Ok, I Lied About the Week Off, ‘Cause I’ve Been Tagged

Thank you to Julie Chapman, for including me on your list of animal artists/bloggers. I’m in some very nice company. The least I can do is reciprocate and it’s been a fun thing to do on a rainy, REALLY rainy, evening.

Julie offers almost the only workshops with an emphasis on DRAWING animals. Highly recommended.

Here’s the rules:

1. Put a link in your posting about the artist that tagged you. Done.
2. Write 5-7 unusual things about yourself.
3. Tag 5-7 other bloggers and let them know.


Unusual things about me:

1. Sir Winston Churchill is one of my heroes. A few favorite quotes:
“This is the sort of English up with which I will not put.”
“Nothing is so exhilarating as to be shot at without result.”
Lady Astor: “Winston, if I were your wife I’d put poison in your coffee,”
Churchill: “Nancy, if I were your husband I’d drink it.”

2. I first read the Lord of the Rings in 1968 (8th grade, age 14) and currently have (or am had by, your choice) a cat named Eowyn, which suits her. Pity any Nazgul that come around.

3. I’m planting a collection of striped roses in my garden next year. There’s more of them than you’d think.

4. My favorite client from when I was a freelance graphic designer was the owner of an oriental rug store in Berkeley, California. I created all his advertising for over two years and did many pen and ink drawings of carpets and other asian textiles.

5. I was the one who volunteered to have the boa constrictor wrapped around my neck at an animal park when I was about eight years old.


I’ve been digging around and there don’t seem to be that many animal/wildlife artists blogging and I don’t want to duplicate Julie’s links. So…..

Here are three animal artists not currently on my blogroll whose work I enjoy:
1. Carel Pieter Brest van Kempen – inspiration for those of us who are attracted to “off-beat” subjects. Always fun to see what he’s done now. If you love reptiles……check out his blog.
2. Victoria Wilson-Schultz – a real treat for horse lovers; she blogs on a variety of subjects
3. Val Warner– she lives over in California Gold Country, does interesting compositions of nicely-drawn animals and has painted BIG murals, too.
An enthusiastic plein air painter’s blog:
4. Ed Terpening – whose work reminds me that wildlife artists have to have a handle on landscape, too, and painting plein air is an excellent, maybe the best, way to do that.

And finally, arguably, one of the top three or four wildlife artists of the 20th century (One of the things Julie and I have in common that we have found in him and his work our major inspiration. The difference is that she got to meet him a couple of times. Previous sentence in green):
5. Bob Kuhn – Although he passed away last year, the website is still active and it looks like one can buy prints of his work, along with the most recent book and even some original drawings. He’s the master and forever an inspiration to us all.

2 thoughts on “Ok, I Lied About the Week Off, ‘Cause I’ve Been Tagged

  1. This was an interesting google alert we received! Number 4 from “unusual things about me” is awesome. Oriental Rugs are fascinating. Although our line of work requires an extensive evaluation of rugs, thankfully it has not come to making free hand sketches yet: quite tedious! If examples of sketches are available for viewing we’d love to take a look : )


  2. Sorry. I did the rug drawings many years ago in a career far, far away and don’t anticipate scanning or photographing them for the web. Thanks for your interest, though!


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