“Running with Hope and Joy”

Posted by on Nov 24, 2014 in New Paintings | 4 Comments
“Running with Hope and Joy”

My idea for this painting, “Running with Hope and Joy” came last year when I heard about Cradle to Career and the children of the orphanage. I thought what would happen if one of the children was headed to school one cool spring morning and crossed paths with a couple of baby pink elephants. What […]

How to Paint a Tiger

Posted by on May 29, 2014 in How To Paint | No Comments
How to Paint a Tiger

I’ve been having a lot of fun painting vignettes of little pink elephants.  I am painting little pink elephants on black backgrounds in the water, on the trail, pushed along by Mom, on white canvas going to the beach, at the beach, playing in the water.  I’ve been very focused on elephants.  Sometimes I must take […]

New Painting “Water Fun”

Posted by on Mar 20, 2014 in New Paintings | 2 Comments
New Painting “Water Fun”

“Water Fun” / Pink Elephants – Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin Click to see Larger Image Summer fun includes water play and this little pink elephant has found a puddle to splash in and cool off. This painting is the first  Pink Elephant baby in my new series created for the Art-A-Fair summer show in […]

New Painting “Midnight Ballet”

Posted by on Jan 29, 2014 in New Paintings | 8 Comments
New Painting “Midnight Ballet”

“Midnight Ballet” Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin Blue skies, butterflies and Alpacas, all of these themes are beautiful by themselves but together?  A strange mix of fur, fun and fantasy. I had fun in mind when I started this painting.  A friend gave me a great photo he took of a camel while visiting India […]

Huntington Beach Library Exhibition

Huntington Beach Library Exhibition

I had a wonderful opening for my one woman show “Stampede” this last Saturday, October 5th 2013 in The Corner Gallery at the Huntington Beach Central Library. The gallery is a beautiful room with two walls of floor to ceiling windows overlooking a plumeria garden, pond and a beautiful park. The light from the skylight […]

New Painting “Surprise!”

Posted by on Sep 28, 2013 in New Paintings | 2 Comments
New Painting “Surprise!”

“Surprise! (Somebody has some explaining to do.)” Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin The new painting is here and it has a long name. The name is fitting since it took me a long time to paint this one. There is a fun story how this pink pachyderm painting got it’s name.  I paint with the […]

How to Paint… Planning

Posted by on Aug 2, 2013 in How To Paint | No Comments
How to Paint… Planning

I know the title of this blog is how to paint… planning  but it’s really about how to keep painting when the plan goes badly.  I get an idea in my head for a new painting and it develops until I find source material to fit my idea.  When I started the pink elephant painting […]

New Painting “A Splash of Pink”

Posted by on Jun 25, 2013 in New Paintings | 4 Comments
New Painting “A Splash of Pink”

I think it was the fog. Maybe it was just too early in the morning to be up.  It was the third day of the safari and I hadn’t slept very well since arriving in Africa.   It had been so hot during the day and on through the night. That strange third morning the […]

“How to Paint…Dark and Light?”

Posted by on May 6, 2013 in How To Paint | No Comments
“How to Paint…Dark and Light?”

I have three paintings I painted specifically for the Torrit Grey painting Contest. Two of the paintings, “Torrit the Tiger” and “Ghost in Torrit Woods” are very popular and get a lot of attention. “New Prince of the Jungle” may not be as well known as the other two but I was trying to accomplish […]

“How to Paint… Rocks?”

Posted by on Mar 28, 2013 in How To Paint | 2 Comments
“How to Paint… Rocks?”

How To Paint Rocks doesn’t sound like wildlife art but animal habitats are full of rocks and plants. I’ve painted a lot of rocks in my art career and not all of them looked like rocks to me. I’ve painted baked potato rocks, rocks that look like I dropped my ice cream cone on the […]

“How to Paint… a Dog?”

Posted by on Mar 8, 2013 in How To Paint | 2 Comments
“How to Paint… a Dog?”

I painted this beautiful puppy for a friend. I wish I knew the breed of this little guy. I do know that he is trained to visit hospital patients and help with their mood and recovery. If this pup came to my room I know I’d be instantly better. I did a detailed drawing of […]

New Painting “Eagles, Warming in the Sun”

Posted by on Feb 25, 2013 in New Paintings | 8 Comments
New Painting “Eagles, Warming in the Sun”

The Eagle, majestic bird of prey, symbolic inspiration to artists, religions and organizations. I began searching for eagle reference materials at my brothers book store early in December of 2012. There are so many photos, drawings, paintings and writings about eagles. I was confronted with countless artistic possibilities of eagles living in the natural world. […]

Laura Curtin Artist Statement

Posted by on Feb 19, 2013 in Press Release | No Comments
Laura Curtin Artist Statement

My name is Laura Curtin and I am a wildlife artist from Southern California. Working predominately in oils I create paintings to make people smile. Every painting is a place I would like to be. Although the habitat is true to the subject the animals place in the painting is from my imagination. I paint […]

How to Paint Feathers?

