Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Finished Dee Dee, maybe...


"Modern Dee Dee"
(in progress)
24x12 acrylic on canvas
$600
SOLD

Here's what I think is a finished painting waiting to have a signature placed artfully on it. I think that my client feels the same way, but I haven't heard for sure.

One thing I love about this painting is all the color I was able to use in creating Dee Dee. White/Gray dogs, and even black for that matter, give me such creative freedom. I do what I see and I add where I think something needs a little flare. I'm really going to miss seeing Dee Dee everyday on my easel. Oh well, at least I have photos to remember her by. Plus, she's going to a great home.

Bri-

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Pumpkins


So tonight we artists here in Baker City, got together to carve pumpkins for the window of the Short Term Gallery. Corrine and I showed up a little late because we went to see "Squall" preformed by the good folks at Eastern Oregon Regional Theater. The show was great and if you're in town I highly recommend seeing it next weekend.

These are two of the five pumpkins we carved. Mine is on the right and the blur makes it impossible to see clearly. It's a dog howling at the moon. Who would have thought? Corrine's on the left, is designed to collapse in on itself as it decays. We'll see.

Bri-

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Close up Dee Dee...


"Modern Dee Dee"
(in progress)
24x12 acrylic on canvas
$600
SOLD

Here's a slightly blurry close-up of the work I got done today. The problem with the sun setting sooner in the fall, I don't get photos that are as clear. Also with the update to Snow Leopard my scanner is having a -1 error that I can't seem to go away. Apple you have finally let me down.

Bri-

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Eyes and ears...



"Modern Dee Dee"
(in progress)
24x12 acrylic on canvas
$600
SOLD

Can you see the difference? I did lots of small brushwork today and added more definition to Dee Dee's muzzle, her eyes and ears. With a little more work in those areas and some body work, I'll be done.

Tomorrow is Corrine's birthday so unless she decides to spend time in the studio I don't know if I'll do any work.

Bri-

Monday, October 19, 2009

Dee Dee coming along...


"Modern Dee Dee"
(in progress)
24x12 acrylic on canvas
$600
SOLD

Lots of the texture in Dee Dee's fur is starting to show. Today I spent most of the day painting at the Short Term Gallery, and thanks to the lack of visitors I got lots of work done.

Hopefully I can kept up the momentum tomorrow.

Bri-

Sunday, October 18, 2009

West Virginia Coffee Hound


"West Virginia Coffee Hound"

9x6 coffee and ink on paper
for sale at Fur Festival on Oct. 24th

This is a dog that is available for adoption at The Monroe County Animal League. They sent me a handful of pictures of other dogs that were also available for adoption, but as my wife put it "that dog looks like Fairmont." He was the first dog I owned and he was from West Virginia as well.

Maybe Fairmont and this little guy are cousins?

Bri-

Saturday, October 17, 2009

I see a body....


"Modern Dee Dee"
(in progress)
24x12 acrylic on canvas
$600
SOLD

When I went to bed last night I wasn't sure if I'd get anything done today on Dee Dee, however today turned out to be one of my most productive days on this painting. I think I have such high expectations of myself when it comes to getting work done, but I do so much volunteer related stuff around town, that I'm drained when I get into the studio.

Today I didn't have any of that kind of stuff to do but I just had this mental picture of myself getting nothing done like so many days this week. Thankfully my mental image of how today would turn out was totally off. Not only did I get lots of painting done, I also got the oil changed in Fluffy. Yeah for effective time management.

Bri-

Friday, October 16, 2009

Dee Dee get's some form...



"Modern Dee Dee"
(in progress)
24x12 acrylic on canvas
$600
SOLD

I actually got more painting done than this picture shows. Why am I posting this then you ask? Well, I wanted to take the picture while there was still daylight coming into my studio.

After the sun had set I added the form of Dee Dee's paws and the rest of her body, plus I sanded down an area on her face where the edge of the teal paint was present. I don't think I'll be eliminating it all together, but I think it will make a difference in the end.

When working on a subject like Dee Dee there are lots of layers that will go into her to create the depth of her fur. I really like this style of painting.

Bri-

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dee Dee begins to peek in...



"Modern Dee Dee"
(in progress)
24x12 acrylic on canvas
$600
SOLD

I thought I'd get more work done today, but alas that was not the case. After creating a press release for the Bike to Work Challenge from last month, spending an hour in Corrine's spinning class, followed by an hour of lifting weights I'm now to tired to paint anymore.

The several hours I did spend turned out what I think is a great base to work with. In the photo I'm working from, Dee Dee is very light and so that presents a challenge bringing her out of the white part of the canvas, but it's a challenge I'm up to.

Bri-

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Modernism


"Modern Dee Dee"
(in progress)
24x12 acrylic on canvas
$600
SOLD

This is the start of a new commission of a schnauzer named Dee Dee. I'm really please to start a painting like this one. My customer had seen a painting I had done of a similar style and we've been working on the color scheme until yesterday. I think that these three colors will look great with the way I'll paint Dee Dee.

See more tomorrow.

Bri-

Monday, October 12, 2009

Restful Dexter


"Restful Dexter"
(in progress)
12x12 acrylic on canvas
$400
SOLD

Dexter belongs to a friend of ours and I'm lucky enough to be trading this painting for a mosaic bird bath that she made. This happens to be from one of her favorite pictures of Dexter.

Right now I think he looks to wide awake for the title I've chosen, so I'll need to make some adjustments to his eyes to give the sense of a tired little guy.

I've also made some creative improvements on the photograph. He's resting on cream colored sheets in the photo and the white section of the comforter is striped, but I don't think I'll be duplicating that.

There will be a little time in between when you see this one again because tomorrow I'll be starting another commission, so Dexter will be sitting on the wall of my studio waiting for final brushstrokes. Sorry Andrea.

Bri-

Tuesday, October 6, 2009

Layouts




Here's three layout ideas I have for a new commission. I really like the top and bottom possibilities the best, but I think I need to lighten the beige color I've chosen.

Here's a blog that writes about Vintage Roadside stuff and they did a few postings about Baker City. It's a great site if you like vintage signs and traveling to out of the way places. Enjoy.

Bri-

Monday, October 5, 2009

Opening

Here's a little video of the "Family Vacation" opening. Benjamin Benjamin had a Sax player, an open fire for s'mores, and great art of course. In the video you can see mostly Corrine's travel trailers and they were a big hit. My paintings were as well, if I do say so myself.

I should have some new work for all to see soon.

Bri-
video