Sunday, April 19, 2009

Trixie

Trixie, o/c, 8 x 10"
gift
I've heard the definition of insanity is endlessly repeating the same action while expecting a different result.  Every day I'd darken Trixie, and then lighten her up. Then darken, then lighten.  I'm not sure I've got it yet, but I've got to stop.  My hope is that in the time it's taken me to paint this, sweet Trixie has been adopted!  This painting is a donation for the the Prince George's County SPCA/Humane Society, and my first submission to The Art for Animals Project.



Thank you to Sara Winters for sending me the Passionate Painting Award.  Please check out Sara's blog and see the magic she creates with a limited palette of 4 colors.  She is an inspiration. 
My 7 loves and passionate painting rules are listed on my March 25th post. I will name a few additional artists who inspire me:
 

As always, if you've just received this, or are "tagged out," no worries!

62 comments:

Carol Horzempa said...

I think painting a black dog is the hardest color. Yours turned out nice and I like the blue highlights. You did a nice job on her tongue with the light going across it. I wish I could adopt her, what a beauty!

Edward Burton said...

Very beautiful job, Liz. She has such a sweet expression.

Sheila said...

WoooHOOO!!!!!
I love it!

Does the shelter know they are going to receive this awesome gift yet? Can I post this tomorrow?

I think you and Vern are my favorite oil critter painters!

L.Holm said...

Thank you Carol, Edward and Sheila! I was just wondering what you folks are doing up so late, and then remembered the time difference : -)
I appreciate your kind comments. Yes, Sheila - I emailed a jpeg to you. thanks!

Mona said...

It's beautiful Liz. I love the yellowish background. It reminds me of the yellow rapeseed fields of France.

sam said...

Well done Liz, how very kind you are, and congratualtions on the award!

Carol Schiff Studio said...

It is so funny how we get stuck and do that! I cannot tell you how may times I have done the same thing. Mixing the same colors over and over and expecting them to look different just this time. Whatever color the dog really is, this is a beautiful sensitive portrait.

Manon Doyle said...

I love her Liz! I think after all that work she looks fantastic! The background is perfect for her portrait! Great job!!

L.Holm said...

Thanks, Mona - the background does have that look. You're so right!
Sam- thanks so much!
Hi, Carol - you understand!
Thank you, Manon. I appreciate it. :-)

Ann Buckner said...

What a beautiful look. Love the sheen on the dog's coat and the play of warm against cool. Hope Trixie is adopted soon!

Michelle Burnett said...

Trixie is beautiful and looks so bright and happy! I too am guilty of painting back and forth that way. Congrats on your well-deserved award!

Dana Cooper Fine Art said...

I don't know an artist who hasn't pushed and pulled a painting the way you described, but Trixie is beautiful and looks fresh...it worked!
You have joined the ranks of generous wonderful dog painters!

jennifer woodburn said...

Thank you for for thinking of me Liz. This is a lovely painting - Trixie's eyes just draw you in. Wonderful work!

Paintings by Irit Bourla said...

Trixie just perfect. Look at the eyes they are talking to you.
Its a great dog painting!

LSaeta said...

Trixie is perfect! Good for you. I still need to finish mt sister's dog painting and the all black dog is very challenging! Also, congrats on your blog award. Way to go.

Cathyann said...

Liz,
You "pulled" it off very well. Somebody will surely be happy with this! What's next?:-)

artbyakiko said...

Trixie is beautiful! The bright yellow background goes perfectly with the dark fur. What a great gift!

simoart said...

Hi
Beautiful dog painting. Congratulation on your award. Keep up the good work.

Don Gray said...

This is great, Liz--nice work!

Angela Elledge said...

And I thought I was the only one who struggled with the Re-Syndrome...re-mix, re-paint, re_wipe, re-start, re-think...

I'm glad you did not re-cycle this one; Trixie is outstanding!

Sara Winters said...

I love all the color variations in her coat! Beautiful painting. And such a sweet expression on her face- makes me want a dog.

L.Holm said...

Ann, thanks. I hope she's adopted, too.
Thanks, Michelle.
Hi, Dana - am humbled by the great dog painters out there!
Thanks, Jennifer, and you're welcome!
Bless you, Irit.
Leslie, thanks for your comments. I appreciate it.
Cathyann-I hope someone likes it. poochtrait (as james parker calls them) deux is next. maybe i'll get supplies first to fortify myself ;-)
Thank you Simoart!
Don! Thank you so much, and thanks for visiting. I appreciate it.

well said, Angela! LOL. I hold your opinion in the highest re-gard! :-)

Art with Liz said...

Saw this on the Art for Animals blog and loved her there and love her on yours too. She's a darling!

L.Holm said...

Thanks, Liz! :-)

Joan Sicignano Artist said...

Hi Liz,

Thank you for stopping by my blog. I appreciate your very king comments.

Your work is incredible and inspirational. Congratulations on your awards. Have a great day. Joan

Diana Marshall said...

Don't worry about the colour of his coat, the eyes have it! They say more about him than anything else.
Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving such wonderful comments.

hissnhowl said...

Beautiful painting Liz! This is my first visit to your blog and I'm LOVING it!! You are very inspiring.

John Vander Stelt said...

Keep up the nice work, Liz. Well done!

Jala Pfaff said...

That is an AWESOME dog portrait! Wow! I'd love to receive that if I were adopting her.
It's funny, made me laugh to read your description of lightening/darkening. I'll often do the same thing on a painting until I go nuts.
What happens to the painting if she was already adopted?

