Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Dog Parade Wednesday The PUG

The adaptable, good tempered PUG is a favourite of nearly every dog lover. The Pug is a member of the TOY GROUP, but he never sees himself as a tiny dog. Their charming faces and confident stance have won fans, inspired artists, and gained the favour of Royalty for centuries. Pugs are highly intelligent, companionable little dogs, and they excel as pets. The sturdy Pug is a very old breed whose origins are somewhat hidden in the mists of time. While always popular, it reached a zenith of popularity during the Victorian age, and its image appeared in paintings, as decorative ornaments, and even on housewares. Today, it is still popular, fitting as easily into an apartment as it does into a country house.
Wherever he lives, the Pug quickly becomes a loved and loving family member.

Today's painting is an Original Miniature Watercolour, measuring just 3 x 4.5 inches, and it comes with a 5 x 7 inch mat. This delightful little Pug painting is only $40. shipping included, and anyone interested in it can contact me at:

Friday, July 24, 2009

The Universal Question

I thought it was time to look in on Biff and Jo-Jo again. The lucky little guys have found some nice sunny weather and have gone to the sea shore for a little break. They are healthy, happy young chipmunks , but they don't always have the best dress sense. Togged out in their new bathing suits, Biff asks the question that everyone who has ever worn a bathing suit must have asked (I know I have!) . . ."Does this make my butt look big?"

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Dog Parade Wednesday - Shetland Sheepdog

Sheltie Hollow is on a wide, gentle corner, and every evening, the village dogs go past our window on their walks. There are a great many breeds and mixed breed dogs in our village, and it is like watching a wonderful Dog Parade. I've decided that each Wednesday, I will celebrate the beautiful dogs we see here, as well as the ones we don't see in the village.

Today I'd like to start the Parade with The Shetland Sheepdog, or Sheltie, as they are affectionately known. This charming little dog hails from the Shetland Islands of Scotland where a dog had to be tough and smart to survive. The Sheltie is loyal, very smart and affectionate, and with its biddable nature, it fits in just about anywhere. Shelties need gentle education, regular grooming, supervised exercise (they may be tempted to chase cars!) and a great deal of love and attention. They need to be kept busy, as they can become quite vocal if they are bored.
Today's painting is an Original Miniature Watercolour, measuring just 3 x 4.5 inches, and comes matted in a 5 x 7 white mat. This charming little painting is only $40. shipping included, and anyone interested in purching it can contact me at

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Traveller -Gypsy Vanner Horse

The Gyspy Vanner seems like such a lovely natured horse. There is one that comes to our local Fair each fall, and it is such a delight to give the quiet, beautiful Vanner stallion a hug. He is so gentle with everyone.
I've had this image in my mind for a long time, and when I set out to finally put it on paper, I hit a bit of a dilemma. I felt I needed to do some more work in acrylic, but the thought of preparing the board and then fighting with the paint was keeping me from starting the painting. Then it dawned on me that while I want to introduce more acrylics to my portraiture work, I didn't need to use it for my scenes. Watercolour is my first love as far as mediums go, so my decision was made. I was able to leap into this painting at once, and have enjoyed every moment of painting this Vanner who so obviously loves life and enjoys his free time. The painting "Traveller" is 11 x 15.5 inches on heavy Arches hot press paper.