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.

You may use the links below right to receive my daily paintings via email or to follow my blog with a feed. I post additional info, including in-process jpgs and other related information, on the studio Facebook page as well.

Meanwhile, thanks
so much for your continued support of my artwork.

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Pick Me, Pick Me !! (Little Nicky)

"Pick Me, Pick Me !! (Little Nicky)," from "The Gratitude Project," (2) 6-1/2" x 3" panels which together create one 6-1/2" x 6" painting, done in Golden Open Acrylics on Raymar panels, depicting a tiny black shelter kitty. $299 will get you both paintings and a donation made to the San Francisco SPCA, where this wee little one hailed from. Inquiries may come to me.

"The Gratitude Project" evolved as I searched for a way to carry the serenity discovered at Best Friends during last summer's visit. Nothing makes me feel better than doing good - whether that be for a client or someone else - and the air in Kanab was saturated with peace from all the positive change created at the Sanctuary.

I connected with a few of my friends involved with rescue across the country and shared my idea of painting and profiling shelter animals, who, regardless of their circumstances, maintain the capacity to love and forgive. Everyone I spoke with was eager to point me in the right direction, facilitate introductions, and get me started.

So over the coming year Painting a Dog a Day will randomly include spirits from across the US, with proceeds from the sales of their paintings (and notecards and reproductions) donated back to the host groups.

I was able to paint Little Nicky courtesy of my Gratitude Partner Kira Stackhouse, a San Francisco based photographer I met this summer when visiting Mutt Lynch Winery. You can learn more about her brilliant photography and her own Project Dog on her website. Thanks, Kira, for generously sharing your talents with us.

And thank YOU for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -


Mona can barely contain her excitement over Friday's proposed activities.
Artist Q&A Day
This Friday, December 3rd (how'd it get to be December already, kids?) will be Artist Q&A Day on the blog.

All day long I'll respond to your questions using the comments feature on a blog posting that I will publish first thing Friday morning.

Wanna know what colors I've just added to my palette? ask me Friday.

Wanna know how I structure my days? ask me Friday.

Wanna know what music is the most fun to paint to? ask me Friday.

Wanna know what art books are my favs? ask me Friday.

Wanna know other deep dark artists' secrets? ask me Friday (see a pattern here?!).

Monday, November 29, 2010

The Best Laid Plans

For the past month I've been talking up ordering greeting cards featuring one of the Dog a Day paintings. I even went so far as to paint Mona Lisa in a tangle of lights, giving you all plenty of time to create your mailing lists and get them ordered.

And then the rug gets pulled out from under my feet.

It would appear that the company I was previously using to manage my notecard creation decided they didn't want to do that anymore. Except that they didn't bother to tell their customers this. (You should hear the hoopla going on over on their forums! ouch!)

However, all is not lost. I've now forged a partnership with a new company (FineArtAmerica), and am uploading images as quickly as possible.

And the flip side is that FineArtAmerica allows me greater control of my images - their products are of the highest quality, their reputation is solid, managing my files with their system takes less time than with my previous partner, and their cost is much lower! Which means better service for you and better service for me.

Total win-win.

So perhaps I should send a thank you letter to my prior print on demand supplier. What do you think?! Yeah, it might be a little bitter.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

PS Artist Q&A Day will be this Friday, December 3rd!

The Tote Board
"The Tote Board," from The Saratoga Series, 8" x 5", acrylic on board beautifully framed, currently part of the "Le Cheval" exhibit at Cazenovia College, Cazenovia, New York.

I received word last week that my painting "The Tote Board" will be included in Polo Players Edition's 25th Annual Sporting Art Issue. This is my third time participating in the Sporting Art Issue, and such a tremendous honor to be one of 25 artists from around the world profiled in this milestone publication.

Individual copies (or subscriptions) can be ordered via the magazine's website.

Meanwhile, the painting remains available and can be added to your personal collection for $439.

