Catching up!

It's December!!!?!?!?!?! HOW did that happen so fast?!

My Event with the San Antonio Feral Cat Coalition in October was a wonderful success! We surpassed our fundraising goal and the money went to their Cat Crisis account. We drew a lucky winner who will be receiving a complimentary, original portrait painting!

It was really an amazing experience to be amongst a large group of compassionate volunteers.

Thank you for having me and a special thank you to the SAFCC director for being so wonderful!

Some of my paintings on display at the fundraiser.

Some of my paintings on display at the fundraiser.


I've been busy in studio working on commissions and recently finished two acrylic paintings of sibling cats. I really loved creating these paintings and painted them simultaneously to ensure that the colors would harmonize together.

The paintings were commissioned by the receiver's sister and upon unwrapping them, she said I managed to capture both of their personalities and that she absolutely loves them! Those are my favorite kinds of emails!! Thank you for the opportunity!

Here they are:

Jazz & Bella 11x14" each, Acrylic on canvas.

Jazz & Bella

11x14" each, Acrylic on canvas.

"Vinny"

The latest commission that I just completed is of a cat who was feral named Vinny. He had incredible eyes and I did my very best to capture that.

He has gone to the rainbow bridge but I hope this painting will bring joy and smiles to the kind lady who asked me to capture his spirit.

"Vinny"- 8"x8" - Gouache on paper

"Vinny"- 8"x8" - Gouache on paper

a piece of me is gone...

On Monday September 18th, my world came crashing down.

Meeko was sixteen years and four months to the day. His once tri-colored face had faded out over his older years to nearly all white - I'm not sure how he got more adorable with age, but he really did.

My then boyfriend and I dedicated to raising Meeko in July 2001 - he was three months old and we both fell madly in love with him the first time we saw him. We fondly remember him pulling the lady's ankle-length skirt by his teeth when she put him in the meet and greet area for us.

A true Jack Russell, he loved nothing more than fetching the tennis ball for hours at a time and was always an opportunist, looking for items he could negotiate a trade in the form of a treat for. He never thought the local squirrels had any business running up and down the trees in anyone's yard and was always on point in voicing his concerns to them. He was the most loyal boy to his home and his family.

Meeko did life with us and our adventure together took us to six different homes and through an international move. He never complained or voiced any dislike; he was just happy to be on this wild journey with us and we wouldn't have wanted to be on this ride without him.

He was our first baby and made us a family. With Meeko, we added Mousey into our hearts when he was ten years old and even though he wasn't thrilled with the new dynamic of our family, he secretly loved having a constant companion with her. We even caught him snuggling up to her just as a big brother would on several occasions and ended up finding great comfort in her. He protected Mouse and they formed their own special connection.

In 2012, the four of us moved from Toronto, Canada all the way to San Antonio, Texas. We packed up our lives in a moving container, traded in our car for a Ford F-150 and filled up the truck's bed with our stuff. With our dogs, we drove across the USA to start this new adventure together.

Shortly after, we welcomed our son and both, Meeko and Mouse were wonderful to him. We all grew together, laughed together, cried together, grew grayer together... except our son, of course.

In early 2017, a stray crossed paths with me and allowed me to take him to get help and let me care for him and clean him up (he was covered in fleas and needed a good meal, a soft place to catch up on some much needed rest and kindness).

Once again, Meeko was asked to add another family member into our lives, and without any hesitation he did. He spent time with Miles, teaching him things, passing down his knowledge and even going nutty and running around the house with him even though we knew his joints hurt. He made us laugh and enjoyed having a new member to keep him company.

When I look back at the past sixteen years with Meeko, the first thing that happens is my heart gets warm and I smile. Tears fill my eyes but they're not just sad tears, they're also happy ones. We were so fortunate to get to spend so much time with Meeko; most dogs don't get sixteen years, but he did and so did we.

I can't recall all of the times he made us laugh and brought us joy because he was a master at it. He did life to his fullest ability with us and despite all of his medical issues, he never complained and always kept on going.

