Acrylic paintings of dogs and cats on heavy watercolor paper. Lots of fun to work small for a change. We hope to make some smaller prints of some of the work to sell in our store in Weston or on our website! enjoy
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.
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!
Gladstone Community Center Art Exhibit Dec. 2011- early Feb. 2012
Finally the time arrives to put the paintings I’ve been working on in the van and take them to the Gladstone Community Center in Gladstone, Mo, for a show! Working on paintings over the summer and fall for this show has seemed to go slowly. Many interruptions in the day and probably my multi-task skills are worn thin….but, it’s always great to work toward an event where I can share my work with the public. I’m sure I’m not alone in the feeling of working in a bubble. Bubble’s are good for getting things done, but shows are great for sharing my work with others!
Time has flown by since I started this post which I never published. November and December are the months of distraction. Our home was on the Weston Christmas Homes tour in early December. It was fun to fill the house with two trees and lots of bling everywhere. We started all of that in early November! It was great to have visitors to our home and my studio. We had about 1300 visitors!
The show in Gladstone is still up and looking good. The Gladstone Community Center has a great area to display art . I imagine that visitors are pretty impressed as they walk into the center and are greeted by art!
Painting is a conversation. Sometimes the conversation stops…and then, later, it begins again. The room in the painting was too empty. Nothing like my life! Now it is full of the memories of past and present dogs in my mind…and even some of the dogs I’ve met along the way…a whole company of dogs. Now it seems like a good conversation. I’m nearly finished with this canvas.
Every day is a new day. What was on the easel yesterday, doesn’t work today or certainly could use some work. Finding some time today to just wrestle with an idea about our close relationship with the dogs we live with….that doesn’t even really cover it, but I think the painting shows our relationship in the universe ….I can’t say more…let the painting speak.
Even though every day is filled with many tasks, I’m consistently spending time in my studio. When I did the Give Me That Dog Project, I picked up the habit of spending time in my studio each day. Just being here every day for a few hours has moved my painting life forward! Yesterday I actually got some paintings up on my newly painted studio walls. Now it looks like I live and work here!
I’ve started a new painting and thought it might be interesting to see a painting in progress. The work contains the good, the possible and the ugly. The progress of a painting can be almost a painful experience…like a hike up a small mountain. Lots of other “stuff” gets in the way and some of the choices I make today may be unacceptable tomorrow. There is a kind of “lostness” to the experience. The key is to hang in there until there is a resolution….everything working together in just the right way. Kind of mystical. Enjoy!