Friday, October 31, 2008
I really DID intend to paint today, but things got out of hand quickly. I think it was the Snickers bar breakfast that me going in the wrong direction right off the bat. Then the mid-morning helping of caramel corn followed by a Kit-Kat lunch.... straight downhill from there.
For the last hour I have had my palette open and the brushes out, but trick-or-treaters are coming thick and heavy, and it's becoming very clear that I will NOT be finishing the sheltie paintings tonight (so sorry JB - they are coming, though!!).
Instead I'll share with you a piece I did last week for an art competition. I won't find out about the juror's decision until December, but in the meanwhile, please enjoy Percy, my friend's new gelding. Isn't he a dear?!
Be sure to make some time for a few chocolate bars this weekendll!!
I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable evening,
PS You know I'll be raiding the kids' Halloween stash next week and creating some candy paintings. If you have any favorites you would like to see, shoot me a note: email@example.com .
Thursday, October 30, 2008
Amadeus is brother to Arwen, model for the first Dog-a-Day painting ever. You can see Arwen's painting at http://tinyurl.com/5bsex3 . Ami's painting will be joining his sister's and their busy household.
Thank you to everyone who helped locate my client yesterday. The problem wasn't her email after all - it was my fat-fingering her email into my address book. Silly me. I should know by now that I am the root of my worst problems.
And thank you, as always, for your time in looking at and sharing these paintings with friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
PS Another final plug for Painting a Dog-a-Day - the First Year. Please get your orders in by Saturday, November 1st, to guarantee holiday delivery. Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers are $54.95. Orders may come to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wednesday, October 29, 2008
Had a blast at the zoo yesterday with Annie's class - we spent a good amount of time in the butterfly house, watching them "hatch" from their chrysalises. It was very peaceful compared to the bus ride. I actually worked today without music (very rare), just to enjoy the solitude.
Am off to start a pot of soup for dinner. Lemon rice sounds good, with roasted chicken and homemade pita bread. mmmmmm.......
Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at and sharing my paintings with friends and family,
See you tomorrow,
Monday, October 27, 2008
"Sadie," 6" x 8", commissioned beagle portrait, acrylic on board, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries may come to email@example.com .
My favorite part of this painting is Sadie's ears. They are loose and goey paint , simple layers of color, and perfectly frame her doe-like eyes. If I had painted the ears crisp and detailed, then Sadie's eyes would not lock you in like this. Notice how the collar and her mask, the only other harder edges in the whole painting, complete that frame around her face.
If you are interested in booking your own Dog-a-Day portrait, I have a limited number of holiday 2009 spots remaining. I know it's crazy to be thinking about next year before this one's even come up, but that's the way it is these days. Send an email to me - firstname.lastname@example.org - and I'll get you pencilled in.
Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing, these paintings with your friends and family.
I'll be back Wednesday - tomorrow I am chaperoning a zoo field trip with my daughter's 2nd grade class.
PS If you want one of the Dog-a-Day books, "Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year," for a holiday gift I must have your order by November 1st (that's this Saturday). Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers are $54.95. Please send an email to email@example.com .
Friday, October 24, 2008
I used to hardly ever use white, tinting my paints with yellow, pink, or a soft green. I still don't use a whole lot of white, but the point I'm getting at here is that I am recognizing (or rather now Seeing) the softer variations in those lighter values. I see color saturation so easily, and it wasn't so tough to see deeper variations of purples, blues, greens and reds in the dark values of my paintings. But it was a huge challenge for me to linger over the areas of light. I think I'm starting to get it though!!
Thanks, as always, for following along. Yes, please forward these paintings to friends and family.
Enjoy your weekend - stay warm, dry, and safe.
See you Monday,
Thursday, October 23, 2008
I wish you could all hold Harry's painting in your hands, and see the layers of paint. Lots of wet-on-wet and really fun brushwork - this painting was a party!
I am especially enjoying the very nice gray I can get with ultramarine and cad red light. One of those mixtures that shifts warm-cold easily, and seems especially reactive to it's surroundings.
I've been told my domain name (http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/) will be mine again within 24 hours. It sure will be nice to ditch webmail and get a couple pages of data up on the web. Thanks again for your patience during this transition.
And thanks, as always, for your time in looking at and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
And a huge happy birthday to my Evan, who turns 11 today!! WAHOO!!
