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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 

Sunday, January 8, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Day 8

Well, today is kind of a pet portrait, it's a commission that will be going to Ontario. These two birds have a special meaning to the recipient.  
I taught a very fun Birch Tree Class to eight fun ladies yesterday and painted this one last night. 
Cardinal and Bluejay 

Saturday, January 7, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days Day 7

January 7

Today's painting is my first feline in the 30 in 30.  

This is Timmie, the fluffy, timid cat. His girl, Kylie rescued  him 7 years ago.  I was told that he was so tiny, he used to crawl under the stove and sleep in the drawer.  

10 x 10 

Friday, January 6, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 6

BJanuary 6, 2017

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.  

Check out Brittany on Instagram 
#theotherbrittanymurphy and Buster even  has his own Instagram account! #busterthebst

Buster the Stafordshire Bull Terrier 
Acrylic on canvas 

Thursday, January 5, 2017

30 paintings in 30 Days. Day 5

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!  
Acrylic on canvas 

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

30 paintings in 30 days. Day 4

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.  

"The Birthday Girl"
Acrylic on Canvas 

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days January 3. Day 3

  When I decided to paint pet portraits I asked for submissions on Facebook and Instagram. The result was amazing, and they  continue to come in. 
   This little Yorkie is Sugar. How sweet is that?!  Lol. Sugar belongs to Kirbi and she got a new human sister this year.  She also has some fur siblings who may be featured later this month. 
Thank you Kirbi.  

16 x 16 inches 
Fur sale 

Monday, January 2, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 Days. Day 2 January 2, 2017

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 

Billi is on Instagram and Facebook as well. 
Acrylic on canvas 

Sunday, January 1, 2017

30 Paintings in 30 days. January 1, 2017

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.