Pet Portrait

Silly Dog Ranch

When we bought our new house there was a large saw blade with the address numbers and 2 small SS lightning bolts painted on it (long story).

So, we took that sign down and I repainted it to our liking.  We have officially named our little acreage "Silly Dog Ranch" and this sign hangs out front for all to see.  

Loving it.

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Hot Dog!

You know, I always feel like I am having fun when I create a new piece or pieces of glass.  It gives me a high to see first, the drawing, then the first, second and third stages of firing the glass.

But the final image created in glass after the fourth firing is, of course, my favorite.  I am (almost) always thrilled with the image and can't wait to show it off.  

So, since I am a real animal lover, you can imagine how much I want to show off this new dog and cat paintings series that I am working on.  

Check them out --

Boston Terrior 2
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Emily" -- Boston Terrior

Boxer 1
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Rocky" -- Boxer

Shepherd 3
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Greta" -- German Shepherd

 

Greyhound 2
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Tulip" -- Greyhound

Pit Bull 3"Lucy" -- Pit Bull
(ugly reflection on the bottom section of this photo - must be re-shot)

Charlie 3
"Charlie" -- Kitty Cat

Each of the dogs is a  5-1/2 x 5-1/2" Fused Glass Reverse Painting.  The cat is 3-1/2 x 9-1/2".  They will all be framed in deep set black wood frames to set them off.  The originals will be available at my upcoming summer art shows in Big Bear on July 4, 5 & 6 and again in Big Bear on August 15, 16 & 17.  And, if I get my act together, they may be listed on my Etsy site. (Agh, I sure have been neglecting that poor little shop!)

I am working on getting some prints made so that these are available to purchase as cards and/or as framable prints.  These probably won't be available until the middle of July, though.  

But I think this whimsical style really lends itself to pet portrait commissions because I can really capture the fun and wonderful feeling dogs and cats give us every day.  So if you are interested, please send me a note and/or a photo for more information.  cheryl@oldshoepress.com

Hope you like them!  


Tree Boxes

I had a brilliant idea!  Well, we all have them from time to time, don't we?

Turn some of my glass on wood pieces into boxes!  These could be for jewelry, paperclips, found shells, pet ashes.... the list goes on.

Early Dawn Tree Box 2

Early Dawn Tree Box 3

I took chunks of tree limbs, cut off the bottom, slice into the edges of the rest of the chunk to create a cavity, then glue all those pieces back together.  Then take a slice off of the top of the piece from the inside to glue onto the bottom of the glass for the lid. Then, of course, make the reverse glass painting to fit the box.  Once glued together, the box is heavily sanded and has a coat of satin varnish to protect the wood.

Remember Me Tree Box

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So far I have only done some of my tree designs, but I could see all kinds of animals and even pet portraits for pet urns.  They are all around 4" in diameter and varying heights from 2-1/2" to 5".

Willow Tree Box

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Love them!!


Sophie and More

You remember that I had a booth at an art and craft show in Alpine, CA several weeks ago?  Well, a woman saw my sign and sample for custom pet totems and ordered one of her little dog, Sophie.  I could tell right away that Sophie was very special to them.  They had a small photo album with just pictures of Sophie in it.

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They were also describing their backyard and we discussed ways for them to display her portrait. After some debate and deciding, they went with a tile portrait mounted on metal with a chain so that they can hang her outside on their stone wall, but still be able to move it around as they please if necessary.

I have also been busy making more pieces to show at art faires this summer.  I finished several last week that I had available at the Art & Wine in the Pines show in Crestline on Saturday.  And I am working on more for a show that I am doing called Art on Millionaire's Row in Altadena.

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There is an artists' reception on Friday night from 6 to 9 where you can meet all of the artists and purchase some art.  If you are around this weekend, please stop by and say hi.  The actual show is from 10am to 6pm on Saturday in the Library parking lot.  The weather should be perfect for it!

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