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At this point, I am undecided whether or not I'll keep a separate blog now that I have an Instagram page that literally fills the void and I can talk to people directly through my site, Facebook, or my newsletter (sign up). So, here's my first work-in-progress post. 

I started this drawing when I was feeling really sad. Sadly, most of my inspired ideas come when I am in the worst mood. This was an overwhelming image in my imagination of just thousands of hands grasping and reaching for something, failing, and tearing each other apart. Slowly over the course of many hours, I drew all these hands. By then, my mood lightened up and I saw this in a different light. I didn't use any references for these hands, instead applied what I learned in the rather excellent Drawing Anatomy class at NSCAD. If there's one class you should take as an artist, that's it right there.

So now that my mood, impression, and whole idea of what this drawing was meant to be has changed, I am stuck figuring out what colours I want. I am going to finish this piece in watercolour, probably in the new adaption in style I've been using in my pet portraits; it's 18"x12". Here are my colour pencil tests below, what do you think? (1, 2, 3, 4 - note: the numbers are messed up because I am that numerically challenged...)

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I would like to announce that I now have a flat-rate commissioning service set up in my store for ordering pet portraits. It is very quick, easy and safe to use: check out the page, pick the size you want, pay with PayPal (which accepts Visa, Mastercard, Debit, etc. and actually doesn’t require you to make an account), then send me your photos of your pet. All shipping and any other fees, like taxes, are automatically calculated. If you have any questions, special instructions, or concerns, you can contact me through the “Make an enquiry for this product” button or the Contact page on this site. What’s even better is my portraits generally come with a free bonus: I record a time lapse of the creation process and add it to my new YouTube channel.

Store Page | YouTube Channel

I’ve done several portraits so far. Most of my orders come from Reddit – thanks Reddit! They make a great present for any occasion really: wedding, birthday, consolation gift, or Valentine’s Day of course. The customers that got a portrait as a Christmas present this year regarded it as, I quote:

 “very thoughtful”, a “lovely surprise”, and that they “absolutely love it”. 

Pets are family, and a unique painting lasts longer and means more than, let’s face it, that awkward flash photo. 

Why haven’t I offered something like this before? Well, I think I was just being stubborn, to be honest. I didn’t know I could enjoy painting pets so much, and part of was that I saw many uninspiring portraits. It didn’t seem like something I wanted to get into. Instead, I’m finding it’s really emotionally satisfying to connect with the animal in the image and to hear the owner talk full-heartedly about how much they care about their pet and their special qualities. 

 A few questions I’ve answered since I began offering the service: 

What animals can you paint? Any animal! If you have pictures, I have eyes. So far, I’ve mostly received cat portraits…and that’s cool, but I would love to tackle some birds, reptiles, and horses. 
Can you add things into the painting? Of course! It’s like any artwork I do. I’m putting the decade of experience and knowledge I have as an artist into each painting. I regularly use photos, draw from life, and my imagination. 
Do you take orders from the US (or internationally)? Yup! Use my order page and let the shipping auto-calculate. It’s that easy. 

If you have any questions or comments about my pet portraits and the service, you can definitely leave a comment on this post below, too. 

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As many of you already know, I have a print store on Society6. There's lots and lots of work up there, and for now, it is where you can buy my prints since I don't have the same volume up on Inprnt and I don't have my own easy printing system set up. I want to share with you their up-coming sale days in the least spammy way possible... so here's a summary.

So for anyone that wants a really high quality print of my work or wants something with my art on it (pillows, clocks, greeting cards, shower curtains, basically anything), society6 is having a Black Friday sale happening between Now to Dec. 2.

No special code needed - just show up! I'd love it if you bought something of mine, but supporting other artists is pretty good too. 

My store: 

 If there's a specific piece you wanted and it's not up, let me know ASAP and I'll put it into their system. 

  •  11/26: 24 HR - Social Only Promotion • 15% Off + Free Shipping 
  • 11/27: 24 HR - Black Friday • Buy More, Save More + Free Worldwide Shipping 
  • 11/28: 24 HR - Black Friday Extension • Buy More, Save More + Free Worldwide Shipping 
  • 11/29 -11/30: Cyber Monday (starts Sunday) • 20% Off Everything + Free Worldwide Shipping 
  • 12/1: 24 HR - Apparel Sale • $6 Off all Apparel + Free Worldwide Shipping 
  • 12/2: 24 HR - Home Decor Sale • 20% Off all Home Decor + Free Worldwide Shipping
Also, once again - my personal store has lots of original art on sale! Click here or hit the Buy button in the menu on this site.