Faerie Portraits – Isaac & Clara as Elves

Young girl as elf
Clara as Elf, pencil, 11x17"
Portrait of young man as an elf, in elvish garb
Isaac as Elf, pencil portrait, 11x17"

For some reason I’ve been wanting to portray my kids as elves for some time now, and finally indulged!

I’m working on a watercolor now of my son in the same pose.  It’s nice that they’re old enough now to sit still for a little bit, but I’ve decided not to push it (so they’ll be willing to pose again in the future!)  The drawings were done from life, but I’m using these studies and reference photos to paint.

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Watercolor Portrait: Willa & Dusty

watercolor portrait of child and horse
"Willa and Dusty," watercolor portrait, 22 x 14"

This portrait was done as a demo in one of my classes.  I used a photo of one of my daughter’s Pony Club friends and her favorite pony, Dusty.

This painting was featured for the month of May in the 2009 Marshfield Clinic art calendar.

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Deer Painting: Forest Spirit

Deer painting in watercolor
"Forest Spirit", watercolor deer painting

Last weekend we spent some time on a rural property we own in southwest Wisconsin.  One morning I bushwhacked to the far corner of the property to pick nettles and came upon two deer in the woods.  The doe looked at me curiously for the longest time, even after the buck had gone with a flash of white tail.

I’ve noticed that deer are often quite curious about human visitors to their domain.  Last Spring Equinox I attended an early morning ritual in the woods on Rib Mountain near Wausau.  On the way back down afterwards we came upon a similar small group of deer.  They, too, were extremely curious about these strange creatures on two legs and didn’t seem at all alarmed at our bemused chatting.  A cheeky red squirrel’s chatter, however, sent them bounding out of sight!

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Got it up (not what you think)

Anne Michelsen with horseJust announcing my new “official” website!

www.brightspiritart.com.

Take a look and let me know what you think.  (Especially if you think it takes too long to load – I’m a little worried about that.)

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Tiger Painting

Tiger painting in watercolor
"Tiger," watercolor on board, 20 x 16"

The tiger represents power, strength, royalty, and ruthlessness.

We often think of ruthlessness as being a negative trait, but a certain degree of it is necessary to survive and thrive in the world.  Tiger energy can help us do what needs to be done.

Although it is a formidable creature, the tiger is also a devoted mother and can be a guardian or protective figure.  It’s also a symbol of wealth in some cultures.

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