How To Paint A Dog Portrait In Oil Step-By-Step

Have you seen a painting of a pet and wondered how to paint a dog portrait? If you have then today is your lucky day!

Step-By-Step, Baby…

I came across this cool website called Snapguide that helps people create step-by-step instructions. There are a variety of “how to” guides which include everything from making a cake to applying eye shadow.

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It’s My First Step-By-Step Guide EVER!

I’ve wanted to find a way to share how I did my art, but really didn’t have

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Painting Failures And Mistakes – Should I Give Up Or Start Over?

The odyssey of one of my painting failures begins…

Life is full of failures. I’ve had small painting failures before, but this one had me starting over. I had primed one of my panels improperly and the painting just wasn’t working. This painting was a commission and had to be done within a specific time frame and a mistake was not part of the plan.

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It started out great, or so I thought…

Above you see the progression of the painting I’m talking about. It might look good in the photo, but the first two shots are of the panel that failed.

I started the drawing and captured the likeness, but as I continued to work I noticed I was struggling with the paint on the surface. I had just started painting in oils, so I really didn’t know if this was a normal thing or something going terribly wrong.

All I knew is that the struggle was getting really, really, real!

Step 1: The pain begins:

Painting of Sammie step one - painting failures

Sammie step 1 – a disaster waiting to happen

For step 1 on this little painting of Sammie, the cutie-pie Cavalier King Charles, I was feeling pretty good about how the drawing

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A Spooky Thing Happened In The Studio Today

Spooky things sometimes happen while painting

Every once in awhile, spooky stuff happens while creating a piece of art.

I’ve had drawings in the past that would contain a full portrait in the background of somebody I never intended to draw. This happened in college and scared my roommate so bad that she never really got over it! (Still makes me laugh.)

Today I was staining a canvas and noticed a face appearing right before I wiped it down.

painting today in the studio

Is it Donald Trump or my mind playing tricks?

It wasn’t just me!

I posted this image on Instagram and an artist friend of mine, Stephen Holding, had the exact same thing happen to him yesterday. Double spooky

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Picasso quote on inspiration

If you are waiting for inspiration, you may be missing out.

So many artists (anybody, really) find excuses to get started on something because they are waiting for inspiration to strike.

Having worked as a creative professional for over 30 years, the one thing I know for sure is that if I had waited for inspiration to get a job going, I would have been fired. Funny how when you know you have to find inspiration, you get good at finding it rather than it finding you. (more…)

101 Things To Be Grateful For

Being grateful is a hot topic these days. If you are familiar with Brené Brown, then you know she never interviewed a single joyful person in twelve years of research that didn’t actively practice gratitude. Since we all want to experience more joy, it’s about time we roll up our gratitude sleeves and get to work!

quote about being grateful

If you’re like me and are out of practice in the gratitude department, this list of 101 things to be grateful for can help get you get started. Some of things on the list may resonate with you. If they do, feel free to use them. If they don’t feel right, make up a couple of your own.

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Building A New Blog About Art And Life

Construction for new blog

Pardon The Mess While I Build A New Blog

If you’re looking for BreakupU, it’s still here but the posts will be archived as I start posting for my new blog. Yes, that means I’m “breaking up” with my old blog but fear not – I’ll be weaving together themes of creativity and life moving forward.

I hope you’ll join me as I work on my art and share all of the ups and downs along the way. Turns out creating a piece of art is very similar to living life. It’s messy, frustrating, challenging, fun and rewarding. Check back for new posts coming soon!

Blaming others keeps you stuck

Are you a person who can come up with a thousand reasons why you can’t do something because someone or something is standing in your way? If so you may have unwittingly cast yourself as the victim in the storyline of your own life.

The Part(s) You Are Playing

If you can imagine your life as a movie and you as the director, ask yourself what roles you have been casting yourself in. You may have automatically taken roles of being a parent, a sibling, a spouse, a worker, a friend etc., without thinking much about it. It’s what everybody does. But try looking at your current roles as an actor would. (more…)

Educating the heart is as important as educating the mind

The wisdom of the heart easily get dismissed in our society due to rampant emotional immaturity. It makes sense that a focus on reason would help to correct the errors of the heart to create more certainty in life.

But the problem with a lot of certainty is that it is boring — and it’s an illusion.

Nothing in life is certain and the heart knows that. If reason and logic don’t seem to be working to make sense out of your life, it may be time for an inward look and tend to the education of your heart. It has more potential than your mind could ever conceive.

 

When The Rules Don’t Apply

How my morning commute almost ruined my day

Have you ever been driving to work and noticed in the rearview mirror someone speeding up behind you driving like a maniac? Sure, we’re all in a hurry in the morning, but get a grip people!

Well, this was no ordinary person. It was a police officer. OK — he must have been pursuing someone. That’s his job, right? Wrong. He wasn’t pursuing anyone. He was just driving like an ass. After he passed me, he cut over into another lane without signaling. All stuff I would get a ticket for if I’d been in front of him. (I may have participated in a small amount of verbal road rage at that point.)

Anyway, so what? Rules don’t apply to cops. I get it. They have to deal with nasty lawbreakers everyday and I don’t. Maybe driving like a maniac is their form of stress release or just their way to feel significant and show that they can do whatever they want. Could I have gotten the plate number and called in his unruly behavior? Sure, but why? It would be for nothing.

I know the worls isn't unfair but why can't it ever be unfair in my favor?

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