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.

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

I Love Brownies

Just one of our tables, strewn with paper samples and a variety of tape, with the girls hard at work.
Here I am showing The Jordan's how to bind pages into their books. Photo courtesy of the amazing Lisa Drumm.
Anna, showing off her favorite sequence of pages.


I had the best afternoon - I spent it with Stadium Drive Elementary's Brownie Troop - and let me tell you, these ladies are most definately our next generation of movers and shakers.

We started with an introduction to the idea of art journalling, shared some of my journals with the girls, and talked a little nurturing one's creative voice. 

Then I showed them how to make a tape-bound journal using recycled materials.

We got busy sorting through a variety of papers, measuring and cutting our pages, and building our books.

I wanted to stay all nite and give them some pointers on what to put inside their new books, but had to satisfy myself by leaving a handout of ideas and a special Prompt Jar for the troop's use.

Special thanks to Miss Lisa and Miss Patty for inviting me. And thanks to the young ladies for inspiring me to stay up late tonite, working on my own journals!

I love sharing my love of art with the next generation,

The 2011 Dog a Day Valentine Giveaway painting "You Will Be Mine," a 6" x 8" panel in a private collection.

I Want YOU to Be Mine......

The Dog a Day Valentine Giveaway is on!!

Send 2-3 clear, non-flash copyright free photos of your pet to me, using the subject line of "Valentine." Be creative in your photos - I will be looking for artistic merit, not just cuteness!!

JPG files (the photos you submit) should be at least 5" wide on the longest side and at 100dpi.

Entries must be received by midnight EST on Friday, February 10th, 2012.

One entry (2-3 photos of same pet = one entry) per household, please.
I will do my best to acknowledge receipt of all entries - last year there were over 90 pets submitted, so I anticipate a crowd! (View last year's finalists.)

Only photos submitted using the above guidelines will be considered.

On Monday, February 13th, I will share the finalists' photos on the studio Facebook page, and on Tuesday (Valentine's Day) I will reveal this year's Dog a Day Valentine.

The winning image will be chosen exclusively based on design elements apparent/inspired by the photographs. 

The Dog a Day Valentine painting will be sized according to the composition, but at the very smallest will be a 5"x7" museum quality panel - this is a guaranteed prize of at least $289.

Winner will be responsible for shipping costs.

Please also keep in mind that by submitting your photos you are (1) guaranteeing that you own the copyright to the photos in question (meaning you took them yourself) and (2) granting me permission to use your photos/pet's likeness in a future painting. You have no obligation to purchase future paintings your photos or pet inspire, but you will have first right of refusal.

Now go, off with you, and take some amazing photos!!


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