Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Putting the varnish on today and trying to decide whether to have it framed or not.  It is painted on a 1" deep box canvas and I painted the sides raw umber so it doesn't "need" a frame, but might look nice with one.
Still haven't figured out a name for it yet.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Another painting on the easel

I started another painting in early June (forgot to take photos of the earliest steps).  I have done plenty of dogs, so that part of the painting wasn't a real concern.  But I have never painted water or a duck!!
I still have alot of work to do on the water portion and when I am satisfied with it I will go back and probably rework some minor details on the dog and the duck, but up to this point I am satisfied with the progress...still don't care much for the water, but I can see that there is light at the end of the tunnel.

Haven't yet thought of a name for this one.

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Faces of Rescue

In my last blog I wrote that my New Year's Resolution was to keep my blog updated more regularly!!  Should have NEVER written that, I think the rebel inside me made sure to flex it's muscle everytime I thought about blogging. 
I have been truly busy, though!  I finished two commissioned paintings of Dalmations, and three paintings of shelter dogs.  One of the shelter dog paintings was purchased by the people that adopted that particular dog, one of the paintings was given away in a raffle and we are still trying to decide what to do with the third.  A poster was printed using the painted images and all of the proceeds from the sale of the poster goes to Chouteau Pound Pals, a no kill, non-profit shelter that I visit every other week to photograph the dogs.  We still have plenty left so if you are interested contact me and I can arrange for you to get one, they are $20.00 plus s/h if you don't live in the area. At 18"x24" they are a nice size and there are plenty of ready-made frames available for them.
I spent the last weekend of April photographing a Hunting Retriever Trial in Afton, OK, then the month of May I helped Jeanie Eaton of One Tulsa Photography photograph the Oklahoma Dressage Society's Spring Show and also the Feather Creek Horse Trials in Norman, OK.
Two of my paintings sold Mother's Day weekend and I have since started another, of which I will update the particulars in the next couple of days.
Also watch for another new blog, "Doin it for the Dogs"!  Would like to highlight the plight of the shelter dog, spotlight dogs needing homes, throw out ideas for helping local shelters, etc.  Feel free to chime in on anything that would be helpful!
I will end this blog with some images of dogs, horses and artwork!
                                                    8"x8" Acrylic(private collection)
                                                       10"x10" Acrylic(private collection)
                                                  Photo from Hunting Retriever Trials
                                           8"x8" Acrylic (painting sold, dog still available)!
                                                 8"x8" Acrylic (private collection)
                               8"x8" Acrylic (Available-100% of proceeds to Chouteau Pound Pals)
                                                 Photo from Feather Creek Horse Trials
                         18"x24" poster $20.00 +s/h (100% of proceeds to Chouteau Pound Pals)

Friday, December 30, 2011

New Website

A belated Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all!  I have had a busy fall/early winter so far.
I photographed a Hunting Retriever Trial, which was also my first time ever watching one, let alone photographing one!  Alot of fun and quite interesting to see the differences in each dog's personality.  All were eager to retrieve, some so much so that they couldn't concentrate on their handler and left the "box" (I don't know if that is the correct term) too soon.  Though they all eagerly went into the water to retrieve, some did with such Gusto they had water splashing everywhere!  While others went in slowly in, what looked like to me, such a fashion as not to get water on their faces!  And many of those that started off slowly, by the 2nd or 3rd retrieve must have just decided it wasn't all that bad and leapt into the water no longer worrying about whether or not their faces got wet.  The photos really let you see what you miss when watching in real time....some of them get off a couple of good leaps on the water's surface before they are full in and swimming toward their duck, which gives the appearance that they are walking on water.
I finished up "Shades of Gray" and delivered the painting to it's new owner the Friday before Christmas.  I have a couple of commissioned dog paintings to start this month then I may choose to paint one of the retrievers that I photographed.
I have completely redone my website, which I had been wanting to do for months, but wasn't finding a provider that fit what I wanted to be able to do.  My friend, Jeanie hooked me up with a provider that allows unlimited images and numerous options for personalization.  I am very happy with it.  It is quick and easy to download photos and separate them into different galleries, I will probably continue to tinker with it as I add more images.  It has all of the photos from the retriever trial on it as well as my artwork and I am gradually adding equine photos to it also.
Jeanie has a photography business and next week I am helping her photograph the National Sorting Cow Horse Association World Championships that are being held in Tulsa. 
Check out my new website and let me know what you think
My resolution for 2012 is to update the blog on a more regular basis!

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Close to the finish!

It seems like this one has been on the easel for a very long time! I haven't been doing a good job of taking pictures of the progress and updating the blog, sometimes I feel that there is a point in the paintings that I don't want anyone to see! So here it is, very much near the finish line! I will keep it on the easel for a little longer, stare at it until I think it's going to come alive, and tweak things a little here and there!

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Continuing on!

As I work my way around this painting (back to front, clockwise)! It kind of feels like a spiral. I have blocked in a base color on the rider's arms, will concentrate on that and her shirt over the next few days, with the occasional dab at the reins. As I move forward the horse's head, bridle, mane, forelock and tail will be last.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Shades of gray

As I work my way across the chest I realized I have only 4 colors of paint on my pallette! White, black, payne's gray and raw umber! That will change when I get to the rider's bare arms and the horse's pink nose...but the majority of this painting will be shades of gray!