Paintings With Soul

Since October 2006 I've been a daily painter, creating a new pet portrait at least 5 times per week. Over the years I've expanded my offerings to include a variety of animals, pets, race horses, children and other treasured heirlooms. In addition, I accept a limited number of commissions each year.

In 2015 I am honored to be the Kentucky Derby Artist.

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Friday, January 16, 2009

"Brindles & Stripes," 6" x 12", acrylic on canvasboard, depicting a mixed breed dog and her girl, $359. Inquiries to .

I am a huge fan of Karin Jurick's work, and her imagery has ruled my subconscious lately. She often paints subjects with their back to the viewer, absorbed in their own pursuits, delicately lit, all handled in a painterly fashion. Today this preoccupation led me to tackle some of my "leashed" references.

The combined brindling of the dog and the striped dress were challenging. The dog was especially demanding, I kept getting her coloring correct, but lost her shape. At one point I actually sketched her skeleton overtop everything in order to pull her form back.

The accident that worked very well in this painting was "discovering" the water's edge in my toned background, and adding the ripples to the pond. Another set of stripes, building a triad, further anchoring the composition.

My vacation starts today at Happy Hour. These sub-zero temps will be history, at least for Rick and I. I'm tempted to pack snowpants alongside my swimsuit, just to relish the sunshine even more. I probably won't need that visual reminder, though, as I'll most likely be sporting a sunburn (despite the 50 SPF sunscreen).

Thanks, as always, for looking at, and sharing my paintings with friends and family.
See you in a week!!

PS Rest in Peace, Mr. Andrew Wyeth. You were a big reason I dreamed to be an artist.

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