Monday, August 21, 2017

Sunday, August 20, 2017

August 20, A Cute Kitty...

SO, my sister has moved back to Minnesota, and has acquired a couple of adorable kittens, as well as a house, and an older cat too. Her kittens are named Max and Maddy, and of course, MY Max is in love with her Max and we go over to play with them every chance we get. We were over there this afternoon as a matter of fact.

This is Max.

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75
click here to purchase this imp!

Saturday, August 19, 2017

August 19, Brown Bear on Blue

What a lovely weekend this is!  Yay for Saturdays at home, cleaning and painting, doing the laundry and hanging it out, and having time to paint too~

This is another one of my wee little tiny paintings, sweet little nuggets of color for that little wall space that wants just a bump of interest!

4.5x4.5 acrylic on wood, $45!  
click HERE to purchase~

Friday, August 18, 2017

August 18, Shotgun Seat Sharing

This is what I see when I drive to and from my studio with Teddy and Sally.  They are seriously adorable terrier-mutts, and Sally looks like a Mini-Me to Teddy- they are great friends and love wrestling and running and loving each other up.

Thank you everyone who came to Diamond's last night!  And it was so great because TWO dogs showed up!  Kong, maybe one of the biggest dogs I've painted this time, a poodle with a beard, and Louis, a Chiuahua!  It was so fun to walk in (I was late! Sorry!) and see these dogs already there!

If you haven't seen the dogs yet, do go take a look.  I'm working on the book for this project and I'll post that here when I've got it ready and you can order a copy on Blurb!

16x20 acrylic on canvas, $640 click here for purchase info!

Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17, Winnifred & Francis

This is an incredibly sweet pair of Basset pups, a commission, that I was so happy to paint! I can almost touch those heavy, velvety ears, and stroke those soft wrinkles on their little noggins...

I am so fortunate!  And so grateful~

And do come tonight if you can make it, to Diamonds (1618 Central Ave NE) from 6 to 8 pm for our 30 Dogs in 30 Days Exhibition Reception!

9x12 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

August 15, Gus Loves Laps

I've been working on this painting for a couple days now.  It's an 18x36 canvas, and of course Golden acrylic, and it's Max's favorite dog ever, Gus, sitting on my sister Kelli's lap, a couple summers ago before he went blind and too diabetic.
This one is part of a series I'm working through of dogs on people's laps.  There's a connection that we see in the gestures of the hands and the posture of the dogs that is suggestive of the psychological relationship as well as the physical.
I'm not sure if it is done yet.  I have to live with it for a few more days!
Do let me know what you think~
18x36 acrylic on canvas

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

August 15, Summer Basset

I believe I took this photo last year at Powderhorn Art Fair, when this dog and it's owner were visiting my booth.  That red is my rug I always bring along so my set-up feels more "homey", and somehow the rug seems to always get peed on.  So it is perfect for an outdoor festival, right?
I am just tickled with the expression on this fella's face, and the gleam in those eyes...

Painting is so much fun!

Oh and I'm working at getting my Painting Lessons schedule for this fall and winter set up.  I won't be starting 6 week classes till October, but will have a couple one-day "Paint Your House" or "Paint Your Pet" classes in September!  Do let me know if you are interested-  I'll have a link up on my blog soon!

6x6 acrylic on wood, $75 click HERE to own this sweet face!

Monday, August 14, 2017

August 14, Sunstruck Sleek

I just shipped this painting off to its new home this morning!  It is such a pleasure to have to go ship a painting off.  I shoulda taken a photo of the package- Duane wrapped it for me in some really stiff cardboard, so it ended up at 45 inches by 34-  the original painting is 24x36... at least it is light and easy to move around...
I love the face on this guy- and that light!

24x36 acrylic on canvas- sold!

Sunday, August 13, 2017

August 13, the Day of Rest!

Sorry to have been so quiet this week, my friends, but it's been kinda necessary to do some home stuff and be quiet for a while, after the excitement of the summer so far.  This August is feeling more like a recuperating and regathering time for me, plus an opportunity to catch up with some commissions~
new curtains!
Some of my top favorite things that happened this past week~
-I washed most of our windows in the house (first time since they were installed in 2010!)~
-I made new curtains for our bedroom from a sari I bought in Duluth on my run up with Mina~
-I organized the bills and recycled old files!
-We went to the Renaissance Festival Guest Night and now Max wants to be a fire spinner!
-I changed out artwork at Articulture (yay!)~
-I sold a big otter painting (thanks Lisa!)!

