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30 Paintings In 30 Days 2015 Day 10

Well, 10 days in and I am still going strong on the painting challenge. Let’s hope I can keep up the momentum for the next 20 days! I’m crossing my fingers that I can do it.

I had so much fun making this dog. I used some found papers and a label from a coffee container that a friend saved for me. Then I painted over the paper. This little guy has a lot of texture and I like how bright and cheerful he came out. He is ready to play fetch!

30 Paintings In 30 Days 2015 Day 10.
“Dog With A Bone” mixed media painting, 6×6.

While working on this challenge I have found there are a few tools I just can’t live without. One of them is the Faber-Castell pitt artist brush pen in black.


It’s waterproof, the color is rich, and the brush tip makes the ink flow over paper and paint smoothly. It dries quickly. I think I have used it on every painting I have created during this challenge. It’s also nice to use for signing your name.

The second tool I love is the white oil Sharpie paint pen (medium point).


It’s the only white paint pen (that I have found) opaque enough to write over the top of dark colors. Most of the acrylic paint markers I have tried are too transparent so the white isn’t bright enough. This oil based Sharpie gets the job done! It’s also waterproof and dries quickly.

The third one is the General’s Sketch & Wash pencils.


These pencils are great for sketching. They are really dark and remind me of drawing with charcoal. After making your sketch you can add water with a paintbrush and use them like a watercolor pencil. They make excellent shadows and help to blend the sketch into the painting. I’m probably going to have to buy another one by the time this challenge is over!

I thought you might be interested in some of the materials I have been using in my paintings. If you click on the photos you’ll go to Amazon where you can purchase and try out some of the tools yourself. It’s a Dome Life is an Amazon affiliate so a small percentage of your purchase will help maintain this website.

I hope you are having a happy September!


30 Paintings in 30 Days 2015 Day 2

I’m pretty excited about the 30 paintings in 30 days challenge this year. I am having a lot of fun. It’s only day two so I probably shouldn’t get too ahead of myself, but there is something really relaxing about painting and doodling and painting some more.

Today I painted a spotted Pitbull, but with a twist. I guess she’s a little more patriotic than most.

30 Paintings in 30 Days 2015 Day 2
“Pitbull In Red, White, and Blue” 5×5 mixed media on Ampersand canvas board.

I hope you are enjoying the challenge as much as I am!


Portrait Of Samantha #1 Day 21 Of 30 Paintings In 30 Days

Samantha Portrait #1 Day 21 Of 30 Paintings In 30 Days.
Samantha Dog, alcohol inks on Yupo paper, 8×10.

Our friends dog, Samantha, passed away recently. I am working on painting a portrait of Samantha as a gift.  Samantha was an amazing dog. She visited a local nursing home weekly to cheer up the residents. She was a natural-born healer and  touched the lives of everyone she came in contact with. She was really special and will be missed by many. I plan to write more about her later.

I wasn’t planning on painting her today. I have a few reference photos given to me by her owner. I happened to be looking at them today so I could start planning a 16×20 acrylic collage painting. I started sketching Samantha out today when one of the reference photos caught my eye and I just had to paint it with alcohol inks. I’m pretty excited to be able to give our friend two paintings of her beloved dog. I figure some dogs are just to important to have only one portrait painted!

I haven’t painted a dog in a long time so it felt really good to be making marks for fur and putting that gleam in the eye. I really should paint more animals. I am always happy when I finish a dog or cat painting. In the photo I used as a reference it looks like Samantha was peeking out from under the bed. I had fun recreating that moment in ink!

If you’d like your dog painted, I do take commissions. Just email me at itsadomelife@gmail.com and we can discuss the details!