A Family Dog

I never knew about rescue dogs. Not even sure how long that initiative has been in place. I do think it is an honorable act to rescue animals from cruelty and giving them a new start. What I do know is that the people who give rescue dogs a home are the most wonderful people I know.

In the case of Duke, who became a member of our extended family over 10’years ago, was given another chance for a good life. He was adopted by my son and daughter in law. My son was thinking that this German short hair could protect his wife when she went jogging. Turns out Duke had been so traumatized in his early years that most things scared him.

Over time and a lot of love Duke did guard his new family. The addition of children only added to his charm. His bark could sound ferocious but those of us who knew him knew better. Duke was s softie at heart.

Duke died this year living far longer then anyone ever imagined. I painted Duke’s picture sleeping beside his side kick Taz. He is greatly missed.

“Sleep Tight”. 12”x12” acrylic

Bunny Love

When someone asks you to paint a painting and that someone is a 9 year with big blue eyes how can I say no. My grandchildren think I can paint and draw anything. This last week I drew foxes, monsters, Halloween pumpkins and storm troopers all in one setting. No matter how awful I think some of these drawings are I am always highly praised for my work.

So I say to all my fellow artist when you feel you are in a slump and everything you paint turns out all wrong find a child. A child will make you feel like a Artist Goddess. You will get hugs, kisses and requests for even more paintings. They will tell you how awesome and amazing you are and how one day they hope to be an artist just like you.

So onto my next artist project!!

Love my Bunny. 9”x9” acrylic

A Man and His Dog

This is a commissioned piece. I never show others a completed piece before the person who commissioned it has seen it. The client provided the cigar box and a photo. It was their favorite family dog who is no longer with them. This painting will be a birthday gift to her husband.

I like that I can make someone happy with what I do. I love to paint; I love that inner warm feeling I get when I see their response to what I’ve painted.