Since my childhood, I have loved all animals and one of the things that often inspires me to paint would be a photograph that shows the character of another animal. I am friends with someone, a long time dog owner, who recently adopted a kitten. I have followed the story of the dog warming up to the cat, and the cat’s antics. After a compelling photo of the dog was posted on facebook, I could see his long suffering, patient soul, the dog, that is, in his relationship with the silly annoying young cat. And I had to paint it. Not for sale.Share on Facebook
Like many artists, I can’t just paint when I think I should. I need inspiration. This morning, one of my friends posted a photo of their little dog… I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. While the colors and composition were good, in fact, the whole idea of the dog falling asleep waiting for his person to come home, is so sweet. So here it is. A fun painting done with all Daniel Smith Primatek watercolors, including garnet and serpentine.Share on Facebook
As part of my exercise in painting things I don’t usually paint, I saw these puppies up for adoption from a Quincy, Washington animal shelter (last I heard one was already adopted) and I considered what a composition of both of them together would look like. I’m not used to painting puppies, particularly black ones, but I gave it a try. This painting is for sale $125.00 takes them home, all benefits go to wild life conservation.Share on Facebook
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Another rare grey wolf was shot by a hunter. He thought it was a coyote, and shot before he noticed she had a radio collar (Link to article). Wolves are so very important for our ecosystem, and for that matter, so are coyotes. Bounties on predators might have been important during the days of Little House on the Prairie, but no more. These creatures are necessary to keep life in balance on the planet. They are beautiful children of God, and they have much to teach us.
Who speaks for wolf? I guess I do. As I mourn the loss of yet another wolf, another cougar, or bear, I shudder to think of a world where all our large wild animals are in zoos and that’s where we are heading. As the wicked witch of the west said, “what a world, what a world!” – I hope I am never a part of it.
This painting is for sale, the price is $175.00 and all of the proceeds goes to wildlife conservation. It measures 11″ x 14″
Ghett the wonder dog will do just about anything she’s asked. Here she sticks her head and front feet into a little wooden frame. She looks like she KNOWS it’s a dumb idea, but she does it anyway. I loved painting this one. It was a lot of fun. I will sell this painting, which measures 6″ x 6″ for $50.00 All proceeds go to endangered species conservation programs.Share on Facebook