Saturday, August 21, 2010

Frankie Agility Shirt - a personal piece

Some months ago I finally got around to doing a piece I'd been planning for some time - painting a denim jacket for myself, featuring one of my dogs, Danni, going over an agility jump. It was done primarily using an airbrush, and I was pleased with how it turned out and started thinking about what other pieces of clothing I could paint. With this summer being so hot I decided to paint another agility design on a light comfy tank top that would be perfect to wear at the hot summer trials. Since Danni had already been the subject of the denim jacket painting, it was her daughter Frankie's turn to be immortalized in paint. The photo reference for this piece was a shot taken by photographer Wendy Beard of Muddypawz Photography at a local agility trial, of Frankie going through a tire jump. Wanting Frankie to really stand out and wanting the design to remain light and loose, I opted to not include any part of the agility obstacle itself, but instead left the space blank where the tire had been, which provided a perfect spot to include Frankie's name.

Painting on a white shirt is much easier than the denim, because it takes many more layers of paint to cover the darker denim base (especially when trying to paint white fur!) Since this was a cotton t-shirt which of course is not going to be anywhere near as durable as denim, the design was intentionally kept looser and quick so I wouldn't spend so many hours on it that I would fear wearing it and getting it ripped or stained! Again like the jacket this was painted primarily using an airbrush. Clothing items are painted with my regular acrylics mixed with airbrush medium, with a base coat and top coat of fabric medium that is heat set to increase permanence and launderability. Basic washing instructions are similar to any somewhat delicate item - turn inside out, hand or machine wash in cold water, and hang to dry. Commission inquiries for shirts, jackets, or other fabric items are most welcome.

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Puppy Fuzz, and Working Together - For Sale

Two new paintings to show off today, both of them smaller works and again featuring Bearded Collie puppies.

"Puppy Fuzz" - As Beardie pups get a bit past the cute 8 week old stage, the hair starts to grow and grow, and with the typical soft 'flyaway' texture of most puppy coats it tends to make them look like plush toys! Brushing them all neat and tidy lasts mere seconds as a shake of the head instantly returns them to their fuzzy puppy glory!
Puppy Fuzz - 6" x 6" Acrylic on Birch Panel
For Sale - $100

"Working Together" - Well, I'm not sure if they were actually cooperating, or both wanted the frisbee and neither was willing to let go, but it sure looks like teamwork!

Working Together - 6" x 6" Acrylic on Birch Panel
For Sale - $100
Both of these paintings are 6" x 6", and were done in acrylics on birch panel. The panels are 'gallery style' with a depth of 1 1/2". The edges are painted black, and no framing is needed. They come ready to hang.

These paintings are for sale, $100 each plus shipping.

Monday, August 2, 2010

Black on Black, Bearded Collie pup - For sale

Black on Black, Bearded Collie Pup - 11" x 14" Acrylic on Birch Panel
For Sale - $275
I liked the look of the pups against the black background in the previous painting of 4 pups running, but wanted to try a more subtle look, with a black/white Beardie pup against the solid black background. Having the pup trotting towards the viewer made the contrasting white markings really stand out while the black body coat faded into the background.

This piece measures 11" x 14" and was done in acrylics on gallery panel which has a depth of 1 1/2". The edges are painted black as well, and the piece needs no framing, it comes ready to hang.

It is for sale - $275, plus shipping.