Friday, October 31, 2008
This pastel painting is part of the Helping Paws Exhibition, with 10% of the sale price being donated to K9 Dog Rescue, Mandurah, Western Australia.
I am very pleased to announce that "Peaches and Cream" was awarded Second Place in the "Pastels - Any Subject" at a local show that I entered last weekend.
"Peaches and Cream" can be purchased via Paypal through my dog paintings blog. This painting is priced at $400.00AU, with the current drop in the aussie dollar that is approximately $263.00US including shipping.
To view Michelle's other work please visit her website and dog paintings blog.
Thursday, October 30, 2008
•4"x6" watercolor on paper
Here is my next 'installment' I really like this one, so much so I had second thoughts about putting it up for auction, but I am sure some one will love this little guy as much as me...after all, who can resist that classic bassett face?
Even if it is just hoping for another treat ;-)
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•4"x6" Watercolor on paper
And now there are three! I really like this little piece. A beautiful Shar Pei and friends...all members of the "Wrinkles Club."
I don't personally know a Shar Pei but they seem to be a very dignified dog, and proud of those wrinkles too!
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•4" x6" Watercolor on paper
This is the second in this series. A wonderful little moment between a girl and her corgi pet. The little girl, being a girl , has those great flowered pants while her best friend has a lovely flower charm on her collar: Flower power for both!
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Wednesday, October 29, 2008
With the elections underway, I thought it would be fun to add a new candidate to the election. Meet Bongo. This painting is entitled "Vote for Me". The competition is tough, so he had to come up with a catchy name like one of the other candidates. Here he is known as "Maraca Bongo". He is on the campaign trail promising unconditional love and loyalty to someone who is willing to open their heart and their home to him and treat him with kindness. He is currently residing with me while he looks for his forever home. Prints of "Vote for Me" can be purchased for $55. These are 11.5" X 16" in a limited edition of 100. Each is hand signed and printed with archival inks. A portion of the proceeds will be donated to a no-kill shelter to help other dogs and cats like Bongo. If interested in a print, email me at email@example.com. You can visit the artist, Stephanie Grimes' website at: http://www.artist-f.com
Tuesday, October 28, 2008
I'm trying something a little different this week. This is a series of paintings entitled "The Other End of the Leash"
Each day I will post a painting showing a quiet/funny/loving moment between the dog, it's human and the physical leash that binds the two.
We start out with a wee Chihuahua; a fearless little dog with a huge personality.
Hope you enjoy it!
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Monday, October 27, 2008
Sunday, October 26, 2008
Friday, October 24, 2008
Wednesday, October 22, 2008
Don't you love this little face?! I am DEFINATELY painting this dog again, only bigger, like lifesize. I want to play more with the gestures created by the clumps and wisps of fur. And consciously work my triad of color - I didn't realize until I was done that I had built this painting with olives, oranges and violets.
Can't wait to try him another time around!
Thanks, as always, for looking and sharing these paintings with your friends and family.
See you tomorrow,
PS Here I go again, pushing the Painting a Dog a Day book. I got the proof today, and it's more beautiful than I dreamed possible. I don't want anyone to miss out on this!! It's titled Painting a Dog a Day - the First Year, and you can get a softcover for $39.95 or a hardcover for $54.95. Orders can come to firstname.lastname@example.org. THANK YOU!!
First there is "Napping Princess," a beautiful black Great Dane (uncropped ears) relaxing in the afternoon sun. She is a regular visitor to our home and is a dreamboat:-)
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Next we have...
..."Wind Wisps" To me, this post captures the cavalier at its best; always happy, eager, ready to follow you anywhere...with 2 in our extended family, we have experienced this wonderful temperament first hand.
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Monday, October 20, 2008
Sunday, October 19, 2008
I finally fulfilled one of my goals this year to enter a duck stamp contest. This was my entry for the Louisiana State Duck Stamp. Their theme for the past few years has been "Retrievers Save Game" and this years' dog was the Chesapeake Bay Retriever which is the breed I own. Since I am also an avid duck hunter combining the dogs and ducks seemed like a good indication that this would be a good contest to start with. I tried many combinations of poses, backgrounds and ducks and (finally!) after my fifth attempt achieved a design I could feel comfortable with.
This piece was done in gouache and features my first dog, Jake. I have named the painting "Tribute" because, even though I have painted him many times, this painting really captures him the best. The pose is from a photo I took of him on one of our hunting trips and captures him in the prime of his life, staring intently into the distance watching for ducks.
