Wednesday, March 27, 2013

"Hangin' Around" plus Artist of the Day!

Hangin' Around
Today's addition to my Daily Paintworks Gallery is my original pen & ink rendering, "Hangin' Around".  Although they can be somewhat bothersome and a nuisance when it comes to your garbage cans, you will have to admit, raccoons sure make cute subjects for wildlife portraits.  This original rendering was done on Bristol Board paper, using mostly line work and stroke work.  This image has been quite popular as note cards and as a laser-engraved image on various fine wood gift items in my product line.  If you are interested in any of these items, as well 11 x 14 matted prints, please visit my website or storefronts at Etsy and FineArtAmerica.  At FineArtAmerica as well my website, you will find "Hangin' Around" in the Wildlife Gallery.  My Etsy Shop has no specific categories, so you'll just need to scroll through the listings.  Links are provided here for convenience, and also in the side panel. The link beneath the image will take you over to the auction page at Daily Paintworks.  From there, you will also be able to view and navigate to all of the other original pieces that are currently listed at auction, and how many days remain in their respective auctions. 

As I've been mentioning all week, I plan to use and expand a regular feature of my monthly newsletter, which is now on hiatus - the Artist of the Month spotlight.  So let's kick it off with today's edition of the blog.  Still not sure if it will be Artist of the Week or Day, and since I'll be on vacation in FL next week, I may not be able to figure that out until I return.  So for now, let's just call it Artist for Today.  

Ringtail Lemurs
My first official Artist for Today is one of my FineArtAmerica colleagues, Heather Ward.  Heather is from Los Alamos, New Mexico, and has been working in a number of different media, to include Scratchboard, Pyrography, Charcoal, Graphite and Pastel.  She has always attempted to be as realistic as possible in her renderings, and places a high value on accuracy and detail, something which I am very familiar with through my artwork.  Here are a few examples of her work, in different media.  Ringtail Lemurs is one from her Scratchboard Gallery.  The link beneath the image will take you over to that page, where you can see a larger version.  

Eyes on You is an example of one of her Pyrography pieces, which is another name for Woodburning.  Here, she used one of her favorite reference photos on a piece of Italian Poplar.  A Pair of Penguins is an example of one of her Charcoal and Graphite pieces, this one done on Smooth Bristol Paper.  Click through to their respective pages, or use the link here or in her name to get over to her Profile Page at FineArtAmerica.  And here is a link to her website:  Heather Ward - Wildlife Art
Eyes on You

A Pair of Penguins

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