Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Fine Art America

If you wanna purchace beautiful animal-prints, I offer many of my paintings at drawings for sale. A new place is at Fine Art America. There are multiple sizes, and greetingcards as well.
Take a look here.
I hope you find what you're looking for :)

Monday, May 30, 2011

Fantasy: Peace and Harmony

Peace and Harmony, the fantasy-painting of my daughter is finished. It contains quite a few symbols, referring to the feminine rider and her youth, some of her ideals etc.
My daughter is satisfied with it, so I'll frame it.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Guests Gallery art competition

I have entered 2 paintings into the Guests gallery 3. international Animal art competition; Here.

Part of the votes are delivered by the public.
Take a look and see if you like my entries. If so, please vote for me. You can vote for 2 artworks.

Artwork will be added until May 24. I believe voting is open untill early july.
Remember to take a view on the enlarged artwork to see it proberly.
May the best artwork win :) - and hopefully from lots of votes.
In 2010 I was among the top 15 entries with my graphite drawing of a poodle.

Fantasy: Peace and Harmony

The fantasty painting will have the title "Peace and Harmony".
Still using watercolors and watersolouble colorpencils.
I think the painting progress very well.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

competition deadline 31. may

Remember to e-mail me if you wanna join the competition of a print of my koala-drawing.
The question is, what is the funny detail about the koala, I mention in my post: koala finished.

My adress can be seen in Profile page, or top right coloumn at my blog. a-zoo.blogspot.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Tuesday, May 24, 2011


I have started painting the girl. Skintones are alizarin crimson, yellow ochre, burnt umber and ultramarine blue.
So far the moon is in watersoluble colored pencil.


I have started something completely new for me. A kind of fantasy painting.
My daughter have asked for this for a long time, and I finally have a go at it.

The fantasy genre is wide, and this, my first, is not that complicated when it comes to imaginative elements.
The fantasy is more about the illusion of being in a surrounding not likely to happen. And riding a zebra, holding an owl and a fox, the clothing and other stuff.

It is going to be painted in mixmedia. So far watercolors and colored pencils.
Work title, perhaps final title: Peace and Harmony

Monday, May 23, 2011

New wildlife at Imagekind

2 very different animals are now availiable as prints at my Imagekindshop.

From Australia, the charming koalabear. Drawn in graphite on smooth watercolorpaper this artwork is detailed, but yet with an almost painterly look. Focus is on the animal and the tree he sits in, background is added in a blurred manner.

From Africa, a Grants zebra. A very colorful zebra painted in watercolors. The white background gives this artwork a stylish and modern look.

Anyone who loves wildlife, and in particular these animals, will be satisfied with these art prints.

Why did I draw and paint these animals;

Firstly, the Koala-bear is a competition winner from my comp.: Your favorite animal. I simply asked people reading my blog, facebook, newsletter or homepage, what their favorite animal are. I got very different replies, and chose this cute animal.

I really loved to draw him. To make the fur look just as soft and nice and his face so cute. Also getting the textures of the tree right, and add a background, that was looking good, but not too important.

I love zebras. They are so beautiful with their stribes, manes and small hoves. I wanted to do a more modern looking painting, and as I love animals (maybe you noticed), I thought this could be a fine mix. A zebra, but painted in exceptionel colors and placed on the white background.

It was a thrill to paint. Watercolors can be a bit unforgiven, but it worked fine.

Hope you like them too ;)

Why I draw and paint horses


I am very facinated with horses, and like to draw and paint all kinds of breeds and types.

It is one of the most beautiful animals. Their strength, grace and energy are amazing to look at.

There are so many beautiful kinds and each horse is special and have its own personal expression.

I had a couple of commissions drawing horseportraits, and when time admits, I open op for new commissions - keep an eye on the site and my news.

I draw and paint my own compositions too.

Several of the drawings can be yours as a print from my Imagekindshop.

See more in my horsegallery.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Why I draw and paint dogs


I just love dogs, and drawing or painting mans best friend is a pleasure. There are so many exciting breeds and mixbreeds too of cause. Each dog has its own personality and expression.

So far I had 3 dogs in my life. For the moment I do not have a dog, but that won't last for sure. I like the friendship with a dog, the daily walks and working together also to participate in competitions.

I had several commissions drawing dogportraits, and it is a pleasure, to have happy customers.

I draw and paint my own compositions too. I like to go to dogshows and look at all the wonderful doggies, and have a chat. I take many photos too, as I use them for my own compositions.

Dogs are wonderful !!

ee more in my doggallery

Doggy shop

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Webgallery Page

On my added page-tab Webgalleries above, you can find links to where I've written a bit about why I love to draw and paint dogs, cats, horses, wildlife

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Koala bear finished

I have finished the koala bear. Isn't it a cute looking animal!

I heard from a fellow artist from Australia, that the koala sleeps 20 hours out of 24, due to the low nutrition in the eucalyptus they eat.

Take a look at my facebook, to join a competition, where you can win a print of the drawing!

You can find my mailadress at top right colomn, if you want to participate.

