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Eyes Are The Window Into The Soul!

      Two Labs by Debra Snyder Heard

My starting point in a painting or drawing of a person or animal is their eyes.

The eyes tell a lot about that person or animal. They are the window into the soul! They tell you a lot about everything, even things you don’t want to know.

I was in the veterinary clinic the other day, buying my Boston terrier dog food. While I was in there standing in line, a man rushed in carrying his big dog (it looked like a Shepherd). The atmosphere changed quickly, because it was bad. The doctors’ doors opened quickly to let them in.  The dog was breathing hard and looked hurt bad. I made the mistake of looking into the dog’s eyes as they passed me. They were cloudy, with the glazed look of dying.

When I look at paintings and drawings that are done of the figure of women done in the nude, I notice that the male artist spends a lot of time painting and drawing the private parts. The faces of the women are hardly done, or not done at all. Where are the eyes? Why is the face distorted when everything else is done with detail?  

My drawing of “Two Labs” is still coming along nicely! Still have a lot of work to do. Hope you enjoy watching the progress of this drawing!


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Debra Snyder Heard


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Pencil Drawing of Two Labrador Retrievers / Beginning Stage


"Without good drawing, the foundation of a painting will collapse". By Ken Danby


I have started on a commission pencil drawings of two labradors.  They are two, sweet old dogs, with a lot of blond and gray hair.

I will post the final drawing when it's finish. This picture is the beginning stage of the first lab.


My goal is to have a painting and pencil project going at the same time. I want to keep up my drawing skills.



 Two Labs by Debra Snyder Heard



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Gypsy Belly Dancer

Gypsy Belly Dancer By Debra Snyder Heard




I took a picture of this dancer at a recent Texas Renaissance Festival. She was a little older than the other dancers. Her costume was more complicated, more layered, down to earth and a little worn, and not as flashy as the younger dancers. Her dancing style was graceful and lovely to watch. The same way mature women are in real life!


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A Song For Women

        A Song For Women by Debra Snyder Heard


                                                       " I paint with the same stubbornness I need for living." By Suzanne Valadon


     My painting, “A Song for Women”, is a reminder to all women to enjoy life and to have fun! Women spend years cleaning, motivating egos of love ones and others, cooking, working, raising children, … that we spend little time on ourselves doing the things that we love. Most of the time we have to reach our 50th birthday to realize that our time is almost up! My art goal is for women, who look at my paintings, be reminded to enjoy life, and spend time having fun!


This painting is of a young girl I photographed at a Texas Renaissance Festival years ago. I loved the feminine quality and the sound of her guitar playing.


It has been many years since I have painted in oils. I put it aside because it is hard to hold a full time job, raise a family, and paint at the same time. Now that my children are grown and I work part time. I have the time to start enjoying painting again!


Three Instruction guide books that I’m reading are:

 1. Oil painting Secrets A From Master by Linda Cateura that is about David A. Leffel as a teacher. (Very good book)

2. Problem Solving for Oil Painters by Gregg Kreutz.

3. Richard Schmid’s  ALLA PRIMA All I know about Oil Painting, (What I’m reading now and is an excellent book).


Things I’m doing to improve my artwork:

 1. Read books on how to oil paint my masters who’s work I enjoy.

2. There are some oil painting workshops (will have to travel) that I have lined up to attend.

3. I think the best teacher in oil painting is experience. Painting every day!

      My paintings will only get better!


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Debra Snyder Heard


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