Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Ladybug Haven, Howard Pee Pugpants and Some Wonderful Bloggy Awards

Ladybug Haven II
Oil on Canvas

Ladybug Haven II is the fourth painting in my new container garden series. My studio is starting to feel like an outdoor garden, and it has been so fun designing these large pieces so you can place them next to one another, like chapters in a book that continue a story. There is a tiny ladybug lounging on one of the leaves in this painting, she was a little beauty I captured in a photo at the Dallas Arboretum a few weeks ago.

Here is a closeup of the little cutey who
lives the life of Riley in one of the
most beautiful gardens in Texas
- the Dallas Arboretum.

Detail from Ladybug Haven II

Speaking of beautiful gardens, I was humbled and honored to receive the Passion for Painting Award from Robin Roberts, the southern painter whose work reminds me so much of Monet with her masterful use of light and atmosphere. Every time I see one of her new paintings, I have to fight the urge to hop in the car and drive cross country so I can behold these images in person. I can only imagine how beautiful they must be in real sunlight. Don't worry Robin, I don't often burst in on folks unannounced!

I also received the Lemonade Award from my good buddy and painting pal, Judy Mackey. I don't think Judy realizes what a positive influence she is on me and our other painty lady friends, she is always encouraging us to take that next step in marketing and developing our work. Really, she doesn't nag, she just gently nudges. Judy has a gift for subtle color and if you have not seen her work, you should visit her web site and take a look. She is also represented by the Dutch Art Gallery in Dallas, where she is a showcase artist.

And - Speaking of influences, I am obligated to balance out the universe of good influences by admitting there are bad influences out there, too, namely my bad boy hisself, Howard Pee Pugpants. As his mom, I feel I must take some responsibility for his escapades, but let it be known for the record I always encourage Howie to use his powers for good, rather than evil.

Howard Pee Pugpants
Guilty Until Proven Innocent

Howie's reputation precedes him, considering he has 125,000 youtube fans. If only I were so famous. As you can see in this photo, Doggy Designer to the Stars Mindy created an entire line of Bad Doggy T shirts specifically with one pug in mind who shall remain nameless but whose initials are H Pee.

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