This painting will reside with me as it has too much meaning for me to part with. However, I am planning on making prints available in the near future. Please watch my website and blogspot for information on when the prints will be available for purchase. Thanks for looking!
Friday, October 17, 2008
This fellow is the most recent of the Alaskan Malamutes I've been painting for their upcoming national specialty -- which I'll be attending in a couple of weeks. The painting is an original 16" x 16" oil on canvas and is available for purchase. If you're interested in the original (or in the limited edition giclee reproductions on canvas that will be available in a week or so) you can email me at karen at kmdogart.com
I have been very happy with the way this painting turned out. I don't often work with so much blue, but of course the snow just cries out for the cooler colors. So it's been a fun venture doing these Mals set in the snow. I've got another in progress on my easel right now. My first Malamute painting as well as horses, Lhasas, etc. can be found on my blog at karenmcclelland.blogspot.com. Or my limited editions (just the dogs, usual size is 100 - 200) are available at www.kmdogart.com. The Malamutes will be up there within the next couple of weeks.
I do accept a very limited amount of commission work every year, so if you like my touch with a brush, drop me a line.
Thursday, October 16, 2008
As a participating artist, I want to keep this innovative Canine Art Guild show fresh in everyone's minds! If you haven't already voted for your favourite painting in the show, please be sure to do so. Remember, it's the shelters or rescues that benefit, so you will be helping out the dogs merely by voting. That said, with the holiday season fast approaching, fine art always makes a special gift, and this show is full of wonderful work.
My partner group is Border Collie Rescue Ontario. I've worked with BCRO a few times, doing some fostering and training, and as I've mentioned in the little blurb that accompanies my show entries, one of my dogs comes from BCRO. Finn, my older dog, was a private rescue ten years ago – it is Finn who is featured in most of my Border Collie work. I'm itching to paint Swish, the little female I got from BCRO. The challenge with Swish is getting good photos, because she doesn't stay still for long! With a name like Swish, would you expect anything else?
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
The lines of light that are being cast from the blinds gave an interesting feeling to the composition. In the photo the lines of light were also across Luc's face. With artist liberty I chose not to include those as they took away from this gentle boy's expression.
To see more of my work please go to my website at http://www.dawnsecord.com/.
Sunday, October 12, 2008
This image is available on my website as cards or as a small print.
Saturday, October 11, 2008
Well, sometimes I'll sneak a cat or horse in, but it's been primarily dogs.
I'm at over 800 paintings now, and it's been quite the journey. And now, for the first time, you can hold a chunk of that journey in your own hands.
"Painting a Dog a Day - The First Year" is now available in both soft- and hardcovers!!
The book includes 100 generously sized 8" x 10" pages of full-color images, including my favorite pieces and stories, along with an essay highlighting the first 15 months of paintings. I've also interjected bits of hindsight and random thoughts about art-making. My opinion may be biased, but I think that it's a beautiful publication, one that Dog-a-Day collectors and animal lovers alike will enjoy perusing.
Like I said, the book is available in both softcover and hardbound editions, and will ship out December 1st via priority mail, in plenty of time for the holidays. It will make a great gift - so check your list twice, and then place an order.
The softcover edition is $39.95; Hardcover (with dust jacket) is $54.95. Shipping and handling will be an additional 4.95 - and I'll gladly combine shipping on multiple volumes. Just ask for a quote.
To order, send an email to email@example.com with the subject line "BOOK". You may also simply send a paypal payment (firstname.lastname@example.org) for the total amount due, or mail a check directly to the studio (346 N Anderson, Lake Orion, MI 48362). Please include Michigan sales tax if shipping to a Michigan address.
If you pre-order your copy before November 1st, I'll have plenty of time to personalize an inscription. PLEASE NOTE: Pre-ordering guarantees holiday delivery.
Any questions may always come to email@example.com .
Thanks, as always, for your time in looking at, and sharing, my paintings (and now my book!) with your friends and family.
Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Excerpt from my blog, on going experiment, rediscovering why I love to paint.
I have discovered reasons I love to paint and I'm only in the second day of this experiment. The experiment is- After a summers vacation, of taking photos only, I want to know if I'd like to continue painting and taking photos, or go to photography completely and forget the painting.
Here are reasons I'm discovering, why I'll probably continue to paint.....
