Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Meeting

Cavalier King Charles Spaniel Club Meeting

I was the featured artist at the CKCS club event in Oakland California. Drawing dogs all day while the dogs and their owners took part in a show. Please contact me if you’d like me at your dog show, or shelter...

McDAbbey Art camps!

Pete McDonnell and I will be holding 2 weeks of art camp in Petaluma! July 24-August 4th. Contact meĀ  for more...

Were you always an artist?

I’m taking an online course called Klein Artist Works. He asks all the artists that speak via webinar and the ones taking the course, did they always know they were an artist? or when did they know they were artists. Tonight I’m thinking about that. I...
But Shannon, I want to paint my own pet! Lesson # 1

But Shannon, I want to paint my own pet! Lesson # 1

Well now you can. I’m going to show you what I did on my most recent commission; Yogi, the happiest dog in cartoon land. I’ll post a few photos I took and what I look for in a photo and then how I get started to the very end. First, here is the painting on...

Angus – nearly there

What I did today. I think a little more structure to the body and he’s there. I had fun abstracting the background. Jeez, who knows, I may end up doing full on abstraction...

Angus progress

A painter friend said once that she listens to music while painting to occupy the stupid part of her brain. Lately I am really getting into listening to books on tape. Listened to ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ last and am now listening to ‘War and...

Progress on Angus : a commission

I am having such a good time with this painting! With these pet portraits the landscape is as important as the figure. I look at old master portraits and the allegories, often from biblical or mythological tales are imbedded in my work....