OilThis is a new oil painting I painted from a photo I took last year at a dog event at Codorus State Park. I worked on this in between commissions. I thought this dog was trying to tell me something.
In process "Garden Muses," 6" x 12", commissioned double portrait done in acrylics on museum quality panel. Don't you love Luna's eyelashes? What woman wouldn't kill for those?!
I'm currently accepting commissions and even have a couple spots left for delivery by Father's Day - email me if you are interested.
Both Augie and Luna had wonderful lives. My client has the fondest memories of time spent in the garden with them, so it seemed fitting that their portrait be staged in the same place. My goal is to infuse this painting with their two distinctive personalites and the unique flair of a particular location.
(I also love the way the garden growth, which reads as foliage, also reads as abstraction and patterning)
See you tomorrow!!
Thank you to all who sent in suggestions for titles - there had to be about 75 in total!! I narrowed it down to 8, and then brainstormed further from there, and then the collector who purchased this piece asked that I keep the title the same.
Of course I can do that!!
Meanwhile, this painting is signed and finished and will be heading to it's new home next week - thank you so much!
Meanwhile, if you would like to order notecards or reproductions of "Tussle" or any other of my paintings, you can do so here.
And let me tell you, I'll have to come up with some paintings to call "Co-Op," "Hot Potato," "Fracas," and "On the Ball," just to name a few!!
|Sol, 4" x 6" acrylic painting of a Flemish Giant (c) Beth Lowell 2012|
"What the....??," the very first painting from the "Cherished" series, 24" x 14", acrylic on museum quality panel, depicting a cattle dog mix and a gray tabby kitten, aka Finnigan Jones and Mona Lisa, collection of the artist.
I don't think I'm ready to part with this painting quite yet, but I can create something just as fun starring your pets -email me!
To keep the composition simple, I opted to eliminate the rug (you can see the reference here), and I'm wondering now if it should be there. Without the rug, there's a lot of negative space and I'm not entirely convinced it's the best thing for the painting, but am content to let things sit for a bit until I can "see" how to do it differently.
I painted the shadows out and sketched the rug in, then the voice inside my head told me to take the rug back out and replace the shadows. Still, I wonder. Maybe I'll go back in with some glazes and make Finni's shadows softer still.....
These are the sort of decisions I make - and then second guess - every day.
Not nearly as exciting as solving a challenging engineering problem or troubleshooting computer code or even crunching numbers, but I get to do those things every so often too. Like just yesterday when I wrapped and shipped 5 different sized paintings in the same carton, tracked down and deleted an open process file corrupting my contact management database, and balanced my checkbook.
Meanwhile, my next mission is to cook dinner and run the track carpool.
Enjoy your evening!
A Call For Muses
In anticipation of participating in a large scale art event, I am creating a fresh body of work.
Hence my latest request - bring me new muses!!
The concept is "Cherish." I am looking for images of animals depicting a realm of emotions in the hopes of painting a fraction of the sorts of relationships we share with our companions.
Please note that photos do not have to include people - I'd rather prefer to leave the human form out altogether, as this allows the viewer to bring their own personal interpretations.
You are invited to submit non-flash photos for consideration:
Photos I plan on painting will be uploaded to the "Cherish" photo album inside the studio's Facebook page. I will also add links to the completed paintings as the series of work progresses.
I am really excited about this opportunity and look forward to sharing the latest leg of the Painting a Dog a Day journey with you!!