“Australian Shepard” is one of my favorites of the pet portraits I have done in reverse painting on glass, The first Ausie I ever met was named Bo. A big beautiful Blue Meryl, I immediately told him he was the most beautiful dog I had ever laid eyes on. We two hit it off miraculously! After explaining to him that I would like to see the boss, Bo showed me into the dairy barn through the milk house, very calmly walking me to the other end of the barn, and I thanked him kindly.
The boss I had been looking for looked up to see the dog sitting next to where I stood. He was at a loss for words, but finally asked how I had gotten past the Australian Shepard. I explained I did not have to get past him, the dog brought me in. This left Ken, the boss in some confusion Later I learned Bo did not make friends easily, if ever. Even later than that, Ken and I became married, and Bo became my dog as well as Ken’s. Another Australian Shepard was needed so that Bo’s line could go on, and my daughter found one.
Polly wasn’t as smart as Bo, but as an Australian Shepard goes, she was as loyal and protective a dog that lived. We had a litter of 12, 10 of which survived. Bo and Geronimo, one of the male puppies came to live with me after Ken passed away.
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The Rennie family at Jonny B’s are wonderful people to continue to feed me now and then, so Rich and I will continue the Reverse Painting on Glass displayed at Jonny B’s Tavern.
It would be impossible to hang all of the reverse paintings on glass down there, so we change them out now and then, in an effort to keep the patrons having something to enjoy and hopefully converse about. People are probably getting tired of the seasonal paintings, especially winter so we have moved the Watkins Glen series down in addition to the Pet Portraits. Rich wanted to take some of the Big Cat Paintings, or maybe the African Art, but Pam Rennie leaves this up to me, so I have to decide what people might want to see. It’s a tall order!
A Family oriented type of restaurant,, they are open daily at 11:30 a.m. and serve fine meals through the evening. For those just passing through, carry out meals can be called in, and picked up at the bar. The service is always friendly, as well as efficient.
It can be found in the town of Floyd on New Floyd Road ( Route 365 ) at the intersection of Camroden Rd. and 365.
The Clinton Fine Arts and Craft Show is on Saturday and Sunday, November 5th and 6th, and is my next venue upcoming. Among my other reverse paintings that will be on display there will be my pet portraits and New York State park paintings. Saturday the show will run from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. Sunday it will be 10 until 4.
The 2 paintings featured above got framed this morning, and I will be framing an additional 2 paintings by the time the show opens, so that I may display the first 6 of my New York State reverse paintings on glass. So far, they each measure 16″ x 20″. So please wish me good luck, and I hope there is a good attendance at the show.
Pet portraits are wonderful to paint.
When I paint them, I always begin with the eyes. I need to know where they’re looking. Not to say I can’t paint in a whisker or strand of fur in the same painting session, but the eyes need to be in place before I can go further. Some people like to take pictures of their pets as much as they like taking photos of their children. I like to take the best of these photos and use them as a model for a reverse painting on glass.
I paint in oils on the back side of glass. The side the painting is viewed from is opposite of the side of the glass that the paint is not on. So if the subject of the reverse painting on glass is facing left when I look at it, he will be facing right when you view him, as Dolce is in the painting above. The oils take time to dry, and I can not work on wet paint without making a mess, so, some of my paintings take months to accomplish.
These reverse paintings on glass are for sale, and I try not to be a difficult person to deal with. If interested in any of them, please leave a comment.continue reading