See you tomorrow,
PS Yet again I will push the new book ("will she ever shut up over this?" most likely not for a while still!). Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year is available, and it is GORGEOUS!. It features over 200 paintings from the first 15 months of my daily work (October 2006-December 2007). Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers are $54.95. You may place your order by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org .
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Don't you love this little face?! I am DEFINATELY painting this dog again, only bigger, like lifesize. I want to play more with the gestures created by the clumps and wisps of fur. And consciously work my triad of color - I didn't realize until I was done that I had built this painting with olives, oranges and violets.
Can't wait to try him another time around!
Thanks, as always, for looking and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
PS Here I go again, pushing the book. I got the proof today, and it's more beautiful than I dreamed possible. I don't want anyone to miss out on this!! It's titled Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year, and you can get a softcover for $39.95 or a hardcover for $54.95. Orders can come to email@example.com. THANK YOU!!
Tuesday, October 21, 2008
The studio newsletter went out today via email. Typically I also publish the newsletter on my website, but being as the website is STILL down (not my fault - domain hosts are holding it up), that's not an option this time around. If you did not receive the newsletter and would like to, please email me and I'll forward this one and get you added to that distribution list.
Thanks, as always, for your time in looking and and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
PS I know I sound like a broken record, but please, if you are interested in ordering a copy of my book Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year, send me an email so that I can get you invoiced. Softcovers are $39.95, hardcovers are $54.95. Orders received by November 1st are guaranteed holiday delivery. Thank you!
Monday, October 20, 2008
The only thing cuter than this tiny little portrait is Yoda himself, looking all spiffy in his kerchief, the folds in his forehead sorta matching the stripes in his neckwear. This painting was all done wet-in-wet, which is quickly becoming one of my favorite ways to work (that should lend itse'f well to my continuing efforts in oil paint).
Thinking of giving a dog-a-day portrait as a holiday gift? I had a client cancel 2 November slots this afternoon - send your story as to why your friend/family member/significant other deserves a dog-a-day portrait, and the best two tales (tails?!) get the dates. Stories and attachments may come to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, forwarding, and sharing my artwork with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow!
PS Over the weekend I got private emails out to everyone who had a painting included in my new book Painting a Dog a Day, the First Year. I want to make certain that all my clients have an opportunity to order their copy well in advance of the holidays. Having never published a book before, I do not know what to expect volume wise, and can therefore only guarantee holiday delivery for those orders placed by November 1st. The books are beautiful, and will make great gifts for the animal lover on your list. Softcovers are $39.95 and hardcovers are $54.95, plus shipping and handling. Please send an email to email@example.com if you are interested in ordering a copy (or two).
Friday, October 17, 2008
You can get a pack of 10 notecards and envelopes for $6! That's 1/2 off! The cards are approximately 5" x 4", with a blank interior. Choose from either the Jackpot (Black Lab) or the Silver Tabby design (and no, the copyright watermark is NOT on the cards!).
I will be happy to combine shipping on multiple packages - one (priority mail) envelope will ship for $4.95, a (priority mail) box for $9.95.
I will be happy to add these to a painting on order.
I will be happy to add these in with a book purchase.
Just say the word! Orders can come to firstname.lastname@example.org .
Ok, back to the cleaning and sorting!
Thanks as always for your time in looking at, and forwarding, my artwork.
Enjoy your weekend, and I'll see you Monday!
Thursday, October 16, 2008
I gravitate to calicos when I visit the shelter - just can't help myself. This little girl was so friendly and vocal - her body was quivering from the strength of her purr.
It was very rewarding to hear that a favorite cat, a very solid black and white guy with an ear lost to frostbite, one who had been at the shelter for many months, finally got adopted.
Please, if you are thinking about adding an animal to your family, consider visiting your shelter. They are overflowing with animals who just want love. Furthermore shelters can offer low-cost spay/neuter and veterinarian care to help make adopting a 4-legged family member more affordable. Your choice could very well save a little life, and make yours all the richer in the long run.
Ok, enough lecturing. What else is going on? Well, I'm editing the final draft of the studio fall newsletter - I hope to get it out early next week. Turtledovedesigns.com is still down - the doman registry change is in process, after which I can begin rebuilding my pages in earnest. I may be able to start on those as soon as this weekend. But my email is back up (hooray!! chocolate all around!!)
Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for forwarding these paintings on to your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Proceeds from this painting will benefit the Oakland Pet Adoption Center (http://www.oaklandpetfund.org/), my local shelter, making wonderful progress towards turning us into a no-more-homeless-pets community!
This guy must've followed his nose a bit too far, as he was at my shelter a few weeks back, waiting for his owner to catch up with him. There were several pointers, along with a mess of hounds and beagles. The crisp fall air brings out all sorts of critters to chase and track, and I suppose the temptations were too hard to resist for those dogs.
"Nosey" will be stunning tucked into a wide frame, placed somewhere special.
Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing, my paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
PS YEAH! I got the bulk of my computer issues ironed out, including a problem with posting to the Painting a Dog a Day newsgroup - I aponogize for your missing out on yesterday's little Westie faces. Thanks for your patience!
The Lost Website Saga continues (not to detract from the charm of Alex and Jack, which is substantial and deserves a moment or two).
A huge thank you to those who have offered to email the postings they have saved on their own machines. I didn't clarify properly that the Painting a Dog a Day blog is fine - nothing happened to IT (knock on wood....). My other two websites, the studio one at http://www.turtledovedesigns.com/, and the main Painting a Dog a Day informational site http://www.paintingadogaday.com/, are what is gone. I managed to get a temporary home page up on http://www.paintingadogaday.com/, but am still sorting out the details on the Turtledove site, which will remain down for at least another week.
My websites have been overdue for a massive overhaul, so guess it'll finally happen!! There's a positive spin to almost everything.
Another consequence of this transition, though, is that my turtledovedesigns.com email address has been randomly unavailable since yesterday afternoon, continuing through today, and most likely for another 5 days or so until everything is finalized. It may bounce your emails into nowhere, without providing any indication if the note was ever delivered. Additionally, my outbound emails are taking an inordinant amount of time to arrive (hence the reason the blog is getting updated before the google group today). If you have not gotten a response from me within 48 hours, go ahead and resend your email - but please do give me this time to catch up, as I have an inordinant amount of emails to work through.
Thanks, as always, for your time and PATIENCE! And for forwarding these paintings on to friends and family,
See you tomorrow,
Monday, October 13, 2008
The verdict now is a complete rebuild of both my websites (www.turtledovedesigns.com and www.paintingadogaday.com). Not the right answer from a company I've been loyal to for 8+ years. That means I'm also in the process of transferring my domain name, shifting my email account, AND rebuilding my websites with another service.
I'll get this sorted out and return to painting asap, I pinky promise.
Thanks for your patience in the meanwhile,
Friday, October 10, 2008
FROM TOP: "Fifty-Two Vignettes," 18" x 22"; "Trophy Dog," 18" x 20"; both paintings acrylic on gallery stretched canvas, neither currently for sale, but inquiries may come to email@example.com .
These are my two entries for this year's AKC-Eukanuba Poster Competition. Now all I have to do is brew a pot of tea, sit back, and wait. Till mid-November.
Good thing I have lots of stuff to keep me occupied.....
First, just a little history on these two pieces, which are all built off dog-a-day paintings from the past:
Fifty-Two Vignettes is comprised of - you guessed it - 52 portraits. These dogs make up the 30 some most popular breeds based on AKC registries in 2007. Remember a few months back when I asked for breed specific photos? I needed a couple dogs to round out the piece.
"Trophy Dog" has way too many portraits for me to count - well over 100, maybe 120. They are arranged in the shape of the Tiffany Loving Cup, which is the trophy the National Championships' Best in Show gets to bring home.
For those of you unfamiliar with the AKC-Eukanuba Poster Competition, it works thusly: artists from all over the world send in their interpretation of "The Wonderful World of Purebred Dogs." A board of judges select the design which best fits this theme. The winning design is used in conjunction with the National Dog Show Championships held in Long Beach, California in December 2008, and the original artwork is purchased by the AKC.
So, once I know the judges' verdict, I will decide the fate of these paintings. Maybe I'll auction them off, or issue prints or notecards or tshirts or who knows what. Maybe I'll get to ship one off to the AKC. One can only hope.....
But now I'm off to change out of my jammies and grab a nap. It has been one heck of a marathon painting session.
