Category: Dog Art

“Zoe” Pit Bull Boxer Mix

Here is the Beautiful Zoe I created for my cousin Rebecca. This is Pen & Ink with Acrylics on Animation Cell.

I start with a photo then I ink the drawing then I paint on the back of the cell like you would if you were painting on glass from front to back.

Layering the colors and textures down you can see the different tones I used.

Here is the final piece “Zoe” 11″ x 14″ Pen & Ink with Acrylics on Animation Cell. Call me & we’ll create one of your little baby!

“Tank” the sweet Pit Bull

 

Here is my Cousin Daniel’s dog “Tank” that I painted for him for his Birthday!
This is an 11″ x 14″ matted & framed Pen & Ink with Acrylics on Animation Cell.
I love doing these animation cell paintings. The materials are fun to use, and I’m always delighted by the results.
I’ve always loved drawing with the pen & ink,  you can achieve some beautiful lines with it. The only disadvantage of this technique is that you have to paint backwards so you have to think carefully what you want to see first. Also, its very important that each layer be completely dry or some of the paint will peel off. Its tricky, but once you understand how each of the materials work together its so fun.
You can see the different steps to creating one of these pieces below.
Hope you try it out. If you have any questions please let me know I would love to help  🙂

“Katie & Piggy”

The process for one of my Commission Portraits starts with a picture of a beloved pet  and a story. My client’s name is Jen & she wanted me to paint her twin sister’s furry kid named Katie Scarlet. Katie is quite the Diva & Queen of the house, so in her portrait, she must have  a sparkly crown for her to wear. She also wanted me to include her stuffed toy “Piggy” because she is obsessed with it. Jen sent me the pictures of what she wanted & I sketched out what she described. I suggested to her to write down some words & sentences that mean something to her and sister, because I would include them in the Portrait. These are the Words that she chose:  Toonsy , Katie Bird, Scarlett, Princess, Miami, Notre Dame , South Bend, I bark for the Irish and everything else for that matter!, Cartoon dog, Landie Loo-that’s who!, MLK Day, Piggy, Our birthday, First love, You didn’t want to live in London anyway, More treats!, Nanny Pam, It’s all about me, Mommy      Daddy, Love, Devotion, Stubborn, Best Friend Companion, My Heart   Sister My Best Friend My Sister, Who do I Love, Endless Devotion, Heart, Love, I want, Sisterly Love , Twins, Forever Yours. I thought about how I would incorporate all these words & my solution was to create Katie with them, since it is what makes up their relationship. Keeping the background simple, using similar value tones & creating a horizontal pattern, I thought it would feel quiet next to Katie who would be so detailed and busy, plus I wanted her to be the focal point.   I made a little video of the photos I took while I was painting it & added some subtitles so you could know what I was doing. Hope you like it & inspires you to do a Mixed Media piece.

 

Here is the Picture of Katie Scarlet, the sketch and my work space.

Here is part of the process, with these mixed media paintings you want to start placing the papers from farthest background to the foreground. Make sure you think about the structure of your subject matter and place the papers in that direction, because if you don’t, your subject will look flat.

Here is the final piece. The crown is very glittery, using very sparkly beads and glitter.

My client loved it!!!

Thanks for stopping by!

Please leave a comment and let me know what you think, or if you have any questions I would love to help 😀

The Painted Trail Community Project

 

My Friend Elizabeth St. Hilare Nelson told me about this great Community Project that she was participating in called Paint the Trail, and invited me to join in. So my husband Kent (who did an amazing time lapse video- click on his name to see it) &  I went to Orlando to pick up some fence panels to paint.

Jeff is the Mastermind behind this wonderful project that has really taken off his motto is “Bringing the community together along the Seminole County Trail through artwork.”

Check out his FB page here https://www.facebook.com/painttheseminoletrail?fref=ts so you can see what wonderful art is being created.

If you want to see a terrific interview with Jeff check him out he was in the news on myfoxorlando.com

He has gotten a lot of fabulous media, and the project has really taken off. We are honored to be a part of this and we are probably going to do a few more panels. Its fun and enjoyed by so many.

If you want to participate in this project and paint a fence panel contact Jeff.

You can paint your own design, or if you are not an artist, but want to paint one, he will give you a panel that has the drawing on it color coded it (like a paint by numbers) and you can do one too.

 

 

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

 

Happy Mothers Day to all the Moms & Grandmas out there!!!
Here is a card I made in your honor. If you would like to send this card to a wonderful Mom you know please click on MothersDayCard and you will have a pdf file version of this card ready to print and give out to the mom’s you love.
My gift to you 🙂
Enjoy! and Remember to give her lots of hugs!

The Story!

 

Here is a Portrait of Lucy a very sweet Great Dane that I had the honor of painting. My client told me wonderful stories about her beloved Lucy and that is how I was able to capture her sweet nature. Lucy recently passed and it is such a comfort to my client to have her beautiful face smiling back at her.

It is in the stories you tell me about your furry kids that ignite my imagination to paint your pet how you see them. I’ll draw 3 sketches for you and then you get to decide which one is the one you love the most, then I begin the painting.

My standard sizes are an  8″x8″ acrylic on wood portrait is  $210.00, the 12″x12″ is $420.00 each, with each portraits you receive a set of 5 Bookmarks from my collection. If you would like to have larger paintings done with multiple pets please contact me at callmaggie@yahoo.com and we will work out the details. Thank You!

