6″x 9″
acrylic on wrapped canvas
Not For Sale

I have been wanting to do this painting for a long time as a gift to Mark.
I had my stroke in Oct, 2010,  when my good friend, Mark Heimann,owner of the Lost Mountain Clayworks, sent me a Kanji (oriental calligraphy) lantern that says “Perseverance” and a little shot glass that says “Courage” that he made.
 “Everyone needs a little shot of courage,” says Mark.

Here is Mark’s story about Akira:

           “7 & ½ years ago, Becki decided she wanted a dog. Since we had about ten goats then, she wanted a livestock guarding or a herding dog. I was watching the litter and Becki’s decision-making, a long-haired puppy trundled over to me, sat down, and looked me right in the eye. Well, I was completely done in, captured, no doubt chosen by her, and she was coming home with us. 

She had to grow into her ears….

Her name morphed from Keira (from the beautiful Keira Knightley) to Akira (Kurosawa?) somehow – but we do call her Kira (“Keera”) for short.

Anyway Akira has been my constant companion ever since July of 2006. From art festival to pirate festival, beach to river to forest.

She is a natural born guard dog, perhaps prone to bark a little too much…..

And a total love.”

Thank you so much Mark! 🙂

Listening to while I paint:

Podcast: “Wait, Wait…. Don’t Tell Me!” hosted by Peter Sagal
                   America’s Test Kitchen hosted by Christopher Kimball
Music: my iPod

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Green Mums

Green Mums7″x 5″acrylic on gessoboardClick here to purchase.I have six 6 of these glasses. They’re originally shot glasses, but I like to use them as vases!Listening to while I paint: Audio book: Centennial, by James A. Michener    Po…

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“Fred”8″x 8″acrylic on gessoboardSOLDMy friend, Barbara, emailed me this picture to paint:” My dog, Pebbles, passed away at 15. I was super lonely so I decided to get another dog. I adopted Fred when he was 7 weeks old from the German Shepherd Rescue…

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Green Glass, Satsumas, Two Birds

“Green Glass, Satsumas”
5″x 7″
acrylic on gessoboard
Click here to purchase.

Day 2

In January, I am participating in a “30 in 30” day painting challenge. I have asked people to send me pictures of what they would like painted. The people who pictures I choose to paint will be getting: 
                                                     –  my note cards and gift cards
                                                   – first chance to buy the painting!
If you would like to send me a picture that I can paint, email it to:                                                                                                              annie@anniesalness.com . 
And please include you address! Thank you!!!!

“Two Birds” 
5″x 7″ 
acrylic on gessoboard


Day 3
My friend was kind enough to send me the picture that I painted from. As a thank you, I am sending her some of my note cards! 
“That photo was taken from inside a barn on Sauvie Island. The birds were so cute together.  When I saw them I had to capture the moment!”

Sauvie Island, originally Wapato Island, is approximately 10 miles north of Portland, Oregon. It is the largest island in the Columbia River and one of the largest islands in the U.S. Located at the junction of the Columbia River to the east, Willamette River to the south and Multnomah Channel to the west, the island’s northern half is a wildlife refuge and the southern half is predominantly rural farmland with small residential enclaves.”
I used some palette knife on the foreground and the background. That should make Leslie Saeta happy! 🙂

I NEED HELP with names of paintings. If you have any resources, email me! annie@anniesalness.com

Listening to while I paint:

Audio book: South of Broad, by Pat Conroy. Narrated by Mark Deakins
Music: Spotify

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Today is January 1, 2014…..

Gerbera, Glass, Pear6″x 6″acrylic on gessoboardClick here to purchaseToday is January 1, 2014, and I am participating in a 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I have asked people to send me pictures of what they would like painted. The pe…

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