Sharing knowledge and my original work


Cats Draw Me Into The Cat World

Cats draw me into their world because I love watching them. You join their world unlike a dog that joins yours. I am more of dog person for now.

People like me find them so fascinating it wouldn’t take much for me to want one or two, but I wouldn’t get much work done. That’s because I would be watching my cats.

My dog and bird are enough to take care of at the moment. I love all animals and I like being around them. They are my muse. Everything about them I find beautiful and fascinating.

Cats become my subject matter and the center of interest  a lot. There are so many different kinds of cats painting and drawing them from time to time is a pleasure. Most of them are domestic cats. Some are from the neighborhood, some are wild or they live on a farm. It doesn’t matter to me I love them all .

Here are some of my drawings of cats.


Cats keep their focus on moving objects.



Chocolate Point Siamese is a beautify cat.


King of Cats The Lion

King of Cats The Lion


Bob Cat

Bob Cat resting his head on a log with his eyes fixed on something.


The fastest cat

The fastest Cat The Jaguar


British Short Hair

British Short Hair



American Short Hair

American Short Hair a cat on the prowl.





Scottish Fold Blue Cream

Scottish Fold Blue Cream


New Born Kitten

New Born Kitten


Mix Breed

Minks is a mix breed


Cats 1

Cats 1

Drawing these creatures is fun and I just love painting them. The great colors of their fur is an added treat. I am all about the textures that are brought out by color and patterns that shift caused by genetics.

The distinguishing mark that show off different breeds are as fascinating to me as the character traits of the species. There is no mistake between a Tiger and a Lion or a Tabby and a Persian. Painting them is a welcome challenge for me.


Cats 2

Cats 2






Garden Cat

Garden Cat




Working on each piece brings me a greater understanding of these wonderful creatures. Watching the way they move through their environment plays a big part on how they are seen or not seen. Some move around your back yard out in the open while Tiger and Leopards can go through the jungle without being seen.

It is hard to keep your eyes off of them when they are in plain sight. I love capturing them in my work and sharing the way I see them.



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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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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

My photos

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.


Start magnolia

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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Teaching And Art

As I get ready to embark on another year of creativity. I can’t wait to start a new project. Teaching and art is what I  do. I enjoy teaching I just don’t do enough of it.

Every day is a blessing and I am truly grateful. I found that putting out content on a teaching blog is not as fulfilling or easy as I thought it would be. I need the inter action teacher to student.

So I have decided that the best thing I can do is to go back to that one on one experience that I find in the classroom. I do this through our public library.

I do private teaching as well. The things I love to do above anything else is painting, drawing and sculpture. They say if you do the thing you love you will never feel like you’re working. Okay that for me is creating beautiful works of art.

I have to say that I still believe I have given you may readers a great foundation. Composition is the key to any great work of art. I believe if you have a great foundation you can build anything.

Over the next few weeks I will be adding more work to my gallery and incorporating a shopping cart. It’s time for me to take what I’ve learned to push my site to a higher level. This will take me some time do to the fact that I am going to do what I really love and one finger typing in my option sucks.

Finding ways to keep motivated are not hard when you’re doing what you love. For me there’re subjects all around me. I am inspired by life, shadows that form shapes, light that defines, space that creates perspective and colors that dance across the world bring it alive.

I have always been driven to express myself though teaching and art. Showing off my gift as an artist is opening up to you. I want you to see as a viewer how I see the subjects I paint and draw to capture a moment that has trigger an emotional response in me. Sharing this is bringing you into that space. Teaching is showing you how I build that space.

Emotion is the root of all humans it can be found in this space. It is an invitation for most artist to start a conversation or maybe provoke feelings of joy, sadness or excitement. Teaching is showing the student how to bring themselves into their work.

Artist do what works best for them and go from there.



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My Garden Is A Painting With Flowers

Here we are in the middle of June and I must confess the only painting I am doing is in my garden. I love to garden and in the spring before it gets to hot. We get muggy humid hot nasty weather, I hate it.

So I have started this painting seventeen years ago when we moved into this home. We didn’t even have grass and the builder planted four bushes out in the front of the house. I have devoted a lot of time learning about what works and what does not work in a Pennsylvania garden.

The painting is a feast for your eyes. I have put carful thought in perennials, trees and ground covers. My pond and fountain are a pleaser to listen to while I work. Nature keeps me company as I paint the yard with colors that change four times a year. The welcome and unwelcome pest that visit do some damage even if it is only to drop unwanted seeds or eggs.

