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My waterdog series image. 8 x 8 x 1 oil on canvas. $275.00  If you are interested please contact me.

Warmly, Sheila

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30NosesTime flies…faster than ever it seems.  Grieving for Sophie took it’s toll.  Sinus infections, colds, flu…holy cow.

So let’s see. This past month I joined about 200 or more artists in a 30 day challenge. It was perfect for me to get back into the swing of things.  We were to choose a subject and do it every day. Ok..guess what I chose!  Noses!!!! Dog noses!!!

For thirty days I painted a different nose in oil on a 4×4 cradled wood board.  Some days I was right on schedule but then some days I was behind rushing to get my daily piece up onto the blog.  You can find them all on my blog… www.sheilawedegis.blogspot.com

When I finished I made a print of all 30 noses.  If you are interested in a print you can email me!

Today I resumed my waterdog series paintings. Trying to insert an image but alas, ….maybe I’ll do another post!!!

 

 

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I am having my little notepad actually, being fixed.  It should be too me sooon!!!  It was so handy to grab it in bed and post here, or on the couch, or at my studio.  Now I have to wait for my husband to get off his computer so I can write. Oh boo hoo.

Enough of that… Let’s see, what have I been doing of late?  Doodling and making scratch marks towards a new book.  No, not the great American novel, but a retrospective of all my Lab art.  And Studio news?   Well I am working on this Lab painting.  I posted my first blog on my website about Niche marketing.  I established  myself as one 12 years ago and have a great following. Now though, I am finding it hard to jump out of that.  So, I have embraced my Lab-dom-ness…yes, that is a good word , and will continue with Labs and when I do plein aire? well you will see Labs in it!!!

I also have a newsletter on my site  www.sheilawedegis.com   So please feel free to sign up.  Up to date pics and news. Really!!! LOL

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We recently found a great RV place near us. Larry, the owner, finds used RV’s of all sorts, refurbishes them and sells them at reasonable prices.

Today we went to look at Class C, truck and living all in one ,and 5th wheels, a long large rig pulled by a truck.  It was great going in them all. One 5th wheel rig was about 37′ long but had everything one could want. Stairs to the bedroom, washer/dryer, queen size bed with closets and bureaus. Oh..shower!!!!  “Downstairs” had a couch, two comfy recliners, a great kitchen and loads of windows.  We did find out a lot of state parks would not let us in. Too long.

Class C vehicles were really nice but with Labs not enough room.  At least for us.  I need a space to sit and work or chill.  So we then looked at a 33′ rig. The layout  was interesting. Bedroom in front and “upstairs” then the living area with kitchen. In the back there was another room with a door that could be a room for company or a computer area.  I think I really like an open concept.

As we were leaving, Larry said he’d really like to see my artwork and,or, have it hanging for sale in his office. LIGHTBULB moment.

I came home and  got “paintingacrossAmerica.com” as my domain name and now trying to figure out how to do a new blog here with that domain and put art up as we go..or prepare..to go.  I will admit it’s scary to think we wouldn’t have a solid “house” but then the other side is, no lawn to mow, I could still have flowers, no outrageous repairs, but we will have some, no pool to keep clean, we’ll have mountain streams and rivers…crazy neighbors?? we can drive away.

Larry’s business is booming. Hmm. I think the baby boomer generation has decided to finally “drop out” and enjoy once more what we thought life would be like. I’m excited.

I’ll let you know when I get the new blog going…of course it will be small Florida paintings to start..lol…

Before I go..I have been doing acrylic painting again since I have more students coming to my studio. This is an 18 x18 . Hope you like it.

$725.00 framed   Contact me at sophie@palm-spirit.com   Shipping included.

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Holy cow the allergies are attacking us here in Florida. I thought it was me. A couple of weeks ago Roger and I went to beach side to do some photography and the wind was blowing from the ocean. My sinuses exploded and soon after came a case of laryngitis.  The cough?? Non stop.

Today I did plein air with the group and Bill was sneezing and coughing just like me.  He lives beach side.  Something  is blowing in off the ocean. Really Sheila??? No really. When we get Red Tide you can feel it right away, but it’s not time for it yet.

I’m excited today. I ‘m going to rent a small space to do my watercolors. It’s a working studio/Gallery in a house on the river.  Half a room.  It get’s me out of the house and in a fantastic area, plus other artists.  Oozing with inspiration.  I’m meeting the owner/artist on Thursday.  I feel I’ve manifested this space.  Can you feel me doing the happy dance here?? From the room my space will be in looks out to the river.

 

So what have I been painting?? Let’s see.

