I have been busy preparing for my upcoming show at Gallery 202 next month. I was a little nervous at the beginning, wondering if I would have enough time to get all the paintings done. But, thankfully, I see now that everything is finishing up nicely in time.
I wanted to share some of the new work I will have at the show here on the website. I'll start with a painting of a colt I did based on photographs I took on my trip to Nicaragua last Christmas.
And now some still life painting: tomatoes and gladiolas from our garden.
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It's been so long since last time I posted here, I need to get better with this. Here are some commissioned paintings I've been working on lately:
Here's another pet portrait I was commissioned to paint las month. Willis and Possum are the two very noble dogs of a friend in Hillsborough, NC who I used to work for when Lauren and I were living in Chapel Hill.
This is a pet portrait of Zoey, a great pup that my friends adopted. I had the great pleasure of meeting Zoey last summer - she is a sweet dog. If you're interested in adopting a dog, Petfinder is a great site, especially if you have a specific breed or size in mind http://www.petfinder.com/index.html or, if you're in the Atlanta area, I recommend Atlanta Pet Rescue.
I hope everyone closed out 2010 with a bang and I wish you all a great 2011!!
Thanksgiving was a great time.We went to Cincinnati to visit with my wife's family. Her grandmother hosted Thanksgiving dinner and the food was delicious. We also enjoyed the presence of a new family friend - 2 year old Miguel, and his contagious laughter. He took the job of entertaining everyone very seriously, and I think even Molly, our dog got a couple of kisses.
Just before dinner, I had the chance to take a couple of pictures of a painting I did two years ago for my wife's grandfather, Ted. He had asked me to paint one of his favorite horses. For some reason, I never took a picture, but I'm happy to post it now.
It was great to be back in Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky. We got to visit with some friends, eat Skyline Chili, do some shopping and recharge our batteries before heading back to good old Atlanta. I hope you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!
Today is my wife's 30th birthday. She wanted a portrait of our dog, Molly. I've done a few pet portraits in the past and I love trying to capture a pet's personality. If you're interested in having a pet portrait painted, contact me at toledo.mel [at] gmail.com.