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!

Wildflowers of Seabrook

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
Seabrook is an adorable little town along the Washington coast.  It's one of our favorite places to visit.  This is the view from one of the many walkways before you head down the path to the beach.  I absolutely love this view!  The little wild daisies were in perfect shape on this visit.

Hobbs

8x8
acrylic on canvas
I painted this sweet pup for a friend of mine.  I enjoyed the challenge of painting curly fur.  I've never done this type of dog  before, so it was great experience.

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

Sunset at Watmough Bay

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
Watmough Bay is a wonderful little spot at Lopez Island in the San Juan Islands.  When we are at anchor, I can't help but explore any nearby rocks, islets, and beaches via kayak or sup.  I love this place, and can't wait to get back there!


Wednesday, July 18, 2018

Speed Swimmer

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is our awesome dog, Salty, doing what he loves.  When it starts to get a little too warm for fetch on land, we head to the beach.  He can really make waves when he's going after his ever precious ball! After he's been swimming, I love the salt that's left on my lips after kissing his head!  I hope you all can find a beach to enjoy this summer! 

Monday, July 16, 2018

Summer Swimmer

6x8
Acrylic on gessobord

This month's DPW challenge is "The Dog Days of Summer".  I am so excited to participate in this one.  I have a couple more furry friend paintings I want to do, but it may take a while to get to them, as I am loving all the fun this summer is offering!  I used a photo from Pixabay for this piece.  Enjoy! 

Monday, June 25, 2018

Making Waves 2

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
This is the second painting of this sweet fetching dog I enjoyed watching in Seattle.  I've been getting a lot of beach and dog photos lately that I'm really excited about painting!  I have a few commission pieces to do and then I'll start digging into some new fun paintings!

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Making Waves

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
I captured a few shots of this guy having a blast on a sunny Seattle day.    I hope to do another painting of him playing fetch. He was absolutely in his element!  Happy Summer everyone!

Monday, June 18, 2018

Dockside Poppies

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is another painting from my Seattle visit last month.  The orange poppies alongside the walkway near Golden Gardens Park were really shining that day.  I've been looking forward to painting this one for quite some time.  I love all the colors, shadows, and warmth.


Thursday, June 14, 2018

Surrounded By Blessings

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
What a week I've had!  Our sweet little dog, Chili Pepper, became deathly ill this past weekend.  We really didn't think he'd make it and the veterinarians had no answers.  I'd been praying for healing and answers for our little furry guy, and on Tuesday night, God answered them!  Chili is thankfully on the mend!  I wanted to paint this scene because it reminds me that God is all around!  I painted this from a photo I took about 10 years ago while out kayaking in the South Puget Sound.  Beautiful, huh!?  I also thought it would be perfect for this month's DPW "Sky Challenge".  Blessings to all of you!

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Boys and Tonka Trucks

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
This is painted from my photo I took while in Seattle a few weeks ago.  These boys were adorable!  They came zooming past me at one point while "driving" their trucks along the path, making all the necessary truck sounds.  This was such a fun one to paint!  The colors!  The sunshine!  The water! These are a few of my favorite things...

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Seashore Treasure Hunt

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
When our girls would get together with their friends, the fun and creativity would abound!  I have so many wonderful memories of the fun times they've had playing with their buddies.  I know I've said this before, but sometimes I wish I could go back in time, even for just a bit, to see them exploring and taking in their world without holding back.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Father Daughter Time

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
I've been challenging myself lately to work with more muted colors.  It sounds easy, doesn't it?  For me it's been a bit of a struggle!  It's worth it, though, because I know I'm stretching my boundaries.  I find I'm paying closer attention to values.  This painting is based off of a photo I took in Los Angeles last January at our daughter's regatta.  Enjoy!

Eileen

8x8
acrylic on canvas
This is a painting I did for a friend.  Isn't Eileen a cutie!  A couple of cool facts about this adorable girl...she only has 3 legs and she is training to be a service dog!  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 24, 2018

Rudy

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
This painting was both rewarding and sad to paint.  One of my dear friends lost her sweet boy, Rudy, recently.  I never had the chance to meet him, but enjoyed watching his life through photos posted on Facebook.  I loved the feeling of peacefulness and relaxation I felt sweet Rudy was experiencing when I saw the photo I used for this painting.  R.I.P Rudy.

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Sunny Day Water Play

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
I don't know how many of you have taken a dip in the Puget Sound, but let me tell you...It is Co-old! Especially in Seattle!  It doesn't seem to bother kids, though!  All the adults that braved it into the frigid waters had these pinched faces.  Oh to be young again.  Sigh.  This little girl was having a blast running to and from the water with her buddies. 

Tinker

8x8
acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas
This is a painting I just finished for a friend.  I'm thinking I should have worked out some puppy play time for me in the deal!  What a cutie pie!

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Swimming Is Better With A Friend

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
Here's another one from my weekend in Seattle.  Dogs swimming, sun shining, sparkling water...SUMMER IS COMING!!!!  Enjoy!

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Sunny Seattle Beach Day

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
This past weekend I was lucky to be in Seattle.  The weather was Glorious!  It was sunny AND warm!!!  Woohoo!  I had a wonderful time on the beach, visiting with friends, and soaking up the sun (and shooting tons of photos for future paintings!  Of Course!)  I was excited to work on this piece.  I really wanted to capture the feeling of the day as well as use multiple "greys".  I often struggle with my muted tones, and this was great practice!  I'm quite happy with the outcome.  Enjoy!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

Canoes On the Canal

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is one of my favorite "happy places".  I absolutely love Kailua Beach!  The multi colored canoes is what really drew me to paint this.  I was really trying to capture the warmth of the sun in this piece.  Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

The Bigger the Stick the Better

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
This is another painting of the 'I Could Do This All Day' retriever.  He seemed to have found one of the largest sticks to play with!  Our dog, Salty, is obsessed with having the biggest stick on the beach.  The last time we were playing down by the water, he found such a huge stick (more like a log!), I could hardly throw it!  Crazy dogs!

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

Full Speed Ahead

8x6
acrylic on gessobord
This is another one from my January visit to Los Angeles.  I just loved being at Rosie's Dog Beach!

Monday, April 30, 2018

Curious Dobie

6x6
acrylic on gessobord
The one breed of dog that I have carried a fear of most my life is the Doberman.  That is, until I met Oliver.  Oliver is a 125 lb. Doberman that came to our shelter a while back.  At first, I was very cautious around him.  It didn't take long before he showed me what a sweet, loving,  and adorable hunk of a dog he could be!  The biggest problem I had after that was getting him off my lap!

"Curious Dobie" isn't a portrait of sweet Oliver.  I used a photo I found on Pixabay that reminded me of him.  Oliver found his forever loving home quite some time ago, and I couldn't be happier, but I still miss seeing his goofy face!

Thursday, April 26, 2018

Songbird

6x8
acrylic on gessobord

One more Spring bird.  I couldn't help but paint this singing sensation!  It's been sunny here for almost a week now, and the birds have been singing like crazy!  I used a photo from Pixabay to paint this one too. Enjoy!  Happy Singing!

Gossip Line

6x8
acrylic on gessobord
More spring birds.  These feathered friends make me laugh!  I imagine they are saying, "Oh. My. Gosh. Did you hear about Margie?  Well, I heard that she..." And they speak with heavy New Jersey accents!  Thanks to Pixabay, where I found the picture to use for this painting.  Enjoy!

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!