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Today I am working on a new pet portrait. This is the photo of Beau I received…

beau 2

and here is my progress so far…

Beau progress

Happy to have  a pet portrait back on my easel. Such fun to look at this cutie all day.

I have also ordered my large canvases as previously discussed, and they are on their way. Not as big as I was hoping, but the shipping for larger canvases made it cost prohibitive, so I went with 24″X36″ canvases and will start looking into making my own large scale canvases. I am handy with power tools, so it is kind of surprising that I haven’t already made my own.

And this photo I took recently just might be my inspiration for the first painting when my new canvases arrive.

poppy photo painting inspiration


I continued on my prompt paintings yesterday. Not sure what is going to happen to them, but the beginning layers often get covered when creating with this sort of technique. I’ll just keep going and see what happens.

prompt paintng 1 continued

prompt painting continued

I’ve also got this idea bouncing around  in my head to do a large painting of floral undergrowth. So I did a quick sketch yesterday as step #1.

flower root sketch

Maybe I should make my own prompts and just do them. Not a new idea, but sometimes when something is said for the 100th time it ends up being the right time. I like the concept of a rendezvousing with my ideas.

OK, so let’s do it then, For tomorrow I’ll order those large canvases and start putting my plan into action. What plan do you want to put into action and have been putting off? Maybe it’s time to have a rendezvous and just do it!

I am not sure where my obsession with poppies has come from, but if this painting doesn’t illustrate how much I love them, I don’t know what will.


poppy middle

At 3 X 4 feet, it is the largest painting I have done in quite awhile. Digging it…big time.

poppy view

I may do something more with the background, but otherwise I’m putting this poppy to bed!

Our towns annual group art show that I help organize and run is coming up next week, but because I have been so busy with my pet portraits I haven’t had a chance to work of a piece to submit. I am camping this weekend and we install the show on Tuesday.

Nothing like procrastinating until the last minute to get me cranking. Pulled an all day session at the easel yesterday and I think I am going to squeak it in under the wire. Here is a close up of my progress.

poppy center

Now time to clean the palette and get back to it.

palette cleaning

Each time I do a pet portrait, just like the pets themselves,  they take on a life of their own. Often I do not know the owner and so I don’t know their artistic or decorating style. That probably works out for the best in the end, because then I can let the portrait evolve naturally. My latest pet portrait got a tad psychedelic…nothing over the top, but my client (who I don’t know) is buying the portrait for her in-laws (who I don’t know) and so it made me wonder if I maybe should have toned it down.


Yesterday I sent this photo of the portrait to my client. Her response, “They are absolutely going to LOVE this!!  Totally their style…”  Yep. This makes me happy.

Perfect rainy day to work on a for the hell of it painting. It’s getting there…

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