"The Tote Board," along with 5 other pieces from my Saratoga Series (and a mess of excellent art from other selected talents), will be on display at Cazenovia College through December 9th.

I'd love to ship it to you, and we could do so prior to the New Year. Contact me and we'll arrange the details.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Rio, Painted Sketch

"Rio," image approximately 5-1/2" x 5" and roughly centered on a 7" x 10" sheet of Multimedia Artboard, sketch done in Golden Open Acrylics, commissioned portrait of a shelter rescue, private collection (THANK YOU!!). Also, Rio's a Christmas gift, so if you know his family, please don't spoil the surprise.

Rio's portrait looks differently than my other works, I know. It's what I consider a sketch, even though it's done in paint.

I offer sketches on this fabulous paper that is almost like a board - and I can size the piece to match your wall or budget or dog (the paper comes in 22" x 30" sheets). Let me know if you are interested.

Last night I put the third Dog a Day book to bed!! "Come Sit Stay" is well over 100 full-color pages packed with reproductions of my favorite paintings from 2009, an essay about the year, several lesson paintings, and more. The books will be available at the end of next week - I'll send an announcement once I have something set up to preview online.

I'll be contacting those collectors who own a painting that's in the book, too, so you'll know right up front whether or not your piece is in there. I don't want anyone guessing or wondering!

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

And here's to a Thanksgiving table heaped with blessings, both yours and mine -

PS I toyed with the idea of moving Artist Q&A Day, which typically falls on the last Friday of the month, to tomorrow in order to accommodate those who are off for the American Thanksgiving weekend. However, after considerable thought (and realizing that many take the Wednesday prior to Thanksgiving off also), I'm going to instead shift it all to Friday, December 3rd.


Sometimes a day just isn't enough time. For whatever reason - unplanned interruptions or speed bumps along the painting path or a client wanting minor tweaks - I will find a cause to go back into a painting and rework it.

With these the pieces "Come," above, and "Play," below, I was overly ambitious, attempting to finish the two of them in one day. I struggled with some drawing issues (yes, I have off days just like the rest of the world!) and didn't have the paintings where I wanted them to be by the end of my day's painting session.

This afternoon I got to go back into them both and am much happier with the end results.

Sometimes all it takes is perseverance!

Monday, November 22, 2010

Kids' Creative Journalling

ABOVE: Ivie's Travel Journal includes collaged elements, decorative writing, and a black and white photograph she took. BELOW: Annie's journal page was collagedfrom a stencil she made and tissue papers.

Over the weekend, we tied up the fall session of children's Creative Journalling Workshops. We met on alternate weeks created pages using monotype, stamp carving, stencil making, decorative text, 3D page construction and collage. Students ranged in age from 5 to 13, and all of them have enthusiastically embraced journalling.

A big warm thanks to the parents of my students - encouraging your child to find their own expressive voice is a tremendous gift. I thoroughly enjoyed working alongside each of my "kids," and look forward to seeing many of them return.

Our next workshop begins in January - the classes are an hour and a half on alternating Sunday afternoons. Enrollment includes all materials' costs - the students need only bring a blank book and a little bit of imagination.

Over the next 2 months I'll be researching and trying out new materials and techniques, so that we will have a realm of new experiments and ideas to try on.

Classes will be held at Little Monsters (downtown Lake Orion) from 1-2:30 on January 16th and 30th, February 13th and 27th, and March 13th. You may enroll your child in all 5 for $60 or choose individual sessions at $15 each.

I'll be happy to put together a special certificate should you want to gift the workshops to a child.

If you are interested, please let me know! Classes have limited enrollment and I anticipate them filling up quickly!

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

PS grownUP Journalling will meet on Thursday, January 20th and 27th from 6-8pm at Little Monsters. Come and see what your kids are all excited about!

PPS And if you're really curious, join us on Thursday, January 13th for a book making class with Pat McGraw. Phone Little Monsters to get enrolled - 248-814-8697.

Are You Local?

Little Monsters and I teamed up, building a great basket of journalling supplies, including enrollment for one lucky kid in the Winter Creative Journalling workshop (at right).

