Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Chocolate Lab

My childhood dog was a doberman and my first dog as an adult was a lab/golden mix. These breeds hold a special place in my heart so it only seems right that they should be the first of my breed specific, non-commissioned, paintings!

I did also do a painting of a golden a while back which sold but the chocolate lab and doberman are both available.

Chocolate Lab
12x12
Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY




Tuesday, March 28, 2017

By the Sea, Ghana

Recently I finished the largest painting I've ever done (Sligo). I believe this is the smallest. I painted this for March's Virtual Paintout challenge which was in Ghana. I've mentioned this before but I really love it when I have a chance to participate in this challenge. It's a lot of fun and such a great idea of Bill Guffey's!

By the Sea, Ghana
4x3
Oil
Original and Prints For Sale on Etsy


I found these fun little "mini masters" canvas and easel sets and had so much fun painting in miniature!
5 Inch Display Easel


I couldn't resist creating a miniature Certificate of Authenticity for this little painting!
Certificate of Authentication

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Seamus

I was very excited to be asked to paint a second portrait for a friend of mine from high school. This new portrait, which will be joining Sophie on their walls, is of their much loved dog named Seamus.

Seamus
1616
Oil




Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Freedom!

This is another large one, though not nearly as large as the Sligo painting! I had so much fun painting this! I was so captured by the spirit and beauty of this horse that I was sad to finish it. I was originally going to add a cradle to this but when I was out shopping the other day I found the perfect frame! The texture of the frame runs vertically and teeters on the edge of contemporary and traditional which I love! It is also dynamic enough to put on this painting which has so much movement but doesn't have so much energy that it competes with the painting. I was so happy as I really did not want to put a small plain frame on this guy!

Until this sells, it can be found hanging in my family room!

Freedom!
18x24
Oil
For Sale On Etsy




Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Sligo, Ireland

This is by far the largest painting I have ever done and it took me over a year to complete. This one sat in the corner and laughed at me for at least half that that year. Other things in life took over for while and I just didn't have the time to commit to such a daunting task. I'm glad to say that it has now joined the ranks of the signed and completed!

Sligo, Ireland
30x40
Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY






Friday, February 24, 2017

San Francisco Hippie Bus

A college friend of mine likes to take photos of old cars and posts them to Facebook. She was kind enough to give me permission to paint from one of her wonderful photos. There is something about the orange Volkswagen bus against the yellow house which really draws my eye.

San Francisco Hippie Bus
10x10
Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY





Painted, with permission, from a photo taken by Vivienne Scholl.

Friday, February 17, 2017

Virtual Paintout Blunder


Well shoot! I was just about to send in my submission for Bill Guffey's Virtual Paintout when I noticed that I had somehow traveled to Alabama instead of Nashville, TN in my virtual sight seeing. Since the place I painted from is out of this month's designated painting area I can't submit it. While this is rather disappointing, I'm also having a good laugh over it! I must have been quite tired when I was looking for a spot to paint from! Regardless, here it is!

Not Nashville
16x20
Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY



Monday, February 13, 2017

Doberman Pinscher

We had the sweetest doberman growing up. She had natural ears and I simply adored her. I have been partial to doberman's ever since and I just couldn't resist painting this sweet puppy. This one is for sale in my etsy store, see below for link.

Doberman Pinscher (Natural Ears)
12x12
Oil
FOR SALE ON ETSY!



Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Emma

Below is a portrait which was commissioned as a gift for a treasured elementary school teacher who was grieving the loss of her beloved dog. What a very kind gesture.

Emma
10x8
Colored Pencil



Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Sparky

It was an honor to be asked to paint a portrait of this sweet puppy. Most of the requests I get are for contemporary portraits. I love painting the contemporary portraits but it was fun to paint a traditional portrait again.

Sparky
12x9
Oil




Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Lucas Lucas Lucas

I have truly been blessed to have met a lovely family who has a tremendous love for their dogs. This is the third portrait I have done for them and as always, it has been such a pleasure! Meet Lucas Lucas Lucas, their first family pet. It is clear that he made a lasting impression on their hearts.

Lucas Lucas Lucas
12s12
Oil