I painted a Jack Russell Terrier first because I have always secretly wanted one. They just seem so cute and energetic. They are smart dogs with a streak of mischief-making (at least that’s what my friend tells me). I am pretty sure a Jack Russell Terrier would fit right in around here.
This painting is 11×15 on watercolor paper. I used watercolor paint and some liquid acrylic inks to create this Jack Russell dog wonder. If you would like to take this puppy home you can buy it now through Paypal and check out by clicking on the goofy shopping cart below (It will magically appear after you click the button above). I keep chuckling imagining people pushing a cart through my website and throwing art into it like they have won some kind of shopping spree contest. Wasn’t there a TV show like that once? I mean, minus the art of course! The best thing about buying dog art for your wall is nobody has to scoop the poop or walk it. If you are as busy as I am this can be really appealing. Not to mention, dog paintings make good gifts for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says I love you quite like a dog, right?
So, this is day 1 of my 30 paintings in 30 days challenge. I felt really anxious yesterday as I was looking at all of the artists participating in the challenge. I was wondering if I belonged in the company of such amazing painters. I feel a little more confident today. That might be because I completed a painting. Phew! Day 1 is a success. I did realize, however, while I was painting, that I may need to switch up mediums and themes at least a few times over the next month. I am not sure I can paint just dogs and just in watercolors for 30 days straight. I am such an experimenter. It’s difficult for me to just do one thing. I have already started thinking about adding some collage elements to my watercolors and I did, on day one, sneak in some liquid acrylics. Not to mention, my cradled boards have been whispering, “Paint me! Paint me!” We will see how I do with the parameters I have set for myself. Last night when I was sort of moaning and groaning about how I was probably not going to get 30 paintings done, Jim reminded me it was supposed to be fun. I realized, too, that rules can be broken just as easily as they are made. This gave me a little relief. I mean, just knowing I have the permission to slip in some flowers, skip a day, or work in collage for a while might even make it easier to stick with dogs and watercolor. Sometimes you just want to know you have options even if you don’t actually use them!
You may have noticed that the colors are a bit subdued from my regular work. I wanted to try a different color pallete, but I am not sure I will be able to keep that up. I already miss my bold colors. Sometimes you just got to be you, especially when a painting a day is your goal. This might not be the time to stray too far from your comfort zone, right?
I wanted to say Happy New Year! I am really excited about 2014. Last year was pretty amazing. I had good times and bad times like everyone, but I got to watch Tiny-Small grow and change in ways I can’t even quantify, Jim and I had a lot of laughs, and my art and blog business grew substantially. I have so much to be grateful for and to smile about. I have a feeling 2014 is going to be full of even more wonderful surprises. I hope the same for you!
Please visit Leslie Saeta’s Fine Art blog and take a peek at all of the paintings artists have done for the day one challenge. You will be impressed. If you click on the paintings you can visit their websites and purchase their art too. I am going to try and visit as many as I can today and leave a supportive comment. Painting this much is difficult, especially when you have kids, dogs, jobs, and all of the other stuff that comes with being alive in this day and age!
P.S. If you want a Jack Russell Terrier as much as I do, please consider adopting one from a Jack Russell rescue group. I have a feeling these dogs get abandoned often due to their high energy needs and “large and in charge” attitudes. Save a dog and enrich your own life too.