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Healing Lotus colored pencil drawing

Healing Lotus Rainbow Yin Yang Mandala Drawing

The original artwork titled “Healing Lotus” was created on April 26, 2009 with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper, 8″ x 10″. It was drawn in a time period where I created many mandala drawings. This unique drawing features a psychedelic mandala with a central yin yang of red and blue, surrounded by rainbow colored lotus petals radiating outward in a spiral pattern. Outside the mandala are rainbow lines and rays of sunshine which appear to be coming from within the mandala itself. A larger version of this artwork can be seen in my Portfolio gallery on my website.

Mandala

A mandala is a geometric symbol, often circle shaped, and is a key feature in sacred geometry. Mandala is the sanksrit word for “circle”, and they typically represent the cosmos and the symbolism of the mind and body internal universe. Mandalas are commonly seen in east Asian artwork and religious paintings, although they can often feature in Christian artwork as well as religious symbolism artwork throughout the world. Mandalas are often used for meditating, and this one can heal the heart and rejuvenate the spirit.

Yin Yang

The central yin yang represents balance within the spirit as well as outside in your interactions with others. The Yin Yang symbol comes from the ancient Chinese concept of dualism, and is a key component of Taoist philosophy. The yin yang symbol represents the balance of forces in the universe, such as light and dark, masculine and feminine, death and birth. The yin yang represents how opposite forces are actually complementary to each other, and necessary for each other’s existence. They are typically represented as a black and white symbol, but in this drawing I chose to represent it with red and blue.

The Chakras

The rainbow colored lotus petals represent the colors of the chakra. Although there are actually seven chakras, I chose to draw eight lotus petals to give the mandala symmetry. Each color represents a specific chakra, from red to purple, that flows from the bottom to the top of the body. Red is the root chakra, which is found at the base of the spine, and represents your ground. Orange is the sacral chakra, which is located near the navel, and represents sexuality and creativity. Yellow is the solar plexus chakra, which is located in the middle of the abdomen, and represents confidence. Green is the heart chakra, located in the center of the chest, and represents compassion and empathy. Blue is the throat chakra, located in the center of the neck, and represents communication and self-expression. Indigo/violet is the third eye chakra, located in the center of the forehead between the eyebrows, and represents wisdom and intuition. Finally, purple/magenta is the crown chakra, which is located two inches above the head, and enlightenment and a higher state of consciousness.

In this mandala there is an extra green petal, more of a teal color, halfway between green and blue. This extra green petal was added in to give extra healing power to the heart chakra. The chakras are found on lotus petals that radiate outwards from the center in a spiral pattern. The lotus flower is a powerful and ancient symbol of divine perfection. The lotus represents the ability to gain control of the energy flowing through the chakras. The rainbow lines and beams of light emanating from the outer wall of the mandala circle represents releasing positive energy to the universe.


Buy a Print of Healing Lotus

This unique and beautiful artwork is available for purchase as an art print and other merchandise in my online stores.  Please read about the stores below and learn about which products are available in each store.

Healing Lotus Wall Art

Healing Lotus Wall Art

FineArtAmerica – High Quality Wall Art and Home Decor

For high quality fine art prints and home decor items, please visit my FineArtAmerica/Pixels store. This artwork is available to purchase as a variety of fine art prints wall art options, such as giclee paper prints, framed prints, stretched canvas prints, metal prints, acrylic prints, wood prints, and tapestries. Each print medium comes with multiple sizes to choose from and many other options to suit your home decor needs and tastes. Paper giclee prints come in your choice of 8 paper types, including archival matte, glossy, luster, and metallic papers. There are hundreds of options for frame and mat color and style. Canvas prints have five choices for wrap style, and come in glossy or matte finishes. Wall tapestries are made from polyester fabric and come in three size options.

You can also purchase home decor items, such as fleece throw blankets, sherpa blankets, duvet covers, shower curtains, beach and bath towels, throw pillows, and coffee mugs. Other gift products include cell phone cases, jigsaw puzzles, tote bags, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, face masks, and t-shirts in this store.

Healing Lotus apparel

Healing Lotus apparel

RedBubble Store – Beautiful Apparel and Gifts

In my RedBubble store you can find unique gifts and products for purchase for yourself or a loved one. In this store are many wall art options, including art prints, art boards, canvas mounted prints, stretched canvas prints, framed art prints, metal prints, photographic paper prints, posters, wood mounted prints, and wall tapestries. They have fewer sizes and options than the FineArtAmerica store listed above, but still offer a decent selection of wall art at affordable prices.

