Fairy Dog Mother

We just created a one color design called “Fairy dog Mother” for our t-shirt line. I couldn’t resist coloring in the lines of the illustration, so here is the “colorful” rendition of Fairy Dog Mother! The painting on paper will be up for auction soon, and will be on display at our art walk this coming weekend,  This is a large acrylic painting on paper.( Size 30X40″). The Art Walk is March 31 and April 1st from noon to five both days.  Local  mid west artists will be showing their fine art and craft in several homes here in Weston. If you live in the KC area….come on up!

Leaping border collie!

Every time I attempt to organize my studio a little more, I find some painting  that I think  someone else might enjoy!  I have worked with the MOKan Border Collie group in Kansas City  for several years. They usually have a get together in the spring…or is it fall? I’ve designed t-shirts for them from time to time.  The leaping dog has not made it to a t-shirt yet, but I  think it’s worth sharing here. It’s great to watch these border collies in action. They really do float above the ground.

As I have started to paint on canvas again, I realize how addictive painting on paper can be.  Canvas work just takes much longer to build the paint on to get the rich painted feel.  Paper is more absorbent and can suffer from overwork.

Border Collie agility

Agility dog

Drawing cartoons of dogs has expanded my portfolio

A recently drawn Luna toonA few years ago I decided that it would be more fun to take a pad of drawing paper and some nice ink pens to a  dog event in Weston in our small downtown park,  rather than haul our Bellacompany t-shirts and caps into the great out of doors. That way, I could just try to so some “luna toons” of dogs who attended with their “parents”. I wasn’t sure how this would work or if I could even manage it at an actual event. I practiced drawing a “toon” of our blind lab, Helen,  and it seemed to go well, so I had some hope that this new idea would work. I took paper, pens, and plastic envelopes to protect any “toons” I might complete. As the event began, a line of dogs and their owners formed so I was kind of stuck trying out my new idea.
The greatest draw back to doing a “live” cartoon  is that gazing at a dog intently is not so popular with the dog!  Because there was so much going on with dog agility and just the general chaos of dogs, children and adults, most of the dogs were very patient while I worked on my new idea. They were calm and mindful!  . I drew about 14 toons  over a  3 hour time period before the line went away and my ability to concentrate disappeared. Perfect timing! …and I discovered a new avenue for my drawing abilities.  Since that initial experience, I’ve enjoyed doing Luna Toons in my studio from photos and stories that dog owners send with their orders.
The Company of Dogs catalog sold our toon concept in their catalog the next year and I received some great photos and stories about people and their dogs. I find that it is easier to do a “toon” with a few photos and a description than to actually gaze at the dog. I’ve done a few live  toons in my studio, but the models were a little nervous with all that staring and no distractions! In the park, they were too distracted to notice.