Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Animals and Art!

~Andrew Wyeth~

Is there any more mysterious idea for an artist than the conception of how nature is mirrored in the eyes of an animal? How does a horse see the world, or an eagle, or a doe, or a dog?

 ~Franz Marc~

Be Yourself. Just be yourself about your art and 

everything else.

~Terry Miller~

~Our newest foster Mochi with my latest commission Matilda in progress~

Monday, March 9, 2015

Woofstock 90210

Even tho this show was a bit of a bust financially, it sure was super fun seeing all the magnificent dogs, talking to people about art, having lovely neighbors to our left and seeing a few friends too!!!  
If I had done better I might have come home with a heavenly pitbull puppy I fell in love with at one of the adoption booths, so perhaps it was meant to be and I will get a few commissions down the road from this event instead of potty training a puppy!
Before the event started my friend Robin (below) painted my daughter Emilys face with dolphins!!
Weirdly dogs kept pulling their owners into my booth all day, I swear I didn't pay them off with promises of biscuits and bones, they just liked it in there by us!!

A big shout out to my wonderful daughter for all her help, it wouldn't have been as much fun without her!!!

Monday, March 2, 2015

First steps to reception: Works on Paper exhibition

When Barbara, the new owner of Saga Fine Art Gallery proposed a show called Works on Paper along with 4 other artists at the start of January I just jumped for joy!! When she asked if I had at least 15 pieces for the show I thrillingly said YES...even tho in my head I had no idea how many pieces I had to offer her! And as it turned out I did not have 15 pieces as promised, so I got to work!!
I ordered frames, cut mats and framed 9 pieces! Luckily the rest were already put together!! 
I delivered 16 pieces on the first Saturday in February!! Phew!! My part was done until I received the postcards in the mail...then I mailed and promoted like crazy!!
Finally the opening reception!! Despite a two car collision two exits before I had to get off with sluggish, snail paced traffic, I anxiously made it in time!! Another phew!!!
photo courtesy of  Melanie Campbell-Carter
The opening went smashingly well!!!
Linda Queally, Lizz Tucker, me, Mims Ellis
 So many friends, acquaintances and family showed up and gave me oodles and oodles of love and support...it is definitely a night I will always remember!!
My sister Sue and her boyfriend Kenny
 I didn't even get to see the whole show as I was stuck in my magnificent cubicle, talking incessantly well past the 2 hour reception time!! I even felt a bit of discomfort on my face from all the smiling, laughing and talking on the drive back to my home! But that's a good soreness to have!!! 
photo courtesy of  Melanie Campbell-Carter, Cristina Baltayian in the middle, one of the 5 artists, Dolores Pope on right
Barbara Williams, owner of Saga Fine Art Gallery

A huge shout out to all that came to see me. I didn't get a chance to get a photo of: Katherine Kean, Mike and Carol Caley, Sandy Junkunc, and Lynne Fearman, thank you SOOOO very much!!! My heart is filled with gratitude!!!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

From Z to A

This is the third Grevy's zebra I've drawn and all 3 have 1 thing in common. 

It's the exact same zebra, only the names have been changed to protect the innocent ( I always name my animals while drawing them!) 
The Hitchhiker  Kathryn Hansen (c) 2015  6.25x9.75
This time however, I've created Jebediah in Polychromo colored pencil. A huge challenge as I wasn't expecting to use 12 colors in creating him! I am so new to colored pencil that my naivete regarding this medium really showed itself but I muddled through it and I'm very happy with the results!!!

Bakora, Jerry and Jebediah are all from Lewa Downs Conservancy, located in northern Kenya. Once a cattle ranch, it then became a sanctuary to protect the elusive black rhino, and then onto become a non-profit wildlife Conservancy where we saw the 3 cheetah brothers, giraffes, elephants, both white and black rhinos, ostriches and more!!
Bakora  Kathryn Hansen (c) 2012 5x5
Just Passing Through  Kathryn Hansen (c) 2014  5x8

Friday, January 23, 2015

4 star guide

This warbler is the perfect guide to lead this herd of elephants to the Ewaso Nyiro River in Samburu!!
Tour Guide  Kathryn Hansen  (c)2015 8x10
And these were our awesome guides while in Kenya!
 My sister and I were resting on the deck of our luxurious tented cabin on stilts in between safari outings when I spotted this herd!! Some of these elephants just wandered through the camp at night, a few even trapped my other sister in her tent until the guards were able to shoo them away! 
It was another amazing experience in a long list of unbelievable surprises and adventures!!!

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

7 of my best drawing tips!!

I talk so much about these tips on my Facebook business page in the comment section I thought I'd just gather them here in one easy to read post!!!

It's really all about training yourself to develop observational skills!

1) Drawing upside down and sideways. I am always rotating my piece as I am drawing. What this does is stop my brain from recognizing familiar objects and just drawing it the way it is. This helps develop my ability to see only shapes not preconceived images of eyes, noses, etc.

2) Negative space. This is the space around and in between the forms...the space that surrounds an object, which helps define the boundaries of the positive space. My eye is seeing shapes and space so my drawing is accurate.

3) Values. This will create the illusion of a solid, well defined form. See this recent post about why values are sooo important in drawing.

4) Negative drawing. It's not the same as negative space. Negative drawing is a method of drawing around your lines leaving the white of the paper. It's a very controlled totally intentional way of drawing.

5) Keep your pencil point sharp. I know this sounds inane but without a a very sharp point I wouldn't be able to apply such fine details to my drawing. Plus it keeps all my lines very consistent especially for solid backgrounds.

6) Draw everyday. I make drawing a consistent part of every day. Yes it takes discipline and constant and rigorous practice but I also keep getting better at it because I put in the time. Chuck Close once said “Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

7) The mirror trick. Seeing a reverse image of my drawing helps show me any mistakes I've made. I will typically hold up my reference photo next to my drawing and immediately I can detect any value or form issues.

8) Bonus Tip! Don't let your cat lay on your artwork, this may subject your work to paw prints, fur and scratches!!! who am I kidding...go ahead it's too cute to stop!


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