Posted by on Feb 5, 2013 in How To Paint | No Comments
How to Paint Feathers?

I started using my cell phone camera for taking photos of my paintings as I paint and  I have a lot of pictures of paintings in the making. I thought it might be fun to do a few short articles on How To, paint whatever. This Post is about feathers. I’m finishing up a painting […]

Christmas Past

Posted by on Dec 29, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Christmas Past

Christmas time is full of nostalgia. Seven years ago when we moved into our house I bought new Christmas decorations, pretty flowers, butterflies, color coordinated bulbs all sized to fit a 8 foot tree. It’s a beautiful tree when it’s all decked out, I wanted it to look like a fancy one at the mall […]

Press Release 12-21-12

Posted by on Dec 21, 2012 in Press Release | No Comments
Press Release 12-21-12

Contact: Laura Curtin Tel: 714-654-7293 Email: info@lcurtin.com Website: www.lcurtin.com Laura Curtin… Wildlife Artist! Tax Expert! Critics Say – ” Laura’s paintings are not your average wildlife paintings. The wildlife subjects in her paintings look real and the settings are natural yet the scene seems magical. Watch one of her paintings closely and you’ll be sure you […]

Tax Lady

Posted by on Dec 20, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Tax Lady

I don’t think I’m going to get my Eagle painting done before tax season gets started in January. I have two paintings going and I’m pretty darn sure I’m not going to get either one of them done. This year went by so fast. The whole summer and fall devoted to making, selling and promoting […]

How to Oil paint

Posted by on Dec 19, 2012 in How To Paint | No Comments
How to Oil paint

How to Oil Paint? Practice. I know that’s not what you wanted to read but you know it’s true. While practice is important and the best way to get better at anything, specific instruction is also very helpful. I’ve been painting a long time and the lessons I’ve taken from other artists were very important. […]

Taxes and Holidays

Posted by on Dec 18, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Taxes and Holidays

Hello! No Painting Today… I’ve been busy with my “other job,” income taxes. Today was the last day to file if you had an extension of time to get your taxes completed. I like tax season and the extension deadlines because I get to be busy with work and see people I haven’t seen in […]

Like a Circle in a Spiral, Like a Wheel Within a Wheel

Posted by on Dec 16, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Like a Circle in a Spiral, Like a Wheel Within a Wheel

Last night I woke up at 1:10 and could not go back to sleep. Kevin saw on the internet that if you can’t sleep try stretching your toes out and then curling them back over and over until you fall asleep. I’ve tried this before and it worked pretty well. Last night not so much. […]

Photos That Fit the Pictures in my Head

Posted by on Dec 15, 2012 in How To Paint | No Comments
Photos That Fit the Pictures in my Head

I feel really fortunate when I can use my own photos to paint. I’m not a big traveler and when we do go on a trip it’s usually to one coast or another. I got lucky taking photos of horses in a field when my husband and I stayed in San Luis Obispo, CA . […]

Is Ambition Something You Can Catch?

Posted by on Dec 13, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Is Ambition Something You Can Catch?

I’m working so much right now it feels like tax season. The new routine is get up at 5:30 post an etsy listing on facebook, twitter, and pinterest. Exercise for an hour. Feed the cats. Get ready and go to the office. Work is split between taxes and clients, painting, promotional work, printing prints for […]

Going on

Posted by on Dec 11, 2012 in How To Paint | No Comments
Going on

The most important painting tip I’ve learned over the years is “Keep Going.” I am telling myself to keep going a lot with this new painting I’ve started. I wanted to paint something different, something I’ve never painted before. I decided on a desert tortoise. I found wonderful reference material. I can see the finished […]

Obsessions

Posted by on Dec 10, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Obsessions

I love my yard. We moved into our house in January 2005. The previous owner John, was a true gardner, he loved his yard. He planted plumeria and roses, perennials and annuals. He cultivated orchids of all colors. Our neighbor, Oscar was a good friend of Johns and together they cross bred different plumeria for […]

Let’s Splurge

Posted by on Dec 9, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Let’s Splurge

It’s Thursday painting class again. Yay! Today was treat day. Joan brought homemade chocolate chip cookies, she loves to bake. The next door neighbor to the art gallery is a caterer and she brought us angel food cake and oatmeal cranberry cookies that were still warm from the oven. I’ve been on a strict diet […]

