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A deer looks toward the viewer as they will when they hear a noise in the forest and freeze in place. This work is in black and white. This is a small painting that will invite the owner to return to again and again to steal a tranquil moment in nature. Scratchboard, for those unfamiliar, is a technique wherein the image is scratched into an inked surface. This particular image is on Ampersand Claybord, a board coated with white kaolin clay and then with india ink. I chose to keep this work in black and white with emphasis on the form of the animal. I think that black and white drawings, like black and white film, can be particularly striking and may invite the viewer to bring more of his/her own imagination to the work… Continue reading… 0 comments

A red fox sits on a rock formation in an autumnal forest scene. The drawing is in ink, with watercolor tints bringing the colors of the habitat to life. This is one of my paintings that attempts to capture the surprise that awaits just around the bend in the trail. It suggests a story, whether of the fox or the hiker who spots him. I like the way the fall colors pick up the colors of the fox's fur. The shadows indicate a midday sun, but there are enough cool colors in the greens and the blue gray rocks to suggest a mild fall day rather than the heat of an Indian Summer… Continue reading… 0 comments

Many of us enjoy painting animals, and key to satisfaction by both viewer and artist is to find the uniqueness in the animal and capture it in the portrait. One doesn't want a generic Dog, Cat, Gerbil, or even Lion. What makes this creature special in its personality or its relationship to its environment? In this case, a small dog keeps one ear at an alert angle while he naps. Even in repose, there is a hint that this is a lively, energetic personality. Color is another means of putting emotion into the work of art. Sometimes it is better to bypass local color for color choices that say more. Much of the shiny black fur is rendered in purples as it picks up and reflects light. The browns have orange tones. The dog has curled himself into a green and orange wrap, cozy and colorful… Continue reading… 0 comments

In "Curiosity" a curious little dog meets a turtle on his path and they exchange examining looks. The animals are painted in sumi-e ink. Layered behind them are various papers, and the little picture is outlined in purple marker. Sometimes, doodling around with art, one finds oneself telling a story. First came the small dog, then the question, "What is he staring at?" A turtle in the path emerged. The viewer is invited to continue the story. Do they exchange looks an then each go on its way? Does the dog, in rather typical terrier fashion, back up and bark to test for reaction? Does the turtle retreat into his shell? Does a conversation begin. The story might change each time the picture is viewed. Meanwhile, we don't have to sacrifice the elements of art for the sake of narrative… Continue reading… 0 comments

I'm beginning to slowly re-edit some of my previous listings on I've discovered that I was a little too ready to let the art speak for itself, when in fact, a wordier approach not only gives the viewer a greater understanding, but also increases the chances to be picked up more by search engines. I think as artists we grow as we create new works. Likewise as representative of our own art we learn with each new effort and become better at presenting our art to the world. I love the technique I used so this work. The continuous line is a challenge, but it also loosens up the work and gives it a sense of vitality. Right now while care responsibilities are keeping me close to home, this little drawing takes me to one of my favorite places… Continue reading… 0 comments

Wyoming Magpie

by Caroline , October 8, 2012—12:00 AM

Topics: animals, birds, color, nature, reflected color, shadow, watercolor

Magpie stands on a grassy lawn looking directly at the viewer. The azure highlights in its dark markings are picked up in the shadow. I photographed this fellow at Yellowstone National Park for later painting. I like the bold attitudes and wonderful colorings of these birds. I believe that being observant of nature enhances paintings--a moment is better captured if you know its before and after. Painting or drawing also adds to the experience of those who enjoy observing nature. It forces you to notice more detail, and then as an artist, to decide what is essential in portraying the truth of your subject… Continue reading… 0 comments

Every work of art has to have its beginnings. First there is the idea. Then the idea becomes concrete as we choose our media and mark a surface. Those beginnings are critical. They may be bold or hesitant. Some of that is personality, but there are works that I tiptoe into and others where I just start pouring paint and see what happens. I don't think there is a single best way to begin, but there are many good ways: 1. A certain amount of organization helps make for good beginnings. Some time spent making you have a clear surface and the necessary materials at hand avoids distraction & frustration. 2. Thumb nail sketches are a must for some artists. Advantages are solving many problems ahead of time… Continue reading… 0 comments

Watercolor Goat in Pasture

by Caroline , April 8, 2011—12:00 AM

Topics: Landscape, animals, composition, nature, painting

A goat in the foreground looks directly out of the picture plane to the viewer. Further into the field a cluster of three go about their goat business. The greens of spring color the field along with a scattering of wildflowers. I find it interesting that animals will give you that arresting stare and judge whether you are a danger. If they mistrust, they are out of there. If you seem okay, the stare may continue as if in pure curiosity. This goat looked up as I parked the car along the roadside, watched as I took the photo, and didn't lost interest until I was ready to go. In that instance, we both had about the same attention span! The setting had enough bucolic, spring time peace and beauty to have set a romantic poet, such as Wordsworth or Keats, to creating a new ode… Continue reading… 1 comment

