Monday, November 29, 2010
Felix & Oscar
I finished this commission painting of two labs named Felix and Oscar. It was very enjoyable to paint them and I hope the owners love it.
I will be very busy in the next few weeks, not just because Christmas is upon us, but because my youngest daughter is getting married in a 3 weeks. So please forgive me if I do not post for awhile.
Thursday, November 25, 2010
Today is a day to be with our loved ones and reflect upon things in our life that we are thankful for.
I am thankful for my ability to paint and to have the time and supplies to do so.
I am thankful for my many blogging buddies. I have learned so much watching their postings and sharing our love of painting. The camaraderie is priceless.
I am thankful for all who have stopped by to check out my paintings and left a comment. It means so much to read your input.
I am thankful to those that have bought my paintings. I am glad that my work makes you happy.
I am thankful for the shows that I was juried into this year.
I am thankful for my "Legendary Artists" group. Although we do not have regular painting dates anymore, I am grateful for your friendship and always look forward to our May show.
I am thankful for my girlfriends, fore there friendship means the world to me. I love the all dearly.
I am thankful for my job, both my co-workers and my interns. There is joy each and every day.
I am thankful for my country that allows me to do the things I want to do.
I am thankful for my girls. Though they are no longer living at home and have forged their own way, I am proud of them and thankful for their love and support.
I am thankful for my husband who encourages me to do the things I want to do.
I am most thankful for my religious beliefs, fore it gets me through everything I do in life.
Wishing you a very Happy Turkey Day!
Sunday, November 14, 2010
I had a whole weekend to work in the studio! I have not had a free weekend in awhile due to family obligations. But, it is all good.
I really like the face on the black dog and his body is shaping up. I need to start working on the light Lab and get some detail in the foreground. There seems to be a dot on the light Lab's front leg that has come from my camera. I will have to figure out the cause.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
It is Veteran's Day and I want to thank all who have served in the armed services past and present. Especially, my father, Norm Leist, who served 30 years in the Navy and our family friend, Paul Brondhaver, who served in Operation Iraqui Freedom and obtained a purple heart.They are very special men in my families lives.
Because of our nation honoring our Veteran's I was able to have the day off. Therefore, I had some studio time and worked on my pooches. I think the dark dog is coming along. I have been using my rigger brush to place the lines and texture of the fur. Because he is so dark, I find myself treating my strokes like sculpting to create his beautiful face.
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
11 x 14
I have begun the two handsome labs. I like what I have done so far.The black lab needs to go a whole lot darker, while the yellow lab will only get a little more definition and color.
I debated on whether to keep them in an outdoor, less formal setting or an indoor, very formal setting with a dark background. I decided they belonged in the outdoors. Happy with my choice.