"Walking Together" oil, 11 x 14
The 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge is only 3 days away!
3 more adorable photos came in today. Which makes 13 total. Still looking for more cute dog photos. Feel free to forward this post onto friends or family that might have a cute dog photo to share. They can email me their photo to firstname.lastname@example.org
This painting reminds me of the dachshund we had when I was growing up. "Choo-choo" was his name. I can remember the day my parents brought him home. They put him on a few pieces of newspaper spread out on the kitchen floor.
My brother and I shouted out names while my mom just calmly repeated " No, I think we should call him Max".
"Snoopy!" I cried.
"No, Max is a good name," my mom replied.
Undecided on a name the whole family left the kitchen and went into the living room. Calling out different names to see if he would respond to any of them.
Nothing. Not a peep.
A few minutes later, our newest family member poked his head out into dining room while the other half of his little body was still remained in the kitchen.
That's when, my brother, Mickey, said "Choo-Choo. He's longer than a train!"
So that's how Choo-choo got his name.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog and view my art,
with much gratitude,
"Take it Easy" oil, 8 x 10, available through Daily Paintworks.com
This is my girl!
- her name is Kisses. She's an 11 and half year old golden retriever.
Can you see how excited she is for this 30 Dogs in 30 Days Challenge?
She lifts her eyebrows ever so often as I scurry across the room making last minute decisions and straightening up my studio.
I want to say thanks to my family, friends and "new friends" who have sent really cute photos of their dogs. I have about 9 so far. Looking for 21 more! You can email me your photos @l
Please feel free to share this with your friends. The more paws the merrier!
with much gratitude,
If you are interested in purchasing this painting, here's the link
As I finalize the details, clean up my studio, create a shopping list for material (lots and lots of canvases) and searching for the cutest dog faces...the anticipation grows...
BUT I NEED YOUR HELP...
Do you have a cute dog photo?
Would like to be apart of the challenge?
please email your photo to me at email@example.com
and I will do my best to include your photo in the challenge. If your photo is picked, I will give you first dibs on purchasing it.
All 30 paintings will be
displayed on Leslie Saeta's Blog
and Daily Paintworks.com auction
Each painting will be either 8 x 8" or 8 x 10" and the price starts at $140 unframed.
Daily Paintworks online auction runs for seven days from the date the painting is posted. Any addition bids above $140 will go to a local organization to help raise money for a service dog in need. (More details to come). For example, if you are the highest bidder after 7 days with a $150 bid, $10 will go to the service dog.
Please feel free to leave comments on my blog and share on facebook with your friends... the more paws the merrier!
"Little Kisses", oil, 2013, 8 x 8
What do three pups and a glass of wine have in common?
So glad you asked.
I just dropped all 4 of theses pieces of artwork framed and very reasonably priced to Maple and Main Gallery in Chester CT for a fun and lively Pop Up Art Show this weekend.
Opening Reception is Sat. 5-8pm and Sunday 10am -7pm.
There will be lots of beautiful and unique artwork on view and for sale.
Fun foods like popcorn, cookies and wine.
Plus a drawing for a beautiful painting by Carolyn Emmerson!
When I was growing up one of my best friends Melanie had a cocker spaniel name Sandy.
Sandy seem to have extra long ears which touch the ground well before her nose did!
I'm gearing myself up for the next 30 in 30 Challenge that Leslie Saeta has been talking about on her weekly radio show "Artist's Helping Artists".
I'm both excited and yet nervous... It doesn't seem so long ago that I was in the midst of the January 30 in 30 challenge when I had missed a few days and need to paint 3 paintings in one day to catch up!
So this time around I decide I had better practice, I've been sketching and painting dogs all week... it makes me appreciate my sweet lovable dog Kisses even more. She's lying right next to me as I type away perfectly content to be by my side. My dog definitely melts my heart and puts a huge smile on my face.
Thanks for viewing my art.
P.S. If you're in the Connecticut area, we are having a fun and colorful show this weekend only at Maple and Main Gallery in Chester. First ever, Pop Up Art Show where several of our gallery artists will be displaying new and different work they have created lately. Opening Reception is 5-8pm on Saturday and 10-7pm on S
Dogs are one of my favorite subjects to paint. I usually save the details in the eyes for last. The moment the eyes are formed and that tiny dab of whitish paint for the reflection touches the canvas... bam! It's alive!