And today I am painting WHATEVER I WANT TO!  Which will probably mean otters and bears and maybe an adorable kitten or two...  we will see!

Don't forget to come to Diamond's next Thursday to see all the wonderful dogs hanging together!  6-8pm at 1618 Central Ave NE! Wine and cheese for you, friendly dogs welcome!

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

August 9, Beecher!

And here is another commission I've been working on-  it's lovely to have time to catch up with these!
And this one has such an incredible smile, and that shiny coat, and that open mouth!  Oops!  I'm seeing that I didn't finish his tongue!
Stepping in to fix that~

Do come see me and all the 30 Dogs next Thursday eve at Diamond's!  6-8pm!

10x10 acrylic on wood, sold!

Monday, August 7, 2017

August 7, Daphne~

Ah, the return to some form of normalcy after a weekend at an art fair!  I had a great time at Powderhorn Park Art Fair, and I want to say thank you so much to everyone who came by!  It was a cool weekend, with some rain and windy bits to keep things exciting- and my booth was constantly visited by people with pets and kids, my favorites!
And yesterday afternoon, when I was dealing with a transaction and talking to several other people, a contingent of women showed up and said something like, " Can we take a moment of your time?" and I thought absurdly that they were trying to sell me something like a door-to-door salesperson!  And they saw that on my face immediately and laughed and said, "This is GOOD!  We want to present you with an award!"  And so I received an Invitational Award for Painting!  Yay!  That made the day!  I also got a smidgen of painting in~  not this one, though-  this is a commission!  I just thought I'd post it because I like it!


8x8 acrylic on wood, Spoken for!

Friday, August 4, 2017

August 4, The Big News!

Here's the big fun news~

Well, a story first, anyway-

great friends go to the lake with you!
mina at brighton beach
So on Wednesday, my dear friend and fellow art-car and art -bike artist and art teacher Mina, was kind enough to ride along with me up to Tettegouche State Park Visitor Center to pick up my otters and bears that were hanging up there all month.  It was the only slot of time I've had available this week, and I didn't want to subject my 8 year old son (or myself) to the trial of a one-day North Shore run, as we weren't able to go up on Tuesday and stay over, and I had to teach a class early on Thursday, so the only option was a one day run.  Mina and I talked non-stop the entire way there and back, catching up as we needed to do.  And we were able to meet Jan Sivertson on time at the park!  Jan runs the Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais and the Sivvis Gallery in Duluth, and I am a huge fan of her sister Liz Sivertson's paintings.  Jan had e-mailed me a few days prior to say she'd seen my otters at Tettegouche and loved them and would love to have them be a part of Sivertson's Gallery, and I said heck yes!  And we'll be there on Wed!  And so Jan met us and ran off with 11 paintings, most pretty big, nine otters and two bears, with plans to nab a few more another time.  We haven't nailed down too much in terms of dates or anything, but I should be up at the Gallery for September 30th to do some kind of a painting demo!

two of the paintings
 that will be at Sivertson's
mom and me at the opening!

And I am proud to say I am now Officially represented by Sivertson Gallery in Grand Marais! Wahoo!

This has been a dream of mine since childhood.  We spent a lot of time in Grand Marais, and still do, and I remember seeing Liz Sivertson's art at Sivertson's Gallery long ago and loving it and understanding that a woman can be an artist and paint fantastic gloriously colorful paintings of animals, and that's what I wanted to do too.  And now I am!

the LOVE TREE by Faith Lowell
I also should mention that it was at Sivertsons' where I made my first "big" art purchase.  I saw a Faith Lowell painting of a tree, a single tree, blasted by wind and storm, standing alone with a low horizon and a big sky behind it, titled "Love Tree", I thought.  It was actually "Lone Tree" but I read the handwritten label as "LOVE Tree" and I identified immediately with this tree, by itself, beat up and alone, but still full of love, representing love, and I wanted it.

