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 :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Barn Owl

Barn Owl
8" x 10" x 3/4"
oil on thick panel
view in my shop

I had a lot of fun with the drips and color on this one.
These animals are so intense looking.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bluejay of Happiness

Bluejay of Happiness
10" x 8"x 3/4" (sides)
oil on heavy panel
view in my store

I wanted my first painting of 2015 to reflect how I hoped the year would be. Originally I thought of painting a bluebird, but I didn't feel the energy of a bluebird translated what I wanted to convey. I have always loved bluejays and their strong, proud, joyful energy. They are incredibly intelligent and very misunderstood. (on a side note: I have recorded about 12 different calls they make, all unique and expressive - the "squeaking gate" sound being my favorite) My mother told me once that when she was in labor with me, she listened to a bluejay outside the window making all of it's calls… maybe I heard them too.

So this year I hope to go in with strength and embrace joy in all things, choosing to recognize the joys and hold them in me.

Happy New Year to all of you - I have a good feeling about this one :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Camellia Bloom

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

I'm gearing up for a group painting-a-day challenge in January.
If you're a painter and interested, here is the link:
http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com


Here is a Christmas commission that I can post  -  It was the client's suggestion to use a black background and at first I didn't think it was a very good idea, but now that I see the finished painting, I rather like it…. going try more like this.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Jester

Sold to a collector in New York
The Jester
8" x 10"

I hope everyone had a great holiday! 
Here is one of the commissions that was a gift that is now safe to post. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sir Foote featured on Dog Art Today!


My painting, Sir Foote is featured in Dog Art Today...
Here is the link...
(the flag behind my painting is from the set of Dances with Wolves, one of my favorite movies)


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Busy Busy!!

I have been working away on Christmas commissions. Unfortunately, I can't show you any, but I can show you a detail of one. 

My new calendar is dedicated to my sweet studio pup, Chumley. I decided to honor him after having a very close call with HGI, an intestinal disorder spawned from some holiday ham. After several hundred dollars, lots of meds and a very disoriented pup, Chummers came out of it despite the dire prognosis. 

Moral of the story... never, ever give pets holiday ham! I have learned my lesson. Unfortunately, Chummers has no regrets and would do it all over again to enjoy some sweet holiday honey baked ham....
I kinda get it :)


Here is the link for the Chumley calendar:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/clairhartmann/calendars/13165915-the-chumley-calendar

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sir Tyler Foote and New Calendar!

"Sir Tyler Foote"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
(Painted as naturalist and explorer, Alexander von Humboldt)

Tyler is a very interesting dog - you can read about his project here:

I have a 2015 Calendar up - this year it is dedicated to the Chumley inspired paintings.
you can find it here…
Get 10% off with coupon code DRBHN91
http://www.redbubble.com/…/ca…/13165915-the-chumley-calendar