Monday, April 23, 2018

Signs of Spring

6x6
acrylic on gessobord

I painted this little guy for the DPW "Meaning of Spring" challenge.  When the temperatures start to warm up around here, the symphony of birds start up!  I love their songs of joy that I hear as the days lengthen and the sun once again appears.  It's been a while since I've painted birds.  There's a lightheartedness that comes to me when I'm painting these fine feathered friends.  I might have to do a couple more to celebrate Spring!

Thursday, April 19, 2018

Looking North From Stanley Park

16x12
acrylic on canvas

This is my second painting that has been accepted into the 2018 Olympia Art League's juried art show.  Last October my wonderful husband took me to Vancouver, BC for our anniversary!  I had never been there before, and absolutely loved it!  We spent much of our time at Stanley Park.  I couldn't get over how fantastic the beaches were, as well as the views!  I knew when I was taking my photos that I'd be using one of them for the art show.  I can hardly wait to go back!

Bounding Through the Waves

12x24
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas

I have two paintings that have been accepted into the Olympia Art League's 2018 juried art show, and this is one of them.  I really wanted to do a "water dog" painting for the show.  I used a photo that I took while in L.A. this past January.  I was there with our daughter's sailing team for the 2018 Rosebowl Regatta.  The regatta took place right next to Rosie's Dog Beach in Long Beach, Ca..  I watched this energetic pup play fetch for hours!  It was absolutely awesome!

I took a couple of photos while painting this, to show some of my process.  I meant to take an earlier one, but became so enthralled with this, that I forgot!  Anyway, thanks for looking and I hope you all enjoy it!

I first like to block in the main colors and shapes and get an idea of the feel of the painting.


Once I know I have my proportions right I start adding more darks and lights and adjust colors to my liking.



The finished product!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Chillaxing

6x8
acrylic on gessobord

This is what I'd like to be doing right about now!  Granted, I would need an air mattress and margarita to make this my blissful setting!

Water Fountain Play

6x6
acrylic on gessobord

These two cuties are our girls, a long time ago!  They're now 16 and 19!  It's been such a fun ride with these two.  So often I wish I could go back, just for another moment, to gobble up some of their sweetness!
I actually started this painting quite a while ago.  It has sat on my shelf until today.   This week's DPW challenge (The bliss challenge), motivated me to pick it up and finish it.  It was really fun to play with these pinks and oranges, as well as loosen up a bit!

Monday, April 16, 2018

Pretty Please

6x6
acrylic on gessobord

I have a friend, Terri, who has a great passion for all bulldogs.  She and her husband are always fostering bulldogs.  This is one of her foster cuties.  She posted a picture of him on Facebook, and I fell in love with his adorable facial expression. Enjoy!

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Joy Ride

6x6
acrylic on gessobord

I saw a picture of this pup on Pixabay, and knew I had to paint it!  French Bulldogs make me smile!  Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Skipping Rocks

6x8
acrylic on gessobord

While at the Columbia Gorge last summer, these kiddos caught my attention as they played in the water, perfecting their rock skipping skills.  What drew me to paint this was the ripples in the water.  Also, I haven't painted many children lately, and it was time!  Thanks for viewing my work!

Monday, April 9, 2018

Moose

8x6
acrylic on gessobord

Moose was one of our dogs at Adopt-a-Pet (where I volunteer).  He's a yellow Lab and Great Dane mix;  He looks like an oversized yellow Lab.  He was adopted pretty quickly, but luckily,I had a chance to play with him and fall in love before he went to his furever home! 

Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Flying Water

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is the third painting in my series of this water dog.  There is something so freeing when painting water and fur that is flying in every direction.  Happy Spring everyone!

Tuesday, March 20, 2018

Wet Dog

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
Here's another painting of that sweet retriever I posted yesterday.  While working on this one I couldn't help but laugh at how much water this pup was exuding as he came running onto shore!  I plan to do one more of this guy tomorrow.  I'm going in sequence...so get ready for some flying water!


Monday, March 19, 2018

I Could Do This All Day

6x8
acrylic on gessobord

While visiting Bainbridge Island for one of our daughter's regattas, I was able to sneak away and get some fun photos.  This golden retriever was playing fetch non stop the whole time I was on the beach.  He never seemed to tire.  Oh, what I would do to have some of that puppy energy!

Monday, March 12, 2018

The Hugghins Hit the Beach

18x14
acrylic on canvas
This is one of my most recent commissioned paintings.  My friend captured his nephew's girls experiencing their first ocean visit.  They had an absolute blast playing near the surf!  The joy these sweet girls were exhibiting made this a pleasure to paint!  May we all find joy with the simpler things in life!