Inspiration in the "Wild" West

by Caroline , August 21, 2010—10:08 PM

Topics: animals, artist life, inspiration, nature, shows

I brought home lots of art inspiration from my recent vacation, most of it in the form of wild country and wild animals in western Wyoming and northeaster Utah. In the midst of this great open country nestles Jackson Hole, where the small city of Jackson, Wyoming is one of the leading cities for sales of western art to the world__™s collectors. Best of all, it houses the National Museum of Wildlife Art, While most of our national museums are in the great cities of America, the structure and the setting could not be better for presenting wildlife art. The museum, designed by Denver architect Curtis Fentress, fits smoothly into a landscape of rocky cliff formations and sagebrush covered hills backed by magnificent mountains… Continue reading… 0 comments

This is a detail of my latest addition to my ArtId gallery and most definitely and 'Artist at Play" product. I had created an ACEO by developing some odd bits of color already existing on a small sheet of paper cut from a failed painting The ACEO was in a vertical format and showed a little sheep in a shed and some foliage in the background. I liked it a lot and decided to build a larger painting from the basic set of forms and colors. However, in the larger size a horizontal composition felt right. For this larger version, I also decided on acrylics rather then the watercolor and pen & ink used for the ACEO. Original acrylic painting features a black sheep in a field of dry yellow grass… Continue reading… 1 comment

Zebra Crossing

by Caroline , June 20, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: Drawing, animals, marker pen, pencil drawing

Remember this old riddle: What's black and white and red all over? The answer would be this drawing! I like the companionable looking pose of these two zebras. Two zebras stand with one resting its head on the back of the other. They are drawn in graphite pencil. marker pen completes the brilliant red sky and yellow grass that form their background. I used Prismacolor markers, so the colors should be durable. The most astounding view of zebra I've ever seen was among the cattle at Hearst Ranch at San Simeon, California. These remnants of the zoo that William Randolph Hearst kept as his San Simeon "castle" are a delightful surprise for the lucky traveler on HIghway One, the narrow road that follows the Pacific coastline… Continue reading… 0 comments

Bandit at the Window

by Caroline , January 10, 2009—12:00 AM

Topics: animals, humor, ink, marketing and promotion

Animals are fun to draw and occasionally they bring out the cartoonist in me. Pen and Ink drawing of a raccoon on a tree branch outside an open window makes that masked face look mighty suspicious! Reference photos and observations provided the model for this raccoon and the background came from my imagination. The colors are soft with the pen and ink drawing carrying the work. This small drawing on bristol paper is glued to a 5_7 greeting card. It can be sent as a combined greeting and gift, or buy it for yourself and pop it into a frame. Watercolor wash completes the small work of art. It is the biggest little bargain in my ArtId gallery. I do have a number of cards in my Etsy store… Continue reading… 0 comments

This is our first 100 degree plus day of the season; to be precise it reached 103F. Seems a good time to think about an Ice Age creature and that lovely snow. I originally did the black and white ink painting as an illustration for a poetry chapbook I was putting together. Later I decided to add the watercolor and liked it better for it. A tiny reproduction of ink painting illustrates "Snowflake" in WALKING IN JOHN MUIR 'S BACKYARD which I offer at Enjoy "Snowflake" Imagine how long the secret was kept Cavemen saw the world turn white. Wooly mammoths were tripped in ice. Time passes as quiet snowflakes fell. Norsemen learned to ski. Drifts piled up in the Alps. Rumors of snow were heard in desert lands. Still the secret kept… Continue reading… 0 comments


by Caroline , February 19, 2008—12:00 AM

Topics: animals, humor, inspiration, painting

This is one of a series of whimsical ink and watercolor elephants that I have painted. I shall continue to paint them from time to time. Several of them have sold, but that is not why I will keep painting them. Somehow in doodling around with the ink and brush, I come up with elephants that are fun and that express who I am. Take this one, for example. Sumie ink and watercolor wash create an elephant startled by...what? It could be anything from a field mouse to a flash of lightning from that storm we see looming in the distance. But I know I go through life getting that same "whoa, there!" startled look on my face. Of course, there are things that are just plain scary or are too appalling to believe… Continue reading… 0 comments

When I added "Fish" to my studio, I noticed it is the first painting listed here under the "humor" category. So, first I'm wondering, are "humor" and "whimsical" categories that others would use with this painting? It is the first in a gallery I am calling "Artist at Play". This one began when I was doodling around with cat forms. I liked these three--but what were they all interested in. It had to be exciting enough to make one jump for joy and valuable enough in the cat mind for a direct stare or a sidelong pre-pouncing gave. A fish of course! I moved from ink to watercolor at that point. For my bright finish I brought out the Prismacolor markers for lasting color. I decided to use a series of repeated patterns for a unifying effect… Continue reading… 1 comment