Tomorrow is December 1st and I am in full holiday production mode. I hope the people that open up this painting Christmas morning are as pleased with it as I am. This handsome boy loves to make himself at home in the guest bedroom from what I understand. Who could deny him an empty bed.
I was happy to read an email over breakfast that began: We are so pleased to inform you that your two paintings listed here, have been accepted into the 4th Annual 6” Squared Exhibition and Sale at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, CA! Some of the artists whose work I admire most exhibit in this show. It is such a thrill to be part of it!
My two appear on pages seven and eight of the online catalog:
Yay, a black dog that I am happy with! There were several black dogs in my thirty-day challenge that I either struggled with or ignored completely. I think I'll go back and have another go at them. I can't paint dogs in New England and ignore half the labs!
It was a busy weekend catching up with my painting. It is nice to have dogs to paint but they are also always in the back of my mind as work undone. It's not easy to paint dogs I haven't met and for that reason I'm happy to do the paintings with no commitment on the part of the owner to purchase the results. I want everyone to be totally pleased, including myself.
This is Ruthie who I met on Martha's Vineyard. She was waiting patiently for her people who were having lunch on the harbor. If I could only paint one group of dogs I would pick the hounds. They are so expressive and Ruth had all these gorgeous colors in her coat. How could I not paint her!
This past summer I was fortunate to attend a workshop with Colley Whisson at the Landgrove Inn in Landgrove, VT. Colley is an Australian artist