The creative journey of an artist inspired by animals and life by the sea

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Step away from the computer...

I am an artist, not a computer whiz.  I should have repeated that to myself yesterday before attempting a new website.  My brain is fried and I didn't get any painting done!  I have been researching other online sites that so many artist's seem to have these days and decided I needed to create a bigger and better online site.  Needless to say, I realized after hours of watching youtube videos and trying to set up a new site, that what I had was perfectly fine!  Technology is moving at such a blazing speed these days, but I also have to come to terms with my "techy" limitations.  I sell on fineartamerica, Etsy, Zazzle, and Ebay.  I have a blog and I maintain my own website gaildolphinart that I created through the ancient iWeb program.   As much as I do enjoy teaching myself the computer, it is easy to become consumed by it when I should be creating!  Time to "step away from the computer" and get back to the brushes!

Friday, March 15, 2013

He Loves the Sun

I have been painting animal portraits for people for over 25 years now.  I realized that as many photos I take of my Rhodesian Ridgeback "Socks" or see him in a beautiful pose, I had never painted him.  This is my third Rhodesian Ridgeback, and I know from experience the health problems these dogs can have.  He is the love of my life, next to my husband!  He will be turning eight years old this spring.  He is a reminder of the loss of my Dad that same year.  I got Socks as a puppy at eight weeks old, and eight weeks later lost my Dad to cancer.  The joy of having a new puppy helped me through the terrible loss and sadness of losing him.  This is a typical "look" for him...he loves the sun and a comfy bed.  How easily this painting came off my brushes...I guess because he is so close to my heart.