Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The Tamarin King

"The Tamarin King"
10" x 20"
oil on canvas

Here is another painting for the show in October.


Tuesday, April 14, 2015

The Bee Keeper

The Bee Keeper
18" x 24"
oil on canvas

This painting is for the Kingdom of the Animal Show in September 2015.
The inspiration for my painting is borrowed from Jan Van Eyck's painting "Portrait of a Man".


Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Geisha Wendy

Geisha Wendy
16" x 20"
oil on canvas
sold to a collector in Texas


 
Kat and dog sleeping with Kat and Dog (the painting)

A photographer I know had posted a photo of his wife sleeping with their dog Jaeger on Facebook - It was a photo he took with his phone and the quality wasn't great, but all I saw was an awesome subject to paint. So I decided to paint it really big for a show I was doing. Needless to say, it never made it to the show. Once he saw it, he said he just had to have it. He told me he and his wife were moving to Chicago and he wanted this painting hanging in their new apartment when his wife arrived for the first time. He said it was quite a surprise with a few tears shed.
Love it when that happens.

Sunday, April 5, 2015

Dog Dreaming

Dog Dreaming
10" x 8"
oil on canvas

I have a friend and a collector on Facebook that has been posting great photos of her grandkids napping with her rescues. I'm a such a sucker for sleeping dogs, and with babies? Well, that's just too good! So, I have been secretly hoarding these gems for a while hoping to one day paint them. Turns out today's the day.

Friday, April 3, 2015

King Jazzy

"King Jazzy"
16" x 20"
oil on canvas
sold to a collector in Texas

If you are interested in a portrait please go to www.petportraitsbyclair.com

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Baxter

"Baxter"
10" x 8"
oil on canvas

For the past week I have been struggling with one of the nastiest colds I have ever experienced. With the belief that I could control this and "get better faster so I can get on with my life" I have tried everything homeopathic to OTC from thera-flu to turmeric steams, Nyquil to epsom baths with mega doses of vitamin C, to no avail. I have come to the conclusion I just have to let it run it's course and take the break when it's given.
I surrendered.

Today is the first day I could concentrate without an uncontrollable cough, drippy nose, dizziness, migraine, etc. I'm starting to see light at the end of the tunnel.

So, I decided to paint Baxter. Baxter is kind of a new addition to our family. He is a super unique loving pup with eyesight issues. When he first got here, he ran into furniture a lot and I considered putting pool noodles on the coffee table, but now that he knows the lay of the land, he fits in quite perfectly.

I found out that he is a mixed breed called a Meagle (mix of Min-Pin and Beagle).

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Eli

Eli
oil on canvas
sold to a collector in NC

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Tug

Tug
8" x 10"
oil on canvas
sold to a collector in NC

I have been working away on the show in September and have come up with a theme. I call it Kingdom of the Animal… here is the poster so far and although it may change, you get the idea. It's been so much fun working on these paintings…. I'll send more about the dates when they are confirmed.

Coming in September 2015!

Friday, March 13, 2015

Cheerio

"Cheerio"
16" x 12"
oil on canvas
Sold to a collector in Florida


Saturday, February 28, 2015

Big Blue Crab

"Big Blue"
36" x 24"
oil on canvas

I have been MIA for a few weeks - Been dealing with a bad tooth and extraction and then my dog Chumley's tooth had to be pulled (same tooth). It's been crazy, but I did manage to paint this super fun crab. I'll be back on track this week for sure - got some commissions rolling in aaand I'm going to start working on a BIG show in the fall featuring my fancy dressed-up pets which will include cats..... Yayy!

Friday, February 13, 2015

Barn Owl II

Barn Owl II
18" x 24"
oil on canvas
view in my shop

After much pain and dental work, I think I'm back on track again... at least until my next appointment.

I found this wonderful surface for painting while perusing my local Hobby Lobby. It is a cotton primed watercolor surface over wood stretchers that I have used to paint thin and thick oil paints on instead of the typical watercolors. It's nice and smooth with a little grain - I just love it!


Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Tulips in Zorn


Tulips in Zorn
14" x 18"
oil on canvas
View in my Shop

This painting is for a challenge on Daily Paintworks to paint a floral. I decided to do it in a limited palette using the Zorn palette. For those of you that do not know what a Zorn palette is, it consists of Yellow, Red, Black and White. Here is more info on it from one of my favorite artist, Aaron Westerberg: http://www.westerberg-fineart.com/2014/05/zorn-palette-rembrandt-brand-paint/


Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lucy

"Lucy"
10" x 8"
oil on canvas
Sold

The first dog I ever sketched was my dalmatian, Ginny. 
We got her when she was a tiny white puppy with little black dots. I adored her. She was gorgeous, highly protective and incredibly smart. Although she was completely deaf, we were able to teach her unlimited commands that she learned quite quickly. I would draw her when she was sleeping so when I received this commission it was very dear to my heart. 

Ginny will be forever missed.

Me and Ginny

Sunday, January 25, 2015

Watercolor Illustrations

Canna Lily
Watercolor
View in my shop

Well, I started out doing a 30 day challenge and then life happened. I think I got to day 21 and then stopped… home life got so turbulent, I just couldn't concentrate to paint so I allowed myself to back out of the challenge. I feel guilty, but I'll be fine. As I get older, I accept that this is MY life and I can change my mind if I want and that's just what I did.

Sooo, the other day I was going through some old watercolor illustrations and decided to put them up on my Etsy shop. You can see them here:
https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClairHartmannFineArt?section_id=12496014&ref=shopsection_leftnav_1
Looks like I was having some fun when I did these. Hope you enjoy them as much as I did finding them again.

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Feather Finds (detail)

Feather Finds (detail)
24" x 12"
oil on canvas

Decided to add two more feathers today.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Feather Finds (detail)

Feather Finds (detail)
24" x 12"
oil on canvas

This bluejay feather is the beginning to a larger 24" x 12" painting. The goal of the 30 day challenge I'm working on is to complete a small painting a day and technically this is what I'm doing - It's just that this painting contains 6 small paintings.
Tomorrow I'll post another.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mockingbird Feather

Mockingbird Feathers
5" x 7"
oil on panel
view in my shop

Just a paint sketch of one of my feathers from my found feather stash.
I love the way the black runs into the white.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In Remembrance...


 

7" x 5"
oil on panel
NFS

A few days ago Guy's children lost their grandfather.
They called him Pawpaw.
I never met him, but I heard wonderful stories of him and how he appreciated creativity. He sounded like a very interesting man. Sara told me one time that he liked to make pickled bamboo. I had never hear of such a thing and then she brought some home... it's absolutely delicious!

My thoughts are with Sara and Jesse during this sad time
- I'm sure their Pawpaw will be greatly missed.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Color


New Color
5" x 7"
oil on panel
view in my shop
framed


I painted this subject a few years ago and I wanted to paint it again to see how my style has changed. 
Here is the first one:
Although, this painting is brighter, it doesn't feel "expressive" to me. 
The most recent painting is more relaxed, expressive and painted with confidence. 
It is definitely the direction I've wanted to go in. 



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Nest

"Nest"
oil on panel
4" x 4"
framed
view in my shop



I've had this frame for awhile and I just couldn't find the right painting for it. 
I think this nest works. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Jar-O-Olives

Jar-O-Olives
22" x 28"
oil on canvas
view in my shop


Yeah, I know I'm all over the place.
My brain works that way.
I have struggled with ADD all my life learning that lists are my friend. In school it was a real problem, but now it just makes life interesting.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Indian Kingfisher

"Indian Kingfisher"
10" x 20"
oil on canvas
view in my shop

I have an acquaintance who lives in Indian and takes gorgeous photographs. He has been so kind to allow me to paint some of his birds.
You can see his work here: https://500px.com/HemantKumar
Thanks Hemant!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tucker

8" x 10"
oil on canvas
Sold

Ok, back to reality… still have a few portraits left to do :)