Thursday, April 24, 2014


49 - Greyhound, charcoal and graphite on toned paper
© 2014 Kathleen Coy


My lovely girl, Train.  I'm really enjoying these black and white charcoal drawings, especially on a cold and rainy day...

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

48 - Podenco


48 - Podenco, 8 x 8 inch oil on linen
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

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:




Wednesday, April 16, 2014

47 - Borzoi


47 - Borzoi, 5 x 7 inch oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

Borzoi are such ethereal looking dogs.. so beautiful, and very enjoyable to paint. This is the lovely Kira.

Saturday, April 12, 2014

46 - Greyhound


46 - Greyhound 
Charcoal on Strathmore 400 series grey toned paper
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
NFS

This is my greyhound Sephiroth, his coloring lends itself surprisingly well to black and white. His amber eyes stare right into my soul, in this drawing as well as in real life.. 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

45 - Greyhound


45 - Greyhound, 5 x 7 inch oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

This is Dodger, who looks very similar to my girl Train. It's so much fun to paint dogs that are brindle and white, it's like the best of both worlds.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Pharaoh Hound painting, Greyhound and Afghan Hound drawings


43 - Pharaoh Hound, 5 x 7 inch oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy

I had a lot of fun with this little painting, the reference photo lent itself well to the imagination.

Nothing more relaxing than to spend an evening drawing. This is my lovely boy, Sephiroth. I had a mat that fit perfectly, so this drawing comes ready to frame:


44 - Greyhound, pencil
© 2014 Kathleen Coy



And here's a little charcoal Afghan Hound. Love that hair:


42 - Afghan Hound, charcoal
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD


Sunday, March 30, 2014

41 - Greyhound


41 - Greyhound, 5 x 7 inch oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy

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. 

Sunday, March 23, 2014

My first art book!

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:

http://www.blurb.com/user/store/katcoy





Friday, March 21, 2014

40 - Italian Greyhound


40 - Italian Greyhound
5 x 7 inch, oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

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.


Friday, March 14, 2014

Day 39 - Greyhound


Day 39 - Greyhound
5 x 7 inch, oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy

Another little painting of my foster girl, Train. What a heart stealer she is.. I really love the loose, sketchy feel of this painting. Auction ends tonight (March 14th.)

Monday, March 10, 2014

38 - Galgo Español


38 - Galgo Español 
7 x 5 inch, oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

This lovely Galgo (Spanish Greyhound) is Cara, who is the muse of photographer Petra Postma.

Saturday, March 1, 2014

37 - Greyhound


37 - Greyhound, 5 x 7 inch oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

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. 



Monday, February 17, 2014

Lurcher Commission



Floss, 14 x 14 inch oil on linen
© 2014 Kathleen Coy

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:



Monday, February 10, 2014

Trio of framed paintings


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

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Last Bonus! Day 36 - Greyhound


Day 36 - Greyhound
5 x 7 inch, oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

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. 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Bonus! Day 35 - Irish Wolfhound


Day 35 - Irish Wolfhound
5 x 7 inch, oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

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.

Monday, February 3, 2014

Bonus! Day 34 - Greyhounds


Day 34 - Greyhounds
5 x 7 inch, oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

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.

Sunday, February 2, 2014

Bonus! Day 33 - Borzoi


Day 33 - Borzoi
5 x 7 inch, oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

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.

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Bonus! Day 32 - Saluki


Day 32 - Saluki
5 x 7 inch, oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

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.

Friday, January 31, 2014

Bonus! Day 31 - Ibizan Hound Puppy


Day 31 - Ibizan Hound Puppy
5 x 7 inch, oil on panel
© 2014 Kathleen Coy
SOLD

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...