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Colored pencils on sanded paper

January 26, 2017

Continuing my experiments with colored pencils and sanded paper. These two were done on an Ampersand Pastelbord, a bit softer than the Uart 600 grade. I found it very pleasant to use, and this time, I was able to blend my layers of Pablo pencils with a bristle brush; it worked like a charm and I loved the soft, velvety finish. I will have to order more of those boards, for sure!!

The squirrel is my entry for the January Colored Pencil Magazine Challenge.

 


Squirrel 2 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils on Pastelbord - FOR SALE

 


Fox 13 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils on Pastelbord - FOR SALE

 

I also did this one on sanded paper, but it was Pastelmat. And the other one is a watercolor I had started last summer and finished recently.

 


Bulldog 1 - 7x9.5" - Colored pencils on Pastelmat - FOR SALE

 


Oriole - 9x12" - Watercolor on Aquabord - FOR SALE

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More scratch art

January 26, 2017

I'm still practicing scratching. I love being able to add all the details with the tip of my knives. I find it so satisfying.

 


Tabby 110 - 5x7" - Scratchboard - SOLD

 

 


Lynx 5 - 5x7" - Scratchboard - SOLD

 


French Bulldog 6 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Scratchboard - SOLD

 

 

 

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Monthly challenge and another large piece

May 16, 2016

I took the time to participate in another Colored Pencils Magazine challenge where I added the baby inside the ornamental cabbage, and I drew a last piece for my March art show.

 

It's A Boy - 11x14" - Colored pencils - FOR SALE

 

Girl With Ice Skates - 11x14" - Colored pencils - SOLD

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I'm back!

May 16, 2016

I can't believe I waited so long to update this page!
There's a lot I have to catch up with so I won't post every single drawing I did since last time. Here are a few.

 

Chihuahua 12 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored pencils - SOLD

 

Fox 8 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored pencils - SOLD

 

Fox 9 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored pencils - SOLD

 

Raccoon 21 - 5x7" - Colored pencils - FOR SALE

 

Tabby 10 - 5x7" - Colored pencils - SOLD

 

Raccoon 20 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored pencils - FOR SALE

 

Bunny 137 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored pencils - SOLD

 

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Experiment

February 20, 2016

A few months ago, I bought a couple of sheets of wood paper (I think it's birch). I decided to try them out, and I used my Caran d'Ache Pablo pencils, as well as my Lyra pencils. They both work very nicely on wood.

The wood paper I used is smoother than the regular paper I use (Stonehenge), yet, it holds many layers. It works great with both solvent and a colorless blender. The only difference is the direction of the wood grain/veins. The little crevaces can be annoying sometimes. Because of this texture, it's definitely different than with paper, but because the pencils feel very smooth on the wood, it's very enjoyable.

 

Plumeria 21 - 8.5x11" - Colored pencils on wood paper - SOLD

 

 

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A few ACEOs

February 20, 2016

I tried to draw a few ACEOs, but again, I've been very busing preparing for the show. I also did a custom portrait for a client.

 

Fox 7 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Fox 6 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Special order - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - NOT FOR SALE

 

Sphynx 5 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Boston Terrier 6 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

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Resolutions

February 20, 2016

Each year, I like to give myself a new art challenge. Last year, I decided to participate in every Colored Pencil Magazine challenges, 12 in total. It was fun and I learned a lot. The year before, I participated in the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge, and later on, I did a 30 ACEOs in 30 days challenge, too.

This year, I won't do anything so stressful, but I've decided I had to finish all the paintings I started over the years and never finished. By December, I want my "unfinished" pile to be gone.

January started very well. I finished these two:

 

Moose - 11x14" - Soft pastels - NOT FOR SALE

 

Hibiscus - 6x12" - Oil on canvas - SOLD

 

 

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Just for fun

December 10, 2015

Today I decided to loosen up in my sketchbook. I did this little watercolor painting and had a lot of fun.
Note to self: do it more often!

 

 

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In Between

December 10, 2015

In between custom work, I did a few more pieces. The first one is my little Sunshine. I love the poses she takes when she sleeps, she looks so comfortable and peaceful.
Inspired by one of my commissions, I decided to start a new series of "Fancy Cats". I can't wait to see how it evolves.

