Life is colorful! I try to capture a bit of it on my canvas. A new painting once in a while - many are donated to search & rescue dogs. If you are a search & rescue or K9 handler, please let me know. I'd be glad to paint a portrait for you at no charge.
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.
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)
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