Hey there from North Florida! My name is KD Huff and I am living my life long dream of small town life (follow me on Instagram!). My husband and I live on three acres with our menagerie of dogs, cats and horses and are loving our life of faith, family, friends and our little farm.
I live in Lawtey, Florida which is listed by AAA as a speed trap on US Hwy 301. I moved from Jacksonville, Florida which is the largest city landwise in the United States. Duval County was consolidated in the 60’s . The whole county is considered the city of Jacksonville. Jacksonville was known at one point as a big Navy town and I am a proud Navy brat. My father retired as a Chief Petty Officer. Jacksonville’s old Cecil Field airport still boasts a runway that could be used as a backup landing strip for the past shuttle program.
I was always one of those little girls that LOVED horses and my mom tells me I started drawing them when I could use a crayon. I never really tried to develop my artistic talent until the fall of 2015 when I committed to practice every single day. My talented sister Robbin challenged me to post them on Instagram so here we are, warts and all. She and I have done pencil drawings over the years and I’ve always been a little intimidated by her detailed style. I’ve discovered that I’m not so good with larger drawings because I lose focus after an hour and I don’t like to do a whole lot of detail. Drawing with ink is fun for me, and recently I found that I love adding color.
I bought a kiddie set of watercolors at first and have graduated to watercolor pencils along with a step up watercolor palette from a box store. Now I need to get better quality brushes and learn some watercolor techniques. I usually use photos on my phone as a reference and draw using a lap table while sitting on the couch. I do a lot of my drawings freehand, but for a commission portrait I will print and trace an outline to get their pet’s proportions just right.
I enjoy drawing animals best, however, I’m trying to stretch out of my comfort zone. I prefer to do small pieces of 6×8 or smaller. The daily discipline has helped me tremendously and has me hungry to learn more!