Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The late, great Oscar....

Oscar Sauls
8" x 8" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This is Oscar. Oscie. The Boo-Boo Head. Spaghetti-eating, crazy-barking leader of the shih tzu rodeo. And most of all a beloved member of my friend's family.  Our pets are so intertwined in our lives.  When they leave us, there are so many moments we many holes in our day.  Oscar was such a dog.  He had more than his fair share of personality and was such a sweetie.  The baby of the family. King of lap-sitting.  Oscar lived a long and wonderful 16 years and will be missed terribly. 

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

fist full of flowers .... SOLD

fist full of flowers
8" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

The painting above should be called "learning curve" instead of  "fist full of flowers". 

At the start of anything new there is always a learning curve.  Sometimes the curve is just a small incline that barely qualifies as a curve.  Sometimes the curve is so steep that you aren't quite sure if it's a curve at all....more like a vertical line instead.

I had one of those steep curve experiences last week.  I took a three day painting workshop with one of my favorite people, not to mention brilliant painter, Andy Braitman. We worked on vignettes and layering and mediums and brushstrokes and knife strokes.... and all in a completely different order and manner than I  usually paint.  I felt as if I had taken up painting blindfolded, using my left hand instead of my right.  I scraped off as much paint as I put on and thought a couple of times about sneaking out and going home! 

But as I tell my kids, perseverance pays off and by the end of the workshop I was starting to see a glimmer of hope.  I felt like I was finally up and over the curve.  And for all the hours of frustration and confusion and occasional desperation, I learned a lot of cool ways to use paint.  Which  I'm guessing is what Andy had in mind all along.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Playing Hooky

12" x 12" Oil on Canvas
©2010 DottieLeatherwood

OK, I admit it. I am on vacation this week at the beach with my family and I am indulging in laziness.  I have painted several mornings and taken great pictures to paint from when I get back home but my usual dedication to painting is just not there.  This portrait is of my sister-in-law's dog-child, Finn.  I painted it last year and forgot to ever photograph it. Because we are staying at her place at the beach, the perfect opportunity to photograph and post it presented itself!  Animals are one of my favorite things to paint.  I love to try to capture the personality in addition to the likeness.
Now that my work here is done, think I'll play hooky and head to the beach......

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Seagulls Day 2....

standing guard
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Seagulls are such opportunists.  I was sitting on the beach yesterday reading my book and noticed a group of seagulls checking out an abandoned beach bag.  They circled it for a while before one of the gulls worked up his nerve and dove into the beach bag. Immediately, he pulled out a bag of chips and flew a few feet away with them.  (I think they have done this before!)  At that point another gull challenged him and gained control of the goodies. He proceeded to tear open the bag and eat his fill while the other gulls stood around like his security detail and watched for the owner of the chips to come back.  Funny little birds!

Monday, August 15, 2011

Good Morning from Tybee Island!

morning gull
6" x 6" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

Everyone takes a morning walk at the beach....  This seagull was just strolling along the beach in the early morning light.  He fit right in with all the other walkers. I got up early this morning and painted this little painting sitting out on the porch enjoying the breeze.  Bliss!  Now it's time for me and my dog to join the seagull :)

Friday, August 12, 2011

Almost Perfection

island view
6" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

My sister-in-law is graciously letting my family stay at her beach house this week.  As a thank you I painted her this little painting of  a picture she had taken in the BVI earlier this year.  The sand and the sky has a good bit of pink in them but my camera just would not capture the true color. Oh well, this view does have it all....clear blue water, sand and palm trees and for the mountain lovers....a mountain or two!  Like I said...almost perfection!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Shades of Green - SOLD

shades of green
8" x 8" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

I was out taking pictures at before sunset last weekend in Savannah.  It was high tide, which means a fabulous breeze was blowing and the temperature had dropped from 98 earlier in the day to a blissful 86 degrees. I had the most marvelous time driving around in my jeep taking pictures.  Nothing like a summertime sea of green marsh stretched out as far as the eye can see to make a girl happy!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

flowers in the window

flowers in the window
6"x 6" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

This is my entry this week into the Daily Paintworks Black & White to Color Challenge .  Every week  a new challenge is issued on this daily painter's website.  They are great fun to try and it is always interesting to see what all the different artists come up with.  If you have not been to Daily Paintworks, you need to check it out.....there is some fabulous artwork for sale!