Dogs In Woods…spring…02.15.13

Progress 02/17/12

Progress 02/17/12


A great cloudy day to work in the studio on this larger painting. I haven’t painted “large” for awhile…I need more patience in this painting. And, I need to enjoy the moment(s)

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?

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!


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.)

the rescue of an aging dog
I received this great story from a couple who only adopt older dogs they find in shelters. Our 2nd “give Me that Dog” book will be published this fall. Many of the stories sent to me were a little more difficult to paint for one reason or another. As in any great dog story, many of these 2nd edition stories have brought sadness and joy into my studio. People who work to make a dogs life better, are an inspiration and have some amazing stories to tell. It is an honor to share their stories.

Night Life with Dogs


Give Me That Dog story painted and written. This long hot summer has been a great encouragement for staying in my studio and painting more of the great dog stories we received last year. We hope to publish another small book this fall.

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!!

Roll in the Snow


What better way to spend a hot July day than to paint a story about a shy rescued dog that loved nothing more than to run and roll in the snow. This shelter dog, adopted from a shelter, was very unsure of herself.It took a long time to coax her outside for a walk when she was first adopted, but she came out of her fears and hesitations and quickly discovered the joys of a snowy day.

Another Great Reason to be in the Studio

Life is indeed a journey of discovery. Each day brings some new event into our lives. Sometimes, I can sit back and think,….get back to work on a painting. Sometimes I can’t sit back! We just adopted a great pup from the Safe Harbor program in Lansing, Kansas.(http://safeharborprisondogs.com) Three dogs just seems wrong somehow, and we felt we needed another large dog to keep us company and to tell us when strangers were around!
Everybody knows that puppies are not easy, but we’ve been through this routine a few times and always survive! …the dog turns out great and they

Lola, our new rescue pup

keep us walking, moving, laughing and now….able to spend more time in my studio!
We’ve been greatly impressed with what the new pup knows already from the work an inmate has already done. Of course we have accidents, and some growling (from our established pack)…but, we
are making it through and all of our brains are getting bigger!
Another plus to this is that my studio makes a great training room! The backyard is just one step out the back door of my studio. I can paint…or at least think of painting while keeping an eye on the new pup.