Spring has sprung

Happy Spring

Spring has Sprung

First day of Spring was Monday, March 20.

I’ve been seeing some signs of spring.

I spotted some long, green leaves in the front near the bushes.  They look to be the daffidol leaves that I’ve gotten to know. So I’m looking forward to the next steps over the next couple of weeks, where the flower stem produces it’s blosom and it eventually opens.

Another wonderful event happened at the farm where I volunteer with a therapeutic riding program.
One of the boarders at the farm had a pregnant mare.
A horse’s gestation period is about 11 months.
Recently, She looked quite round and ready to foal.
She gave birth to her foal the day of the March 8th blizzard.
Babies are cute.  And this little foal was definitely very cute.
I enjoyed seeing the foal.

I’d seen some foals before.
Years ago, when I was taking riding lessons at Haskins Farm in Berkly, MA, they had a Quarter Horse stallion and breeding services.  They had one or two mares at the farm that were bred and had foals each year.
The students and I loved to go see the foals.  We’d peek in the stalls to have a look at foals.

One of the broodmares at the farm would later be placed in the riding program.  “Miss545” aka “Missy”.
I would get the chance to ride her in lessons and in the barn’s shows.  I loved riding and showing with her. I learned a lot and had a lot of fun.
She did get bred again to the stallion.  She had a filly, female foal.
Yet after that birth “Missy” developed a stifle problem, so was retired from the program.
She was sold to a good home.

Here’s a Pastel portrait of “Missy” and her filly.

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the gift horse mosaic

Le Cadeau du Cheval
Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”
For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Touching Lives with Art

“Touching lives with Art ”

Within the past month I did a couple of portraits that I was commissioned to do.
Though each commission had it’s own situation, there was a strong feeling and reminder of how art has the power of connecting and bringing people together in the most wonderful and amazing way.

The first portrait was a gift to a neighbor’s family member who had a dog for a number of years. This woman had recently bought a house in the neighborhood.  So there was a double celebration- wonderful dog of 9 yrs and a house.
To add to this experience was the fact that my family has gotten to know these wonderful folks and met this little dog back when he was a puppy.  Our girls just love him.
So creating a portrait of this dog was even more special.
The family presented the gift to her at the “dog b-day”- “house warming” party.
Everyone was very moved by the portrait I created.
And I was very touched by it all too.

Wonderful Karma moving around.

Oh, yet there was more good karma swirling in this time.

Second portrait was a soldier portrait.
I offer a service for military families to do a memorial portrait of a family member that died while serving our country.
This “Soldier Portrait project” was actually started by another artist I knew in a Pencil portrait group. Though this artist found she couldn’t continue running this project, I chose to continue on doing these portraits and project.
I have done at least 3 portraits along the way.

This one is my fourth.
I receive the information from a form that is filled out by client.  I then email and touch base with them.
Over and over these portraits have brought out poignant moments.
There is the discussion with the client about the portrait and the military person…  details on medium and size.
Collecting any other info necessary.
I create the portrait.
I send a thumbnail image for the client to review.
Then prepare with much care to send it to the family.
Throughout the process of  connecting, talking, creating and sharing there are moments that bring out the best in each other.

And of course I’m grateful to the good karma back to me in response.  A circle of positive energy.

“That’s awesome.  Thank you.” 

Nothing better than spreading positive karma to others where needed.

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Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the Equine Art Guild were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

 

 

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

Recent Dog portrait commission

Here’s a recent Dog portrait commission.

A gift to the owner of this dog.

Not only had this owner had her dog, who is very much the furry member of the family, for 9 yrs, but this owner bought a house recently.  This was a combination birthday party for dog and house homing gift.

This portrait is displayed loving on the mantle in the living room.

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Choosing Mediums

Choosing Mediums

I recently got a question from a young girl about being an artist and creating.  Her question was, “What mediums have I used and liked?”

I would like to explain at the start that it was over many years that I practiced and perfected my skills.

I started rather young and really liked it, so I spent a lot time learning and practicing drawing and  painting.

I’ve worked with some mediums regularly over the years while other mediums I’ve worked with for a short time then put them aside.

So what mediums have I liked and used?

I’ve dappled in a number of different mediums.

Oils, acrylics

For a short time when I was young  I took oil painting lessons with a local artist.  I liked the freedom of brush and paint on a canvas.

Though I liked oil painting, I decided after a while to put it aside and move on.

I’ve also done some work in acrylics and liked it, but didn’t really stay with it.

Charcoal, Pastels

jumper head missy pastel

I’ve always enjoyed and still do charcoal drawings.

I like the feel of charcoal and the soft lines it can create.

About 15 years ago, I got into pastels. I like the feel of the chalk like sticks of Nupastels.  I’ve done a number of portraits over the years using this medium.

Color Pencil

I’ve done some work with colored pencils too. Yet my working with them has been on and off.

Some pencils require working up layers  to build up an image.

Recently I’ve found I rather like watercolor pencils.

They can be used as regular pencils with the added benefit of being able to add water to them for a watercolor wash effect if desired.

I did a couple of ‘soldier portraits’ and some more recent illustrations using them.

soldier

Pen and Ink

This is another medium I’ve always loved and have used regularly over the years.  I enjoy creating with various lines to form an image.

nuzzling

Mixed media

I’ve found using a mix of mediums fun at times too.

Pen and Ink and digital (computer graphic program)

Pen and Ink and watercolor pencil

Pen and Ink and Marker.

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ants

saddled up

Scratch board

I’ve always been intrigued by this medium.

I remember in school doing scratch art.  This is a paper painted with lots of colors, which then had a black coating of India ink applied all over it.  With a sharp tool, one could scratch out images and lines and see the colors underneath revealed.

Recently I picked up this medium again.

Scratch board comes in white sheets that ink can be applied to or ‘already prepared’ boards that are ready to scratch.

I really love this medium.

I like the contrast from dark to light that can be created.

I recently had an exhibit of my scratch board art in a gallery.  People seemed to liked it a lot.

great horned owl

View exhibit online

I’ve chosen a few mediums to stay with that I work best in.

As far as image, I tend to decide what medium to use by what subject matter or feeling I’m aiming to create.

Creating art has been something I do and plan to continue doing for many years.

I’m learning and growing through creating.  Each medium has its use in creating the images.

Keep the creativity flowing

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BankRI exhibit: scratch board works by Lisa Wald Guarino.

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The Equine Art Guild’s News

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Le Cadeau du Cheval

Several artists in the EAG were a part of this unique tribute to the horse. Click on the image above to read all about it and the artists who participated in it’s creation, as well as see where it will be coming to a location near you in the coming year!

Visit The Equine Art Guild website at www.equineartguild.com .

Soldier Portraits
Darla Dixon organized a group of artists who will create no-charge compassionate portraits for the families who have lost a loved one in Operation Iraqi Freedom/Operation Enduring Freedom. We are looking for artists to join our efforts, and also for non-artists who will help spread the word about this free service and token of our gratitude to families who have sacrificed so much.”

For more information, contact Darla (darla@darladixon.com) or visit SoldierPortraits.org.

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