Myth #1: You don’t know what you are getting with a shelter or rescue dog.
I am very happy to share "Orcas Island Vista" today! Personally, I feel this is one of my best paintings to date and marks my growth as an artist over the past 8 months. This painting was done as a commission from a photo provided by the client. Orcas Island is the largest island of the San Juan Islands in Washington state. While I have not personally been to Orcas Island, I have been to neighbouring San Juan Island/Friday Harbour. It is absolutely stunning landscape there!
This is a painting I did a couple weeks ago as a commission - a Christmas gift between sisters.
As you will see when your read the excerpt below, what an amazingly cool Christmas gift!
Theresa, the new owner of "Successful Trailblazers" shares the story:
"This painting is a moment in time where two years of concentrated community effort came to its unbelievable conclusion. The community of Kintore was challenged to defend why its school of 150 students (give or take) should remain open. This is a conflict that has occurred and is occurring all over Ontario as school boards steamroll over communities & shut down their schools in the name of fiscal conservation. The Kintore group worked hard & even surprised themselves with the logic of why this school should stay open. This painting is of a photograph taken when the board of trustees voted unanimously to keep AJ Baker School open. We hoped for a win, we never dreamed of a unanimous victory!"
Theresa also wrote a truly lovely comment on Facebook - a comment that really resonated with me and reminds me of why I am on this painting journey!
"It is not only an emotional picture of a big moment, but to me an inspiration that when something is important to you, and you are persistent & focussed, you can do it! I will have to pick a good spot to hang it for when I need that inspirational boost! Amazing how art can channel that emotion."
Thanks Christina and Theresa!
Happy holiday friends!! While I missed a couple weeks of posting here, it was not for lack of work. In addition to some Xmas fun, I have been busy painting some holiday commissions and getting ready for my Jan 2015, 30-in-30 Rescue Pet Painting Challenge (starting Jan 1, 2015)
The following painting was a commission I did for a friend to give as holiday gift. This sweet gal is Spirit and her dog-mom Jen shared the following anecdote with me:
"Spirit is a 9.5 year old Golden Retriever. She was released from a service dog program when she was 18 months old. She didn't make the cut! I adopted her when I was in university. She loves swimming, long walks and treats. She also enjoys agility and is a member of a local agility club. She is incredibly smart and very sweet."
Spirit sure sounds like a special girl!! Thanks for sharing Jen.
This weeks painting is my contribution the the WDE at WetCanvas. Thanks to mlou_jhu for hosting this past week. Super photos.
For this small painting, took me about 60 minutes & I used 3 tubes of paint (ultramarine blue, cad red light, and titanium white). Acrylic on canvas, 6x6 inches.
While I will be posting a new painting in the next couple of days... today's post is about framing (given a large part of my day was devoted to framing four of my pieces). For myself, framing entails cutting the mats/foam board, assembling the frames, and installing a hanging wire. A shout out to Guthrie's Art and Framing in London, ON - they are an amazing business to work with. They always help me pick my frame/mat colours and cut the frame and glass. I was pretty happy with the final products... framing really polishes the works off!
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