Linda’s Letters

Millie on Safari

Millie on Safari

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Millie on Safari” is a study in values.  Values is the range of light to dark, from white to black, as well as all the tones in-between.
Values can determine among other things, shape, dimension, flow of light and expression.

A portrait of a black dog always presents somewhat of a challenge.  Just to look at a black dog, one usually sees nothing but a
silhouette.  In order to get an expression, as a painter, I will need to juggle the values.  And, it’s always fun to see how far you can go
with it without losing the sense of being black.

Luckily, Millie had some brown tones in her coat which gave me the opportunity to lighten some areas.  But in order to catch her
sweet personality, I created a light source from the right side of the painting to brighten her coat and light up her inquisitive eyes.

 

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Many years ago, when John and I lived in Dayton, Ohio, I was a AKC licensed dog handler.  I operated a small boarding kennel and grooming service.  I picked up a lot of information then about dogs, their expression, movement, and conformation.  Information that has proved invaluable to me, particularly when my references are not the best, or when the dog is no longer alive.  West highland Terriers are very perky, expressive little dogs with a bright, lively temperament.  And, I wanted Angel to have those qualities.  I would like to share a new animal portrait with you……..”Roses for an Angel”.
Roses for an Angel

Why do I paint animals

I was 12 years old when I won first prize in a poster contest.  I had painted three large rabbits.  You could find rabbits, deer, dogs, mice, horses….. a lot of horses in my early sketches.  Animals, obviously made a huge impression on me as a child.  I can look back at these images and I can see that my personality was already forming.  I loved the outdoors and all the animals that lived in it.  Even today, I am still painting scenes that include wildlife.  A story told in each piece.  I can’t image doing a painting without an animal.  It has been a constant theme in my art and will be first and foremost in my mind when I start a painting.
OBSERVATION

Linda’s Letters The Wildlife Experience

My entry, “A Desert Trio” was juried into the “Wildlife Experience in Art” show and sale at the Wildlife Experience in parker, CO.  The show will run from Sept. 28, 2013 to Jan. 5, 2014.Desert Trio 4 x 6

Linda’s Letters #013 Society of Animal Artists art show

I have been juried into the 53rd annual Society of Animal Artists art show to be held in Bennington, Vt.,  Oct 4th, opening receptionThe Yearling