Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Dog's head

Now that I have the grasses painted, it is time to move to my favorite part, the animal.

The dog's head takes the most time. First, I have to decide which colors to use. My reference was taken early afternoon so most of the 1100+ photos are a bit washed out. However, I have some which have good brown colors. Still, much of the colors I will be mixing are from memory. The way the dog's coat glistened in the light and the texture of his fur need to read as this German shorthair.

Secondly, the head takes the most time because it is here in which you can feel his personality - and this is simply a great dog!

Friday, October 17, 2014

New dog painting

Just started this painting. I debated whether to use the Venetian Red gesso as I did for my last pieces. Since I wanted an older look, I thought the red gesso would be a good fit.

When I am asked to do a dog commission, I like to meet the dog. Watching him move and interact gives me a sense of his personality. I am not painting any dog or breed, but a particular individual.
In this case, I drove 5 1/2 hours to spend an afternoon with him.

Friday, October 10, 2014


Inspiration can come from anywhere. The idea for this painting originated from a Civil War reenactment I watched in June. After a lot of redesigning (and help from published weapons expert Michael Cecil and his wife world-renown artist Krystii Melaine) I hope I have conveyed the feeling of Outlaws in the late 1860's - 1870's.


16" X 31"
Original Oil

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Often at the start of a painting, I ask myself why I want to paint this particular piece. For this painting, it was the third horse. The focus.

Everything about the horse screams...paint me!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Stepping from wildlife to wild life

Now that I am playing around with this Venetian Red gesso, I thought I would use it on a medium-sized piece.

This piece was finished before my trip (see previous post) but I did take photos of it in progress. It is a bit of a departure for me, a piece of wild life in place of wildlife.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Back From the North Country

Mom and her 1.5 year old cub, Hudson Bay in the background

I just returned from northern Manitoba. It was my 6th trip to this region of the world. There is nothing quite like being in the tundra in the fall with its brilliant colors. Being in polar bear country is the icing on the cake. I was in a remote camp north of Churchill (www.webberslodges.com) and not only saw this mom and cub, but other bears as well. Snow, Ross, and Canada geese were migrating south and I was treated to numerous sightings of peregrine falcons perusing the Hudson Bay coastline.

It seemed to be just moments after I arrived home that I was at the Spokane Valley Arts Council Auction and Sale which took place Saturday night, September 27th.  I participated in the Quick Finish along with 17 other artists who were painting, sculpting, and carving in front of the patrons before the auction began. Just before the Quick Finish pieces were auctioned, I received the Nancy McLaughlin Award for the best female artist. Quite an honor when I saw the stunning art that was there.

It was a spirited night of bidding and my Quick Finish, Silent Auction set, and both my Live Auction pieces went home with happy patrons.

Friday, September 19, 2014


By the River
7.5" X 14"
Original Oil