New Painting “Whisper”

“Whisper” Pink Elephants in a Black and White World The little Elephant twins in this painting have a special talent; they bring smiles and happiness into a gray world. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear what these two are Whispering to each other? Maybe they’re figuring out a way to save the world from boredom. Maybe they have a really …

Earth and Sky, Brothers under the Sun

Summer 2014 at the Art-A-Fair was a new experience for me as an artist.  Everyday I worked at the show I was one happy person.  I met so many people, fun people, interesting people, people who wanted to buy paintings and prints from me.  I was surprised by the joy in peoples faces when they viewed my booth.  When I looked at my work …

“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 would he feel? A sense …

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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 a break and paint FUR! …

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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 Laguna Beach California. I am …

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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 and I wanted to paint …

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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 inside the gallery lights up …

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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 Thursday morning painting class and …

How to Paint... Planning

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 I had an idea of …

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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. My brain was overwhelmed with …

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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 or Pottery Barn. I decorated …

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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 saw something move or when …

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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 art. Time really got away …

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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. I learned what I like …

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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 a year. I think it’s …

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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 painting in my head and …

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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 unusual colors and fragrance. I …

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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 since February and for the …

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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 were the first words out …

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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 new painting. I love blocking …

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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 been together for 20 years. …

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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 horrible. I’d wake up in …

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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 prints in mats and frames …

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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 more and more details. These …

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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 thought I’d say hi. I’m …

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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 and see what happens. Barbel …

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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. In order to get to …

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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 that it’s really cool not …

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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 interview. Funny. “Grandma’s Girls” – …

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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 today, not noticing the heat, …

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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 the years and gained new …

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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 to paint a desert tortoise. …

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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. It seems like I’ve been …

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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 story, look into the animal’s …