Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Feather Finds (detail)

Feather Finds (detail)
24" x 12"
oil on canvas

Decided to add two more feathers today.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Feather Finds (detail)

Feather Finds (detail)
24" x 12"
oil on canvas

This bluejay feather is the beginning to a larger 24" x 12" painting. The goal of the 30 day challenge I'm working on is to complete a small painting a day and technically this is what I'm doing - It's just that this painting contains 6 small paintings.
Tomorrow I'll post another.


Sunday, January 18, 2015

Mockingbird Feather

Mockingbird Feathers
5" x 7"
oil on panel
view in my shop

Just a paint sketch of one of my feathers from my found feather stash.
I love the way the black runs into the white.

Thursday, January 15, 2015

In Remembrance...


 

7" x 5"
oil on panel
NFS

A few days ago Guy's children lost their grandfather.
They called him Pawpaw.
I never met him, but I heard wonderful stories of him and how he appreciated creativity. He sounded like a very interesting man. Sara told me one time that he liked to make pickled bamboo. I had never hear of such a thing and then she brought some home... it's absolutely delicious!

My thoughts are with Sara and Jesse during this sad time
- I'm sure their Pawpaw will be greatly missed.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

New Color


New Color
5" x 7"
oil on panel
view in my shop
framed


I painted this subject a few years ago and I wanted to paint it again to see how my style has changed. 
Here is the first one:
Although, this painting is brighter, it doesn't feel "expressive" to me. 
The most recent painting is more relaxed, expressive and painted with confidence. 
It is definitely the direction I've wanted to go in. 



Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Nest

"Nest"
oil on panel
4" x 4"
framed
view in my shop



I've had this frame for awhile and I just couldn't find the right painting for it. 
I think this nest works. 

Friday, January 9, 2015

Jar-O-Olives

Jar-O-Olives
22" x 28"
oil on canvas
view in my shop


Yeah, I know I'm all over the place.
My brain works that way.
I have struggled with ADD all my life learning that lists are my friend. In school it was a real problem, but now it just makes life interesting.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Indian Kingfisher

"Indian Kingfisher"
10" x 20"
oil on canvas
view in my shop

I have an acquaintance who lives in Indian and takes gorgeous photographs. He has been so kind to allow me to paint some of his birds.
You can see his work here: https://500px.com/HemantKumar
Thanks Hemant!!

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Tucker

8" x 10"
oil on canvas
Sold

Ok, back to reality… still have a few portraits left to do :)

Sunday, January 4, 2015

Barn Owl

Barn Owl
8" x 10" x 3/4"
oil on thick panel
view in my shop

I had a lot of fun with the drips and color on this one.
These animals are so intense looking.

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Bluejay of Happiness

Bluejay of Happiness
10" x 8"x 3/4" (sides)
oil on heavy panel
view in my store

I wanted my first painting of 2015 to reflect how I hoped the year would be. Originally I thought of painting a bluebird, but I didn't feel the energy of a bluebird translated what I wanted to convey. I have always loved bluejays and their strong, proud, joyful energy. They are incredibly intelligent and very misunderstood. (on a side note: I have recorded about 12 different calls they make, all unique and expressive - the "squeaking gate" sound being my favorite) My mother told me once that when she was in labor with me, she listened to a bluejay outside the window making all of it's calls… maybe I heard them too.

So this year I hope to go in with strength and embrace joy in all things, choosing to recognize the joys and hold them in me.

Happy New Year to all of you - I have a good feeling about this one :)

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Camellia Bloom

5" x 7"
oil on panel
view in my shop

I'm gearing up for a group painting-a-day challenge in January.
If you're a painter and interested, here is the link:
http://30paintingsin30days.weebly.com


Here is a Christmas commission that I can post  -  It was the client's suggestion to use a black background and at first I didn't think it was a very good idea, but now that I see the finished painting, I rather like it…. going try more like this.


Saturday, December 27, 2014

The Jester

Sold to a collector in New York
The Jester
8" x 10"

I hope everyone had a great holiday! 
Here is one of the commissions that was a gift that is now safe to post. 

Monday, December 15, 2014

Sir Foote featured on Dog Art Today!


My painting, Sir Foote is featured in Dog Art Today...
Here is the link...
(the flag behind my painting is from the set of Dances with Wolves, one of my favorite movies)


Sunday, December 14, 2014

Busy Busy!!

I have been working away on Christmas commissions. Unfortunately, I can't show you any, but I can show you a detail of one. 