I’ve been doing  new “here’s how I do it” series.  This is where I left it last so need to get back to it.

I painted this piece with a plein air technique.  12″ x 9″ oil on canvas Masonite.  I put it on my blog but as yet it doesn’t have a new home.  I’ll take it to hang at the new space!!!!

Sophie, my black Muse, goes into the Vets tomorrow morning to have her eye taken care of.  Please special thoughts. It’s a small surgery but i still worry about my girl. She got a shower today with me.  After it was over I looked like I so needed to shave. I had dog hair from one end to the other.  Ok..that was a bad visual. haha.

Warmly, Sheila

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Last week a friend came to visit and brought her new 5 month old Cocker Spaniel.  Up until now Ozzie and Sammy have been connected at the proverbial hip. Enter, Artie.  Cute as a button.

Everyone sniffed, barked, growled at first then the dynamics changed. Ozzie became the big brother to Artie.  Ozzie’s appearance, as strange as that sounds, changed over night. He seemed older, more confident. They were inseparable and Sammy was lost.   That first night Sammy came into bed and rolled onto his back to sleep with his head, oh yes, on my pillow.  I crawled in, wiggling in to get a spot started to relax.  That’s when Sammy rolled and placed his head on my shoulder and his paw over the top of me.  That’s how he slept for the entire night.  I told Roger is a volcano erupted and we were suddenly  covered with lava that one day the future generations finding us would think we were into some weird stuff.

No, It was just Sammy’s sadness.  The next day Ozzie and Artie played all day and every so often Sam would try and interject himself in the group but they ignored him. Ozzie was in charge.  He’s on to being 6 months so I guess they need to rethink their relationship.

Artie left the other day and Ozzie went over to Sammy who, yes you guessed it, ignored him!

However, today, we have this!!

Life as we know it.  Maybe a rite of passage.  So, people say, dogs have no feelings, no sense. Really!.. Not what I saw this past week.  Ozzie, the young pup, carefree and insensitive and Sammy, depressed and in pain. Interesting week…and I had fun since my friend is an artist too.!

Tuesday and Plein air day… We all met at the Eau Gallie Yacht Basin and painted. Everyone faced the harbor but I faced the opposite way.. you’ll see why.

 

I need to finish it tomorrow but in the street a beautiful yellow dog is laying there and waiting for his master to come home. Much more interesting to me than a boat!!!   I used a palette knife with this piece and just had so much fun. I think I may be hooked!!!

Warmly,

Sheila

 

 

 

 

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I have been painting ,drawing daily to put on my 365 2012 paintings a day blog.  Today is day 29.  Two have sold.

Honest time? I’m discouraged. No, confused. Then I thought, hmmm, Sheila? maybe the Universe is telling you something.  Time to expand and do your own work. Do paintings YOU love. not what you think people will buy. I will say the small artwork I have been doing is nice. Then I think, how many Lab paintings can people hang on their walls. ?

So the other day I set up my easel and painted out doors.

I so enjoyed painting this.  Acrylic on Masonite, 12 x 9.  Tuesday I will be going with a group.

Then I thought, I’m tied of doing the same thing day in .day out.  So I started a drawing of my Muse and sweet girl Sophie. It will be a continuation each day til finished for my daily painting. I love doing this. Showing the process.

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So this is where I am today. To read about the process please go to

http://paintingonpaper.blogspot.com

2012, a year of COURAGE for me. Roger and I are also starting a design project which we will unveil soon.

So for all my discouraging days, new things are appearing.  It’s exciting.

The two hardest jobs in my life? Raising children to be successful and great adults (They are..and I have the lines on my face to show for it) and second, being an artist and making a living solely with it. I will say I totally love both.

The Labs! They are great. Ozzie is at that stage where he knows he does not want to be in any crate. That’s a challenge. He’s still chewing and my fear is that I come home to see the couch is shreds. Then Ozzie knows if Mum has here shoes on it means she’s going out the door. Maybe just trash so it’s not alarming. Mum with shoes and purse?? Ozzie wants to go and tries to get out the door. Mum goes in another room? Ozzie comes along. Can we all say VELCRO??  I asked Roger to bond more so today he took him in the car to the Post Office.  Then after they walked around the block. Result? Ozzie started following Roger.  I take him places with me in my car.  He’s great.  Loves watching where we are going. Obedience school starts soon.  Daily obedience has already started.  Ozzie being our 4th Labrador I think I have a good feel for it now.

Well off to bed with tea and honey. Scrabble and word with friends then sleep.

Warmly, Sheila

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