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Pinterest addictions:

Over the last couple of weeks I have discovered how to use Pinterest. It is a virtual storage system or “Pin-board” for EVERYTHING you are interested in. If you are building a home, having a wedding, planning a party or you just want to file your creative images—Pinterest is for you. Here are a couple of ‘Pinaholic’ quotes that have come to mind lately. If you have not discovered Pinterest, ignore this post—you won’t get any of it. I hope you enjoy.

Hot Guy/Dream home:

I am a Pinaholic:

Dis facebook: What I am doing vs. dreaming of doing:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The dog ate it:

Storage Locker:

 

Realism:

 

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Dogs for the Deaf: Scooter

Not even artist get it right the first time. Just know that whatsoever you do, you should not expect perfection. Perfection is overrated. Seriously, nobody likes to be around someone who is always perfect—it makes people nervous. Or at least it makes me personally nervous—I like to be able to make a few mistakes in the process of getting something done. That is how I learn.  Thomas Edison said, “Discontent is the first necessity of progress.” So as I paint, I usually create some versions that involve discontent. It is all part of the process though. That’s how one figures it out. Or as I said before, “I like to be able to make a few mistakes in the process.” “Don’t give up when at first you don’t succeed.” Here is some of my “process” for “Scooter,” a Dogs for the Deaf dog in training.

First Painting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is just  study of depth of color, shape and composition. This painting took about 15 minutes.

Second Painting:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Still not successful. I tried to work in orange, yellow, red combo, but it didn’t work. At least I like the composition. Many people think an artist just whips out a sketch or painting, but it is not true for me. Most artists have to practice many hours to create what pleases the eye. I personally have to work for what I want. I am almost embarrassed to post my mistakes, but I want to encourage people to try. Discontent creates progress.

Third Painting:

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I am liking Scooter. The third time is a charm. Well at least I am happy with the third try. Scooter is a “Dogs for the Deaf” dog in training. Check out Dogs for the Deaf. It is a great non-profit that trains Dogs for the Deaf and rescues dogs from around the Northwest and California. Dogs for the Deaf resides in Central Point, Oregon. Central Point, Oregon is about 5 miles away from Jacksonville where I live. Dogs for the Deaf is one of my favorite local charities (along with Habitat for Humanity). Recently, I answered a call for local artists to donate to their cause. I am blessed to be able to donate two paintings so far. “Topher” and “Scooter” will be donated to Dogs for the Deaf for their promotional use. You may also purchase prints of these two dogs on my Zazzle website: http://www.zazzle.com/hollyherick. (prints coming soon) But, if you purchase the cards (eventually—there will be a set of three to five cards) through Dogs for the Deaf, the proceeds will go towards a great cause—Dogs for the Deaf.

Here is the process of “Scooter.”

 

 

 

 

 

After I got a composition that I liked, I used my art table like a light box to trace the layout. I actually put my light under my sketch—under the glass table so I could sketch (like using a light box). Maybe this shows in the photo.

 

 

 

Then I started to under paint the tones of blue.

 

 

 

 

 

A little more tone and shadow.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Looking at my computer and watercolor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Almost final painting. “Scooter”

I hope this maybe encourages someone to try. Try something even if maybe you are not sure of what the process is. Especially if you can help someone else, or some organization in the process. It will make you feel good, even if you fail the first couple of times…Or maybe even more if you fail at first…

Dogs for the Deaf

“You Get What You Give”

Okay truth is, I did not make up this quote. I stole it from a cheesy movie I watched with my daughter over Christmas break. The movie might not have been very good, but I love the quote.

Recently I answered a request for a donation of art with one of my favorite local charities—Dogs for the Deaf. This charity is amazing. DFD rescues homeless dogs from the Northwest and professionally trains them to enhance lives. In over 33 years, Dogs for the Deaf has rescued and placed over 3,000 dogs in homes as Hearing Dogs, Miracle Mutts (Special Dogs for Special People),  Harmony’s Hounds (Dogs with Special Needs), and Career Change Dogs. Find their home page at http://www.dogsforthedeaf.org/index.php. Dogs for the Deaf has given me permission to use photos of their dogs to create dog portraits. What a treat to use some of their darling pictures. I am donating a dog portrait “Topher” for their unlimited use. I am having so much fun painting from their dogs that I may be painting more. They are thanking me, but really I feel like I am the one who is being blessed—funny how that works. Here is my sketch and watercolor painting of “Topher.”

Consider this. The more you give, the better you feel. At least that’s how I feel. So, this coming year, what do you plan to give? How will that make you feel? Leave me a note about how you plan to help in your community.

“Your Dog Here”

“Your Dog Here” is about a new creative line of paintings I am doing. Commissioned Pet Portraits are so much fun. They capture your pet in a whole new light—fun and whimsical, real but imaginary. This first one is Chongo, my own dog. He is a poodle and shih tzu mix.

CHONGO: Watercolor on Yupo

Chongo was painted with liquid watercolors on “Yupo” paper which is a 100% plastic paper. At first I hated this recycled synthetic paper, but now I am learning to love it. First of all, the paper is not made from a single tree. Cool huh? On the other hand, the paper does not behave like any “tree” paper I have ever used. The paint sits on top of the paper. The pigment does not get absorbed or blend together, so the big problem I am having now is how to frame this art. The paint seems to remain tacky on the Yupo paper.

COCO: Watercolor on Yupo

I am learning to use Yupo paper. Below is my fifth pet portrait on Yupo.

LUCY: Watercolor on Yupo

I will keep experimenting with some fixatives to see if they help the paint set for framing. If you have used Yupo paper or have any ideas on how to set the paint for framing this medium/paper, please let me know. A couple of good photos of your favorite pet are great reference for a portrait. Eye level photos are best for reference and focal point. If you are interested in having a pet portrait created please contact me @ hollyherick@charter.net.

Next up:—Tabitha!

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