Painting in Winter

Beach Running

Running Beach Dogs

All the snowy weather has given me the time (and no chance of an excuse) to paint more. I’ve been working on a new canvas and thought I’d share the evolution of my work. My paintings on paper evolve much faster than these canvas works…not sure why, but it’s true. Perhaps it’s just the time it takes for a canvas to dry enough to allow more painting makes the process more tedious and maybe more finished. don’t know…but here goes! If you enjoy the process, look for more updates as I work on this canvas!

More Art

Most of my unsold art is carried by the Strecker Nelson Art Gallery in Manhattan, Kansas. If you’d like to see more of my work, I attached a link to my “page”. This is a great gallery in every way. They ship all over the US and they are very “user” friendly! The work I show on my facebook page and this blog is newly “minted” work!
http://www.strecker-nelsongallery.com/Artists_nu/Mason.html

Back to Painting

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There’s painting…which I think of as a journey to an unplanned destination. (I remember that I used to paint more from a memory of a walk, or how much fun to just sit on the couch with a dog on a rainy day.) Portrait painting is more difficult because it involves pleasing some one who probably already has a concept in mind….even though they may not be able to express the concept. The painting process is a little like an anthropological dig…and is definitely a team effort where I pass a concept on and then, they respond with a suggestion…and back and forth until we both find the image! It’s challenging and enjoyable and I always learn something from the experience.

Morning Walk

Walking a dog in winter takes some planning. I’ve left the house without really realizing how cold it is. There is no going back….
This latest painting is a work on canvas and is about the idea of a walk and an actual walk. It could be called, “winter’s hesitation”…..acrylic on canvas 29×39”
ps. this is my first post on my new Blog look! hopefully it’s easier to see and enjoymorning_walk

New Year Wishes

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The first day of the New Year I always feel reborn into a new time to think and create and change. We’ve all been through some very busy times with family and friends and just keeping up with each day as it presents itself. This past week I’ve taken some time to work on a new painting about the new year and the endless possibilities of it all! Enjoy

Head Shots and beyond!

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My new venture is called “head shots”…featured on our website, http://www.bellacompany.com. I have received some great dog pictures to work with. As it turns out, this particular project I dreamed up is deceptively difficult…but, when the painting is finally finished, folks who purchase these canvas paintings are happy with the results. I sometimes think I want to get back to painting the landscape (as in my “looking down” paintings) and, I have some great camera shots taken while I’m walking Lola, (our new now a year old) dog.
This is the time of year I spend dreaming up the new year. What new designs or popular past designs will be on a new t-shirt? What kind of painting would I like to explore? Should I open some new paint colors and wander down some unexplored subject? I began painting by painting landscapes and seascapes…should I go there again? It’s nice and disturbing too when ideas are up in the air!

in the middle

Sometimes, it’s difficult to pick up the pencil or brush or paper after a long painting project. The Give Me That Dog paintings and stories are at the printer…The paintings are in my studio ready to be auctioned….I designed a Christmas card for MAAL (Missouri Alliance for Animal Legislation)…and now I must get back to my own idea(s) …what to paint and why? I’m pretty sure artists (writers, painters, musicians) can get lost in the requests and the commitments as well. Winter is a better time to create new ideas…not so many distractions..so hopefully I’ll get back there!

Just for Fun


The end of summer and painting dog stories….There are many parts and pieces to the rescued dog stories, but we are working away to publish a 2nd book. Meanwhile, I found this half finished piece in my art files and decided to finish it. Ideas are great and fun and inspirational too…but actually resolving the painting is always a challenge! I’m working on large 31X41″ print paper which is very tough and takes a lot of abuse…good thing!


Jazz was an untrusting and aggressive dog when he was rescued.The rescuer wondered at her own sanity for giving him a second change, but she continued to work with him. The Journey was a long one, but Jazz finally learned the ropes so well, that he now works as a therapy dog! Patience sometimes rules the day! (By the way, I’m very close to completing paintings and stories for a 2nd “Give Me That Dog” book.)