It was more than I could afford, of course, $400 or something around there, but I talked to the staff at Sivertson's and they said they would hold it for me and I could make payments on it, $50 a month, and when it was paid off I could get it, no interest charged at all.  Well, that made a big difference to me!  And I have come to realize that most galleries AND artists would prefer to sell a work to you for payments, and most do not charge any kind of interest either.  SO think about that next time you see a larger, more expensive piece-  or even a small, not terribly expensive but out-of-your-range-right-now piece, and ask the artist if they'd accept payments on it.  I know I do!

Thanks for following along!  And come see me this weekend at Powderhorn Art Fair if you can!  I am around the lake at the ceremony site for Mayday!

Wednesday, August 2, 2017

August 2, Star Sees the Distance!

SO I've been touching up the 30 Dogs and getting some of them into frames and making labels and all that, and prepping for the Powderhorn Art Fair this weekend (come see me if you are in Minnesota!) and I'll be hanging the dogs at Diamond's tomorrow afternoon~  come on by anytime to see them, and come for sure for the Opening Party on August 17th!

 I'm heading up to Tettegouche State Park today to collect my Otters and Bears from the Visitor Center Gallery there~ my friend Mina is coming along because we haven't had a chance to talk in a while and what a perfect opportunity~  we'll be coming back tonight because we both work tomorrow- I'm teaching another Pet Portrait class at Wet Paint~  and I hope to have something fun to tell you for sure tomorrow.... hee!

And as if that isn't enough cool stuff, my painting "Star Sees the Distance" was just accepted into the Minnesota State Fair!  Another WAHOO!  This piece was a bit difficult to paint~  those are my dad's hands holding his favorite dog, Star.  We still have Star, but my dad died suddenly a year and a half ago.  My mom recognized his hands immediately~  I am very happy that it gets to be at the State Fair.  There's a brick near the Grandstand that we kids dedicated to my parents a few years ago~  I'll be finding that brick when we go see the painting!

Thank you everyone, for following and supporting this wonderful life!  I am so grateful to be able to paint what I love!

Monday, July 31, 2017

July 31, Jillian!

SO, it is the last day of July, and I am allowed to have an extra dog, and I chose to paint Jillian, because you just can't ever get enough of those fluffy dogs!  Well, admittedly yes, this is a fluffy dog.  And I do love painting black dogs.  But there are also those fluffy ones, like the ones we live with, that I love too!

Oh, and I will be hanging this show probably this Thursday afternoon at Diamond's, you are welcome to come give me suggestions (just kidding!  though of course you can come anytime), and I have the Powderhorn Art Festival this weekend, Sat 10-5 and Sun 12-5 so come on over and hang with me there!

So here is Jillian!

8x8 acrylic on wood!  click HERE if you'd like to live with this one!  $185

Sunday, July 30, 2017

July 30, Kristie for Lynda!

I didn't tell Lynda I was going to paint Kristie... so here she is!  Surprise!

That is Kristie. Her litter was born the night before I left for a cruise. My girlfriend who was dog sitting for me was getting quite nervous about delivering the litter. Thankfully, they came before I left. There were four fat puppies and Kristie was the only girl. She was named after my girl friend's kennel which is Krystle. She was wonderful to take care of my newborn pups and, of course, did a great job. They were fat as little pigs when I returned from the cruise.

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click here to purchase!

Saturday, July 29, 2017

July 29, Missy for Lisa!

I really enjoyed painting this beautiful dog!  She's got such a gorgeous coat, and I have to admit it can indeed be tricky trying to figure out all those reds and golds~ and I am particularly pleased with her deeper tones of purple...

Here's what her owner says about her~

 Missy is the first pure-bred dog we have owned.  Clearly, her purpose in life is to bring love to everyone. Kisses, hugs, sleeping on our bed.  She wants to have physical contact with us at all times.

I love such affectionate dogs, don't you!

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click here to purchase!

Friday, July 28, 2017

July 28, Ricky for Beth!

Hi all! It has taken me a few tries with this one, and I think there's still something off-  Ricky's eyes are rather large and round, and I can't seem to catch his gaze.  I'm thinking there may be something with the background as well, so I will be playing around more with this one. Check back later, or come to the opening on Thursday August 17th at Diamond's from 6 to 8 to see what I did!

Hmmm.... I think his ruff around his neck needs to be fluffier too....

10x10 acrylic on cradled panel, spoken for!

Thursday, July 27, 2017

July 27, Frosty!

