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 https://www.etsy.com/shop/TerryPond.

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.