Friday, October 31, 2014

Sea Pearl

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

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

8" x 10"
oil on canvas

"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…

Saturday, October 25, 2014

International Artist Day

October 25, International Artist Day, is to honor the contribution artists have and are making to society. Use this day as the opportunity to take an artist to lunch, buy that painting that's been haunting you for months, visit a gallery, go to the symphony or participate in something creative that is “outside the box” of your day to day life.

For International Artist Day I am honoring the well know painter Vincent Van Gogh's "Self Portrait with Bandaged Ear" with my own spin...
Vincent Van Dogh
9" x 12"
oil on canvas

Although everyone knows the name Van Gogh, it's sad to say that during his life, he was pretty much unknown and passed over, but despite this he continued to paint feverishly driven by a passion the he himself probably did not understand. I understand this - It is who we are, all we are. We HAVE to because it is what we do and I believe the world is a better place because of this. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

PAINT MY DOG! Series #26

10" x 8"
oil on canvas

This is Rosie.
She belongs to Stacy who runs an awesome rescue called New Rattitude Rescue. I follow her rescues on Facebook and she played a big part in helping me save one of my own, Frida… I am forever in her debt.

Stacy rescues these lost dogs from kill facilities, takes them into her home, nurses them back to health, trains and socializes them like one of her own. She posts on Facebook their stories and progress all the way up to going to their forever homes - with so much bad in the world, it's comforting to know there are angels among us like her.

Rosie is Stacy's inspiration for her efforts in rescue.

Thank you Rosie for inspiring so much good for so many.

New Rattitude Rescue accepts donations for the care of these rescues and if you are looking to give your home to an awesome terrier, contact her - It'll be the best decision you've made all year!

Monday, October 20, 2014

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

PAINT MY DOG! Series #27

8" x 10"
oil on canvas

Indy's story: 
"The photo I sent you was of her first day in our household. She is a standard poodle, named Indy (short for home state. Her mother was named Montana.) Indy looks sweet and she is very affectionate, but she is also a very rowdy tomboy. She loves to go to the park and run as fast as she can...which is faster than any other dog she's met so far. She loves her toys...carefully distributes them around the rug in our family room, and takes her big ball upstairs and pushes it down the stairs so she can chase it. And she's developed a close relationship with the squirrels in our backyard...they get close enough to the ground to chatter at her, and she runs around like a maniac."

Wednesday, October 1, 2014


10" x 8"
oil on canvas


Madison's Story…

"I got Madison (named after the Madison Scouts of Drum Corps International) in 1999 when my roommate and best friend very suddenly moved back to her hometown. I had no TV or living room furniture, but decided a dog would be my next big purchase.

As a severe asthmatic, I did a lot of research on dogs that don’t shed and made a few appointments to see the various breeds.  At my first “go-see,” a tiny – and very vocal – black puppy peed on me, and I knew she was mine.  I had nothing to carry her home in, no food, and no doggie supplies…but she was mine. I wondered what I had gotten myself into.

Fifteen years later, she is still mine.  We picked up her brother – an ornery cat named Sid Vicious – along the way, and we make a peculiar team.  But it works for us.  She has been by my side through everything – a move to Washington, D.C. (and back home two years later), countless trips to the beach and Nana’s house on Sundays, and the illness and death of my father.  She was the first grandchild, and even with four “real” grandkids now, she acts as if she still comes first.

She is a quirky animal – she won’t step on doormats, and cries when you say the word “yay.” Her hearing is going, she can’t jump onto the bed anymore, and she is covered in “old-lady warts.”  But at fifteen, she is healthy, extremely active and alert, and still plays like a puppy.  My hope is that she sticks with me for a few more good years…I can’t imagine my world without my Maddy girl.
Thank you so much for doing this, Clair!  It will mean so much to me to have this at her old age!  I know I don't have long with her, so this is so special."