Sandra Galda a Daily Painter said...

What a sweet looking expression! Beautiful painting! Hope the dog gets placed in a good home!

Dean H. said...

Done to perfection, Liz! Very, very believable!

Gwen Bell said...

Had to giggle at your back and forth comment because I know what you mean all too well. You did a fantastic job! I think black coats are one of the hardest things to paint and Trixie's is just perfect. What a beautiful face! I can see why she was adopted so quickly. Oh, I I love the yellow background!

L.Holm said...

Joan - thanks for visiting. I appreciate it.
Thanks, Diana!
Thanks so much, Hissnhowl. I feel the same way about your blog!
Thank you, John- I so appreciate your comments!

Hey, Jala - I'm realizing that the oil is darkening as it dries, and is looking completely different from when I took the photo! Ack! Good question about the adoption. I'd still pass the painting along.

Sandra, Dean and Gwenn - thanks, my friends!
G- I'm also realizing the background is much more yellow on certain monitors...vivid yellow on some. Definitely need to sort out my tech issues.

Marian Fortunati said...

Darker or lighter...???
Whatever... you have a gift for painting animals that speak to the viewer!!!

Mary Anne Cary said...

Liz, thanks for visiting my site. I have enjoyed touring yours. I just finished my first dog painting for a fund raiser for the Animal Refuge here. I just hope to earn them some money! Your Trixie is great! I am going to Baltimore for the first time in a couple weeks. Have never been, and I'm looking forward to it.

L.Holm said...

Thanks, Marian. I appreciate your comments always!

L.Holm said...

Hi, Mary Anne-Thanks for visiting and for your kind comments. Hope you enjoy your trip to Baltimore. The Baltimore Museum of Art is great if you find time. Funny- my relatives from Maine were just here! :-)

Carolina said...

I like her expression, she seems to be happy and somehow expecting something...

Carolina Elizabeth said...

I love the eyes. They show such a kind character.

L.Holm said...

Thank you so much Carolina and Carolina Elizabeth!

Barbara M. said...

I love this portrait, and if I didn't have a dog and didn't live in another country, I might want Trixie. I love the story of the indecision. That's what all of my painting stories are about. The result is magnificent.

Barbara

Scott D. Tillett said...

Beautiful work Liz. Glad I found your blog.

Trevor Lingard said...

You are so clever Liz
You have captured his character very tenderly.
Regards

Karen Bruson said...

Liz, I qualify under your definition of insanity. I find myself going back and forth and back and forth expecting different results. Well, this painting came out beautiful so I think you got there.

L.Holm said...

Thanks, Barbara. You have such a good heart!

Scott - thanks for visiting. I appreciate your comments!

Than you, Trevor. You are so kind.

LOL, good to know I'm no alone Karen! Thanks.

rob ijbema said...

you certainly know how to capture the character of those four legged friends,very impressive liz!
and what a wonderful gift

L.Holm said...

Thanks so much, rob! thanks for visiting.

Marilyn M. King said...

Wow! Liz, I've never seen 47 comments on a post before!!!! This must be a full time job managing your comments! LOL This portrait is amazing! I sure can't tell that you had a struggle with any part of it. It is beautiful in every way. That background color is genius and the light on the tongue and the blue in the face and......... ........

Vern Schwarz said...

I was away for a few days Liz, great job. Trixie looks just right, I love the softness of her fur and the brightness of her eyes. Her tongue, collar...just a beautiful painting.

L.Holm said...

Marilyn - thanks for your comments. I appreciate each and every one! (and part of those 47 are my responses..I haven't figured out how to auto respond by email like some folks do!)

Hi, Vern! Always good to see you. Thank you so much. Am realizing the colors are waaaay different on different monitors on this one. I appreciate your comments.

Fábio Cembranelli said...

Hi Liz...thanks for stopping by my blog. Your work is impressive, I'm glad because I've discovered your blog! Your portrait painting is stunning, I love "look up", "listen" "up close" and "smile".Great job!

L.Holm said...

Thanks so much for visiting, Fabio, and for your comments.

http://www.onpainting.wordpress.com said...

Trixie is beautiful - all the pain of on/off/on was worth it. Most often you can't possibly get the same effect with direct painting.

Tracey Clarke said...

Liz, I just absolutely love this painting....she is just beautiful. Great painterly style. It was worth the struggle!

L.Holm said...

Tracey, thanks so much. Really appreciate your comments :-)

Every Photo Tells A Story said...

If that definition is correct, then I'm in trouble:(

Your painting of Trixie is beautiful. What a sweet expression she has. You can tell from looking at her that she's a got a good nature. You've done a wonderful thing, and I hope she gets adopted a loving family soon!

Kathleen Coy said...

Oh, I love this painting of Trixie! What a sweet face! And yes, darkening, lightening, darkening.... been there done that, lol! This turned out great!

L.Holm said...

Thank you so much Nancy! I appreciate your visiting. You have a great blog.

Hi, Kathleen. Thanks so much! I'd like to paint one soon that just comes together easily. That would be nice. :-)

Darlene Twitchell said...

This is an absolutely wonderful portrait Liz! I would without a doubt adopt her based on this portrait!

L.Holm said...

thanks so much, Darlene. You're a good soul! :-)

Dean Grey said...

Great expression on the dog's face!

-Dean

Meaghan said...

her eyes are so happy and loving, just like a dog :)