Tuesday, March 22, 2011

Tim's small portrait

watercolor, 2.5"x3.5" ($40 USD)

Back to portraits for the Julia Kay's Portrait Party! This is Tim Clary, who happens to be an awesome artist so check out his Flickr site.

Thanks for letting me use your reference photo Tim!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Japan bunnies ... Please donate to help.

Hi everyone! Need a bunny to hang out with? If you would like a one-of-a-kind, original work of art (2.5"x3.5") made by me, please consider buying a "Japan bunny"* of your very own. For a donation of $15 to the Red Cross or Seicho-No-Ie to support the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan, I will draw and paint a bunny similar to the ones shown here. Because they are individually done, they are all slightly different but still very cute.

For those of you that have already contacted me about your donation, please send in your donations as we've arranged and I will send that on to the Red Cross.

But from now on, we can do this in 3 easy steps!
1. If you would like your very own "Japan bunny", please let me know by leaving a comment below.
2. Make a donation directly to the American Red Cross or Seicho-No-Ie Japan Relief Fund** and save your receipt.
3. Email me a copy of the receipt with your address and I will mail the card to you!

Thanks everyone for donating to the relief effort! We've raised $495 so far (updated 4/10/11)! Woohoo!

(* Each bunny is drawn using archival ink and artist grade transparent watercolor on white 140 lb. Strathmore coldpress acid-free watercolor paper (2.5 in x 3.5 in). They are mailed in a protective clear plastic card holder.)

(** Seicho-No-Ie is a non-denominational truth of life movement and its Sendai Missionary Area experienced the brunt of the earthquake and tsunami. Your donations, if you so choose, will directly support its members and others affected in Japan. The donation link is in prep so please check back).

Japan bunny - for donation of $15

watercolor & pen, 2.5"x3.5"

We are all doing our part to help those in Japan after the devastating earthquake and tsunami and donations do make a difference. I wished I had the funds to donate more ... but then a brilliant idea struck! WE CAN DO MORE ... TOGETHER! I drew this before heading to work this morning and would like to offer it up for a donation of $15. All of the money will go to the Red Cross to help with the relief efforts in Japan.

In the spirit of gratefulness that we were spared such tragedies here in Hawaii, I'd like to also offer up my "Rainbow bunny" and "White bunny" below this post as well. Each for $15 and all of it going to the Red Cross.

If you would like to purchase any of these, please email me (see my profile to the right) and I will let you know if you were the first to claim them. We can make the arrangements for delivery and payment then.

Thank you!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Bunnies everywhere!

"Rainbow bunny", watercolor & pen, 2.5"x3.5" ($20 USD)

"White bunny", watercolor & pen, 2.5"x3.5"

Sunday, March 13, 2011

Venus de Milo

watercolor, 2.5"x3.5" ($20 USD)

Surfer dude

graphite pencil, 2.5"x3.5" ($20 USD)

Felt like I should change it up a bit and fiddle with my pencil this weekend. I used my mechanical pencil .05, 2B lead for this one only because I was too lazy to sharpen my other pencils. Still the Bristol vellum paper took it well. I tried this experiment to see how much of my brain filled in the missing lines ... and it filled it up pretty well, which made this a little challenging to draw. My hand kept wanting to fill those gaps!

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Summer breeze

watercolor, pen, 2.5"x3.5"

I'm taking a short break from drawing portraits and thought some nature is very appropriate. Amidst the craziness of the tsunami scare yesterday and worry about relatives and church members in Japan, I think a bit of calm is in order. It felt good to zone out, listen to relaxing music, and paint to my heart's content. Even looking at this I feel transformed. I hope you are too.

*deep breath* ....

From a black and white photo found in The Commons, copyright-free and public domain images on Flickr.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Michael's small portrait

watercolor, 2.5"x3.5" ($40 USD)

Still practicing at Julia Kay's Portrait Party! :) I'll get back to nature drawing soon, I promise!

Thanks Michael for letting me use your reference pic!

Monday, March 7, 2011

Tanya's small portrait

watercolor, 2.3" x 3.5" ($40 USD)

Constantly experimenting .... taking liberties ... adding color ... pushing my limits on an artcard ... trying to create an iota of resemblance. :/ It's a process. I know I should be sketching and working on achieving accuracy but I gotta tell you, painting little cards is still a lot more fun!

Thanks Tanya for sharing your reference photo!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Inma's small portrait

watercolor, 2.5" x 3.5" ($50 USD)

I had a lot of fun painting this little thing yesterday. The textures of Inma's clothing and capturing her pretty hair was especially fun to do. I took some liberties with her hair only because I think the textures and warm colors played off her green sweater really well. If you're interested in joining the party, check out Julia Kay's Portrait Party.

Thank you Inma for letting me use your reference pic!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Mike's small portrait

watercolor, 2.5"x3.5" ($40 USD)

Another post to the Julia Kay Portrait Party. :) Thankfully, today is a Saturday and the first one in a long time that I don't have anything planned except drawing and painting. I'm so thrilled I'm vibrating with excitement!

Thanks Mike for allowing me to use your reference pic!