Posts Tagged ‘Art’

It’s been awhile since I’ve written and I’ve been really busy doing HR, still painting pups, still playing tennis and trying to get some home improvement projects in from time to time. Let’s start with the pups. Here’s Timber, Director of Corporate Security at Purple Ink LLC, my real job! He is much bigger than he looks and quite the tackler. Watch out with cups of coffee or they’ll be flying. I did this painting last year for my boss’s husband for Christmas. IMG_2258

Below is Simba and he is the newly added Assistant to Timber. His painting was for this year’s Christmas gift.  Watch out or he might lick you to death! He’s seriously the cutest puppy and hardly ever really resting like he is shown here.IMG_4130

I’ve done more Dogs Playing Poker and will update my website someday! In the meantime, if you’re interested do check me out at HoganArtHouse on Esty. Or if you need HR Consulting, check us out at Purple Ink LLC.






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These dogs playing poker paintings are a lot of work for me. I have to figure out how to make dogs do things that dogs don’t really do. I look at a lot of photos and sketch a lot, erase a lot and paint, change, and paint again. The truth is that I still doubt myself in the beginning. It was no different my 4th time.

Which brings me to Zelda and Otto, two adorable Weimaraners, who live in Chicago. My client ordered this painting to give as a gift to his college friends from Cornell. To personalize the painting, I added Zelda’s favorite treat, green beans and gave her a big glass of red wine. Otto has a beer and is a stinker, trying to cheat at the game. While my client and his friends were at Cornell, someone pulled a great stunt, by getting a pumpkin on top of the clock tower, so we got that into the painting. I love doing fun little personal jokes and insights into the dogs’ personalities.

Thanks to my clients who trust me, despite not really seeing a lot of these paintings, when they order. Special thanks to my first client, Julie, who trusted me without seeing any dogs playing poker paintings. This time, my doubt faded as usual and I ended up being really happy with the result. The best part is that my client loved it and his friends did too! My clients are all REAL dog lovers and I am too. I love hearing about their past and present dogs. And, my clients are super fun, interesting people. It’s been fun connecting with people in Texas, Pennsylvania, Indiana and Maryland all about their dogs playing poker. What a strange world we live in but kind of cool too.

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 Cheater, Cheater Ballpoint Pen Eater

Kenny and Julie are dog lovers.  They’ve taken sick dogs into their home and volunteered at the dog shelter.  Julie contacted me to see if I could paint something very custom and very unusual as a gift for Kenny.

Kenny had mentioned to Julie that one day he’d love to have a man cave and in this man cave, there would be a painting of their dogs playing poker.  So with that in mind, Julie found my pet painting website and asked if it could be done.

This was a fun challenge and they were such great clients.  Julie sent me photos of all the dogs with complete descriptions of their personalities.

The primary challenge was not having pictures of the dogs in the right positions.  My dogs modeled a bit and Google is great for getting photos for reference.

We agreed that I’d do a drawing for Kenny’s birthday, so he could put in special requests and have the painting done for Christmas.

Inspired by the famous series of paintings done by Cassius Marcellus Coolidge, I set out to do Kenny’s dogs.


There’s Olive, on the left, who’s bossy and likes fruit.

Rugby (RIP) was Kenny’s boyhood dog.  I only had two pictures of him to reference.

Dora, the lab is their current dog.  George, the “old man” was only with them a short time but they loved him immediately.  He came to them sick and lived there until he died.


Milo, is a little dickens, always chewing pens and scrapping with the other dogs.  He ended up having to move into a friend’s home, where he gets into less trouble.

Kenny and Julie seemed thrilled with the painting and I look forward to seeing a picture of it hanging in the man cave!  I loved the challenge of this assignment and I’m willing to try other special requests.

Do you have a dog, who you want see doing yoga, playing the violin or maybe surfing?  I’m up for it.  Check out my website www.custompetpaintings.com and send me a note.

