Sunday, April 24, 2011

Where I Stand Sunday

Happy Easter - from the 'studio away from the studio'.  I know it is a special holiday, however,  I am spending it in the way that I want to and need to, in front of the easel.  This is the latest commission...the beginning, of course.  I sort of wish I could leave it in this whimsical state, and it may just end up looking like that anyway.  I like it alot!  I had to 'grid' the features - so I could get the likeness perfectly.  I think what is helping me feel so good about this one is my love for the 'belgian linen' surface of the canvas.  Picked some of these canvases up at Jerry's Artarama in Fort Collins while there.   Maybe I will focus on more dog breeds in this manner upon returning home.   I will make a trip to have breakfast with my mom in the nursing home this morning and wish her a Happy Easter.\


This is a Chow Chow - more progress later.  Have a super day however you spend it!
Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing.

Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on.
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Friday, April 22, 2011

A Dog Portrait Commission in Oil

"Boone"
12" x 12"
oil on wrapped canvas
This commission is finished.  Needs signature and drying time.  Boone was a Redbone Coonhound.  He passed before his time in a freak accident when a tree fell on him during a violent thunderstorm.  It took him instantly.  So sad.  From the stories the owner has told me, he was quite a character.  Seems as though I have run into so many people
who are grieving their loss of a dear 'pet friend and family member'. 
I get such enjoyment from painting animals...I think I have said that so many times. 
It is what keeps me so interested in painting.

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Where I Stand Sunday

Redbud, Dogwood, Bradford Pear are in bloom and many office parks and businesses have bunches and bunches of bulb flowers and pansies drinking up the springtime air...they are brightening the days.
Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing.
Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on.
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Thursday, April 14, 2011

Adaptation

The phrase "home - away from home" has a new twist.  It's "studio - away from studio".  I have to keep telling myself, it's like taking a class away from home.  Be patient and the creative juices will flow eventually.  Commission work has traveled with me to KC.  Mom is still in a fog but making little tiny steps each day.  We are on daily vigil trusting and praying that she will come out into the clear blue sky, start sailing smoother through each day and get to come home soon. 
Will post more as progress happens.  I appreciate my 'followers' and regular 'visitors' so much! 
Thanks for hanging in there with me! 

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Where I Stand Sunday (and where I have been)

That stuff on the floor in front of me, it's becoming a 'blur' is all I can say.  I have been away. 
My mom had her second stomach surgery - just another component to the big 'C'. 

I have been with my dad and family while she came out of surgery last week..
and of course our taxes weren't done when I left.
Therefore I am back home trying to help get them done. 
It is excrutiating!! 
I don't enjoy it, don't know anyone who does except maybe an accountant. 

My mom has a long road to recovery ahead. 
I will be headed back that way again soon, 
to help where I can and to be with her while she regains her footing in the world. 
The doctor says 'baby steps' and I truly believe that.
She was in ICU for several days...
unaware of her surroundings. 
I find it interesting how with help, your body goes into it's healing mode. 
She will be there for many, many more days. 
We hope she can return home one day soon. 
I want her to know she is missing Spring - and she really loves Spring.  
So many pain meds, I am not sure she is aware of much.
Get well soon mom!  We need you back here with us! 

P.S. I will be taking my paints with me so
I can get some art going while we wait, I am hopeful.
Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing.
Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on.
There are several others who also write this on Sunday, see sidebar.





Sunday, April 3, 2011

Where I Stand Sunday


Would you expect any other photo at this time of year?? 
I was not a good gardener last fall to not take the overgrowth
out of my flower beds that hubster made me.
So that is what I have been doing today. 
These little spring bulbs couldn't see the forest for the trees..so to speak. 
Stretch up to the sun now plants and let's get some color going! 
The only problem is with my work here is, we were inundated with sandburs last fall
and they come out in bunches and go through leather gloves - OUCH!

Where I Stand Sunday is an ongoing photo essay examining the different places I spend my life standing.
Too often we take for granted the everyday places we spend our lives walking on.
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Friday, April 1, 2011

Dog Pastel

Sometimes, artists need to freshen their source material archives with new and inspiring photos.  On request, I recently sent some photos of my dogs to Texas pastel artist/friend Karen Hargett.  She has done a wonderful portrait on velour of our weimaraner, Bailey.  I think this is an awesome portrait of him, don't you?  He is a handsome boy.  The title is "Elegance" - altho' if you knew Bailey, he is a diamond in the rough!  Thanks for doing such a great job Karen!  I love it!
"Elegance" by Karen Hargett