Reason number one for me to continue painting is this: When I woke up at 5 am, I immediately remembered this painting was sitting on my desk, ready for some more paint! Painting gives me a good reason to get up. I don't lay there and waste an hour, waiting for daylight. As winter approaches, I'll have even more hours to paint before daylight arrives.
Reason number two: The funny things that happen when you're painting.... For example, I layered burnt sienna over this dog, then hit it with the hair dryer and a long brown booger ran out of the dog's nose and across the rest of the painting. Now that was funny. You might have to click the image above and see a larger version to get the full effect.
Reason number three: In 20 minutes time, I've drawn my dog, and even though it has rough spots, it looks like a dog. One of my most fun reasons to paint...to take raw materials, and create something that wasn't there before.
Reason number four: In 20 minutes time, my dog is complete with shadows, and light, form and shape, and the beginnings of personality. I've corrected the placement of his eye, and corrected the angle of his nose-need to do more work on the nose..... I've noticed his forehead is wrong and will be working on that next. I'm totally involved in the process of painting. The painting has taken on a life of it's own, and it's telling me what it wants me to do next. I absolutely love the feeling this painting has created inside of me.
Reason number five: Even though I work from photos, I draw the image myself. I begin on a plain white sheet of paper, and draw with my paint brush. It's so hard to explain the connection I feel between the image and the end of my paint brush, but there's an incredible pull from the image, directing my lines onto the paper, it's like I'm not doing this myself, but I'm pulled into the process. It isn't a push, or a nod, or a bump, it's a strong, steady pull, from the subject to the end of my brush.
I've painted animals from life, and although the process is fun, I don't enjoy it like I enjoy working from a photo. I don't want to have to worry about what the animal is doing next and try to imagine how they looked in the preceding five seconds.
And taking the photo itself is part of the process. When I'm taking photos of an animal, I get to know who that particular animal is...I see if he's funny, or smart, or kind of dumb and clutzy.
I like taking the photo that best captures his personality and habits.
Reason number six: There's something about painting that takes the photo one step further. The photo requires a mechanized process and a type of machine (for better words) to make the image happen. But the painting is "MINE"! No other person could copy this painting exactly as I painted it. Look at all the work around this country that's copied, the copy never looks exactly like the original.
You can go to an art class, where 30 artists in the class are working from the same photo, and no two paintings will look exactly alike. When I post this image to the forum, it won't look like all the other paintings the rest of the artists will paint.
So, you can see, I've discovered photos and paintings are both part of my process. I'll keep doing both.
Remember, you can feel free to leave a comment before you go! Perhaps something I've posted has got you thinking....
Perhaps you don't agree with something I've said....
Maybe you'd like to take some art lessons, and try this yourself. If so, don't be afraid, jump right in and do it! The feelings you receive while you're painting are worth it. Let me know, and I'll help you get started.
Maybe you're painting and wonder why you do it! I'd like to hear the reasons you continue....
Email Me if you have questions, or want to inquire about purchasing a painting.
Remember, you can find horse art , Western art, Mule and Donkey art
wildlife art, cow art, and animal paintings. My reference photos are for sale on my website.
Sunday, October 5, 2008
The fifth Canine Art Guild online exhibition is now live...!
"Helping Paws 2008" is now online!
A wide and varied display of dog art can be viewed (and the best: all is for sale! Definately worth a visit!). Each and every artist entered has pledge to donate proceeds of their sales to a shelter or charity of their choice.
Over the last few weeks you have been able to have a sneak preview here, on "Art with a Bark", of some of the work being created for the show.
Below is one of my three entries: "Forgotten Son".
Graphite on paper, 19x30 cm
380 Euros (20% donated to DCGR)
Too many of our canines are very badly treated, abused and neglected.
Forgotten Son is all about how strong and important the bond is between "man and his best friend".
This young girl is lost in reverie as her beloved dog shows her undying loyalty, support and affection.
Through my art I would like to heighten the awareness of how these gorgeous, quiet and loyal canines are in dire need of a warm safe bed.
The Dumfriesshire & Cumbria Greyhound Rescue is a Scottish charity focused on re-homing retired or abandoned Greyhounds. As a charity they not only use what they raise for kennel fees, vet fees, fostering expenses and advertising but also try to raise public awareness of the plight of dogs at the end of their racing/coursing careers. To date over 500 ex racers and coursers have found new homes.
Thank you for time have a lovely Sunday, Sheona