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

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Daylight Savings Dachshund

This Dachshund is Springing Forward to remind all of you that as Winter releases its grip we spring ahead, losing an hour but gaining the Spring-time sunshine and new growth to come. I meant to get this up here last night (in time for the official Changing of the Clocks), but we actually had a sunny Saturday here in Seattle so the whole family went for a walk along the Sammamish Slough instead of finishing up. If you're like me you don't actually set your clocks ahead until Sunday night (if then), so we'll just think of this one as an ode to the Changing of the Seasons. This brand new original will be for sale soon, though I am not sure whether to eBay it, Etsy it or just sell it on my blog. It is Art Trading Card/ACEO size, just 3.5" by 2.5".
I am just starting to think of painting originals and selling them again. Last year I was concentrating on illustrating children's books for Outskirts Press, which was quite time-consuming. In years past I was able to get by on selling my designs on Cafe Press, but since they began cutting commissions by about 65% I seldom bother with putting new work up there. Most of my work for the last several years has been digital, so going back to watercolors (like the above) or acrylics has been interesting. I keep my painting supplies close to hand even when I don't paint regularly, but I am finding that some of my favorite watercolor brushes are missing, which leads me to wonder if I put them in a travel pack and took them somewhere. Normally if I am going to paint in a coffee shop or another room I use my less valuable brushes. In any case, the brushes I have left are all cat-chewed and won't make a point anymore. In any case, I am pining after some new Kolinsky sable brushes which are not cheap. If I keep painting eventually (assuming my art still sells like it used to) I can go to the local Daniel Smith art supply and get a couple.

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

White Muzzles Rule

A 3/3/13 watercolor from my sketchbook of a senior Dachshund. White muzzles on dogs get me every time, and with weiner dogs the way the white fur spreads up onto the forehead and makes their soulful eyes look even bigger and more appealing makes them especially satisfying to paint. I have been associated with Dachshund rescues for many years, donating designs and prints for them to use for fundraising. Rescues end up with a lot of senior dogs to re-home. Can you imagine how confused these old dogs must be? If you've ever considered fostering or rescuing an animal, dog or cat, bird or rat, consider an older pet. They have so much to give, and deserve so much to have comfort and love and to return the same.

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Illustration Friday: Wool

"Too Cool for Wool"

Meet Percy,  who never wanted to be a just one of the herd. In Percy's eyes, he is just Too Cool for Wool.

Created for the Illustration Friday prompt "Wool." I contemplated a lot of different woolly options, abandoning interpretations of "pulling the wool over one's eyes" or other sheepish cliches and eventually deciding on this rebellious sheep. Created digitally in Painter 12.2.

Monday, January 14, 2013

IF: Ocean

For the Illustration Friday prompt Ocean, this is "The Evolution of Fabulous." The ocean represents many things to many people and creatures, but to me it always comes down to the place from which future land-dwelling creatures courageously crawled to begin their lives as air-breathing, walking, flying, crawling, slithering beings. What caused them to make that transition? What combination of audacity and/or boredom drove them to extend their reach, to inhale the air above the sea? I honor their brave and fabulous transition in this picture, created especially for Illustration Friday.