Those Rascal-ie Roosters!

I wanted to do some roosters but didn’t really have any good photos to work from – so my physical therapist said she had a beauty!  Boy – did she ever.  She has one beauty and one that was very unusual and had a real attitude.  So, here are several versions – with a couple more to come.  Hope you enjoy.  I tried some different techniques to show feathers and had fun experimenting.  All are available on my etsy site for sale:  click here to go to my shop to see all my painting and order prints

 

 

Those Terriffic Texas Longhorns

Three outstanding Longhorns

These three beauties belong to Double LB Longhorns in Mason, Texas, see their site.  They are having a longhorn conference in June and have asked me to attend with my artwork.    They are Hannah, Cactus Flower and Dusty.  I challenged myself to expand on my development of background and foreground and to bring in some color.  Also, I love the “runs” on Hannah’s back – the other two a more representational.    After completing these guys – I did a few easy loose watercolor on 5X7 paper – pig, donkey, chicken, etc.  I have found my passion in  painting!

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Hunting DOGS

It is interesting the physical traits that hunting dogs share.  Just look at these two!  Yet – they can be so unique.  I still have several hunting dogs that I want to paint, but for now it is back to some regal longhorns for a longhorn workshop in June at Double L Ranch in Mason, Texas.  click to buy my artwork

black lab dog watercolor
black lab dog watercolor painting by annette bennett

White Dogs

I was inspired by thoughts of a white Christmas to paint white dogs over the holidays.  The Westie just had to be done light and fluffy and with lots of color – like the lights refracted and bouncing off the snow.  The Dalmatian turned out so regal! and of course, the Basset – cute as always.

 

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The Regal German Shepherd

dog, german shepherd, watercolor, painting, pet, memorial
Great German Shepherd Dog

My latest painting.  It is already sold and now doing a commission piece for another German Shepherd.  I will have 5 pieces of framed art available for sale at the Die Kunstler Show/Sale in Fredericksburg, Tx, click here to see the show flyer and information at the Zion Lutheran Church on Nov 13-15.2015

Dogs, finally!

Several people have been asking me to paint dogs and I have resisted.  But, finally, I decided to jump in – and found that I love painting dogs as much as I love doing farm animals.  So, here we go.  These are my first three paintings.  I have already been comissioned for two and will start working on those soon.  Hope you like them

Herefords, Anyone?

Here are a couple of my most recent paintings.  One is a Hereford/Angus cross- that explains the white face on a black body.  This one I did in a representational mode – meaning that it looks pretty much like the real animal.  The other is two Herefords, one with horns and one without – take your pick.  This painting, I did showing full bodies and using lots of liberty on the colors.   Notice how the shadows are using to allow your eye to come into the painting.  Both are available on https://www.etsy.com/shop/AnnetteBennett?ref=hdr_shop_menu

 

Gotta have Goats!

A Purple Goat
A Purple Goat

This is one of my recent painting.  I love goats because they are so personable, funny and lively.  Also – their eyes are so neat-almost  on the side of their head!    This painting won 2nd place at the Gillespie Co. Fair in Adult watercolor.  Prints for sale at click here.

FRAMING A PAINTING ON A BUDGET

Almost all my artwork is offered in sizes that will fit frames off the shelf – or of course, customer frames.

For those of you that do not wish to invest in a customer frame, here are a few suggestions:

Go to Hobby Lobby, Michaels or most large hobby shops.  Look on the internet before you go for their weekly coupon – usually 40% off on one regular priced item.  Take your coupon and artwork to the hobby shop.  Look in their readymade frame section.  These frames will already have glass and some will even have the matting included.  These are usually called Wall Frames.  If you work is smaller – they usually have a large selection of desk top frames to choose from.

Position your artwork, LAYING IT ON TOP OF THE GLASS, to get an idea of how it will look in that frame.  Once you have found one you like.  Now you need matting – that is a white or colored piece of sturdy paper that acts as an inner frame between the outer frame and your artwork.

The hobby shops will sometimes have “cut-outs” – those are the pieces of matting that were left over when someone had a custom frame job done.  These are usually only a couple of dollars and you can pick out several colors to use and “double” mat your artwork –for not much money.  If they don’t have cut outs – they will have full sheets of matting – even these are not too expensive – and they are in stock.  Again – pick out some colors that you thin accent the painting and work with the frame.

Now, take the mat(s) and frame to the custom frame shop inside the hobby shop (or – one of their people may have been helping you already with the mat selection).   Ask them to cut the mat, (showing the how much of the artwork you want covered with the mat and how big the mat will be on the sides).  Ask them to put the mat, on, place it in the frame and even finish the back of the frame with paper, and put a hanging wire on the back. 

I can’t quote prices – but you should usually manage to spend around $65.00 doing it this way vs $200-$400.00 with a custom frame.

Animals with a Watercolor Art-itude

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