This wolf was painted on suede board. The suede was given to me by my friend Leslie to experiment with as I had never used it before. The soft texture was wonderful and I know I will be purchasing some for future paintings.
I am having a problem with my computer. When I post my paintings they are somewhat stretched. I have to find a way to correct this.
I call her the Miracle Dog because she survived on the streets for at least four years that I know of. Many times when I would see her, I would try to entice her with a biscuit but she would not let me near. I hadn't seen her for quite some time and I thought something happened to her. I work for a delivery company and one day I pulled up to a house and there she was on the lawn. I asked the lady is that your dog? She said "no, her family threw her out of the house when her owner got sick". Well, the rest is history, I brought her home and quickly she fell in with her pack, Molly and Bear. She is such a sweet dog. Each morning when she wakes up she rolls on her back and kicks her legs. She is a study in pure joy! I named her Annie for Little Orphan Annie because " the sun will come tommorrow, so you got to hang on till tommorrow come what may".
I have been practicing polar bears as I have never painted one before. I want to do a pastel (16x20) on velour paper. What I have learned about this wonderful mammal is that its dense, waterproof coat helps it survive the lowest temperatures on the earth. Tracks have been seen a few miles from the North Pole.
This is a pastel I did of my dog Molly a few years ago. Molly was a '"shelter dog". She had been adopted and brought back twice. What is the saying " three's a charm". I adopted her at eight months old and she has turned out to be such a great dog that I took in two more. The colors are not as sharp as I had to take this in the frame.
I read a book by Shaun Ellis, "The Man Who Lives With Wolves". He tells a story when he worked at a wildlife center in England. One day a man came with his 14 year old son. He was mentally and physically disabled and in a wheelchair. The father said he heard where children could interact with the wolves and he wanted his son to meet one. Shaun was hesitant and asked if the son would be able to indicate when he no longer wanted the wolf near him. The father said "no, he won't be able to:, he has never spoken, and never reacted in any way to anything. And he has never expressed an emotion in his life". Shaun brought a wolf pup, energetic and wirey about the size of a spaniel. When the pup saw the boy he became still and looking into his eyes started licking his face. Shaun looked at the boy and "saw one single tear welling up in his right eye, then trickle slowly down his cheek". He glanced at the father, tears were streaming down his face. "In a matter of seconds, the wolf pup had gotten through to this boy in a way that no human had managed to do in fourteen years".
Last year I went to a workshop given by Lesley Harrison. What a learning experience it was! The lion is one of two paintings that I worked on in class. It is on velour paper. Not only did I learn but it was alot of fun. Lesley is a terrific teacher, a warm and fun person.