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.
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.
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.
1 bird paintings
2 shipped, 3 picked up for deliveries across Canada
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.
Wow, day 28. I am so proud of my stick-to-itiveness........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.
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.
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.
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,
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.
Jack Lake artist
my painting is Domino, the Dalmation. Notice the skull?
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.
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.
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 nose........it's a heart!!
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.
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.