Sharing knowledge and my original work

Orginal works of art by Debra A. De Hoff

I graduated from York Academy of Arts in 1980. Since that time, I have been working on originals in oil, acrylic, photography, pencil, color pencil, sculpture and mix mediums.
Art Drawing
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Learning Disorders/ 7 Ways Artist Cope

Learning disorders effect my art. I have ADHD and dyslexia. I transpose letters, shapes, line, reading, writing, numbers and my brain doesn’t let me slow down so art is a welcome gift because it is my greatest learning tool.

Learning the same way as the majority of students wasn’t working for me. I am a very visual learner and I learn quickly. I identify color and shape with everything so you can image how pleased I am when all things come together to create a finished peace of art.

Most artist with dyslexia are very visual they see color, tone, textures and details very clearly they can communicate through their art. Everything we observe is vivid and dimensional, so we can see how we want to recreate it before we put pen to paper or brush to canvas.

ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder is a neurobehavioral disorder which makes it hard to control inattention and hyperactivity with hard to control impulse. Artist with this disability like me find pleasure in drawing and find that painting with water based paints work the best.

Pencil drawing is just part of learning when your an artist.

ADHD artist love to draw and it the first aid in learning your craft.

These disabilities are a blessing once you learn to embraces the possibilities. Low self esteem is the biggest handicap I dealt with growing up. Learning about art is the one place I felt that I good about myself.

How do artist cope with learning disorders while they work?

  1. We don’t see it as a disability because our imagination is so active we don’t take time to dwell.
  2. Learning new ways to put our creativity to work is just part of the experience.
  3. Artist do sculpture, draw and paint. Others become part of the TV and movie industry.
  4. Living as a visual person means your left brain works over time, so the creative process is always turned on.
  5. Live in a world wear color, shape and texture beg to be noticed and we are willing to share our vision with everyone in our art.
  6. Because we have a heighten level of observation we know when something is off. Our sense of balance between light and dark is found through out our work.
  7. Most of our work is highly emotional and shares something personal a peak into our personality.

Those of us that have learning disabilities will try all types of mediums and in doing so we find the process that supports a style that is unique to us. The subject matter is always a large part in how we work. My need to create my vision is what drives me to cope with any disability I have. My imagination and energy is what brings each piece of art to life.

As a young child myself esteem took many hits but as I got better at developing my craft nothing could replace the power I feel when I’m learning something new or creating my art. Look at your learning disability from all side and figure out how you can turn it around to work for you instead of letting it effect yourself esteem at any age.

Visual learning is not a disablility.

My brain left or right adapts to learning what it needs to create a beautiful work of art

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Art Communicates Around The World

Art is recreating what we see. It has been around since the beginning, it is one way we communicated with each other around the world. Reproducing our visions is what artist do.

As an artist I see the ugly, depressed, fun and beautiful everywhere. Animals have always been an inspiration to me. I have so much joy bringing what I see to you in different mediums like drawing, painting, photograph or sculpture.

I love walking into homes and businesses to see what’s hanging on their walls. Pictures and sculpture that pulls an your heart strings, brings joy to the beholder and art that we fall deeply in love with are found there. We are so glad we have the privilege of owning original works.

My subject matter never runs out its every where. Every pet that I see has so much personality but, nun more than my own. Every animals character set them a part from being a wild or domestic animals. They all are so inspirational I just love to capture what I feel brings out the best in their personality.

Grace is an inspiration for me. She is just so funny. Life is so hard when your a dog in a loving home. Especially mine.

   My current Muse

Photo Dalmatian sleeping

My girl grace sleeping with her tongue hanging out.



I have been working on this piece of art for a short time and you can see how my dog looks at me every time I wake her while she is lying on my bed with me. I love when she lays exactly where she is not suppose to be or hides in the grass. She is an art form, a model ready to be captured by an artist and I am truly grateful she is mine.


Each piece of art is unique.

Create depth with light and shadow.



Grace coming is into view as details emerge.

Pencil build as the drawing becomes more detailed.


Unfolding art.

The drawing as it unfolds.


Grace's eyes pencil drawing

Art can capture your heart.


Detailed drawing in pencil Grace

Drawing with pencil is just one way to bring your vision to life.


Finished art work title Sleepy Girl

Sleepy Girl

I think it turned out pretty good and now the work isn’t finished until it is framed ready to sell. Every piece of art I do is an original.  I will be doing more drawings of Grace, she is an inspiration. I wish you could meet her she keeps us laughing. She got her name because graceful she is not. We have been waiting for her to acquire some for 8 years. Ha! Not going to happen.

We have had four dogs and she is the most comical. She is like a cow walking through the room everything bounces she can fall on air and tumble just walking across the room. She is pushy, you know when she want her way. Our other Dalmatians were calm, carefree and they moved so graceful it was beautiful. We miss them.


