For the love of dogs

In honor of National Dog Day I give you this recent commission of sweet little Toby. He is big on personality! And that tooth, come on!

IMG_0231Want a portrait of your favorite animal companion? You can find custom pet portraits on my Artfinder site right here: Custom Pet Portraits

in the works

Here’s a few pieces from a series I’m working on for a solo show this Nov(more details to come) titled “Mischief and Other Tales”   I’m enjoying painting troublemakers and dreamers. It is quite possible you could draw a correlation between the child in me and the children I’m raising if you felt like doing that :)

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**Works in Progress from L-R . . .Lift Off, Sucker Punch, The Great Escape, Her Other Identity

Farewell, My Friend!

Last night I sold this painting(White Stag):

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He’s been hanging around my dining room for the last year. We’ve gotten to know each other. He’s witnessed both the chaos and joy in our home, seen me through the trials and triumphs of a year and calmly surveyed the day to day.

I love this part, where the making makes sense because he was never meant to live in our home forever. He will go on to another home where his presence will be appreciated. I’m so thankful for this process. The preparing, the making, the housing, the rehousing. It is immensely and indescribably rewarding. It is harder than I ever imagined and yet exactly what I am meant to do.

I am coming up on a fairly busy season of painting as I prepare for a couple solo shows (stay tuned!). . . but I love it and know the challenges are the bread and butter of learning/growing/maturing. So I will take it in stride, give myself room to laugh, and take a deep breath as I pour myself into my work. I couldn’t imagine doing any of this without the full backing of my family. They are amazingly supportive and a deep well of inspiration.

I am so grateful.

It happened just yesterday

Yesterday I finally had it with a piece I’ve had on the back burner for too many months. There it sits, stacked against the wall, using up space and cluttering my mind with unsolved problems. If I can’t muster the energy to sort it out or regain some kind of vision for a piece I have no qualms painting right over it. It’s as if I am finally released from the tightening prison of a dying idea. Such relief.  Here’s a teensy little peek at another piece I’m nearly done with which remains title-less:IMG_0159

Ahh, to finish something!

With my prized morning studio time consumed with summer kid activities I have been painting in fits and starts. Sometimes I paint late into the night which makes me less than pleasant the following day. It’s hard to make progress on anything or have any stream of thought in these bit-sized moments, but occasionally. . . .I eek one out.

Here’s a peak at a small portion of “Speaking With Bears” for my solo show next February. . .(which seems far away, but at the snail’s pace I’ve been working at this summer isn’t far at all).IMG_0185

Blue Fawn

After I completed the final details on this beast, all I can say is “Whew!’ Big paintings take a lot more energy and time!

I’m enjoying deer so much, I think I could paint them forever.  . .I’m sure I said this about moths before or birds or bunnies.. . .I’m just declarative like that.

Blue Fawn 48″x36” acrylic on hardboard

Blue Fawn