In the past week I have had two visitors that were not so welcome, a larger hawk has decided that my pond is his buffet. He has eaten most of the bull frogs and a group of bunnies are cute, just as long as they don’t eat my flowers. I have taken to using ground hot peppers to try to keep them at bay.

I love that you can plan out a garden, break ground with your first tree and as the trees grow so does your vision. There is nothing like get down and dirty by doing the work yourself. I see every season as I am planning and planting.

My motivation grows with every season. I love that my efforts in the spring and fall create a beautiful back drop for my life. I have created a wonderful place to live.

Now that the weather is getting hotter it will be nice to enjoy the garden in the mornings with my cup of tea. When it is the hottest part of the day I will come in and work like today and than speed the evenings cools down with a nice beverage back out in my gardens.

Walking around my gardens make me feel as though I am walking through one of my paintings. A painting that changes it key depending on the sky. The sun brings out a high key atmosphere, the rain can go from a middle key to a low key.

At night we can set any key we want because we control the lighting which is always fun. I love my gardens I have created a growing composition.

Here are some parts of my garden…





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What Artist Focus Their Attention AS They Draw

You’re an artist and you have the ability to look past what the average person sees. The world opens up to as you open your eyes every morning, as light blankets the room you imagination comes alive. You see pictures in the shadows reflections on glass and mirrors and when you close your eyes your mind takes over.

You have the ability to focus on what is important and lock it into your memory. Observation is an artist most valuable tool. We focus our attention on Shapes and how they are formed. Light and how it cast itself on and object bringing out the colors guiding us to the shadows that form a visual memories that we can access at will. We see emotion, character, joy and sorrow.

Observation is the ability to mentally record emotions big, small, extraordinary and common place. You have many ways your mind catches details that are missed by an untrained mind.

It takes practice and discipline for years to develop into a style that is recognizable. Improving your observation skills start when you decide to train you eye to record and your brain to store the emotional story you want to create.

As your brain becomes more aware you will be able to select the right subject to draw or paint. Composition will become second nature and the application of materials will follow without a thought.

Noting replaces drawing or painting from life and nature. How to develop your skills in this area. Start by doing sketches taking notes on how the light effects the subject you are sketching. Take notes on the character of the people around you and notice the emotions they use by tapping into your empathy (*empathy- the imaginative ascribing to an object. As a natural object or work of art, feelings or attitudes present in oneself: By means of empathy, a great painting becomes a mirror of the self.).  Looking out your window, take mental notes. Watch the seasons change, the time of day and weather effects the light, color and emotions you are feeling during your observation.

By spending an hour every day or every other you will develop your mind’s eye. Discipline yourself to practice drawing and training your hands to tell a story in a drawing. Fill your mind with important details that you find will portray what you want the viewer to see.

Now that we live in the age of technology it is easier to record your subject matter with a digital camera. This is a great asset to record your visional surroundings, vacations and people that you can use later to trigger your memories and emotions you had when taking the picture.


* resources   Famous Artist Course

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I Know Your Paper Is Flat

Artist have a great challenge ahead they are drawing on paper. Drawing a form which is three-dimensional on a two-dimensional or flat surface and you are creating an illusion of a mass or solid form on paper.

Most start out drawing their objects or subjects to flat. When they have more than one object they have a tendency to run one object into the next. Leaving their picture with no clear indication of where the spaces are between them.

When you see an object you must see it as if it has a clear box around it. Than you will see how it relates to the space on your paper. This is really important when you have more than one objects or subjects in your picture.

With that in mind you are creating an illusion of reality. Which object is in front, to the side, are they staggered or on top of each other. Does your picture allow the space for each object in every direction?

Take the four basic forms and arrange them on a table with one light source. Now take an empty picture frame and hold it up in front of the way you want to draw it. Look carefully at each form, take mental notes on where it is and how it affects the objects around it.

Three-dimensional form exist in space. So when you do this exercise move the frame from side to side, closer and further way and you can see that even though some times the form is outside the frame inside the frame you still have the illusion that it is there. This exercise is to help train your brain to see form in space so you can create the feeling of space.

Stand in front of a window look out the window as if it was a piece of paper. You can see how each thing you see has its own space. Now look at how they relates to each other. If the Glass was your picture you could look into the drawing not just at it. You are creating the sense of depth and space.

Remember that space stretches in all direction and every form must exist in it. Here are some terms you may or may not know.

