Saturday, December 25, 2010

Black and White Pencil Drawing | Dog Portrait Canine Art

custom dog portrait of mix-breed dog - art by Kelli SwanThis black and white pencil drawing of Chelsea the dog was completed in early December 2010. Thanks to Chelsea, a beautiful mix-breed dog, for being a wonderful custom drawing subject!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Dressage Art Prints for NODA Year End Awards

I'm honored to tell you that this year my “Contemplating Collection” dressage horse prints were purchased by NODA (The Northern Ohio Dressage Association) for their year-end awards banquet.  I was thrilled to work with the NODA President, Dee Liebenthal, as she is just about the most organized contact person I could have hoped for! Many thanks to NODA and Dee for this wonderful honor!  :-)

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Pen and Ink Drawing of Church/Temple by Kelli Swan

This is a recent pen & ink church portrait of a Baptist Temple by artist Kelli Swan.

For more information on custom pen & ink drawings of houses, homes and buildings, see my website!

Sunday, November 07, 2010

Just for fun - What Horses Teach Us!

Dear Owner:

  • When you are tense, let me teach you to relax.
  • When you are short sighted, let me teach you to see.
  • When you are short tempered, let me teach you to be patient.
  • When you are quick to react, let me teach you to be thoughtful.
  • When you are angry, let me teach you to be serene.
  • When you feel superior, let me teach you to be respectful.
  • When you are self-absorbed, let me teach you to think of greater things.
  • When you are arrogant, let me teach you humility.
  • When you are lonely, let me be your companion.
  • When you are tired, let me carry the load.
  • When you need to learn, let me teach you.
  • After all, I am your horse.

And now for the TRUE story:

  • When you are tense, let me teach you that there are dragons in the forest and we need to leave NOW!
  • When you are short-sighted, let me teach you to figure out where exactly in the 40 acres I am hiding.
  • When you are short-tempered, let me teach you how to slog around the pasture for an hour before you can catch me.
  • When you are quick to react, let me teach you that herbivores kick MUCH faster than omnivores.
  • When you are angry, let me teach you how well I can stand on my hind feet, because I don’t FEEL like cantering on my right lead today, that’s why.
  • When you are worried, let me entertain you with my mystery lameness, GI complaint and skin disease.
  • When you feel superior, let me teach you that, mostly, you are the maid service.
  • When you are self-absorbed, let me teach you to PAY ATTENTION. I told you about those dragons in the forest.
  • When you are arrogant, let me teach you what 1000 lbs. of yipee-yahoo-gotta-go horse can do when suitably inspired.
  • When you are lonely, let me be your companion. Let’s do lunch. Breakfast and dinner sound good, too.
  • When you are tired, don’t forget about the 300 lbs of grain that needs to be unloaded.
  • When you are feeling financially secure, let me teach you the meaning of “veterinary services”.

- Author unknown

Saturday, November 06, 2010

Custom Dog Pet Portrait: New Original Pencil Drawing

My latest pet portrait is a custom pencil drawing of two delightful dogs: Scooter and Dugan.  Dugan was the inspiration for a new family business – DSM Natural Products -- a natural treatment for hot spots! I will be featuring this new company in an upcoming post.

If you would like information on custom dog portraits, custom horse portraits or cat drawings, please visit my website for information on prices, terms and samples of past work:

Friday, November 05, 2010

Black & Tan Doberman Pinschers w/Cropped Ears - New Pencil Drawing

My newest pencil drawing features Black and Tan Doberman Pinscher dogs. As many of you know, I am a Doberman-Lover myself, having adopted four Doberman Pinscher rescue dogs over the years.

“A Doberman Knows” is now available as signed and numbered limited edition dog art prints. Order these Black and Tan Doberman prints here on this site. Or, check out the Doberman Mousepads, Doberman Coffee Mugs and other Doberman Lover Gifts items at my CafePress and Zazzle Stores!

If you would like to inquire about Custom Pencil Drawings of horses, dogs or cats, please visit my website at Thank you!

Wednesday, November 03, 2010

Recent Pencil Drawing - Juniper Tree of Sedona, Arizona

This 2010 pencil drawing is a scene from a hiking trail in Sedona, Arizona. “Found by Courthouse Butte” features a twisted Juniper tree in a wash behind Courthouse Butte on the Courthouse Loop trail. Locals and visitors to the Village of Oak Creek area are very familiar with this trail, which partially overlaps the Big Park Loop trail.

Signed and numbered limited edition prints of “Found by Courthouse Butte” are now available. This Twisted Juniper Tree art is also available in a hand-tinted print!

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Black and White Pencil Drawing iGoogle Theme by Kelli Swan

Yeah! Google has accepted my Pencil Drawings submission for their iGoogle themes! If you use iGoogle for Google Search page, just search for “Kelli Swan” in the themes area and you will find my design. You can then use it for your iGoogle theme.

Christmas/Holiday Stockings now available at my CafePress Store!

Available for a Limited Time Only!
$16.00 -- Measure: 15″ x 6.5″
Made of Plush Polyester

Cat Pet Sympathy Cards are here | Pet Loss Greeting Cards

After my dog sympathy cards were released with the “Good Night Sweet Prince & Princess” versions, I had several requests for a similar design with cats. I now have Cat Sympathy Cards available at both my CafePress and Zazzle Stores:

Cat Sympathy Cards at CafePress

Cat Sympathy Cards at Zazzle

Monday, November 01, 2010

Pencil Drawing Donation to Art Fever in Lexington, KY

I have donated an Original Pencil Drawing, titled "Anticipation," to the Art Fever event in Lexington, Kentucky. This polo-themed artwork is framed and ready to hang. All you need to do is win the reverse raffle!

Held on November 13, 2010, Art Fever is an exhibition of original works which will be available through a Reverse Raffle. Art Fever is the Lexington Art League's (LAL's) annual art fundraiser -- all funds support LAL's exhibitions and programs. Many original works of art will be available, and all have a minimum value of $200! Visit the Lexington Art League Art Fever site for details!

2010 Horse Notecards, Dog and Pet Sympathy Note Cards are IN!

My 2010 selection of black and white note cards are ready for sale. And they make great stocking stuffers! These notes are sold 6 to a pack w/envelopes. They are blank inside for your personal message. As with my other note cards, these are A6 in size, or 4.5″x6″ folded. I am selling these packs for the incredible price of $4/pack. Feel free to mix and match with the remaining closeout note cards ($2/pack)!

These note cards may be purchased from my horse pencil drawings and dog pencil drawing site at, or from my namesake black and white pencil drawings site

April 2010: Louisville, KY Artwork Created for Derby Celebration

This year I once again had the honor of working with the Louisville Hyatt Regency again this year to create a special commemorative drawing for the 2010 Kentucky Derby festivities. 500 signed and numbered limited edition prints were made of this drawing, and were special gifts to the Hyatt’s derby weekend guests.

The Hyatt staff saw the “Canton Lives” drawing on my website, and requested that special landmarks in Louisville be included in the drawing. The artwork features the Kennedy Bridge, the Slugger Museum, Belle of Louisville, Churchill Downs and a map of Kentucky.

While these prints were exclusive to the Hyatt, and not available for open sale, I do have many other horse and horse racing art prints available!