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Winter Wool


My good friend and fellow artist has been following her dreams and really finding success.  Lisa VanMeter makes beautiful prints.  I’ve blogged about her before but wanted to pass on a blog from the Indianapolis Art Center that features her.  If you click on my link http://indplsartcenterblog.com/ and scroll down past the Dia De Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) section (read it though, it’s very interesting) you’ll see a picture of Lisa and it talks about the process of her work.   

Lisa recently published her website www.lisavanmeter.com and you can see many of her prints.  She has won several awards and as it states on her website, she has a piece that was selected to hang in the Conservation Center within the Indianapolis Museum of Art.   


I am lucky enough to have Lisa in my neighborhood and I get to see her pieces in progress.  The process is amazing and the amount of design work, hand mixing of the inks and physical work (carving the wood and hand pressing the inks) is unbelievable.  Each series only has 4-10 prints and each print is hand printed and numbered.   The sheep with the barn is a mono print, which means it is the one and only print.  Lisa has a few other mono prints also.  How cool is it to own one of those?  

Lisa has been a great friend and I appreciate her supportive of me in my art endeavors.  She is always willing to give me her advice and critiques.   

If you want a fun evening, head to Broadripple and the Indianapolis Art Center on Friday, September 10th and checkout Lisa’s show at the opening of the annual student show.  There will be many other local artists too.  It’s a great way to support local artists and get great buys on wonderful pieces.

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Once upon a time there was a little girl named Ava, who really wanted a room with Disney Princesses in it…

so…her mom and dad asked me to make her wish come true.

For days I sketched, painted and worked in her special room hoping she would love my vision of fairy land.

Near her door is her prince, still waiting for a kiss.  Lucky for him, he has a pretty good rock, which could persuade many princesses to give him a shot.

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And near her closet is the glass slipper that will prove that Cinderella was the beauty at the ball.

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I haven’t been blogging much because it’s been pretty busy around here but having work is a good thing.  Let’s hope for more fun projects.  I have to say, I was a little scared to do Cinderella but I literally prayed to God to help me do it.  I think He did help and I think little Ava is happy with her princess room.

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The neighborhood pools were renovated this spring and I was asked to do a mural for the boys and girls bathrooms.  I really wanted to make them fun, so this is the result.  My friend, Kristine helped me and it was pretty fun to do but it ended up being more complicated than I thought.  It turns out painting silhouettes is harder than one would think.  When blown up life size, the hands start to look weird and various body parts start to look skewed.  At one point, I had my little guy in our home bathroom with the lights off, a flashlight on the sink doing a cannonball pose on the toilet seat.  I had him making a fist, reaching his arm up and giving me a thumbs up.  All of this, just to see his silhouette.  He was  a great sport.


I’ll tell you a little secret…he thinks that he’s the one painted on the walls but in reality, I never ended up using the photos I took of him.  He’s been so cute telling everyone that it’s him that I think we’ll just let him go on thinking it.  There is a tuft of hair on the cannonball dude that resembles him, so he may be none the wiser.

Too funny, he just came up and said, “ooh me!”  It is in some ways, it is him because he embraces life by jumping in and making a splash.  When is the last time you threw a cannonball into your day?

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I have a new photo for my header…but you need to go into my blog to see it.  https://peggyhogan.wordpress.com.

I hate to pat myself on the back but it’s so easy today to take a great photo and I did! 

Without giving away the subject matter, the most gorgeous subtle, happy pink bursting out of a soft canvas of green.  My 80’s preppiness is really showing but it’s such a classic and yes, natural color combo.  Hope you like it too.

Okay, I wrote the above paragraphs very late at night a few nights ago, so excuse my exuberance.  Still I like the photo but perhaps I overstated how phenomenal it was….but the ability to grow those beauties is pretty exciting.  Are you enjoying the sweet surprises of summer?  What is your favorite seasonal flower?

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