Wednesday, April 29, 2015

"Ajax"


 
This little
guy had just 3 legs.
I believe he was born that way. His life was not easy
and he lost his battle not too long ago. The owner was very sad to of course seeing wee Ajax struggle and suffer so, but missed him terribly when he was gone. A friend commissioned me to paint her a portrait of Ajax. I couldn't decide which photo to work from so  i did both. His sweet sole was so evident in the photos they provided. These are both watercolour. 12" X 17".



Thursday, February 5, 2015

"Ivy"


I've painted this same sweet girl several times and love her as a model. 
My favourite thus far though i have many. 
 I've several angles of her and intend on doing them all. 
This is a commission for a lady who saw one of my other ones. 
She wanted a specific size to go on the wall with a painting of a wolf she owns. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas and the biggest one i've done so far. 
I really enjoy painting the larger canvases. 
30" X 36" 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

"Gerta"


Gerta here is the newest member of our family. 
I've been having fun playing around with the backgrounds, 
incorporating some whimsical scenes. 
I see the background as a playground in need of exploration. 
Gerta is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 
24" X 24". 

Saturday, January 24, 2015

"Cairo and Sophie"



Two new pup portraits for a family who lost them both within a month of one another. 
The first little guy is Cairo and the second one is Sophie. 
I had fun with the backgrounds once i figured out what it was i wanted there. 
Both are acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 
24" X 30".  

Saturday, January 3, 2015

"Big Sister" and Happy New Year!


Thought it best to start the New Year with a "Cow" painting. 
This is a new version of "Little Sister". This cow is a favourite model as i 
have several angles of her. She is quite the beauty and i love her expression. 
I'm also hoping to post more, paint more, blog more, explore more 
and promote more in 2015. Perhaps a painting a day would be good. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 12"X12". 
She is in her forever home as well! 
Happy New Year everyone. 

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

"Duffy's Pond" Merry Christmas!


One more before Christmas. 
This is a commission for a young lady who wanted to 
have her son and two dogs in a painting. 
Her son is #19. 
I had fun with this one. 
It had been a long time since doing a watercolour 
and very much enjoyed working with this medium again. 
This painting is off to Kamloops B.C 
to be placed under someone's tree. 
12X20 on Arches CP paper. 

Saturday, December 13, 2014

"Bella"



I hesitated to post this one because i cannot for the life of me remember where i found her image. 
Usually i keep a record of all my sources and contact owners for permission. 
But i love this one so much i had to post her 
and hope if someone recognizes this girl they will let me know. 
She was painted especially for an animal rescue group in our city for their 
annual fund raiser and was given to the highest bidder. 
I'm sure she found herself in a good home of animal lovers. 
And too some needy pups and senior dogs were helped in the process. 
She is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 24 X 24 

Thursday, December 11, 2014

"The Girls"


 I have been working on quite a few of these all 12X12 on Gallery wrapped canvas.
They're such fun to do. I see these smaller ones as work studies for larger paintings. 
My plan for the New Year is to get going on some 4 or 5 foot canvases
using these as my models. 
I am so grateful for several photographers on Flickr who 
graciously let me use their photos. I do have some photos i take on my own 
but find all manner of interesting shots by much better photographers than myself. 
They also get quite a kick out of seeing what i have done with their 
beautiful work. 
Hope all are doing well and these girls made you smile.
Oh their names are, Bossco, Grey Beard, Rosy and "Pick Me!"
Adios! 



Saturday, December 6, 2014

"Luna"


A new cow painting. 
This is not the usual composition for me as i most often do the 
portrait with just head and shoulders.. 
I really like the outcome and will do more from further out and perhaps with herds or multiples. 
Just can't stop painting these guys. 
They make me smile. 
This is acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 12' X 12". And she's sold! :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

"Morning Star II"


I've painted this sweet girl a few times now from different angles. 
She is a commission for a lady who wanted her for a special spot in her home. 
I was not sure if it would work using red here for the background because there 
is a fair bit of red in the subject, but i really like the outcome. 
Hopefully the client will agree!
Acrylic on gallery wrapped canvas. 
22"X28"

Thursday, November 20, 2014

"Brattland"


A wee watercolour, 14" X 18" about a family and all their memories rolled into one. 
There is the cabin by the seaside, a raft with children, the sail boat they sailed around the world on, a kayak with hubbie and family pet and all the other marine vessels they've owned. 
I had a binder full of photos to work from and put this together for them. They said they liked it! I'm happy with that. 
Watercolour on Arches CP paper. 

Monday, August 4, 2014

"Shinny in Trinity"


Received good news the other day! 
This painting is going to be licensed by the German puzzle manufacturer, 
"Ravensburger" for a 1000 piece puzzle! 
They said it was to be directed mainly at the Quebec market. 
I am very excited. Puzzles for Christmas! 

