The blog suffers during the holidays, especially when I am painting Christmas ornaments. These are oil on frosted glass ornaments.
This is a tradition I started thirty years ago and, while I took a break for several years, I am back at it. I believe in creating keepsakes and capturing memories. Ornaments I painted 30 years ago, when stored properly, look as new today as they did back then, so I am back to painting them.
For some reason, this is the year of the dog. Most of my ornaments have been of homes people were raised in or of their grandparent’s home. I painted one of our pets (Bailey, above) and the idea took off.
First one closest to completion this year is Marla…
With the tiniest lines, I have been known to use a hair or even my cat’s whisker (after he voluntarily dropped it!)
Various stages of completion… (I love the variety!!!)
Practicing with their humans, some dogs almost walk the course as they are learning new moves, others bounce around just having fun with their owners, and others work hard so that they may please their masters.
Each animal’s personality really shows up, which is fun to watch. While these pups are not spit fires on the course like Bailey, it is easy to see that they are enjoying themselves.