Yes, it is certainly looking like I picked all the dogs because I love their faces, doesn't it?  And you know you're loving them too!  Wahoo!
This is Frosty, and I believe it's his owner's birthday today!  So happy birthday!  Here's what Jean says about this sweet critter!

We adopted Frosty when he was 14 months old from Paws and Claws Humane Society in Rochester, Mn.  We were forlorn after losing the son of our mama Westie unexpectedly in his sleep. It was sad to watch her look back for him when we went on walks. We found Frosty on pet and went to see him in Rochester. He was very spirited-but settled in easily on walks with Nikki. Nikki has passed now. We have had Frosty for 10 years. He loves to play ball, go for walks and car rides. He loves to chase squirrels in the yard, but can't catch them on our tall fence. He is very smart and understands many commands.  Still, he is a Westie through and through. He is affectionate, but temperamental-especially with puppies and kids. His enthusiasm for walks and car rides is contagious. He is a happy little guy. He likes to be chased around the house for fun and will punk us if he is bored. We love his big personality in a small package.

8x8 acrylic on panel, spoken for!

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

July 26, Jake!

This is another amazingly sweet face!  I love these fun shots from the human point of view~ straight on!
And I did go back into this one- I didn't have his face quite wide enough!

Here's what John says about Jake~

Jake is almost 15 years old and nearing the end of his life. He has osteo sarcoma. I adopted Jake when he was only 7 - 8 months old. He has been my best buddy ever since. I have fostered countless doggies over the years and Jake has helped many adjust to being a normal dog in a loving home. Many of those doggies had come from horrible puppy mill conditions and were discarded after they were no longer money makers. 

And as a matter of fact, Jake was also found through Underdog Rescue, my chosen charity for this month's project! Meaning, I'll be making a donation to them at the end of the project, of a percentage of all profits!  Yay!

This is the Re-Done One!
I like it much better~

10x10 acrylic on wood~  sold!

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

July 25, Essey for Amy~

Yes, again.

I know.

But really.

You can't blame me, can you?

What Amy, my photographer friend, has to admit~

Thanks :)  I did take that one, it was for a calendar for Ruff Start (the rescue where we got her). Her name is Essey and we have had her for about 3 years now. She is really great, though a little nippy/shy with strangers...we think because of the Heeler breed.

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click HERE to purchase!

Monday, July 24, 2017

July 24, Kat for Emily~

I kinda had to do Kat the Dog, because we share the same name~  cute yes?

I'll see if I can get more of a story from Emily, because it seems there should be a bit more~ I've never heard of this breed, and if Emily knows what she is, maybe she knows more of the Hurricane Katrina part too~

We'd love to have you include Kat the Dog, our senior rescue dog from Hurricane Katrina, in your painting effort this summer. She is a Nova Scotia Duck Rolling Retriever.

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click HERE to make this yours!

Sunday, July 23, 2017

July 23, Louie! For Maureen~

Yes, I have to admit once again that this was a face I could not refuse!  I'm sure you see why~  and thanks everyone who came to the Art Car Parade last night at Lake Harriet!  It is always so wonderful to wave out the window at people smiling at my car!

Here is what Maureen says about her adorable Louie!

Louie is a two-year-old Chihuahua.
I first met him when my co-worker, who rescues dogs, put him in a crate under my desk at work.  I never thought I would adopt a Chihuahua, but it was love at first sight.  Louie has added so much joy to my life (my cats are still getting used to him).   He loves to give kisses to everyone he meets and he is very popular at his doggie daycare.  Louie's eyes have so much expression and when he tilts his head and looks at me, he melts my ❤️.

8x8 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Saturday, July 22, 2017

July 22, Lexi for Ginny

SO I'm including the photo that was sent to me so you can see why I wanted to paint this dog!  That is a huge smile, a real smile, and she looks like she's in Great Britain somewhere, from the fence...  I don't have much to go on~  here's what Ginny wrote with the photo~

Hello I was given your card and thought you may like a photo of Lexi. She is a 3rd hand rescue dog who has survived loads of operations but is still smiling!

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click here to make this yours!

It's also the Art Car Parade today here in Minneapolis, and I am scrambling to get more mirror glued to my car before it starts!  If you are in town, come to the Lake Harriet Rose Gardens at 5 to see all the cars, and then watch us drive around the lake at 6!  Wahoo!

