Saturday, November 8, 2014

PUPPIES!

My adorable little Maltese, Emily, has been very busy! On October 25, she presented us with 3 BEAUTIFUL Maltese puppies! Did I mention they were beautiful!? They are going to be ready for their forever homes on December 20, just in time for CHRISTMAS PRESENTS!

Being a first time mother, she had no clue what was going on when they were born.  I could see the thoughts going through her little head - "What in the world is happening to me? I feel rather odd. I have been putting on a lot of weight lately. I don't feel so good. Whoa, what is going on here, what is this thing coming out of me?? OH MY GOD IT'S ALIVE!" Then instinct kicked in and she became the world's greatest Mom. The second and third puppies were like "Oh yeah, I've got this covered, I know what's happening now"

So without further ado - may I present Emily and the three cutest puppies in the world!


From Left to Right - Little Girl, Little Guy & Big Guy all healthy, warm and clean!

More updates to come!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Hey!! Where Did The Painting Go??

I'm reposting this, in case you got no paintings when you opened your email! My son just gave me a wonderful new google-based tablet. I was going through all the photos that have synced to it, and I thought, hmmm I don't need my daily paintings on my tablet, I'll just delete them. BAD thought! LOL It synced back to the web and deleted them EVERYWHERE, including my blog! How bizarre! I thought once it was up here, it was separate from my tablet. I'm not sure I like this, but I guess I have to keep all my photos everywhere, or they disappear from the blog.

So, anyway, here is the painting I was talking about in the last email -



4" high x 3 1/2" wide
Oil on Panel
$25

Live Creatively!

Liz

Saturday, November 1, 2014

Hey!!!!??? where did the year go????

Hi Everyone,

I can't believe a whole year has passed since I posted. I've been trying to be more active in the 'real' world, and spend fewer days glued to my computer. Not sure I've been successful, but I sure haven't posted.

I have been painting, and I have some paintings to show you, but today I thought I'd share my 'palette cleaning' paintings.  When I am done with a painting, my palette still has paint on it. Since I hate waste, I've been painting small paintings with the leftover paint. This presents quite a challenge, since I've usually used up my 'favorite' pigments and there is a large area of my palette that is covered with a smorgasbord of paint that really doesn't make sense. For some reason, it seems that I always have a lot of blue left :) So here is the first of my palette paintings -






4" high x 3 1/2" wide
Oil on Panel
$25

If you are interested, please email me. 

I have discovered kayaking! I have a very hard time relaxing and having my mind clear. My husband and I bought a really cheap "toy-like" kayak a year or so ago, which I love. We putter along the shore of small lakes/ponds and watch the birds, fish & the occasional beaver or otter. This year, I found a couple Hobie Mirage kayaks on craigslist. Wow - what a change! The lakes that took us all day to paddle around, now are covered in the matter of an hour! I'm fortunate to live in a state that is really developing kayaking trails. There is even a trail that runs through Waco. That is one of my goals, to get to Waco and paddle downtown.  Tomorrow we are planning to kayak into Lake Pat Cleburne, which is about 45 minutes from our house.

Hope your year has been great! 

Live Creatively!

Liz


Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Merry Christmas!

 (Watercolor on paper, 4" x 5", nfs - collection of the artist)
I appreciate every one of you! Thank you for writing, cheering me on, commenting and basically being interested!
Have a wonderful Christmas and don't eat too much! (now where's the fun in that? have an extra cookie for me!)
Live Creatively!
Liz

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Cougar II (Mountain Lion)

I painted from this reference photo a few years ago and it is one of my most popular paintings. I thought I'd give it another whirl and see what I did differently.

Mountain Lion II



4 1/2" x 4 1/2"
SOLD

 
I'm very happy with the way this turned out. I like it a lot better than the first one :)

I'm working on a pub sign that I'll show you soon.

Live Creatively!

Liz

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Bano - Portland Police Bureau - Donated Portrait

 
BANO - Donated K9 Portrait
4"x6" Oil on Panel
Portland Police Bureau

From his partner: 

Bano is a German Shepherd trained to trail and alert on fresh human scent. We have worked together about 7 years and he is currently 8 1/2 years old. He is a powerful and  sweet dog who really enjoys work.  Throughout  our time together, he has apprehended approximately 180 "bad guys."  Bano has also located multiple articles such as firearms, knives, drugs, ETC. during his course of duties.
Thank you Officer Elias and Bano for all you do to keep us safe :)

If you are a member of K9 or Mounted patrols, please send me a photo of your animal so that I can donate a portrait to your Department. I also donate paintings to Search & Rescue handlers & Military dogs. There is absolutely no charge, so get in touch with me, or forward this to someone you know who would like a painting.

Today, I received an interesting email from Jasmine Murray asking questions about my work. I thought I'd post them here.

The problem is that I truly love all kinds of art and all kins of painting mediums, so most of my answers are pretty generic. I did go through and pick out a few examples, though, do I get points for that?

Here are the questions from the email:

What media do you like to use the best and why? 

I have painted in just about all media at some time or another. I love them all, they are like people, each with their strong points and drawbacks. I love anything creative! Besides fine art, I make artisan jewelry & stained glass (WackyPup on Etsy) recently got a kiln so I can try my hand at some small sculptures, quilting, woodworking and even a vinyl cutter.  Obviously hard for me to narrow down my choices for being creative :)

I don't use watercolor very often, but I love the way that the colors intermingle with each other of their own accord. This is the only medium that does this, and it's beautiful. Unfortunately, because of this, things don't always go the way you planned. Watercolor is the least forgiving medium.



