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 06, 2012

Snow Much Fun

"Snow Much Fun", 14" x 32", acrylic on panel, starring Nita-the-Fierce-Snowball-Hunter, hopefully headed to this year's Art Show at the Dog Show. Inquiries may come to me.


Here is another painting I've prepared specifically for this year's Art Show at the Dog Show. This one I did during the holiday break - it's a big portrait, and took me several days to complete.

You may recall the far left pose as one I painted before - at the time I was unhappy with certain elements and wanted to give it another shot (the background is certainly lovely, but poor Nita has no neck and shoulders as painted, and it's painful to look at!).

Originally I sketched Snow Much Fun with a different airborn pose on the far left. It didn't take me long to figure out that I needed the more inviting "come on and play" Nita to make the piece even more irresistable.

Any who, the tunes were cranked (I'm digging on the new Florence + the Machine release) and the paint was flying (just like the snow) while I worked on this piece.

My favorite bits are the super loose brushwork - many of the marks look like doodles. And the joy apparent in Nita's face led to some joyful color selections as well (I am in love with that turquiose blue-green that I sketched her with!).

There's PLENTY of views of this painting in process on the studio Facebook page - just visit the "Mobile Uploads" folder and step back a few days, since I worked on it at the tail end of last week and over the weekend.

I need to also thank Nita's mom for sending the most extraordinarily yummy photos ever. It's no surprise that stellar paintings start with stellar references. Perhaps I should dedicate a sidebar one day next week to taking good reference photos.....

Now what to paint next? I have one, maybe two, more Art Show at the Dog Show slots to fill..... You have the weekend to shower me with suggestions!!


Just a couple of joyous details from the attached painting, "Snow Much Fun."


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