Sunday, September 25, 2016

OMG how did so much time go past!!

Wow, I can't believe it's been so long since I posted any paintings!

I've done some, but no pictures to post!!! Guess I need to get busy!

Anyway, my website is down for repairs, and who knows when I'll get them back up and running! I might be moving from this blog to wordpress? maybe? instead of a 'real' website? any thoughts?

So, just to give you something to look at here is one of my favorite paintings :)

I've been doing some glass fusing, and some stained glass work (again, no pictures - but I do have an etsy shop - WackyPup on Etsy

Also, I have been busy traveling in my tiny camper with my husband and two dogs - from the east coast to the west coast, but not much up the middle :)  (if you're interested, I have blog about the camper here - Wacky Pup )

if you'd like an original painting in exchange for a night or two of parking our camper in your driveway - let me know, I'd love to meet you!

Live Creatively!

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas

Merry  Christmas!

 (Watercolor on paper, 4" x 5", nfs - collection of the artist)

I appreciate every one of you! Thank you for writing, cheering me on, commenting and basically being interested!

Have a wonderful Christmas and don't eat too much! (now where's the fun in that? have an extra cookie for me!)

Live Creatively!

Wednesday, December 04, 2013

Georgia's Pub - Memorial Portrait

Georgias Pub 
16" x 20"
Oil on Wooden Panel

I completed this "Pub" portrait a few months ago. I'm so far behind on posting!  I got a wonderful note from Georgia's owner when he received it:

"Our beloved Golden Retriever Georgia passed away after a full life and I was looking for a way to remember her. I saw Liz's website and sent her a few photos. Liz captured her physical look and in an uncanny way was able to capture her personality also. I put this pub sign up outside of our  games room and it is almost like Georgia says hello every time I walk in. This is a great way to memorialize a beloved pet."

The portrait was actually composed from two different photos - one of her face, and one of her body.

I am on the last phases of completing another pub sign which I will eventually post :)

Thanks for your interest in my artwork, and emails. Please feel free to comment.

Live Creatively!


Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cougar II (Mountain Lion)

I painted from this reference photo a few years ago and it is one of my most popular paintings. I thought I'd give it another whirl and see what I did differently.

Mountain Lion II

4 1/2" x 4 1/2"

I'm very happy with the way this turned out. I like it a lot better than the first one :)

I'm working on a pub sign that I'll show you soon.

Live Creatively!


Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bano - K9 with Portland Police Dept.

BANO - Donated K9 Portrait
4"x6" Oil on Panel
Portland Police Bureau

From his partner:

Bano is a German Shepherd trained to trail and alert on fresh human scent. We have worked together about 7 years and he is currently 8 1/2 years old. He is a powerful and sweet dog who really enjoys work. Throughout our time together, he has apprehended approximately 180 "bad guys." Bano has also located multiple articles such as firearms, knives, drugs, ETC. during his course of duties.

Thank you Officer Elias and Bano for all you do to keep us safe :)

If you are a member of K9 or Mounted patrols, please send me a photo of your animal so that I can donate a portrait to your Department. I also donate paintings to Search & Rescue handlers & Military dogs. There is absolutely no charge, so get in touch with me, or forward this to someone you know who would like a painting.

Today, I received an interesting email from Jasmine Murray asking questions about my work. I thought I'd post them here.

The problem is that I truly love all kinds of art and all kinds of painting mediums, so most of my answers are pretty generic. I did go through and pick out a few examples, though, do I get points for that?

Here are the questions from the email:

What media do you like to use the best and why?

I have painted in just about all media at some time or another. I love them all, they are like people, each with their strong points and drawbacks. I love anything creative! Besides fine art, I make artisan jewelry & stained glass (WackyPup on Etsy) recently got a kiln so I can try my hand at some small sculptures, quilting, woodworking and even a vinyl cutter. Obviously hard for me to narrow down my choices for being creative :)

I don't use watercolor very often, but I love the way that the colors intermingle with each other of their own accord. This is the only medium that does this, and it's beautiful. Unfortunately, because of this, things don't always go the way you planned. Watercolor is the least forgiving medium.

English Bulldog in Watercolor - NFS - Privately Commissioned Portrait

Pastels are strong and bright and offer immediate gratification, but they're more difficult to frame, and more fragile if you leave them laying around :)

Tiger in Pastel - Ruby @ Roanoke, VA Zoo

Portrait in Pastel - NFS - Private Commission

Quick Plein Air Pastel Study - 5x7 or so - if you'd like to add it to your collection it's yours for $50

Occasionally, I use gouache, mostly when I travel. It is more durable and less variable than watercolor, and easier to travel with than oils. Some of my absolute favorite paintings are gouache.

Little China Doll
4" x 5.5"
Gouache on Illus Board

Orange Spice Tea
6" x 4" Gouache on Paper
Sold - Private Collection

I like acrylic, and I like the bright paintings that I create with them, but I'm terribly allergic to them, so I don't use them very often. Which is too bad because Chroma acrylics was going to sponsor my site, but I can't use their wonderful paints without being very careful.

