Monday, December 6, 2010

Miere, the sweet chestnut

A chestnut horse with a red bridal
This painting felt like I added 15000 layers to it. I guess adding a dark layer, a medium dark layer, a medium layer, a medium light layer and a light layer will do that.
The name was given to me by Archers' sister, Prophtess. THANK YOU :) I love the name

If you would like to purchase a print of this painting, you can do so here.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

Art Supplies I Use

For those of you that may wonder what art supplies I use, this is this is the post for you.

First thing I have to say...I do not use expensive supplies!
I do not like using supplies that will cost you $4-10 just for one pencil. :)
For painting I like to use Apple Barrel paints because of the pigment in them. They will give you a nice color with it being already watered down. These will cost you about $1.50 per bottle, with one bottle lasting you 6 months (depending on how big your painting is).

As for canvases, I like to use canvas boards (thin boards with canvas stretched over it. usually a few millimeters thick, and costs about $1.50 each) instead of usual canvas (usually a few centimeters thick, and costs an average of $10-100).

Drawings I start with a common household HB pencil. Nothing to it. Just a regular pencil. Once I'm done drawing it out I go over it with B pencils. I prefer 3B, 5B, 7B and 9B to do different blacks. For paper, I use average printer paper. Nothing special, no sketchbooks (although I have many unused books) is all I use

An average painting of mine, just for the supplies, would cost about...5 bucks. Imagine painting for just 5 dollars. That is the way to go for younger artists :) Enjoy painting...God Bless!!


One of my first 'good' pieces of artwork from 2003. I was under 7 years old then

*sighs* Yes, this is what I used to do for artwork. AND I WOULD BE PROUD OF IT TOO! This has to be one of my oldest pieces of artwork that I called 'official'. *goes off and puts paper bag over head in embarrassment*
I am really not enjoying putting this up here, but then again this shows that ANYONE can become a good artist with practice and hard work. :)

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Simple Silhouette

Sometimes a person just doesn't want to do a extravagant painting. Sometimes it is fun to do a simple painting. This was a painting I started about 4 years ago, but never finished. Originally it was of a black horse gleaming with sweat, so every muscle had a white highlight. Buuuuut, I really didn't know how to paint horses at the time so I gave up on it. Yesterday I picked it up and painted the horse black, quickly slapped a sunset and a hill on and called it a finished painting! 'Western Sunsets' is the name but my mom said that it looks Mexican

Chairlift Painting

The ski resort that I live near opens today, November 25. The resort posted this picture and I immediately fell in love with the snowy picture. A friend of mine said I should give it to the resort to hang in the lodge so I may just do that :)

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Serenity (named by Archer)

Ah, the perfect name. She looks like she is leaning into a warm summers wind after a day of being ridden. The name was formerly, "Faithful Friend" but one of my followers (the clever Archer) has provided me with the wonderful name, "Serenity". THANKS ARCHER! :)
Painted October 5

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Professional Elegance

"Professional Elegance"

The name says it all
I must have put the most effort into this piece of artwork than any other horse painting I have done; a grand total of 6-7 hours of solid work. At first the background was bright green fading into yellow but it made the horse look dull, so I turned it into brown fading into yellow (with a little green showing through)

Orange Kitten

This painting I kind of rushed through just trying to get it done.
I went NEON for this kitten, not following the origonal pictures true colors

Not much else to say :)

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Hide and Seek

Kitty with whiskers

Kitty without whiskers

Now this kitty was way to adroable to leave unpainted. That tilt to her head makes her look like she is playing hide-and-seek with somebody.
She is lying down on the floor looking up through two pieces of fabric, but I'm not quite sure what the fabric is
I also dont have a name for this picture so if you have an idea, just comment below

A Retirement Stroll

The first thing I want to say is that the shininess on the left side of the painting is from the daylight hitting the metallic paint. Other wise it would be the same rich blue as the right side
To me it looks like the horse is getting older in his years and can't frolic around like a young horse might. Instead of galloping around in a field, this horse looks like he would prefer a quite, gentle walk in the woods. That is where the name "A Retirement Stroll' comes in.

If you would like to purchase a print of this painting, you can do so here.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Winter Evenings

Dubbed 'Winter Evenings', this is the third painting I have done since yesterday evening.I was in a dog-ish mood and wanted to get as much done as possible before going back to school in the fall....*gets cold shivers*

I am not that fond of doing yellow/brown/red colored paintings, as they are much more of a challenge that cool colored paintings. I rather enjoyed working on this painting. It took many tries to get the 'gold' into the 'golden retriever', but after just going with plain yellow, orange and red, it finally looked like golden fir surrounded the dog.

I think I spent 5 hours on this painting in total, much longer than normal

If you'd like to purchase a print of this painting, you can do so here.