Losing Friends

Posted by on Dec 8, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Losing Friends

My ADP rep Linda Pomier stopped by the office today with a trainee to give me a new stylus for my ipad, (very cool), and some information about new programs the company is promoting. The trainee, sorry I don’t remember her name, asked me why I started painting wildlife. I said, “I don’t know?” Those […]

Still excited

Posted by on Dec 7, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Still excited

I’m still excited about Monday’s radio blog show where I hope to keep my foot out of my mouth. But today I must do tax returns. Monday is the tax deadline for many entities like Corporations and Partnership business. So it’s off to work I go. Yesterday was Thursday painting class and I started a […]

Perfect Christmas Lunch

Posted by on Dec 6, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Perfect Christmas Lunch

Today was our once a year painting class Christmas Lunch. What a day! We went to the Balboa Bay Club in Newport Beach and spent 2 wonderful hours eating designer food and talking. A bit expensive for lunch but what a nice view and it’s only once a year. Most of us in class have […]

Keeping my chin up.

Posted by on Dec 2, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Keeping my chin up.

I made a decision a couple of weeks ago to not give away my power to anyone anymore. Which to me means staying up at night worrying about the things people do. I’m talking about people I know, close to me, not people I read about and wonder how the heck they could be so […]

Holiday Boutique

Posted by on Nov 26, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Holiday Boutique

Well hello out there. Thanksgiving is past and the Winter holidays are nearly here. I participated in a Holiday Boutique a couple of weeks ago. The show benefited the Second Chance Pet Adoption and I think they did do pretty well for the pets. My friend Jennifer and I worked hard for weeks preparing painting […]

New Painting “Cougar Ledge”

Posted by on Nov 20, 2012 in New Paintings | No Comments
New Painting “Cougar Ledge”

“Cougar Ledge” By: Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin 36″ x 36″ | Oil on Canvas “When this painting began to form in my head I saw the cougars up above me in the top half of the painting. The beautiful moss and scale on the rocks was challenging but I couldn’t stop myself from painting […]

Hello again

Posted by on Oct 9, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Hello again

So I haven’t posted anything lately. When I mentioned that statement to my husband about a week ago he said, “And we all thank you very much.” So I figured if my husband doesn’t even want to read my posts they probably aren’t missed. But here I am. I’ve got my happy face on and […]

Back in the Market Place

Posted by on Oct 2, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Back in the Market Place

I’m putting together prints of Paintings for a holiday boutique set for November. I haven’t been in a art show in 10 years. I’m excited about the show but I have no idea how to anticipate what people will want to buy. I’ll bring greeting cards, prints of original artwork, nature photos and Christmas Cards […]

A Different Kind of Day

Posted by on Sep 27, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
A Different Kind of Day

Last Thursday I had hoped to use today as a splurge day instead of painting. I was going to take the day off, do something fun, go to the spa. Turns out, my sister in law Carole was unexpectedly scheduled for surgery this morning. Carole lives and works in Santa Monica, we live by Disneyland. […]

Brush Fetish

Posted by on Sep 24, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Brush Fetish

I love a one brush day. I’m talking painting now. If I get done painting for the day and I go to wash up my brushes and realize there is only one dirty brush I know it was a spectacular painting day. I do have to find the right brush to begin with but after […]

New Paintings Coming Soon

Posted by on Sep 18, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
New Paintings Coming Soon

I picked up the digital copies of my newest painting from the photographer today. He did a great job and worked quick. I took him two other paintings that had never been photographed and he finished digital files for those. I sent the files to my son Dan so he could cut them up and […]

New Date for Blog Radio

Posted by on Sep 17, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
New Date for Blog Radio

Well the blog radio show didn’t happen today as planned. The host was ill. The show is rescheduled for next Monday September 24 at 6 pm EST. My friend Greg called me and disguised his voice like he was from the radio show and fooled me into thinking someone else was going to do the […]

Lost in Painting Land (I hope)

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Lost in Painting Land (I hope)

It’s Saturday morning I’m planning on painting all day, unless it gets so hot I can’t sit out in the sun room. I usually don’t notice the weather when I paint but it’s been really hot and I don’t have air conditioning out in my painting room. I hope to get lost in my painting […]

New Painting “Desert Tortoise”

Posted by on Sep 15, 2012 in New Paintings | No Comments
New Painting “Desert Tortoise”

By: Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin 30″ x 24″ | Oil on Canvas “I really wanted to paint something I’ve never painted before. I thought and thought about it and the tortoise came to mind. The picture I had in mind was a ground level painting with the tortoise and desert flowers. My search for […]

Blog Spot Radio interview

Posted by on Sep 14, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Blog Spot Radio interview

Monday September 17th 2012 at 3pm ET I am going to be interviewed on blog radio Monday September 17, at 3pm ET. Please listen and tell me what you think. This will be a first radio show appearance for me since I was 5. I hope I don’t sound like a nervous artist. I have […]

What do People think I’m saying?