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Lenes greeting cards

I would like to introduce my new blog: Lenes Greeting cards.

I am not finished setting up for purchase, but so far, you can see some of the cards there.

Friday, May 13, 2011

Koala bear

... more koala bear. I hope to finish this sunday, so that the winner, Aina, can have her print :)

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Pages on Blog

"He's my favorite" is one of the cards, that is soon avaliable at my new greetingcard blog.

Perhaps you noticed that I have added page-tabs on top of the blog. It is now more integrated with my website, some of the pages just as my website, and a couple with a link to my website (at least so far, might be placed here later).


Find your favorite animal - or a perfect gift.

Do you want your favorite animals on your walls?

By surrounding ourselves with beautiful images and things that appeal to us, we feel good. Since you are here, I assume you love animals.
Hopefully I can help you finding the animal of your choise. If you don't see it at my shop, don't hesitate to mail me, if I have an artwork of that particular animal for prints, or ask me for a commission. No obligations in asking.

I want to decorate walls with artistic, beautiful animalart.

In my Imagekind shop you can see avaliable prints.

All prints are sold worldwide in 100 copies only. That is a very limited number, but I want my customers to know, that their print is not hanging all over the place. It is a speciality.

From my Imagekind shop the artwork comes in different sizes and with or without framing or printed on canvas - a very modern looking piece of wall-decoration. From Imagekind you have a large selection of images, sizes, framing and colorprints.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Koala bear

I am quite a step further than my last update. And here you can see the entire composition.

Well, still lots of work, I begin to fear, that I will not have this finished as expected!

Sunday, May 08, 2011

Koala bear

the different textures of leaves, background, nails, wood and fur are all the fun stuff to apply.

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Koala bear

An update on the koala. Lots of fur, that must be short and soft :)

Tuesday, May 03, 2011

Koala bear

I have startet to draw the winner from my competition; the koala bear. It is really such a sweet looking animal.

Monday, May 02, 2011

It's a thin line

Some comments on my work at my easter exhibition once again made me think about realistic - photorealistic and even hyperrealistic artwork.

The comments were, that people thought, seeing my artwork from a little distance, that some of it were photography. I am happy they said so, because I know what they mean. They were amazed of it.

Yet, I was pleased, that getting closer, they realized (by themselves) that it was drawings or paintings.

When I see photorealistic work - I mean, where the only way I can tell it is not a photo, is because the artist wrote or told, that it is acrylics, oils, watercolor or whatever - I am stunned, how technical superior those artists are, in handling their media. It is truly amazing.

But, I do not want to draw or paint that realistic myself. I want people to realize, when looking closer, that it is a drawing or a painting. I want a kind of artistic "doodle" that shows; this is not a photo. I want them to know, that this image is made-up and made by a human mind and hand. Even photoreference are much used (as those animals won't stand still :)), I cannot believe some people think of it as copying. My artwork are filtered through my eyes, feelings and a wish to show you: see what I see - do you relate too? It is also handdrawn, handpainted and has taken many thoughts, reflections and a bit of my soul into it ;) I am sure the photorealistic artists do too :)

It is a thin line. Because I don't either wanna disturb a drawing or painting with some out-of-place lines or marks. I'll keep trying. Drawing and painting realism to be realistic, but with my artistic fingerprint on it, beside the pure technical aspects.

I think this line-walking is also a reason why I love to do some looser work in between. But I wouldn't miss my realistic approach.
The artwork people believed to be photos - at a distance, remember you sit close to a monitor :) - was, from top: "The little One". "Great Dane". "Gentle giants".
And then take a look at what I call hyperphotorealism. It is by Dennis Peterson, and painted with gouache. You won't believe it :)

Newsletter no. 4

There is a newletter on my website.

Pastel Guild Europe winner
The competition: Win a print of your favorite animal ended
The easterexhibition with Stiplet
The artevent against cancer

Sunday, May 01, 2011

Competition Your favorite animal

The competition Win a print of Your favorite animal has ended.
The winner is: Aina Budde, who will have her favorite animal drawn: the koala.
The drawing will be done in about 14 days and then shown on my blog, website and Facebook.

Thank you everyone who participated.
If I draw another of the submitted animals in graphite, I will send you an e-mail.
You then have the opportunity to buy a print at reduced price.

I love this

I started the "I love this"-posts in january 2011, and will make a montly post with a couple of "I love this" drawings or paintings. Why not applaude something you really admire and love to look at :) Enjoy! As I cannot copy-paste other artists work, I have placed a link on the title.

"Flamingo". Watercolorpainting by Anne Abgott. I am so attracted by this wonderful, colorful painting. Without a lot of details and feather-rendering, but great use of simplicity, the bird stands out with brilliant warm colors. A feast for my eyes.

"White tiger". Oil-painting by Jason Morgan. I feel I can almost hear the silence in this painting. It has so much atmosphere, it's like the tiger silently comes nearer, just making a ripple on the waters surface. Wonderful storytelling painting and masterly painted.