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After The Beach

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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10″x 8″
acrylic on gessoboard

This was a commissioned Christmas present. 

         “When Miles, a majestic dachshund-beagle mix, was first adopted in January of 2006, he had no idea he would grow to love playing ball so much. In fact, he didn’t even know how to play! Thankfully for Miles, that didn’t last long. His human got down on all fours and played with dog toys to show him how it’s done, and in no time playing became Miles’s favorite activity. Miles loves all toys, especially those that squeak, have stuffing to pull out, or resemble small creatures. Out of all of the choices, however, the ball is his favorite and, to this day, Miles and the ball are inseparable. Miles is well-loved and lives comfortably in Portland, Oregon, where his human pays his rent, takes him on long walks, and throws the ball for him tirelessly!”

Listening to while I paint:
Podcast: Oh, So Pinteresting, hosted by Cynthia Sanchez
                   American’s Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball 
                  Here’s The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin
Music: my iPod
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25 in 30

25 paintings in 30 daysHere is my “collage” of the 25 paintings I did during the month of January. About midway through the month, I decided to work in mostly black and white, doing value studies. An art friend told me, it doesn’t matter whic…

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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
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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:                                                                                                     . 
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!

Listening to while I paint:

Audio book: South of Broad, by Pat Conroy. Narrated by Mark Deakins
Music: Spotify
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In a Engineers Home….

30″x 30″acrylic on canvasHere is the finished commission (custom artwork) I did for the couple that I mentioned here. They have a beautiful home, but they wanted more color in their living room. Her favorite flower was the Gerbera (…

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The New President of Corban University

24″x 30″acrylic on canvasI finished the painting of Dr. Sheldon Nord. He is the new President at Corban University in Salem, OR. I got to meet him before I painted his portrait. As he told us his story and his reason for taking the Presidency at t…

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"A Friend In Need"

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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10 in 30

I decided to participate in Leslie Saeta’s “30 in 30 Challenge” for January, but mine will be “10 in 30”. That’s still good, right?Here is #2:”Something’s Missing”6″ x 6″acrylic on gessoboardsoldAnd #3:”A Vase!”8″ x 8″acrylic on gessoboardsold#1 was “P…

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Can I Do It ?????

3 – 36″x 48″stretched canvasI have been given, by dicarli restaurant, the opportunity to display my artwork.I said, “Great! I will give you three 36″x 48″ cityscapes” (which I just started) “by June!”Can I do it?Of course!Well………..I will follow u…

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