Sunset Regatta (auction size)

16x12
acrylic on canvas
So, this is what I ended up painting for our daughter's sailing team auction.  I'm so excited that one of the sailing team parents was the highest bidder!  Woohoo! 

Saturday, March 10, 2018

Having a Ball

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
I painted this for the DPW "ball challenge".  I found the photo I used to paint this cutie on Pixabay.  I just love this guy's tongue hanging out as he holds on to his precious ball!  It was also great practice to work on my "whites" (which I regularly struggle with!).  Enjoy!

Looking For Love

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
A friend of mine posted this adorable pup, that was available at their local shelter, on Facebook and I couldn't resist painting her.  Those eyes just beg me to come adopt her!  I'm happy to say she was adopted!  Never forget, there are amazing pets at your local shelter.  Give love a chance!


Thursday, February 22, 2018

Sunset Ride

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
I painted "Sunset Ride"  for this week's DPW Late Light Challenge.  I used a friend's photo to paint this (thank you, Karen!).  I love the feeling of that super bright sun shining down on her and her sweet horse.  Seeing this kind of sun makes me crave warm weather even more!  Here's to soaking up the sun!  Enjoy!

Heron In Flight

6x12
acrylic on canvas
 
I painted this from my friend, Donna's, amazing photo.  She has a special relationship with herons and her camera.  I just love this action shot!  This painting is for our daughter's high school auction.  I hope it does well!

Monday, February 12, 2018

Beach Puppy

6x6
acrylic on gessobord

I've been working on several different paintings lately for a couple of auctions and commissions.  I enjoy the challenge, but really miss the freedom of choosing whatever makes me happy that day.  I was stalling on one of the paintings, so I decided to loosen up and paint this sweet pup.  

In January I flew to L. A. with our daughter's sailing team.  We had the best luck...the regatta took place at the local dog beach!  I took so many photos!  This is just one of the dogs there that caught my eye.  I'm looking forward to doing a lot more beach dog paintings soon!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Kaneohe Bay Sand Bar

6x8
acrylic on gessobord

When I was young, my dad, brother and I would jump in the boat and head out to the sand bar for a day of sun, water and fun.  I have so many fond memories of this place.  I used a photo that my sister-in-law took to paint this.  What a perfect day it must have been out there!

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

But I Don't Want To Go Home Yet

8x6
acrylic on gessobord

On one of my visits to Seattle, I made a stop at the local dog park.  This adorable giant caught my eye.  He was so happy to be visiting with the other dogs.  When it was time to go, he had the most pitiful look on his face.  I would have liked to run up and give him a big hug, but that wouldn't have gone over very well.  I was getting some pretty strange looks from the people there.  I guess there aren't many people that hang out at dog parks without a dog (and take numerous pictures of  other peoples fur babies)!  I made a swift exit before anyone became too upset with me!

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Dark Clouds Ahead

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is the third small preparation painting for our daughter's sailing team auction.  I haven't focused on painting water in a while, so this was really fun.  I loved messing with the skies in this one too!

Windswept Skies

8x6
Acrylic on Gessobord

At one of our daughter's regattas last year, the sky put on a spectacular show.  I snapped a few photos that day with the hopes of using them for a future painting.  In reality, the skies weren't this dramatic.  That's where the magic of paint and imagination step in!  I had a wonderful time playing up the sky!  This is the second small, preparation painting in a set of three that I'm doing for our daughter's sailing auction. 

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Sunset Regatta

6x6
acrylic on gessobord

I've been playing around with a few ideas for a painting I'm going to do for our daughter's high school sailing team auction.  I enjoyed playing with the brighter colors in this one.  I think I'll take a vote when I'm done with these smaller sailing paintings to see which one I should turn into a larger piece.

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Gorgeous

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
Last summer our daughter spent a week sailing in the Columbia River Gorge.  Luckily, she took me along for support (and money!).  It was blowing between 20-30 mph the first 3 days!  I've never seen so many small boats capsize.  At the end of the first day, I thought Annie (our daughter) would want to throw in the towel.  Nope!  That is one resilient kid!  She had an absolute blast out there.  Once I was sure she didn't need me for emotional support, I did a little exploring and snapped a few fun photos, like this one, for painting.
I will be joining her again this summer in the Gorge, but sadly, the scene will look a little different after the massive wildfire last year.

Monday, January 29, 2018

Ecola State Park

6x6
acrylic on gessobord

One of my favorite things to do while at Cannon Beach  (Oregon Coast), is to hike the trails of Ecola State Park.  The scenery never disappoints, even on a stormy day!


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.