Acrylic Palette Setup

Acrylic paint dries pretty fast, and I paint for hours- or over a few days. So it is essential that my palette stays wet for as long as possible. This is the set up that I use with my paint so it will last for up to 2 weeks. I recorded a video showing you how I do this setup, this is my first voice-over so bear with me! 

This uses the Sta-Wet Palette  (Around $17), which is marketed with a sponge and some Sta-Wet Palette Paper. I do NOT recommend using those, the sponge molds easily and the paper rips and dries out in some spots. So using it with heavy-duty paper towels (3 pack for $5) and a tempered glass palette (Around $30) works much better for me! If you don't want to spend the money on the glass palette, a tempered cutting board could work as well, you may need to find something for a backing though. 

Also I like to call the piece of paper towel I put on top of the glass, the Moistmaker (if you've seen friends you will get this!)

Short Post - Sad the Olympics are over!

I’ve been watching the Winter Olympics the past 2 weeks, and I am quite sad they are over. I have a soft spot for the winter games, as I grew up in Park City, UT and was there for the 2002 games. These days there are people that I went to high school with that are Olympians! It is really cool to see them on TV knowing how much hard work they put into doing what they love.

Did you know that Art competitions were part of the Olympics from 1912 until 1948? Medals were awarded for works inspired by sports-related themes. While sports-related imagery isn’t really my thing, it’s cool that this was once a thing! I know these days they are working to incorporate art more-so, however not for medals. I do some sports related work in design though! Check out my Ultimate Frisbee designs!

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Millie Oil Painting

This painting is of Millie, who sadly has passed. This painting is 8x10 and in oils. We focused on featuring her wrinkles, ears, and droopy face. Her owner really loved her titling her head to the side when she looked at you. 

She was almost 100 lbs but thought she was a lap dog. She loved to snuggle on the couch, and was very lazy, until she was outside or around other dogs. She loved to be chased and to wrestle. She could chase a ball for hours but was terrible at retrieving it to the thrower.
— Alyson

I really enjoyed capturing all the subtle colors in the black of her snout. It had a lot of violet and red undertones. Working with oils on this one really allowed me to blend those colors together. 


Kane Oil Painting

This painting is of Kane, a rescue puppy from Houston, Texas who now resides in Indiana. This is a 8x10 oil painting that was a gift for his owner! 

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This painting was a fun one, working on a dog that is mostly white is a bit of a challenge. You really have to look and see the variations of color within the white areas within the photo. So often I used violets or blue's as undertones and built up from there. When oil painting there is a bit more mixing that can be done on canvas, compared to acrylic painting. 

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Also I apologize for the lighting in this video, my oil station has a camera that likes to adjust to focus on its own and I don't have the angle of the camera perfected. 

Luman the Lab/Pit Mix Painting

I absolutely adore this painting, I mean look at those eyes! He is all grown up now, (and still cute, I've seen pictures) and this painting is to remember his puppy days. 

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Luman is a pit bull and lab mix. He is a very curious, gentle, playful, and caring dog. He loves to dig, and get into things he shouldn’t. He will sometimes follow me around or sit next to me and watch whatever I am doing. He can be very playful, he gets very excited when we come home and will force us to play fetch with him. He often whines playfully when him and my boyfriend are goofing around. What I love about Luman most is that he is a very gentle dog. When giving him a treat, he will slowly move his mouth towards it and grasp the treat with his lips, it is very cute. And in the mornings, we often wake up to him giving us soft and gentle kisses. You can tell that he really loves his home, and my boyfriend and I!
— Meghan
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Sally Painting

This painting is of Sally, the beautiful herding dog who sadly is no longer around. This was a fun painting to do because the background was really nice to paint along with the dog. The painting is 8x8 in Acrylic.





“Sally came from herding stock and we bought her at a feed store.  When she was a puppy I played soccer with her and she would nip at the backs of my legs to herd me.  She was a very loyal dog and was protective of her small pack.  If my mom and I weren’t walking right next to each other on a hike then she would run between both us to make sure we both were okay.  She was sort of an alpha female and when she played with other dogs she sort of tried to herd them and would sometimes bark in a shrill tone.  She was intelligent and really enjoyed playing find it in the house.  We would put her in her crate and then hide a toy or food and she would search every room and hiding place until she found it.   
— Laura
 Sally and the reference photo!

Sally and the reference photo!

Dottie and Maui Painting

This piece was commissioned by Dottie's daughter as a gift for her 93rd birthday! Dottie along with her cat Maui are featured in the painting.  According to her family, friends and many accomplishments, Dottie has lived a remarkable life - read more about it here

Painting her was a pleasure and was a nice challenge as I don't paint people that often these days. You can view the timelapse below.

 Here she is receving it on her 93rd birthday! 

Here she is receving it on her 93rd birthday!