Friday, November 26, 2010

Thanksgiving Greyhound sketches from life

Thanksgiving Greyhound #1 (Treat!), carbon & pastel pencils on paper, by Tracie Thompson
These were all drawn from life yesterday, 11/24, at my friend Kelly's house where I had dinner and a wonderful time.  About 6 x 9" each; will fit a 9 x 12" frame. I sell these at $40 each; $35 if you buy two; $30 each for three or more. Will ship anywhere.

At this size and price, they will make a nice set for an entry, den, or small space. If you need them matted I will do that and charge at my cost.

Thanksgiving Greyhound #2 (Sleepers), carbon & pastel pencils on paper, by Tracie Thompson

Thanksgiving Greyhound #3 (Oh, Dahling), carbon & pastel pencils on paper, by Tracie Thompson

Thanksgiving Greyhound #4 (Thinking), carbon & pastel pencils on paper, by Tracie Thompson

Thursday, November 25, 2010


Snowy Owl on window at Hopkins Honda, by Tracie Thompson
Have a blessed and beautiful day, y'all.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Peanutbutter the Pit Bull

Sketch of Peanutbutter, 7 x 5" carbon pencil and pastel pencil on paper, by Tracie Thompson
 Peanutbutter is such a loving, sweet guy. This is a preliminary sketch for an oil portrait of him. I took a snapshot that I used for this, as Wiggly Dog doesn't stay still long enough to draw him well from life.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Morning at the Greyhound House

I'm dog-sitting for my friends, who've gone on a cruise just as winter has kicked in up here.

Greyhounds are -- if anyone has wondered -- very sweet, quiet, mellow dogs. People imagine they must run around all the time. They don't. Mostly they lounge on cushions like spoiled royalty. Fortunately for me, they lounge in amazingly lavish poses and are tremendous fun to draw.

Much work to do this week (see my prior post about the glass elevator -- that begins today) so I hope I have enough time and energy to make dog drawings.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Going UP!

I get to paint ... an elevator. And it's glass, and ... here's the "before" shot from today:

Note the tapestry hung over lower level pane to hide the machinery within.
It's getting an Old-World-Style landscape that will block out the glass surfaces entirely, since the elevator is not in use at all.  Work begins Monday 11/15; watch this space for updates.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Barn swallows in the kitchen

This is at 1214 Van Buren Ave. in St. Paul; the house is a cute little remodel, up for sale.

 The design was my idea -- something soft and elegant to add character to this kitchen without overwhelming it. The colors are taken from the wood and countertops already in the room.

Total working time was about 12 hours. It's acrylic paint and a lot of water-based professional-grade faux finishing glaze.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Midnight Sketches

Wall Street Bull sketch #1, 8 x 6", by Tracie Thompson  
These are for a commission which, if I get it (all speculative at this point) will be 36" x 24". I found myself with a very unexpected deadline on them, so was up pretty late. 

Wall Street Bull sketch #2, about 6 x 4", by Tracie Thompson 
I'm pretty pleased with the results.  I like the second one better, for the setting in question (clean, somewhat minimalist office area). Will be interesting to see what the client has to say.