If you are interested in having a pet portrait done of your dog or cat please go to my pet portrait page here's the link
This painting is up for auction at Paintworks.com Online Art Auction. click here to bid.
"Making Lemonade" Demo painting 8x 8, oil 2013
Playing catch up this morning with dormant blog posts from my draft folder, this painting was both a demo and giveaway.
In the beginning of the year, I ran a "Facebook fan" drawing for anyone who liked my facebook page. Each month I would draw one lucky winner to win either a small painting or a package of 5 greeting cards.
When Joane's name was selected for February I knew the perfect piece to give her. This painting was a demo I did at Gateway Community College for the Art Club back in February.
Joane had made all the arrangements for the demo and her and Stephanie made a poster to promote it. What a nice group of students that attended the demo. In the hour and half I was there the group grew from 6 students to 25! Lots of wonderful questions were asked by the students and my husband was there recording it on his i pad. Ugh... I hate hearing my voice... it sounds so funny.
A challenging yet fun experience to demo my artwork in front of a group.. .the answer is "yes" I would do it again!
Much thanks to Joane, Stephanie, Prof. Baldasani and the Gateway students.
Thanks for viewing my art,
"Saturated in Stillness", oil, 16" x 20", 2013
"In our stillness, we acknowledge God's greatness and we are in peace in our life. Stillness saturates us in the presence of God."
- quote by E'yen Gardner author of The Wilderness Experience.
This painting is a larger version of the plein air painting I did on sunday morning. It was so peaceful at this lily pond in Bauer Park. Occasionally I could hear the slightest "plunk" from the water's edge.. it must have been a small frog. Other than that the silence and stillness of studying this scene from a painter's view has a way of opening up an awareness of God's presence and just how huge God is compared to this very small view of the world that I see before me.
It takes me a good 15 to 20 minutes to really settle down, to clear my mind of the busyness and that's the time when the "awareness" dial cranks up and my senses are heightened.
The smell of freshly cut grass.
The monarch butterfly flutters from one bloom to the next.
The green lily pads morph into a loosely crocheted blanket of pale yellows, apricot, dusty rose and mint green. Reminding me of the blanket my grandmother so lovingly made for my daughter Victoria when she was first born.
How wonderful it is to not only be able to capture a moment in time but to weave in cherished memories.
To witness life as a colorful tapestry that only our Creator can carefully and lovingly orchestrate.
"Those who live in the shelter of the Most High will find rest in the shadow of the Almighty." Psalm 91:1
with much gratitude,
White Mask Pooch, oil 8 x 8
What a precious face... and those eyes... melt your heart.
One of my favorite subjects to paint are dogs. Yes, I
am a HUGE DOG LOVER!
I've been painting a lot of farm animals lately but when I was asked to paint a dog portrait, I was thrilled.
I have one of my pet portrait paintings at Something of Bev's on the Post Road in Milford. And last week Bev gave me an order for a commissioned dog portrait.
I decide to practice a few dogs before I tackled the portrait... plus... I'll let out a little secret...
I haven't officially announced this yet but... next month (September) Leslie Saeta will be hosting another 30 in 30 challenge and I'm thinking about doing 30 dogs in 30 days. I haven't figured out all the details yet but I'm hoping to announce it soon and invite anyone to send me a photo of their dog, (preferably in nature light) and I might be able to include it in the challenge. Bev even offered to display them.. or at least some of them. More details to come.
Thanks for viewing my art,
"Betsy" oil on gallery wrapped canvas, 24 x 24, available at Maple and Main Gallery $850
It was fun painting this beautiful brown and white cow. When I found this reference photo it ready did make me stop and take a second look. I love her sultry eyes and the little pompom on top of her head.
This painting is the Summer 2013 Show at Maple and Main Gallery of Fine Art in Chester, CT.
The show runs until September 15, 2013.
Please contact the gallery if you are interested in purchasing "Betsy" - 860-526-6065.
Thank you for viewing my art. Linda
Branford, CT 06405
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