I paint with watercolors, with oil, and digitally using a Cintiq drawing table with Photoshop. I love it all, and have no favorite method.
I am in love with beauty, color, animals, and humor. Sometimes I want to convey something deep and meaningful with my artwork, and sometimes I just want to be funny.
Most of the time I just want to paint an animal of some kind.
I have been an artist for as long as I can remember. This is me in front of my easel in 1968 - I had just turned seven. Check out my snappy Pleather dress and medallion. And the hula hoop on the floor.
Even then I was painting animals.
I painted watercolors for many years, but recently have begun using oils again. I am studying to become less detail-obsessed and more spontaneous. In 2013 I learned to use Photoshop and a Cintiq drawing table, which has been lots of fun too.
Later I will post some photos of my oil painting setup.
Click on the owl and check out a gallery of some progressions of my artwork, most done digitally, in Photoshop, on the Cintiq drawing table.
My garden is near and dear to my heart.
I grew vegetables and medicinal herbs for many years, but have been adding lots of peonies, dahlias, and climbing roses too. In the future I plan to set up a spot out there to paint them.
This is a video from 2017, a screen capture of the hen I was creating for my 2018 Chicken Art calendar. It's a bit long, and I changed my mind about the color of the hen, but it's a good representation of how I would build the layers to create a chicken on my Cintiq.