Let me take you to a place that will take your breath away…

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Thinking about the vantage point of pigeons ‘fancy or common’ it must be amazing!

It would take my breath away.

It is great to be sketching again.  Thanks so much for the blog nominations and awards!  I will try to respond individully to each very soon.  I really appreciate your stopping by and for taking the time to comment and share your impressions.

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This January Horse Regards the Past

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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…

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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.

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Amanda’s Happy Horse

I am not sure why, but recently I have felt like drawing horses again.

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Sketchathon! Hurricane Sandy Fundraiser this Sunday in New York City.

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.

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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.

http://artsquare.co/pledge/

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Side By Side As Crows

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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Inside Out

Inside Out

Dawn Henning, 2012

Watercolor on Arches paper.

More work can be seen at http://www.dawnhenning.com

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August Magpie In A Crowded Room

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.

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A Cormorant in New York Harbor ~ φαλακρός κόραξ

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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Week 13 – Thinking of Greece – Greek Independence Day

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.

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Week 12 – Creative Stall – Working through Creative blocks – the culprit

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?

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Week Three, House Crow study

 

 

 

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