Friday, January 31, 2014

30 Dogs in 30 Days!

It's been a great month! Of course- I am painting another dog today and many more to come- but not posting quite as often.. the pace has been a bit intense!

This poster is available as an 11"x14" on card stock- 
$20. includes shipping and handling

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Dog 30- Winnie!

 I am not sad to say that the 30 in 30  challenge is over- but I am happy to say that I am continuing my dog portraits because I love doing them and I have a lot still on my list to paint- and more arriving daily. Awesome! Thanks so much you guys for getting this thing going and sending me your adorable dogs. Each one has been a joy to paint.

Day 30- The Best Dog in the WORLD ( at least to me!)
because whatever dog I have IS the best Dog in the world!
And All your dogs are the best dogs in the world to you- right? Winnie has a few faults- extremely jealous, prone to fighting, hates sneezing,barks at the vacuum and when we recline in the lazy-boy chair, runs when we try to take her picture ( have to sneak it) sometimes lies in obscene poses ( Im not posting those!) and does not tolerate any conflict in my marriage with my husband- which actually is sort of a good thing sometimes!
Here are a few of the 1,000,000 shots of her I have on my computer,

Winnie in my studio as I paint
Oliver ( my first Corgi) as a pup
Oliver as a big boy

my daughter Markie's portrait of Winnie ( love this!)

Winnie as a pup

last years gratitude painting

she flops into this position all the time- never gets old

I want a treat!

birthday girl

Last night on the "dog" couch!
See you all soon!

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Dog #29-Schatzi the Wonder Dog!

Spring is coming ! Spring is coming!
In the meantime- take lots of naps and eat yummy things.
Although-the owner just told me she lives in LA. so it's probably warm there!
I wonder if Schatzi knows Sara- the other LA dog I painted?

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Dog #28 Beagle

                                         Who can resist the big brown eyes of a beagle?

Monday, January 27, 2014

Dog # 27

I love this little guys face! I am finding that the white ones are tough - value shifts are a challenge!
So if anyone recognizes this little guy- ....

Sunday, January 26, 2014

Dog # 26- Sara

This is Sara- my other niece dog. She lives in Easton with her new sister Sophie...Extremely well mannered- excellent trainer family.
I did this before Christmas- she's my last back up dog for this 30 day challenge!  I'm very close to the end- however I intend to keep painting dogs - this is the most fun.
Send me your dog pictures- and even cats!

Sophie and Sara

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Dog # 25- Wilson

Wilson- you were a prince- a true gent. But were you a dog? Because I sorta think you look like a bear.....

Friday, January 24, 2014

Dog # 24- "are you looking at me?"

The angle on this one was a challenge- had to dash off to work but got this far- might do a few more tweaks. Can't remember who's lab this is ( again)
Actually it's kind of fun - mystery dogs!

This is my beginning phase- I put my lovely Golden acrylics in these small snap lidded containers- so easy to start painting when I can just open them all up- they stay wet and I waste nothing!

                                           Would the owner of this dog please step forward!

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Maggie, dog #23

Couldn't see her eyes in this photo- looks like she is laughing!
What's so funny Maggie?

Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Sarah Dog #22

Sarah lives in California- She has hiked the Appalacian trail.

In other new its snowing like crazy here- Winnie isnt sure if she likes it...I love it myself...

Here is a panoramic shot of the mural I did the other day- three walls-still need to do a little more- going to blend the ocean down the wall more.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Dog #21 Sophie 3"x3" acrylic

This is my niece -dog Sophie from Easton. She is an awesome dog!
Another back-up- done before the challenge- and I only have one back up dog left- but I intend on reaching the goal!
I had fun painting a nursery mural yesterday in Duxbury- on 3 walls-was there from 10AM- to 8 PM- man I was tired but I finished! Will post pics tomorrow.

Monday, January 20, 2014

"Prince" dog #20 4"x3" acrylic on textured canvas

This is my daughter Markie's boyfriends Byron's dog Prince who is up in doggie heaven now. I hope I get to go to doggie heaven too someday. Not that I am not in doggie heaven every day when I get to paint them!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Dog # 19

Ummm, who's dog please? Once again the wind is whistling between my ears...
It's actually been fun to have the owners come forward to claim their dogs and thank you for doing so!
I used both photos below- one for the face- one for the color...tricky. I love his little eyes- (hers?)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Buck #18 of the 30 in 30 challenge

This is Buck. he belongs to my friend and artist/sculptor extrordinairre Kris Brennen.

Mt friend Ed suggested I include the photos in each post and I think thats a great idea!

Friday, January 17, 2014

Oreo # 17

Apparently not only can't I remember who's dog is who's- I cant count - this is number 17... not yesterdays dog.
This one however I do know belongs to Pam Taylor.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Another unclaimed sweetheart- #17 in the 30 in 30 challenge 6"x6" acrylic

Honestly I thought I would remember! Yesterday's dog was claimed by friend Cheryl - thankfully!
So who is this?

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Yellow Lab # 16 of the 30 in 30 challenge

Someone sent me this picture and I cant remember who!
I have been getting a lot of pictures- saving them all- but not labeling!
So if he or she looks like yours is yours please tell me.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

"Roxie the poi dog" #15 of the 30 in 30 challenge

This is Roxie- she is "Hawaiian poi " dog of sorts-- she wandered on to  the farm and my Stepmom fell immediately in love- as did my Dad.
She was tough to capture- I struggled and maybe overworked a bit- She is a fun dog and I love to see her when I go!
here is a wiki description
"The original Hawaiian poi dog derived its name from poi, a Hawaiian staple food made from kalo or taro root. Poi was used to fatten the dogs for use as food because meat was too valuable to be used as dog food. Since the Hawaiian Islands did not have large land mammals other than feral hogs, Poi dogs weren't needed for hunting. The dogs were never deliberately bred to a standard, but human and natural selection still came into play.
European explorers like Captain Cook encountered pot-bellied, short-legged poi dogs that freely associated with hogs in the village. The dogs had very short hair that could come in any color, but brown poi dogs were regarded as distinct enough to warrant a specific name. The dogs also had peculiarly flattened heads. The latter trait is sometimes ascribed to the diet of the dogs in some unspecified way. Considering that poi does not require chewing, the dogs might have lost the need to maintain strong temporalis muscles; a reduced temporal fossa will cause a dog's head to appear flattened.[1] Poi dogs were considered rather dim-witted and sluggish[2] – any good hunting dog with acute senses would neither make a good poi dog, nor be particularly useful on the islands – however, the dogs were strong-willed and not easily commanded.
The poi dog was a two-purpose breed – used for food and as a lucky charm. Unsuited for anything else, the breed declined to extinction as the native religion was abandoned and eating dog meat became unfashionable. Feral dogs of European settlers interbred with the poi dogs, and by the early 20th century at latest, the breed disappeared as a distinct entity. "

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dog #13 and # 14 Lucy and Annie

This is Lucy. She belongs to my niece Sam's boyfriend, also named Sam. We get confused with the Sams so sometimes we call him "boy Sam". They make a great pair those two!
Annie was my Dad's golden retriever who lived in Hawaii. She has passed on now to greener pastures. (although they don't get much greener that my Dad's farm in Hawaii!)
Not sure I captured her true essence- I used a couple of photo references...