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Original art by Sandrine Curtiss

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Colored pencils on sanded paper

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

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

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!

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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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

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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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

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

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!

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

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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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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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!

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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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

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

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

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Busy Season

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


Tuxedo 26 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils


Jonah - 8x10" - Colored Pencils


Sapphire - 5x7" - Colored Pencils

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Between commissions

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



Cat and Crow 21 - 8x10" - Colored Pencils


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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


Special request - 8x10" - Colored Pencils


Cat and Crow 20 - 6x11" - Colored Pencils


Special Request - 8x10" - Colored Pencils


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


Pug 11 - 8x10" - Colore Pencils


Chat Noir 195 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils


Chat Noir 196 - 5x7" - Colored Pencils


Horse 10 - 9x12" - Water soluble graphite pencils

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Here are three little raccoons I listed yesterday:

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


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

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



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