Pencils, Paint, and Dogs.

Pencils, Paint, and Dogs.

I’ve recently been introduced to the world of dogs. I never warmed up to them and never could. Wasn’t sure why but I’m sure they scared the be-jeezzus out of me as a child and it stuck.

When I was approached in November of 2016 to create personal dog portraits for my clients loved ones I kind of froze. I’d never attempted to draw a dog. Or an animal for that matter in a realistic light.

Being the curious artist that I am I didn’t hesitate to take the job. I’m so happy I did. I found that working with colored pencil forces one to see the various colors and tones in a

mass of tiny hairs. When I switched projects to my painting commission I saw color tones and tints that I had never noticed before…. in paint!

Take this lesson with you …. always try something new. Plow through your fears. You can do anything you put your mind to and in the process your other talents will flourish and be better for it.

I’ve completed one dog (IVAN) and am working on FREDO still. Here are the photos I worked from and the results thus far.

By taking the time to study these subjects I have learned so much about them and it couldn’t have come at a more perfect time because it was around the same time Miley came into my life. Now I know how dogs steal the hearts of people. AND I can now draw them as well 😉

Miley is the pretty bulldog at the top of this post and she will be my next project. But first I must finish all the commissions on my desk now…. only 2 ….. and then I can post them making of MILEY. Keep your eyes out for more …. I’ll be posting as I work on each project from here on in. Watch these beautiful creatures come to life in steps with me!

With that I’m going to get to work on my guitar neck. NO its not a dog portrait but it is taking longer than I wanted due to my new eyesight prescription… yup … waiting for bifocals…. bwa ha ha….. yes senior moments.

With age comes wisdom &  blindness. That is my thought for the day.





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Posted by on January 20, 2017 in Uncategorized


Picture Books by Erin T Whalen

“Charlie’s Head” Picture Book Set

This is a full set of books from the Charlie's Head Series. It comes with 3 beautifully illustrated picture books all signed by the author/illustrator. Genre: Fantasy.... Book 1: A young boy learns to use his imagination for amazing things and learns the true value of it. Book 2: That same young boy teaches his best friend how to use her imagination and together they combine minds to make play more interesting. Book 3: Charlie goes to Salem Mass. on Halloween night only to have a witch steal his imagination and bottle it!


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Posted by on August 18, 2017 in Uncategorized



Hello friends. It’s been quite some time but I’m back to blogging. So much has happened since I last blogged (just a photo… sorry) in July. By the way June & July were absolutely amazing. I camped for 47 nights. AMAZING.

I will post those pics in another blog post later this week.

Because I took time out to find myself my art stepped up a notch or two. My confidence has grown as an artist and I’ve now added into my art arsenal Prismacolor Colored Pencils!!!

Below you’ll see my desk …. with Novel in progress all over the wall…. yet another project I’m trying desperately to finish.



So yeah… I have the completion of my novel…. going strong but more work than I  ever could have imagined!!! NANOWRIMO has helped. 😉

As for artwork…… Im working on a few dog portrait commissions….. Photos in next post.

Of course I’m STILL working The Rusty Palette Paint Parties because why wouldn’t I???

I absolutely LOVE teaching art in a private party home or bar setting. Email me if you’re looking for this type of party… FUN.


So please, if you’d like to enjoy making art or would like to commission a special gift for someone this holiday season, email me or call 401-206-7499.

Thanks again for following my blog. Ive got a new blogging schedule … no matter the situation, I will post at least 3x weekly. This is something I’ve decided to do because nothing is better than blogging about teaching and making art….with the exception of actually making and teaching art.

So lets make sure we meet her 3x weekly and get our ART done!

Creatively yours,

Erin T. Whalen

The Rusty Palette

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Posted by on November 30, 2016 in Uncategorized


Novel edits coming along beautifully!!!

Novel edits coming along beautifully!!!
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Posted by on July 7, 2016 in Uncategorized


Teaching on Wednesday evenings at Lyn-Art Studios

Hello everyone!

I’m finally settling in at a brand new studio and the great news is… its not mine!

Why is this great news you ask? Well, it’s simply because the man who owns it runs the other part of the art studio business…. FRAMING! That’s right, when you are finished painting your masterpiece see Dan (the owner) for the finishing touches… a beautiful frame.

Please note that Wednesday July 15 will be a drink and paint session. 35.00 gets you a 16×20 canvas, easel, paint, brushes, palette, and instruction to create a beautiful beach sunset.


Each Wednesday I hold a class from 6-8pm for those who want to learn more about art. Any kind of art. If you bring your own supplies the cost is only $15.00. For those of you who are new to painting or who don’t want to bother with supplies you can use mine however your cost will be $25.00. Either path you choose I will be available to guide you in whatever medium you choose to explore. Pastels, Acrylic Paint, Oil Paint etc…. whatever you need to learn I can guide you.

Just give me a call at 401-300-6036 so I can sign you up!

I look forward to teaching you some skills to work on so you can grow your art talent!


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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Uncategorized


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Teaching at LYNN ART studio in Greenville beginning JULY 2015

Here is the flyer I’ve made for classes beginning in July at Lynn-Art studio in Greenville Rhode Island. Im so excited to meet new painters and push their creativity!


Posted by on June 26, 2015 in art, artists, coffee and paint


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Happy 2015

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Posted by on January 16, 2015 in Uncategorized

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