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Friday, February 24, 2017

Where do I get these ideas???

I had committed to teach a class in a few weeks........

And I didn't have a clue what our painting would be.  The Collective Art Market, here in Lloydminster, is hosting a Sip and Paint Night and asked if I would facilitate it. I said "Yes", then Dawn asked me what we would paint.  
I had the hardest time coming up with a project.  I was brainstorming with my husband the other morning, and I said I wanted it to represent springtime.  We live in Canada, on the prairies, and winter is long.  I said Tulips, and my husband suggested clocks.  Click!!!  Put them together.  Yeah. Then he went to the store and bought me two bunches of tulips.  
Thank you, Dear. 
I painted one after the other. 
Blue Springtime 
Springtime III

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Pet of the week. Sunday, February 19th

Family Day. 
We are at our cabin at Murphy Lake, Saskatchewan.  
Yesterday, we walked out into the frozen lake. Our friends and my husband did a little ice fishing and I visited.  Then we had a Bon fire and roasted hot dogs for supper.  Mmm.  This morning we woke up to snow.  Now, we will have to pack up and head home because my husband,  Roy, does snow removal.  

This weeks pet is Cesar.  His puppy picture is so sweet. Unfortunately he had an autoimmune disorder, and passed away. He had a blue eye and s green eye.  Jennah, his owner told me that she read that the Native   Americans believed the different eye color in dogs meant they had "ghost eyes" that one eye could see heaven and the other Earth.  

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Pet of the Week Sunday, February 12

Taegan sent me a photo of their dog, Callie.  Her boyfriend rescued Callie from the SPCA 9 years ago.  She wanted a portrait of Callie to give her boyfriend for Valentine's Day.  

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Pet of the Week February 5, 2017

After painting 30 pets in 30 days, I was reluctant to quit, so I thought I would post a Pet of the Week.  

Today's pet was submitted by Jo Ann Comeau Mitio.  She referred to this dog as B-Dog.  I'm sure she'll give me more info. 
Acrylic on canvas 

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days Synopsis

I am thrilled that I was able to post every day, even with 8 days with 2 busy grandkids, a weekend in Edmonton, and few days at the cabin. 

I learned a few things over the last 30 days, as well. 
1. I can be much more organized and productive if I try. 
2. I need more than 5 hours of sleep. 
3. People love, love, love their dogs. 
4. After 28 dogs, I still have trouble rendering a dog's nose properly.  
5. I truly loved connecting with people, hearing so many stories of love and  rescue and how important pets are to a family.  

30 paintings 
28 dogs 
1 cat 
1 bird paintings 
2 shipped, 3 picked up for deliveries across Canada 
27 sold 
15 picked up/shipped 
3 not sold/spoken for. 
Multiple commissions (I need to count and track them) 

Thanks to all who shared their photos and stories, everyone who commented, liked, shared and followed my post each day on Instagram and Facebook. I'm looking forward to my commissions and sharing those with you.  

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days.

Day .....(drumroll).........30!!  
I'm not sure I want to give this up! I don't think I will, actually.  
I've been tossing around the idea of painting a pet of the week painting.  Maybe...  We will see. 

This is Jax, 
A Havanese, who will soon be 13. 
He enjoys traveling, and taking time to smell the flowers. 

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Day 29!! 30 paintings in 30 days

Day 29
A great day at the cabin.....went tobogganing, played cards, enjoyed some wine and painted a dog. 
This is Scout.  He was a beautiful, gentle soul.  I enjoyed his company years ago when I painted a baby room mural in his house.  

Saturday, January 28, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days.

Day 28
Wow, day 28.  I am so proud of my perseverance. 

We are at our cabin and my view is so lovely.  There's a fire in the wood stove, and the chickadees and squirrels are in the bird feeders. My husband had a little visit with a couple deer and all is right with the world. 
We are enjoying a nice quiet weekend after a week of looking after our grandchildren.  (I do miss their smiling little faces though. ).  
Today's painting is their dog, Milo.  He's a 14 year old Bichon Shih Tzu cross. He is our very first Granddog, and we love to pieces.
Not for sale. 

Friday, January 27, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days

Day 27
This little one is enjoying his/her agility run. I have received so many photos, on do baby platforms, that I can't find Wher this one came from.  I am sure someone will recognize it, though. 

10x10 acrylic 

A little wine and painting gat the cabin. 😀

Thursday, January 26, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days. Day 26

Day 26. I was painting last evening after a busy day running grandchildren to various activities.  And I kept falling asleep while I was painting.  Hehe

Here is the piece I finished this afternoon 
Acrylic on canvas 

And a look at my pallet and paints. 

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days. Day 25

January 25
We are staying with our grandchildren, and two dogs and two cats, while our son and daughter in law are in the Dominican. (Lucky ducks). We are pretty lucky, too.  We love those little munchkins.   However, yesterday, they were both sick! So they stayed home from school.....we talked to their parents and they made the call, thank goodness.  As a result,  my painting ended up an after-bedtime event. 
   This is Brie,one of our  our granddogs.  We've bonded more over this last week. As a pup she would always jump in our fish pond (of course......she's a lab) upsetting the fountain and the fish. Lol. 
  She's matured and has much better manners now.  We had a fun photo session Sunday morning and she was so attentive, I got some great pictures.  
Not for sale 

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days. Day 24

Day 24
This is Charlie.  Crystal was working in Churchill, Manitoba, when she discovered Charlie in less-than idea circumstances.  She had a long train ride to her new, wonderful life!  I feel so fortunate that I get to hear the most amazing stories.  

