Continuing with the sighthound series, this beautiful Podenco is Jazzy, who is in the care of Beverly Farmer Podencos, who very graciously let me paint from her beautiful photo. I loved the photo so much, I decided to paint this one a little larger than the previous paintings in the series. I was drawn to the warm colors and wanted to capture the feeling of the hot sun on the building and dog. I'm donating 10% of the proceeds from the sighthound series this month to Beverley Farmer Podencos. Check out the work they're doing to help these dogs in need. Here are a few close up shots:
Continuing the Sighthound Project with our girl Train. Yes, you read that right. Train is no longer a foster, but a member of the family. We all fell in love with her and the feeling seemed mutual - she found her forever home right here.
Release the Hounds - 36 Paintings in 36 Days, is available in two sizes. If you need help deciding, the paintings are a little bigger than actual size in the large version, while in the small version they are a little smaller than the actual size:
The next painting in the Sighthound Project is a companion piece to Day 12 (the other IG in the family needed his portrait on the bed, too.) This one is up there with my personal favorites - it's such a relaxing painting, and the colors... they make me very happy.
I'm continuing my sighthound project with my new foster greyhound, Train. It won't be as ambitious as posting every day, but as often as I can. I'd like to feature a different rescue each month, and donate 10% of the proceeds. This month it is Baas Galgo Association.
Here's a few more pictures of Train. She is such a sweetheart, we're very happy she's here.
It felt so good to paint something big, (or at least bigger than a 6 x 6 inch.) This is Floss, a lovely Lurcher girl. I've included a close up shot of her collar and tag - it's so much fun to paint brass:
These three paintings are back home from the 6"Squared show at the Randy Higbee Gallery in Costa Mesa, California. I'm very pleased to announce my work received a gallery award during judging. These custom framed works are now available here: my Etsy Store
We've come to the final painting in this series. I don't really want to stop, but need to come up for air. There are a few projects to work on, (including a book of this series), but being so singularly focused on one subject has pushed my work to new levels, and I don't want to lose this momentum. So stay tuned, there is much more to come... This is my beautiful, amber-eyed greyhound, Sephiroth. I thought it was fitting to end the series with him, as he was the inspiration, and I'm donating 10% of the series sales to his adoption group - Heartland Greyhound Adoption.
Fun fact about this painting - it was painted using only two colors - Rembrandt's transparent oxide red and phthalo turquoise, just because I wanted to try it. So happy with the result of this limited palette - perfect for the old world look of the wolfhound.
I wanted to loosen up a little after yesterday's classic portrait. I love the big abstract shape, but then you look closer and see a tender moment between two hounds. Their collars line up, strengthening the imagery of the bond between them. I love how affectionate greyhounds can be towards each other.
I'll never forget the first time I saw a Borzoi - time and everything around me stood still while I watched this magical creature move like something from a dream. It was like when King Haggard from The Last Unicorn said: '..nothing makes me happy but their shining and their grace. They fill me with great joy. The first time I felt it, I thought I was going to die.'
Except I don't want to drive all the Borzoi into the sea and keep them for myself. But I still feel the same way about them, and all sighthounds, actually. I feel it every day as I watch my greyhound, wondering how anything this beautiful can actually exist.
After exploring a Saluki bathed in warm, glowing light at the beach on Day 29, I was spellbound by the warm tones in this Saluki against the cool colors of winter. This piece has a fantasy, Narnia-like quality to me.
It's a baby 'Beezer! We started the month with a puppy, I figured we'd end it with one, too. I didn't want the painting to be "too" cute... Instead, I wanted to focus on that fragile puppy awkwardness and underlying strength that holds the promise of greatness...