Redbubble is well known for their amazing selection of apparel and clothing options for men, women and kids. Their options for clothing includes the following: active t-shirts, baseball shirts, classic t-shirts, graphic shirts, lightweight hoodies, lightweight sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, long shirts (for big and tall people), premium t-shirts, pullover hoodies, pullover sweatshirts, racerback tank tops, sleeveless top, essential shirts, tank tops, tri-blend shirts, v-neck shirts, zipped hoodie, A-line dress, chiffon tops, fitted scoop neck shirt, fitted shirt, fitted v-neck, graphic dress, leggings, mini skirt, premium scoop neck shirt, relaxed fit shirt, kids and baby clothes, and socks.

Other products available include home decor items such as acrylic blocks, bath mats, wall clocks, coaster sets, comforters, duvet covers, fleece throws, shower curtains, throw pillows, floor pillows, travel mugs, water bottles, and fridge magnets.

Other gifts and products include die-cut vinyl stickers, laptop skins and sleeves, iPad and iPhone cases, postcards, greeting cards, drawstring bags, pin back buttons, scarves, hardcover journals, jigsaw puzzles, and aprons.

Healing Lotus fleece blanket

Healing Lotus fleece blanket

Zazzle – Unique Gifts, Stationery, and Kitchen Decor

My Zazzle store is filled with products that can be found nowhere else, including many stationery products and kitchen and dining decor, and they all make amazing gifts for a friend or family.  In this store you can find garden flags, playing cards, paper stickers, address labels, full-size spiral notebooks, weekly planners, pocket folders, specialty mugs, shot glasses, pint size drinking glasses, acrylic tumblers, stainless steel water bottles, kitchen tea towels, flexible fridge magnets, stone coasters, candy tins, reusable grocery bags, ceramic and acrylic ornaments, baby blankets, and jigsaw puzzles.

Larry the Labrador painting

Larry the Labrador Retriever Dog Colorful Painting

My latest pet portrait was completed on October 29, 2020.  It features a colorful portrait of a black Labrador Retriever dog named Larry. It was painted with acrylic paints on a 5″ x 7″ stretched canvas.  This is a much smaller canvas than I typically work with, but since it was a black lab it was less of an issue.  Since Labradors are short haired dogs, I did not have to worry as much about fine details, and could use a more painterly style to represent fur texture. So instead I focused on the overall tones, shadows and highlights to create structure to his face and body, and various colors to bring depth to the painting.

I used a mixture of medium blue and purple for the overall coat color, dark purple for the shadows, and light blue and teal for the highlights. These colors still emphasize that this is a black lab, but are unique and colorful as well. Black dogs often have a cool undertone to their fur, which can show up as blue or purple.   I then added some magenta and hot pink, medium blue, and green.  For the darkest shadows I sparingly used some black paint mixed with dark purple, so that they are as dark as they can be.  From my previous works on black animals, I have come to realize that I need to make my dark areas darker so the other colors are more vibrant. The eyes were left the natural color of dark brown, with black and purple used for the outlines and pupils. Light blue and white were used for the highlight in the eyes. The background is a simple gradient of light blue, green, yellow, and orange. This background color scheme contrasts nicely with the colors of the dog without being too flashy and taking attention away from the subject.

If you like this portrait of Larry and want one of your own dog, please visit my Pet Portraits Commission Page for more information. Also check out the Pet Portraits portfolio gallery to see more of my colorful pet portrait artworks, including other Labrador retriever dogs.

Even thought the original is sold, this artwork is still available for purchase as a fine art print and other products in my online stores. Please visit my FineArtAmerica/Pixels store for wall art, home decor, cases, t-shirts and much more. Visit my RedBubble Store for a variety of unique gifts and products including apparel, puzzles, stickers, magnets, and much more.

 

Chinese Azure Dragon Pastel Drawing

My pastel drawing “Chinese Azure Dragon” was completed on January 27, 2008.  It is drawn with Koh-i-Noor Gioconda soft pastel pencils on 12″ x 18″ Strathmore Artagain black paper. The drawing features a blue Chinese-style dragon swimming through spiraling mists with a starry background.  This drawing was created during a time when I had many dragon drawings.  I hope to create more Chinese Dragon drawings in the future. It is present in my Fantasy Drawings gallery in my Portfolio. A larger version of the drawing can be seen in my portfolio  here: Chinese Azure Dragon.

Here you can see a closeup view to take in the details. I mostly used a very limited color palette, about 4-5 pencils in the set. I applied many layers of color to get the desired effect.

