Hunk the Basset Hound custom hand drawn portrait - featured

Custom Basset Hound portrait

“Hunk” 8×10 colored pencil, watercolor, and gouache on watercolor paper I had a few projects come up toward the end of the summer that kept be really busy with non-landscape painting — including this custom portrait drawing of Hunk the Basset Hound. I fell head-over-heels for Hunk! The way his mom described his personality as an irresistibly lovable tyrant definitely reminded me of our own dogs. And I was particularly smitten with his long hound face and ears because of our Dachshund, Bosco. Hunk’s mom provided the idea for the tilted crown (inspired by a Biggie Smalls photo with the…

Art journal play: Black and White Sketching

Art journal prompt: Black and White Sketching The Day 12 creative prompt was Black and White Sketching. I worked in my grey toned sketchbook with a variety of black, graphite, water soluble, and white tools. I was looking through the book Composition: Understanding Line, Notan and Color by Arthur Wesley Dow earlier in the day and wanted to base this sketch on one of the composition examples in it. It’s essentially structured like a “C”, which is a design that shows up in landscape painting references as well (along with other letters like J, T, O, X, U. L, and S)….

Art journal play: Dark

Art journal prompt: Dark The Day 11 creative prompt was Dark. I started with raw umber acrylic mixed with a touch of gesso for tooth. And my inspiration was to incorporate the Golden acrylic color Titan Violet Pale (I mixed my own closest approximation). I have no idea what drew me to this color — but when I saw it, it was so intriguing. I wanted to try abstracting a photo reference as a jumping off point, and I liked how it gave me some direction. Some of the shapes ended up looking too much like objects so I rotated…

Art journal play: Color Story

Art journal prompt: Color Story (inspired by the evening sky I saw when walking the dogs) The Day 10 creative prompt was Color Story and I love this one! I’ve always enjoyed creating and collecting color palettes, squirreling them away for future projects. So with this prompt it was like getting a big permission slip to go ahead and spend as many hours as I want playing with color combinations. I warmed up by swatching little color stories based on a few pieces of abstract art I like, then moved on to landscape photos for inspiration. Working in my small…

Art journal play: Resist

Art journal prompt: Resist The Day 9 creative prompt was Resist. Using oil pastels I put in some areas of color loosely inspired by a stand of trees. Then I added watercolor, some more oil pastels, and finally a wash of Copic Opaque White. The white and deep greens helped add some contrast. I like to aim for 3 values, with a lot of one value, some of another, and a little of the third. Checking the balance of values: I like that one value (light) is dominant, with a smaller amount of middle value, and a little bit of…