Artist Blog and Random Thoughts

Cleo the Studio Helper May 25 2017

Cleo is a wonderful studio helper and a wonderful, fluffy, Newfoundland girl. Animals are so awesome and many times, our animals understand us better than humans. Cleo is no exception! She is very intelligent and in tune with me.

Cleo on long walk Kanweienea Kreations

Beautiful Cleo.

Drawing Pad Bristol Paper Kanweienea Kreations

This is one of my favorite drawing papers, Bristol 300 Vellum.

Inspired by Seth Godin, I might try to get back to posting daily. However, I am also working on a newsletter content schedule as well.

Sincerely,

Gunilla

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


A Backstage Pass Into My Studio May 22 2017

Hey there,

Would you like a behind-the-scenes look at my studio?

I consider it my sanctuary, the special place where I feel most comfortable being my most creative self.

And it’s where I create the stuff you’ve been seeing in my other emails and online gallery!

Here’s a peek:

Tuxie, one of my beautiful studio helpers LOVES horses too! Here she is taking a ride on the stuffed toy horse Othello.

Tuxie and Blazey, two of our feline fur-babies, are good studio helpers. They do like to sit on my drafting table if I'm not working at it. Although me working at it could also then just mean that I want company and one or both of them comes to check out what I'm drawing.

Tiggy and Cleo are helpful studio helpers too of course, but for this post, I chose to feature Tuxie and Blazey.

What do you think? Is it what you expected?

I’ve enjoyed sharing this with you!

If you would like to see more, just click this link:

More about my studio helpers

Sincerely,

Gunilla

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


What do you think? May 15 2017

Horse drawing artwork in progress - Gunilla Wachtel

I’m just about finished with this piece and would like to get your opinion on it. What do you think?

The inspiration for returning to this drawing came to me the other day when I decided to start on the new series. I'm deciding whether to include it in the new series or not or if just decide later on it.

I am feeling pretty good about it… what about you? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


Horse Sketch Video Clip May 10 2017

I've been trying to keep up with making sure to document my artwork as I work on it. Here is a short clip of a composition sketch I was working on the other day.

 

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


Artwork in progress - dog drawing - 4 May 09 2017

Here is another update video on the dog drawing.

Thanks for watching!

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


Artwork in progress - dog drawing - 3 May 04 2017

Got some more work done on the dog drawing.

Thanks for watching!

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


Artwork in progress - Dog drawing - 2 May 02 2017

Artwork in progress of one of the dog drawings. Instead of shorter videos, I might combine these to longer (but still quite short), videos. Ideas?

Thanks for watching!

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


Pages from the Sketchbook - Horse Sketch April 29 2017

This is a horse sketch I was working on the other day.

 

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


Artwork in progress - dog drawing April 28 2017

Here are some updates on the dog drawing I'm working on. There will be some videos on this drawing too. They are scheduled to go live over the next couple of weeks.

I had started trying to do two videos a week, but I might (for now) cut that back to one a week or less.

Time to tackle that blogging schedule again. I've been finding a little more time to draw recently, but I feel that I still need to restructure the whole schedule thing some more. Hope you like how the drawing is coming along. 

Dog drawing artwork in progress pencil art Gunilla Wachtel 

Golden retriever pencil drawing dog art Gunilla Wachtel

artwork in progress - pencil drawing dog art Gunilla Wachtel

artwork in progress pencil dog drawing artist art Gunilla Wachtel

Golden retriever pencil art dog drawing Gunilla Wachtel animal artist 

Originally, I was going to split these pictures up in different blog posts, but I figured eh, let's try and make just one post with these. What do you think? Would you rather see a picture here or there or more at once?

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


Artwork in progress - Rough sketches April 27 2017

Some rough sketches done with ballpoint pen.

Thanks for watching!

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


Streamlining Website April 26 2017

Hi everyone, 

I just wanted to mention that as part of the restructuring I mentioned in another blog post, we currently are focusing on one product on the website, original ACEO cards.

I might re-introduce some of the other items at a later time, but for now, we are focusing on only one product. Over the next few days I will try to get more ACEO cards listed.

I will be listing some other items on eBay (paintings, bigger drawings, some keychains etc) as well as selling offline. Prints are on hold at the moment, but you can find some print products in my Zazzle store, Kanweienea Kreations.

In other news I will be working on some new series of drawing. one for ACEO cards, and possibly also bigger drawing series.

If you are looking for a particular item, contact us.

Have a wonderful day!

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations

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The Story Behind the ACEO - Horse April 26 2017

Recently I started trying to write a story about my artwork every day. I have some ACEO cards in the studio, that I had either never listed for sale, or had had listed at some point. With focusing mostly on prints and bigger (at least 8x10 anyways), original artworks, the ACEO cards looked like the might stay tucked away.

