I posted an oil sketch of Matthew (a man who was putting in our new tile) a while ago, and finally got around to doing his portrait. He has such an interesting face and was kind enough to allow me to paint him, beard and all. He told me his wife was making him shave it off….
Meet Gonzo, a Golden Doodle, who has been trained impeccably by Lesleigh Cook. Sometimes you meet a dog, and they look at you and you fall in love instantly. That's how I feel about Gonzo. He has a look that is hard to describe. I tried to capture it here. Very serious, ready for action, yet playful as well. He is a therapy dog and whatever family was fortunate enough to get him should feel very blessed.
What a better way to say "Happy Easter" than to paint an adorable child in a very large hat?! When I paint a portrait, after sketching in the shape of the face I work on the eyes. If I can nail that part of the face, I feel like the painting has become alive. This is beautiful Ellery Ann. HAPPY EASTER/PASSOVER EVERYONE!
From my Saturday painting session at the Old Jail Hill Art Space at Goose Creek Studio, here is a quick study of Matthew. I rarely do oil sketches, but I loved the process…and I didn't have to lug all my tubes of paint. Only black and white. A revelation!
Lots of rain recently and some beautiful clouds to try to capture. I was able to catch this scene just as the sun was beginning to come through those clouds. Painted plain air and really fast to try to nail down what I was seeing before it disappeared, which it did in an instant!
Just look at that attentive face! Ready for anything. Dogs definitely do have personalities, and even from a photograph, you can usually see their "inner self" shining through. At least I can when I'm painting them. Lucy was such fun to do. A beautiful dog. Someone once asked me how I got dogs to sit for a painting session….I still smile when I think of that!!
First visit to the aquarium, and total fascination. The lighting was a challenge as well as the skin tones under those lights. I love to take on these issues to see if I can pull them off and give them life. I'm pretty satisfied here.
A quick little painting from a photo by artist extraordinaire Pat Dougherty of her adorable Mo and Mo's daycare buddies at rest time. We used to have rest time at a camp I went to, but we didn't get cushy beds…
When I go to paint with my Saturday artist friends at Goose Creek Studio and Custom Framing, I try to think of fun projects so that when visitors come to see us they have something a little different to see. Tallulah makes this easy! Here's one I worked on this past Saturday. I got the benefit of input for that weird underside of her tongue from the fabulous artists who join me in the studio. One would think a tongue wouldn't be difficult. Well…This one was, and here it is in all it's glory :-)
This painting was a study in what goes where. Which ear belongs to which dog…Which paw belongs to which dog…and so on. It took a while, but was worth it for me in the long run. Two beautiful Long Haired Dachshunds painted at Goose Creek Studio and Custom Framing with my painting buds….Come by on Saturdays, if you are in the Bedford, VA area and see us.
This is another commission from Christmas. A very happy dog with a great smile! I'm smiling, too, because we are experiencing Spring in late February. In the 70's again today and all the trees and flowers are blooming. Sneeze, Sneeze….
A little bee to sweeten your day :-) Painted with my artsy friends at Goose Creek Studio last Saturday. Come by each Saturday and browse the fabulous artwork that Goose Creek has to offer and stop upstairs at Old Jail Hill Art Space to say hello and see us painting.
Here is Brooklyn who totally enjoys life under all circumstances, whether it be dry or wet. That's how I intend to live my life…minus the tennis ball. She is a dog you fall in love with as soon as you see her.
"Waste Not..Want Not," a saying my mother used to use. Well, I guess it's finally caught up with me. Using up the paint on my palette from another painting and keeping it simple, this is the result. I wanted to get the large black cow coming out at the viewer. Just a quick, sketchy, fun one! Now back to the commissions….
Slowly but surely I'm getting the Christmas commissions loaded on for you to see along with my new paintings. It has sure been busy around here, and I'm certainly not complaining. One of the best things about being an artist is the great community of support and the opportunity to meet so many terrific like-minded people. Here's Sherbert! Such a kind, lovable face.
The third in what seems to have become a small series of cow paintings. Who knew cows could be so friendly?! What this cow was really interested in was not my scintillating conversation, but the bread that was being fed to them. I was told that the bread is "cow cocaine"….What a great day this was!!
Mooooving along on this Sunday, a beautiful Scottish Highlander cow with the sun hitting that gorgeous auburn fur. (Do cows have "fur"? …Not sure, being a City girl). Loved painting this one. If interested in purchasing, just email me :-)
I was lucky enough to get to photograph a friend's Scottish Highlander cows recently. This particular cow turned towards me and scowled, and I instantly saw something familiar :-) Beady eyes, that scowl, the comb over, a mouth full of hay, orange color…Well, you get the idea! I don't usually put anything political out there, but this was too good to pass up…and very timely :-(
Here's another Christmas commission to post. I must say, I was really lucky to have so many adorable dogs, cats, and horses to paint this year. I am so thankful to have the opportunity to get to know, through paint, these animals.
A good friend brought these beautiful red tulips to me for Christmas. I am not really comfortable painting flowers, but they were so lovely I had to try. I'm not sure why flowers intimidate me, but I approached this subject as I've been doing lately with everything.. as just shapes. The name of certain objects seems to get in the way of just expressing what I see and feel. This still life was done at my kitchen table using my little Gorilla box…on a cold, gray, snowy day.
The word "Artist" has many connotations. We are all artists in one way or another, I think. The definition of "Artist" is "..a person who practices any of the various creative arts...A person skilled at a particular task or occupation." So here's to the colorful, air-filled art of balloons! A quick study on a snowy, icy, single digit day to use up paint on my palette :-)
Another Christmas commission, and one that I loved painting. The beautiful colors and expressive eyes got to me with every brush stroke. It was commissioned with love for the client's daughter. I hope this portrait will bring wonderful memories to its owner.