“Moo Doo” acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″, 2012
“Moo Doo” acrylic on canvas, 36″ x 24″, 2012
Resolutions? Yes! This year I will make a few. How about these?
On the subject of helping, I have an original painting of an arctic wolf, Lakota Listening, posted on e-bay. The proceeds will be donated to MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue. It is just a few dollars away from hitting its reserve, so bid today!
I just listed an original painting on e-bay to help raise funds for MaPaw Siberian Husky Rescue. I am on the board of this 501-c3 organization, which rescues and re-homes neglected, abandoned and abused dogs. We just completed construction on new kennels and will be able to welcome more huskies into our care. We do, however, have a large vet bill to pay and with more dogs come more expenses. Please help spread the word! Thank you!
Every day I watch my old dog get a little bit older. I watch her stumble a bit more and eat a bit less. I wonder if she will be here tomorrow. And somehow, miraculously, she is. So I continue watching my old dog get older.
This is the last painting I did of Junie. I’m sure I will paint others, but for now, this one tells her story.
“How do you think a child with cancer feels when they come to the hospital for treatment?” That was one of the questions second-graders in Brownie Troop 683 asked themselves while they brainstormed a mural for Lehigh Valley Health Network’s Pediatric Cancer department. The girls thought perhaps kids facing cancer felt sad and scared and maybe a little angry, so they decided to create something that was the opposite. They chose the “HOPE” and lots of bright colors and they got to work earning their painting badge. The 12 girls in the troop broke into groups of 3 and worked collaboratively on 4 20” x 20” canvases, creating their version of a pop-art style “mural” that will be hung in one of the common areas of the LVPG Pediatric Hematology and Oncology. “I just love the colors!” was the response from Rose Schenk, pediatric social worker, when the mural arrived at her office. “It was so sweet of them to think of our kids!” she added. She and her colleagues will be hanging the mural soon. Thank you Brownies!
I paint wolves all the time. It makes sense. I’m a dog person. I live with a dog. In the past, I lived with four dogs. Not just dogs, Siberian huskies! I might as well have been living with wolves. Painting wolves makes so much sense. So why do I love cows? I never lived on a farm. I did grow up in the country, but not really in the country. It was certainly not you’d call rural. We lived less than two hours outside of New York City. It was more “country” than country. And yet, I really do love cows! And I love to paint them! Today, after taking a fairly long painting break, I headed intot he studio and set to work on a new cow painting. I just love to paint cows!
I haven’t painted in a while. For some reason, the inspiration hasn’t been there. I’ve been tired and even though I’ve had a bunch of ideas dancing around in my head, I just haven’t had the energy to get out the paints…until last night. I’ve been rolling this image around for some time. I did a pretty detailed sketch, but when it came time to paint, I wanted it wild!
This isn’t a great photo of it, but you can get the idea. I love the image of the wolf as defender. The fierceness and the power combine with the beauty of the animal to create something quite primal…
I wasn’t feeling very well yesterday, so I left work early and took it easy at home. I spent the first couple hours on the couch and then decided to sit outside in the beautiful sunshine and do a little painting. I was quite productive!
I worked on paper because it is easy to carry outside and because I feel more free to be experimental. So here is experiment number one. In this one, I was working on figures again, but with more energy and an abstract background.
Experiment number two: This is another painting from my photo trip to Lakota Wolf Preserve. In this one, I started with an abstract background and then added a wolf looking in from the side. I enjoy experimenting with balance and unique compositions.
My final experiment was a landscape. I’ve been thinking about this for some time and I finally conjured up the courage to give it a try. I have to admit, I’m surprised by how much I like the finished painting. I may work on a few more!
All in all, a pretty good sick day!
Another acrylic on wood inspired by my photographs from the Lakota Wolf Preserve.
I decided to give figurative work another try today…