hound terrier mix


Painting my way through the alphabet

Cooper has played with me in front of the camera a couple of times. I really love this little guy.

He’s another little dog that only has eyes for his momma. We did a session last fall and of course it fell on the one of the rainiest days around. We laughed about it and said, “well, we live in Oregon” and off we through the park. Except for his whiskers, Cooper actually stayed pretty dry.

I went home drenched to the bone, but we had such a good time. Cooper was accompanied by his brother Diesel and his new sister Mabel.

Cooper and Mabel.  

Here is the original photo.

Boston terrier


Painting my way through the alphabet

Buddy is one of the those dogs that will stay with me for a lifetime. He was a boy that loved his human more than life itself and it showed every minute that they were together.

Buddy came to a couple of my mini sessions that I did at Nature’s Pet Market Wilsonville. He did his best to please his people for a portrait.

We did a custom session with Buddy shortly after he was diagnosed with cancer. He was such a trooper as we walked around the park together. If I didn’t know, I would have never guessed that Buddy was sick.

Buddy was loved by his family beyond compare and they loved him just the same. We should all be so lucky to know that kind of love.

I have no doubt this little guy is missed every single day.

Boston terrier

Original portrait of Buddy


Chocolate lab


Painting my way through the alphabet—A

Her muzzle is turning a bit snowy, but this girl still loves her tennis balls. This is one of our grand dogs, Autzen. She was down for a romp on the acre a few weeks ago. The grass was wet and messy, but the dogs didn’t seem to care. They chased the tennis balls until they almost couldn’t walk any more.

I got a wild hair to paint my way through the alphabet. I figured this would be the best way possible to really get a feel for painting many breeds, colors and coats. How fortuitous that a grand dog started the project.

There are a couple of letters that I don’t have covered and I’ll be doing a model call to find those dogs to photograph and ultimately paint.

Autzen and Maverick   

Here is the original photo.

Portrait of a borzoi


It has rained so much here that even Oregon doesn’t know what to do with all of the rain. We have standing water everywhere with more rain to come tomorrow.

When you can’t do a whole lot outside, what better way to spend your time than paint the dogs.

I took this photo of Zip last summer when the gardens were green and growing. I loved his expression, it is so him. So, in the downpour, I brought a portrait I loved back into Photoshop and started painting him.

Come on back spring and summer, we are ready for you.

The garden dove   

Apparently we have entered some sort of monsoon season. It’s been raining nearly nonstop since Saturday. Our yard is nothing short of a swamp. For our morning coffee we donned our rubber boots and waded out to the barn.

We had a great morning with the birds, nearly everyone checked in to say good morning. Everyone except for our elusive spotted towhee.

The doves are are normally ground feeders. I felt so bad for them, their ground was under water. Still, they managed to wade around and dip into to the water to find a few tender morsels to enjoy.