English Bulldog in Watercolor - NFS - Privately Commissioned Portrait

Pastels are strong and bright and offer immediate gratification, but they're more difficult to frame, and more fragile if you leave them laying around :)


 Tiger in Pastel - Ruby @ Roanoke, VA Zoo


 Portrait in Pastel - NFS - Private Commission

Quick Plein Air Pastel Study - 5x7 or so - if you'd like to add it to your collection it's yours for $50

Occasionally, I use gouache, mostly when I travel. It is more durable and less variable than watercolor, and easier to travel with than oils. Some of my absolute favorite paintings are gouache.

Little China Doll
4" x 5.5"
Gouache on Illus Board
Sold




 Orange Spice Tea
6" x 4" Gouache on Paper
Sold - Private Collection

 I like acrylic, and I like the bright paintings that I create with them, but I'm terribly allergic to them, so I don't use them very often. Which is too bad because Chroma acrylics was going to sponsor my site, but I can't use their wonderful paints without being very careful.

Texas Spring 
4" x 6" Acrylic on Panel
$100
This painting is unframed. If you would like it framed in a nice gold easel back frame, let me know and I will add it to your order for $25. 
I guess my favorite medium is oil, mostly because it's totally forgiving. If things aren't going your way, you can just keep going until it submits LOL. Or even wipe it down completely and start over. Most of my portraits and paintings these days are in oils. It's also easy to frame. The drawback is that they're more expensive, and harder to travel with.

 Bird on the Table
4" x 6" ~ Original Oil on Panel ~$100
  What aspects of nature are your favourite to draw? 

Faces without a doubt. I love faces of people and animals. There is so much in a face, memories, dreams, past experience, or hope for the future.

In landscape, the most interesting thing to me is shadows, especially the way tree shadows fall onto buildings.

Do you incorporate different media together in your work?

 I don't do many mixed media pieces. Sometimes I underpaint in acrylic because it dries quickly, but usually, I like everything to run together and soften up a bit.

Where's your favourite place to create your artwork? 

Hmm, I love camping, but I don't do much painting when I'm there. If I could make myself get out of the kayak and actually open up my art supply bag, I think I'd love it. At this point, most of my paintings are done in my beautiful (messy) studio that has just had two large skylights installed. My studio has a small kiln, a bunch of clay, tons of stained glass, and oh yes, canvases, oils, watercolors, acrylics, pastels, panels, easels and my desk & files. Yup, it's a mess, and FULL!

Oddly enough, green is not one of my favorite colors, but going over paintings to see what to include in this post made me realize, I paint a lot of green!

 Now, I must get off this computer and get some real creative work done! I'm working on Christmas quilts (plus a few portrait commissions)

Don't forget to LIVE CREATIVELY!

Liz

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Thursday, April 11, 2013

Cleo


Mason-Dixon Rescue Dogs
Search & Rescue Dog (Retired)

From her partner:
I began training Cleo when she was about 1 1/2 years old, after she had gotten pretty used to the relaxed life of being a house pet (as opposed to a working dog). I spent a very long year working with her, building her drive, convincing her to enjoy the toy so much that finding it would be enough motivation for her to search for a total stranger. I was told she would never make it as a search dog. That person that told me that was wrong! Yes, we had to work a lot harder than most others, but we did it. We became a certified wilderness area search K9 team.

One night, we were on a night search for a missing woman, who had Alzheimer's and who wandered from her home. We searched out area for two hours and on our final pass through the area, heading back to the road, I saw Cleo's light in the distance bouncing back and forth between two spots about 20 feet from each other. It was odd enough that I started to walk towards her (she was about 150' away from me, outside our sector. She kept going from one spot to the other, but as I got closer she stayed at one spot and began to bark - giving her trained indication on the missing woman. I tended to the woman and called in our coordinates to base. When I was sure the woman was okay, I walked over to the other spot where I saw Cleo. There, the woman had laid her shoes and glasses. I had never trained for a scenario where my subject partially disrobed. The woman's scent was so close, I suppose it was enough to cause a bit of confusion. Cleo in the end figured it out, and her behavior was enough to draw me in, but I began working that into mine and other's training regimens from that day forward. This was our first find, one of my proudest moments with my girl!

One of the funniest moments happened at one of our weekly night trainings. I gave my subject a general area where I wanted him to hide, and then began working the area. We ended up near an old large stone fireplace attached to a pavilion. My subject was inside one of the cubbies where wood was stored. Just outside that was a trashcan with a mop inside it, placed upside down so the mop head was sticking out. This was the old style mop head that looked like a really bad hair day :) Knowing that the dogs learn to trust their noses and not their eyes, my girl Cleo decided there was enough scent that she began barking at the mop head like it was a person about to give her the toy! I was laughing so hard I almost had a hard time directing her in closer to the subject. When she passed the cubbie she caught scent of the subject and worked into him, again giving her bark alert. That was probably 7 years ago, and we still laugh about it today!


If you are a member of Search & Rescue, K-9 or Mounted Patrol, please allow me to paint a small oil portrait for you at no charge, in gratitude for your service.
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