We donated the basket (contents pictured below) to the Friends of the Orion Township Library for a silent auction benefitting 2011's Battle of the Books program.

If you don't know about Battle of the Books, pull up a chair and let me tell you!

The Battle is a quiz game based on a reading list carefully chosen by our librarians to challenge, inspire and engage readers. 5th grade students form small teams, recruit a parent/teacher/young adult as coach, and have a little over 4 months to read about 14 titles.

The teams convene on a Saturday in March for a showdown to see who knows the reading material best.

Participants then earn the right to attend the closing assembly, where a guest author/illustrator (usually someone that was part of the Battle Reading List) talks and all the kids receive recognition.

Battle of the Books is just one of the many wonderful ways our community encourages our children.

So if you can, please head on over to the library before November 29th and support this most excellent program by bidding on our basket (or one of the other 19!).

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Still Life With Black Horse

Here is one of my all-time favorite paintings, "Still Life With Black Horse," 10" x 24", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, $479. I have loved this one since the moment I shot the reference photo and began painting in my mind's eye.

"Still Life" has been exhibited and won numerous awards. It even earned me the moniker of "The Lady Who Paints Horse's Butts." (By the way, there is a PG and an R rated version of this nickname.)

But it is still looking for a home.

Might that be yours? (email me if so!)

The painting is a great shape and can be tucked into a smaller space very easily - but don't be fooled. It has a strong presence and will become a conversation starter.

"Is that a horse's butt?"

Just imagine your snappy comeback!

Since today I am a slave to the book manuscript, I figured that I would share one of my favs. You can see a larger version/view here. Enjoy!!

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

Can You Hear the Flies Buzzing?

When this painting hung in the studio, I swear there was always the drone of a horsefly.

"Swish," 22" x 28", acrylics on gallery stretched canvas, $919.

Another reason why I'm "The Lady Who Paints Horses Butts."

This painting has been around the block as well, racking up all sorts of awards. "Swish" was also published in the inauguralRicheson 75 International Landscape & Exteriorspublication.

But he's ready to settle down, now, and find a new home too.

Please let me know if you are know of a good place!

Inquiries may always come to me.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

A Yorkie Profile

"A Yorkie Profile," 8" x 10", Golden Open Acrylics on an Ampersand Gessobord, commissioned portrait of a much loved and very missed Yorkie. The painting is a Christmas gift, so please, if you think you know this little one's family, refrain from mentioning a thing. We can keep secrets, right?

I shot video footage of this painting in progress - once I get the piece edited and uploaded to YouTube, I'll add it to the Painting a Dog a Day blog. This should be highly entertaining given that I realized mid-stream I was gulping my lunch down, all on camera. Anyone care to join me for a turkey on wheat?

Since I'm getting a lot more time at the easel these days (the kids are all over the computer every minute they are home), I can squeeze in a few more holiday portraits. Send me an email and we can start talking about how to get you at the top of someone's list of favorite peeps.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

Tuesday, November 16, 2010


I'm delighted to share that the above painting "Blackie," 18" x 14", acrylics on gallery wrapped canvas, one of my favorite pieces from the "Larger than Life" series (2002-2007), has found a wonderful forever home.

Very warm thanks to my collector and Blackie's new Mom, who sent me her Christmas Wish List yesterday. I was more than happy to partner with "Santa" and get Blackie into her home just in time to enjoy the holidays!

This afternoon I'm adding a few more paintings to my Etsy store - perhaps there's one (or two) that you could put on your list?

Just let me know! or Santa, too.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

Timing is Everything

Or so I've heard.

Which means going forward you can expect to see the Painting a Dog a Day Newsletter hit your mailbox mid-day as opposed to in the wee hours.

