still life painting

For my 2018 calendar, I invited art friends and colleagues to contribute their favorite FLAVOR combination, along with a recipe and a story. I received 12 great combos and I used the ingredients for my inspiration in my studio. This month I’m featuring the story and recipe for Texas Caesar Dip, submitted by artist Mona Jones…

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Just wrapped up another pet portrait commission–how lucky am I? I am absolutely loving having the chance to get to know these wonderful animals. I took a picture of beautiful Huckabee at Farmers Market this summer. His beautiful coloring and luxurious fur caught my eye right away. These big beauties were originally working dogs on farms–and even pulled…

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Hawaiian Turtle30″x 40″acrylic on canvasSOLDThis was for clients whose favorite vacation spot is Hawaii:”We go to Hawaii as often as we can- We fell in love with the islands when we took a Hawaiian cruise in 2006. Each Island is so unique. Our fa…

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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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“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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