Chinese Azure Dragon closeup view

Chinese Azure Dragon closeup view

Chinese Dragon Symbolism and History

This artwork is loosely based on the Azure dragon of Chinese mythology.  Known as the 青龍 (Qīnglóng), the Azure dragon, or blue dragon, is one of the four symbols of the Chinese constellations. It represents the season of Spring, the East direction, and the element of wood.  It is also known as the Seiryu in Japan, Cheongnyong in Korea, and Thanh Long in Vietnam.  The Azure dragon appeared on the national flag of China during the Qing dynasty, from 1889-1912.

Chinese dragons in general are water spirits, and have control over rain, floods, and rivers. They are also an auspicious symbol of power and luck, and those born in the Year of the Dragon are said to be blessed with superior leadership abilities and are ambitious and energetic.  Historically the dragon is associated with the emperor of China.

Chinese dragons are highly symbolic, and incorporate the number 9 frequently. They are said to be an amalgam of nine other animals. They have the antlers of a deer, the face of a camel (or crocodile, depending on the source), neck of a snake, belly of a clam, scales of a carp fish, talons of an eagle, paws of a tiger, ears of a cow, and the eyes of a demon. There is a bump on the top of their head called a chimu which allows it to ascend to heaven.  They are said to have exactly 117 scales (9×13).  Most are depicted as having a pearl, which represents wisdom and the moon.  I did not include the pearl in this drawing, since I ran out of room on the paper!


Where to Buy Art Prints and Products

This unique artwork is available for purchase on many different products in my online stores, including wall art, home decor, stationery, office goods, and much more.  Please visit the stores below to see the full range of products.

Chinese Azure Dragon wall art

Chinese Azure Dragon wall art

Art Prints, Wall Art, and Home Decor

If you are looking for high quality wall art prints, then please visit my FineArtAmerica Art Print Store. There, you can select from many types and sizes of art print, including paper giclee prints, canvas prints, and prints on metal, acrylic and wood, as well as cloth tapestries.  There are hundreds of options for framing to choose from.  At this store you can also get the Chinese Azure Dragon design as a tote bag, cell phone case, throw pillow, fleece blanket, duvet cover, shower curtain, hand and bath towels, beach towel, greeting cards, zipper pouches, coffee mug, yoga mat, t-shirt, and face mask.

Chinese Azure Dragon Tote Bag

Chinese Azure Dragon Tote Bag

Gifts, Apparel, and Products

My RedBubble Store has many products not available in my other store.  This includes jigsaw puzzles, vinyl stickers, more apparel options, coasters, kids size face masks, magnets, laptop sleeves, acrylic block, postcards, bath mats, wall clocks, comforters, floor pillow, drawstring bag, pin back button, scarf, socks, travel mug, water bottle, hardcover journal, and aprons.  They also have a good selection of wall art options, as well as other typical home decor items such as tote bags and throw pillows.

Chinese Phoenix and Dragon Mandala

This artwork, titled “Phoenix and Dragon”, was created on September 12, 2007.  It was created with pastel pencils on a sheet of 30″ x 40″ black paper.  It is the largest drawing I have done to date. A larger image can be seen in my portfolio here: Phoenix and Dragon

In this drawing, a silver Chinese Dragon creates a fiery Phoenix Bird from his flames as they fly around a sun mandala among clouds and fire.  In Chinese mythological literature, the dragon represents the Yang, or masculine, and the phoenix represents the Yin, or feminine.  They complement one another and create balance in the universe. When together, they are symbols of marital happiness and harmony.

Phoenix and Dragon

Phoenix and Dragon

This was created when I was really into mandalas, hence the incorporation of the sun mandala in the background.  The dragon and phoenix represent yin and yang, fire and ice, silver and gold.  The dragon itself was based off of Chinese dragons, but drawn in my own style. However, Chinese dragons do not breathe fire, as they are actually associated with water.  The phoenix in the drawing is more in the Western style, rather than the Chinese fenghuang, which is typically more peacock-like in shape and with rainbow colors.  So this drawing can also represent East and West, with the Western Phoenix on the left (west) and Eastern Dragon on the right (east).  The sun mandala in the background also doubles as a compass rose, with the main points (north, south, east, and west) as the larger “flames” of the mandala points.  There are a lot of layers of symbolism in this drawing, and it is open to the interpretation of the viewer.

Above you can see close up views of this drawing.  You can appreciate the metallic sheen of the dragon’s scales, the many colors in the flames, and the details in the sun mandala.

This artwork is currently available in my online stores as an art print and more.  Please read below for more information.

The best place to purchase as an art print is my Pixels.com store.  Here, you can choose from many print options, including giclee paper prints, posters, canvas, acrylic, metal, wood and tapestries.  There are hundreds of options for framing and mat colors, and also many sizes to choose from.  You can also get other products such as tote bags, throw pillows, blankets, and coffee mugs.

