Monday, October 31, 2011

Paint Your Pet - Studio Atelier Submittal

Here is Echo, standing at the top of the hill, doing his job of overseer at the Benik house.  He is a rescue border collie we adopted 8 years ago and has the most wonderful, sweet personality.

Echo Standing
5" x 7"
This is painted on hardbord (Ampersand brand) that I covered with a mid-tone gray gesso combined with fine pumice gel (Golden brand).  I hope you like it!

I submitted this to the Studio Atelier blog that I administer.  Check out the other submittals at

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Another Daily Paintworks Challenge Submitted!

Here is my latest submittal, this time to the "Simplify Cute" challenge.
Girl in Pink

The toughest part for me was getting the little girl's head proportions correct to accurately reflect her age.  This was very fun and challenging.  Painted on a 6" x 6" stretched linen canvas and now for sale in my Etsy shop at

It will be sealed with an archival varnish spray (Krylon brand) after it has dried. 

Sunday, October 9, 2011

My First Daily Paintworks Challenge

Daily Paintworks offers weekly painting challenges that have no deadlines.  There also are fundraising auctions for worthy causes.  Check them out because there is some great art to be seen on their website, and they are doers of good in the world.

I submitted one of my pieces to the Hand Challenge; it shows the Vulcan greeting sign for "Live long and prosper" from Star Trek.  I hope you like it!

5" x 7" Oil