When I was asked to paint a "Yorkie" via e-mail, I wasn't thrilled with the first photo the owner sent. I couldn't see the coloring or the dog's expression very well. So, I asked her to send more...and thank goodness she did. The photo used to paint GROVER was actually of him in the backseat of her car sitting by a drink cup from 'Sonic'! The way his head was cocked to one side and his tongue just barely sticking out was exactly what I was looking for!
Working on GROVER came easily...when I have a great photo to work from everything falls into place. I feel as though I know this little fellow very, very well. I will hate to see him go. But, his owner will soon adorn her walls with a colorful image of her beloved Grover, and I will just...
As a child you could often find me quietly "painting by numbers" in my room. More often than not, my paintings were not exactly like those pictured on the box because I loved to change the numbers/colors around. Although I won awards for my artwork in elementary school I never really believed in my heart I was a real artist. I thought that "real artists" could draw anything from memory, and that was a gift I did not have.
When reaching the upper grades we had to choose among our electives. Music...Art...or Dance Team? Although it broke my heart, I chose music and dance. You see, those areas received much more attention, and as an insecure young teenager that was one thing I strongly desired! However, deep...
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