In my RedBubble Store, this artwork can be purchased on many apparel options, and as a sticker, prints, home decor, and cool gift ideas.

Psychedelizard

Psychedelizard – Psychedelic Rainbow Chameleon Art

This artwork, titled “Psychedelizard”, features a psychedelic rainbow panther chameleon, and was probably my very first psychedelic animal drawing.  It was drawn on August 31, 2007 with Prismacolor markers and colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper.

Inspiration for the Drawing

This drawing was inspired by many things.  Many years before, in 1994, I saw an advertisement in National Geographic that featured a chameleon.  I thought it was really cool, and I cut it out and kept it.  I was inspired even then to create a drawing like that. But it would be many years before I felt comfortable enough to tackle it.  As you can see my artwork is really nothing like the photograph, but the photo did give me inspiration to draw a chameleon among brightly colored leaves.  Those leaves morphed into the spirals and abstract shapes that ended up in the background of the final drawing. Chameleons are already kind of psychedelic in their own right, and it was only natural that I make a drawing of one. Unfortunately I do not have this photo anymore, I can’t seem to find where I put it.  I was only able to find one copy of it on Pinterest.

My Own Chameleon – Curly

My own pet inspired me to do this drawing too. I had a male veiled chameleon named Curly that i acquired in 2006.  He was a rescue from the vet clinic where I worked at the time. The previous owner did not take care of him properly, and as a result he suffered from metabolic bone disease.  Basically, this disease is caused when they do not get enough calcium in their diet, and also do not receive a UV light, which is required so they can make enough Vitamin D in their skin.  Without this, their bones cannot form properly, and become rubbery and soft, and they develop seizures.  He was in really bad shape, and with the vet’s round the clock care, he did recover.

Chameleon Curly

Curly the Veiled Chameleon

Even though I never had a chameleon before, I always loved them, and so I adopted him.  He was very sweet and a great pet.  Chameleons have a tendency to be aggressive, but he was not.  They are very high maintenance animals, requiring both high humidity and good ventilation, a constant source of running water, and a high protein diet. They also require a UV light and heat lamp.  I had him for about a year when he became sick.  He developed kidney failure, which was a result of his previous metabolic bone disease.  Most reptiles never really recover from it, and unfortunately even with supportive care, he passed away.


Two Versions

There are two versions of this drawing that I tend to use online.  The original version of the drawing features the odd shaped design that can be seen to the left.  The cropped version is a cut down version of the drawing in the shape of a square, with some missing details filled in.  The square version is the one that I most commonly use for products such as art prints and tote bags.  The original version I still use for t-shirts and stickers. Larger versions of both of these drawings can be seen in my portfolio: Psychedelizard (original) and Psychedelizard (square).

Psychedelizard drawing vs cropped

Psychedelizard drawing vs cropped

I still have the original drawing in my portfolio. I have high resolution scans of this drawing that I offer as fine art prints and more in my online stores.  Read about the different products below.

FineArtAmerica – Art Prints and Home Decor

Psychedelizard Canvas Art Print

Psychedelizard Canvas Art Print

My online gallery store on FineArtAmerica/Pixels.com is my primary store for giclee fine art prints of my artwork.  They have the most options for print sizes of any of my online store. This particular artwork can be purchased in eleven different square sizes (1:1 ratio), ranging from 8″ x 8″ to 48″ x 48″.  If so desired, you can also purchase a vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape) crop of the artwork in standard sizes.  The paper print option has lots of choices for paper types, and hundreds of options for frames and mats.  It can also be purchased as a stretched canvas art print, with lots of sizes and wrap styles.  Other print options include metal, acrylic, wood, and as a a tapestry.

The FineArtAmerica store also has lots of standard home decor items, such as throw pillows, fleece blankets, duvet covers, shower curtains, hand towels, bath towels, beach towels, and coffee mugs.  They also have all over print polyester tote bags, zipper pouches, cell phone cases, and greeting cards, and spiral notebooks.  They have a limited number of clothing options, including t-shirts, tank tops, long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and ever popular face masks.


Redbubble Store – Apparel and Home Decor

Psychedelizard shirts redbubble

Psychedelizard shirts Redbubble

My RedBubble store is a fantastic place to go for all kinds of gifts and decor. They have many of the same products and prints as my FineArtAmerica store, but also have several unique products. They have the most apparel options of any of my online stores. You can choose from so many different styles and colors of shirt, and even dresses and skirts!  They also have really awesome die-cut vinyl stickers. They have many great electronics cases, including laptop skins and sleeves, iPad skins and cases, iPhone skins and cases, and Samsung Galaxy skins and cases.  They have three types of cell phone cases: soft, tough, and snap.

