Thursday, March 25, 2010

WINSTON and a new beginning...again!

oil on canvas

This is Winston. He's a donation painting to the Weim and Cheese Silent Auction. I'm glad he's done, almost.

I spent the day working! Thank you for listening to my whining. I'll keep this short. Standing outside with Raz, waiting for him to make a deposit, I suddenly realized something. If I had to leave the house to go to my studio and paint I would have to crate the pups. I tried this once but their barking bathed me in guilt so I gave up. Today, they spent the day, crated in the den, at the far end of the house and out of ear shot. They had an hour lunch break and a half hour late afternoon break. Himself suggested I do this months ago, but I couldn't. Now, however, I am more than ready to reclaim my work day and I think things will begin to improve from this point on.

It felt so good to work uninterrupted again. I'm born again!


  1. Yes... you need to take care of the "mom" so you can take care of the others. Good job and good for Himself looking after you too. This turned out awesome. I just want to give him a big smooch on the nose!

  2. So glad you were able to paint today! I always look forward to seeing your paintings. Love the detail!!!

  3. Ah, so your purgatory was self-inflicted... Well, I'm glad it has come to an end. Wonderful! (Maybe now you'll start listening to that man in your life - and if you do, will you send my wife a few pointers?)

    Winston is excellent! That blue reflected life is a perfect touch. You know, you're pretty dang good at this painting stuff... :-)

    Happy Creating...


  4. My second sentence in the second paragraph should read "...reflected light", not life... oopsy.

  5. Amazing dog portrait, Suzanne. One can tell you know dogs.

  6. What a stunning,dignified creature and you have painted him so masterfully! I love the way you've bumped up the colors around his nose and accentuated the blue on one side. Great work!

    and now I scrolled down and looked at your sweet little babies and died laughing all over again at their innocent little faces. (children of the corn)HA!

  7. Susanne,

    You may have convinced me to never get another pet, My wee mouton.
    Beautiful painting.

  8. Suzanne, so happy you found a way to get back to what you love doing. This painting is amazing. All the best to you.

  9. This piece is unbelievable! I just LOVE it! And, hey, as one who gets why those loveable pups can drive you to distraction - you do what you need to do. Is there a place where they can snuggle together while you work? Sometimes the crate for a whole day (even broken up) can be hard. AND.... at age one (almost on the dot) they'll become more able to hang near you and snooze. I put Paco's bed at the side of my easel, and after a couple of minutes now he knows the drill, and while I'm at my easel he just snores away. I wonder how Nancy Medina does it? I think she takes them to the studio one at a time! You're a good mom. You're a good painter, too, and need that time! I totally hear you! (I cried in my studio when Paco was about your guys' age because I thought I'd never be able to paint again!)

  10. Suzanne!

    Hooray for being reborn!

    Glad you are finally finding some balance between painting and raising two little ones.

    This latest pet portrait turned out great!

    Great job on the fur, especially how it turns and curves around the face and body.

    I'm happy you got to be so productive!!


  11. Winston is phenomenal! And Yea for uninterrupted painting time. I remember that...sort of! Fantastic painting.

  12. Yay! Freedom beckons!
    Weim and Cheese--hahahahaha, that cracked me up.

  13. Theres nothing like painting) Really nice atmosphere Suzanne, and a lovely pose.

  14. This is wonderful, dear Girl; the painting, and that you're getting a break.

    I never thought I'd say this, but ... I'm glad I have animal allergies. (Reading about the puppy trials makes me realize I would be having the same struggles if I wasn't allergic!)

  15. Sheila, thank you, it's so true, I hate feeling cross with them, they're just being puppies. Now, I can't wait to see them! Thank you for the kind words about Winston.

    Carol, thank you for such an incredible compliment!

    Don, Alas...yes it was. Isn't it always? I cannot believe I wouldn't see that by now. Tim says thanks too. Thanks for the comments about Winston. You're not so bad yourself!

    I tried to translate your comment but couldn't. Thank you, I hope!

    Carol, Thank you so much!

    Gwen, thank you! He was surprisingly difficult. I thought his coat would be really easy. I'm still not thrilled with it, but was afraid of over-working it. Thanks again.

    Rick, Thanks so much. And if you do get another pet, gird you loins, it's like havin' a kid!

    Joan, Thank you! It feels soooo good just to keep going. Took long enough didn't it?

    Kelley, thank you! It was fun, but his coat was a challenge that I didn't see coming. Sending you an email.

    Dean, thank you so much. They're downstairs now as I type this and I feel so good. Almost time for lunch tho. Thanks, it feels good to work again. Chat soon!

    Liz, thank you! I so appreciate your words.

    Jala, isn't that too cool? Weim and Cheese?

    Diana, thank you for your kind words. I'd forgotten how much hard work one puppy was. What was I thinking? Being allergic could be a blessing in disguise.

    Diana, thank you so much!


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