Sunday, February 01, 2009


I've made a small update on the portrait of Kiora, but have been sidetracked doing other things today. At least this photo gives a better image and truer colours in daylight.

Its been a snowy day here with a pretty large dump of the white stuff on the ground. For a change, it didn't turn to rain, which it often does. At least now there's time to clear it away and avoid an early morning rush to do so. With a 250 foot driveway and a turning circle, it takes a bit of time to do, even with the plow on the tractor, especially when its 10 inches deep!

I've spent today trying to make some inroads into my sketchbook project and now have just 4 pages left to go then I can pop it in the mail to join the others that will tour around some of the USA galleries and museums. I had a look at the Sketchbook Project website and the quality of some of the sketchbooks is amazing. Mine seems quite modest in comparison.

As promised to Dermott, I did include a sketch of him in the book. What a tongue that dog has!

I also made a start on the February portrait for our Portrait Study group. Its a challenging one, but great fun to do. Once I finish my grand daughter's portrait, I have another one in the wings and will continue to work on that as well as the portrait study piece.

Multitasking seems the norm for me in all areas of life. Why should art be any different?


anita said...

Sounds like you had a very productive day! I love the sketch of Dermott! And Kiora is going to be a treasure.

Teresa Mallen said...

Kiora's portait looks absolutely lovely! It is going to be a wonderful piece. You do multitasking very well...especially your art!!

Teresa Mallen said...

Kiora's portait looks absolutely lovely! It is going to be a wonderful piece. You do multitasking very well...especially your art!!

"JeanneG" said...

Kiora's portrait is looking very nice. She sure looks like you and your daughter. Love the Dermott picture. I have many dogs in my book. I can't believe you got so far with the Moley. I'm glad you will finish and send it in. I hope to have mine finished in a day or two.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

Jeanne, I have been folowing your post on the portrait of your granddaughter. It is beautiful.

I guess I can mail off my sketchbook this week. I saw some of the entries on the website also.
Mine is modest in comparison.

Peggy Montano & Paintings said...

I am sorry, I mean JEANETTE! iT It is Monday morning! Right!

Jeanette said...

Snowstorms work wonders for productivity it seems Anita.

Thanks Teresa. Such pale skin and hair is a challenge.

Jeanne, depending on her expression the baby look different each time I see her and her resemblance to others changes too.

I was on a roll yesterday with the sketchbook, but haven't made any progress at lunch today as planned. Tonight I hope.

Peggy, good for you, completing the moleskine. I hope to have mine sent off in the next couple of days too. Are you putting a price on it or having it returned to you?

Billie Crain said...

wow! that IS quite a tongue! he's the Gene Simmons of the dog world. *LOL* the portrait is coming along swimmingly. i know it will be wonderful when it's completed.

Robyn said...

Here I am, enjoying your portrait of Kiora and loving the highlights on her skin and hair and then I stumble over Dermott! That's pretty much what happens most days!

I don't think he's seen your sketch yet, Jeanette but I'm sure he's going to be extremely chuffed to be featured. And for anyone doubting proportions, his tongue really is that long. Thank you for indulging us. :)

Jan said...

It's amazing how Kiora has grown! I don't know if it seems this way to you, but it seems only yesterday that you were announcing her birth! The portrait of her is beautiful and I am looking forward to seeing it finished!

Awww, can't leave out Dermott either - he's such a cutie and reminds me of my favorite dog, long passed on now.