RedBubble has several products not found in FineArtAmerica, including acrylic blocks, bath mats, clocks, coasters, comforters, floor pillows, drawstring bags, cotton tote bags and, travel mugs. They also have other products such as pin back buttons, scarves, socks, hardcover journals, and water bottles.  They recently added jigsaw puzzles and aprons.


Zazzle Store – Unique Gift Ideas

My Zazzle store has unique products that are found nowhere else online. They have really awesome kitchen decor products such as magnets, keychains, drinking glasses, shot glasses, tea towels, and many coffee mug options. They also have a great selection of stationery, including full size spiral notebooks, weekly planners, stickers, and glass paperweights. They also have ornaments, jigsaw puzzles, playing cards, and door mats.

Psychedelic Dragons Rainbow Mandala Drawing

Originally titled “Epiphany”, now titled “Psychedelic Dragons Rainbow Mandala”, this drawing was one of my earliest psychedelic artworks. It was completed on March 31, 2007, and was created with Prismacolor colored pencils on drawing paper. A larger version of this drawing can be seen in my portfolio gallery – Epiphany.

Celtic Mandala and Triskelion Symbolism

It was heavily influenced by sacred geometry and ancient Celtic artwork designs and symbolism. It is a complicated and many layered geometric mandala based on the Celtic triskele (or triskelion). A triskelion is an abstract figure consisting of three spirals that have radial symmetry.

The central figure of this drawing is a triskele of three groups of four fish, with blue, green, yellow and red coloration, overlaid on abstract spiral designs. There is a triquetra or Trinity Knot in the very middle between the fish tails. An inner border consists of three Chinese dragons overlaid on a golden abstract design with spirals. An outer border consists of a ring of rainbow colored Celtic waves. Outside of the wave border is a light yellow circle with sun rays reaching out.  Encircling that is a golden colored belt which is just out of the drawing, with more waves and spirals, on top of multicolored psychedelic dragon scales.  Many layers, very complicated.

Psychedelic Dragons Rainbow Mandala closeup

Psychedelic Dragons Rainbow Mandala closeup

The Myth of The Koi Fish and the Waterfall

Although while I was drawing this it was just to create a cool design with dragons and rainbows, the mandala itself can be said to be loosely based on the Chinese myth about the koi fish who swim up a waterfall and turn into dragons. The story goes that a group of koi fish were swimming in the Yellow River in China, going upstream against the current. When they reached the waterfall at the end of the river, they encountered a waterfall, and many of the koi fish turned back. A few koi fish remained, and they leaped and swam hard against the waterfall, trying to reach the top. One day, after a hundred years of swimming and leaping, one koi fish managed to make it to the top of the waterfall. To reward the koi fish for his perseverance, the gods transformed him into a dragon.

This drawing was created at a period of time that I was fascinated by Celtic artwork and mandalas.  I created several psychedelic mandalas during this time period.  I really love the symbolism involved, and the sense of peace and meditation while creating these fascinating geometric forms. I wish I had created more.  The reason I stopped is because I honestly had trouble coming up with unique and original ideas.  I didn’t want to seem like I was just copying other people’s work.

Art Prints and Gifts

T-shirts and more

This artwork is available in all of my online stores for purchase as an art print and on merchandise. You can purchase this as an art print in my FineArtAmerica store. Home decor, gifts, t-shirts and vinyl stickers are available in my RedBubble store. My Zazzle Store has keychains, coasters, mouse pads, and other cool stuff.

Colorful Cosmic Goldendoodle Portrait

Completed July 27, 2020, this is the colorful pet portrait of Buddy, the goldendoodle. It was painted with acrylics on 11″ x 14″ stretched canvas. The owner of the dog requested a galaxy cosmic background.  This is the first time I have done this type of background specifically for a pet portrait.  It creates a unique painting experience, while also being psychedelic and colorful. For the background, I used layers of dark purple with magenta, hot pink, and medium and light blues.  This achieved the nebula effect.  Then I added progressively lighter colors as stars, with pure white used as a highlight in the larger, brighter stars. The overall lighter and warm colors of the dog contrast nicely against the darker and cooler colors of the background. A larger version of this painting can be seen in my portfolio – Colorful Pet Portrait – Buddy the Goldendoodle.

Buddy Goldendoodle Closeup of painting

Buddy Goldendoodle Closeup of painting

Above you can see a close up view of the painting. From a distance, his painting has an overall “golden” tone, with lots of yellows and oranges.  This in general matches the cream and golden colors of the actual dog’s fur color. Up close, though, you can see I actually used the entire rainbow worth of colors in his fur. Red, orange, yellow, green, teal, blue, purple, magenta, and everything in between was used for each clump of fur. This makes the painting more dynamic, and much more interesting than if I had only limited my color palette to a few colors.