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Texture And Color Add Balance With Depth

Creating texture with color and  with each pencil stroke or brush stroke is another way our picture area comes alive. adding color set a tone enhancing the illusion of the composition.

Every time I pick up a brush or pencil I have to make a decision to fill the picture area by setting the key. The picture area is composed of smaller picture areas. Each shape is a smaller picture area that can be filled to create the larger picture area.

Take these sections of a painting I have done, look how these sections fill the main picture area.

Each section of the picture supports the key to this art.

I love to break down the color in the fur of an animal of feathers of a bird by carrying by making the colors the texture. Building an added depth to the perspective of my subjects. Texture  in color can be become the camouflage leaving you with a piece that draws you into the center of interest with ease.

Useing color and textures in acrylic

Tree Frogs use color and textures to hide.



Artist using acrylics to fill the picture area with color and texture.

Louisiana Tree Frog

As you can see above there is more than one way to create using color and texture. The patterns in color is just one way I show areas of balance and creating the keys in the art work. Pencil is fun here you can see how texture in shades of the gray scale create balance that is throughout the picture area.

Monkeys in pencil

Using texture to create an feeling of depth and details.


So much of my art is about the movement between the subject and the way I draw you in to see that they are a part of this world. If your eye lingers on the subject you will see that section is filled by textures that create the fur just by my pencil stroke.



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Finding Motivation

I’m sitting here looking at my computer thinking I should be up painting or drawing something. I have to find so motivation somewhere. The painting is on the easel crying out for me to finish it. I know what I have to do and how to do it, I just am not feeling it.

In the past I would have painted until the piece was finished and not leave the studio until the next one was laid out. Know as I contemplate my day it just doesn’t seem like a priority I think it due to the winter blues. I am finding ways to be creative I’m just not feeling the painting.

Time has away of changing the things that matter on a daily bases. The main thing is that I am trying to keep my focus on my art so I decided today if I wasn’t going to paint. I could work on showing of some of my work.

Art 8x10 Drawing

Art 8×10 Drawing


Drawing bear sleeping

This shows you my motivation today.



We all have that one friend that keeps us motivated


Pencil Drawing

Sometimes I just want to hang out with my friends.



Sparkle’s Afternoon Nap is just what I feel like doing know.


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I think it’s just so nice out side I’m going to look for motivation outside.

I found some motivation and I’m back on track. Meanwhile I will be posting and working on my sites and adding more photo’s of my work.

Grace my insparation

A nasty smell is motivation for Grace.


 Giraffes curiosity was my motvation

I love capturing a look of curiosity these giraffes have as they look down on us.


Sea Turtle

Some of my pieces of work are rather large. Like this sea turtle.

I know posting the pictures of my work has given me the motivation I needed to get in the studio and get back to work.





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Random Photos Are A Document Of Time

Photos give us a window to the past, They open our minds to the past and lead us to emotions with thoughts of days gone by.

I love taking pictures as much as I love drawing and painting. For me they are more than photos of the past they are a source of research. I take thousands of photos and I want to share them. These photos are just a few that I have taken. I am in the process of scanning photos that are before digital to add to my files.

These are just a few that I have taken, enjoy!

Photo Pink Beach

Photo Pink Beach

Photo Pink Sand

Photo Pink Sand

Photo Gorgeous Beaches

Photo Gorgeous Beaches

Photo Palms

More than just beaches

Photo Jonathon

Portrait Jonathon

Photo sale boats in port

Sale boats

Photo Pink

Photo fossils

Photo pink coral sand


Photo harbor

View from our boat

Photo Michael

Portrait Michael

Photo Bermuda

Photo Housing

I take thousands of pictures. The vacation photos are always fun and they are great reference source. As you can see the time of day and it’s effect on the light and shadows. The perspective and contrast of these pictures can set a mood that I was trying to capture.

Photo Time stands still

Time stands still

Photos eclipse moon

Moving through space

Photos eclipse

In the dead of the night

Photos of camp

Far away places

Photos camp by the river

The still waters

Photos camp


Photos camp fire


All my photographs are a window to my imagination and can serve as a reference in one of my painting or drawing.

Photos my girls

The park

Photos Girls

Girl at Rest

Photos girls and boys

Brothers and sisters

Photos Dalmatian sleeping


Photos Dalmatian sleeping

Goodnight girl

Animals are great subject material for photos

Photos Frogs 1


Frog Photos

Still Frog

Photos frog

Baby Toad

Frog Pond Photos

Frog in the Pond

Photos Pond

Frog Sunning

As I took each of these photos I was aware of the light, the shadows and the perspective of each shot. I never know what pictures I will want to use yet I find them all fascinating. The objective is to take photos for a finish piece of work or keep it to inspire a new piece of art work.

Usable Photos

Photo Nest

Inspired to and color

The next step is to clean this up mat it, frame it and add it to the Gallery

The above photo I took while I was out walking my girl Grace. I is an inspiration for more than just this drawing.



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