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Friday, December 31, 2010

German Shepherd - Original Oil Painting

My Best Side

I painted this one last night.  I thought I would try adding another subject to my animal paintings.  Sometimes creeping out of my comfort zone is frightening and the unknown is an uneasy feeling.  But, I believe by challenging ourselves it allows us to grow and enhances the person, which I think is always a good thing!  This is my New Years' Resolution.  What's yours?

Wishing you a wonderful 2011 with much happiness, love and good health.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

German Shepherd - Original Oil Painting

My Boy, Max

Yes, that's my big boy Max.  I paint what I love and Max seems to creep into many of my paintings.   He is the subject of many works and he loves to model for me.  Sometimes he just does silly things which makes it so easy for me to paint him.  This painting sits on my kitchen counter where I see him all the time!  He is my all!

Friday, December 17, 2010

Great Dane - Original Oil Painting

The Great Dane

This is one of my earlier paintings.  Constance Coleman is the original painter.  I saw this on a greeting card and had to paint the Great Dane. 


Thursday, December 9, 2010

Gray Kitten - Original Oil Painting

This is our Russian Blue, Bosco.  He's a sweet cat.  Loves to play, sleep, eat and watch the peacocks strut their stuff through the bedroom window.   What a life!


Monday, November 29, 2010


On Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, we went to my sister's house.  As we parked our car a lady in a car passing by stopped and asked if we wanted a free hamster.  I immediately said, "No, we have two dogs and a cat".  But the lady said she had four cats and couldn't take the hamster but she felt bad because it didn't have any water.  My boys overheard the conversation and went to see the hamster.  I thought it was being given in a garage sale but the cage and hamster were left on the street sidewalk with a sign "Free Hamster".  My boys picked up the cage and walked up the hill into my mom's house.  My mom freaked at the sight.  She referred to it as a rodent.  The cage had a bad odor.  Vincent made calls to his Cross Country coach to see if he would take the hamster.  The coach said yes, bring him to school on Monday.  But my husband and I thought we already separate the cat from the dogs and now we would be separating the cat from the hamster.  So Vincent called his coach again, and the coach said bring him up tomorrow, Friday  (the xc team was going up to Fresno for a State run).  What a nice guy!  Willing to take this hamster and give him a home.  The coach has raised 3 or 4 injured squirrels and when they are well he releases them.  He has a good heart, that Coach O'Brien.  

So, we've had Hammie all weekend (we didn't want the hamster to impose on the xc team...they were going for a State win).  In the meantime, I have learned quite a bit about hamsters.  We have a dwarf hamster and you can tell by the dorsal stripe.  Dwarf hamsters are stocky animals with short legs, large heads, small noses and soft fur.  They live about 1 1/2 to 2 years, but can live to be 4.  They store food into their pouches (like squirrels) and then take it to their nesting area.  If dwarf hamsters aren't handled on a regular basis they may become wild.  So, best to handle him often!  Chew stick, chew sticks, they need chew sticks for their ever-growing incisors, or they will chew on other things!

So, now YOU know a little about dwarf hamsters. 

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

"What A Breeze"

5"x7" oil on board
Got him!  I had just picked up my son Stephen from middle school and on our way home, this handsome pup stuck his head out the window of the truck in front of us.  I grabbed my camera, handed it to Stephen and he got the great pic that I needed to paint.  The driver of the truck figured out that we were trying to get a snapshot of his dog and encouraged him to stick his head out through the back window of the truck, but this little guy stuck to the side window.  

I LOVE dogs!

Sunday, November 7, 2010


4 3/4" x 5 3/8" oil 
Rocky was my aunt's dog.  She found him wandering the streets hungry and lonely and she took him in.  He became a part of her family and lived with her for many years.  I've heard since that he has crossed the Rainbow Bridge, I bet he is running and playing with all his other four-legged friends.  

Friday, November 5, 2010

"Going Home"

I saw this sweetie pie while I was driving home from work.  I grabbed my camera and took a shot.  He looked so adorable leaning out the back window of his truck. 

I wasn't such an animal lover all my life.  Five years ago when Kira walked into my life she changed it dramatically.  Now when I see dogs, cats, raccoons (and sometimes even a coyote) etc.... I see what beautiful creatures they all are: big, small, tame or wild.    

4" x 6"  Oil

Sunday, October 24, 2010

German Shepherd - Original Oil Painting

Autumn Rest


Autumn.  The leaves are turning colors and have begun to fall, the weather is cooler.  Wow!  How quickly time flies!!!!  

I painted Max again, he was taking it easy near a bed of sycamore leaves.

Friday, October 1, 2010

German Shepherd Asleep - Original Oil Painting

Beauty Sleep

8"x 12" oil 

I snapped a painting of Kira sleeping on the sofa.  Yes.  The SOFA!!  I never thought I would allow my dog on my sofa but she stole my heart a long, long time ago.

Saturday, September 18, 2010

"American Eagle" - SOLD

believe in the USA.  I also believe in domestic manufacturing and we should support these products 100%.  The economy is rough and we need to encourage U.S. production to keep jobs here and shops in business.  We need to stay united! 

5" x 7" oil 

As the great man Benjamin Franklin once said, both jokingly and speaking seriously,  "We must, indeed, all hang together or, most assuredly we shall all hang separately."

May God always bless the U.S.A.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Sergeant" - SOLD

I met Sergeant a while back at a German Shepherd rescue adoption.  He appeared noble and confident.  I just had to put him down on paint.  I'm certain he has found a good home because these rescue places really do a good job placing dogs. 

Wish you happiness Sarge!


Tuesday, August 17, 2010

German Shepherd - Original Oil Painting

Up Close and Personal 

6" x 4"  oil
My only girl, Kira.  She loves attention, but if she catches you asking tricks of Max she will go up to Max and bark and bark and bark.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

German Shepherd - Original Oil Painting

Honey-colored Eyes


This is Max, my sweetest boy!

He has beautiful honey-colored eyes and he loves to play ball.  He knows how to sit, shake, play dead and roll-over. 

Monday, August 9, 2010


4 7/8" x 5 15/16"  oil 
I painted my mom's dog, Copper.  I remember when my mom first got Copper how happy my boys were to run and play with him.  You see, my three boys had always wanted a dog for a pet but I wasn't ready to be a dog owner.  So the next best thing was for my mom to own a dog and allow my boys to go over and play.  Good times!

Saturday, August 7, 2010

German Shepherd - Original Oil Painting

A Carrot For Max

5" x 7" oil 
This is an oil painting of my German Shepherd, Max.  He was enjoying a carrot when I snapped this photograph. 

Max is always fun to paint. 

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Australian Shepherd - Original Oil Painting


4"x6" oil 

This was my first dog (back when I was a teen), an Australian Shepherd.  He was just a puppy when a good friend of my dad gave him to us.  She named him Pee Wee because he was the tiniest of the litter.  It didn't matter to me that he was the smallest because I saw him as adorable and all mine!