Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Addie In Her New Home

I was so happy and proud to get this photo of my portrait of Addie in its new home. It is now installed in the Johns household of Dallas, Texas (where I grew up and where most of my family still lives). The canvas is almost 2 inches deep with edges painted a lacquered brownish red but that doesn't show in this photo. Anyway I think it blends very nicely with the setting, and it inspires me to do all the animal portraits I can. I love the idea of making more people happy with permanent memories of their beloved pets. So, that's a goal -- more practice in that direction. I think I'll see if I can find a photo of our yellow tabby cat Henry we had when the girls were little... he was like a dog, and that's a high compliment from me.

Monday, July 27, 2009

Time Out

It has been over a year since I painted in acrylic so I thought I'd see how that felt again. Wasn't thrilled with how fast it kept drying and I missed the smooth stroke of an oily paintbrush. The good thing was that the colors stayed separated. Might try it again in oil for comparison but I already sent this one in to Karin Jurick. 11 x 12 inches on canvas. Private Collection. (afterthought -- do any of you ever paint an entire painting again over a completed acrylic one?)