This was painted from life in my back yard. I find skulls to be incredibly beautiful, and very helpful for studying anatomy. This skull has a very interesting patina, probably from being outside for 6 years. I battled mosquitoes throughout the painting, but in the end it was worth it.
Jackrabbits are so interesting looking to me, as I'm used to the Eastern Cottontail rabbit here in Iowa. I wanted this piece to have a vintage look and feel to it, and hope to paint more of these guys in the future.
This is a bittersweet commissioned portrait of a beautiful and much loved greyhound who recently passed away. I wanted this painting to have a sense of peace about it, and I hope it brings his family comfort.
Franzi is an adorable podenco andaluz maneto living in Austria, and has one of the most expressive faces I've ever seen on a dog. He'll be starring in a series of commissioned paintings. These are the first two.
My rat terrier Cloud turned thirteen a couple weeks ago. He's in good health, but is slowing down. It shows in everything he does, and I wanted to capture that.. I want to remember him in every stage of his life. Here he is contentedly basking in the sun, cheerful even though his back legs are a little stiff. A bittersweet moment in time, and an emotional painting for me - my best little friend is growing old.
Below are some progression photos, and a quick sketch I did yesterday while he slept.
I'm very pleased to announce my painting, A Gathering of Cherries, is the cover art of the May 15, 2014 issue of Good Fruit Grower magazine. You can see the cover here, I'm extremely happy with the way it looks:
This is Angela, who is sadly no longer with us, but her bright spirit and dignity live on in paint. 10% of all sighthound project painting sales during this month (April, 2014), are being donated to Beverly Farmer Podencos, who rescued Angela, and so generously allowed me to paint from her photo.
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: