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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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This is Maggie and she’s a Christmas present. Shh…don’t tell.

Have been busy with various projects and working a lot, so my postings have been far and few between.  I got a new toy for Christmas, a droid. Now I can do all kind of crazy and cool stuff on my phone. But…you will notice that it isn’t always perfect, so forgive me for various typos and what’s as I learn this system.
Well, off to work on Boots, the cat.  Enjoy your day of rest!

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I just started painting Maverick.  He is a darling Beagle rescue dog.  My client, Stacey wanted something a fun and funky, so I’m experimenting with different colors and a vivid background.  Here’s a first stab at it.  I spent an hour or so getting the first coats of paint laid.  More to come later.

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