As in the past, newsletter subscribers (if the Dog a Day paintings come into your mailbox, you are a newsletter subscriber) will receive the paintings several hours prior to anything getting updated to the blog (which is here, right here, where you are currently reading). This gives subscribers preferential purchasing opportunities and bragging rights ("I saw it first!").
If you want to be a subscriber (it's free, by the way!), just train your email to fetch (again here, right here, in the sidebar to the left, up near the top of the page).
And by the way, I will never sell or share your contact information with anyone.
Inquiries may always come to me.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Tiny Kitten, Big Dreams

PLEASE NOTE: This painting was juried into the 2011 Richeson 75 Small Works Exhibition and is now available for purchase, with a beautiful custom frame, through them. If you are interested, please send an email to Thanks so much! Kim

"Tiny Kitten, Big Dreams (Mona Lisa)," 5" x 7", Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, depicting my new little tabby muse basking in the kitchen sunlight shortly after she joined our household.

I wonder what she's really dreaming of? Mona enjoyed sunbathing immensely those first few weeks - I wonder if she had actually felt the sun's warmth prior to that?

You can add Mona Lisa to your art collection for $289 - with 20% of the purchase price getting donated to the Oakland Pet Adoption Center, the place where Mona was a short term resident before she picked my son.


Inquiries may come to me.

Meanwhile, if this little painting doesn't sell within a week, I'll be entering her in the Jack Richeson Small Works juried international exhibition, where all the artwork must be available for purchase.

So if you want a wee little Mona, act now, before she is headed off to Wisconsin. After which you may purchase her through the gallery, or bide your time and grab her should she return to me.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

Reproductions and Note Cards

I've just uploaded "Sniff" to my Imagekind shop, along with some other paintings.

Imagekind is where you can order reproductions of my artwork, including blank notecards.

Use the promo code "THXGIVING" through midnight November 18th and receive an additional 22% off your order.

This piece has inspired me to build some new collages of dog noses by breed. If you are interested in nominating your dog (which means you'll send me non-flash photos of his/her nose), let me know!

And meanwhile, the original collage "Sniff" is now available for purchase. It is 18" x 20", done on an Ampersand Gessobord, sealed with a protective varnish, and could be yours for $1000. More detailed views can be seen on the studio's Facebook page right here and inquiries may always come to me.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Introducing the Vs (Power Paws)

"Introducing the V's (Power Paws)," 11" x 14", Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, depicting a litter of 10 soon-to-be-assistance-dog puppies. This original painting glows in person - it seems a crime to view it only on the computer - but in an attempt to share the level of detail, I've included a close up below.

You can proudly hang "The V's" on your wall and make a donation to the assistance dog organization Power Paws at the same time. This painting is available for $699 (don't forget that preferred collectors get 10% off their purchases, too).

Last week you might recall that I painted another Power Paws puppy Rusty. Rusty's family sent me photos of their newest litter of 4 legged heros, and I got to thinking.

How cool would it be to chronicle the life of a service dog through the Dog a Day paintings?

It didn't take long for the details to get ironed out (thank you to all involved!!), and here is the first of my newest series of paintings.

Here's how it'll work: Periodically I'll profile pups from the "V" litter and share bits of their lifestories. My goal is to do at least one a month, but you might see them more frequently than this.

Another important detail: 20% of the proceeds from the artwork sales will go back to Power Paws, so that they may continue touching lives.

So let's give a warm welcome to these 10 pups - I don't know what exactly is in store for them, but I do know they are going to go on to do some most excellent things.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

Holiday Note Cards
"Holiday Lights (Mona Lisa, 2010)," 5" x 7", Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, depicting a four month old Mona nestled amidst a tangle of Christmas lights.

You can snag the original for $289 by being the first to email.

Order notecards of "Holiday Lights" by visiting my Imagekind shop.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Holiday Lights (Mona Lisa)

"Holiday Lights (Mona Lisa, 2010)," 5" x 7", Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, depicting a four month old Mona nestled amidst a tangle of Christmas lights.

You can snag the original for $289 by bring the first to email.


You can order the painting on blank notecards through my Imagekind shop. Personally, I think this design will make for a wonderful seasonal card or thank you note.

