My Muse

My Muse

Monday, March 30, 2009

Stoley From California

This is a 4" x 6" oil on gessoed board. Sweet Stoley.
My back is out so this will be quick.LOL...Tha Labs couldn't wait though so I sat while painting. Hope you enjoy this.
$100.00 Proceeds go to Lab Rescuers California

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Moon Boy

A small 6" x 12 " x 3/4" oil on gessoed board. I put this one on ebay to bid on or Buy It Now. Have fun!!!


The Rescue dogs are just flowing onto the canvas. In my chocolate Labs I see pinks and deep purples so they are fun to paint Boomer here just needed his sweet face to be shown.
See his profile on He's called a Lifeboat Lab.
Thanks, Sheila I LOVE my job!!!!!

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Kramer A Life Boat Lab

Each Lab Rescue has their "Life Boat Labs" . The ones that need surgery, extra care before they find their forever homes. Kramer is from the Lab rescuers in California.
You can read about Kramer on
and even purchase his portrait with proceeds going to his surgery. Thanks, Sheila

Friday, March 27, 2009

Cross advertising. :-)

How can you resist our faces?? Sophie says. We sat/stayed for 4 different shots and Sheila forgot to turn the camera on about 3 times. Yes. we are loved and trained...and want all Labs to have this opportunity. So.please go to and read the blurb.
Im the second Lab in from your right...see the guy next to me?? On my right? That' Sammy. As soon as our Mum says "break" he will run like mad and jump through the screened in pool area. Mum will roll her eyes and groan. Good thing she loves us.

New Work

It's amazng how winning an award gets you to feel better and inspires you to crawl back to the studio to work. Once there I forget that my head was aching and my back is stiff and I'm bck in my heaven.
I've actually had 9-5 jbs in my life but the pull of the paint and easel is strong and I found it's the only place I am truly at peace.
This is Lincoln. You can read his story in
Thank you again for my award and thank you for following the life of this artist!

A Passion For Painting Award

I was honored this morning by Edward Burton for "A Passion for Painting Award". I am thrilled.
Please take a moment and view Edwards beautiful work.

He is so talented and so very supportive. Thank you.

Here are the rules:-List 7 things you love-

Put a link to the one who picked you-Choose 7 others to pass the award to-Notify them of the award.

1. Windy days so I can hear the rustling of the Palm frawns
2.Having Chardonnay with my husband Roger out back throwing the ball for the Labs
3. Walking into the house and having Sophie, our oldest Lab, actually smile at me. She grins from ear to ear.
4. Being one with the canvas and brushes and having a great day of painting.
5. Going on Adventures, a great one last Oct to Alaska with our friend Ray.
6. My two children, Erin and Jamie and my grandchildren to pieces.
7. Sleeping late on Saturday.

The 7 Artists I have chosen: and forgve me I have no idea how to do links here. lol

Whew that was so difficult....hope you enjoy my choices!

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Why Should You Buy My Art in This Economy/Newsletter

I use Professional Gamblin oil paints occasionally buying a favorite hue from the
Grumbacher line. Using a limited palette mainly consisting of Pthalo blue, Alizarin Crimson, Burnt Sienna and White, I need to replace these every two weeks.
Adding in the cost of canvas and brushes, one truly needs to be a business.

So you ask.”Why should I buy your art work?”

In the earlier days , I painted in many
mediums, painting and drawing many subjects. Along with this, I knitted, crocheted and sewed. Good at all but as they say,
“Master of None”.

When I got my first Lab, Sophie, I decided then that my love was in painting her. Then after adding two more Labs to our lives...well..I paint what I love, paint what I know.

Working everyday be it painting, reading or photographing, I have slowed my
process to concentrate on producing the very best piece of art while keeping the spirit and style of my work that you are familiar with,

As I continue on my artistic journey you can be assured that my art will continue to grow adding to the value of your

Day 2 of The Flu

If I could put a huge sad face here I would. Tried going to the studio but standing is difficult and painting ?? Labs could do better. :-(
Sorry Labs and Lab lovers..I'll catch back up tommorrow

Sunday, March 22, 2009


Fergus is swimming to help Hot Labs, Austin, Tx 50% will be donated in your name. Let all Labs hav a forever home and swim to their heart content!

