My new friend (and wonderful painter) Kathleen Coy and I decided for Christmas to exchange portraits. I painted her dog Cloud (The Wonder Dog) and she painted my Chumley. It was quite fun and challenging - It's not often that I do a portrait for a fellow painter and I felt more less confident that usual, but was able to forge ahead and complete a piece I am very happy with.
When I feel insecure and question my abilities, I say to myself "Buck-up and paint like you know what you're doing!"
Christmas day has brought a welcome break from the end commission season. I just finished that last one this morning and now I can get ready for my show at McErny Gallery in 2014. I'll be experimenting with some larger paintings and very excited about the possibilities!
I hope that you all have a safe and peaceful holiday season.
Thank you for supporting my art through the years. Through your patronage, I have been able to pursue my passion and for this I am grateful.
Do something awesome for yourself and an artist in the new year, go out and buy some art!
Lately I have been working on numerous portraits, not being able to post because I don't want to mess up anyone's secret surprise... shhhhh!
In between, I have been working on this portrait of Frida, my newest addition. I love her long neck and when I took this photo I knew I had to paint it. Now, I need to do a portrait of Chumley and hang them next to each other.
Don't forget to order your calendar early. They are on sale at Red Bubble
I know a painting of a toilet paper roll is odd, but they sell surprisingly well.... go figure. I like painting them because they are an excellent exercise in subtle differences in whites, which is really difficult to see and translate to a painting. You can get lost in one of these.
I also love the idea of taking something so mundane and making it interesting and beautiful. It makes me think about how important TP is in our lives... you may say "gross", but try living without it... now, that's gross.
Lately I have been working on these fun watercolors of tropical fish in combination with doing portraits for Christmas presents and working on larger pieces for the McErny Gallery show in spring 2014... All while running the gallery! Whew!
The show at McErny will be dog inspired, of course with all new work. I have a whole year to work on it and it will be fantastic!!
This friday the Gallery is having an open house and you can see new work and a surprise portrait gift to a special someone. Love surprises! I hope you can come out and join us. Here is the info...
Here is an impression of the landscape at the kitchen sink at the vacation house we are staying in on Baldhead Island. It has been very cloudy and cold - the first night it rained and stormed like crazy.
The dogs are getting along well, but they are both sick from something Frida picked up. We have been sleeping and resting a lot which is much needed by all.
About a week ago I was on Facebook and noticed a dog that had been picked up as a stray in an animal control facility. It was a female Jack Russell Terrier or Rat Terrier mix that looked a lot like Chumley and she was in a high kill facility with time running out.
We called and they told us we couldn't adopt her because we lived outside the county and we would have to have a rescue organization send the correct forms so that someone could "pull" her on the "release" date (release day is the day she can be adopted, rescued, or euthanized). Then she needed to be "vetted"which means get all the correct shots and spay.
After frantically calling every shelter we could find, calling the facility to only receive vague answers, we found a shelter to step up, with only hours left for her life. She was "pulled" to safety by a volunteer (angel). I kept thinking, I wonder if this little doggie knows she was being posted all over the internet with people texting and calling just to save her little life.
Yesterday she was released from the vet all fixed up and today we picked her up from a "transporter" (someone who transport animals to the adoptees or shelters) a few hours away.
We named her Frida (after Frida Kahlo)
I have to tell you she is one of the sweetest dogs I have ever met (besides Chumley) and we are thrilled!
You will probably see lots of photos and updates... and of course, paintings of this little sweety.
Today, If you care at all about rescued dogs (or cats), please donate to a rescue because they need it for food, beds, gas, spays, everything - a lot of these people get nothing to do the work they do and they still do it - tirelessly.
Please donate, even if it's just a little.
Here is a great one to start with that does a lot of rescues and appropriate because Frida is considered a rat terrier mix.
I've painted this scene several times in the past few years to see how my progress has changed my painting. I still have difficulty with it as far as color and I can see my brush work is more "fluid" which is the direction I want to be going in. I do like May 2009's version, but I feel my style is changing into it's own and I'm o.k. with that.
Today is my 48th birthday and yesterday, after months of hard work, we proudly opened the Sun Gallery. We intentionally didn't advertise, so we knew it would be a quiet day to reflect on aspects of what we had done and what needs to be done... it was nice to sit still and reflect after all the rush.
It's a peaceful, creative space, in which I will probably be spending a lot of time... I absolutely love it.