In general, in choosing the colors I will use for a portrait, I try to select colors that closely match the real colors and tones of the fur.  Then, I add splashes of other colors to bring depth to the painting, and make it more interesting. In the case of this goldendoodle, I chose mostly warm colors for the base color, and layered on many other colors that represent the shadows in the clumps of fur.

Buddy goldendoodle photo vs painting

Buddy reference photo and painting

Here you can see the comparison of the painting with the reference photo. As usual, I used two other secondary references to fill in details that were blurry or missing in this main reference photo. The dog’s eyes were obscured by clumps of fur, and I chose to remove some of those so the eyes can be seen better.  The dogs’ head was sharp and in focus, but the body was obscured by a hand, as well as being out of focus.  Secondary photo references helped to fill in those missing details.

If you like this painting and want something similar of your own pet, please visit my Pet Portraits Information page to learn more. There you can get an idea of prices and sizes available, and see other examples of my work.

A print of this painting is available in my Online Print Store.

Psychedelic Wolf

Something Different – Psychedelic Wolf Drawing

My popular drawing “Psychedelic Wolf” was one of my earliest psychedelic animal drawings.  It was completed on February 4, 2008, and was created with Prismacolor colored pencils on Strathmore drawing paper.  It features a portrait of a wolf with alternating bands of colors forming the wolf’s head and upper body, with a background also consisting of colored bands of different colors. A larger version of this drawing can be seen in my portfolio here – Psychedelic Wolf.

Inspiration for the Artwork

In the years between 2006-2008, I created several now popular psychedelic inspired drawings.  This marked a turning point in my artistic style as well as marked the beginnings of my professional art career. At this period of time, I was started to get more into the classic rock of the 1960s and 1970s, and was influenced by the artwork of that era. My previous artwork consisted of mostly semi-realistic animal portraits and fantasy drawings.  I liked to draw, but was struggling with trying to find my own style.  I’d like to think I found it now!

The funny thing about this drawing was that my original plan for it was nothing like how it eventually turned out.  It was just going to be another wolf portrait, but my original idea was to make it just a bit more colorful.  As I was starting to draw it, however, it seemed like the drawing had a mind of its own, and I just started laying down streaks of colors.  I used complementary colors next to each other for extreme contrast, and the lines themselves were gradient and dynamic, changing colors with each twist and turn.  The right edge of the wolf’s body seems to start to “melt” into the background.

The overall color tones used did mimic the markings of a grey wolf: darker colors used in darker areas, and lighter ones in lighter areas.  This becomes apparent when you look at a greyscale version of the drawing, which you can see below. The dark areas are the inside of the ears, the middle of the forehead, around the eyes, the nose and mouth, and the markings just around the top and sides of the eyes.

psychedelic wolf color vs grey

“Psychedelic Wolf” – color vs grey

This was one of the first drawings that I uploaded to my newly opened online store, then on CafePress. I honestly had no idea that anyone would like this at all, but it quickly became one of my most popular artworks of all time.  Even 12 years later, this still remains what I consider my flagship piece.  I still have the original drawing in my art portfolio.

This artwork is available in all of my online stores for purchase as an art print and on merchandise. Please read below to know what is available in each store.

FineArtAmerica – Art Prints and Home Decor

Psychedelic Wolf Art Prints

Psychedelic Wolf Art Prints

My FineArtAmerica (also known as Pixels.com) store is the all around best place to go for art prints and home decor items. They have the most sizes available of any print store online, and the most variety of choices of paper types, mat colors and frames. Click the link or the picture to visit the store.  For art prints and wall art, choose from giclee paper prints, framed prints, stretched canvas, and prints on metal, acrylic and wood, as well as wall tapestries.  Home decor items include fleece blankets, coffee mugs, throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, bath towels, beach towels, zipper pouches, and tote bags.  They also have some cell phone cases, t-shirts, greeting cards, spiral notebooks, yoga mats, and face masks.  They are the best of my stores to go for these items.


RedBubble Store – Home Decor and Apparel

Psychedelic wolf redbubble

Psychedelic wolf Redbubble Store

I have had my RedBubble store since 2008 and this was the very first design I uploaded there. They are a fantastic place to go for all kinds of gifts and decor. They have many of the same products as my FineArtAmerica store, but also have several unique products. Although they do have art prints and canvas prints, the sizes offered are more limited, with usually only 3-4 size choices for each print type. The one print they do have that is unique to RedBubble is the Gallery Art Board.

