Tuesday, April 30, 2013

The Daily Dog - Eleven

"Mr Berns"
8" x 10"
oil on canvas

This is Mr Berns and he belongs to a new friend of mine. Mr Bern's has his own bed and can talk. When he's sad he says, "ooohhh Mammmaaa!" I have not heard this personally, but my friend has told me about it. Sometimes he wears a yamaka which I find quite humorous.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Daily Dog - Ten

8" x 10"
oil on canvas

This is what Frida looks like when a squirrel is encroaching on her turf. 
Or a bird. 
Chumley goes for fish, lizards and roaches and Frida goes for birds and squirrels. 
So, I guess were covered in case we are faced with harmless, small creatures.

There is an awesome book coming out called "My Dog: The Paradox". It is a web comic now, but eventually will be a real book and I'll be first inline to get one. It is one of the funniest (and true) descriptions of a dog. 
Here is the link:

Friday, April 26, 2013

The Daily Dog - Nine

8" x 10"
oil on canvas
25% of the sale goes to Boston Terrier Rescue on NC

I love painting Boston Terriers!

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Daily Dog - Eight

The Daily Dog - Eight
8" x 10"
oil on canvas

This dog is a regular in downtown, Wilmington.
He is HUGE and scary, but actually really sweet. 
He is the epitome of the the scary pitt bull look which reminds me of the old adage "never judge a book by it's cover". 
Love the collar. 

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Daily Dog - Seven

12" x 14"
oil on canvas

I did not finish this within the 2 hour alloted time-frame for my Daily Dog project, so I will complete it another time - some paintings just need more time. It has a good start though and I feel comfortable with walking away, waiting for it to dry, and start again later. 

As I was painting this, I felt I was "losing the path" which means it was not coming out the way I intended. Every time that happens I hear the little fish's words from the movie Finding Nemo "Just keep swimming, just keep swimming" which translates to "Just keep painting, just keep painting" and I find if I can just focus and keep adding, somehow on a subconscious level I find it's way again. Not sure how it happens, but it's awesome when I step away from the painting and say to myself "you got it!" and not "what on earth have you done?!"

This subject comes from a long line of show beagles and I want to paint her/him in the glory that her breed has earned. 

Will post another photo when I complete it. 

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The Daily Dog - Six

"Sweet Ruby"
oil on canvas
Sold to a collector in North Carolina

Saturday, April 20, 2013

The Daily Dog - Five

The Daily Dog - Five
10" x 8"
oil on canvas

You may recognize this image from a previous painting - Just wanted to paint it again. 

Love this dog. 

(sorry about the bad photo - terrible light this morning and all my photo lights are at the gallery - will send better photo tomorrow)

Friday, April 19, 2013

The Daily Dog - Four

8" x10"
Oil on Canvas
25% of the proceeds go to 

In case you don't know this is Frida. She was rescued in her final hour at the pound - thankfully just in time. She reminds me of a high maintenance super model. She's a beautiful long leggy girl with a temper and lots of energy. She likes to pose for photos and has to be persuaded to eat. 

This painting is of her on alert with her ear up letting you know that whatever you have, she wants it. 

She is my treasure.

Thursday, April 18, 2013

The Daily Dog - Three

8" X 10"
Oil on canvas

This is Pixel. 
Frida met her at the dog park a few weeks ago and had a fantastic time chasing each other around with incredible matched energy levels. I fell in love with Pixel and wanted to take her home with me, but her human would not agree this was a good idea, so we took a photo home. 

Frida and Pixel's playtime will be featured in another much larger painting down the road. 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

The Daily Dog - One

"The Maple Kind??"
The Daily Dog #1
8" x 10"
oil on canvas
25% of the sale goes to

Since I have a show coming up in February I decided that I need to paint more dogs!  - so I am starting a project called The Daily Dog where I paint a dog a day for 30 days, maybe more. 

The rules are...
- Paint a dog a day
- Keep it under 2 hours
- I get the weekends off which is Sunday and Monday for me
- If I get a migraine, I get a free pass

I'm telling you all of this because I need accountability or I'll slack and it's easier for me to slack because of all the other stuff going on (gallery). Anyway, keep your fingers crossed for me and I'll let you know how it's going by posting every day. 

On another note, this dog reminded me of the bacon dog... if you have not see the video, view it here... I find it absolutely hilarious! 

Monday, April 15, 2013

Awards and Rewards!!

I am happy to tell you that my painting "To Have and To Hold" won the People's Choice Award and the Zia Bird Award in the Wilmington Art Association's Spring Show at the Azalea Festival! 
I couldn't be more thrilled!!

I guess you could say this is how I feel right now. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

Paintings up for Auction

These paintings are currently at auction...

oil on canvas

Spider Wort
oil on canvas
3 day auction

Chrome Lighter
oil on panel

3 day auction