Posted by on Sep 13, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
What do People think I’m saying?

I’ve been painting 28 years. When I first painted wildlife I had time to promote my work. I entered art contests, joined wildlife groups, made contacts and participated in art shows. It was hard work but I did make progress commercially. After a while I spent more and more time working in my tax office […]

Crazy is in the Details

Posted by on Sep 12, 2012 in How To Paint | No Comments
Crazy is in the Details

I finished my new painting today. I had to call it quits. Enough is enough. I kept track this time 114 hours on the new painting and I didn’t sign it yet. (So you can’t see it yet.) If you paint or do projects you probably know what I mean. The details of the painting […]

Chloe, the Exotic Wild Cat

Posted by on Sep 10, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Chloe, the Exotic Wild Cat

This is Chloe! Isn’t she beautiful! I received my sponsor package from Forever Wild Exotic Animal Sanctuary this week along with a picture of Chloe a rescued American Bob Cat. Inspiration for Wildlife Art by: Laura Curtin According to the Sanctuary, Chloe arrived at Forever Wild on June 21, 2009 at an approximate age of […]

Why did I pick Stripes?

Posted by on Sep 9, 2012 in How To Paint | No Comments
Why did I pick Stripes?

I love painting animals. They are all so unique and beautiful. I get and idea in my mind and it fills up my head until I have a painting. I will search photo purchase sites and purchase just the right line in the animal, just the right type of background, every angle meets my approval. […]

Thursday is the Wildest Week Day

Posted by on Sep 7, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Thursday is the Wildest Week Day

Have you read the saying, “The worst day fishing, surfing, (insert your passion here), is better than the best day working? That’s the way I feel about Thursday morning painting class. I’ve been going to Barbel’s Art Studio in Huntington Beach on Thursday mornings for more than 20 years. We’ve lost a few students over […]

Keep Going

Posted by on Sep 6, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Keep Going

Saturday I painted 7 hours and today, Sunday, an additional 5 so I have a good start on the new painting. If you look at my Etsy site you’ll see I’ve painted many different animals, felines, primates, canines, birds and the lone elephant. I wanted to paint something totally different this time. So I decided […]

I’ll Paint Rocks, (if I have to!)

Posted by on Sep 3, 2012 in How To Paint | No Comments
I’ll Paint Rocks, (if I have to!)

I joined facebook in 2009 not knowing very much about it. After stumbling around for awhile I got the hang of posts, friends and likes. In 2010 I posted my paintings in an album on facebook and shared them with my friends. The positive response to the paintings was really overwhelming. I am always hoping […]

Took Time Off

Posted by on Aug 29, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Took Time Off

I took this weekend off from working. No painting, no etsy, no blogging, no taxes. Actually that last sentence is a lie. Saturday morning I updated esty listings and it’s Sunday night and I’m writing this blog. But I didn’t paint and I didn’t do anybody’s taxes. I will do both of those things tomorrow. […]

Happy Being a Drip

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 in How To Paint | One Comment
Happy Being a Drip

Sometimes I’m surprised when I set out to paint something and it comes out just like I hope it will.  I decided to add water drops to the fern in the front of the painting and the drops would fall off the plant into the river and bounce back up.  I’ve painted waves, lakes, oceans, […]

It’s always better with a monkey bath

Posted by on Aug 20, 2012 in How To Paint | No Comments
It’s always better with a monkey bath

My brother David owns “The Bookman” a used bookstore in Orange California.  I can sit for hours on the floor in front of the animal section and look through the picture books they have in stock. The smokey misty feel of this tiger painting comes from a type of photo I’ve seen in one of those […]

Cellphone Critic

Posted by on Aug 13, 2012 in How To Paint | No Comments
Cellphone Critic

I like to hold my paintings up to a mirror when I feel there is something off in the way the animal looks, like the eyes not looking in the same direction or the stripes not going around it’s body. I found I can see what was is bothering me that way but try holding […]

Welcome To Laura’s Wildlife

Posted by on Aug 10, 2012 in Family, Friends & Everything! | No Comments
Welcome To Laura’s Wildlife

Thank you for visiting my new blog! My name is Laura Curtin. I am a Southern California Wildlife Artist who takes pride in craftsmanship and realism. I combine my natural artistic ability with extensive research for my wildlife painting projects. Working predominantly with oils, my paintings depict wildlife in their habitats. Each painting tells a […]

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