Monday, September 17, 2018

Regatta Dog- Alex

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
Where there's a sailing regatta, there will be dogs!  Dogs make everything better...Don't ya think?!  This sweet boy is Alex.  He is a favorite of many sailors around here.  Sweet, loving, and always looking for some love, are just a few of his adorable characteristics!  Enjoy!

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Montague At Sundown

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
Montague Harbor is one of our favorite places in the Canadian Gulf Islands.  On this particular cruise, the evenings were crazy beautiful!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Birthday Dahlias

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
I had another birthday last week and my sweet friend, Natasha, brought me these gorgeous dahlias from her garden.  I don't usually do still life paintings, but I couldn't stop gushing over these beautiful flowers!  So, I set up a very rudimentary staging area for my subject and painted away.  I am happy with the deep purples and pinks I used in this piece.  It definitely challenged me, so I guess I had better sharpen my skills with another sometime soon.

Monday, September 10, 2018

Put Your Paws Up In the Air

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
This goofy girl is my latest love at our dog shelter.  She is the sweetest mutt!  Oh, if only I could adopt one more dog.  Sigh.

Tuesday, September 4, 2018

Gandalf

5x5
acrylic on gessobord
I painted this for our daughter's roommate.  Her sweet furry boy passed away recently, and I couldn't resist capturing this adorable face on gessobord for her.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

Eight Foot Jump

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
I did this painting for Daily Paintworks' background challenge.  I often struggle with what to paint in the background after I've worked on the focal subject.  Numerous times I have given up on a painting because it just didn't work well.  I am consistently trying to challenge myself by stretching my boundaries, and luckily, this time it worked out!

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

Belly Flop

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
I've been looking forward to doing this painting.  Capturing the lightness of the water has been a challenge for me, including this painting, but it is something I'd like to get better at, so, as the saying goes, "practice makes perfect"!  I think I need to get out and enjoy the last bits of swimming weather (I think I'll try to avoid belly flopping though!)!  Happy last weeks of summer everyone!


Monday, August 27, 2018

Salty Dog

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
In honor of national "Dog Day" I decided to paint our sweet boy, Salty, doing his most favorite activity.  In the actual photo, the stick was a lot bigger.  He tends to find the unusually over sized sticks to play with.  A few times they have been so big, I couldn't throw them more than a few feet!  Funny dog!

Here's our silly Salty with a favorite stick.  What a goof ball!


Saturday, August 18, 2018

Salty's Sunset Ride

6x8
acrylic on gessobord

Our dog, Salty, absolutely loves going for rides in the dinghy.  This particular evening ride was in Canada, at Montague Harbor.  What a perfect evening!  And this is why we spend so much time on our boat!

Thursday, August 9, 2018

Seabrook Summer

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
Last month we had the good fortune to stay at Seabrook for a few nights.  My favorite thing to do there is take early morning walks on the beach with our dogs.  It's almost like we have acres and acres of beach all to ourselves!  Most of our mornings there were quite foggy, but on our last day, the sun came out and I jumped at the chance to get a few photos before any fog rolled in.  If only summer could last just a little longer!