Ostrich Egg for Betty White
be at the Sacramento Zoo on November 5th
I've been drawing animals in pen & ink
on ostrich eggs for many years, since I worked at the Sacramento
Zoo as the Volunteer/Events Coordinator in the 80's. These eggs are
presented as awards at Zoo events, offered as silent auction
items and gifted to major Zoo donors
and supporters. I'm very fortunate to have maintained
a relationship with the Zoo staff and they commission at least
a dozen eggs from me each year. By last count, that's well over
that I've "inked".
I was honored when my Zoo friends commissioned an egg as a gift for actress and
animal welfare advocate Betty White. She'll be attending a reception at the Zoo on November 5th to help raise
funds for the new "Tall Wonders" giraffe habitat expansion project.
Of course, I was asked to draw a giraffe on the egg.
also been invited to attend the reception and I hope to have my photo
taken with Betty and her egg!
White's ostrich egg
I accept commissions for custom eggs and you can see many samples on this page of my web site.
This egg with a California Quail is currently
available in my Etsy Shop
click on the image to see the listing
Autumn Art Studios Tour
October 8th, Tour November 13th - 16th
The 16th annual Autumn Art Studios Tour is right around the corner. I'll be participating
again as I have for many years. It's a great event - for just $10
art lovers have the opportunity to spend three days driving through
the landscapes of west Placer County and visiting artists. Find out
what we do, how we do it and why we love doing it! Many of us offer
demonstrations of our techniques and of course you can purchase
art in all flavors directly from
us. The Tour
is sponsored by PlacerArts and tickets can be ordered from their
Reception for the Tour is on Thursday, October 8th, 6 -
9 pm and it's free! Along with the reception is a great show featuring
a piece of art from nearly every artist on the Tour. This "preview show"
is a great way to plan your route if you are going to take in the Tour.
The show runs through the weekend of the Tour and ends November 17th.
I'll have this pencil drawing of a greyhound pup in the show:
Room to Run?" - 10-week old greyhound pup, 4" x 4" pencil on paper
click on the image to find out more about the drawing
on Yupo Workshops
October 17th or 24th
workshop is a one day, five hour class focusing on the technique
with watercolor on Yupo. One workshop is offered through Placer
School for Adults, the other is offered through Sierra College
Community Education. Visit the class info page of my web site
for details: times, prices, supply list and links to sign up.
Yupo is a
synthetic paper that offers a unique working surface -
watercolor paper. I really enjoy using Yupo, it's
bright white, slick and non-absorbent. The water in the paint
evaporates instead of being absorbed by the paper, resulting
in vibrant color and wonderful watermarks and patterns left
as the paint
dries. Lifting paint is easy, but correcting mistakes is
a challenge. My method with Yupo is to plan as best I can and
then let the paper and paint do what they want. If you're game
for something different, sign up for one of these workshops!
Jack Russell Terrier pup, 4" x 4" Watercolor on Yupo
one of my earliest Yupo paintings and it's still available
click on the image to visit my Etsy Shop and find out more
"Pinto Filly" Wins Second Place
the Draft Horse Classic's "Art at the Classic" Show
I found out over the weekend (and I'm honored) that my ink on scratchboard
drawing won a second place ribbon in its class at the art show. You can
see the original drawing at my place during the Autumn Art Studios Tour.
Filly" - Scratchboard Drawing at the "Art at the Classic"
art. Reproductions on note cards, prints, magnets & earrings.