Fun Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Art

The one thing as an artist I’ve always wanted to do is be able to draw my beloved Cavalier King Charles Spaniel dogs. My goal for the year 2021 is to be able to draw them consistently and feel comfortable coloring them in the fun iPad drawing app Procreate. I’ve been taking classes on the website Udemy and Skill Share to learn more about cartoon drawing and painting techniques. Below I would like to show you some of my creations thus far.

This is Sadie, my 8 year old Cavalier Who is dressed up for a day in Paris, France. This gave me a fun way of playing with fashion illustration which I’m very much interested in. I do have to get better at drawing fashion models. The time being, I can add some fashion on my dog!
Here is Sadie throwing a snowball at my other dog, a Labradoodle, Duke. This was a great challenge for me. I’m not used to driving elaborate at all and working on trying to create texture in the image without it looking too messy was quite a balance.

Sadie in a snow globe with a snowman.
I started this right around Christmas and finished it by New Year’s Day. I have three Cavalier King Charles spaniel‘s and one Labradoodle. I really wanted to create a Christmas ornaments for our tree of the four dogs.

Once I start feeling comfortable with my Cavalier King Charles drawings I will branch out to other dogs. I’m looking forward to this year as I hope to really grow with experience using Procreate and cartoon drawing. I am going to take a break from Watercolor for the time being to see how far I can go with this new venture.

Watercolor Show And Tell

Here are my latest watercolor and illustrations!

For a Beach challenge I had to watercolor a pool float! So I wanted to create some thing that was a little bit more exciting than just a pool floats without a background. So I did this fun water pattern with my float.
This is for a flower watercolor challenge, dahlias. I decide to do painterly Dahlias.
For another flower art challenge, this is a realistic Peony to the best of my ability!
For the beach challenge, I had to watercolor a sun hat. So this gave me a great opportunity to practice my female profile illustrations.
Again for the beach challenge, I had to watercolor a fish. So I decided to work on my watercolor background and draw my beta fish in ink.
This was for a doodle wash challenge, I had to create a raspberry tart. This was a lot of fun to work on as I love to illustrate food.

Copying The Masters~ Matisse And His Wife At Collioure

Here is the original which was done by Andre Derain, summer 1905. The picture is of Mattisse and his wife.  It was done on ink on paper.

To learn more Andre Derain, Matisse And His Wife At Collioure

When I was in art school learning about ink drawing, I chose this picture to work on learning about how the strokes where made. Below is my attempt to copying this picture. I saw that proportion is an area that needs work.

Masterpeice Picasso


This was a great exercise of learning how to draw with ink and drawing. It was not that easy but I am willing to try this again with other master artists.


Wildlife Thursday: Bull Finch In Color Pencil

cr bullfinch


Color Pencil on Bristol Paper 300 Series

Lyra Rembrandt Polycolor color pencils with a mix of Faber Castell Polychromos pencils



Happy Pictures And Bright Colors For Your Soul

“To get rid of depression, I swim with dolphins”

Patti Stanger
I drew this with Prisma color pencils on Bristol Paper.

When anxiety or depression takes hold of you. Find whatever it is that will pull you from the depths of those thoughts. Run, walk, draw, cook, hug your pet, your loved one. You are worth the time to find out what will work for you.

In a news article by Nicole Spector, “Smiling can trick your brain into happiness — and boost your health”. To read more, here is the link.

Smiling feels so much better than frowning. Do what it takes to get that smile on your face. And if you begin to laugh, even better!

Painting is a blind man’s profession. He paints not what he sees, but what he feels, what he tells himself about what he has seen.

– Pablo Picasso
My watercolor Teddy Bear With Heart Balloons.

Smiling can help:

  1. Relaxes the body
  2. Improves your mood
  3. Strengthen you immune system
My Color Pencil Drawing of Pastel Macaroons.

Bright, warm colors help with lifting your mood! They bring out feels of joy and happiness. That’s why I use bright colors in my art. They make me feel relaxed and optimistic!

The whole point is to live life and be- to use all the colors in the crayon box.


I hope that some of my images and colors have brightened a little bit of your day!