Foreground – 1.)  The ground or parts situated, or represented as situated, in the front; the portion of a scene nearest to the viewer (opposed to background ). 2.)  A prominent or important position; forefront.

Background Fine Arts. a.) the part of a painted or carved surface against which represented objects and forms are perceived or depicted: a portrait against a purple background. b.) the part of an image represented as being at maximum distance from the frontal plane.

Perspective1.) A technique of depicting volumes and spatial relationships on a flat surface. Compare aerial perspective, linear perspective. 2.) A picture employing this technique, especially one in which it is prominent: an architect’s perspective of a house. 3.) A visible scene, especially one extending to a distance; vista: a perspective on the main axis of an estate. 4.) The state of existing in space before the eye: The elevations look all right, but the building’s composition is a failure in perspective. 5.) The state of one’s ideas, the facts known to one, etc., in having a meaningful interrelationship: You have to live here a few years to see local conditions in perspective.

Okay so know that you have these tools you can start to see form in its relationship to space. When you create your drawing keep in mind the space and perspective of what you are drawing. Light and shade emphasize the solidity of the construction of your drawing.

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Artist Materials Is How We Define Ourselves

How you define yourself as an artist maybe in the materials you choose. The one thing that remains constant is you will have to use artist tools and materials to create a picture.

Every piece of art that you have ever seen and liked, or disliked it is because of the artist devotion to his materials and his skills in using them. Art would not exist through time, if the artist did not perfect his materials and his methods.

In the beginning all the materials are strange to every artist. All they know is that they want to create. None of us knew what to expect the first time we took pen, pencil or brush in hand, and yet our desire to create and our determination to control these tools is what creates a masterpiece.

Don’t hesitate the first pictures will be crude and unprofessional. The only way we begin to create beautiful works of art without difficulty and frustration is to master the tools and materials at hand.

Before long, you’ll feel at home with your pencils pens, brushes and paints. You will be creating pictures that you dream and better than you have ever believed that they could be. It takes practice to train your hands in the direction your mind wants it to go.

Be very patient with yourself, no one is looking over your shoulder to embarrass you. Do not expect perfection or speed in this process. Just relax and have fun. No one becomes a master overnight. No artist ever has, it takes discipline to become a master craftsman.

I want you to experiment with your art materials and as you do this you will discover a great joy in handling them. The more you practice the more positive the response is going to be. You will open a clear direction with your pen, brushstroke, or speed of the pencil. I find that pencil and paint are my best friends. Mastering them took time and became easier than I thought once I learned about the tool of the trade.

You can only learn these skills by doing. Whether you want to draw or paint. The more you do the better you will get. As you skills develop, so will your style. This is what will distinguish you from other artists.

In the next few weeks we will look at different materials such as pencils, brushes, pens, ink and paints. Just to get use started. I want you to take each and experiment with them to see what medium you are most comfortable with.

Have fun before you know it you will be creating beautiful works that you will want to share with everyone.


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Looking Through The Grass Painting

Grace is my 5 year old dalmatian and a joy. She is full of energy, love and mischief. So you can see how I am drawn to using her in this painting. I use photos to capture her personality then my artistic prospective creates a unique piece.

Here is the painting Looking through the grass.



I start by getting my under painting done…





After laying out the under painting, I work on adding layer after layer building a piece I am proud to sign my name to.



Working in acrylic is a fast medium. I find that I can use them to create the effects that I want.


When creating this piece I worked on putting the compostion together when I was taking the photo of my dog. It was like an artistic light bulb going off in my head. I knew I wanted to capture her mischievous nature in a well balanced piece.






I think I like the way it turned out and I welcome your critique.



When painting or drawing a new piece I try to capture the personality of the animals I use in each creative adventure I embark on. No one has my perspective, so sharing mine with you is what I love.

Grace maybe my muse as most animals are. They triger my mind to want share an my artist perspective in mediums I love to work in.

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Sharing New Paintings


New painting!

I know it has been awhile since I had done any art. I felt the desire to start painting but I did not have the energy. Sorry folks I never thought my illness was going to affect me the way it has. My mind which runs a mile a minute is going through a long recovery period so bear with me while I am on the mend. I am working and have started two new paintings and will share them with you as the develop. I have found photography has helped me and I have that to share with you also.

When I paint I usually have more than one painting going at a time, I also am constantly drawing inspiration from every thing around me. Drawing at least two to three times a week for now. I need to tap into my brain and find the skills it takes to create a piece I am happy with.

