Friday, April 15, 2011

Here Kitty, Horsey, doggy


"First friends" ACEO acrylic


If you are a returning visitor to my blog then you know I like to draw, paint and create animals of all kinds.  Cats are particularly interesting to me since they come in so many varieties and colors.

Calico cat, ACEO pencil


Cats can be in colors of Tortoise shell calico, black, white, and even blue. There are tabbies of gray and brown, yellow, orange and beige.  Tiger stripes can be bold or muted.  Some cats are Siamese, some Persians and others, Himalayans. Cat’s eyes can be green, yellow, orange, or blue. Some even come with two different color eyes.  I think cats are kind of like fingerprints or snowflakes, and no two are exactly alike.

So I guess I will never tire of drawing and painting cats…then again….

Jack Russell ACEO pencil


Dogs are particularly interesting to me since they come in so many varieties and colors.

Dogs can be black and tan, spotted and speckled.  They can be big or small.  They can be shorthaired or long, curly or straight. The best of all though is a mixed breed that can turn out in very unique ways.  Dogs are like fingerprints or snowflakes, and no two are exactly alike. Then again…

Clydesdale ACEO acrylic


Horses are particularly interesting to me since they come in so many varieties and colors.

Horses can be black or gray, white, chestnut and tan.  Their manes can be short or long.  They can be tall like the Clydesdale or short like the mini.  They can be spotted or splotched.  They can come in colors that are hard to describe like gruella or carmello.  And who doesn’t love a palomino…not Roy Rogers that’s for sure!  Horses are like fingerprints or snowflakes, and no two are exactly alike. Then again…

Ok, I’ll just stop right here!!

PPF is here and these-- dear friends, are my entries in this fun event.  Check out all the wonderful art to discover…



52 comments:

Heather said...

Good Morning!
You are just AMAZING with these animals...Oh, your cats just are so realistic, as are all your animals, but there is something about those cats, I just love! You are right, the eyes are all different...Beautiful crystal...just beautiful work! have a great friday xo

NatashaMay said...

Your art is devine! It really is. :) The cat looks almost like my kitty Ajda.

craftattack said...

Amazingly beautiful paintings! Love them all! Valerie

maddyrose said...

I agree, your artwork is amazingly beautiful. I've never been able to draw an animal and make it look real. I can do a pretty good likeness of a teddy bear. They too are like snowflakes.....

Roban Studio said...

And to think these are all small paintings! Fabulous! You are so talented. Do you trade your ATCs? Happy PPF.

Lee said...

Wow! Crystal, you are the Critter Queen! I envy your animal abilities - DH claims my horses look like goats :D

Wanda said...

What an amazing artist and teacher you are. Always enjoy your creativity, and your interesting and helpful narratives.

Your animals just look so alive!

Jan said...

Crystal, your artwork is amazing and wonderful!!! I especially love the tortoise colored cat. Beautiful!!!

Jan

Deanna said...

These are all amazing. I love "First Friends". That's my favorite but it's so hard to choose because they are all so fantastic!

Gloria said...

Hi Crystal, Happy PPF to you. WOW! I am amazed at your work. It's just breathtaking. You really have a love for these creatures and I admire that very much. You just gotta love all these pieces. Great job, thanks for sharing.

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

animals are so hard to draw because of the varied anatomy. You do such a great job with all of them. I love the colt.

Marlene said...

Crystal, I just have to agree with everyone, these are beautiful. I love the horses and dogs, the cat is beautiful but then I am a dog person. Your horses look like you could pet them. Wonderful!

Pam Tucker said...

Oh, I have a Calico and she very much resembles your painting. You do such beautiful work! Your love for your subjects definitely comes through. These are all so wonderful! :)

Jenny Blair said...

Wow, you are so talented! I am pretty rubbish at drawing 4 legged creatures of any variety but you have a real gift! And yes I agree with Pam....your love definitely shows through!

Yvonne said...

You realy have a way with painting animals. these are all wonderful.

SHERI C said...

Geesh! It's enough for me to even create ONE work for each friday and here you are with so many nice pieces. WELL DONE!!! Happy PPF!

Vivian said...

You drew this??? Well then what an honor that such an amazing artist stopped by and said HI. Thank you!

Gail H. Ragsdale said...

Absolutely love the kitty!!

Tammie said...

ah, these are all so wonderful with great character

Craftymoose Crafts said...

These are all just darling! Great colors and expression.

Netty said...

They are all truly wonderful, thank you for sharing. Annette x

Christine said...

oh I can tell you love your animals, nice work today. So cats don't have brown eyes? Interesting post and great music.

