THE CHICKEN HOUSE STUDIO part 2: windows (shades shut)

Studio cat Boo, in shadow, viewing the green pastoral southern scene framed from the front window of the studio.

I have a lovely pastoral view from my studio. And when I first moved in I was thrilled to have clerestory windows to boot. More natural light! But I’ve pulled all the studio window shades shut in the front room where I spend most of my time. The painting room. Why you ask?

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MEET THE MODEL: Doug

Black dog (Doug) with white muzzle, tongue hanging low, one ear up one down, peering out of a soybean field.

The name of our first dog was inspired by a Gary Larson “far side” cartoon featuring a man peeking around a tree in a fenced yard, and a sales man at the gate looking at a sign that reads “Beware of Doug”* (My husband’s idea.) * I am not posting the cartoon here in respect … Read more MEET THE MODEL: Doug

Watch a commission develop!

A commissioned portrait, in black and white, of a woman, her horse and dog. The E3, (family portrait series,) 2018, acrylic on canvas, 16” x 12”, Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis

THE E3 VIDEO In this 2 minute video you will find some of the steps I take to complete a commission. There is a lot of work that goes into it even before brush can touch canvas. Omitted, are the communications with the client, intermediate steps, and the time in between actions. Time for contemplation, … Read more Watch a commission develop!

A SHORT SHOW & TELL on VARIATIONS part 1: Mark Making & Seeing

Felt tip pen drawing of a recumbent fluffy white dog. Grey with white and black accents. Artist Elizabeth Lisa Petrulis.

Variations on Butterscotch (Drawings) When I first got my new paint pens I made three quick drawings from the same reference photo. (Thanks, Kathy Hsiao, for the photo of Butterscotch.) I really got a thrill. The pens reminded how much I love to draw. Making these variations, I was merely getting a feel for the pens … Read more A SHORT SHOW & TELL on VARIATIONS part 1: Mark Making & Seeing