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June 17, 2017

Started sketching Dixie and Luna - will begin to apply paint soon!

f you have a dog who has made you laugh, 

brightened your life, 

silently accepted your tears without judgement, 

snuggled with you, 

forgiven your faults and loved you anyway, 

you are one of the lucky ones!...

June 13, 2017

So here you have it.  Finishing touches (a feather brush - a GOOD feathering brush) makes all the difference.  Quote from the owners: That's our Gretal. Perfect! Her eyes make her come alive. Joy and I both cried. You are wonderfully talented.

I am blessed and plea...

June 13, 2017

My last post showed that I start with the eyes first.  After I have them where I can connect, I begin building around the eyes.  However, when I work around the eyes, building the image of the face out, I also work the background in.  This step is important.  If you ar...

June 12, 2017

Once I begin my painting, I always begin with your pet's eyes.  It's where we all connect.  When painting the eyes, first examine the colors, highlights, shadows.  The darkest part of the eye will be the pupil and the out rim of the iris.  This is true on both dogs and...

June 10, 2017

I have been a pet portrait artist for years, I love it and will paint until I can no longer hold the brush.  I've been an art teacher for years as well, and in that profession am blessed to help all ages learn that there is an artist in each of us.  A few weeks ago, af...

June 2, 2017

I am an artist.  I am a teacher.  In the years that I have taught, I have learned that,  most importantly, I am the student.  As an art coach and mentor at Raleigh Art Studios, I am known as the "teacher".  What I know, is that I am just as much the student as my  stud...

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