Drawing is a wonderful way of remembering…
I think the first memory I have of drawing was one I had done of a horse. It was the “horse of a different color” in the Wizard of Oz. I loved horses then as I do now and that one in particular. I remember what I was feeling as I was drawing, my box of crayons, the choices I made in colors and being disappointed with the head I had drawn – trying to fix it (no erasers when working with crayons), I think I was five.
I went on to draw many horses through grade school with my best friend Kyra. After school we would draw their heads and fantasize about having our own horses – mine would be a Palomino. Great memories…
This is my “Horse of a Different Color”
My daughter also loves horses and made this when she was a bit older than 5 and it is the happiest horse being ridden by a very happy girl.
Amanda’s Happy Horse
I am not sure why, but recently I have felt like drawing horses again.
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This Sunday December 16th I will be participating in a fundraiser to raise money for the Time Square Art Square and The New York Foundation for the Arts to assist artists affected by Hurricane Sandy. It is a Sketchathon, with 100 artists donating their time and talents.
You can commission portraits from one of 100 artists – including myself, for $10. in advance or $20. on the day of the event. You can join us in Manhattan or you can commission portraits online. Please see all of the details below.
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This is my first new post in some time. It was difficult to get started again.
I wanted to take a moment to thank those of you who have sent your supportive comments and great feedback over the past weeks and months. To date, I have received feedback from folks in over one hundred countries. I am touched by your kind words and insights and interesting perspectives.
Special thanks to Christina, a talented photographer from England who posted awesome Kestral photos today on her blog: steeniesphotoblog.wordpress.com Thank you Christina for your lovely post today. Please check out Christina’s wonderful photos. I know these photos will lead to future sketches and paintings.
I am always open to collaboration. So much of the creative process is a solo experience, it is great to have the oportunity to share it with other creative soles.
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Dawn Henning, 2012
Watercolor on Arches paper.
More work can be seen at http://www.dawnhenning.com
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Tagged Art, bird, Brooklyn Blogger, crow, Dawn Henning, drawing, Horse, sillouette, sketch
It is good to be back at my drawing table after a wonderful trip to Greece. I saw my first European Magpie under the Olive trees in the gardens of the Greek Agora in Athens.
We would watch for hours as the Cormorants on Block Island would hold their wings out wide to dry them in the sun only to dive right back into the water once accomplished. We are lucky to have them close by, two New York birds live in the Narrows of New York Harbor. They are a favorite of mine but not typically the subject of my drawings. Possibly a future subject of a children’s book… anyone interested in collaborating?
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Tagged Art, Audubon, Dawn Henning, φαλακρός κόραξ, painting, Watercolor
Thinking about Greece, I stumbled upon a blog I like, and found some great photos… athensbirds.blogspot.com Looking forward to being in Athens this June to see my family.
It’s been too long since I posted… usually I can work through my creative blocks but I am not sure why but this has been a particularly difficult period. In an effort to be as honest as possible I am posting the piece “the culprit” I have been trying to resolve. My first instinct is to keep it in my WIP (works in progress) box until I am ready and all has been resolved. I welcome your insight, wosdom and perspective on working through a creative block. How do you work through these difficult times?
January 18th Post…
Last night when I finished this piece, I wanted to post it but held off until tonite so that I could participate in the blackout today to protest SOPA & PIPA.
This piece was made with watercolor, that I mixed myself from powdered pigment. Mixing my own paint is great because I can control the viscosity as well as the intensity of the watercolors- an effect you can’t always get with paint from a tube. It’s unfortunate that making your own paint from pigment is so much more toxic than just buying it premixed. I don’t like the fact that I need to use such toxic ingredients to make art, but I also love working with the colors they create.
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