#37 – Cute As A Button

 

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4/16/18, Megtography #37 – Cute As A Button – or in this case, cute as a Chloe. I displayed the color photo as well because you don’t notice she is sticking her tongue out in the black and white photo. I disturbed her nap so she was telling me what she thought about my picture-taking!

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Free Spirit WIP -VI-

I was commissioned to do a memorial piece of a beloved pet that passed away recently. I am truly sorry for their loss. I am still familiar with the heartache that accompanies such a tragedy. With the recent passing of Sasha, it is rewarding to be able to help someone else that feels the same sting. I hope I can do this beautiful dog justice with my next portrait drawing. I don’t want to give away too many details, about the subject, until the finished piece has been given to the recipient.

Here is the outline sketch for the piece. I am very excited to see how it turns out. It will be finished by next week! Can you guess what breed she is?

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Thank you for reading this week’s post! If you have recently lost a pet, feel free to share their picture below and what you loved best about them. In times of loss, we need to remember the good times spent together.

Until next time,

“I wish none of this had happened… ‘So do all who live to see such times. But that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given to us.”

The Cyclops Kitten

ex1About two months ago, my husband came home from work a little later than usual. I was not worried; I knew what kept him. My son did not. He was thrilled to see dad walk in with an itty-bitty kitty, our first family cat! We were all so excited. The kitten was so tiny, small enough to hold in the palm of your hand. He was a mess covered in burrs, ticks, and desperately needing a bath. His eyes were goopy, possibly an upper respiratory infection. He and his family were found by a friend of ours, abandoned in a box. They all needed care, so we decided to help and adopted one.

He was frightened the first couple days. We cut the burrs out, bathedex4 him and brushed him. He has long black fur with a regal mane. I love his unique white markings on his tail and face. He also has a white belly and paws. We decided to call him Exmoor. This was inspired by the cryptid, The Black Beast of Exmoor. It did not take him long to warm up to the idea of being an indoor cat. He warmed up to us quickly and took any chance he could to sleep in our laps. He already earned the nickname Purr Monster for reasons you can guess. His eyes seemed to be getting better as well.

ex2I was surprised by how lethargic he was, though. He hardly played like a kitten should. He slept all the time, a great deal even for a cat. He always wanted to stay in the bathroom and lay on wet towels. My husband suspected he was trying to stay cool. He was very calm for a kitten.

Then one day, his eye started to swell. I immediately scheduled an appointment with the vet and took him in a couple days later. I was informed he had a virus, a kind of “cat herpes”. The swollen eye was beyond treatment and I was shocked when they told me it had to be ex3removed. He also had a fever which would explain the seclusion in the bathroom. Over the next couple weeks we gave him antibiotics and eye ointment until his fever broke so they could start the surgery. I was worried for our new kitten but was assured that after the procedure, he would bounce right back. And so he did.

They kept him for two days after the surgery. When we brought him home, he was instantly ecstatic! He was purring as loud as I ever heard. He seemed so thankful to be home with us. He really did miss his new home. Once he showed his love, he began running around like a basket case. He was literally bouncing off the walls. Though he was only a few pounds, it sounded like an elephant ex8running back and forth across the floor. He used the couch like a jungle gym, leaping from cushion to cushion. He even ran up to both of our dogs and greeted them happily. Exmoor was a brand new kitten!

Now, he sleeps all day and plays all night. He’s acting as kittens should, CRAZY! And the lack of an eye doesn’t seem to be bothering him at all. Well, except for his depth perception. There were those few times he jumped for the table and missed completely falling to the floor. It’s hard not to laugh, especially when he takes off like a bat outta’ hell afterwards. Only to come back later and try again.

Exmoor is a great joy to have around and I feel great knowing that ex7he really does appreciate what we have done for him. He has a lot of personality and is very intelligent. We lucked out with this one and he lucked out with us!

ex5Next week he will be getting his stitches out and his transformation to Cyclops Kitten will be complete. There have also been a lot more pirate jokes going around the house lately. ARRRRRR!

We couldn’t have saved our kitten without the help of family and friends pitching in for the surgery. I am forever grateful to them. Sorry for the late blog post, as this has been one hell of a week for me! Thanks for checking in! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

Until next time,

“We passed a miserable night and then watched the Cyclops make breakfast of two more of our companions.” (The Odyssey, Book 9)

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Free Spirit WIP VI

I am currently working on another equine/butterfly piece. This one features a curious foal with a Monarch butterfly. I had hoped to have it completed by now but I lost my “mojo” half-way through it. I was working heavily on the foal with graphite pencil. After a few days of that I became easily bored. I thought maybe if I worked on it while doing a live stream, it might spark up for me again. That become a lot of work and I never really got into my groove. Yesterday I decided to start working on the butterfly which is being done in colored pencils. I was happy with how it was turning out and I think I’m getting the drive back to finish it. Which is good because it’s nearly complete as it is! It will feel good to finally get this piece done! Thanks for checking in this week!