Thanks, as always, for looking. And for sharing my paintings with your friends and family (please do forward them!).
Have a great weekend!
Thursday, October 09, 2008
Now are you sitting down? For real?
Because the Painting a Dog a Day book is ready!! It's finally ready!!
It's been many moons in the making, but the presses are rolling. I am so excited to get these into your hands!
The book includes 100 generously sized 8" x 10" pages of full-color images, including my favorite pieces and stories (like "Watch Eye," above), along with an essay highlighting the first 15 months of paintings. I've also interjected bits of hindsight and random thoughts about art-making. It's a beautiful publication, one that Dog-a-Day collectors and animal lovers alike will enjoy perusing.
The book is available in both softcover and hardbound editions, and will ship out December 1st via priority mail, in plenty of time for the holidays. It will make a great gift - so check your list twice, and then place an order.
The softcover edition is $39.95; Hardcover (with dust jacket) is $54.95. Shipping and handling will be an additional 4.95 - and I'll gladly combine shipping on multiple volumes. Just ask for a quote.
To order, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line "BOOK". You may also simply send a paypal payment (email@example.com) for the total amount due, or mail a check directly to the studio (346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, MI 48362). Please include Michigan sales tax if shipping to a Michigan address.
If you pre-order your copy before November 1st, I'll have plenty of time to personalize an inscription.
Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing, my paintings (and now my book!) with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
Tuesday, October 07, 2008
I am currently booking portraits for November 2009 - mention Best Friends at the time you book your portrait, and I'll be happy to make a donation when your turn comes up. Inquiries may always come to firstname.lastname@example.org .
A special welcome to the new dog-a-day readers I met at last night's Washington Art Guild Meeting! Thanks for having me out to talk your ears off, and I hope to see you/yourart work again soon.
Thanks, as always, for looking at my art.
And for sharing it with your friends and family (yes, that means you can forward this email!),
See you tomorrow,
Monday, October 06, 2008
Meanwhile, if you have a hankering to look at some dog art, check out the Canine Art Guild's (CAG) new exhibition: www.canineartguild.com/gallery. The CAG's "Helping Paws" is an exhibition by artists who have partnered with their own local animal shelters or rescues, pledging a percentage of their sales to support animal welfare around the globe. It's a very strong collection of artwork, and a wonderful cause to support - if you can't purchase a piece, you can still cast your vote for People's Choice. The People's Choice voting will award cash donations to the organizations affiliated with the top three vote-getting artworks.
Feel free to share the CAG's link with your friends and family.
Have a great afternoon, and I'll see you tomorrow!
Friday, October 03, 2008
I spent today shooting photos of a darling pair of young siamese kittens. Then I headed over to my shelter to shoot references for some new portraits. A busy day behind the camera, and now I get to play with my 400+ images. That is, after I get dinner going.....
Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
Enjoy the weekend!
Thursday, October 02, 2008
I was so intrigued by the composition (Hammy's averted eyes, all the colors in her fur, the strong value ranges, and interesting edge work), that I wanted to try out multiple scales with slightly different color temperatures (the purple one is warmer, and the other carries more cool blues). It's hard to read on the computer, because you see everything in relatively the same size, but when you hold the paintings in your hand, it makes a world of difference.
Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing the Dog-a-Day paintings with your friends and family - please do forward!
Wednesday, October 01, 2008
I've had kitties on the brain. My shelter sent out an email looking for foster families for mother cats and their kittens. Rick still says no more cats - I asked, pleaded, then begged. He's adamant - and allergic, so I forgive him.
However, over the weekend I got a cat that's more to Rick's liking - meet little Indigo, aka Bad Kitty. Indigo has absolutely no manners - she sleeps on top of the fridge, climbs the curtains and hides in sock drawers. The kids are having a blast getting her into all sorts of trouble. Here's what she did today..... (note: no goldfish were harmed in the taking of this photo)
Thanks, as always, for looking.
And for sharing these paintings with your friends and family (yes, please forward them on!),
PS If any Dog-a-Day readers in the Detroit Metro area are able to foster some kitties, contact Joanie O'Toole at the Oakland Pet Adoption Center - (248) 393-3572 or email@example.com . Like I said, they are looking for homes to foster mother cats with kittens until the kittens are old enough to be spayed/neutered and adopted (anywhere from 1 - 9 weeks).
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