Thursday, January 18, 2018

Enjoy the Ride

6x8 acrylic on gessobord

This happy dog is my husband's Navy buddy's dog.   I saw the photo of this pup while Bob (my hubby) was on Facebook.  I knew I had to paint him!  OMG, that face!  That background!  It was so much fun working on this one!  When I finished painting, I swear I had the Lego movie song playing in my head (Everything is Awesome...)!!!

Winter Warmth

8x8 acrylic on canvas

This is a painting I did for a friend.  The photo of this scene was absolutely magical.  I really thought painting this would be a snap.  Well, it was quite the opposite!  The others weren't flowing.  Either it was too dark, too symmetrical, or just plain awful! This is the 3rd one I did, and I'm finally happy with the result.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Ipo

8x10
acrylic on gessobord
This is a painting I did for my mom of her new puppy, Ipo.  She's a Pembroke Welsh Corgi.  Her name means "sweetheart" in Hawaiian.  I have yet to meet her, but I can already tell it won't take long for me to fall in love with her.

Jose

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is another commissioned painting I did for a friend.  I had a few photos to choose from, but chose this one because I loved how Jose was sticking his tongue out.  One title idea I had was, "What?  No Carrots?".  I love seeing a bit of goofiness in animals.

Friday, December 15, 2017

Laughing Shepherd

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
Here's another one I painted for my friend.  I really had a good time with this one!  I think it's the joyous expression on this sweet dog's face that made it so fun.  I really enjoyed messing with the colors too!

Little Max

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is a painting I did for a friend.  I really struggled with it at first, but finally found my footing once I took a step away from it.

Ty

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is Ty, one of our sweet dogs from our local shelter (that was just adopted!).  He is so loving and sweet!  This poor guy was born with bad hips, but he doesn't let it curb his enthusiasm for life and people.  I took out my phone to capture a couple of pics of him and you would have thought he was a professional model!  He truly was posing for me.  What a ham!

I invented a background for this painting, that he truly deserves.  I hope he is relaxing by the water as I type this.

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Beachin' Bullies

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
I don't often see little bulldogs at the beach, so when I saw a photo (Pixabay) of a bunch of bullies playing in the surf, I knew I needed to paint it!  Once, while relaxing at the beach we saw a full size bulldog try to swim.  Not much swimming was taking place, just sinking.  Luckily his owner was right there to scoop him out of the water.  He was so adorable and unstoppable.  Gotta love those dogs!

Monday, December 4, 2017

Home On the Sea

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
I painted "Home On the Sea" for this week's DPW "from the sea" challenge.    This was our home for over 6 years.  Even though we don't officially live on Pearl (our boat's name) now, she still feels like home when we go out on her.  There is nothing quite like spending time on the water.  We love going out for an exploratory dinghy ride before sunset, when the water is calm and a wonderful kind of quite takes over.

Snow Dog

6x6
acrylic on gessobord

I painted "snow dog" using a reference photo I found on Pixabay.  I just loved how studly this lab looked.  I have a soft spot in my heart for black labs.  Our first dog, Tabor, was a black lab.  He's been gone for quite some time now, but I still miss him.