Wednesday, December 23, 2009
This is Stella. She's not a labradoodle or an overgrown terrier. She's an Italian Spinone, sister to Aggie, and an all around good pup.
Leslie and Matt decided they wanted this breed of dog when they heard that there were NO incidences of dog biting a child with this breed. With two kids, and boof them working very intense jobs, and having very active lives, they wanted a dog with a good track record that could be counted on. (Even as a lover of rescues, this is one argument I understand, especially if you aren't going to devote your entire life to the dog.)
Stella's the only Italian Spinone I've known (although I did see a guy at Greenlake with one), but she's gentle, patient, and good natured.
I used to think that Aggie, a Hungarian Visla, was smarter, but they just have different brains. Aggie learns commands quicker, but will forget them if not reminded. Stella learns slower but once she knows, she never forgets.
Friday, December 18, 2009
Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Friday, December 11, 2009
Now that Binky's finished, I can say that I've successfully painted all three of Kris's cats. Simon and Maxey are also Kris's cats, painted in 2007. I also used Binky as a model for What you looking at, painted in 2008.
You can also see how my style has matured somewhat -- at least some times. Every time i pick up a paintbrush it's still a new experience as I feel the creativity flowing from my fingertips.
I just finished one more acrylic and am 2/3 done with two more......... so expect to see some more in the next week or so. Plus, I have one watercolor that needs to be done by Christmas.
Thursday, December 10, 2009
A while back, Grisha from Ahimsa Dog Training, was trying to raise $$$ for a friend whose dog needed surgery. Having been there myself with Penny needing 2 TPLO surgeries, I donated a 6x6 dog painting. The dog that I was painting was so cute. I did an 8x8 painting.
Meet Taran, a 13-month old welsh springer spaniel cared for by Lindsey Hein, a dog trainer in Florida. He's mischievous and very goofy........ Can you tell?
Wednesday, December 09, 2009
So, my friend, Tina, has been incredibly supportive of my art from the beginning. One of my first sales, Gracie, is of her cat. The sale was not to Tina, though.
I also painted Eddie, her big black and white boy, on paper. I scanned it twice because I didn't like the background.
So, when I painted her cat Emma, in 4x4, a size that's not cost effective to do regularly, but which I do for the Feral Cat Project as a donation, she offered to buy it. Well, it sold again to someone else and I said I would paint it again.
Here it is. And, like the saying says, practice makes perfect. She still looks like Princess Crankypants, one of Tina's endearments for her, but the colors are a bit better. When you click the tag Emma, you can see both to compare.