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Colorful Expressive Dog Art for your Veterinary Clinic Decor

Looking for unique decor for your veterinary clinic or hospital?  My original and unique dog art paintings as stretched canvas wall art would be ideal decor for dog lovers and those who appreciate colorful contemporary animal artwork.  These colorful and vibrant stretched canvas dog portraits are perfect for veterinary clinic decor!  They would complement any hospital color scheme, and look great anywhere on your clinic walls.  Bring a splash of color to your veterinary clinic’s waiting room, reception area, office, exam rooms, and treatment areas.  There are many popular breeds to choose from, and more are being added all the time.  The energetic and expressive dog portraits will be sure to bring a smile to your clients and staff.

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Colorful Abstract Leggings Designs

These abstract leggings designs are unique and colorful! They feature kaleidoscopic mandalas, colorful psychedelic designs, and fantasy animals like dragons and phoenixes.  These leggings are compression fit and are made from an ultra-stretch eco-polyester spandex blend (88% polyester, 12% spandex).  They are sturdy, breathable, and stretch to fit your body.  The high spandex composition means they won’t lose their shape, even after washing.  The care instructions are to machine wash in cold water and lay flat to air dry.   The vibrant printing will not fade after washing.  They come in 5 different sizes. Clicking the picture will take you to the website where you can purchase the leggings.

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Colorful Animal Artwork on Glass Paperweights

Colorful Chihuahua Glass Paperweight

There is a brand new product in my Zazzle store – glass paperweights!  These make thoughtful and unique gifts.  My collection of glass paperweights features colorful and vibrant artwork, including expressive and colorful dog and animal paintings.  They are printed on high quality photo paper on the back of high polished glass, and have a felt backing.  These can be used on your desk or as decoration anywhere in your home. All paperweights come with a gift box.  The square paperweight measures 3 x 3 x 0.75 inches.  Please preview the paperweights I have for sale in my store, and see the entire collection here – Glass Paperweights Collection.

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Colorful Tiger Painting Available As Print

 

I have started a new series of colorful animal paintings – colorful wild cats.  When I complete more paintings in this series, they will get their own gallery.  The first in this series is a Bengal Tiger portrait, painted with acrylics on gessoed board.  I used vibrant full saturation colors to really make the tiger pop!  The traditionally orange areas were painted with oranges and yellows and reds.  White and black areas were actually painted with cool colors, such as blues and purples.  Even the black stripes are not really black, but dark purple.  The purple and magenta background is dark to make the tiger pop.

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Pet Portraits With Their Photos

Pet Portraits of Rocky, Addie and Tucker

Pet Portraits of Rocky, Addie and Tucker

I had the honor this year to do a series of pet portraits for a client of her three dogs: Tucker the boxer mix, Addie the Rottweiler, and Rocky the Cane Corso.  These portraits have been a great learning experience for me, as it is the first time in a very long time that I have used acrylic paints.  After using them again, I found out how much I love the medium, and prefer it over any other.  My style has taken on a more impressionistic style, while still maintaining some realism in the anatomy of the animal I am painting.  I love this new fluid style, and I hope to create several more paintings in this style.  I love the meticulous detail that can be created by colored pencils and pastels, but I also love the freedom that comes with painting.

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Two New Pet Portraits in the Gallery

I have two new pet portraits in my gallery: Addie and Rocky.  These dog portraits were both commissioned by the same person.  They were completed in May of 2018.

Rocky

Rocky

For Rocky, the owner wanted him painted with a more natural color scheme.  He is a blue Cane Corso, so I chose various shades of greys mixed with brown and blue to give depth to his portrait.  The dark background was chosen since the reference photo showed him being back-lit, and I wanted to show off the light edges of his figure against the dark background. I loved painting all of his wrinkles!  His fur is very short and smooth, so I did not have to add a lot of fur details to his painting.


