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Cheetah Love by MommySpike
Cheetah Love
For this week's Animal Portrait class, my student picked this picture out of my animal folder. I had originally printed out for a Kid's Class on Valentine's Day. *L* It was just as well I didn't use it because all those SPOTS were hard to do!! It made a more challenging Intermediate lesson.

Grumbacher Academy acrylics on 12"x16" canvas board.
Golden Tiger by MommySpike
Golden Tiger
I started this painting while waiting on a student two weeks ago and finally got around to finishing it today. It's a golden tabby Bengal tiger -- they lack the gene for black striping so they look like this. Personally, I think it's kind of cool -- like he's on fire.

Grumbacher Academy acrylics on 9"x12" Strathmore watercolor block
Le artiste chat by MommySpike
Le artiste chat
One of the interesting side perks of being a Grumbacher instructor is every so often they do little artist projects. I managed to get added to a traveling art book project where two Clearprint vellum books get sent to you -- one to keep and one to add a picture to. This is my page in the book -- I had a photo of this cat in my art morgue and thought he'd make an uppity artist cat.


Sakura micron pens, Copic markers, and white Grumbacher acrylic paint on Clearprint vellum.

Bonus: Here's a link to the pic on the Clear Print page!!cr…
Susan by MommySpike
It's been a tough week here -- last Saturday, my husband :iconwdh61: 's mother, Susan, died after being in poor health for a long time.  One of the options they had at the funeral home was to have a photo 'painted on canvas'  --- a good idea but one they vetoed as they already had an artist in residence.

It was a tough portrait to paint -- I really wanted to paint her with the auburn hair she'd always had until her chemo but since then it changed color. It's really hard to paint someone that you've known for so long because the image in your head is nothing like the reference photo you're working from, especially when life has changed them so much. I think the family will be pleased  and I really hope they like it.

Grumbacher acrylic on 12"x15" canvas board
Back again at the Flying Horse Cafe by MommySpike
Back again at the Flying Horse Cafe
....and this is the second display wall at the Flying Horse Cafe. This is located next to the door going directly into the lobby of the Magnolia Hotel. For those of you not familiar with Dallas, my gallery show is taking place in the historic Magnolia building… . It's a familiar landmark of the Dallas skyline noted for the giant red neon Pegasus on top of the building.
Yes, I know... I haven't posted in forever. I was just waiting for something interesting to say.


I have been discovered!

As many of you know, I teach an acrylic painting class at Michael's Arts & Crafts. One of my paintings was on display on the framing counter where the assistant manager of the Flying Horse Cafe saw it and asked if how she could contact me. It turns out that she books artists to display their work in the cafe for a month at a time. I get to be the featured artist for August and I'll be having my gallery opening on Saturday, August 9th from 9am to 12 noon.

Flying Horse Cafe
 The Hotel Magnolia
1401 A Commerce St

Dallas, TX 75201  
  • Mood: Sentimental
  • Listening to: dryer running
  • Watching: Face Off season 7
  • Drinking: Dr. Pepper


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Christi Smith Hayden
Artist | Professional | Varied
United States
Current Residence: D/FW, Texas
Favourite genre of music: Eclectic, really....
Shell of choice: Seashell
Personal Quote: "One must first learn to draw the natural before one can draw the UNnatural."

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gargoylelover Featured By Owner Feb 27, 2015  Student Writer
Any chance we might see Koji updated anytime soon?
MommySpike Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Just posted Part VIII yesterday!
gargoylelover Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2015  Student Writer
I saw! Amazing stuff, you have real talent! Can't wait to read more!
Freefall4jesus Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2015
Ummmm... So any chance we'll see your fanfiction posted?
MommySpike Featured By Owner Mar 2, 2015  Professional General Artist
Um.... yesterday?
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STAN4US Featured By Owner Oct 15, 2014
Hope you had a happy birthday! :party: :cake: :clap:
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Happy Birthday! :D
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