Animal Alphabets on Twitter is a weekly art challenge based on letters of the alphabet. The theme of the current round is sea life, which has been very fun and refreshing because I don’t paint aquatic creatures often. Here is what I’ve completed so far:
Last month I received an invitation from Light Grey Art Lab to participate in their Instagram Charity Exhibition. Each day, beginning on December 4, LGAL will feature a handful of prints that art collectors can purchase. The prints are $75 each, including the frame and gift-wrap. To order a print of my painting, Fox Creek, visit https://shop.lightgreyartlab.com/products/small-art-for-a-big-cause and select “#11 - Heather Franzen Rutten.”
There will be an in-person reception in Minneapolis on December 14. Information about this event can be found on LGAL’s Facebook Page.
A portion of the exhibition sales will be donated to four non-profit organizations: ACLU, The Wilderness Society, American Red Cross, and The Humane Society of the United States. As a lifelong animal lover, I selected to donate a my portion to The Wilderness Society.
Please enjoy this time lapse video I recorded of my painting, Fox Creek.
A miniature portrait of one of my favorite foxes! I start by outlining with some ink and erasing the pencil sketch underneath. The ink is waterproof and doesn’t smudge when I apply the first wash, and is ultimately covered up by the paint in the end.
Noodler's Ink in a Lamy Safari fountain pen
Holbein Acryla Gouache
Stonehenge paper, 2.5x3.5”
THROWBACK to this video from May 2017: a painting of a momma croc and her baby! This drawing was for the Illustration Friday prompt “Mother.”
Sakura Koi Watercolor
Faber-Castell Polychromos Colored Pencils
Mossery Sketchbook (masked to 4" x 6.75")
I drew my in-laws' dog, Bridget, for Christmas this year. She's become blind but is still very peppy.
Click on the arrows to navigate through the slides and hover over the image to see a description of my tools and techniques.