Wednesday, June 26, 2013

New eBay Auctions closing soon!

I have two eBay auctions closing on June 27. This one is an Art Trading Card cave painting of a Dachshund.  Though not generally known, the prehistoric canine, Wienerdogitis Shortlegsithas, was the ancestor of today's domestic Dachshund. While this fact has been kept a secret by jealous Rottweiler, Labrador, and Corgi owners, this is the original doggie companion of our cave dwelling forebears, who willingly shared their beds and their chow with this charming hound. While many may deny that this painting of an early sausage dog (Sausageyumminess Givememoreorelse) is a true cave painting from Lascaux, I have it on good authority that this image is, in fact, from that illustrious site and, but has been suppressed for years by jealous Bichon Frisé owners. Bid on this piece now before it fades into history!

The 2nd auction is for this Frosty-faced senior Dachshund. It has been said that the person who has earned the love of an old dog is truly blessed. Whether your senior companion has been with you all of its days or whether you have been fortunate enough to adopt and share an older dog's life only in its twilight years, you know the sweetness of their frosty face, the look of love in their eyes, the warmth of their regard as they snuggle next to you, feeling safe and secure in your presence just as you do in theirs. See this auction! 

Friday, May 3, 2013

This is my latest watercolor painting, The Daily Growler. It is early Monday morning, and the dog is at the breakfast table with the morning paper (The Daily Growler's Monday morning edition), a steaming cup of coffee and a bone-shaped biscotti biscuit. Sunlight streams in over the tops of the trees outside the window, limning everything it touches with possibility for the day ahead - that is, if this wiener dog chooses to wake up and not just go back to bed (I'd go back to bed!).It is available for now on Etsy, though I may move it to eBay later. I do have two paintings available on eBay this week. This one is Nothin' But a Hound Dog and features a Dachshund singing as Elvis:
I added iridescent paint and tiny rhinestones in keeping with that Vegas vibe. The other painting is another Martini Weenie using an olive as a pillow:

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Easter Dachshund and Lemon Beagle

In honor of Easter I painted a Dachshund with a basket of pastel bones. The wiener dog is wearing bunny ears and looking very pleased with itself. I sold the original of this today to a very nice woman down in Portland, Oregon who has two dachsies and one lemon beagle. One of her dachshunds is a rescue with no teeth but plenty of 'tude. Anyhow, as I sometimes do, I painted a quick bonus ATC to include with the purchased painting, which is the lemon beagle below. I grew up with a black and white beagle mix, but this is the first time I've ever heard of a lemon beagle. My childhood beagle, Droopy, was quite a character and inspired a lot of the humor I try to infuse my dog paintings with.

I attempted some acrylic painting tonight; it went poorly. I've been watching a tutorial by illustrator Will Terry, which certainly makes sense when I watch it, but the execution went somewhat differently for me. My brushes are not really suited to the medium, and Kelly was bugging me to get the cats out of the room so that we could let the birds out, so that probably didn't help. Will is planning to do an online class coming up that will have actual assignments and critiques that I must must must get into. I feel at a weird crossroads in my career right now, and just don't know what direction to go in next. I want to move forward with children's book illustrations and apps, but I don't seem to be able to decide on the next step.

On the Kelly front, I went to the annual IEP (Individualized Education Plan) for her at school and had to take a long self-pitying nap afterwards. It's been a rough year, and her ADHD seems to be getting worse instead of better with time. Multiple medication mix-ups have added to the horrors of navigating 4th grade with the attention span of a gnat and the imagination of da Vinci.

I also listed my latest paintings on Etsy for those that are interested. The address of my store is