I received an order for five prints on canvas to decorate the waiting room of a veterinary clinic in New York. He said he'd been looking for dog art for three years, and when he found me he knew he found the art he'd been seeking. He chose the images he wanted and sent a photo of the waiting room with the three benches. I sketched the benches against the yellow wall and experimented with varying sizes of prints on the wall using the paintings he was interested in, and suggested that maybe he would consider three large canvas dog prints rather than five smaller.He settled upon the last image, three large canvas prints of dogs, and one cat.
Ivy and Sucia, a digital painting created on the iPad, soon to be an actual painting. Ivy, the black adolescent, is a Rhodesian Ridgeback/Yellow Lab mix from South Africa. Sucia is a Catahouia Hound rescue dog from New Orleans. Quite the duo. No one comes into this house without their permission. This painting was ordered as a wedding present but without enough time to create the actual painting before the big day. Since I can create a painting on the iPad in a couple of days, a print of the beloved pair was presented as the wedding gift with the painting to come later. Now time to get out to the studio and turn this into something made with brushes and canvas and paint that comes in jars.
Five dogs, all rescues, share a peaceful home in Snohomish, WA.From left to right, Allie- who is certain she is alpha to the world, Pearl- the equanimous Buddha, and watcher of all creatures in trees, Lou-the real pack leader; tolerant of all and friend to all, Ruthie- the gentle one, but can be sneaky and crafty, and Gussy- the Diva, who knows she is the prettiest. This may have been the most fun I've ever had painting!
Lisa e Brama are Brazilian. This is the message I received from their person, Sophia, who also speaks English!"The painting is thoroughly perfect, really wonderful!!! You captured their expressions very well! The colors of their hair, their eyes, their ears, so cute!! They look like the reality! I looooove the painting :)
Thank you again! Warm hugs,
Back in Seattle now, working on long-needed cleaning out of closets and drawers. It's spring. Found this old photo which has been missing for years, in the back of a closet. The photo is of my beloved Shake Sugaree, taken by girlfriend at the time, about 20 years ago. Shakey was the dog love of my life- a Bassett mix, ball obsessed, swimmer and leaper, talker, garbage hound, sweetheart of a dog and smarter than me. I still miss her. I could hear her breathing in my room on her bed for months after she passed.The photo is of Shakey in her later years, and the numbers are from one time after I walked her (off leash of course in those days, and she would run all through the woods), in the arboretum. She came back to my truck and hurled the numbers on the floor. It was so odd that she ate some plastic numbers, from god knows where. My girlfriend took the numbers from the garbage and made the photo- "Some Lucky Dog" referring to the Washington State Lottery promos saying "some lucky dog is going to win the lottery!". We used to try her numbers on lotto tickets, but never won. The way I won is that I got to share life with my beloved Shake Sugaree, all the way to the end.
Three Sedras Sedra 1
Sedra, whose story is here, was not available as a subject when I was painting her portrait so I had to rely upon photographs, which is always more difficult and requires more participation from her person to help me portray the essence of Sedra. The first attempt to capture Sedra was from a photo taken just days before her death, and I think the somber mood and unwellness of Sedra shows. The next attempt was to portray Sedra in the woods which held her favorite walking paths, and squirrels! For this I used a combination of a photo of Sedra's face with the body stance of the earlier portrait. Paulette, Sedra's person, was very happy with this version, but I wanted a more direct Sedra and a background of livelier colors, so I painted a third version of Sedra in Volunteer Park near her home. She isn't a ball dog, but the ball was necessary for the sake of the composition, so Sedra merrily complied and pretended to be one.