Monday, March 30, 2009

The Heist - Biff and Jo-Jo

Sometimes it's fun to watch the little critters in the garden and give them an imaginary life full of adventures. Meet Biff and Jo-Jo, the Sheltie Hollow Chipmunks. Today, it was cold and rainy, and they managed to clear out the bird feeder. So much more fun to imagine them in tiny yellow slickers and boots than to see the reality of them carrying food away in the traditional Chimpmunk fashion. The Heist is a 4 x 6 watercolour and ink sketch.

Heather Anderson

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Lady Iris

A wander through the garden yesterday showed that all sorts of little green"noses" were popping up through the dark, wet soil, the Irises among them. I don't tend to look at flowers just the way a hobby gardener does, although that is exactly what I am - I sometimes look at them through the portals of faery land. So many blossoms seem to have a magical personality to them, and no where is this more apparent to me, than with the Iris. She is regal, stately, and leads the way into summer with much ceremony. In this painting, I wanted to underline her regal presence by having her stand pretty much alone against a green/gold background. Seeing her like this makes me believe that true, warm, delightful Spring is just around the corner.
Now I need to turn my attention back to the dogs, cats, and horses that I love to paint.
LADY IRIS is an 11 x 14 watercolour, and is available on my website.

Heather Anderson

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Midnight and the Wolf

Last year, I decided to dip my paintbrush into the world of Fantasy. Painting dogs, cats, and horses will always be my first love, but sometimes it's good to take a little vacation from the usual so you can go back to it refreshed. The Faery world has always fascinated me, and so that was where my paintbrush and I began to travel when we needed a change.
MIDNIGHT AND THE WOLF was my first trip to Faeryland, and it was so much fun, that I have travelled there again recently, and that painting will be posted here soon.

Magic is all around us, and as Midnight is a classic Magical time, this is where I began. Midnight stalks the land every night, and her black-as-a-night-sky Wolf paces beside her. She can bring peaceful dreams or just the opposite. I wonder what Midnight has in store for you tonight?

MIDNIGHT AND THE WOLF is a watercolour (11 x 14) and is available on my Website.

Heather Anderson

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

An Capaill Ban

Failte! Welcome! The horse has always held a special place in the Irish Spirit, and there are numerous legends and images of the white horse throughout the British Isles and Ireland. In this watercolour painting, An Capaill Ban, I have imagined the White Horse leaping out of the sea - most likely the Irish Sea. This painting is available on my website. Slainte!

Heather Anderson

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Sheltie Splash

The snow is melting fast, and soon there will be wet, green grass everywhere. There is nothing our Shelties like to do more in the Spring, than to run through the puddles that collect in the low parts of the garden. They come in wet, filthy, tired, and thoroughly happy. In this little 5 x 7 watercolour, I've tried to capture that feeling of fun and Spring freshness. Sheltie Splash is available, and can be found on the Sheltie Pages of my website.
Heather Anderson

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Larger Than Life

One of the highlights of the Ottawa Season is the FUR BALL, the charity Fundraiser for the Ottawa Humane Society. This year, I have been pleased to give them a donation for the Silent Auction that is part of that event.
"Larger Than Life" is a small acrylic painting, and my own Studio Cat, Sasha, posed for me. He was adopted from the Humane Society when he was just a tiny kitten. We had no choice really. As we were walking around looking at cage after cage of beautiful cats and kittens, he reached through the bars of his cage, took hold of my finger, drew it between the wires, and began to suck on it. It would have taken a harder heart than mine to walk away. Since then, he has been a total delight, and reigns over the dogs as the Sheltie Hollow Cat.
I named this painting LARGER THAN LIFE because it seems to me that this is how cats see themselves.
If you are thinking of adding a cat or kitten to your life, please remember that there are thousands of cats in shelters all across the country, waiting for a loving home.

Heather Anderson