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fawn resting amidst the grass

4x4 inches / oil on panel
$125
20% will be donated to the ASPCA upon sale of painting

Christmas Wishes, Heartfelt Thanks, Loving Memory black cat window lace

My Little Girl in the Sunshine
5x5 inches / oil on panel
SOLDRemembering you all fondly at Christmastime, extending special thanks to all those devotees who follow my work including fellow artists to whom I wish an abundance of creative spirit, and to all my dedicated clients and patrons who help support my artistic efforts so that I may continue donating to charities and rescue organizations that help treat and shelter animals in desperate need of care. Mostly, in loving memory of my little girl whom we buried on Christmas Day two years ago, and who inspired this blog so that other animals in need could benefit from donations raised by the sale of these paintings. Blessings to you all this holiday season!

Leo - Painting Demonstration - A Work in Progress - STAGES


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18x14 inches / oil on gallery wrapped canvas
commissioned portrait

Work in Progress  Leo is absolutely gorgeous, shown here posing at the shore. This is a progressive illustration of my extensive process which goes into the development of every painting. Thin glazes or layers of paint are gradually built up to create a luminous, hightly detailed portrait which captures every nuance of expression and character. (This same process is used for all my work, including still lifes which are far more elaborate in composition.) Click the image to enlarge and read the descriptions of each step. I especially enjoyed painting Leo's snout which had to be absolutely perfect, particularly with this lighting as it could easily become bent to one side if not precise. Of particular enjoyment were the curls of his fur, especially at the ends of his ears where the very subtle contrasts became quite realistic when viewing the physical painting.
10% of proceeds donated to Poodle Rescue of New England

Following is Leo's portrait completed.  This image is not that clear, unfortunately.  When I step away from a finished work I experience two things:  1) I'm exhausted; and 2) I exhibit absolutely no patience when it comes to photographing my painting.  Therefore, I only hand hold my camera without a tripod or supplemental lighting.  It is what it is...not the best approach, but there you have it!   Due to my lazy photography skills, only the buyers can experience the painting adequately.  Nevertheless, hope you like!

"LEO BY THE SEA"
SOLD


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A percentage of every portrait is donated to a charity to help animals in need.
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Misty - White and Brindle Whippet

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"Misty"
8x10 inches / oil on panel / Private Commission
SOLD

Here's Misty, one of Anne's gorgeous girls! Misty's coloring is so exquisite with her hint of brindle markings. The original photo did not show legs, feet or tail so I had to improvise. Like Falen (posted previously) I chose to place Misty on an oriental rug with plush velvet pillows tossed for interest. Misty's coloring inspired a warm, earthy palette whereas you'll see in Falen's portrait that I selected a rich, reddish gemstone coloration which repeated her shimmering pinkish coat. These two portraits will be framed and displayed as a set.

10% of proceeds donated to Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee


. . . and the winner is . . . Brittany

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Here is the final painting. Details that were refined included adding highlights and mauve tones to the thin wash of water on the shore (with long, low shadows one knows it is coming upon sunset when subjects begin to acquire a warmer tinge), warmth and softening to the ocean in the distance, slight reflections beneath the crab, and general softening of the golden shadows within Brittany's fur.

The fourth and final sitting brought the details into focus. I may still refine and soften it overall and add a hint of lavender in the midrange, but for all intents and purposes, it's about done!

Third Sitting - Began the detail stage, my favorite part of the pet portraits. The crab is done, the ocean and shore colors are becoming more accurate, and the shading begins on Brittany in anticipation of adding her fur, both fluffy at the top and wet at the bottom. Please note that I've added an image of the actual photo reference below in addition to the scanned images from River City Westies.

Second Sitting/Stage II - Worked on the foam of the water and deepened areas on Brittany

Second Sitting/Stage I - color depth is evolving and I'm ready to switch to the smaller brush. I wish to comment at this juncture that Barbara's photograph really is spectacular with such clarity and color gradations captured in the water as it thinly recedes over the sand. Thus far it's mostly been a seascape for me as I really need to complete the background before I can move ahead with Brittany.

First Sitting/Stage IV - Was able to do just one more light glaze before first drying stage.

First Sitting/Stage III - Adding depth - now it needs to dry for a few days in preparation for the next sitting
First Sitting/Stage II - First color glaze to establish mood, balance, flow, focus

First Sitting/Stage I - Marking placement of design elements / subjects in oil

edited for composition -- will also exclude harness & leash shadow for painting

scanned image from River City Westies

original winning photo (excuse glare)

Here is an actual photo of the winning photograph which I currently have in my possession. You can see here how the photo is much richer than the scanned image received via email from River City Westies (above).