Friday, June 13, 2014

"Whale Watching"


A watercolour commission for a young lady who loves the ocean and Orcas. 
She had a photo from a sailing trip she wanted to turn into a painting. 
This is the result of it. 
I am not accustomed to landscapes having spent most of my time doing animals and whimsical villages but was pleased she asked me to do this for her. 
I hope the outcome is what she had envisioned. 
11"X29" on Arches C/P paper. 

Thursday, June 12, 2014

"Morning Star"


This is little "Morning Star". 
The first in a series of cow portraits that i have been working on. 
She is acrylic, 9"X12" on gallery wrapped canvas. 
Oh, and she sold to the first person who saw her! :)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

"New Friends"


Some of my newest friends are now ready for hanging on the gallery wall. 
I'm enjoying the smaller canvases and have two others not shown here submitted to a group show. Must go shopping for some more of these as there are many colours i would like to try. 
Hope all are well today and painting happily. 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014




My studio space in the basement of an Art Gallery. Today it is wet and rainy, a good day to paint. 
I have a class coming in this morning but would rather be painting! :) Oh well, this afternoon is open and i have several on the go which need to be finished. A couple of upcoming shows to get ready for and new ideas percolating. There just is not enough time in the day! Ahhh, the life of a painter. I thought years ago it would be glamorous, with openings and gala events, whiling away the hours in coffee shops and wine bars with fellow artists, requests for appearances and free flights to resorts. Such a fantasy dashed by long hours alone in a basement. I love it! Would not have it any other way. 
Hope your day is going well and there are many new colours appearing in your life. Happy painting, all!


Thursday, May 22, 2014

"Young Street"


In a previous show i had a painting like this with kids building a snowman. 
A lady liked it but was too late as it had sold already. 
She asked me to do one similar for her. This is it! 
Watercolour on Arches C/P paper, 11" X 18". 

Thursday, April 10, 2014

1,000 Dog Portraits | Pets / Dogs Book | Qbookshop

1,000 Dog Portraits | Pets / Dogs Book | Qbookshop

I'm in this book! 
Cannot for the life of me remember which painting, 
but either way it will be fun to get a copy 
and see what is there, 
and view all the other great works 
by Dog lovers from all over the globe. 

Saturday, March 29, 2014

"Storms A Comin"


A Momma and Pappa herding their brood to shelter before the storm. Watercolour on Yupo.

I wrote this letter to a friend in response to her comment about how fortunate I am to be an artist even though it is not an easy way to make a living. 

I do it because i love to do it, and have always wanted to be an artist. I can't think of anything else i would rather be doing. 

Dear Judy.  Yes, you are absolutely right. I am always grateful for the art and the ability to make it. 
Sometimes, when i am painting and things are going well, i dance. No one is there, but i dance. It just is so amazing to me. Sometimes, when i do a painting, i leave for the night and come back the next day to see what i have done. Sometimes, it amazes even me, and i am not so certain that it was me who did it!
I cannot remember putting it together all that well and know there was much more to it than I, myself, and me!

Sometimes, it as if they paint themselves. There is an "art spirit” that guides the hand of many, if and when we are open to it and let it work through us. The art world calls it the “art spirit” but you and i know exactly what that spirit is. :)

It really does amaze me, when i see this working. It does not always happen, for one reason or another. Perhaps we are focusing on ourselves? Perhaps we are too pre-occupied with other things?
Maybe we are just thinking about the money we can make if it sells? It is during those times that the painting does not have life and there is no light. 
There is something missing. 

Sometimes, i tell people the painting speaks to me. I have to listen and hear the voice. It tells me what to do next. I try to listen and to follow it. When i have shared this with people,  i get a variety of reactions. Mostly disbelief and a look of, “you are a tad bit crazy!”. So i quit telling folks about the voice and the spirit. I am then hopeful the paintings will speak for themselves. 

Lately, i have been gifting a lot of my work. I donate paintings to dog rescue groups, fundraisers for various charities, etc. I don’t have a lot of spare cash to give but i can give away the art. A few times i heard of someone’s dog dying and i did a portrait of the dog and just sent it to them. 
It makes me feel like i am doing something worthwhile at least. 

There have not been a lot of art buyers recently but i have been busy with such things and trying to get my work out to as many places as i can. If i have to follow in the foot steps of all those great masters who died before anyone saw value in their work that would be okay. And if that doesn’t happen which is most likely the case, i have enjoyed listening to that voice and the spirit (God), and dancing while i paint. :) 

thanks for sparking these thoughts Judy. it is something i don’t really think about all that often. 
We just have to go out there and “do it”.

blessings always, 
ross

Sunday, March 2, 2014

"Little Sister"



One more new cow painting. Just one more. 
I know I was supposed to stay off the cows for a while but i just could not resist this beauty. 
I love painting cows. They remind me so much of my Boxers. 
This classy lady belongs to a gal in the Netherlands who owns a farm and was very gracious in letting me use some of her photos. There will be more. :)
I know she has a real name but for now i called her "Little Sister" because that is what came to me when i posted this. The names do just come sometimes which i love. 
This is acrylic on deep canvas 22" X 28'.