Marnie belongs to Mistie Powell.
Mistie sent me a different photo of Marnie during the 30 Dog/30 Day painting challenge and unfortunately I wasn't able to include the photo of Marnie. It was a very difficult decision as to which dog photos to paint and which ones would create a real challenge.
After the challenge was over, Mistie was gracious enough to send me another photo of Marnie and I knew we had a winner! I absolutely love the tilt of her head and how the colorful carpet reflected in Marnie's white fur.
Here's what Mistie wrote about Marnie: " Marnie is a soon to be 6 year old bichon. She goes to work with me - the big joke around the office is that she's the only one who loves going to work every day. She has a title - Chief Dog Officer and she does get a paycheck (usually it's for 3 dog biscuits) And, she's got the UPS man trained - she gets a cookie every time he comes in."
The painting of Marnie will be framed in a beautiful silver frame and delivered this week….
and I just found out that…. Wednesday October 30 is Marnie's 6th Birthday! Happy Birthday Marnie!
which reminds me… pet portraits make great gifts…. here's link to my pet portrait website page for more details… Linda S. Marino Art - Pet Portraits
work in progress, commissioned 12 x12 from Day 21 of 30 Day Challenge
Here's the latest piece I've been working on. It's a larger version of Day 21 from the 30 Day Painting Challenge.
Shortly after posting the small 6 x 6 painting I received an email to have this piece painted larger.
I put both paintings side by side so you can see the difference in size.
I've been commissioned to paint this scene at 24" x 24" too! (Can't wait for the challenge! I just purchased the canvas today!)
When painting the small 6 x 6's, it trains me to be conscience of each brushstroke and color that I apply. It's like studying a puzzle and carefully fitting all the pieces together... and boy do I love to do puzzles! But when a request comes in to enlarge a painting... it's so exciting because I get to really play with the brush strokes, refining the colors or adding new ones and adding more depth by the way I paint the edges soft or sharp.
If one of my small, mini paintings catches your eye and you would like me to paint a larger version... just give me a call or send an e-mail, I would be happy to give you an estimate and time frame. Or if you have a great photo that you would like to be reproduced as an original oil painting... it would be a pleasure to work with you!
Thanks for viewing my artwork,
January Facebook Fan Drawing - Annette Prause!
Thank YOU Annette for being a Linda S. Marino Art FAN!
This is the first Facebook Fan Page Give-Away!(Hopefully of many because I truly love to share my artwork with those who enjoy it. )
Each month I will be giving away either a painting, drawing, notecards, calendar to my Facebook fans... as a way to say "thank you" for your support, your kind words, compliments and "Likes". and sharing my work with their friends.....
I can't wait to package this painting up and ship it off to my friend Annette. Annette and I are college friends from Western New England College. We just recently reconnected on Facebook and it's nice to see her again!
I painted this small 6 x 8 painting last summer while my family and I were on a picnic in Guilford. It was a beautiful summer day and this little girl happened to walk into my view when I was just about finished with the painting. I added her in and so pleases with the results. Hope you enjoy the painting Annette!
A Beacon of Light, oil, 6 x 6, $85
Today is Day 30 of the 30 Paintings in 30 Days Challenge that I signed on to be apart of with Leslie Saeta and over 260 other artists!!!!
I DIDI IT! WHOO HA!
Ok... so I'm completely exhausted and having trouble just typing this post... I can't wait to climb into bed... Yeah!
My theme is: Connecticut Treasures.
I thought a lighthouse scene would be appropriate for the last painting of this challenge because there are 22 lighthouses along the Connecticut Coastline and definitely a Connecticut icon.
There is so much more I want to say about how much I've grown from this challenge but my "thinking cap" is no where to be found right now... so... I'm signing out for the night... and hopefully tomorrow morning, after my first cup of coffee... I can share with you a few new ideas about this challenge... like displaying it in a gallery, creating an e-book or even a coffee table book. Well, good night and thank you everyone for joining me on this 30 day challenge... it been a blast!
with much gratitude and love,
A fantastic Event last night at the United Cerebral Palsy Charity Golf Event!
I regret not taking a few photos so you'll just have to take my word for it.. the place (Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT- click on the link for website)
was filled with golfers, friends, family, volunteers and golf enthusiasts!
Thank you Gary and Kendra Montano for the invitation and honor to be apart of a wonderful event for a good cause. One painting was raffled off and the other was in a silent auction.
All in all, it was a lot of work in a short period of time but I'm so glad I had a chance to participate in a very worthy cause and enjoy a wonderful evening with my family.
Thanks to my Dad, step-mom Carol, Aunt Cathy,Kendra and Gary!
18th Hole Grassy HIll CC, oil on canvas 16 x 20, commissioned for silent auction UCPA Tournament 2012
Here's the two paintings that were picked to be in the silent auction and raffle for this year's 22nd Annual Golf Tournament to benefit UCPA of Southern Connecticut at Grassy Hill Country Club, Orange, CT. I put the final touches on this painting this morning. The frames arrived yesterday... just in time.
Now all I need to do is wait for the paint to dry, frame and package them for Monday's event. And, as a special surprise I was invited to attend the banquet dinner Monday evening! I feel honored to join in on this event... yet a little nervous... those stupid thoughts always race through my head... 'what if no one bids on it?"... I know this is very common among artists when it comes time for a gallery opening or reception. No matter how long an artist has been working at their profession, when it comes down to the wire whether it's unveiling a commissioned piece or presenting a body of work at a gallery, I don't think that twinge of doubt every really disappears. I wonder why? If you have any insights or comments please feel free to share them. Or if you know of a truly confident artist that never experiences "doubt"... let me know... I would love to have a conversation with... him or her....
p.s. I'll let you know how the silent auction and banquet go... until then.... maybe I'll paint something with a little less green :)
Linda S. Marino Art
Branford, CT 06405
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