I really like a lot of these cards though and I know that there are some of my collectors that are interested in ACEO cards still. So, I try to write some blog posts about each of these cards. I try to write every day, but they might not get published every day.

After all, I do try to write about artworks in progress, news and events, and other things.

ACEO horse drawing pencil art Gunilla Wachtel

"Horse."  (2016). ACEO original pencil drawing. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Contact us to make an offer.

Perhaps not one of my most creatively titled cards, this horse ACEO features a cute horse looking at the viewer. It was part of a daily project, and as such in itself, it carries the story of inspiration and a "stick with it" attitude.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations 

Please note: There is no saying how long these art cards may or may not be available. All I can say is, don't delay in making an offer on these if you are interested. By you purchasing any of these cards, you are supporting my work as well as helping me make room for new artwork. Thank you!


The Story Behind the ACEO - 30 Days of Horses ACEO 5 April 25 2017

Imagine project after project and artwork (or whatever it is) for this project, just adds up. And up. and. Up. That's a little bit how I started feeling about this ACEO project where this card was part of. I honestly can't remember if I ever finished this project or not.

I did share this card, as I do with my other artworks, once it was made but I'm not sure how many actually even saw it. To tell the truth, my following on social media is a little bit like real life. I tend to have a few, good friends and that's fine with me.

I'm outspoken (but I try to be nice). Not everyone appreciates those who tells it like it is. The thing is, I've been like that since as long as I can remembered. It's how I was raised and although at times I've tried to fit in, it just won't work. I am who I am I suppose.

ACEO original horse drawing Gunilla Wachtel ACEO 5

30 days of horses. ACEO 5. Graphite pencil. Gunilla Wachtel. Contact us to make an offer.

This powerful, strong mare was a joy to draw. She does seem like she has a bit of an attitude but still gentle. Reminds me a little bit of myself I suppose, if I was a horse anyways.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations 

Please note: There is no saying how long these art cards may or may not be available. All I can say is, don't delay in making an offer on these if you are interested. By you purchasing any of these cards, you are supporting my work as well as helping me make room for new artwork. Thank you!


The Story Behind the ACEO - Daily Drawing 27 April 24 2017

This curious horse was part of a daily drawing project, from 2015. I have found that although daily projects are fun and a good way to build a creative habit, it also ends up building up a lot of artwork.

I will try to write blog posts about most of my ACEO cards. However, most of these posts will be scheduled to be posted at a later date.

Daily Drawing 27 Horse ACEO pencil drawing Gunilla Wachtel 

Daily drawing 27 (2015). Pencil drawing by Gunilla Wachtel. Contact us to make an offer.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations 

Please note: There is no saying how long these art cards may or may not be available. All I can say is, don't delay in making an offer on these if you are interested. By you purchasing any of these cards, you are supporting my work as well as helping me make room for new artwork. Thank you!


The Story Behind the ACEO - Daily Drawing 26 April 23 2017

Today I'm sharing another ACEO from the studio vault with you. This drawing was part of a daily practice. I thought it was fun to create a drawing with a different pose. Of course, the smaller size drawing makes it a bit more of a challenge. I thought it turned out pretty nice though, what do you think?

Daily Drawing 26 - ACEO horse pencil drawing Gunilla Wachtel

Daily drawing 26 (2015). Graphite Pencil. ACEO. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Gunilla Wachtel.
Contact us to make an offer.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations 

Please note: There is no saying how long these art cards may or may not be available. All I can say is, don't delay in making an offer on these if you are interested. By you purchasing any of these cards, you are supporting my work as well as helping me make room for new artwork. Thank you!


Support the Art Process - ACEO Art Cards - Make an Offer April 22 2017

Hey everyone,

It's another ACEO art card post. These are part of my artwork process. I often use the small cards to test out some composition ideas.

These ACEO cards are now being offered for sale through these posts. Which ones that were to be posted were first shown and offered to newsletter subscribers. If you want to make sure to not miss out on the next sneak peak of ACEO artworks, make sure to subscribe.

Friesian Horse Drawing Pencil Gunilla Wachtel

Mini Treasures #41. Working Friesian. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Ballpoint pen drawing. Available for Sale.

Daily Drawing 6. Horse Pencil Drawing Graphite Art Gunilla Wachtel

Daily Drawing #6. 2.5. x 3.5 inches. Graphite pencil. Available for sale.

Horse Pencil Drawing Daily Drawing 34. Equine Art by Gunilla Wachtel

Daily Drawing #34. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Graphite Pencil. Available for sale.

By you purchasing any of these cards, you are supporting my work as well as helping me make room for new artwork! 

Thank you!

