Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Borzoi Portrait

This is a painting I did of one of the borzoi's owned by a friend of mine. They're beautiful dogs, I think. I have another photo she sent me that I'll be doing before too long of one of her other pups, who's standing in a pond - a very elegant pose. I think it'll be on a large canvas, though.

Today I'm working on another cat: My cat, actually, whose name is Eliza Doolittle. She's a beautiful and very, very sweet slightly plump calico kitty, who's about five years old now. We adopted her when she was one, and she was so overweight at the time that when she lay on her side, her legs stuck out in the air. She's still "big-boned" but a much more reasonable weight now. She and our three little dogs all get along very well, except our pomeranian/pekingese mix torments her mercilessly, and she just complains and jumps out of his reach. What a sweetheart she is.

Well, I got way off the topic of the borzoi painting, but it was at the same time a reasonable segue in tomorrow's (or the next day's) painting, anyway.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

"Furball," the Cat

I am sooooo proud of this painting! I was afraid to do cats because I thought they would be really difficult after all the dog paintings I've done - but believe it or not, it was actually easier! Probably because cats (well, this one anyway) have so much hair! Anyway, this cat is a donation for a fundraiser for the Feral Cat Coalition here in Portland - hope it raises lots of money for them. It was a cat I saw sitting on a porch in my neighborhood. I think s/he was enjoying the rare pretty day we were having that day. I'll have prints of it on pendants and earrings; and if you live around Portland, OR, and want to go bid on it, check with them and find out exactly when their auction is going to be - and let me know if you win it, too!

Friday, March 27, 2009

Bearded Collie Pup named Romeo

Isn't this one precious? His name is Romeo, and he's a bearded collie. He's sold, but you can get his image on my pendants or earrings (or clocks and prints, although I'll be phasing both of those out over time - just don't have time or space to make so many different items.)
Okay, a personal request: I have no idea how many people are reading my blog -- occasionally, I get a comment from someone, but it's a rare occurrence. Also, I'm a little internet-challenged sometimes, and I can't figure out how to include - easily - a "hit counter" on my blog. If you read it, look at the pics, etc., would you mind dropping me a note sometime to let me know that there are some of you out there reading my writings? I feel sometimes as if I'm speaking into a completely dark auditorium, and I don't know if there's anyone out there listening or if I'm just talking to an empty room. I love sharing what I know, what I'm doing, etc., but I don't want just to be talking for the sake of talking if no one is listening. Okay, nuf said.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Baby Goat

Okay, yes, it isn't a dog. But I do paint other things from time to time - and hope to do so more in the future. In fact, at this moment, I'm working on a painting of a cat that is going to be auctioned off to raise money for the Feral Cat Coalition here in Portland, to help these poor creatures out as much as can possibly be done.

This goat was another photo submitted to me, so I painted it! I think he's a pretty little guy, and the original of him is still for sale at my website if you're interested. He's another 8x10 on mdf wood, and I'll add the black 1.5" sides at no extra cost.

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

"Marbles," a Mixed Breed Beauty

Oh, my, where has the time gone??? I can't believe I've been so terribly remiss at posting my latest paintings on my blog. Well, I'll try to make up for lost time. Please excuse me if I mistakenly repeat a few posts as I'm trying to catch up. I'll try not to, though.

This painting was of a dog someone submitted to me and which I couldn't resist painting, even if I probably would never sell a single print - or original - of it. The person who submitted the photo chose to buy just a pendant, which was fine.

Anyway, it was a pleasure painting her, and her original is still available at my website.