Fabulous niece Tara recently sent a link of interest...seems that our military men and women often encounter abandoned, starving, or otherwise mistreated animals while serving their missions abroad. Understandably, the military does not encourage the bonds that inevitably develop and does not allow transport of these companion animals on military equipment. That said, the military personnel often develop deep, loving bonds with these dogs and cats, and do not want to leave them behind when their tours are over. International transportation of animals is a costly and paperwork laden endeavor, beyond the means of most of us; however, the SPCA International has set up a program to assist our troops in bringing their animals home to the USA. If interested, take a look at their site and click on the "Operation Baghdad Pups" button. Anyway the stories on that site inspired this painting. When sold, 50% of the proceeds will be donated in the buyer's name to this project. If interested in purchasing this painting, please use the button below. $900. + s/h. No need to frame, as this is painted on gallery canvas and finished on the sides. This painting will be shown at the 7th Annual Cedars Open Studio Tour on Saturday, Nov 21, 10-6...hope to see you there! To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my work.
On the Easel... Yesterday I painted on a large gallery wrap canvas...started this painting of the Golden Gate Bridge. I was using a photograph John Wyne took about a year ago. The paint is on very thick. I have to put some more shadows and highlights in, along with the cables. I wasn't sure that I had the right orange-red color on the bridge, so I came home from the studio and researched it. Sherwin Williams #6328 is the color on the bridge, so I will stop at a Sherwin Williams and pick up a paint chip. The official color name is Fireweed. We have great memories from that California trip a year ago...makes me want to go back. I can't wait to finish this one up. Maybe my post tomorrow will be the finished painting! Have a great day, and thanks for viewing this blog.
Here is the larger fish in skillet painting...It has broad brush strokes and more detail than yesterday's posting. It is on a gallery wrap canvas, 18" x 18". It is larger and looser. I have been corrected by the person who caught these fish. They are probably brook or brown trout. But not rainbow. I think I wanted them to be rainbow because in my mind, they would be colorful. But I stand corrected. This painting will be on display at the upcoming studio tour.
This is a large work, almost as big as me, and addresses the memory of a special occasion. I think most women can associate a particular dress with a turning point in their lives, and that's when the lyrics for a good old fashioned country western song start germination. Read into that what you will, as it could go many places! This painting will be on display at the 7th Annual Cedars Open Studio Tour next Saturday, Nov 21, 10-6. If you are in Dallas, come start the tour at Studio Art and Soul, 1505 Beaumont, Dallas 75215. Lots of talented working artists will have their work on display! Use the button below to purchase this painting. No need to frame as canvas is gallery wrapped and finished. $3000, free shipping to USA. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for looking.
Here's a quick study I completed a few weeks ago. Didn't really have anything ready to paint, so grabbed the pickle jar that was keeping the bathroom door ajar, and went to work. I have not painted glass but once or twice and painting letters wet on wet was a challenge. I have learned from viewing other artists' work that anything can be a subject matter for art. It's not what you paint, but how you paint it that makes it fresh and exciting. One of my favorite paintings is of a canvas painted to look like it's wrapped in butcher paper, ready for transport. Such an ordinary thing, but painted flawlessly. I didn't really push the boundaries with this one, but sometimes it's best to just put down the glass of wine and pick up a brush and go for it.
See Spot splash is more accurate, yes? And 'spot'? how many retrievers do you know named Spot? Not a regal name for one of the smartest working dogs on the planet, nevertheless, you get the idea. This is the start of something new for me, style-wise. First, it is larger (30x40x2)....I am happier painting in a large format, as the size allows for broader, more intense gestures.......and, instead of painting a 'picture', I am trying to capture the raw emotion in a specific moment. If you have ever had the pleasure of observing a well trained retriever on the hunt, you know exactly what I mean....these majestic animals yearn for the moment that they are released to retrieve, in this instance, a fallen duck....and the exploding joy of that moment is palpable. Let me know what you think....To purchase this painting, use the button below, $900 plus s/h. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my art.
This still life is painted on a super rough Russian linen canvas...I loved the texture, and it seemed appropriate for this prickly antique tackle. To purchase this painting, please click on the button below. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for looking!
These cows were white, at least in the field near friends John/Mark's farm, but, hey, in my mind they changed....except for the calf, all white and looking for her mama. To purchase these cows, please use the button below. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my art. If you are in the Dallas area, please join me on Saturday, November 21, for the 8th annual Cedars Open Studio Tour. Our very own Studio Art and Soul will be open to the public from 10-6, and so will all the other studios in the area...Guaranteed fun and great art!
Do you love the smell of fresh baled hay? I am still painting left handed, but my shoulder injury is improving. I like the more rustic feel that this painting shows which is, no doubt, due to execution w/ less developed fine motor skills...kind of like painting when we were children. There is a freshness to that lack of development. This is painted on gallery canvas, no need to frame: 24x24x2, $500 + s/h. To purchase, click button below. To see more of my paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my art.
This little still life (canvas is 7x7) is framed in a lovely Larson Juhl custom moulding that beautifully complements the painting....a great gift for the tea drinker in your family. To purchase, use button below. $150 framed, + 15 s/h. To view additional paintings, please visit my BLOG. Thanks for viewing my art work.