Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Pet Portraits

Pet portraits are top-of-the-list, definite favorite commissioned projects for me. The images below show my process of creation.
I ask clients to provide several photographs for me to sketch from. (No, I do not wrangle animals trying to get them to model live for me -it's a frequent question!) I create these in an 8" x 10" size, making it easy to frame using a standard size frame. These pieces are watercolor and ink on paper. The background colors can be determined by the client if specific colors are preferred. The cost is $80, and the turnaround time is typically 1-2 weeks. They make a fantastic gift for any animal lover- and it's not too late to get in your Holiday order!

Email me at sarahkshearer@gmail.com if you're interested in ordering!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Artoberly Ever After

Here we are mid- November, watching Christmas decorations go up at full speed. Hopefully we'll all not rush so headlong into the Christmas frenzy that we forget to stop and enjoy this fall's many other treats:

  • This is the most gorgeous, colorful Nashville Fall I can remember.
  • Thanksgiving is next week- what a sweet time to focus on thankfulness rather than acquiring material gifts.
  • Nashville's second annual Artober wrapped up very successfully! Yay for the growth of arts advocacy in Nashville- thanks in a large part to the Metro Nashville Arts Commission. 
To pull from that final bullet, here's a series of images that captured the creation process from sketch to completed painting of the Artober community project I did on the last Friday in October. It was hosted by the 5/3 Bank in Hillsboro Village. Many thanks to 5/3 Bank, who came in and sponsored Artober in a big way; I am thankful to be in a community where businesses recognize the value of the arts.

The rough sketch.

Event set up...
Kickstarting the painting and inviting others to join.
Community participants jump right in!

Signed and delivered!

The completed piece hangs in the 5/3 Bank located in Hillsboro Village, located on Wedgewood Ave.

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Past Paintings

A couple of my favorite large paintings from this past year are back in the studio- and are pictured here.

If you are interested in a studio visit to see these or any other works, please let me know by emailing

Saturday, November 3, 2012

Small Works @ Twist

Come see these pieces among others at Twist Gallery in the Arcade this November! Tonight kicks off the show, with the downtown art crawl running from 6-9pm.

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Come See What I've Been Up To

 I hear some actors use a technique called method acting   to really immerse themselves in the thoughts and emotions of their characters.  I thought I'd give it a shot and see if it translates into the art and characters I'm creating.  Come out Saturday and be the judge!

Halloween in the Village

I 'm one day late on posting this, but since we're still with in the week of Halloween, I'm just gonna go with it.

This fall I had a great time putting together a Halloween window display for the Rodney Mitchell Salon in Hillsboro Village.

Snakes, spiders, skulls- all with a bit of sparkle!

My favorite pieces were the spiders- particularly the queen momma covered in iridescent rhinestones and purple glitter. Isn't she GREAT?!