as yours. : -)

Diane Hoeptner (hep-ner) said...

Whaaaaat?? theeeee?? Sheila, you are SUCH a DOLL! Thanks a bunch for the mention.

Maggie Mayer said...

Wow, Shelia. This is a fantastic job on this kitty. Those soft edges around the face are nice and I love seeing those raised brush strokes too. Very very cool!!!

Maggie Mayer said...

I meant "Sheila" Sorry... I don't know why I can't get the spelling of your name right.

Dean H. said...

Great painting of a subject with cat-itude. Great alla prima look.
Thanks so much for including me in your list...I am honored.

Vern Schwarz said...

Sheila, love your cat with it's beautiful green eyes. I see you've become the queen of the links, and I'm not talkin golf here...ha! Thanks for the inclusion, that was very kind of you.

Michelle Burnett said...

Hi Sheila, Beautiful cat! Always a favorite subject of mine. Thanks for the mention, which is especially nice coming from someone who has the best blog on the block!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

Sheila, the cat painting is purrfect!
How do you have time to paint and draw? Thanks for including me in your list!!

Hellenne Vermillion said...

I love, love, love the technique you used on this cat!!!

Karen Hargett said...

This is your first cat portrait? WOW - love the eyes! Outstanding portrait.

Thanks for including me in your favorite animal artist list - I'm proud to be listed!