There is no guarantee how long these artworks will be available for sale. Consider it an auction or make an offer post. If you are interested in purchasing any of these artworks, contact us.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations 


Pages from the Sketchbook April 21 2017

Just a little video where I am working on a quick pencil sketch of a horse. 

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations

Contact us to inquire about any originals for sale.


Studio Helpers April 20 2017

Cleo is a big cutie who likes to hang out with me in the studio more and more lately. She gets so well along with the cats too. Here is a picture of Cleo resting on the studio carpet while Blazey is checking on her.

Our animals are such an inspiration to me and we love them so much.

Studio Helpers Blazey the Tuxedo cat and Cleo the Newfoundland Dog

Blazey and Cleo - two of my studio helpers. They (and our other animals too) help me in so many ways. They make sure I get my exercise of course but also amongst many other things, they keep me company and inspire me to keep working on my artwork.

Featured Artwork

Arabian Horse Drawing. 8 x 10 print unframed.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations


Pages from the Sketchbook - Dog and Horse Sketches April 19 2017

This is a page from my sketchbook.

horse and dog sketches layouts composition Gunilla Wachtel

Here is a quick clip of me working on this sketchbook page. The dog in the drawings are other freehand layouts of the dog drawing I've been working on.

Thanks for watching!

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations  


The Story Behind the ACEO - Daily Drawing 19 - horse art April 18 2017

This was a fun little horse drawing to create. Part of a daily project. I guess technically you could consider these ACEO posts a bit of a mini gallery tour through some of my studio works.

Daily drawing 19 horse pencil drawing

Daily Drawing 19 (2015). Graphite Pencil. ACEO. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Gunilla Wachtel.

Contact us to make an offer.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations 

Please note: There is no saying how long these art cards may or may not be available. All I can say is, don't delay in making an offer on these if you are interested. By you purchasing any of these cards, you are supporting my work as well as helping me make room for new artwork. Thank you!


Cleo the Studio Helper April 18 2017

Cleo is our beautiful Newfoundland dog and she is an awesome studio helper!

 Here is a photo of Cleo featured on one of our Zazzle products:

 

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations

Contact us to inquire about any originals for sale.


The Story Behind the ACEO - Daily Drawing 30 - horse drawing April 17 2017

Today I'm sharing another horse ACEO from the studio vault. This little ACEO is titled "Daily Drawing #30." This was a fun horse to draw and a little more whimsical themed than my other horse drawings.

Daily Drawing 30 - Horse ACEO drawing Gunilla Wachtel Art

Daily drawing 30 (2015). Graphite pencil. Gunilla Wachtel.
Contact us to make an offer.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations 

Please note: There is no saying how long these art cards may or may not be available. All I can say is, don't delay in making an offer on these if you are interested. By you purchasing any of these cards, you are supporting my work as well as helping me make room for new artwork. Thank you!


Practicing the Tapered Stroke April 17 2017

Practicing the tapered stroke with the new Lyra pencils.

Lyra graphite pencils art supplies Kanweienea Kreations

Here is a short video:

Thanks for watching! 

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations

Contact us to inquire about any originals for sale.


The Story Behind the ACEO - Humpback Whale Breach April 16 2017

Normally you see mostly horse drawings from me. Maybe you don't know this already, but I happen to love marine life animals too. Their intelligence and streamlined shapes create animals that bring beauty to this world. The grace with which these animals move is quite awe-inspiring.

Humpback Whale Drawing ACEO Gunilla Wachtel

"Humpback Whale Breach." ACEO. 2.5 x 3.5 inches. Graphite pencil. Gunilla Wachtel. Contact us to make an offer.

This ACEO was created using water soluble graphite pencils, then varnished.

As I'm writing up the blog post, I'm fighting an epic flu that the kids brought home. Plus I have a migraine. I decided to write my ACEO post anyways, but bear with me here, there might be typos.

It's been many years now since I first saw a humpback whale. I did see several on different tours, but the very first time I saw one was not on a tour.

A friend and I were standing on a beautiful sandy beach on Oahu's north shore. The sun was basking down on our faces and the glittery waves were fairly calm. We were just admiring the insanely breathtaking view. Then, out of what seemed like no where, and not very far from shore at all, a mother humpback whale and her baby did a full breach. Wow. That's really all I can say. It has stayed a wow moment all these years.

Gunilla Wachtel ~ Conveying the Beautiful Essence of Animals in Art
Artist. Animal lover. Swedish-American.
Kanweienea Kreations 

Please note: There is no saying how long these art cards may or may not be available. All I can say is, don't delay in making an offer on these if you are interested. By you purchasing any of these cards, you are supporting my work as well as helping me make room for new artwork. Thank you!