My new calendar is dedicated to my sweet studio pup, Chumley. I decided to honor him after having a very close call with HGI, an intestinal disorder spawned from some holiday ham. After several hundred dollars, lots of meds and a very disoriented pup, Chummers came out of it despite the dire prognosis. 

Moral of the story... never, ever give pets holiday ham! I have learned my lesson. Unfortunately, Chummers has no regrets and would do it all over again to enjoy some sweet holiday honey baked ham....
I kinda get it :)


Here is the link for the Chumley calendar:
http://www.redbubble.com/people/clairhartmann/calendars/13165915-the-chumley-calendar

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Sir Tyler Foote and New Calendar!

"Sir Tyler Foote"
8" x 10"
oil on panel
(Painted as naturalist and explorer, Alexander von Humboldt)

Tyler is a very interesting dog - you can read about his project here:

I have a 2015 Calendar up - this year it is dedicated to the Chumley inspired paintings.
you can find it here…
Get 10% off with coupon code DRBHN91
http://www.redbubble.com/…/ca…/13165915-the-chumley-calendar

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Portraits and Holiday Sale!

Dexter
8"x 10"
oil on canvas
sold

Lately, I have been busy, busy trying to keep up with holiday portraits. In the last few months I would say I've painted about 60 portraits and I still have more which is so exciting!

I was really happy with this portrait of Dexter. It wasn't a very good photo which I guess allowed me to improvise. I liked it so much, I wanted to keep it and it's not even my dog! But, I had to send it out yesterday because someone is getting a very special present this year  :)

I also wanted to let you know I have a 30% off sale going on in my shop - here's the link:

Friday, November 7, 2014

PAINT MY DOG Series #30

Nash
8" x 10"
oil on canvas
Sold

A little about Nash…
"Nash is just a 1 1/2 year old Boykin Spaniel who is very goofy: loves any body of water; has 2 girlfriends (Sammi and Sundae) that he plays with and admires himself daily in my floor length mirror!"

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PAINT MY DOG! Series #33

Scarlett
8" x 10"
oil on canvas

"Bridgett Rowley adopted Scarlett O'Hara, a Maltese/ShihTzu mix, two years ago from a puppy mill bust in Brunswick County. Her life began in an outdoor cage where she and her littermates endured harsh sun and rain, unprotected. She lived there for six months, never once walking on grass or interacting with humans, save for sporadic feedings. 

"When I met Scarlett, you could see it in her eyes — her soul was broken. She'd been neglected and ignored and she didn't know how to act around people. With rescues like her, you have to be patient." 

And Bridgett was taking her time to get Scarlett accustomed to being petted (cuddling took a little longer — a year, to be exact — but now Bridgett reports that Scarlett is both a cuddler and bed sleeper) and introducing her to the world. Raised in a cage, Scarlett knew nothing beyond its walls: She'd never walked on grass, chased a squirrel or seen a tree. 

Scarlett still holds a few habits left over from her early days — she devours her food as quickly as possible, and at times she's shy — but her new life is a breeze. She has every toy in the world, but her favorite is an old sock (of course). She sleeps with Bridgett. She has her own wardrobe. She goes on long walks. And now there's life dancing in her little brown eyes."

Note: Please don't buy pets from puppy mills or from pet stores that use puppy mills…
for more information go here…

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sea Pearl

Sea Pearl
8" x 10"
oil on canvas
framed in a Victorian-Style Frame
purchase

As you know, I love dressing my dogs up in paintings. This is Frida as the Dread Pirate Pearl. I thought it appropriate to finish this painting for Halloween.

Happy Halloween everybody!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

PAINT MY DOG! Series #31

Dunkin
8" x 10"
oil on canvas
sold


"Duncan came to my vet through a Golden Retriever Rescue in N. CA. My vet asked if I could foster him. She knew I would take care of him and I lived close to her practice and that was a plus because Duncan needed lots of Medical Attention. He had been abandoned in a home that was foreclosed on, Best guess is that he was there 2 weeks without food or water and he was tied to a post. He pulled so hard on the rope he was tied up on that he hurt his neck & shoulders, his hips were damaged probably from being kicked or beaten. He could barely walk when he came to me, but with lots of love and care he came farther than anyone imagined, as you can see from these pictures. That Boy had a Family and a Place to call Home and he lived each day to the fullest, every day was "The Best Day Ever!" for Duncan!"

More photos of sweet Dunkin…