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!

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Highlights of 2014!

~Rainer Maria Rilke~

30 Drawings (7 more than last year!)

7 Commissions: 

17 Drawings:

5 Animal contest drawings:

1 Donated piece to California Wildlife Center:

5 Gallery Shows (2 more than last year!):

1 ACAG Art Show:

Was juried into the Pasadena Society of Artists and became the secretary for Angeles Crest Art Guild:

3 sets of foster kitties:
Top:Dakota, Austin & Alaska, Bottom left: Daryl & Beth, Bottom right: Daisy (she lost all her babies to upper respiratory disease)

3 Trips:
Top:My nephews graduation from UT Austin with the whole family, Bottom left: San Luis Obispo, CA with girlfriends, D'Ann and Julie, Bottom left: Wisconsin with my niece Cassi, sisters Carolyn and Sue

Daughter Emily's High School Graduation: 

24 Books:

Wishing you a Happy New Year full of surprises, magic and happiness!!


Thursday, December 4, 2014


is the person who has earned the love of an old dog.

~Sidney Jeanne Seward~

The Golden Years (c) Kathryn Hansen 2014   5.25x10.75

My old dog Josie
My old dog Tucker and daughter Emily in 2000. Tucker lived to be 15.5 years young!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

All Done~ recently completed drawings up for sale!!

I recently realized that I show you so many beginnings to my work but never show you the completed pieces here on my blog, only on Facebook do I ever seem to post the final piece! What the heck!!!

So here are some completed works of late. If you are interested in any of these pieces you can find the prints for sale on Fine Art America or for the original piece contact me directly!

**to see oodles of more drawings go to Fine Art America**

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wisconsin autumn

There is a part of me that still lives in Wisconsin, forever schuffling through fallen autumn leaves!


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