Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Dash - the other Labradoodle Commission

"Dash" (pastel, 18x16 inches) sold

Dash is the "sister" of Speedo, and was commissioned at the same time for my client's children on the west coast. It's always a joy to paint such fluffy cuteness! I love my job!





 When working on this Chinese MingART pastel paper, I like to blend the base layers before continuing.



Dash and Speedo, together
For info on commissioning a pet portrait for your loved one, visit my Commission Info page and scroll down to Pet Portraits!

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Saturday, December 15, 2018

Speedo - A Labradoodle commission

"Speedo" (pastel, 18x16 inches) sold

This adorable Labradoodle is one of a pair that I did earlier this fall for a client on the east coast. He and his "sister" Dash (post coming soon) were an early Christmas gift for my client's kids in California. They've opened their gift and so now I can officially post the portraits!

My client wanted fairly large closeups of each dog; something that would have presence on a wall. I decided to use the MingART Chinese paper (now available from Amazon) because of it's almost infinite ability for pastel layering. I used the medium gray color.











Here's a peek at Speedo with Dash... stay tuned for Dash's post in a couple days...

For info on commissioning a pet portrait for your loved one, visit my Commission Info page and scroll down to Pet Portraits!

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Friday, December 7, 2018

Profile of a Peacock


"Profile of a Peacock" (pastel, 12x6 inches) click here to bid or buy

All right, I managed to get one more sunlit animal painting in before the barrage of portrait orders buries me by Christmas.

Speaking of which, I'd like to mention I'll be back at the Showcase of Arts and Crafts, a fine craft show at Rolling Oaks Mall in San Antonio, Texas, From Dec 7 through Christmas Eve, drawing portraits and caricatures from life and from client photos. There's still time to get your order in for Christmas, but don't wait!


Come by the mall (upstairs near the food court) and see me, or order online at RitaKirkmanDrawings.com.

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Saturday, December 1, 2018

2018 November 30-in-30 Completed!

November 2018 Daily Paintings Poster

I did it! What a month! November has been good to me for the last several years. I think this is my 5th or 6th "30-in-30", usually in November, as it happens. This poster has 29 images; I chose to leave off the pencil portrait from last Wednesday.

I might be ordering some actual print posters of these if I get inquiries, they will be 18x24, and $25 with free shipping in the US. :)

Some of these paintings are still available, and some of them are still on auction at DailyPaintworks! (Still in time for a unique Christmas gift!)

This month I'll be dedicated to more portrait commissions. I might post some if I can do it without spoiling anyone's surprise.

Thanks for following along with me on my Daily Painting journey last month! Have a wonderful Holiday Shopping and Visiting Season!

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Day 30 - Shadow

"Shadow" (pastel, 12x6 inches) click here to bid or buy

Day 30 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days of November!

Whew! Did it! Tomorrow, I might make a poster showing off all 30 days, if I have time!





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Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Day 29 - A Pencil Pet Portrait Commission, and Special Offer!

"Sugar" (10x8, conte and pastel pencil) sold

Day 29 of my 30 Paintings in 30 Days of November!

Though this is a drawing, not a painting, it still counts! I've been really getting into the Christmas  rush of commissioned portrait orders this month, and have already done a few, so I figured I'd use this one from last year as a stand-in for today's post (and ok, also because I didn't quite have the time to finish a little pastel today!)

This cute little gal was one that I also painted with her human, Jasmine, last Christmas. See "Sugar and Jasmine" here!

I was happy they wanted me to draw Sugar alone too, because I loved this photo!

"Sugar" photo
 If you or anyone you know might be interested in a pencil portrait as a unique and thoughtful Christmas gift for a friend (or for yourself!) you can see more samples and ordering info on my drawings site RitaKirkmanDrawings.comFrom now through December 12, 2018, mention this post and the code word SUGAR for 25% off your order!!

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