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Until next time,

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

Scribbles & Scores

It’s amazing to see how a few scribbles and scratches on paper can create an image. I’ve been using a pen lately to prevent erasing. All my lines are permanent so therefore I don’t have the option of a second attempt to get a line perfect. I’ve been practicing many different pen and ink techniques that include hatching, cross-hatching, contour hatching and scumbling.

Hatching is using parallel lines to create different shades and tones. More space between lines leaves room for highlights. Every line is straight but various in length and placement to create depth. The more lines on top of each other the darker it is for shading. Contour hatching also deals with parallel lines but instead of staying straight they curve.

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Hatching, demonstrated with the sea floor
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Cross-hatching is using straight lines that criss-cross to create shading.

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Scumbling, in my opinion, has always been the craziest technique. It is basically controlled scribbling.

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There are many more techniques to try and I intend to try them all. I also personally enjoy pointilism which is just a series of dots repeating. This takes patience and I love doing natural sceneries with pointilism. Perhaps a near future project?

All in good time. For now I’m focusing on some more dog portraits, an equine piece and a painting with seahorses! Stay tuned for that and more! Hope your having a great summer!

Until next time,

“Not all who wander are aimless. Especially not those who seek truth beyond tradition; beyond definition; beyond the image.”

 

 

 

Free Spirit WIP V

Boy, have I been slacking on my art! Well, not so much slacking as it is consumed with my photography the last couple of weeks. In the past month, I have taken roughly over 3,000

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pictures of everything I’ve been up to! That’s the beauty/horror of the digital age, you have an unlimited amount of pictures to take as long as your memory card is large enough! Mine can hold about 4,000 high quality photos, so I’m forever cursed with taking too many pictures of everything! I wouldn’t do it though if I didn’t truly love it!

Now that I’m done rambling, I can introduce my next WIP! In conjunction with my “Holifly” piece (initially entitled “Little Friend”), I’m creating another butterfly-equine relation drawing. I can’t wait to see how the finished product will look. I have a new pad of toned tan paper and I’m excited to use it for the first time. It gives a rustic, natural look in my opinion. I hope to have this finished in the next week or so. I also want to do a few more canine related pieces. Much work to be done in the near future! Stay tuned and thanks for stopping by!

Is there a specific kind of butterfly you admire? Or maybe a particular horse breed tickles your fancy? Share your favorites in the comments below!

Until next time,

“Do I have something in my teeth?”

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2,000 and You!

I’ve been keeping this blog for just under a year and I am amazed on how focused it has kept me. I have never had such a great way to share my work, photos, and stories with all of you! Which is why I am writing this post… to honor all of YOU! Yes….YOU!

In less than a year, my blog has hit over 2,000 views and I want to share a special thanks to each and every one of you! An artist is nothing without an audience and I couldn’t be more grateful for all the support. It keeps me chugging along and pursuing my dreams!

Ya know, I thought it was the blog that was keeping me motivated but now I realize it’s my viewers! Every like, comment, and share makes me “gitty” inside and I appreciate the time you’ve spent following along on my journey! I am more proud of my work than ever and I hope to continue creating art that catches your eye!

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My goal is to reach 5,000 views by my blog’s one year anniversary! Wish me luck and spread the love!

Until next time,

“It is not our abilities that show what we truly are… it is our choices.”

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Alligator Fabricator

I am so pleased with how my latest piece turned out. When I first saw the reference photo, I was a little unsure if I should tackle it. There was so much detail in the scales. And I guess I’ll let the cat out of the bag…I started this piece the night before the birthday party, so I had less than a day to work on it! I know, I know! What was I thinking!? How was I going to pull this off? I had no idea, I just started drawing. To my surprise, it was effortless and flowed together, like water rolling off a ‘gators back. Now that I’m thinking about it, I didn’t erase one thing from it, either. I didn’t worry much while I drew it, I just worked. It just happened. It just came to life. Each scale, each shadow… it’s like I did the “I Dream of Jeannie” nod and the art just appeared on my paper!

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I looked up the symbolism for the Alligator. It teaches us to roll with the punches of life’s hardships, like the ‘gator rolls with it’s prey beneath the water. The Alligator represents integration and seeing the whole picture before making a decision. Choosing to laugh at your own rigidness can help diffuse any anger and judgments you feel. The alligator will store it’s meat underwater to help tenderize it, teaching us that waiting patiently to make the right move helps us digest the situation better. If we find ourselves rushing, we miss the time to count our victories.

I’ve definitely been rolling with the punches these past couple weeks. I’ve had a lot on my plate but I’ve handled it better than I would have in the past. That’s progress, right? Maybe this piece was suppose to show me that even when things look rough, if I just step back and assess the situation properly, I can walk away from anything with confidence. I just need to remember to count my victories as I’m passing through life’s hurdles.

I brought the completed piece to the party and the recipient was thrilled! She absolutely loved it! Victory! I had a great time with my family and met a lot of new people while I was there. Victory!

Long story short, roll with the punches and remember to congratulate yourself on your winnings. We all work so hard for them!

Until next time,

“The first step to correcting a mistake is patience.”

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Alligator symbolism; sources: Medicine Cards by Jamie Sams & David Carson  ~  refence photo: pixabay.com