 

Sunshine 23 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils - FOR SALE

 

Fancy Cat 1 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Fancy Cat 2 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Rose 5 - 4x4" - Colored pencils on cradle board - SOLD

 

 

 

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Cats And Dogs And A Mouse!

October 17, 2015

This is what I've been doing in between challenges.

 

Wolf - 8x10" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Black Panther 16 - 5x7"- Colored Pencils - FOR SALE

 

White Tiger 18 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Chat Noir 198 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Collie 6 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Mouse 3 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

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A little bit of everything

May 1, 2015

Here are a few other paintings I did since I last came to say hello...

 

My very first ostrich!

Ostrich - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

I hadn't drawn a zebra in quite a while.

Zèbre 31 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

A couple of smaller ones...

Rooster 3 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Pug 12 - ACEO - (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

And finally, this iconic landmark (which sadly isn't there anymore) of Wells, Maine is for sale

Drakes's Duck - 16x20" - Acrylic - FOR SALE

 

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Peacocks

May 1, 2015

These are part of a small series.

Peacock 3 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils
Photo by Steven James Gibbs

 

Peacock Feather - 4x7" - Colored Pencils
Photo by Barbi Holzmann
 

 

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Birds

March 12, 2015

Eagle 5 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Robin - 4x6" - Soft Pastels - SOLD
Winner of the Artist Reference Photos' monthly challenge.

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Bunny Time!

March 12, 2015

Easter is right around the corner. Time to draw some bunnies!

 

Bunny 135 - 6x6" - Colored pencils - SOLD

 

Bunny 134 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Bunny 133 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored pencils - SOLD

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Cats

March 12, 2015

Tiger 51 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

Cheetah 4 - ACEO (2.2x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Chat Noir 197 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

 

Tuxedo 27 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

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New Listing

February 10, 2015

I'm finally drawing ACEOs again... yeah!

Cat 27 - ACEO (2.5x3.5") - Colored Pencils - SOLD

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Busy Season

November 7, 2014

The Holiday rush has started, and I've been working on quite a few custom portraits already. Since I won't be posting them here for a while, here are the ones that I can share with you. A mix of commissions, and "just for fun" work.

Giraffe 2 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils
SOLD

 

Tuxedo 26 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils
NOT FOR SALE

 

Jonah - 8x10" - Colored Pencils
NOT FOR SALE

 

Sapphire - 5x7" - Colored Pencils
NOT FOR SALE

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Between commissions

October 13, 2014

Christmas is right around the corner, and with it comes the custom portraits rush. I've already started working on a few, but I won't post them here or anywhere until after the Holidays. I don't want to spoil the surprise for anyone.

In between commissions, I'm hoping to be able to draw and paint a little too so I don't leave this page completely blank.
Here are a couple I finished lately:

 

Cheetah 3 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils
SOLD

 

 

Cat and Crow 21 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils
SOLD

 

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Update

October 4, 2014

I realize I didn't post anything all Summer, but it doesn't mean I wasn't busy using my art supplies. Quite the contrary.
I'm not going to post here all the artwork that I made, but here are a few to give you an idea.

 

Periwinkle - 5x5" - Colored Pencils
SOLD

 

Special request - 8x10" - Colored Pencils
NOT FOR SALE

 

Cat and Crow 20 - 6x11" - Colored Pencils
SOLD

 

Special Request - 8x10" - Colored Pencils
NOT FOR SALE

 

Tiger 49 - 9x12" - Colored Pencils
NOT FOR SALE YET (participating in a juried competition).

 

Pug 11 - 8x10" - Colore Pencils
SOLD

 

Chat Noir 195 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils
SOLD

 

Chat Noir 196 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils
SOLD

 

Horse 10 - 9x12" - Water soluble graphite pencils
SOLD

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Raccoons

October 1, 2014

Here are three little raccoons I listed yesterday:

                                               
Raccoon 17 - ACEO (2.5"x3.5") - Colored Pencils                              
SOLD   

 


Raccoon 18 - ACEO (2.5"x3.5") - Colored Pencils
SOLD
 


Raccoon 19 - ACEO (2.5"x3.5") - Colored Pencils
SOLD

 

 

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