Having meningitis real hurt my brain and how it functions. I will be retraining my left side to mirror the right side in my thoughts and actions. This may not make sense to you and it took me awhile to figure it out myself.


Painting Pond

Under Painting

The under painting is putting your shapes on the canvas. Keep in mind in you will keep building on your painting.


The painting is taking shape.

The Picture Area


Adding color to bring more depth.

Building Depth In Picture Area

As I was painting these pictures I found that some things I was doing was working well with the composition.



This picture is coming together nicely.

The Pond





Perpared canvas for my new painting.

I start with a light background on this new painting.


Building the picture area with shapes to balance this painting.

Painting shapes in light and shadow.


The under painting

Looking though the grass. A painting of my Dalmatian Grace



This painting follows the same process as the one above.

Building the composition with shape.

Looking Through The Grass


Things are looking pretty good. Feeling inspired.

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This is my latest painting, she is my inspiration right know. Grace keeps me laughing and on my toes, I never know what she is going to do next. This spring when the phlox were blooming on my retaining wall she decided it was a great place for a nap.

 As I worked in the garden I notice every time I walk back in forth she would raise her eyes to watch me walk by. Which I found interesting because I was 20 feet away from her and the wall, Grace is stone deaf.

I loved the composition, the contrast between her black and white coat and the phlox. Everything was as they say, pretty as a picture so I decided that would be my next painting.

When you look at this painting unfold you can see how a very ruff under painting became the work of art it is today. Enjoy this painting of Grace. She truly is a gift to all that know and love her.

                                                                                                     Finished Painting

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The Day is Going to The Dogs

The dogs are going to be out this weekend October 1, 2011 and I will be there. This opportunity to bring my animal’s paintings and drawings to people that love animals. I have dog drawings, dog paintings and much more to show off. The dog rescue is dear to my heart, both of my dogs are deaf; I rescued them because deaf Dalmatians are put down to try to eliminate the defective gene that cause them not to hear.

I wanted to show how animals have distinctive personalities. I want people to see the animals the way I see them. Some of the animals show me how corky, shy and brazen they can be. Dogs are one of my favorite subjects. They crack me up and I just have to draw or paint them. Other animals also show off who they are through their colors and how they adapt to the habitat that they live in.

I believe we have to take care of the animals that we love including get our dogs and cats spaded. I also know that there are many dogs, cats, birds and reptiles that are given up to rescue groups all over America. We all love puppies but they can be a handful and sometimes are given up. So you never know what you will find unless you check all your resources. Full Breeds, Mixed Breeds, big and little the dogs will be out and you are invited to come to John Rudy Park, 400 Mundis Race Road, York PA 17406 for the 7th Annual Dog Day in the Park.

There will be venders and dogs up for adoption. So come out and see what’s going on. Wink 103.3 will be on hand playing music and Courtney Laydon of Fox 43 news will be hosting the event! Don’t forget to stop by and see my animal art. I will be posting the pictures I take at the dog park on my blog the week following the event. -DD

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Welcome to my artist blog

 I am finally getting my orginal works of art and the gifts that God has given me out so that the world can see them. I have been painting and drawing for as long as I can remember. I love art in any way, shape or form. I see beauty in everything around me and I am so greatful to bring them to you on this platform.

A world of art and imagintion, is where I find a lot of comfort. I have used this world to escape abuse, loniness, and hard times. I believe that if you are passionate about something it is hard not to keep it in your life. Every where you look you will find beauty in the way an artists intrepets of how we see the world and the objects around them. Artist use thier gifts to create  a world with color, shape, style, and light. I welcome you to take a tour into my world of orginals.

Drawing is my first passion I use pencil and compostion to explore the faces of the subjects that I find intersting and appealing. I love the way the light falls over a subject bring their face to life by showing the contrast in every wrinkle and fold in thier skin. My subject come alive as the light cascades over them and I want to capture the emotion I have and see in all my subjects.

Light is what brings colors in the world to life and I love to capture it in my paintings. The paintings I create are just the way I see the subjects and the beauty that surrounds them. Color sets the mood and emotion in my work. I research my subjects at length. Finally putting my brush to the canvas I am sharing my world with you.

Sculpture is not new to me, I love it and just recently started to do more of it. I work in clay and metal for now and hope to expand into a lot more mediums.

I welcome you to explore and leave critiques.

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