FROM TOP: "Blissfully Pink (Bliss)," 6" square, German Shorthaired Pointer dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard; "Katie," 6" x 8," brittany spaniel dog portrait, acrylic on canvasboard. Inquiries to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Now that I see her on my computer screen, I realize that Katie isn't quite the right color - her fur was more like a burnished penny. I'll have to correct that, but later. It's been a loooong day, and like the winter gear filled dryer that's run nonstop for hours, I'm tired and need a break.
These paintings will get wrapped and tucked under my tree. I had to delete my parents from the Dog-a-Day distribution so as to hopefully keep them a secret for just a few more days. They'll look great added to my father's Dog-a-Day collection of past and present hunting buddies.
I have one other painting that I am finishing as a (personal) Christmas gift. It's a view of an uncle's backyard in the summer time, flush with ripe tomatoes, sunwarmed bricks, and a bright blue birdhouse. A welcome composition given the foot of fresh snow outside.
Meanwhile I have a mile-long list of studio tasks that I'll tackle in the coming days - website work, closing my books out and prepping income tax information, prep for my next postcard mailing, designing new marketing materials, building an online store for unsold Dog-a-Day paintings, blah blah blah blah blah. I'll return to daily painting come the New Year.
Again, I have to thank each of you for your readership. It's been an amazing year, full of beautiful stories and even better faces!
May your holiday be spent with those you love, doing the things you love, eating, drinking, celebrating, being merry and warm and bright.