Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Spots on my drawing board

Larry, my newest colored pencil drawing is inspired by my time in Samburu, Kenya. 


Our guide spotted (!) this handsome leopard in an acacia tree brimming with richly colored birds.

Leopards tend to while away the hours up in trees. Their stunning spotted coat camouflages them, making them blend in with the leaves of the tree. 


We sat tight with this leopard for at least an hour until he dropped out of his perch. We were then scrambling, along with a dozen other tourist vehicles for the best place to watch him.


Leopards are ambush predators, so they crouch low to sneak up to their prey and pounce before it has a chance to react.


Leopards are solitary creatures that only spend time with others when they are mating or raising young.

Pretty soon he ambled out of view into a dense part of the woods, we took off then to find a smattering of elephants down the road!


Observation Post, Kathryn Hansen  7x10  (c)2016  $800.00



Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Highlights of 2015

 ...to make an end is to make a beginning...
~T.S. Eliot~

19 Drawings:
10 Commissioned portraits (all dogs!)

8 Drawings

1 Donated drawing to California Wildlife Center

3 large commissioned paintings -that I can't show you! (sorry!)

10 Exhibitions (7 in galleries, 3 on-line)

1 monetary Merit Award for Where's Waldo in the PSA 90th Annual Juried Exhibition at White Fine Art Gallery in Montrose, CA
 

We fostered 5 kittens

Adopted 1 naughty, but very goofy puppy, Indie (Indiana Jones Lloyd Louis Hansen)

1 trip only (but it was fantastic!) to Santa Fe, New Mexico with my dear friends Julie and Bonni

I lost two very dear, sweet animals this year. 
I found Sammy on the streets by my work when he was just 6 months old. He was already blind in one eye and partially in the other, but it never stopped him from living a full life. He could be cantankerous at times, okay a lot of times but he loved to cuddle with me and could be just as sweet! 
Josie was the love of my life. We got her for half price ($25) at a run down pet shop while on vacation in Yosemite. My two girls begged me for her and it was one of the best decisions of my life to say yes! Josie and I hiked hundreds of miles every weekend and holiday. She was a true companion and followed me around as if she were my shadow. She made me laugh with her happy dance and antics! I love her more than I can say and miss her dearly, every single day since she passed on August 20th at 11.5 years old.



Cheers to the New Year! May it be a VERY memorable and creative one for you!! 

Happy 2016!!!!





Wednesday, September 16, 2015

It was all so far away~



Santa Fe, New Mexico








Standing outside Georgia O'Keefe's home in Abiquiu (top photographs) after our engaging tour, my heart just opened to the breathtaking beauty of New Mexico! The landscape, skies, architecture, Georgia's home and art has left a HUGE impression on me, not to mention all the incredible galleries there! In fact, since I've been back from Santa Fe I've had two vivid dreams of painting in Georgia O'Keeffes sparse studio! 

Seeing her work up close for the first time just left me in awe! The intensity of her colors and shapes were so inspiring. I know in my heart this will lead me in new directions down the road. I am hoping to take a pastel workshop with one of my favorite artists, Barbara Jaenicke next summer to kick start what I feel is my new direction with my art!!

Until then I am continuing on with teaching myself colored pencil, which has been enjoyable, challenging, frustrating and wonderful!

My current piece: Sacred Monkey Forest

And the drawing I just finished of a mountain lion cub: A Paws in Time




 

Thursday, June 11, 2015

Change?!!


~Julia Cameron~

I've been divinely blessed this year with one commission after another, with super fantastic clients to boot!!! 
One of the numerous reasons I feel blessed is that I have been going  through a creative block of sorts, but thanks to all of these commissions I have still been able to draw and not had to really deal with it! 
I've gotten to the point where I feel like I've just about said everything I needed to say with my current art, wanting to break away from my African work now, and seeing the internet saturated with a myriad of animal portraits these days, has lead me to asking myself countless questions, like; what else can I possibly say that hasn't been said before? Who and what am I doing this for? If I wanted to do this to sell a butt load of work, wouldn't I just go back to painting Landscapes in oil? But that doesn't fit in with my future I've been so intensely thinking about too! It all has to tie together if I want to join the tiny house craze going on now. SO much over thinking has created a block.

So, I've been playing with lots ideas, trying to follow my heart to lead me to what I want to say next with my art. I'm still not 100% sure and have had no time to explore more than just my thoughts about it, but I am hoping to get back to a bit more story telling, a bit more nature and perhaps a bit more of my LA environment. I've been so busy tho that I've not had a chance to spend the day at the arboretum sketching, or going out on a photo shoot to Chinatown with my daughter, or even hike the mountains due to my sciatica.

June has always been my slowest month, but this year it's been anything but quiet. So, I am shooting for at least July to get in a few of the activities mentioned above. Trying to surrender to the creative process, seeing where that takes me with my art.

And hopefully that will lead to being a little less quiet here on my blog as well!!



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!!!

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