Now that this is done it's time to pack for Florida - with four paintings and dog!
36" x 24"
Oil on canvas
I worked on this last night and I'm so glad I did - I am really loving the way this turned out.
This will hang in Corse Gallery the month of July with "The Dream" and "De La Luna" - which is not done yet, but only has a few more details. Hope you have a chance to see them if you live in Jacksonville, FL.
"Me & My Shadow" will be donated to Art Unleashed to compete for $1000 first prize and to also raise money for homeless pets.
Go here for more info: http://www.jaxartunleashed.com/
I am donating a free dog portrait to the Annual "Fur Ball" Charity Auction this year in December - for more info go here:
Boy, this was a tough one! I actually started this a few days ago and had to put it down because it was starting to drive me crazy. Then started it back up tonight - glad to say it's done and I am happy with the way it turned out.
Part of my stress level is trying to get four paintings done so I can drop them off next week in Florida and when I feel this kind of pressure I tend to shut down - so I have been trying to just push through and keep going.
The paintings are coming along well and I should send something out tomorrow. I'm painting on two at one time plus doing the dog paintings - whew! This is like a job (but, I like it)!
I wasn't sure if this guy was black or brown - so I made him both.
I'm a week into this and have gotten a really positive response. The dogs are ( I think) very therapeutic for me. Maybe because they make me smile while I'm working on them.
I'm gearing up for the farmers market this weekend where I will be showing these and other things. Should have 13 by then and will be taking more photos for paintings so If you want your dog photographed come by and see me!
Then I will be heading to FL for a week to drop off some paintings at Corse Gallery and my submission to Art Unleashed.
I have updated my site: www.clairhartmann.com to include the "The Downtown Dog Project". It includes all the photos and paintings. I have decided to do 100 paintings and am really excited about this project. Somehow I would like to get a charity involved, maybe the city of Wilmington? Not sure. It will definitely be a journey.
Today I was working the Farmer's Market and it was quite successful. I met a lot of really nice people, sold a few pieces and got lots of pictures of dogs for my exciting new project, "Downtown Dog".
Since so many people bring their dogs to the farmers market, it has become quite a community and you really can't help but smile when you see them all together. I recently thought of the "Downtown Dog" project - this involves painting portraits of some of these cute canines and having a show at the end of the year - not sure where yet, but I already have an offer for a venue! Eventually I would like to do a poster (book maybe?) and have them available at the farmers market - who knows where it will all lead - the options are endless!
Here is the first downtown dog and if it's yours please contact me and let me know his/her name.