The second, Addie, is a Rottweiler, and the owner wanted me to paint her in my usual colorful style!  I chose to portray the black fur with various shades of blue, and the tan areas with oranges and reds.  The background is made with more neutral brown colors mixed with blues and oranges to bring out the colors of the dog.  Rottweilers have very shiny black fur, and I hope I captured that well in this painting.  The shininess outlines their muscle and bone structures, and really makes the portrait look three dimensional.


These portraits are the second time I have used Acrylic Paints, and I am very pleased with how they turned out.  The advantage of using acrylic paints is that it is much faster than using pastels, and the stretched canvas comes ready to hang for the owner.  I finish all of my acrylic paintings with two layers of varnish.   The varnish helps to bring out the rich colors and even out any inconsistencies in glossiness from the paint.  It also provides UV protection, and adds a protective layer so the painting is protected against dust and environmental pollution, and can be wiped down easily without damaging the painting underneath.

If you are interested in having your pet’s portrait painted, please Contact Me.

Work in Progress of Large Wolf Painting

Wolf Painting work in progress

Wolf Painting work in progress

Work in progress of my latest painting: “Silver Spirit”. This is a re-do of a much older painting that I was not happy with. This is a huge painting, about 60 inches wide by 40 inches tall. Painted with acrylics on board. It is hard to tell from the picture, but I am using metallic paint, including silver, gold and pearl. When the light hits the painting just right, it really lights up!

The original painting underneath was something I had painted about 18 years ago, and had a lot of anatomical and proportional errors. I am hoping this newest iteration will be an improvement! The entire painting will be of a wolf standing on a cliff made of ice crystals, with lots of stars in the background. I basically painted the entire board black and started over again.

To the right is the original painting, done in 2001.  It is an acrylic painting that I did on my bedroom wall.  The painting itself has since been removed from the wall and mounted on wood.  It will be very interesting to see a side-by-side comparison when it is complete!

My Label Designs for Sky Valley Foods Sodas

Sky Valley Foods Organic Sodas

Sky Valley Foods Organic Sodas

Since 2013, I have had the honor of doing label designs for Sky Valley Foods (formerly Organicville) for their organic sauces and sodas.  It has been an interesting process and I have learned a lot. In this article, I will focus on those designs made for their line of organic sodas.

The label designs always center around a specific animal, and are drawn with pastels.  I try to make the designs fun, colorful and interesting.   The animals are eye-catching on the shelf. Many people compliment on how much they like the animals on the labels!  I also love that my original artwork appears on supermarket shelves across the United States.  How cool is that?  Every time I go into a Whole Foods, Sprouts, or other store that carries these products, I always get excited to see my designs sitting on the shelf.  It has provided a unique opportunity for me.  I get to earn money doing these label designs and I get the experience that comes along with it.

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My Label Designs for Sky Valley Foods – Indian Sauces

Since 2013, I have had the honor of doing label designs for Sky Valley Foods (formerly Organicville) for their organic sauces and sodas.  It has been an interesting process and I have learned a lot.  In this article, I will focus on those designs made for their line of Asian sauces.

The label designs always center around a specific animal, and are drawn with pastels.  I try to make the designs fun, colorful and interesting.   The animals are eye-catching on the shelf. Many people compliment on how much they like the animals on the labels!  I also love that my original artwork appears on supermarket shelves across the United States.  How cool is that?  Every time I go into a Whole Foods, Sprouts, or other store that carries these products, I always get excited to see my designs sitting on the shelf.  It has provided a unique opportunity for me.  I get to earn money doing these label designs and I get the experience that comes along with it.

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Nature Photography Fine Art Prints

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Bandelier National Monument, New Mexico

Besides painting and drawing, I also take some amateur nature photographs on the side.  I like to take photographs whenever I travel.  I visit many state and national parks, and they always have great wildlife and lovely scenery that I capture.  I then pick the best photographs and sell those online as prints. Lovely spring flowers, gorgeous mountain vistas, wildlife, birds, and seascapes are often the topics of my nature photography.

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