Friday, July 21, 2017

July 21, A.J. for Terri!

Before I even get started here, you know exactly what I'm going to say, right?  So how 'bout I just let Terri tell you about A.J.~

My dog AJ, for being so little has brought me Huge joy! Sometimes he smiles a half grin, other times a full smile. His favorite toy is a brown owl. He has me so well trained, he lets me know when it's 9 o'clock pm on the dot... this is when he gets two treats. He never forgets, and let's me know if I have forgotten.  He also grooms me after his morning and supper meals. He sits in a hut under my kitchen table, whenever I have visitors at the art house, listening to all the conversations! So he is a well informed doggie! 

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click here to make this YOURS!

Thursday, July 20, 2017

July 20, Miss Daisy!

Another face I love!  I have the best job!

Daisy found us when my daughter, Cydni, and I accompanied a friend to a shelter when he was looking for a kitten to adopt. Daisy was just a year old and was being transferred in from another overcrowded shelter several states away. She looked a bit traumatized, so we took her to one of the private rooms to give her a little care and attention. It was love at first sight. She jumped right onto Cydni's lap and snuggled her little puppy head onto Cydni's shoulder. We gave Daisy a home 5 1/2 years ago and she has given us so much more in return. She is the unofficial therapy dog to many of our friends and family who come visit her when they need some love. And we still celebrate double adoption day for Iggy the cat and Daisy the dog! ❤️

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click HERE to purchase!~

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

July 19, Egor!

This is yet another one of those amazing faces-  some dogs look intelligent enough to teach us something big!
Here's Egor's story~

This amazing fellow, Egor, a Chow-Chow/Husky/possibly Malamute mix, possessed a charming and friendly personality. His dog parents, Chris & Patti, used to call him the "Walmart Greeter" at the Airport Dog Park, one of Egor's favorite places to romp. He had to say "hello" to every person he encountered and would run the length of a football field to go see someone. Sadly, Egor passed this June quite suddenly and his parents miss him so very much. They're hoping he's running in a river somewhere, and being a greeter in a heavenly dog Walmart, if some such thing exists (although that sort of seems like the other place).... We love and miss our Egor! 

8x8 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Tuesday, July 18, 2017

July 18, Kong! for Emily~

This is Kong, who has a lovely beard, and who is very appreciated by his owner, Emily~  she has this to say about Kong~  and I didn't paint the car-ride photo, though I kinda wanted to!

My dog, Kong, an Apricot Standard Poodle, is my muse! My phone is full of photos and I happen to think he's super cute! His goatee is very unique and gets him a lot of attention (which he loves). His favorite things are cookies and hanging out with his favorite people. Kong says he'd love to be featured on your 30 dogs of 2017!  He loves people, so the more people that stop and talk to him on walks around the lake the better! He loves to smile, he loves carrots, and he loves car rides. I've included a photo of a car ride, he's not the most photogenic with his head hanging out the window, but you definitely get a sense of his spirit in that picture! 

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click here to purchase this doll face!

Monday, July 17, 2017

July 17, Slider!

This is Slider, a great ol' dog with a big grin and a great attitude! You can see he's going just a little grey...
As do all of us!
He lives out in Seattle with my bright eyed cousin and her family~

And I wanted to just mention that we will have the Opening Celebration for all Thirty of these dogs at Diamond's Coffee Gallery (1618 Central Ave NE) on Thursday August 17 from 6 to 8!  I hope to see you there!

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold~

Sunday, July 16, 2017

July 16, Smiling Ruby!

Do I need to say it again?  By now, you must be understanding what I am looking for in the faces I love to paint!  Though I have to admit, it is possible too that I love most faces I see...

And here is sweet Ruby's story~

A friend re-homed Ruby with me when she was a year old, she'll be 8 this year. She's a simple, vigilant girl, quick to bark at sounds and most anything that moves outside. She'll chase a ball until she drops, and will herd Robin and the cat given the chance. She is very affectionate and a quick, but not altogether enthusiastic learner. She sleeps with me at night. My favorite thing is to find her sleeping on her back, stubby legs straight up in the air, looking like a cartoon "dead" animal. And we love her Corgi smile. 

8x8 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Saturday, July 15, 2017

July 15, Poppy!

