Friday, October 19, 2007


8"x8" oil on gessoed harddboard

Ok, so I'm back on a dog painting kick. I went thru a period last year where I painted one every day as a warm up excersize in the mornings...but got busy with other work and other subject matter as time went on. But this week,since doing the first one in months ... I remembered just how much fun it is to paint them.
So, I chose a subject I know well... our lovable pooch, Riley, an 11 month old Papillon who we just adore. I painted him on a very smoothe hardboard surface.. wonderful for painting portraits, and details because of the slick finish. I try with these dog paintings, to do them in one sitting, painting in thoughtful strokes to keep the paint fresh and un-muddied. I enjoy the challenge of having to work quickly(I usually don't have all day to paint.. just a couple hours at a time) and I like giving myself a time limit so I am forced to keep it loose and not get way too detailed. Expressing the personality of the dog is always my #1 goal, and i think I captured Riley's lovable, attentive personality here. Hope you enjoy.
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Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Dog-a-Week Paintings: Bishon Frise

6"x6" Oil on gessoed hardboard

We lost our little poodle last December afte a short illness, and although we weren't ready to bring another dog into our home, I spent a lot of time researching different breeds and painting them. I called the series, "A Dog -a Day Paintings". After months of keeping up with that, I became so busy with commissions that I had to put the daily little paintings on the back burner... but I found one in my studio recently, and remembered how much I enjoyed painting them. So, I decided to try to find the time to squeeze in at least one dog per week. So, here is this weeks selection, a great family dog... the Bichon. Btw, after much searching , we ended up adopting a wonderful little Papillon we call Riley, who we adore!!
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