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Last of the cavaliers

Last of the Swan House Gallery show cavalier series. All done. Of course, these are my favorites.  Thankful for this quick, happy series.


oil sketches

This morning’s effort
It won’t be dry enough to take to the gallery tomorrow, but maybe by Thursday.
Flirt, 5×7″, oil on board

Daughter gave me a ride to Binders to find frames, then we took turns throwing a ball to Maddy the dauntless tri-color. I have begun thinking of these as little oil sketches. I love what their body language expresses, more than the hair-perfect portraits.

Seven spaniel paintings

Since November 7th,  I’ve spent four days in hospital and two weeks post surgery quietly recuperating. Here I am with spaniels and my Nook.


Last week the news came that three of the four cavalier paintings sold before the show opened.  Would I do more?

I went straight to the studio and mixed paint. Glad I did that little drawing the other day, a profile of a Blenheim, my first dog. I plan to do three more total and see how it goes.

And here they are. All 5×7. oil/board. Robert is framing them for me tonight, and I’ll deliver them to the Swan Coach House Gallery Tuesday.  I have one more drawn but we’ll see how these do. So far, one of life’s simple pleasures.

Blenheim Profile


Little dogs mean a lot

Painted a few small (5×7″) works for the Little Things Mean A Lot show at the Swan Coach House Gallery that’s opening November 17.
Decided to use my in-house models, who pose for kibble.  I had pulled source images from the Corporal Works of Mercy series. And, honestly, what says ‘little things mean a lot’ more than an itty-bitty spaniel with a big old heart?


Leave it

Mountain sides and Moochie

Worked on El Cap Swing – entirely on the right hand side of the canvas, punching up the darks and adding texture, plus another layer of paint on the climber.

If you remember the Sanctuary painting, I made one final change to it – added Moochie, sitting on the chair/throne.
Here’s a detail. The eyes aren’t finished, but the rest is.
I have my own reasons as to why I did this, but I think I’ll let the painting speak for itself.

7 down 2 to go

Two hours painting. Five hours battling with photoshop.
All but two paintings are finished, and I am hustling them towards completion. The six that are done are up on my website (after much gnashing of teeth and patient explantions plus an extra boost from a friend) and I’ve emailed them to the gallery.
Down to the wire now with Ransom the Prisoner and Bury the Dead.

Visit the Prisoner

I’ve spent the day on Visit the Prisoner. I’m using the concrete floor in the garage as a go by for the floor, and worked on the dog inside the cage and the cardboard scrap he’s laying on. After a break, I tackled the visitor – a Blenheim I borrowed from the neighbors. Her name is Ginger. There is probably going to be a rawhide bone added at some point


Painted Blenheim fur all morning, layer after layer. Softened the edges of the halo. She’s started to develop the expression I remember. I’ll be working on shadows tomorrow.



Today I painted fur, especially his ears
Here’s a detail.

skin tones

Today all I painted was skin.
The legs need to be darker below the knees, but the hands are close to done. I love the blues and teals of the veins.
Once this dries really, really well, I can start pulling the edges of black fur out where it drapes over the body. Also add the gold wedding band, thumb ring, and the saints medal on the gold necklace.