Pointy Pix said...

As a fellow lover of all things animal, can i just say i totally love your ACEOs- the details and expressions on each wee creature is brilliant given how small they are!

Anne said...

Your animals are absolutely wonderful! I love how you've pondered all the different colors in all the different animals. We'll never run out of things to paint and draw, will we?

jamberry_song said...

I loooove your horses; I can tell whenever you post one that it was created by someone who is so passionate about horses, who has spent so much time looking at them and loving them, that they are just perfect looking. Your other animals are wonderful, though, too. You are a very gifted artist. :)

Magic Love Crow said...

Love them all, but cats are my favs ;o)

Kristin Dudish said...

Your animals are fabulous (In every medium you use)!

I love drawing and painting animals too (because they are like fingerprints or snowflakes... ha!)

xo
Kristin

p.s. I just had to tell you that every time I have to type in the word verification I think of you!

p.p.s. I just looked down at the one for your blog and, I kid you not, it's "zings" - So this one's for you...

zings: The completely clever, funny witticisms that Crystal Harris Donnelly writes on her blog!

Gerri Herbst said...

Your animals are so alive. I adore your calico. Its colors are amazing.

Leovi said...

Wonderful, I love the tenderness of the first.

Hybrid J said...

Your animal artwork are so full of life and joy. Well Done! ;)

Lynn Stevens said...

We share the same Love in painting animals. What do they say, great minds! LOL
wonderful work
hugs Lynn

Rosie Kaplan said...

Not just a talented artist but also a very up market blog. Music, other blogs WOW. SO I get to ask you if you can help me! At the very least can you tell me how you get the "You might also like" things at the bottom of your post? I kept you blog open so I could listen to the music. Who is it?
Love Rosie

Melisa said...

I love animal paintings, especially dogs. Yours are excellent!

Theresa said...

Amazing ACEO masterpieces! So impressed at all the detail in miniature size!

Stephanie Mealor Corder said...

These are al so beautiful- I'm amazed at how you can cram so much detail into such a small canvas- and, I BOW to you for this!
As a cat lover, your cats are my favorite- especially the one you showed ere- I love the way you did the whiskers- for some reason, it seems almost Asian to me.....and of course the rest of your work is wonderful too!
Happy PPF (a day late :))
Stephanie

ileana said...

Each of these pieces look like they've taken quite a while to create. They are so well detailed. The cat just blew me away...so beautiful, and the first piece is just adorable. They all are, really. Great job!!

Kiki aka Victoria said...

All so beautiful!
Victoria

EVA said...

One of the categories on the PPF poll was written with you in mind, Crystal!

They are all beautiful! Really lovely!

ger chouinard said...

just love it here! So glads PPF helped me find your work! Animals are the best and you capture them beautifully!

Nicola said...

Beautiful pieces. LOVE the horses :0) it amazes me that you can paint such delicate and detailed pieces in ACEO size!!! wonderful work and thank you for sharing :0)

Annabelle said...

Animals are a joy to hold and paint and you show your love through your lovely work! I especially like First Friends, all are quite beautiful!

Annabelle : )

Maggie said...

You really work wonders with all the mediums you use! All of your animals are so realistic. And, I love your cat. I am especially fond of felines.

priti.lisa said...

LOL! You are an artistic genius and funny too!
xo

lenoracle said...

They all look great regardless! Great job on the fur on the cat, always tough. Love them all. : )

Jennifer Noel Bower said...

Thanks for the comments today? Did you put up a sketch? I didn't see one so sorry for the double comment here. I finished Pride and Prejudice and it is up on my blog :) Have a great week.

Paula - Buenos Aires said...

Such sweet, happy, tender expressions. I always want to hug your animals. :)

Missy said...

Oh my gosh these are so wonderful and adorable. The first one is sooo sweet and adorable and your cat is fantastic and I admire your skill for drawing horses, they're not easy to draw and you do it so well!

pve design said...

I love when creatures get along. They remind each of us to share and be kind.
pve

Carrie Wachter~Martinez said...

These are so amazing, so much detail, that its hard to believe they are only the size of ACEOs....The cat's fur looks so life-like!

Diana Evans said...

oh these paintings are amazing pieces....I love your work and the details.....Hope you have a fantastic and creative week!!!

jamberry_song said...

I hope you're feeling better, dear!

Erika said...

Wonderful art! I do enjoy your pieces with the horses--maybe it is the childhood wish to have horses:)

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