They have the most apparel options of any of my online stores. You can choose from so many different styles and colors of shirt, and even dresses and skirts!  They also have really awesome die-cut vinyl stickers, which come in four sizes, and your choice of transparent, glossy white, or matte white. They have many great electronics cases, including laptop skins and sleeves, iPad skins and cases, iPhone skins and cases, and Samsung Galaxy skins and cases.  They have three types of cell phone cases: soft, tough, and snap.

RedBubble has several products not found in FineArtAmerica, including acrylic blocks, bath mats, clocks, coasters, comforters, floor pillows, drawstring bags, cotton tote bags, travel mugs, and aprons. They also have other products such as pin back buttons, scarves, socks, hardcover journals, and water bottles.  They recently added jigsaw puzzles.


Zazzle – Unique Gifts

Psychedelic Wolf Pint Glass

Psychedelic Wolf Pint Glass

I have also had my Zazzle store since 2008. This was probably the first artwork I uploaded there as well.  Zazzle has some amazing products that are not found in any other print on demand art store online. (Print on demand stores are stores where artists can sell products with their art printed on them).  They are best for unique kitchen and dining decor, stationery products, and cool gifts. My Zazzle store contains the following unique products:

Kitchen and Dining:

Although almost all online stores have coffee mugs, the ones at Zazzle are the best. You can choose from 8 different styles of mug, and two of them have color choices on the inside and handle. They also have kitchen tea towels, candy tins, plastic coasters, stone coasters, two types of magnets, pint size drinking glass, shot glass, clear acrylic tumblers, and stainless steel insulated water bottles with multiple color choices.

Stationery, School and Office

Zazzle offers personalized address labels, greeting cards, postcards, mouse pads, gel mouse pads, weekly planners, spiral notebooks in three sizes, paper stickers, vinyl die cut stickers, and glass paperweights.

Other Unique Gifts

Other unique gifts Zazzle has are ornaments in ceramic and acrylic, jigsaw puzzles in many sizes, Otterbox brand cell phone cases, reusable grocery bags, baby blankets, door mats, bath towel sets, keychains, bandanas, playing cards, and square wall tapestries.

New Artwork – Psychedelic Rainbow Sloth

My newest artwork titled “Hanging Around” is a psychedelic sloth hanging out among trippy spirals and jungle foliage. It was completed on May 9, 2020. I finished this painting while taking a very short break in between completing pet portraits.  It is painted with acrylic paints on an 11″ x 14″ wood panel.  The background, with all the spirals and leaves, was inspired by my artwork Psychedelizard Psychedelic Chameleon, which I created several years ago.  I really like incorporating spirals, paisley-like designs, and abstract shapes into my artwork. A larger view of the artwork can be seen in my portfolio here – Psychedelic Sloth.

This particular sloth is based on the brown-throated three toed sloth (Bradypus variegatus). They are the most common of the four species of three-toed sloth, and are found in the forests of South and Central America.  They are usually the species that comes to mind when thinking of the “sloth”. I used a reference photo by Marissa Strniste on Flickr, although it was heavily modified, with lots of artistic license!  You can see some closeups below.  Click in the images to enlarge.

 

For this painting, I used Liquitex Basics and Liquitex heavy Body acrylic paints.  I incorporated the use of Fluorescent Pink which give it a spectacular glow in person.  Using fluorescent paints helps me to keep the colors lighter and richer than they would be otherwise if I used regular paint.  Mixing the flourescent pink with orange creates a wonderful bright red color that cannot be achieved with regular paint.

There are six species of sloth. The two main types are three toed sloths, and two toed sloths. They are closely related to anteaters, and live in the trees in the tropical rainforests of South America.  They are best known for their slow movements and easygoing behavior. They have become popular recently, since they are so cute and appear harmless. Their name has been given to one of the seven deadly sins, which is a shame because they are such chill creatures. Humans are so easily caught up in the hustle and bustle of daily life that I think we could all use a little sloth in our lives.  I think we all need to take a page from the sloth’s playbook and slow down, take it easy, and learn to relax sometimes.


Wall Art and Home Decor Products

This original artwork is available to purchase, contact me if you are interested.

This is also available in my online stores as art prints and other merchandise.  Please check out the links to my online stores below for more information.

FineArtAmerica: In this store are wall art (art prints, framed prints, canvas prints, acrylic prints, metal prints, wood prints, tapestry), throw pillows fleece blankets, coffee mugs, cell phone cases, tote bags, spiral notebooks, greeting cards, and apparel. This is the best place to go for wall art and home decor items.