Feel free to browse my Imagekind notecards and reproductions - you might also find something for a couple people on your list! (Don't see what you want? that's ok - shoot me an email and I'll get it taken care of!)

Want a similar painting starring your own pet? That's easy to do - inquiries may come to me.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

Fa La La La La

I'd like to think that's what was going through Mona's head during our photo shoot, but really all she wanted was a nap.

Our first session last week was a little more energy packed. Lots of blurry photos of her skidding into the pile of lights.

Lesson learned - the kitten is far more cooperative for the camera when sleepy.

For additional information on my artwork or workshops please email me.

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Daddy's Little Girl

"Daddy's Little Girl, 8" x 10", Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, depicting a Vizsla pup working on growing into her legs, available for $469 to the first one asking nicely. Inquiries may come to me.

Busy day at the easel - and now I'm off to edit my book. There's always something new to work on around these parts!

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

More & More Journalling

In January 2011 we'll start the winter session of Children's Creative Journalling. Classes meet every 2 weeks, on Sundays, from 1-2:30, at Little Monsters Toy Shop in Lake Orion.

We'll be doing fun projects like collage, stamping, printing, 3D page extensions and color mixing.

Wanna learn some journal techniques yourself? GrownUp Journalling will meet two Thursday evening's, January 20th & 27th.

Wait - it gets better - Pat McGraw, renowned artist, bookmaker and all around wonderful person, will be teaching a book making class on Thursday, January 13th - I'll be there, learning how to make my own journals. You are welcome to come, too, and get your creativity primed for the journalling classes.

For additional information on any of the above please email me.

Monday, November 08, 2010

Come & Play

Still in process - "Come" and "Play," each 8" square, Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, portraits of Oreo, a delightful little put bull who recently was adopted.

Oreo came into the Berkeley (California) East Bay Humane Society as a 4 month old pup with mutilated ears and an injured leg. He spent some time healing, then learning manners, before finding his forever home. Which didn't take long - after all, he is a charmer, with looks and style. How can anyone resist?

I'm still working on Oreo's two paintings and should have them done in another day or two, but if you are interested in one, please let me know, so that I may set it aside for you.

Proceeds from the sale of Oreo's portraits will go to the Berkeley East Bay Humane Society as appreciation for the care they gave this special dog.

Do you know a companion animal like Oreo? Please drop me a line and we can talk about including him/her in the Dog a Day Gratitude Project.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

PS An uber huge thanks to San Francisco photographer Kira Stackhouse of Nuena Photography for partnering with Painting a Dog a Day and sharing biographies and stories of shelter animals in her area.

Wipe Out!!

It's a little known fact that behind every successful painting an artist creates are a number of mess-ups. I am no exception.

I toss at least one painting out of ten. Or I paint over it (like in the case of "Come") and try a second time.

Don't you remember the old adage "try, try again" ? I think it was originally used by cavemen when they were unhappy with the depth of field in their cave drawings. Although then it sounded a little bit differently and was accompanied with hand gestures and grunting.

We've retained the whole gesturing concept, even today.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

In the Backseat (Tucker)

"In the Backseat (Tucker)," 5" x 7", Golden Open Acrylics on Ampersand Gessobord, commissioned portrait of a wonderful wirey haired sweetheart.

Tucker is a new addition to the family, at least new in the sense that last year when I painted their animals' portraits for my clients, he wasn't there. Not quite yet.

Want a portrait like Tucker's for your own family to enjoy? Drop me a line and we can talk about the best way to memorialize your pet.

Thanks for looking at, and sharing, my artwork with your friends and family -

The Kitten Snuggie

Mona Lisa has a knack for finding the warmest spot and settling in. Whether it's a hamper of clothes fresh from the dryer or curled up in front of the dishwasher during the dry cycle, she's never far from a heat source.

She's such a great reminder to slow down and linger with the things that really matter.

I'm doing more of that lately, and oftentimes it also involves a sleeping kitten in my lap.

Go figure.

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