Captain Jack Sparrow

Captain Jack Sparrow ~ 5″ x 7″ oil on hardboard panel
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Captain Jack Sparrow is my dog. This is a painting of him from when he was a little puppy. He was a gift for my son’s 9th birthday, can you guess what his party theme was? Yup…it was a pirate party! But Captain Jack is not a pirate in our family, not even close, unless you count the odd dive for a fallen scrap at the dinner table. He’s a sweet hound, lab, border collie mutt…He’s one of my best friends, an awesome running partner, and a cougar protector. I’ve been out walking with him and a few times he has stopped dead and not allowed me to move past him. He just says, “Nope, no way, you’re not going that way. There’s danger. We’re going home.” If I turn around, or go another direction, he’s completely happy, but there’s no way to force him to go towards whatever it is that he senses. He’s gentle and playful with the kids, and seems to know that he can’t bite down hard. If we say ouch he backs off. I’m grateful to have such a loyal friend and protector in our family. 
Do you want me to paint your pet? 
Drop me a line…tahirih_camelle@hotmail.com

Got Milk? ~ Cow portrait

Got Milk?” 6″ x 6″ oil on canvas panel
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I’m having a bit of fun again with the complementary colour scheme, and of course, cows…Painting cows always makes me happy. They’re just so endearing, that I can’t help but smile while I’m painting them. This little darling had just finished nursing from her mom and had a milk must mustache, but she’s not a bit concerned about it!
I’m really happy with how she turned out. I almost want to keep it for myself 🙂

Thoughts on Why I’m an Artist

False Modesty ~ 7″ x 9″ oil on canvas panel
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Why am I an artist?
Hmmmm….
I remember sitting at the coffee table, at five or six years old. We had a brown shag rug that tickled my knees. 
Someone had given me a sheet of tracing paper and it was a revelation.
I could draw something that looked like what it was supposed to! It wasn’t childish circle faces and triangle trees. It was a dog, or a horse, or whatever it was…I don’t even remember the subject, but it looked like what I’d meant it to look like! 
My parents had beamed and exclaimed over how beautiful it was, always encouraging even my most childish scribbles.
As I sit writing this, my six year old daughter has just run up to me, beaming,
with her tracing of Draculaura. “Look how good I’m doing, Mom!” she trills.
“Wow! That’s awesome!” I say. 
It doesn’t matter that it’s traced, it matters that it looks right to her. That day on the brown shag rug, I suddenly had confidence that maybe my little hand holding a pencil, could make something look right, how it was “supposed” to look. And I know that is what my daughter is feeling right now.
That day I decided I would be an artist. I didn’t stop drawing. I drew everything I could and soon I didn’t need to trace. I could make it “look right” all on my own.

Signs of Spring

You know it’s spring when these colourful little critters start popping up in fields all over the countryside!
I just can’t resist those long eyelashes and that little mischievious twinkle. She looks like she’s full of “piss and vinegar” as my dad would say;)
For this one, I tried to work the complementary colours of blue and orange to make this little gal pop. 
Curly Sue ~ 6″x 6″ oil on canvas panel
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Sunlit Bay

Sunlit Bay  6″ x 6″ oil on panel
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My attempt at showing strong sunlight on a dark horse…I must say he was a bit of a challenge, but I really enjoy working with the rich colors. 
This little guy is on Daily Paintworks starting at a really reasonable price. Click the link above, if you’re interested.

Sundance the Buckskin

“Sundance” ~ 12″ x 16″ oil on Raymar Panel
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My newest painting…I’ve always been particularly enamoured with the buckskin, ever since “Dances with Wolves”. I wanted that horse so bad! I love the feeling of exuberance in his pose, like he’s about to explode into flight. I tried hard to achieve that feeling of liquid gold, how the sun glistening off of a horse’s coat can sometimes look metallic. The photo didn’t turn out very good this time. I’ll try to post new photos when the paint dries and the glare dies down.
Also, it snowed here, at least 6 inches over the last few days. It makes it much harder to get good photos. I usually take photos of my art outside, on an overcast day, which isn’t usually hard to do here, because it’s usually overcast! But the snow bounces light all over the place. I’ll have to come up with another solution.
Well, Bye for now:)

"Belle" Portrait of a Cow

 “Belle”  10″ x 10″ oil on canvas  $350.00
 
This is a painting I did last week of a cow. It makes me smile when I look at it. That big dumb stare and the nose in your face, lol!
I love cows…their wet noses, their soulful eyes and the milk they give us. We get our milk from a farmer down the road. The kids love it, and I make my own yogurt and butter. It saves a load of money, plus you get the peace of mind knowing exactly where it comes from and what’s in it. No antibiotics and preservatives, thank you very much! 
You can buy this painting directly from my website. If you have any questions please give me a call.

Snoose Commission

Snoose Commision 24″X36″

Here is the reason I haven’t posted anything but sketchbook stuff in a while. I’ve been working at least five hours a day on this guy, for three weeks…(planning, sketching, etc…) I’ve finally come to the point where I don’t know what the heck else to do with it. I’m always amused by commissions, because they are never how I would choose to paint something. It always seems to be the classic, pose for the camera thing, which I’m personally not fond of, but whatever…So, I’m not really satisfied, which is nothing unusual for me when I finish a painting anyways.  She wants him to look happy…he’s a basset…enough said. I don’t know if I succeeded or not. 
The color in this photo is not great, so ignore that. Otherwise, anyone have any great constructive criticism?? I would be thrilled to hear from you. Cheers!

Basset Hound Portrait

                                             Bassett Hound Portrait — commission study

Here’s my first study for my up and coming commission for a 24″ x36″ painting of a Bassett Hound. I like how the drawing turned out, so I thought I’d post it for my sketch followers…His name is Snoos, (I don’t know how to spell it) and he was well loved, but unfortunately passed away recently. His lovely owner is heartbroken, and wants a memoir, and I’m happy to paint him. He looks like he was a darling.