11' x 14" on stretched canvas

Saturday, March 21, 2009

It's Official...The Pool Season Has Begun!!!

It's official...the pool has been cleaned of it's pond like condition and the Labs are back swimming. At 5pm everynight they know when we grab a glass of wine, plastic container, and some tennis balls it's pool time.

We get soaked, they have fun and get tired, and all is well in the world. Soon it will be warm enough for us to be in and we play polo. I always seem to get the deep end. Sigh.

This will be the image for my new artwork. It will be 11" x 14" $460.00 . 50% in your name, will be donated to a Hot Lab Rescue in Austin, Texas. If you are interested in the original before it comes up please contact me at

Forgot to say....This is our Fergus!!!

Thursday, March 19, 2009


This is on Ebay. It's my Sophie at the dog park waiting for me to come back. My goal one two three!!!
16" x 20" on stretched canvas.

Maggie..Commisioned Piece

This is "Maggie" . She is loved by her family in California and was a commissioned piece. Half of the proceeds went to Labrador Rescuers. A win-win situation all around.
Contact me at

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

I Made it!!!!

Whew.....I finally made it on the post.!!! Go read my story on
I think I look pretty good don't you??? :-)

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Oh-Oh name is don't see me do you! Know why?? My portrait isn't finished. See what happens when Sheila thinks she's still a kid and can celebrate her birthday for 4 days..oh yes..4!!!!.

Dancing til 2, talking and carrying on til 4 ...You know I'm tapping my paw as we speak!!! And why she left her high heels in the drive way?...well...I don't want to know.

I'll be right here tommorrow so please come back and see me. I look good but I need a nose and some great looking eyes.

Shhhhhh..I think she fell asleep.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Heavenly Balls 2

Sammy and his tennis balls!!! I got 100 used. This is the second time I have used this theme. It was so much fun to do..and I smile as I paint!
7" or around that x 20" on gessoed masonite board. When it dries I will get it to an even 7" x 20" . $425.00
I wll be donating a portion of the proceeds to our local shelter. We have had an outbreak of distemper here at the shelter so I know they can use the help.
Make sure your furkids shots are up to date. I was behind on my Sophie's but she went yesterday and is all set now.

I accept commissions, Email me at

Thursday, March 12, 2009

A New Idea For Subscribers!!!

I just added a link to subscribe to my weekly newsletter of Labrador Retriever Art. (Boy I hope I did it correctly..LOL)

My goal is for every Sunday subcscribers will get first notifictions of new work that I will be posting here on this blog for sale. So Lab lovers, dog lovers, art lovers. sign up now.

Every so often I will throw in a different pet..if you have one you'd like to see painted, sign up, send a photo to and I'll notify you when your pet comes on.

Thanks,,,always colorful, always innovated and always "Live Life Like A Lab!!!!
Thanks, Sheila

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

Meet Mr. Hobbs

I love working in an expressive style. Loose, fast. I believe it captures the feeling of the dog much better than a typical portrait.

Don't get me wrong, the formal dog portraits are beautiful but my goal in my artwork is to capture that fleeting moment and make my collectors smile knowingly.

If you would like a commissioned piece of your own you can contact me at

Wednesday, March 4, 2009


I've been working so hard trying to get my other blog going that I haven't had much time to do anything else except commission work.

I was trying to find way to paint what I love, serve the community and sell at the same time. I have sold two pieces and a huge percentage of the proceeds go to the Lab rescue that the dog is from. I'm very excited.

So I hope when you get a chance you'll go see the new work. I'm also listing them on . You can find me by typing in sophie316.

I also added a Google search engine for your convenience . Trust me, it's more for you than me..I think I may make 1/2 a penny. Woohooo.

So that's the news for today.... Interested in a commissoned piece? or send me a photo to and I'll paint it and post it on esty. You have first option to buy. An 8" x 10" starts at $240.00

Chat later, Sheila