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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Soldier/Dogs11″x 14″Acrylic on canvasSOLDI finished a commission for a client who has a lot of veterans come work for him. He offers them jobs because they have a hard time finding them elsewhere. My client shared some amazing stories with me, and I wa…

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After The Beach8″x 10″acrylicSOLDA recent commission painting I did for a client and quote from her:           “Julep is my brown-eyed rescue, age 1-ish. Julep’s little bestie and partner in naughtiness is Chanc…

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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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36″x 48″(my terrible picture!)Original, “A Friend In Need”by, C.M. Coolidgecommissioned in 1903My client said, “Could you paint MY dogs playing poker”? “Sure!”, I said.I got a variety of, umm, “good” shots….like this one:”Pepper” the one in the …

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I find that I am always taking my camera with me, wherever I go, looking for inspiration. Sometimes I just take random pictures as I am passing by, especially if there is interesting light, shadows, colors, or shapes that catch my eye. I am always exc…

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