There are over 100 entries (paintings, drawings, collage and digitally enhanced photography) featuring “naughty” dogs – my entry is #35 (Hidden Agenda) – a painting of my Brussels Griffon, Oscar, who is always a bit ornery and naughty, but never the slightest bit remorseful – luckily he is very cute! Voting began on Monday and ends on May 21st. There is one vote per computer. The top ten entries will be considered for a special release wine label – the winemaker, label designer and Dog Art Today writer will select the winner. Mutt Lynch Winery is known for their dog themed labels and wine names, as well as their donations to dog charities and rescue groups.

Here is the link to vote:       www.dogarttoday.com

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This is Olivia, my most recent commission. Olivia’s mom is on the board for the Southern Oregon Humane Society, and this painting will be shown as an example of my silent auction donation at A Toast for Tails on May 14th. With this commission, I made it a point to take photographs of the painting as it progressed. The first photo is the actual photograph I worked from. The next, is the image of Olivia drawn out onto the canvas. I grid out the proportions and draw her in, checking the final drawing using a proportional divider, just to make sure the proportions are all correct. Then, I erase the grid lines and spray the canvas with fixative. The third photo is my first pass at getting the canvas covered with paint. I don’t like the way paint slides around on the newly fixed canvas, so I just focus on the dog’s eyes and getting the colors approximately correct with the rest of the painting. I also try to make the eyes and nose more visible than in the original photograph since you can barely see them. Then I let the paint dry. The next step is getting more of the darks in correctly and rechecking the proportions, as often it seems that the features tend to expand in size as I paint. I also adjusted the background color a bit to make it more “plummy”. The last photo is the finished painting – with all the highlights added, and other minor adjustments made to the painting – Olivia is such a cutie :)

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One of my 12 x 12 custom pet portraits is included in the silent auction as part of this great event!

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Stop by Mountain View on East Main Street before Ashland’s First Friday from 3-5PM.  I will be joining several artists from the Ashland Art Center for an art show/sale for Mother’s Day weekend! Wine, appetizers and wonderful art will be featured!

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It’s the second annual fundraising event for the Sanctuary One care farm on May 7th from 6-9PM at Bingham Knoll in Jacksonville, OR! I will be working the event, so come by and join the fun. We have over 20 of the valley’s most eligible men walking the catwalk with live bidding on dates with these wonderful men, all for a good cause! Support farm animal rescue and care and purchase a ticket online at www.sanctuaryone.org – A $45 ticket  includes appetizers, a vegetarian dinner, and 2 glasses of wine. There is a large silent auction as well as the live bachelor auction; couples as well as singles are invited, and all attendees will receive one of my “Lisa Laughs” magnets as a fun give away. This event sold out last year and was the most fun I’ve had a non-profit fundraising event!

Hope to see you there!

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Another recently painted commission – this one of Zeus, a beautiful standard poodle. Zeus is still a puppy and is just now starting to turn this wonderful silvery color – initially they are all black!

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Another commission to be delivered on Thursday. This one is of Sister, my new friend Becky’s beautiful Sheltie!

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Finally, I am stocking my Etsy store  www.inspiredpetportraits.etsy.com – almost a year and a half after opening it! The selection will be growing over the next weeks, but take a look! If  you are looking for something specific, let me know – many of my originals and prints are available for sale, and in celebration of my re-opening, shipping within the US is Free! As always, 10% of my sales are donated to local animal charities and rescue groups. To connect via a direct link, look under the BuyPrints tab on this website.

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Today, Clanci, along with her parents, Barbara and Jackson, came by to approve this recent commission.  This will be my entry in the Mutt Lynch wine label competition this year, so she is off to the imaging company!

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Two of my paintings (Wide Eyed Red and Riley) were noted as honorable mentions in the annual Richeson 75 Small Works Competition. Although not in the live gallery show, they are featured in the hardbound catalog for this event! Visit the online show which shows the entries in the live show at www.richeson75.com.

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