Texas Spring
4" x 6" Acrylic on Panel

This painting is unframed. If you would like it framed in a nice gold easel back frame, let me know and I will add it to your order for $25.

I guess my favorite medium is oil, mostly because it's totally forgiving. If things aren't going your way, you can just keep going until it submits LOL. Or even wipe it down completely and start over. Most of my portraits and paintings these days are in oils. It's also easy to frame. The drawback is that they're more expensive, and harder to travel with.

Bird on the Table
4" x 6" ~ Original Oil on Panel ~$100

What aspects of nature are your favourite to draw?

Faces without a doubt. I love faces of people and animals. There is so much in a face, memories, dreams, past experience, or hope for the future.

In landscape, the most interesting thing to me is shadows, especially the way tree shadows fall onto buildings.

Do you incorporate different media together in your work?

I don't do many mixed media pieces. Sometimes I underpaint in acrylic because it dries quickly, but usually, I like everything to run together and soften up a bit.

Where's your favourite place to create your artwork?

Hmm, I love camping, but I don't do much painting when I'm there. If I could make myself get out of the kayak and actually open up my art supply bag, I think I'd love it. At this point, most of my paintings are done in my beautiful (messy) studio that has just had two large skylights installed. My studio also has a small kiln, a bunch of clay, tons of stained glass, and oh yes, canvases, oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, panels, easels and my desk & files. Yup, it's a mess, and FULL!

Oddly enough, green is not one of my favorite colors, but going over paintings to see what to include in this post made me realize, I paint a lot of green!

Now, I must get off this computer and get some real creative work done! I'm working on Christmas quilts (plus a few portrait commissions)

Don't forget to LIVE CREATIVELY!


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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Locked no more

or should I say blocked no more . . .

I love this old door knob, and I've painted it a few times, along with a dead june bug. In the past it reminded me of an old house and the summer nights of heat and screen doors slamming as kids ran out to chase fireflies.  However this time when I painted it, I saw a lock that was no longer able to restrain someone, keeping someone locked in a house or locking someone out.  The change is my perspective freed me up to use a lot more color than I have in the past versions of this doorknob. It's a celebration of the fact that the lock exists no more, the door is open, there is no restraint.

Locked No More
Oil on Canvas
6" x  8"

Please contact me if you're interested.

It was a breakthrough for me as well, and I'm interested to see how it comes through in my next painting. I almost always paint with a lot of color, so this is great. 

Thanks for looking, and remember to live creatively!


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cleo - Donated Search & Rescue Portrait

Mason-Dixon Rescue Dogs
Search & Rescue Dog (Retired)

From her partner:
I began training Cleo when she was about 1 1/2 years old, after she had gotten pretty used to the relaxed life of being a house pet (as opposed to a working dog). I spent a very long year working with her, building her drive, convincing her to enjoy the toy so much that finding it would be enough motivation for her to search for a total stranger. I was told she would never make it as a search dog. That person that told me that was wrong! Yes, we had to work a lot harder than most others, but we did it. We became a certified wilderness area search K9 team.

One night, we were on a night search for a missing woman, who had Alzheimer's and who wandered from her home. We searched out area for two hours and on our final pass through the area, heading back to the road, I saw Cleo's light in the distance bouncing back and forth between two spots about 20 feet from each other. It was odd enough that I started to walk towards her (she was about 150' away from me, outside our sector. She kept going from one spot to the other, but as I got closer she stayed at one spot and began to bark - giving her trained indication on the missing woman. I tended to the woman and called in our coordinates to base. When I was sure the woman was okay, I walked over to the other spot where I saw Cleo. There, the woman had laid her shoes and glasses. I had never trained for a scenario where my subject partially disrobed. The woman's scent was so close, I suppose it was enough to cause a bit of confusion. Cleo in the end figured it out, and her behavior was enough to draw me in, but I began working that into mine and other's training regimens from that day forward. This was our first find, one of my proudest moments with my girl!

One of the funniest moments happened at one of our weekly night trainings. I gave my subject a general area where I wanted him to hide, and then began working the area. We ended up near an old large stone fireplace attached to a pavilion. My subject was inside one of the cubbies where wood was stored. Just outside that was a trashcan with a mop inside it, placed upside down so the mop head was sticking out. This was the old style mop head that looked like a really bad hair day :) Knowing that the dogs learn to trust their noses and not their eyes, my girl Cleo decided there was enough scent that she began barking at the mop head like it was a person about to give her the toy! I was laughing so hard I almost had a hard time directing her in closer to the subject. When she passed the cubbie she caught scent of the subject and worked into him, again giving her bark alert. That was probably 7 years ago, and we still laugh about it today!

If you are a member of Search & Rescue, K-9 or Mounted Patrol, please allow me to paint a small oil portrait for you at no charge, in gratitude for your service.