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.
Today's portrait is of a handsome Stafordshire Bull Terrier named Buster. I think is names suits him very well, don't you? Busters mom is a wonderful filmmaker and photographer. Thank you for sharing Buster with me, Brittany.
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#theotherbrittanymurphy and Buster even has his own Instagram account! #busterthebst
My theme for this 30 in 30 is pet portraits. I got so many photos and I continue to receive submissions everyday and I could carry on til June if I wanted to. Thank you to everyone who took the time to send them in. The best photos to work from are clear and show the animals personality. I have been so fortunate to get so many great ones.
Today's painting is Bear, the white lab. In this painting Bear is still a puppy. His photo was submitted by Jill Kelly, thank you Jill!
The photo inspiration for today's painting was sent to me by Tary. She told me that this was Harley, possibly the worlds best granddog. I was tickled pink by the photo, and I was inspired to create the background to look like the icing on a cupcake.
When I signed up for this challenge, I thought about what I would paint. I was commissioned to do several pet portraits last fall, and I had so much fun with them. I got really creative with color and they turned out great. So I posted Facebook and Instagram asking people to send me their pet photos, and did they ever! I got so many I could do several 30 in 30 Chalenges.
Today's offering is a portrait of Bubbles, a Bernese Mountain dog who belongs to the Miller Family. Billi Miller, Bubbles' mom, is an author and photographer. Her book of stories and recipes profiles the lives and contributions of Farmwives of the Prairies. Check out her website for more information
For my second attempt at doing 30 paintings in 30 days, I decided that the subject matter would be animal portraits. When I did the challenge in September, I didn't have a theme.
I published posts in Facebook and Instagram and had such great feedback from people. I received some amazing dog photos ......and a goat, a pig, a few cats, a horse or two, some cows and a parrot named Roger!
My first painting is 16 x 16 inches on gallery wrapped canvas. The photo was submitted by Sandra Tschauner and the dog's name is Ulani. Thank you, Sandra!
I look forward to your comments. Please share and please send me any pet/animal portraits you would like to share.