Sunday, November 16, 2008

Painitng Winner

I have a winner for the Christmas Greyhounds painting, a couple days ago actually, but forgot (shame on me) to post it right away. It is Rebecca Larsen of Virginia.
I have been working steadily in the studio, mostly on commissioned portraits. Many of them are for Christmas gifts so I won't post them here now, just in case.... don't want to spoil any surprises.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Soliloquy, Southwest Florida

Just finished this painting. I wanted to convey a mood and feeling of place. It is in Cape Coral on the Southwest coast of Florida very near to where I used to live. I combined three reference photos for this painting and wanted to keep a tonal quality. When finished with the basic painting I put a thin glaze of yellow over the entire piece in keeping with the warmth. It is 14 x 18" oil on canvas.

No takers yet on the greyhound painting. But I did forget to add my email address:

Sunday, November 9, 2008

Time for a giveaway

As promised, I am offering another original piece of art to the first person that emails me. This is an 11 x 14" watercolor of Christmas Greyhounds. I used it on some Christmas cards a couple years ago.

Winner pays the postage which will be about $8. Any takers???

Saturday, November 8, 2008

On the board and on the easel

Busy time for me, going to dogs shows and enjoying the fall scenery. But I haven't stopped working! Have several dog commissions in progress and completed this one of Toby. This is a tribute by his owner. Toby was sadly killed when he escaped from his handler at a dog show. I hope this watercolor painting will bring some wonderful memories of his face back to her.
Then we have a new design for the yearly Whippet Whiners t-shirt to benefit WRAP (Whippet rescue) and WHF (Whippet Health Foundation) It was concieved for "whiners", or those who aren't able to attend the Whippet National Specialty and thus sit at home and "whine". It has been well supported by the fancy even if they do get to go to the National.
And continuing work on oil paintings, two new landscapes. Solitary Oak is pretty large for me at 22 x 30" and is from a reference photo I took in Beaufort, SC quite a few years ago. I painted it once before with watercolors and thought I would enjoy doing it in oil as well.
Evening Song is from one of those moments where nature gives us an awesome light display. The scene is actually viewing from my driveway down the road. I was coming in from the studio and the sun was setting. When sunny you can see the light receding on these trees. But this night there was a pink and orange sunset which made the trunks glow reddish orange. I bolted for the house, RAN back out and shot a photo at that very moment. No time to do anything else. With the photo and my memories of this scene, I painted this piece. 16 x 20" on canvas.