“Sydney” is my Aunt and Uncle’s Goldendoodle pup. I painted this portrait for them and it now resides in their house! A Goldendoodle, for those who don’t know, is a “designer dog” – a cross between a Golden Retriever and a Poodle. They are very spunky, fun, and intelligent dogs, and Sydney is no exception to that! My cousins often find Sydney doing interesting things with their spy cameras when no one is home. It’s quite hysterical.
“Anubis” was painted for a friend of mine who adores Egyptian art. This piece was challenging because I was taking on a new style of art – exaggerated features, different use of color, etc, made me step outside my comfort zone. I wanted so badly to make the figure the proper proportions, but that wouldn’t make it true to the original Egyptian style. Despite its challenges, I liked doing this piece and I’m proud of the end product.
Who doesn’t love puppies? I mean, they’re pretty much the most irresistible thing in the world. I’ve painted a few of my favorite breeds today, and here they are for you!
One of the most irresistible puppies to a lot of people is the French Bulldog. With their wrinkles and wide set eyes, they’re so ugly they’re adorable. And, they have great personalities.
Another one of my favorites, the Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. A smaller spaniel, they’ve got all the cuteness of spaniels bred into the cutest, softest little package you could get. They’re spunky and adorable!
Lastly, I’ve painted the English Bull Terrier. Made famous by Target, this breed has a uniquely bowed “roman” nose, and they’re very sweet little cuddle bugs. Very strong and sweet cuddle bugs!
I’ve always loved dogs, and I imagine they’ll be the subject of a lot more art to come. I hope you enjoyed!
All three of these pieces are available for purchase at my Etsy Shop.
My favorite flower – the bird of paradise, or Strelitzia. There are 5 varieties of the plant, which is native to South Africa. I saw these often, growing up in southern California, and I’m surprised I don’t see them here in Florida. They grow in a large bush, and occasionally I’ve found the cut flowers for sale at Whole Foods. A little unusual, perhaps, in the cut flower world, but I love them.
“Bird of Paradise” is available for purchase! It is 9×12″ on canvas board and ready for framing. You can purchase it at my etsy shop by clicking HERE. The price is $75 plus shipping. 🙂
One of the more inspiring things about life is its ability to bounce back. When we get knocked down, we get back up. When a fire burns through the land, new life sprouts from the ashes. We regrow. We rebuild. We reinvent ourselves when failure inevitably comes knocking.
This particular painting is of course, of a phoenix, emerging again from the ashes in an explosion of fire. It symbolizes, for me, reinvention, adaptation, and new beginnings. It was painted for a friend, whose son’s name is an alternate spelling of the same word:phoenix. He’s probably the closest thing I’ve known to a kid of my own, and I miss him and his family dearly!
It seems that owls have become a popular thing lately. They’re pretty cool birds and come in lots of sizes. My personal favorite has to be the Burrowing Owl:
The Burrowing Owl, as its name suggests, lives in holes in the ground in mostly desert/prairie ecosystems, though it’s also found here in Florida (I’ve yet to see one…but I haven’t been looking). If there is one thing I have to say about Florida, it’s that it is chock full of birds of every feather.
Do a google image search of the Burrowing Owl, and I promise you’ll laugh. These guys are full of character and funny expressions. They eat mostly bugs, and that includes scorpions, too! They also are known to take down rabbits, bats, and other birds, and even eat fruits like the prickly pear – and they are the only species of owl that eat fruit. They’re pretty cool little guys.
Paige’s Owl was painted for a friend’s daughter to match her very colorful bedroom.