A Dog and his Ball, one of a series about Tony the Papillon

In this painting Tony is about 1 or 2 years old, and he was CRAZY for the ball. He would catch it on land, he'd jump in the water, anything for that ball. Here he's just come out of the water onto to dock - with the ball. Barely on the dock, and it's time to shake off the water! I realized a little while back that because Tony has always accompanied me whenever I travel by land, I have a lot of photos of this dog doing basically everything I do. He's my camping and hiking buddy.  My papillon, Tony, is 10 years old this year. His black mask is now very, very white instead of black, and his eyes are showing the cloudiness of age.  It's time to paint my own pack now. For a dog that looks like a fancy-pants, he's very game. A Dog and His Ball 16x10 watercolor on 100% cotton paper Come see the original painting at Sunflower Gallery in Wake Forest.  Reception and show opening is 14 September and will run through October 9. Interested parties may contact me here: Kittie@KDeemer.com

Painting the dog, or, the end of Emilie Whippet takes a nap

Emilie Whippet is complete. I've softened the harsh whites a little in places, and accentuated them in others. Deapened the shadow areas so that Emilie's more firmly anchored to the bed. There's nothing worse than a floating whippet! Those little dogs can RUN!!!! Continuing in the vein of contemplative process, I'm still not slinging paint, but I am listening to my moldy-oldies on the iPad. During the final stages of a painting I'm asking myself some questions. Have I retained my highlights? Are the eyes round and not flat like a cartoon? Have I captured the attitude, the flavor of the whippet? Does she look relaxed, or forced? The most important aspect of my work is that even though it may come from a photographic reference, it must not resemble a photograph. Cameras are so cool, and so smart nowadays, but they still can't capture the full spectrum of color and light and atmospheric vibrancy that is abundant. When I realized that fact, I layed down my camera and picked up the brush. The results have been nothing short of an amazing, exciting and sometimes hazardous trip into the world of making art . Anyone with questions about the process, or how to commission a work just let me know, I'm pretty responsive except when painting. (smile) Emilie's Nap 14"x11" Watercolor on 100% cotton paper Interested parties may contact me here: Kittie@KittiesArt.com

Border Collie puppies are just so darn cute!

I call this one "Darn Good Stock". You can tell just by that face! I giggled the whole way through this painting, it just makes me happy to look at it. Darn Good Stock will be hanging at Kerious Koop downtown Raleigh for the August First Friday artwalk. Come on down and say "hi". Inquiries are welcome, just shoot me a note, or phone me up. Darn Good Stock 20x20 acrylic on paper; $350

Bella Bullie

Bella is #2 in my Reno series.... If you're just coming in to the blog, I've been commissioned to do a series of pet portraits for a veterinary hospital in Reno, Nevada. One of my challenges in painting Bella is that she was really turning her head to the side, straining. The eye that's visible was rolled way away from my viewpoint, almost so the white of the eyeball was the most prominent feature.  I corrected that angle a little so the portrait is more pleasing to look at. The high desert light is so very pure, and so very intense that few cameras can capture the light AND the shadow adequately. Fortunately, I have lifelong experience with many breeds of dogs, and have lived in the high desert most of my adolescent life. With a decent capture, a nice expression on your pup, and my ability to interpret both into a painting, the results can be fabulous. If you'd like more information on purchasing or commissioning, just let me know! Bella Bullie 6x8 watercolor on cotton paper; To purchase or commission, please contact me.

Nevada Pampered Pooches

I've been commissioned to do a series of pet portraits for a veterinary hospital in Reno, Nevada. Besides being asked to paint dogs (which I love, BTW), I get to experience first hand the power of the modern smart phone! With a decent capture, a nice expression on your pup, and my ability to interpret both into a painting, the results can be fabulous. For anyone who's been following my art this past year or two, you already know that I put my own spin on the pets, and the result is something that definitely doesn't look photo copied! If you'd like more information on purchasing or commissioning, just let me know! Aces 6x8 watercolor on cotton paper; To purchase or commission, please contact me.