RedBubble: In this store is much of the same, with some additional products such as socks, pinback buttons, lots of clothing options, acrylic blocks, phone cases, laptop sleeves, die-cut stickers, comforters, duvet covers, floor pillows, shower curtains, bath mats, wall clocks, coasters, masks, scarves, tote bags, water bottles, and zipper pouches.

Zazzle: In this store are similar products as above, along with unique products such as jigsaw puzzles, mouse pads, glass paperweights, candy tins, stone coasters, sherpa blankets, baby blankets, playing cards, beach towels, magnets, kitchen tea towels, and stationery.  you can preview many of my products below.

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Colorful Rottweiler Dog Available as Art Print

My newest painting, completed April 26, 2019, is titled “Gentle Guardian – Colorful Rottweiler“.  It can be seen in my Colorful Dog Paintings gallery.  This painting was created with acrylic paints on an 11″ x 14″ wood panel.  The brand of paints I use is Liquitex and Winsor & Newton.  The wood panel had been primed with gesso before painting, and the finished painting is sealed with clear gloss acrylic varnish to protect it.  This is another in my series of colorful dog portraits, and it is available in my online stores as an art print, home decor, gifts, accessories and much more.  Please read the article below to see which products are in each of my stores.

Close up view of the Rottweiler painting

Close up view of the Rottweiler painting

Here you can see a closeup view of this painting.  It features a portrait of a Rottweiler dog in bright  vibrant rainbow colors.  I use the natural colors and patterns in the fur as a guide when I choose my colors.  The tan areas of this dog are painted with yellow and orange, with red and magenta in the shaded areas.  The black areas are painted with blue, purple, and green, with dark purple used as a shade color.  No black was used in the creation of this painting.

The Rottweiler is a powerful working breed descended from ancient Roman mastiffs. The breed was established in Germany, where they were used to herd livestock and pull carts of meat to market.  They have a nickname of “butcher’s dog” for this reason.  The breed was named after Rottweil, a town in southern Germany.  They are calm and confident, and wary of strangers. Among their own family they are known to be playful, even silly, and are wonderful companions.


FineArtAmerica (Pixels.com) – Great Selection of Wall Art

Gentle Guardian Colorful Rottweiler Canvas Print

Gentle Guardian Colorful Rottweiler Canvas Print

This painting is available for purchase as a fine art print in my FineArtAmerica/Pixels store.  This store is the best place to go for wall art such as Giclee Art Prints, Stretched Canvas Prints, Acrylic Prints, Metal Prints, Framed Prints, Wood Prints, and Wall Tapestries.  They have the most options for size, frame type, paper type, and style, so you can get exactly what you want.

FineArtAmerica also has other gifts and home decor products in their store, such as throw pillows, duvet covers, shower curtains, yoga mats, phone cases, tote bags, beach towels, apparel, mugs, and fleece blankets.


RedBubble – Home Decor and More

Tote Bags, Throw Pillows, Home Decor Items and more

Tote Bags, Throw Pillows, Home Decor Items and more

My RedBubble store also has a great selection of wall art and home decor items.  They have a very large selection of unique shirts and apparel, such as graphic t-shirts, skirts, leggings, scarves, and dresses.  They also have cell phone cases and skins, iPad cases and skins, wall art, home decor items, throw pillows and floor pillows, wall tapestries, tote bags, and stationery. In addition, they also carry unique products such as square acrylic blocks, wall clocks, floor pillows, laptop sleeves, and die cut stickers.


Zazzle – Gifts and Accessories

Coffee, Mugs, Ornaments, Lunchboxes and much more!

Coffee, Mugs, Ornaments, Lunchboxes and much more!

My Zazzle store currently has about 80 unique products for sale.  There are products available in this store that are found nowhere else.  They have wall art, blankets, pillows, home decor, ornaments, bags, bathroom decor, kitchen decor, ipad cases and covers, cell phone cases and covers, school and office supplies, stationery, accessories, keychains, and apparel. Some of my most popular items are jigsaw puzzles, coffee mugs, weekly planners, and luggage tags. The best thing about Zazzle products is that they are 100% customizable.  This means you can add your own text and photos for a personal touch.


Society6 – Unique Decor Items

Wood Cutting Boards, Mini Art Prints, Die-Cut Stickers and more

Wood Cutting Boards, Mini Art Prints, Die-Cut Stickers and more

My Society6 Store is another great place to purchase wall art, home decor items, and gifts. They have the typical offering of art prints, blankets, pillows, tote bags and cell phone cases that are available at all my other stores.  They also have unique products, such as wood cutting boards, wood coasters, cloth wall hangings, mini art prints, furniture, and comforters.


Other places you can find this artwork for sale include canvas prints at ArtStation, metal art prints at Displate, and Giclee art prints at InPrnt.