Wednesday, July 29, 2009

"Nino II"

6 X 6 oil on masonite nfs

Adriana and Nino came over the other day and between
the two of us we were able to get some really cute shots
of him. He's all
grown up now but still has that cute look
of a puppy.
Loved this one with his ears back in sweet
However, he definitely has Little Man Syndrome
and I'm
wondering if that paw on top of her hand isn't one
of his
dominate maneuvers despite the ears.

I really need a new camera. This has nice thick paint
strokes, particularly on the background and Nino's chest
fur and none of
them showed up in the photos. This was
the clearest
one of the bunch.

Tuesday, July 21, 2009


6 x 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Update on Tweedles: She just sold to her owners!
I'm so pleased to know this precious little girl's
will be hanging in her own home.

Here's Tweedles! I guess Tweedles is a girl, hence
the bright pink sweater. Or else he's very
confident. She's dog #3 and the final one of

James Parker's "WindowTo The Word Art"
assignments that I'm going
to submit.

What is it about Pugs? They are so ugly, but so darn
cute at the same time. Those enormous Locust Eyes, the
Squatty Body, the Little Napoleon Attitude...they must be
great dogs because a lot of people have them in multiple.
Or as fellow Artist, Kelley McDonald, calls it "MPS" (Multiple Pug
Syndrome). Everyone I see walking them has 2 if not 3 or 4.

Friday, July 17, 2009

"Man In Blue"

6 X 6 oil on masonite SOLD

Here's this month's submission for
Karin Jurick's DSFDF.
This man has such a great face...makes me wonder
what he's thinking. I've been wanting to do an
African-American portrait because the skin tones are so
wonderfully warm and complex and this exercise has
whet that appetite even more. It was so nice to use deep
magentas, purples, blues, greens and all sorts of reds.

Aw...Rats! I saved the reference last week and painted
without rereading her post. Now I see it was supposed to be
all about the figure. Too late. Kinda hard to show the figure
in a head & shoulders view. As self-discipline (punishment) I
will do some excruciatingly hard figure drawing to make up
for it and hope Karin isn't rolling her eyes too much at my lack
of attention span! I seem to remember being the
spacey little
kid drawing a squirrel outside the window when the class was
supposed to be drawing flowers in a vase. Bad habits die hard!

Friday, July 10, 2009

"Nino" I

6 X 6 oil on masonite nfs

This is little Nino, my friend Adriana's Chihuahua,
he was a puppy. Her favorite color is red so
first study is for her. I put "Nino I" because he's
darned cute that I know I'm going to be doing a
more of him at this age and a few of him at
the age he is now.

It's really hard for me not to give in and get a dog

in the face of something this cute but I have to
be good because the two Siamese Twins and
my other big cat would make the poor
little thing's
life miserable.

Need to get a better photo of this in good light.

Thursday, July 9, 2009

"Honeydew Slices"

6 X 6 oil on masonite

We finally have Honeydew back at the store!
It was what I originally wanted to do "Bowl
Full Of Cherries" in rather than the orange
Cantaloupe. I liked the idea of the green and red
theme but found out after the last painting that
I wasn't crazy about the
composition once it was done.
So we have slices
rather than a scooped out half.

SOS! Advice from Art Teachers

My nephew-in-law, who I don't know very well,
is coming to Dallas
from S Carolina for a Summer Visit with
my sister/brother-in-law. She has
asked me to give him an
art lesson since he has some natural ability and interest.

I am more than happy to do it....but what do I do?
I'm a lousy teacher.
Not being modest here. I really am
completely lost. I know there are a lot of extremely talented
Art Teachers on this blog, so what
would you suggest for a
project? He wants to learn to paint. Any thoughts or

suggestions you give me will be greatly appreciated!

OH! And Shelia just asked me an important question: "How
old is he?" Left that part out...he's 11. ;)

THANKS Everyone!!!!

Thursday, July 2, 2009


6 X 6 oil on masonite

Dog #1 for James Parkers Windows To The
World Art challenge. 2 more to go? We'll see.

I chose Bakshie for the #1 dog because he has
that intelligent wolf/dog look to him. Very alert
with keen eyes. I also liked the
challenge of having
half of his face in shadow except
for that one bright
spot over his eye.
I've always been drawn to wolves
and wonder why
I've never painted them. Maybe this
will be the start of a beautiful relationship.