Acrylic on canvas 

Monday, January 23, 2017

30 paintings in 30 Days. Day 23

LJanuary 23 
I am so proud of myself.  I've been managing to do my painting each day, and keep up with the grandchildren and their schedule.  My husband is pretty amazing, though. He's the one who watches the time, and does lots of the cooking. Thanks, dear:)) 
Today's painting features a beautiful Basset hound, Miss Molly, 

Miss Molly

Sunday, January 22, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days Day 22

Day 22
I was pretty excited to paint this dog.  Ang keeps posting photos of Stella, The Beauty Queen, each photo more priceless than the next. 
And I love Stella's unimpressed expression.  Because she's a beauty queen, I pictured her with a red feather boa, kind of like the Red Hat Ladies I've seen. 
Stella, the Besuty Queen

Saturday, January 21, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days. Day 21

Day 21
I got it painted, posted on Instagram and Facebook, and just remembered I hadn't posted it on my blog yet. It is 9:42 PM local time.  The kiddos are in bed, the house kinda tidied, now I can work on finishing up tomorrow's painting.  I painted with Addi and Jack today.......they are 7 and 5....and they did great!! 
Addisen Lake. Artist. 
The fox
8x10. NFS. 
Jack Lake artist 
The Tiger

my painting is Domino, the Dalmation.  Notice the skull? 

Friday, January 20, 2017

30 paintings in 30 Days Day 20

Day 20

This my 20th painting this month....... And our second day with our grandchildren. This is the second morning we've been up and on the road to school and we're not even late.  Yay!! 

Today's painting is a gorgeous German Shepherd. Probably my most realistic background I've done so far. And I'm not sure what his name is I'll add it afterwards I'm just going to call him Majestic 

Acrylic on canvas 

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days day 19

Day 19. This pet portrait thing has turned into predominantly Dog Portraits.  When I posted yesterday, I wasn't happy with it. So I changed it. 

Today's pet portrait is Tucker.  Those gorgeous curls were so much fun to paint. 
Acrylic on cradled birch 

30 paintings in 30 Days

Day 18

We are staying with our grandchildren for the next 8 days, so we will see how many paintings I get posted. I tend to paint in the evening and for the 30 in 30, I've been going to bed about 2 or 3 AM. That won't be happening for the next 7 days. Those little people are busy and grandma better get some sleep to keep up!! 

This is Kodiak. 
You would think these would get easier, but this one was not. 

Kodiak. The second reworked version. 

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 17

This sweet little French Bulldog took his time coming out. I had a totally different background at first.........And I didn't care for it.  So I changed it!!  Now I am happy with it. 

Introducing Whalen
Acrylic on canvas 

Monday, January 16, 2017

30 paintings in 30 Days. day 16

Day 16 Wow!!  Over halfway.  I'm so happy I've made it this far.  
 Starting this coming weekend we will have our two grandchildren for a week. They are very active young people who (whom?  I'm never sure) we have to get to school, play  school, gymnastics, 
Tai Kwon Do, etc........All of it starting early in the morning (which I find Challenging ) and they have to be on time (Another of my challenges ).
   Wish me luck!  I do have to say that my husband is very  organized and on time and My daughter in law does it all the time.  

So here is today's pet portrait. This is Oreo, he is Oliver's brother who was featured a few days ago.  His toy is "Roadkill Racoon". Hehe. 

Sunday, January 15, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days. Day 15

Day 15. Half way!!  Yay!!  

Today's pet portrait is Roxi. A chihuahua/Yorkie cross. What a cute dog. 

Saturday, January 14, 2017

30 paintings in 30 Days. Day 14

Day 14. January 14th. 

Today's painting is of a handsome pup named "Ricky".  
   I used to work with Ron in my "other life" when I worked in banking.  He and his lovely wife Christine, are some of the nicest people you'll ever meet.  Christine sent me a couple photos of Ricky , their " Granddog " to use in my 30 in 30 challenge. I noticed in the background of the photo, the decor of the room was what I would consider, Shabby Chic.  A white slipcovered wing chair, a a carpet with pink roses on it. So I decided to use  a loose rose background for Ricky's portrait. I also created a time lapse video of a portion of the painting and posted it on my Instagram page and my Facebook page. The link to my Facebook is on the sidebar here. 
Acrylic on canvas 

Friday, January 13, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days day 13

Holy crap!  It's tough doing a painting for every day. I have had more 3 AM bedtimes than I ever did as a teenager.  In a row!  

Almost every painting that I've posted in this 30in30 challenge has sold....all but one!  That's so exciting! 

This puppy belonged to a young woman that since known since the day she was born.  "Bodi", a white Bull Terrier is missed very much by Rejean and Patrick.  I love the markings in Bodi's's a heart!!  
Acrylic on canvas 

Thursday, January 12, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days day 12

Day 12. Some photos are so easy to work from and this one was great!  I'm trying to get a couple extra done so because we are going away this weekend.  Yesterday I got 2 finished!  Yay!   This is Oliver, who belongs to my friend Dorothy and her family. 
Do You  Want to Play? 
Acrylic on canvas 

Tuesday, January 10, 2017

30 paintings in 30 Days Day 11

Phew. Painting a pet portrait every day. I have to admit, I've had some verrrrrry late nights. Average bedtime 3 AM!!  And now, I'm trying to get a couple extra done, because we are going to be away for a couple days. 

Today's painting is Winston, the French Bull Dog. 

39 in 30. Day 10

May I present, for day 10, the adorable Barkley!!  Scott sent me his photo, and I loved the way his tongue was hanging out.  


Monday, January 9, 2017

30 paintings in 30 Days. Day 9

January 9th, 2017 
Today's painting is of a sweet little dog named Rusty. I think he looks like a tiny Chewbacka. Hehe. 
I have always been a night person as I think many creatives are.  However, I need to start painting earlier in the day because I've had waaaaaay too many 3 AM nights lately.  

Acrylic on canvas