"Crab Standoff" 8x10 inches / oil on canvas / Donated to River City Westies

River City Westies recently held their annual Photography Contest fund raising event. I volunteered to contribute one of the three prizes by painting the winning photograph in the Active Westies category, entitled "Crab Standoff" by Barbara Bright. As Barbara says, her ferocious little Westie was caught in a charmingly appealing moment of courage. I will be posting various stages of this painting here for Barbara and you to enjoy viewing as it progresses.

100% donated to benefit River City Westies

Tammy - Red Sable Miniature Daschund


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"Tammy"
8x10 inches / oil on panel / Private Commission
SOLD

Anne and Tammy had a truly special bond. Here Tammy is shown in one of her most endearing moments, gazing lovingly upon Anne as she did so often. I added the pillows for a cozy setting.

20% of proceeds donated to DARE Daschund Adoption Rescue and Education

Lucy - Fawn Whippet


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"Lucy"
8x10 inches / oil on panel / Private Commission
SOLD
Here's Lucy, one of Anne's gorgeous girls! This painting was a tad bit challenging insofar as the image I had for reference was rather digitized therefore details were not quite evident. However, with such a magnificent model as Lucy, how could one do anything other than create a beauty?

10% of proceeds donated to Greyhound Rescue Foundation of Tennessee

Boxer - work in progress for Florida Boxer Rescue Charity


WORK IN PROGRESS -- I need to post the final for you!!

WORK IN PROGRESS to be donated for CHARITY AUCTION
10 x 8 inches / oil on panel
This painting will hopefully be completed in time for the upcoming fund raiser auction for the Florida Boxer Rescue Charity. Been so swamped and still backlogged with commissions that I hardly have time for this one and then just heard that they need the painting this week -- and I just began it today! Need a small miracle to get it done, dried, varnished and shipped by their absolute final deadline! If you wish to participate in the Florida Boxer Rescue Auction, "The Art of Rescue".
Final image forthcoming . . . .

Here's Lucy - A Work in Progress

Lucy: Work in Progress
Although I typically never offer views of my commissioned work prior to the official unveiling, this one is for Anne as she loves to have sneak peeks of her "girls" while they're on my easel. In a few more days this layer will dry, at which time I'll likely be able to complete the painting in one final sitting, meaning one full day up to 12 hrs. So, in the meantime, I'll be shuffling back and forth between other commissioned work, both still lifes and portraits.

Next week I'll primarily be focussing on my first "true" hyper-realist still life of oranges with dramatic lighting. There won't be any sneak peeks of that, as I really want the drama of presenting my client with the finished work. That will be over on my still life blog, so keep checking!

FALEN - pink fawn and white whippet dog portrait

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"Falen"
8x10 inches / oil on panel / Private Commission
One of Anne's precious girls, Falen has a most incredible coat which shimmers with a tinge of pink.
SOLD
10% of proceeds donated to Whippet Rescue and Placement, Inc.

Monet split faced fawn and white whippet puppy dog portrait



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"Monet"

10 x 8 inches / oil on panel / Private Commission

SOLD

Here's Holly's exquisite china doll, as she lovingly refers to her. Still just a youngster, she's all girl. There's not a photograph that I've seen which wasn't magnificent, so I hope you'll be seeing more portraits of this stunning girl in the future!


10% of proceeds donated to Whippet Rescue and Placement, Inc.

Keeping me company...


You can see the status of my self portrait here as one of my little black beauties cuddles up next to "me" in my studio! These "Little Gems" paintings are again stacked and put on hold while I pursue completion of a number of larger commissioned paintings.

Commissioned Painting Work in Progress...Whippet

10 x 8 inches / oil on panel
This private commission is still underway but my clients were so excited to get a preview, I took a few close up photos as well as this one distant view of my easel, which I thought I'd share with you. As you can see, I mix all my colors from the three primaries plus white. I have two sizes of brushes, one small flat and one smaller round, although you will see several here since they wear out extremely quickly with all the work I create. Hope you enjoyed the brief peek. The finished painting will be posted in about a week or so when this layer has dried and I can apply the finishing details.

Sam - silky dog portrait

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"Sam"
8x8 inches / oil on panel / private commission
SOLD
10% of sale donated to Black Forest Animal Sanctuary

taste testing, meeting Teddy, sitting pretty

taste testing, meeting Teddy, sitting pretty

...and one of my beautiful boys

...and one of my beautiful boys

and here are my big boys

and here are my big boys

...and our other big boy

...and our other big boy

my constant companion in the garden whom we lost to cancer this past spring

my constant companion in the garden whom we lost to cancer this past spring