Pet Portrait - Painting

“Dufy” Breed:Tibetan Terrier

It’s Jackie and I’m back from a very long time away from The Art Blog.

I’ll make the story really short.

Last September I had some health issues, which led me to question…

What am I doing with my time?

How do I stop the stress I’ve created in my life?

So I made a short list of the most important things.

Of course they were Al (my soulmate), my health, and painting.

So what did I have to give up, so that I can focus on these three important things?

My time on the Art Blog

Educating and inspiring others on the art blog 2-3 times a week.

Creating art blog videos and writing scripts 2-3 times a week.

Posting articles to Pinterest, Facebook and Twitter daily.

Got the picture? I had no time to spend with Al, no time for a social evening with friends, no time to focus on healthy eating and meal planning and definitely no time to paint.

So I stopped posting to the blog and all of the social stuff and focused on healthy living and eating. And of course I found that cooking all of my meals instead of buying them frozen could lead to better health. (That’s a story for another blog post)

And most of all, I took the time to start to really focus on painting.

Dog Portrait


Pet Portraits - Dog Painting

“Van Gogh” Breed: Portugese Waterdog

First thing…was to complete a dog portrait that was commissioned about a year earlier. It was a success and has led me on a new path. Expressive dog portrait paintings. Here’s that painting, which I call VanGogh, and the original photo that inspired the dog portrait. Once I hung the print at the street fair, I’ve been commissioned to do 26 paintings of my wonderful collector’s pets. Yes I have some commissions for cats also.

There it is…where I’ve been and what I’ve been up to. I hope to hear from you soon. Leave a comment below, and I’ll be back with you in about a week. For now…I’m cooking up a wonderful fish stew.

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