For more detail information please click on this link: http://www.maggiesangels.com/MaggiePages/MAcommission.html

This Link shows you the photos and the finished Portrait of some of the beautiful Pets I have done: http://www.maggiesangels.com/MaggiePages/MAcommissionGallery.html

You can see the video of how I created this painting here

http://www.youtube.com/user/callmaggie#p/u/17/0BliJFGll2w

A Tribute to the Service Dogs during 9/11/01

Today I want to honor and keep everyone that was affected during the 9/11 attacks in my thoughts & prayers.

I created this image in remembrance of all the dogs that served to find and rescue the victims of the attacks on New York City.

I partnered with the Paddock Park Animal Care Center here in Ocala & we created t-shirts with this image on them. We collected the money from the sold t-shirts and donated it to the Service dog organizations that were helping out. It was a great feeling that I could use my talents to help out even if it was in a small way.

Its hard to believe its been 9 years since the attack, because it feels like yesterday.

Sending Peace of heart and mind to everyone.

(I apologize for making this post so late in the day, but I’ve had computer/Internet& iPhone issues throughout the day, finally things are kinda working, for the moment)

Dog Gone Fun!

Here is a Sketch I’m currently working on, I think it will make a fun Greeting Card. I was going to finish it today, but my right hand is hurting so much, that I decided to take it easy with it. Sad thing is, I don’t know what I did! Maybe its the weather, its been so rainy & humid around here. Anyways, I hope it feels better tomorrow so I can finish it. I’m using Pen & In & Watercolors. I’ll show it to you as soon as its done. Thanks for stopping by 🙂

Day 2 Elin Pendlenton’s Workshop

Day 2 of Elin Pendleton’s Color Boot camp brought a lot of information. Elin explained in detail the Color  System and why & how it works. Fascinating that you can use 7 cool colors & 7 warm colors to make all the colors you will ever need.

Our 1st assignment was to paint a Moon light painting & I have to say that was hard for me & I feel I had no success in it. I will definitely be redoing that pice.

The second Painting was of a sun light filled day. Here is Elin’s example. She painted as she lectured & you can see the start on the left & the finished piece on the right. Just beautiful, using mostly the warm color palette & the cool palette for the shadows & distance.

Here I am in the mists of painting my sun light painting. I chose an Aussie, of corse had to be a dog, and pushed those lights & darks. Below you can see the source photo, the painting & a black & white photo. I used this to check if the values were correct. I needed to make a few adjustments, & as Elin recommended, I added purples to the shadows to make them recede. You can see the final piece at the very end of this blog.

She gives us about one an a half hours to complete a piece, so we have to paint fast. About 3:30pm we finish up, & we all talk about & critique the paintings.

We learn a lot from each other.


Another full day!

Tune in tomorrow for day 3  🙂


To see Elin Pendleton’s Work please check this out:

 

Elin Pendleton, AAEA, WAOW, EAG

Daily Paintings at http://elinpendleton.blogspot.com

The Paintings: http://www.elinart.com

The Horse Paintings: http://www.equinepaintings.com


Elin Pendleton’s Color Boot Camp Workshop Day 1


From May 3 through May 7, 2010, from 9:00 am- 4:00 pm I will be attending Elin Pendleton’s Color Boot Camp at VoilArt Gallery downtown Ocala were Sharon Crute and Jackie Schindehette create their masterpieces. Here is a picture of the gallery and how we are set up. There are 10 artists taking the class, of all different ages and levels of art experience. Its a real fun group with a ton of talent.

This is Elin’s infamous COLOR BOOT CAMP, where she will teach us the Color System in and out. Five FULL days of painting, seven different times of day in landscape painting. We’ll  learn to paint all times of day and all lighting situations. I’m so excited!

Here is what we did today:

She taught us about the “5 Value Plan”

The percentage of lights & darks in our paintings and the importance to see the values. We created 6 mini abstract value studies with different formulas for achieving successful paintings.

We then layed our Palettes using large pill boxes. We used 2 of them, one for cool colors and the other for warm tones. She is very specific in her colors of paints and the positioning of each color in each of the compartments.

She then gave us the second assignment to create what she calls a “Silly Painting”. Were we use both cool & warm colors, but we cannot blend any of the colors together to achieve value. We have to paint the value using the pure chroma. I chose this picture of a Westie in very dramatic light, & I loved painting this way.

Here is my finished piece, along with my classmates, mind you we only had an hour to do this, so its fast study.

Elin told us that if we did it right, and we took a black & white photo of the “Silly painting”, we would be able to see the value in it, and it would look correct or real. It was so neat when I did it with my camera, because it works! I had an AHA! moment.

Here are Elin’s examples of the “Silly Painting”, the Goat & blue pony.

Elin painting the Misty, Overcast painting. Using only the cool palette with only 7 colors. For our Third painting, we had to create a piece that looked overcast, using mostly a gray color scheme. Well You all know how bright my palette is, the Westie painting I did earlier, that was fun, but this gray color scheme I’ve never painted anything like this. To say I struggled is an understatement.

We had to use the 7 colors, no black, & blend them to get the right feeling of values. You can see what I created in an hour, I still have to work on the horses, but over all there is a softness & light that I really like. Below is my painting along with other classmates when we had a critique at the end of the day.

Elin along with her super sweet, perfectly behaved dog named Sparky. He patiently stayed beside her the whole time. She brings his little bed & he lays beside her while she paints & teaches.

We all gathered around at the end of the day & showcased our work. Some fantastic pieces were done & we learned from one another.

I had a wonderful day & can’t wait to get started tomorrow 😀

I hope you come back tomorrow & check out my blog so you can see what day 2 brings.

I’ll be able to post earlier than this late hour I did today. Better get to bed. Good night 🙂

To see Elin Pendleton’s Work please check this out:

Elin Pendleton, AAEA, WAOW, EAG

Daily Paintings at http://elinpendleton.blogspot.com


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