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South African Boerboel Pooh

"Gentle Giant I (Pooh with Downward Gaze)" and "Gentle Giant II (Pooh in Profile)," both 6" square, commissioned pet portraits of a South African Boerboel, acrylic on canvasboard. My client will choose one painting and the other can go home with the first taker. (Don't you love Pooh's beauty mark?!) Proceeds from the sale of both pieces will go to Best Friends Animal Sanctuary in Utah. Inquiries may come to me - including how you can commission your own pet's portrait and have the proceeds benefit animal welfare.

The Boerboel is a breed new to me, but I am already enamored. You can learn more about them here. They are wonderfully expressive dogs, and would make quite a picture bounding to greet you, wouldn't they?
Here's a few other bits of studio news:
  • I am now a contributing editor to Art Career Experts. This is a new site that has evolved to meet the needs of emerging and established artists who want to learn business practices that are well suited to the creative industry. Please, if you are an artist or creative soul, take a minute to check out their site. My articles will be included in the free newsletter and blog. Here's my first entry.
  • If you don't already have a copy of Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year, shoot me an email so that we can get one into your hands. I have a few remaining books from the third press run (sales have been wonderfully strong - thank you!) and I'll be happy to inscribe a book for someone special. These books also make beautiful donations - I've had several clients purchase copies for auctions and other fundraising events. If you mention your cause at the time of purchase, I'll add a breed-specific sketch inside or some sort of appropriate personalization at no extra charge. There's more information on ordering the book Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year here.
  • I was amazed at the response generated by last Thursday's dog, Suzy Q. Apparently a number of Dog-a-Day readers were compelled to make donations of their own to the Amsale Gessesse Memorial Foundation. Thank you very much for taking that step and supporting animals around the world - the size of your hearts always amazes me.
  • And Friday's unveiling of In Memoriam, the website I've established where the Dog-a-Day community may share their losses, was received with open arms. Several contributions were sent in over the weekend, which I hope to edit and publish in the next day or so. There's information on submitting your own memorials on the Painting a Dog a Day blog and also the In Memoriam site.

Thanks, as always, for looking at and sharing my paintings with your friends and family.

See you tomorrow!


PS: Happy Birthday Grandma Kelly!!


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