Ah, sunshine on the snow- and ice, I suppose I must add. We've hit that interesting part of the winter where there's ice under some snow now, so you have to pay attention when you are walking because your footing could suddenly become rather treacherous. So I took Teddy running the other morning with my Yak Trax on, clickety clacking all the way down the street and back again but I didn't slip at all! We've had colds at our house the last few days, and I've not run every morning, though I do think just getting up and getting dressed and getting out of the house, even just for twenty minutes or so, does a lot for your mental well-being.
And this is another completed and delivered commission- really happy with this face! How could you not be? Having someone like this in your life can ease an awful lot of other mental disturbances, you know what I mean....
This was what we did this morning- drove out to Lakeville to deliver and hang a pair of commissions! What a great way to start the day!
And it is slushy and wet and near 40 degrees now... hmm... not very Christmas-y...
But I will still wish you a Happy Holidays, and say a sincere THANK YOU from the bottom of my heart~ I am living a dream I has as a kid, of painting people's pets for a living~ you are a part of making that possible!
I just delivered this one today! I so appreciate a client who is interested in something new, and this was for a patron who is familiar with my work and already owns several pieces. He knew what he was getting into, and I think we both enjoyed the results! When he sent me the photos to take a look at for this commission, I knew immediately that this would be the one. That often happens with a photo- I can tell instantly whether it will be a great piece for me to play with or not! The light coming through the cabin's porch is just stunning, and I am very pleased!
I think I'm finished with this one- pretty close anyway! Winding down on those commissions, and I suppose it's about time! I mean, really- this IS Solstice, isn't it? The Holidays are right on top of us! I am so terrible at waiting, though- I've been wrapping presents this afternoon and I just want to GIVE them to everyone right NOW! I am SO bad... I know it's good to wait- anticipation can build up that desire, that appreciation even more, right? But I just like to give things to people. It's fun!
Hmm.. what can I give YOU?!
I know! I'll give you 25% off anything in my Dailypaintworks gallery! Ha! From now til Dec 30th, let's say. And this is the only time I'm mentioning it! Maybe I should make it even more then- sure, how about 30% off! Yeah, I think I can handle that!
Happy Holidays, and thank you SO much for helping me make my dream of being a real artist come true!
And this is Maggie, a sweet beagle mix, and I chose this one because it was just so... so... I don't know, indicative of a certain kind of loving-dog-looking-over-its-shoulder-at-you personality...
And I loved using all these wonderful colors to get this dog reading as a whole, rounded form~
Yes~ life is good!
Another commission! This one is a quick one, for a friend's rush- I actually did some touch ups on Bomber's face so his fur would pop out more, and I didn't get a good photo of that! I'll have to see if I can get my friend to take a photo of it for me before she hands it off...
I still have some space in the Painting Classes next week! If you are in Minnesota, I hope you are enjoying the snow!
I have been having a tough week, just because everything is so wonderfully crazy around kids this time of year, and then I thought it would be a great idea to watch a video while painting tonight, and "Across the Universe" caught my eye, because we are waiting till TOMORROW to watch "Mary Poppins" (Max promised!) and so I've been painting a couple dogs while watching all sorts of lovely people sing Beatles tunes to a movie... which has been kinda fun, with Julia Taymor's direction and lots of big giant puppets like Bread and Puppet and Heart of the Beast....
Though also kinda troubling with the political atmosphere of today...
I really liked this one~
Here's another commission! I've been pretty darn busy with these, loving that sense of getting something done, and then that lovely pat-on-the-back "great job, girlie!" sense of completion, especially when the patron is pleased~ THAT'S probably the best part...
This is Loki who is sitting in a box in the photo, and I had a great time painting him! What a presence- it just never ceases to amaze me how HERE animals can be. Maybe we humans are losing some of that sense of NOW, with all our devices and electronics and the sense of being in immediate connection, so that we get muddled with too much. Animals really are always just NOW. These days, it is good for me to remember that. I can be here now- that's what I can do~
Oh and if you are interested in my one day painting classes next week, sign up NOW! And you can do that HERE! Yay!
Dang! It's been BUSY around here! SO sorry! Here is another commission I've been working on! Lucky me, to get to paint what I love- wow~ and I'm so humble about it too!
I also wanted to mention that Duane (my talented hubby) and I will be at Heart of the Beast Theater tomorrow from 11 to 4 for their First Annual Art Market! 1500 Lake Street! We'd love to see you if you can make it! We'll be there with a lovely pile of stuff and other local creatives!
Keeping creativity going at busy times is always a challenge, isn't it!