Friday, January 26, 2007

{Studio Friday} "Look who I found!"

This week's topic for Friday January 26th suggested by Janet: LOOK WHO I FOUND... !

"I love to discover new artists and often find them through other peoples mentions of them. So, introduce us, in words and/or pictures, to an artist, craftsperson, or writer you admire and that we might not have heard of before (i.e. not a famous one). What do you like about their work? How does it inspire your own work?"

~ Janet

This is a fun topic!
I have been out of the loop for a few months and I'm back in the groove!
A true art inspiration for me is Debbie Wachel.
Debbie's work is very unique and always brings a smile to my face. She has a certain command of the colour pallet and she really knows how to bring her art to life. I am especially fond of her whimsical sketches of her beautiful standard poodle, Penny and her beloved horses.
Here are a couple of my absolute favorites:
This is a sketch of her poodle, Penny, sound asleep. I love the soft tones and highlights. It's not just a sleeping dog, it gives the viewer a sense of peace.
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I love this comical sketch of a Fashion-Zebra, able to change his stripe color at will!
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My absolute favorite sketch is this one! It's her whimsical take on Raphael's "Cherubs", but done as pegasas'!!
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Debbie's artistic abilities aren't limited to sketches! She's got a wide range of projects going on at any given time. She creates lovely art from flowers, fabric, paper, fibers, collages, and just SO MUCH!
Here's another piece that I LOVE!!! It's sooo funny yet SOOO TRUE!! I love her sense of humor and how she can bring it all to life in one of her artistic pieces!

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This one, one of my favorites, makes me laugh the very hardest! I guess it's because I can truly relate! I have a water-phobic dog as well and Debbie captures the desperation perfectly!

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Debbie's artwork and her writing inspires me to go further, take chances with color and themes and just to go for it and create! Thanks Debbie for being such an inspiration!!


Stephanie said...

Very fun! Thanks for sharing her with us!

Tracie said...

WELCOME BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I've missed you so!!!!!

Those are some neat and fun sketch/paintings...I esp. love the last one too, it is too cute!!!

Hope to read more from you for awhile......

APlanet4Creation said...

Those are gret sketches!! So much fun. :)

Loreluca said...

Such pretty work she has!!! Thanks for sharing her creations!
BTW... Thanks for reporting again!!! Was starting to think you'd never come back!!!

Salix Tree said...

Hey! Welcome back!
Debbie's art is truly wonderous! It has a lot of energy, doesn't it? I love the zebra one!

DEW said...

Oh my! The last thing I was expecting when I strolled to your blog was to see my art! Thank you so much for your kind words and I am touched that you spent such an effort to explain what it was about my art that appealed to you. My goal with my cartoons is to put a smile on people's faces and it is wonderful to know that I can realize that goal! However, it does help that you have a sick sense of humor like I do :). I find it so difficult to believe I can be an inspiration - you made my year! Thank you again, from the bottom of my heart!

LB said...

Fun illustrations - thanks for sharing!

kerrip said...

Debbie is one of my dearest friends, and she is indeed a talented artist, and also one of my artistic inspirations as well. I am so glad you featured her work, as she sometimes is not convinced that it's as great as it is!!!