Dog Head painting

The name for this painting doesn't suit me or the painting, but the name 'Ice Lily' popped into my head when I showed this painting to my sister and mom. If you have a better name, just leave a comment below telling me what it is; and if you feel like it, why
I was listening to an audio book in our iTunes while I was painting this little pup and do not know how much time I put into this painting but I think it is somewhere near 3 hours.
Other than that I really have nothing else to say :)

Running Puppy

This adorable little puppy was my first choice of pictures to paint of the 20-some that I collected that evening. His expression is what captured my heart the moment I saw him and was driven, absolutely willingly, to put him down on a canvas. While his breed is a smaller type of dog, I knew that he couldn't a full grown dog by the size of the drumstick he is carrying :)
'The Little Bandit' is the official name for this little piece of artwork
Sorry for the horrific background paint job. I just cant do backgrounds for the life of me, but I will try to improve on it

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Acrylic Horse Head

' Majestic Splendor'

Yes I did another painting of a horse. This time a white 'wild' horse with a mane that has a mind of its own. The yellow/orange in the mane is the sun shining through it and making the colors that you wouldn't normally see, come to life

The picture that I took here isn't that good of a picture so I will update the picture as soon as I get it into better lighting

Friday, July 9, 2010

Stepping into the Spotlight

Finished Painting

"Stepping into the Spotlight" seemed to fit this painting as it looks like the horse is steppint out of the darkness into the light. It seems to be a show horse of some kind
As of now I have done 6 paintings in the past 3 days.

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Acrylic Horse Head

The forth painting since July 7th
I have named this horse"Frozen Tundra"
This is the horse painting that almost every person stops and takes a double-take on. I'm not quite sure what captures their attention, though it may be the halter. In the ori

Whispers in the Dark

The third horse head.
Name courtsy of Skillet - "Whispers in the Dark"

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Acrylic Horse Head, before and after

Finshed painting
Underlayer The second horse painting in24 hours. I don't really like this painting as much as the others since I only put 2 1/2 hours into it instead of the usual 4. So it was kind of a lazy painting for me to do but, hey, it is not bad considering the amount of time I put into it.

"Curiosity" is the name I gave it

Thursday, July 8, 2010

A Fright at Midnight

My sister just got a job at a horse farm so I have had horses on the brain ever since. I found this picture along with 67 others, and got inspired to get another painting done (I had just finished up Trevor McNevan's protrait)

If you would like to purchase a print of this drawing, you can do so here.

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Trevor McNevan Portrait

Well what can I say..... ANOTHER Thousand Foot Krutch
I had started this back in the beginning of June but gave up on it because I couldn't get the colors and his right eye correct. So I threw it down and thought I wouldn't pick it up again but *ta-da*, here he is completed just under a month later.
Also, if you want to see me do something in particular, just vote on the poll.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Welcome to the Masquerade Album Artwork 2

My third piece of artwork that involves Thousand Foot Krutch. I originally just saved the picture like this for...well...just being a picture. Than I got thinking and started getting this feeling that was, "I can whip this up in a few minutes and have ANOTHER great picture" So I did it with little hesitation and here we have it.

Saturday, June 5, 2010

Welcome to the Masquerade Album Artwork

The Album artwork for Thousand Foot's ablum 'Welcome to the Masquerade'

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Thousand Foot Krutch Painting

I started this painting at 11 PM and finished Trevor's face at 1:30 AM that morning,(middle guy). I went to sleep and woke up at 9 AM and started working on Joel Bruyere(far right) and Steve Augustine (far left, profile view), not taking a break for breakfast or lunch 'till 12:30 PM. Allowing myself a 10 minute break to eat a bowl of cereal, I went back down to the painting and continued working. I slaved away until I finished it at 4 in the afternoon with a very sore body because I was sitting down on the floor leaning up against the wall......not smart. Ah well, hope you enjoy this as much as I do :)

Well I know that TFK enjoyed the painting. They put this picture up on their MySpace page. WOOT!!!!!!!!!! That is MY GOSH!!!!!!!!

BTW: In this picture is supposed to have the skin and clothes b&w while everything else colored, so I have NOT forgotten to color the skin. That is how I did it.

Painting is 15 1/2 H by 23 1/2 W so it is a big painting

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Jordan Staal B&W painting


It took me 3 hours to paint Staalsy here. From 11pm to 1 am, I slaved away at my art desk getting him done. I still need to adjust the darkness in his left eye area and the left side of his mouth + his nose needs work BUT OTHER THAN THAT he is mostly done.

I got inspired to do this painting when Jordan, in game 1 of the Montreal series got tangled up with PK Subban on the ice and PK's skate cut into Jordan's foot which is causing him to miss 3-4 games. Still, it made me want to do him and here he is.

Oh and if you look closely at his irises you can see that I made them grey/blue, which is his eye color.

Haha well I fixed the picture.

About 2 hours after I posted this picture I decide to go and fix it and I must say it looks STUNNING compared to the first draft one.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Eyes & skin color test

This is a test of different skin colors for a person/creature in my sisters story, so I want everyone to comment or vote in the poll on the bottom of the page. Thank you :)

New Sidney Crosby Painting

This is my latest painting of Sidney Crosby :D!!!! I don't know if you can see the gold in his hair. The Ocher color I was going to use turned greenish when mixed with the black so I had to use gold. I also didn't do the same technique that I used in other paintings because I started it at 9PM and finished it at 1 in the morning so i had to rush the color department

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Horse on beach

A painting of a horse on a beach. I still need to change the background to a sunset sky and water

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

Pastel Snowboarder head

This I spent 2 hours working on and I LOVE HOW IT TURNED OUT!!!!!!!!! The only problem is I can't find a favorite spot in the picture, I just love it all :( oh well I had fun doing it and it looks GREAT, that is all that matters

Pastle Snowboarder

Since I am SO into snowboarding right now, it seemed like the perfect thing to do a someone on a snowboard. I love how the blue contrasts well with the black, which creates an interesting battle with the white of the snowboarders face mask and jacket. Took me about 2 and 1/2 hours.
Done Feb 1 10:30 - Feb 2 1:00