My Muse

My Muse

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

You Do Love Me Don't You!!!

I am on Twitter and every so often someone will post a great Lab picture. This was one of them. The look of acceptance of the new little Pup was wonderful. I hope you enjoy. Sheila

This painting is oil on Raymar medium canvas board


Monday, June 29, 2009

Roscoe from Best Friends Animal Society

I have to say I love this painting. I just bought a pack of 10 Raymar medium cotton canvas wood panels 7" x 5". Absolutely fantastic to paint on and a great professional finish to them. I am hooked.!!

Being under the weather all last week I've been anxious to get back to "work" so today finished some commissions and did this piece for my Lab a day. You'll find Roscoes' story at

I use purples as shadows when painting Chocolate Labs. Not sure if they show up just right in this photo it's always difficult with computer screens to get the correct color. At least I seem to have issues. LOL.

My wonderful sister, Maureen, (English Major, teacher and one time actual editor) edited the beginning of the book I am working on showing all the Lab rescues I have painted in the past 6 months and their stories. A percentage of the sales will go to the Lab Rescues. It's exciting. If you have an interest please email me so I can let you know when it becomes available.

Time for a glass of wine. A good, good day!!!

Something Different This Morning

I Loved the patterns, the design elements. This painting is 40" x 40" x 2". Another passion of mine is painting large!!! Thanks for looking! Sheila
Off to paint Labs!!!

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Under The Weather

Sorry Labs...Im still under the weather here. The heat really got to me this time. My Christmas wish list this year is a new A/C for the studio.

So the couch and I have become one and the Labs think it's great I'm hanging with the pack. Last night I crawled into bed at 7:30 and had one furry Lab at my head and one furry Lab on my feet and one furry cat on the other side of me. I memtioned to them I was really hot and not feeling well and they said.."we know..that's why we are here" . I should be back by Saturday, Friday I hope. Please come back. Thanks, Sheila

Thursday, June 18, 2009

Todays Work

Today is Thursday. Some guy keeps calling me on my cell non-stop to trim my trees. He said earlier he would be getting his licence for tree work back soon and a huge red flag started waving like crazy in front of me. LOL..he needs to read the book "Permission Marketing" by Seth Godin. Great book.

So my day in the studio went well. Worked on commission work and a new Saving a Lab a Day painting. He's really a Flat Coated Retriever but he needs a forever home so I painted him.

I also realized I am running out of oil paints. I squeezed, and I mean I rung, the tube of yellow medium to get the very last ooze out of it. Just enough to mix with my favorite color in the world to use, Pthalo Blue. It's a wonder strong blue, almost overpowering if you aren't careful and it also has a tendancy to get on everything. My nose, my clothes, the dogs, and , sigh, my only oriental small carpet in the living room. How???. We also have a cat.

Sunday, June 14, 2009

Swimming Yellows

Sunday. My hubby Roger has been away for a week and the Labs and I have been keeping each other company. The cat,Blue, too. He's coming home tommorrow so I better get the place a little organized.

I found Seth Godin's marketing book, "Permission Marketing" at a thrift store the other day for $1.00. I was thrilled. My plan is to mke this blog one of my Lab work plus how I work and more about me as an artist.

We've got pounding thunder and lightning right now outside so I'll make this short since we live in the lightning capitol of the world.

This painting is oil on canvas panel 7" x 5". I use Gamblin Professionl oils. They are rich in color and so delicious. (Going on the painting surface not eating. LOL)

Thanks for stopping by. Sheila


Saturday, June 6, 2009

2009 Belmont Entry to The Virtual pARTy

Linda Shantz and Kim Santini asked other artists to join in their Belmont pARTy. One image, different interpretations. The photo was taken by Juliet Harrison

I have always loved horses and actually think that Labs resemble them at times. In my mind anyway. That burst of energy, the deliberation, even the hesitations. Why didn't I paint the heads? When I watch a horse run I m captivated by their muscles, the grace in how they move. Just an indication of a nose was all I needed in this piece. Thanks for looking. Sheila

This is my interpretation. oil painted on 20" x 7.5" gessoed masonite.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Spring Walk

My friend takes photos of his Lab Shaq and he's always nice enought to let me "steal" them. There was actually two Labs in the original photo but I decided to just paint one in. The peace of just walking down a dirt road surrounded by trees, wind gently blowing spoke to me. Does he care where he's going? I doubt it. It's all about the adventure.

This oil painting is on a 12" x 9" Fine art canvas panel. It would look stunning in a gold frame.

Monday, June 1, 2009

One Of My First Lab Paintings

This is one of my very first Lab paintings. It's Sophie looking like her Queenly self. I call it Star Spangled Girl. It's an oil, 40" x 40" x 2". I used it for some time as my focus piece at outdoor artshows. I'd like to get back to larger pieces. Hmm, wonder how they would be now with all the years of Labs!

Since it's an earlier SWedegis I will let sell it at $2200.00. I have it hanging on my living room wall and it is an eye catcher.

Email me at and tell me you want it in your living room.!!