Sometimes you meet a creature who has an "old soul" and Meeko definitely had that. It's really difficult to put it into words, but he just had this aura about him and his eyes always expressed so much.

We knew that every day we had recently with Meeko was a blessing because his body was starting to fail. In dog years, he had passed the geriatrics stage which is amazing in itself. He really was a gift; a sweet little soul that I will cherish for the rest of my days and be grateful that we were blessed enough to call him family.

I have felt an emptiness since his passing and having to let him go was absolutely devastating to me. I love animals, especially my own, so incredibly deeply.

I know now, that there is an emptiness because I gave Meeko a part of my heart to take with him. I'll always be with him and he'll always be with me.

I've also come to realize why mourning the loss of a dog (or cat, companion) is so earth-shattering: when you wake up to start the day, they're there with you and when you go to bed to close the day, they're there with you. I'm fortunate enough to work in my home studio, so Meeko was a part of my full day, every day. He was also a wanderer; he didn't sleep all day; instead, he would go around the house every so often and come visit me or stare at me while I was eating lunch; he would find me at 4:30pm with this look of "hey woman, it's nearly dinner time, let's get a move on!" and be sure to sneak into the pantry whenever he could.

As much as I miss my boy, I am so very grateful that we had SO many years together. I'm doing my best to move forward and to collect myself, but the last two weeks have really knocked me right down.

I will be painting a big, 24 x 36 in. painting of Meeko soon that will celebrate all that he was so that he can continue to bring a smile to our face when we see him...

Thank you to everyone who has been so supportive - I truly appreciate it all.

 

 

 

 

"Charlie" & "Gypsy"

I was contacted at the end of July by a lovely lady who wanted to have a custom portrait of her dogs, Charlie and Gypsy painted.

I worked from a couple of reference photos to bring this painting together.

She lives nearby, so I personally delivered the painting to her and to my delight, she brought both Charlie and Gypsy with her so that I could have the pleasure of meeting them! I was so excited and touched at the same time.

I really love what I do!

Here's the painting:

 

"Charlie & Gypsy"- 20"x20" - Acrylic on gallery-wrapped Canvas

"Charlie & Gypsy"- 20"x20" - Acrylic on gallery-wrapped Canvas

"Charlie & Gypsy" - close up.

"Charlie & Gypsy" - close up.

"Ben" portrait complete!

I realize I forgot to post the completed painting that I had begun work on in July! oops!

This is by far the most expressive painting I've created to date and I had a complete blast with it. I played with colors, portraying the cool and warm sides of Ben's face due to how the light was reflecting off of it.

Here's the finished piece:

 

"Ben" - 14"x18" - Acrylic on Canvas

"Ben" - 14"x18" - Acrylic on Canvas

"Ben" - close up view

"Ben" - close up view

in-progress: portrait!

My latest paintings have all been of animals. so I thought I'd switch things up and paint a human. I'm continuing the use of expressive tones throughout.

Here's an in-progress sneak peak (far from being complete)!

 

cow painting complete!

The cow painting I introduced to you last time is complete!

Meet "Jersey"! An original painting I created by using three different reference photos.

I had the greatest time creating it and adding expressive splashes of colors throughout!

"Jersey" - 16"x20" - Acrylic on Gallery-wrapped Canvas

"Jersey" - 16"x20" - Acrylic on Gallery-wrapped Canvas

"Jersey" - close up view

"Jersey" - close up view

in-progress: cow!

I'm currently working on a painting of a Jersey cow - my most favorite type of cow! Featured on a 20"x16" Gallery-wrapped canvas. This original painting will soon be available - give me a shout if you're interested!

In-progress- 16"x20" - Acrylic on Gallery-wrapped Canvas

In-progress- 16"x20" - Acrylic on Gallery-wrapped Canvas

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Thanks for taking a second to stop by and visit my blog! I'll be taking you behind the scenes and into my art studio; sharing in-progress paintings and projects with you and more