And yet another face I couldn't resist!  DO you see what I'm up against?  Whew!
It's a bit hotter here in Minnepolis today~ I'm inside finishing up computer work and staying cool, while watching "Indiana Jones and the Crystal Skull" which, though I adore Indiana, is probably not the best example of his genre...

Anyway, here is Poppy's story!

"Poppy is a Bullmastiff, German Shepherd and Husky mix, rescued by the fantastic folks at Big Dog Rescue in Northern California. Her mission in life is to rid the neighborhood of all backyard bunnies and squirrels. Poppy also adores catching tossed treats and tennis balls."

8x8 acrylic on wood, and I believe this one is sold!

Friday, July 14, 2017

July 14, Seabiscuit~

This is another face I had to paint.  His name is Seabiscuit, and here's what Lisa says about him~

He was an expressive dog! He was a rescue, a "Rez dog"' off the Navajo reservation. When he found us, you could see every bone in his body. He had a busted paw, couldn't hunt. We were leaving on a weeklong trip, so we gave him a bucket of water and a pound of bacon. We figured maybe he'd get enough strength to move on, but by the time we came back, he was guarding the house!

That was thirteen years ago. He had to learn to be a dog again, just like the horse Seabuscuit had to learn to be a horse again, so we named our dog after a horse.

I feel grateful to have had those years, and though I miss him like fire, I know it was all bonus time.

It would be an honor if you ended up painting the Biscuit, but either way, I'm excited to see the results of your project!

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click here to purchase!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

July 13, Coheed~

This is the lovely, elegant, and slightly goofy Coheed!

Coheed was adopted on Thanksgiving weekend last November from SHUG, Sighthound Underground, in Washington DC. Coheed came from a greyhound farm in Kansas. Although he has the tattooed ears of a racing greyhound, he wasn't picked up at the auction to go to a racetrack so he ended up in rescue. He is named after the rock group Coheed and Cambria. We call him Co-ey, rhymes with Joey. He is a big, happy, goofy boy who usually has a little bit of his tongue hanging out of the side of his mouth. He loves to go on walks at the beach, in the park or in the woods--really he loves to go on walks anywhere! He also loves to eat! 

Coheed's human, Joyce, suggests these rescues as great greyhound ones!  Check them out at these links~
The Sighthound Underground~
James River Greyhounds~

8x10 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

July 12, Coal~

And this is Coal~  I haven't had the pleasure of painting a Scotty before~  and here is his story~

"Coal MacTavish was an 11 year old male Scottish Terrier.  We adopted Coal when he was around 6 years old through a rescue organization who saved him from his former life as a breeder dog at a puppy mill. Coal shared our home and hearts until he passed away after spending five years with us.  When we adopted him, we immediately brought him to our vet for a checkup.  The vet said he was infested with several species of worms, had indentations on his teeth because he had been trying to get out of a wire cage, and chronic ear infections, along with holding his ears bent from spending lengths of time in too small a cage.  Thus he had floppy ears rather than the erect ears a Scottie is usually known for.  But he quickly recovered and thrived with our love and care.
Coal was so quiet in his first few weeks with us, we were unsure if he even had a bark.  In fact his primary method of communication was a quiet short growl, a sort of mmmmmmmm sound to get your attention.  Occasionally he made a high pitched scream in response to seeing a squirrel or chipmunk, and we eventually found out he did have a deep loud bark if someone appeared to threaten us.  If you asked him to come in from outdoors or if he wanted to go out, and he didn't want to, he would very intentionally look the other way and ignore you.  In the beginning he would not give us any eye contact and expressed very little physically.  His first body language of affection was expressed through "leaning" against us.  He did not like to be held or to sit on your lap.   But he loved snuggling next to us, and receiving hugs and having his thick fur stroked, or his back scratched.  He was always eager to get a bath.
He was the calmest dog in temperament we have ever encountered.  Each morning, he woke before we did, but he sat by the bed waiting patiently and quietly for us to get up.   When the alarm finally went off he ran up to us to get his morning rub.  When we scratched his back he wiggled and rolled in delight, sticking his butt in the air. While we were away from the house he would lie down at the top of the stairs and watch the front door waiting for us to return.  
He would greet us wagging his tail and sometimes bringing us one of his plush toy babies. The longer he lived with us, the more physically expressive of excitement he became.  When it was feeding time he would bob up and down on his hind legs and then run fast toward the kitchen and run back to us with a couple more bobs up and down like a young colt.  We miss him every day."

