Coyotes and French Bulldogs

Today, shortly before I was going to sit down and write this post, I was on the phone. As I was talking, I glanced out of the window at the pond and I saw a Nat Geo Wild tableau unfolding right before my eyes. We have had bufflehead and Mallard ducks and Canadian geese on the pond all this week, I think hoping for spring just as much as we are. In addition I saw two great blue herons, and then turkeys flew down from some tree branch perches. Lots of activity to see on the shallow end of the pond.  Then, unexpectedly, I saw a coyote wade into the water and head toward one of the herons.  The heron leapt up into the air and flew over to the shoreline in a deeper area of the pond.  The coyote slipped out of the shallow water and raced along the shore to chase after the heron.  It flapped back to the shallow end and the coyote retraced his steps, wading back into the water. He stalked the herons again as the ducks and geese looked on in amusement.  He dashed about in the water, stirring up both of the herons.  One again rose up into the air.  And again the coyote chased it along the shoreline.  Then both were back in the shallow end.   Finally, the coyote tired of the game and just raced himself around in small circles through the grass at the waters edge before heading off into the woods.  I think everyone knew there was no real danger and that the coyote wasn’t really intent on hunting them.  I think he was just having a bit of spring fever fun.

Of course, since I don’t leave the telephoto lens on the camera, it was all over by the time I got ready.  No photos available.  Still, I have to laugh at the poor stately herons.  It seems as if they are the butt of wildlife jokes and amusement.  This reminded me of the deer stalker incident a few years ago, where the doe harassed another heron around the shallow end of the pond for almost half an hour.  Then I did have time to put on the telephoto and got a few pictures.  Here’s a link to that post.  If it doesn’t work, just go to the July 2011 posts and you’ll find it.

https://ruthsartwork.wordpress.com/2011/07/13/the-deer-stalker-when-the-deer-is-the-stalker/

Travelling Trip

Travelling Trip

Now back to Trip, the travelling Frenchie.  I watercolored him over the course of two days.  I had to be careful with the fawn color and not overdo it, over powering the white.  Today pretty much all I did was add to the shadows.  I am pleased with the way it turned out.

And finally, whoo-hoo, tomorrow is opening day for MLB.  I know where I’ll be at 4:00 tomorrow afternoon. Rooting for a White Sox winner. Spring has finally, officially, started for me.

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French bulldog portrait

The Frenchie Tripp

The Frenchie Tripp

This little Frenchie belongs to a relative of mine.  As are most Frenchies, he is a very sweet little guy and the most mellow dog around.  He has travelled more of the country than most anyone else I know.  His owners work for a major airline and where they go, he goes.   His coloring is called fawn by the AKC, which is basically a creamy brown and white.  After I let him set for a day, I’ll start the inking.

Watercolored streetscape

Watercolored

Watercolored

After a short vacation, I headed back to the studio this week and finished up the streetscape this week.  I enjoyed painting the red and brown bricks once again and the teal highlights. However, I have decided that maybe the scale of the drawing is not quite what I want.  The size of the buildings in this small painting makes it difficult to add very much detail.  The other corner streetscape that I did of this size was basically one building and I think it was easier to be subtle in the colorings.  I am not unhappy with this, just not as happy as I could be.  Maybe the solution is to take a single  storefront again.

Here’s a link back to the other watercolor.  https://ruthsartwork.wordpress.com/2013/10/23/the-watercolors-won/

Inked streetscape

Nashville streetscape

Nashville streetscape

This is a small drawing so the inking didn’t take very long.  I like the crenelated and inset brick combined with the various stucco or wooden trims.  I think I will watercolor this in a realistic fashion as practice for some future home portraits that might be watercolored instead of pasteled.

A little streetscape

Small streetscape

Small streetscape

I decided to make another small architectural streetscape from my Nashville pictures. I liked the way the last watercolor corner store turned out and I thought I’d try another. I’m keeping the scale small – 8″ x 7″, but will be adding more realistic details to this one, unlike the more abstractly colored ones.  I have someone who is supposed to order a larger watercolor of her house this spring and I want to be prepared.  I have done her barn already and she wants to match it with her home.    Maybe next up will be a full size just like her barn.

Odds and ends

Colorful Victorian

Colorful Victorian

I’ve been working on some small projects this week. I made up a few more cards with the watercolor inserts  and decided to package them up as 3 card sets to sell in my etsy shop.

And then I went looking for for something larger.  I don’t know if I showed this in the ink phase but last fall I started on this Victorian home before all of the Christmas commissions came in.  I had inked it up and the watercolor started.  I thought the original white siding in the photo was too boring so I decided to make it more of a painted lady.  I don’t know how successful it is turning out.  I like the reds for the brick and the roof, but I am not sure about the green/yellow shingle siding.  I didn’t want to make it too yellow, but in the end, I think it is a bit too green.  I do like the turquoise trim with the reds.  I’ll have to think a bit on how to change the siding.  I’ve fussed with it today and it still needs work ’cause I’m just not happy yet.

The Japanese chin

Japanese chin

Japanese chin

This is another black and white dog – and thank heavens for the white part.  I am still working on how to do the black without it getting overly dark.  I am not very familiar with this breed but it is on the small side.  This is a puppy picture and it has a certain baby animal softness to it.  I wanted to retain its playful quality too.  I can just imagine it scampering around with its tongue hanging out, exploring new things.  I’m going to darken just a hair around the left eye and then it will be done.