A painting in progress

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I think that I sometimes do not stop to smell the roses….Custom work always takes priority in my painting life, and then I don’t have time or the mind set to just “create” something. My new years resolution was to paint more and just to paint …like a walk in the woods with no destination! I’m going to post the progress of this new canvas so I can follow my own steps. I always welcome company although it would make me nervous if someone was actually watching me paint! Enjoy the journey. The painting on my easel today has about 4 hours of work so far….but who’s keeping track?

The Body Guard


I received a great story about a a chihuahua that held off the well intentioned rescuer from his pit bull girlfriend. Fun to read and it’s heartwarming to get stories from dog rescuers like this on who really stepped outside the box to get these two dogs into a safe place. I’m working away at this project again, and hope to have the stories and paintings finished and published in our second small book by this very fall!!

Blue Dogs in Summer


It’s been pretty hot in the Kansas City area….and pretty much everywhere else too. The Blue Dogs painting was inspired by my attempt to feel cool…it does seem to help. Acrylic on canvas 40X30″.
Also needing to take a brake from the work on “Give Me That Dog” project. I did save the most complicated stories and photos for the 2nd book, so they just take more time. I’m about to paint an illustration of a chihuahua<a href="https://collectmariemason.files.wordpress.com/2012/07 guarding a pit bull …..

repainting a painting

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Sometimes a visual idea, when transferred from the brain to the canvas, can go south! I’ve been gazing at this one “leaping” dog painting I did last year. Everyday when I come into my studio…there it is on the wall. And, every time I’d focus on it, I felt that it needed work but could never come up with a solution.  Sometimes, the only solution is just paint over an idea that doesn’t work… and sometimes there is just a small clue that spurs me on to make a change.  And, as in any change one makes,  all changes require faith, courage, disappointment and finally, a solution that works! so, here is “Dogs in Tall Grass” acrylic on canvas.  Enjoy

leaping Dog

The more I paint, the more I paint.  I’m loving winter. It’s quiet. There is time to think and enjoy the quiet of leafless trees and no yard work to do.  The new pup and I can spend lots of time in my studio and we both can walk out into the seemingly lifeless back yard.  Before long, there will be all that comes with spring.  Meanwhile, here is a new canvas called  “leaping dog”.   I think it is an expression of joy.  The joy is not about anything or anybody….just that feeling that arrives out of nowhere for no particular reason!an act of joy!

Copying myself

Every now and then, someone requests a copy of a painting I’ve completed and sold.  I don’t personally know other artists who do this, but I’m sure they are out there.  It’s difficult to tell what paintings will sell and which ones will not. Unless I’m painting a commission, I paint what I feel like painting!  It is a compliment when an art buyer requests a repaint of a sold painting.  The repainting is certainly not exactly like the original.  I guess I could project an image of the original on a blank canvas, but that would be too precise for me.  In the repainting, I can revisit the original idea and make changes that may even improve the original idea….I don’t know if they are really “improvements”…more like just changes in my present painting style and color choices.  In the past, I have repainted “Best Friends”…a black dog and yellow dog sitting side by side several times,  and  Three Black Dogs.  Three Black Dogs was originally donated to a rescue fund raiser back east….

Change of Seasons

Now I have several paintings to do, and I have the canvas primed and ready to go, but I have no energy! I think it must be the shorter kind of dreary days of fall.  We’ve spent some time repairing a wall in our store and everything is looking fresh and new.  I could take some inspiration from this feeling and actually do a painting about this change of season.  I’m writing this down to remind myself that I feel this way every year.

Mind Dance is a painting I did in 1997.  I’m sure I was feeling the same way then as I do now. It’s comforting to know that I’m seasonally consistent. Writing journals are great, but sometimes a painting is simply greater at catching a feeling.