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold~

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July 11, Gus!

Obviously, this is one of those photos that I saw and knew I had to paint~  I mean, could YOU say no to that face?  Seriously!  This is one of those dogs whose job on this planet is to make people smile, and that's a job I am sure Gus takes to heart.
Here's what his doting owner says~

"Gus is our warm spot on the couch stealing, kid snuggling, cheeto loving, sock snatching schnauzer. He frequently forgets which toys belong to him and which belong to the two-legged kids. Even with his thieving pirate ways we love him because he is the doggy that won over my son and taught him dogs aren't scary..... they are just a buddy with four feet. "

8x8 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Monday, July 10, 2017

July 10, Ruby! for Sally~

This is Ruby, with such a sweet face, and that discerning look I am sure you all know way too well!

Ruby is part boxer, part cattle dog. We chose her at the humane society because she just laid at the back of her cage, rolled on her back, giving us the please scratch my tummy look. She is a wonderful dog and we are so lucky to have found her. 

8x8 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Sunday, July 9, 2017

July 9, Jax for Robert

I love these kinds of hairy, bearded, tufty dogs, with big grins and waggy tails!
This is Jax, and here's his story!

We are his 3rd owners.  Yup, 2 others had tried yet returned him to the Omaha Humane Society.  He kissed our faces nonstop when we met, and that sealed the deal.  4 years old and a hearty 105lbs.  He's often a very serious and protective guy with a goofy and loving side too.  We did a DNA test to determine his breed and learned that he was 50% American Standard Poodle with the remainder being Retriever, Lab and Terrier.

And thank you everyone who came to St Kate's Art Festival yesterday!  What a GORGEOUS day it turned out to be, and I was so happy to meet so many new people and have so many lovely friends stop by!  It's always so fun to hang out at an art fair~

8x8 acrylic on wood, $185 click here to purchase!

Saturday, July 8, 2017

July 8, Earl Grey

Well, here is what Cindy has to say about Earl, the lovely large lord of their home, and I've had to include a photo of him with the two Chiuahuas, Hulk and Kevin~  I love seeing photos of people's pets!
Earl and Hank have been buds for 8 years.   We bought Hank for Earl.
Earl was the destroyer of toys.  So we got him a live toy....
I have lost count the dogs that have come through our home.  Our Great Dane Earl has been the most gentle ambassador to so many puppies.   Hank watches from afar.

8x10 acrylic on wood, spoken for!

Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7, Hank~

We had a lovely opening last night at Tettegouche State Park, with Kurt Mead the naturalist who started the art gallery there, and which is starting more state parks to be considering adding galleries to THEIR visitor centers!
So this morning, I painted Hank~  this is he~  I loved the look in his eyes, and I'm going to complain for just a minute here about the problems associated with traveling and painting.  The light is goofy in a hotel room, I'll just say-  and I'm not sure if I added too much white to his eyes.  He has a kinda sad look in his eyes in the photo because of the rabbit ears he's wearing, which I chose to leave out of the painting, though I still wanted to try to get that look in his eyes.  Not sure I did-  hmmm.

SO tomorrow I'll be painting Earl, who is Hank's buddy, and for whom Hank was gotten as a "live toy", explains Cindy~  though they are sweet buds and I'll say more about Earl tomorrow!

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold

Thursday, July 6, 2017

July 6, Mecca for Maryanna!

And this is my friend Maryanna's son's dog, Mecca! I love painting black dogs- and this one had to be done fast this morning- I'm packing up otters and bears and heading north for the day! Come see me if you can at the Tettegouche Visitor Center this eve, 7-8:30!

Mecca is a terrier mix. She is wildly energetic and will fetch a ball a hundred times in a row and still will want more. She is very intelligent and has an adorable way of tilting her head when you ask her a question as if she's debating whether she'll answer it. She is 10 years old, but you would never guess it without the grey underneath her chin. Treats are important when it comes to interacting with new dogs. They're the only chance of obedience. New people, on the other hand, will have fresh scratches on their legs from her pouncing on them with excitement.

8x8 acrylic on wood, sold!