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11  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Beatles T- Shirt on: April 22, 2009 06:59:18 AM
I made this for my friend a while back. We used to be roommates and sadly lost touch. I was so excited to find her on facebook and we're good friends again! She is a huge Beatles fan. I sent her a button on facebook and fell in love with the design. I decided to embroider it on a shirt and give that to her for her birthday. So here's the shirt, based on a facebook button:





(the shirt with the birthday card I drew for her)




12  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cotton-Top Tamarin Pastel Portrait on: March 04, 2009 12:05:33 PM


Close up on the detail



I went through my reference photos and I found some great Tamarin Monkey photos from the National Zoo. I decided to create a portrait based on them. I really like how this one turned out. It's 8x10 done on velour paper with pastels.

Thanks for looking  Kiss
13  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Pastel Portrait on: December 01, 2008 12:22:56 PM
I did this commission a couple weeks ago. I'm pretty proud of it. I took maybe 2 days. The person that commissioned me is going to give it as a Christmas present (don't worry, the recipient doesn't use the internet much from what I understand).

It's 12"x16" on Velour Paper.



Comments always welcomed

Thanks for looking!

14  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / My Chinchilla Ballerina! on: September 21, 2008 01:46:44 PM
Whenever I see my chinchilla, she looks like she's dancing around. So I got inspired to draw a chinchilla in a tutu.  Grin



It's a 9x12 pastel on velour paper.

Comments are always appreciated
Thanks for looking  Kiss
15  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Doggie Portrait in Colored Pencil (Cavalier King Charles Spaniel) on: August 11, 2008 02:53:49 PM
My husband and I have wanted a CKCS for a long time now. I spent 3 three years trying to rescue one. I must have sent in 40 applications for dogs over the years and never heard back. Then one day I'm in my vet's office picking up my cats food and a man walks in with his Cavalier. Right away, I'm gushing over his dog and telling him how badly we want one. Then he tells me that he's coming in to see if she was pregnant!! So, it turned out that she was pregnant and he let us have pick of the litter! It was like fate! When he saw my art, he asked me if I would create a portrait of the mother, Sarah. We're going to bring home our puppy home this Friday, we're naming her Stella.  So here's Sarah's portrait. I'm very proud of it and I can't wait to give it to him.



Here's a picture of our puppy at 5 weeks old on the day we picked her out (she's going to be 9 weeks when she comes home).


Not the best picture of me, but it's become one of my favorites.


My amazing DH with our puppy.

16  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Rottie K-9 and Rottie Husky Mix Portrait on: August 02, 2008 05:12:17 AM
A while back I was at a fundraiser event for Husky House (www.huskyhouse.org) People would order portraits, and a percentage of the order would be donated to Husky House. One man ordered portraits of his dogs Montana and Cubby. Montana is a Rottweiler-Husky mix and Cubby was a Rottweiler.

The sad part, Cubby was alive when he ordered the portrait. A couple weeks later (when it was time for me to start the portrait) Cubby was diagnosed with fast onset of cancer and had to be put to sleep. It was very sudden and big shock. Cubby was also a K-9 Narcotics officer for 9 years and a very important part of the community. It was very heart breaking news and my heart really went out to him. So the portrait became even more important for me to work on and I put many hours into it. I'm going to make him a memorial plaque from the portrait as well.






17  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Husky Portrait on: July 16, 2008 09:15:58 AM
Here's a portrait of a white husky. It's done on colourfix paper with pastels.

Comments and critiques are always welcomed!

Drawing (owner wanted me to reduce neck fat Wink)



Original photo



 Thanks for looking Kiss
18  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Panda Portrait (Pastel)! on: June 29, 2008 06:01:24 AM
I was invited to create some art for a silent auction diner for the National Zoo. It's Tai's Bearday Party, he turns 3 and the event to help raise money for the pandas! I'm excited but also pretty nervous.

This piece is 11"x14" created with Panpastels and pastel pencils on colourfix paper.



Detail of the face



This piece is 11"x14" created with Sennelier Oil Pastels on Canson Paper




I never worked with oil pastels before, so I took a pretty big risk with this one. I'm very nervous about this piece and I would appreciate feedback on so I can improve a little more with the medium.

Thanks for looking
19  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Ridgeback Portrait (doggie named Hank) on: May 31, 2008 04:00:59 PM


This was a commissioned portrait from my neighbor. It's of her Grand Doggie named Hank. Her son's birthday is next month and she wanted to give this to him. Hank's a Ridgeback. It was kind of hard drawing this one because they think that this might be his last year and he's a really sweet dog. He's around 13 year old. Even though I've never met Hank, something tells me he must be very sweet. I'm going to be dropping it off next door soon and I wanted to hold onto it for just a little while longer. I think this one turned out to be one of my favorites for some reason. I want to send some positive thoughts out to Hank and his family.
20  MORE ART, LESS CRAFT / More Art, Less Craft: Completed Works / Siberian Husky Portraits on: May 30, 2008 01:18:06 PM
This portrait is of Cole.



My friends adopted Cole through Husky House (www.huskyhouse.org). They fostered him along with his mother, Hope (whom they also adopted) along with eight other puppies.  At seven weeks old he was diagnosed with megaesophagus (www.caninemegaesoph agus.org ). Doctors said Cole could never live a "normal life" never be able to eat normally, or chew a bone. Cole never stopped fighting and Husky House and the Canine Megaesophagus Education & Research Project (cmERp) never stopped fighting for him.



This is a portrait of Timber. My friends (same set that have Cole) fostered then adopted him through Husky House. He was abused but they don't really know the full details of the situation. He was just a small puppy when they first started fostering him. From what they understand he was burned because he was crying in the crate at night. Today, he's a very happy and fun loving dog.

I'm donating both portraits to Husky House to help raise money for them at their event on June 7th, celebrating Cole's first birthday! I have a feeling that these will be entered into a silent auction. I'm pretty nervous and excited for the event. I'm going to be drawing quick sketches of people's pets and also taking orders for formal portraits (these portraits are going to be the samples of work). It's the first time I've ever done something like this, but my friends (and their pets) mean a lot to me and I wanted to help out!

Thanks For Looking  Kiss


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