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Jake (Yellow Lab)

"Jake (Yellow Lab)," 6" x 8", commissioned yellow lab portrait on canvasboard, private collection (THANK YOU!). Inquiries on commissioning your own Dog a Day portrait may always come to me.

Today's painting was sheer joy to work on - a combination of the treat of working with all new brushes (online shopping for art supplies has saved me a bundle AND keeps me in the studio, working!) and the stack of glorious references my client was able to share.

I'm telling you, turn the flash off on those point and shoot cameras. Otherwise you'll have nothing that truly shows the warmth and intelligence in your best pal's eyes, or the way his fur gently fades to violet under that slobby chin.

Tonight is my art guild's annual holiday party. We convene at a local gallery, bringing food and wine and donations for a special auction. The monies we raise are used to promote the arts in our community - via college scholarships, donations of art supplies to non-profits, and award sponsorships at juried exhibitions. My contributions tonight? The first hot off the press copy of That's 14 in Dog Years (they arrived today) and a gift certificate good for a portrait.

Who knows what treasure I'll come home with!

Thanks, as always, for looking at - and sharing - my artwork with your friends and family.
Kim

PS Have you started your holiday shopping yet? Oh boy, do I have lots of places to send you:

SHOP ORIGINALS & LIMITED EDITION GICLEES: at my Etsy shop
ORDER CUSTOMIZED NOTECARDS & REPRODUCTIONS: at Imagekind
COMMISSION A PET PORTRAIT: contact me (I've got a couple holiday spots left)
GIFT CERTIFICATES AVAILABLE: contact me
READING MATERIAL: Preview and order each of the Dog a Day books at the publisher's website: The First Year (2006-2007) and That's 14 in Dog Years (2008). If you would like your copy personalized, order them through me.

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