Inspired by a picture I took while visiting on Gabriola Island, this piece was challenging to photograph - adjusting the blues just made me blue. I've been painting more this week in preparation for my trip to paint in the Phoenix area with my friend, Larisa Aukon, and her boxer, Kylie. Larisa is a master artist and I am looking forward to interesting and diverse painting subjects as we traipse around for the next week. I am TRYING to adhere to "lay down a stroke…and leave it"…ha!
First of all, thank you for reading my little blog. I'm dreadful at self promotion, so if you ever want to share the blog or images with friends, or re-post, please feel free. I retreated to the studio this morning to finish this small (8" x 10") painting, paying attention to laying down the paint and leaving it without too much 'noodling'. This piece is oil on Arches oil paper and is suitable for framing in a standard frame - without glass. My goal was to have my Etsy shop set up by the end of January, but that has been pushed back a couple of weeks, however this piece with be available on Daily Paintworks, or through contacting me. I am also getting organized to offer small group classes in my Vancouver studio this spring. I am planning to offer two 2 day introduction classes - one in acrylic and one in oil - with all materials provided for $150 per class. Contact me if you are interested. I can also arrange custom workshops for you and your friends.
This 18 x 24 oil pet portrait was a commissioned piece after the Eastside Culture Crawl in November, 2015. It was a Christmas gift for the client's spouse and so could not be shared before the 25th. Unfortunately there is an easel shadow on the top, and I never got to take a better photo, but I am pleased with the overall result - Connor is one handsome dog!