Sunday, November 23, 2014

Curves 12 x 9"

12 x 9"
oil on canvas
For the past four years, I have submitted a painting of a greyhound for an art book created by Retired from Racing, not from Life as their annual fundraiser. This year, I needed a reference photo so I reached out to my blog and Facebook followers. The response was overwhelming. I had a hard time choosing just one. Curves is the painting that I submitted for this year's art book. My model was too gorgeous to confine to my normal 6 x 6" panel. I now hope that this fundraiser goes on for the next 5-10 years so I can use all the great reference photos you provided. Below are just a few. Thank you!

Tuesday, November 11, 2014


6 x 6"
oil on panel
This adorable kitty passed away recently. Her Mom sent me some good reference photographs for this painting but Paisley's eyes looked completely different in every photo. Paisley's Mom suggested that I paint them aquamarine color. The following quote is from Paisley's Mom upon viewing the finished painting.
"Oh my, that's Paisley! You nailed it, here eyes are perfect."
I love it when a plan comes together. 

Friday, November 7, 2014


6 x 6"
oil on panel
For the past three years, I have donated a custom pet portrait commission for New Rattitude's annual fundraiser, an online auction. New Rattitude is a Rat Terrier rescue group. This little cutie got rescued to a wonderful home in South Carolina and her Mom was the high bidder on my donation this year. I was really pleased with the back lighting and fun background in the reference photo that Ruby's Mom provided. And that cute little face, of course!

Thursday, November 6, 2014

15 ART to BUY Pieces

 November 7 - December 27, 2014
11 a.m.-6 p.m., Tuesday-Saturday
Closed on Sundays and Mondays
5-8 p.m. on First Friday

This Friday is the opening  reception for Dayton Visual Arts Center's annual holiday gift gallery called ART to BUY. I have 15 paintings in the show. Stop by to see those shown up above plus the two secret ones. See you at the reception!

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Greyhounds Galore

Thank you! 
You guys (blog and Facebook followers) are fantastic. You shared photos of your own greyhound, photos of stranger's greyhounds, names of friends that have greyhounds, greyhound rescue groups, photo reference sites, links, entire photo albums, and sent me invitations to join private photo reference groups. The hard part was choosing which photo to paint from for this years Retired from Racing, not from Life art book. Networking rocks!

Monday, October 27, 2014

Drawing Each Other

18 x 24"
line drawing with graphite
In the Advanced Drawing class I am taking at Wright State University, I've been engaged in a trade off with one of my classmates. We parked our easels and drawing boards right next to one another so she could draw me while I was drawing her. At times, it is hard to remember to keep my head still for her. It can be challenging to draw her while her eyes are shifting around her own drawing and then back to me as she confirms measurements. We do hold completely still for each other at least once a class period. That is the only way I can come close to drawing her eyes accuratly. But it has been nice standing so close to my model and more enjoyable than looking in a mirror for hours to do a self portrait. This is one of three drawings that I have completed of Bethany. The other two are below. I enjoyed her three different hair styles and clothing options.

18 x 24"

18 x 24"
I have no explanation for why this one photographed differently than the other two. I photographed all three of them in the same place, one right after the other.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Greyhound Needed



Help, I need a good reference photo of a greyhound to submit to this year's Retired from Racing, not from Life art book fundraiser. I just noticed that entries are due by Oct 31st. So, no pressure! The two paintings above were my entries in 2012 and 2013. If you have a photo that you think would make a good painting, email it to me at or click here to post it to my Facebook page. Thank you so much and just think, it might get published!
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