Painting of young woman and black horse by Nancy Lane

Double Portrait: A Young Woman and Her Horse

I love getting commissions from people I know. I rarely turn one down, because I know I’ll have access to draw from the model, take photos, and visit again if I need more visual information. I have found it also helps a painting when I have an understanding of the family’s background story, which often
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Painting of German Shepherd by Nancy Lane

A Portrait of Marky

I’m an avid dog lover, and I promote dog rescue and adoption, since so many great dogs are senselessly put down in this country. One way I try to help is by raffling off a custom portrait amongst the adopters of Big Dogs, Big Hearts, a wonderful organization that has saved the lives of hundreds
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Portrait of Dale by Nancy Lane

Charcoal drawing of Dale

My son Dale sat for a three hours while I drew him with charcoal. He was more challenging than most models, because he insisted on playing Spelltower most of the time. This led to him slowly dipping his face downward, throwing off a few measurements I made. At least it gave him an intent expression!
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drawing of Rae by Nancy Lane

Portrait of Rae

In order to grow, an artist must continually challenge herself. Lately I’ve been interested in working directly from life, whether it’s painting a landscape outdoors, or drawing from a live model. Perhaps it’s because as an illustrator, I usually work from my photos or other reference, in order to meet deadlines. So, with this challenge
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Landscape watercolor "Afterglow" by Nancy Lane

Get Wet & Wild in my Watercolor Workshop

This is your chance to experience watercolor painting risk-free, trying many different, fun techniques.  I’ll provide all the supplies, and you will go home with 3 finished paintings. Watch me demonstrate wash, wet-in-wet, dry brush, resist, pouring and glazing… then try them yourself as I guide you through creating 3 paintings from start to finish. 
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Drawing of hand by Nancy Lane

Learn to Draw with me this summer

Beginning June 12th, I will teach “Drawing from the Right Side of the Brain” to any teen or adult who wants to learn the basics of drawing. Anyone can learn to draw when taught to see lines, shapes, angles and relationships the way an artist sees them. We’ll meet for 5 consecutive Thursday morning workshops,
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Nancy Lane and student in drawing class

Teaching (and laughing) about drawing animals

I taught an 8-week class in drawing animals this spring. Some of the topics I covered were anatomy, proportion, gesture, expression in the eyes, fur texture, and environment. More general drawing concepts like choosing the right pencil, beginning the sketch, composition and shading were also taught. My adult students developed a nice camaraderie which led
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scene from "The Forgotten Rabbit" by illustrator NancyLane

Easter Bunny Alert

Mary Ann Grossman of the St. Paul Pioneer Press gave an excellent review of my latest illustrated book, “The Forgotten Rabbit”. She points out that the book is relevant this month because “thousands of ex-Easter bunnies are abandoned to shelters or into the wild each year when their novelty wears off,” according to the ASPCA.
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Rabbit Redux

I don’t remember drawing rabbits often as a child. But I ran across one that reminds me of Bella in my recently published picture book, The Forgotten Rabbit. I was six when I drew this. I like how I boldly filled the page and signed my full name. I sense this is a curious, alert,
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Rabbit drawing by Nancy Lane

Rabbit Research

I learned to draw as a child by drawing hundreds of horses over the course of about 7 years. That in turn led to other animals like cats, dogs, and elephants. But I drew very few rabbits– I rarely saw them and knew nobody who had one as a pet. So when I agreed to
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