Thanks for your Chicago venue recommendations last night in my stories. If you’re interested in joining me for a workshop on February 12, tell me below or DM me, and I’ll let you know as soon as details are set. (Also, how cute is this pup?!?) #paintingwithwool#goodnaturedworkshop
Throwing it back again to another piece from #HAMportraits collection. This is Helly, the first and only donkey I’ve ever created. Love her portrait so much. You’ll find prints of her in my shop if you fancy this sweetheart on your walls. #paintingwithwool
If you were following along last year, you likely remember my weekly #GoodNaturedSketchbook posts and my weird love of painting food. It’s been too long since I’ve played with paint, and I’ve got some pomegranates in my kitchen just begging to be rendered in acrylics. Swipe through for a handful of my favorite sketchbook pages of 2016.
Been missing my cat friend lately, but I’m glad I have this memorial of our Kitty. This is the second piece I ever made for myself and, as it turns out, I am harder than expected to please. #pickyclient#paintingwithwool
Throwback to this memorial of Jet which was part of the #HAMPortraits collection of 30 animal portraits that I began about a year ago for exhibition at @historicark. His portrait is one of my very favorites.Some of the portraits from the HAM collection are available as prints in my shop. #paintingwithwool
Meet Rufus! He hopes you’ll have a great day and weekend. (I do, too! ) I see a lot of new faces around here (HI! ) and am getting lots of commissions inquiries. Please head to my website to read up on commissions. daniives.com/commissions #paintingwithwool
My portrait process has multiple stages. The daunting process of just beginning. Seems a bit unreasonable as I close in on 400 total portraits in the last 3 years that just *starting* a portrait can be difficult. After I complete the eyes/nose/mouth, I rough in darker colors that are underneath the top fur layers. You can see this stage by this pup’s eye on the right. Layer, layer, layer, layer. This is where I add midtones, highlights and define shadows more. This is also the stage where things start looking really WEIRD. I often tell students that their wool paintings will look weird before they look good, lol. After starting the layering, I find a groove of working with the colors I have chosen, and defining texture becomes much easier and almost systematic—like muscle memory. It’s toward the end of this stage (and where I currently am with THIS portrait) that I see how the portrait will look and get very excited to finish. (I usually have a hard time stepping away at this point.) Final step is to add finishing touches after all layers are down. Here I redefine blacks and sharpen outlines and tuck in loose fibers. Then I pull the portrait off my foam pad, make any shape adjustments and send a photo to the client for approval. So, I’ve got just a bit more work to do! #paintingwithwool#petportrait
This morning I made a donation of $1058 to @pollinatorpartnership!!! All thanks to your support of last week’s Giving Tuesday collection and shop and ecourse sales. I had so much fun creating this #GivingTuesday collection and supporting an organization with such a worthy cause. I’m already scheming for the next round. I know a lot of you were interested in these minis, so I may try to make a few more in the next couple weeks and just put them up for grabs in my stories or feed. Stay tuned and THANK YOU for helping me support #animalconservation.
I got a little carried away with this one last night. I had finished my work for the day and sat down to relax and do “just ten minutes of felting for fun” while watching a movie. Well, ten minutes turned into a couple hours and a piece I REALLY love. Oops! #makersgonnamake#paintingwithwool
I can’t get over the pure joy in this pup’s face. I love this portrait so much—I don’t want to send it off! Today is the last day that 10% of my shop and ecourse sales will be donated to @pollinatorpartnership. So far, we’ve raised over $1000!!! So (Flash sale!!) if you want to grab prints, pins or felting kits, use code POLLINATE to get $10 off your order over $40. (Applies to my Etsy shop only, good through 8pm cst.) #paintingwithwool
I’ve had this toadstool hoop sitting around in my studio with unfinished edges since our drive to Denver two months ago. But it’s finished now and ready to find a home, so it’s in my shop. #paintingwithwool
Last day to get 50% off my ecourses. Head to my website and click on Ecourses for all the deets. I offer two classes: #FeltWithMe helps you build and expand your painting with wool skills (this time lapse is from Felt With Me), and the #DIYCactusCourse teaches you how to felt three kinds of 3D potted cacti and includes a bonus toadstool lesson. Each online class is filled with step by step videos to help you complete each project and work at your own pace. Your class access never expires. Use code ‘pollinator’ when you checkout. Good through 11:59pm CST. (And don’t forget: 10% of all ecourse/shop sales this week are being donated to @pollinatorpartnership along with the #GivingTuesday collection from yesterday.) Happy Felting! #paintingwithwool#needlefelting
Okay friends, here’s the scoop: Tomorrow at noon CST, I’m releasing the #GivingTuesday collection at NOON CST in my shop. There are 12 hoops, and each will be $50 + shipping. All proceeds will be donated to @pollinatorpartnership. I will also be donating 10% of my total sales through Friday from ecourses and my shop to the same cause. So, in case you want to do any shopping AND help support conservation and save the planet, use code POLLINATOR in my Etsy shop for 25% off (today only). For 50% off my Ecourses, use the same code (good through Wed). Let’s save the pollinators together! #savethepollinators#savethebees#conservation
2018 workshops in your town? Read on: Yesterday’s workshops at @queencitycraftshow were invigorating. I got to meet new friends, catch up with friends I’ve been missing, and teach two amazing groups of people a new way to create with their hands. It was a great day! The rest of my year will be spent working on my book and a few commissions. I’m also planning a workshop schedule for next year, so if you want me to head your way, let me know in the comments. ♀️ And if you’re a venue that would like to host a workshop, please get in touch. #paintingwithwool
Dying over this photo of Riley and her portrait. My customers are the absolute sweetest, and I love hearing their stories of when they get to hold and see their portraits in person for the first time. Plus, getting photos like this are a huge bonus. (Thank you @christinallan!) #paintingwithwool#petportrait