Friday, July 8, 2011


20" x 16" (50.8cm x 40.7cm)
oil on canvas

Pugs, bugs...what's up with the "ugs?" I could make a cheesy joke about painting while decked out in a pair Uggs, but I won't. Don't own any anyway.

Back to work and feelin' better. Must be part of the creative process. Whatever, good riddance! The studio is feeling less like the fifth ring of hell and I've gotten two paintings started, plus this one, but I'm going to work over the weekend to make up for the days lost wallowing.

I really am enjoying doing the studies of the boys because it gives me a chance to paint looser, although this is a tad tighter than I wanted it to be.

I've missed visiting my favorite blogs and plan to do just that tomorrow morning with tea. Have a lovely weekend and thanks for stopping by!


  1. How adorable, they're work but they bring great joy. Your work is amazing.

    All the best to you,

  2. Suzanne, I am so glad you are over the dreaded Mohokiss [sp?] The puggles are adorable, and the title is perfect!!!

  3. Oh thank you , thank you for showing us your paintings of the puggies..
    You do such a beautious job.... and we just love this painting.
    more please!

  4. Ahhhh, Suzanne...the values in this monochromatic piece are perfection! Love the loose background allowing the focus on those velvety pups. BRAVO!

  5. Hi there Sunshine!... Good to see "You".... back in the saddle again!

    The lads look they've lost all of their "pug-naciousness" too!HAHA!

    Perhaps they have a touch of the dreaded M malady!HAHA!!

    A great start on this one! Enjoy that tea and time out! We ALL need those from time to time Suzanne.... the well does run dry in summer... remember?

    Happy Summer and Good Painting!
    Warmest regards,

  6. What adorable little guys, these two! And they are perfect couch pillows! Oh yes indeed. I would love snuggling into these two babies! Glad you are feeling better, my friend.

  7. Awww, this screams all the comforts of home..well done!

  8. Uggs ~ Pugs - they are too darling! They surely keep you hopping. Love the pose and the light on this one. I hear ya on the touch of Mahockiss, but I think it passes through this part of the world occasionally, as well. Paint on!

  9. These cuties are so adorable! They tie in very nicely with the upholstery too! I'm quite sure I would sit on them by accident - and I bet they'd be really comfy too ;0)
    I have a new realism painting in mind, which I hope to start soon. Meanwhile I feel the need practice loosening up, so I really think I should start sketching again to help me on the way :0)

  10. Absolutely everything works in this, I believe it could be an award winner Suzanne!

  11. ABsolutely adorable! The background treatment looks so great against their fawn coloring. You've captured so much of their little personalities. I can The Boys have had another rambunctious day!

  12. This is SICK! That's what I would be saying if I was really young!! Instead I have to say this is exceptional!

  13. Angela, thank you very, very much!

    joan, you are so kind, thanks so much! it's wonderful having these great subjects 24/7! and the best to you as well!

    Studio, thanks so much! i'm so glad it passed. gak! and thank you for your kind words on the painting!

    tweedles, you are so adorable, thank you so much. there will be more puggies! i can't resist their (your) beauty!

    brenda, thank you so much! i'm trying to loosen up and not finish everything, so your comment means a lot!

    bruce, hi back to you my friend and thank you so very much for your comments, as always they mean a lot!

    autumn, thank you so much! it's so funny how they match the decor!

    ann, thanks so much!

    pattie, thank you very much! they sure do! i can't believe how much fun they are constantly. glad to see the mahockiss go, i hope it passes you by!

    sandra, thank you! it's amazing but wherever they sit they match the decor! who knew! so looking forward to seeing what's next with you!

    dana, wow, thank you so much!!!

    gwennie, thank you! they keep me real busy, but make perfect subjects!

    mary anne, THANK YOU! i love sick! what a wonderful compliment!

    sandy, thank you so much!

  14. I've been considering leaving some background underpainting "as is" myself. So this lovely painting of your boys is inspiring me to leave some areas alone with the looser suggestive strokes and concentrate on the main focus for the tighter stuff.

    (Too bad Uggs doesn't make pug-sized booties.)

  15. How great to have such wonderful subjects on hand 24-7! I'm amazed at the richness of these earthtones. Such great warmth in this painting. Must be the love!

  16. Suzanne I just adore these ugs paintings (although I am leaning toward these pugly ones, so furry and cute!)! You turn everything you touch into a masterpiece. I'm SO glad you're feeling better!! Huzzah!! :) Can't wait to see what you come up with next.

  17. Hi Suzanne, I am a new follower and I love your blog, these puppies are very cute, congratulations on your work, greetings.

  18. All those wonderful velvety wrinkles and crinkles! It's a lovely painting.
    I'm so glad you're feeling better. And so sorry you felt bad and sad. Welcome back!


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