Thursday, December 29, 2011

Sadie's Smile

Sadie's Smile
8" x 10" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

It has been over a week since I have been on the "blog".  It has been a nice break spent with family but I am anxious to get back to my paints.  This is a commission I painted before Christmas. Since it was to be given as a present, I wanted to wait to post it.  The sweet black lab in the painting is named Sadie.  She had a wonderful life with her family. And even though she, as they say, has passed over the rainbow bridge her spirit lives on, as all great dogs do.  Her owners are wonderful people with a great love of animals, who always seem to have a pack of rescued black labs walking them through the neighborhood.  I love the tranquility of this scene and the slight smile of contentment on Sadie's face.  A well-loved lab sprawled on a dock, basking in the sun's last rays, after a day spent on the water....life just doesn't get much better than that.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

To All A Happy Holiday Season

all is calm, all is bright
9" x 12" oil on panel
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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A wish from me to you for a very wonderful and merry holiday season, no matter which holiday you celebrate.  May we all pause and take in how much we have to be thankful for and carry those thoughts with us into the new year.  Peace on earth, goodwill to all.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

cool morning light

cool morning light
14" x 11" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood

It was just me and the seagulls with a few pigeons thrown in for good measure, on the pier early one morning in November.  It was about 60 degrees with the slight breeze of an ebb tide swirling around and the light was absolutely perfect.  I wish all of my mornings were so blissful!

Friday, December 9, 2011

brown-eyed girl...

brown-eyed girl
16" x 16" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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My son gave me the title of this painting....I think it fits perfectly!

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Shirley's Snowy Stomping Ground

Shirley's Snowy Stomping Ground
14" x 11" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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This painting was a commission for a Christmas present.  It is the home of Shirley, the mother of a friend of mine.  It's from a picture taken last year during one of our infrequent snows.  Shirley is one of my very favorite people.   A beautiful, plain-spoken, feisty, salt-of the-earth kind of woman.  She laughs loud and talks loud.  Hugs your neck the first time she meets you.  She can do more and work harder than most women half her age. She is larger than life and knows how to live life large.   A true gem of a girl!  I call this her stomping ground because not only is this her home it also houses her business and she rules it all!  Merry Christmas, Shirley from one of your many admirers!   

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

evening glow

evening glow
11" x 14" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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Nothing beats a sunset over the marsh.  Not for me anyway!

Monday, December 5, 2011

Slight chop on inland waters....

slight chop on inland waters
11" x 14" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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Growing up, I heard this phrase "slight chop on inland waters" at the end of every weather forecast on the radio.  I'm not sure I even knew what it meant for a very long time.  Funny what you remember.  When I was a small child and and heard another city's forecast on the radio, I was stunned when it didn't include that line.  It never occurred to me that it only applied to the coast. This shrimpboat is heading out to sea with early morning fog and a slight chop on inland waters.

Thursday, December 1, 2011

parked out front

parked out front
28" x 22" oil on canvas
©2011 DottieLeatherwood
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While walking my dog this summer at the beach, I came upon this great scene.  An old Ford Starliner from the early sixties (before you get really impressed, I had to google this!) sitting out in front of a beach house. It was mid morning and the sun was lighting the scene like a movie set.  The old Ford had definitely seen better days but I got the feeling she still had some spark left in her!