Once the background is painted, I like to paint the features of the dog. That is, the eyes, the nose and mouth.
Once these are done , I know whether or not I will be happy with the painting. There's usually a moment somewhere when painting these that I catch my breath as I feel the dog come alive.. and then I know the painting will be fine .
That happened with Dawg.. and his features
The colours I use are all non-staining colours - which means that if I decide that some of the darks are too dark, I can lift them out. But I firstly paint them in strong so I get the feel of the piece. Any adjustments can be made when the coat colour of the dog goes in .
The nose of this dog was actually chocolate brown with light brown patches - but I painted him dark brown to begin with, just to make him more solid on the page. You'll see exactly what I mean on Friday, when you get to see the finished painting .
In honour of Bill Tomei - and to bring comfort to his wife, Amy.
I need to tell you a story..... recently Bill passed away and I made a blog post about losing a good friend who loved dogs. Many people from many countries searched the internet when Bill passed and many came across my blog post. One in particular - Noel , who worked with Bill - was moved to leave a comment.
Noel left the blog via my gallery site and fell in love with two paintings, which he asked to buy. I promised him that all proceeds would be used to sponsor a rescue kennel in memory of Bill, to honour his life and friendship.
Here are the paintings that Noel has had framed, and are now hanging in his house, across the ocean.
The monies were enough to sponsor a kennel and a half. And this is where Marie comes in. Marie is a good friend, who I met through Bill because of our mutual love of dogs.
I explained to Marie what a wondrous thing had come to pass because of the blog post and as quick as you please, Marie offered to make up the cost of the second kennel, so we could sponsor it for Amy.
For love of Bill and Amy Tomei, some dogs in Battersea Dogs & Cats Home are now warm and safe - which I know will give them both great pleasure. Why Battersea and not a US rescue? My dog came from Battersea . Bill and Amy both adored her - and any shelter which kept a dog for two years whilst it waited for a new home was a good shelter in their book!
In Noel's own words, re: Bill, Amy, the paintings and the rescue kennels : I think it’s a beautiful story. I tell everyone I know; feel free to pass it on.
It is a beautiful story - its the story of love. Love. Pass it on. Just like Bill did. :)
Sometimes I fall in love with a piece of art. If at all possible, I will buy it.
Here is a new wall hanging I fell in love with the moment I saw it, even though the word neighbour is spelled in the American fashion. Everything about this hanging speaks of love, friendship and fun to me. It feels so right in our house. Hubby even said, "that's right at home there" It certainly is :)
It was made by a wonderful lady in America (The Hillbilly Wife) and was originally for sale in her Etsy shop. Click here to view shop.
The quality of her work is outstanding - and this is coming from someone who made her own wedding dress.
Circumstances gave me a spare hour yesterday, so I decided to pick up the paints and play. Very loose and fast and no time to be fussy. That being said, I really am quite fond of this one :)
Is taking up your art and just playing with it something that you do? Or does every thing related to your art have to be done in a serious manner? I could have stayed serious and done a small part of a pre planned painting, but it was such fun throwing paint around with no attachment to the result. Fun.. art should be fun, I think. What do you think?
Recently there was a huge swarm of bees that settled on my next door but one neighbour. This swarm contained thousands of bees and was a mere 80 foot away from my lounge window.
So on advice, we stayed in until they moved on.. on the second day of them being around I was getting a little frustrated, so to take my mind off them, I painted a calm water scene. I hope you enjoy it .
This painting will be added to my permanent gallery site
I don't think the postie could quite believe that Missy Elliott lives at this address, but she does, oh yes, she does!
Auntie Sharon from New Jersey sent Miss a get well parcel, with treats and toys. She even included a windchime for mummy, bless her. Auntie Ineke and Uncle Sandor sent a card with best wishes from "Of The Hunters Pride"
This picture shows Missy's scar and how nicely its healing. And is Missy bothered? Oh no, there's a tennis ball to be played with!
The painting is progressing nicely - which is quite something for me to say when there are lots of greens involved. Sometimes I love painting greens and sometimes I hate them! Which really tells me, I suppose, that there should be more practising with the blues, yellows and siennas .