My Muse

My Muse

Wednesday, February 27, 2013


oil on 12" x 16" x 1" cradled board

Finished!!! And I love the whole painting!! I love how the front leg is entering the water making the first splash just as the glorious ball is making the secondary impact.  The Lab is totally focused, as Labs will be when there is a ball in the game, or food. 

This image will be part of the Water Dogs book I am compiling.

$575.00 S&H included

Tuesday, February 26, 2013


  Day 2 on this painting with so much more going on in life. Holy cow.  Today I concentrated on building up the layers of paint. I use Neo Meglip as a medium. It is similar to what the Masters used in years gone by.

I know you see a Chocolate Lab but instead of just brown I use a combination of Alizerin Crimson (sort of maroon), Pthalo Blue, then Burnt Sienna. (brown)  This gives me a deep purple tone in which I gradually add the Burnt Sienna. Then my highlights are made from adding white to this combo.  Some Chocolates have orange and yellows in them.

So this is where I ended today on this piece. Tomorrow is a teaching day, so I won't be able to work on it. :-(  See you on Thursday!!!

Monday, February 25, 2013


Monday morning and back to the studio I go!! I need to get back to my water dogs series so today I started a chocolate Lab on a 12 " x 16" cradled board.  First I had to gesso the wood panel and let it dry in between, before I applied the next coat.  To say I was getting impatient was an understatement!!!

I'm doing it in oils so I am layering. Today I wanted to get my dark areas established and a few high-lit areas.   
I'll turn it upside down on the wall so I see a different perspective on the drawing then tomorrow start doing more lighting on the Lab!! 

I hope to have an update for you tomorrow!!!

Warmly, Sheila

Friday, February 22, 2013


First, Thank you to Margo Whitlock for sending me her beautiful Harley Dogs' eyes to paint.  

I am taking on a new challenge, maybe a 60 day one this time. I first thought I would be painting Shadows, haha, but then a friend said, when you do eyes let me know. That was a quick change!!

My plan is to do dog eyes and then the book which is why I'm thinking 60 days. 

If you would like to be included please send your dogs photos to  Not sure why the link didn't work before. Hmmm.

 I usually can get a good image but if you could send higher jpg. photos that would be great. 

I'm really excited about this project!!! Now on to my day!!!

Warmly, Sheila0

Tuesday, February 19, 2013


Ormond Beach, Florida at Sunrise

9" x 12" x 1" acrylic on stretched canvas

What? No Lab? Still not too late. There was a man strolling along the beach but left him out. I found he didn't add anything to the composition. We painting this subject last evening in my acrylic class at the Art Gallery of Viera and everyone did fantastic. Painting with a knife is so foreign.  You need to learn how to hold it, and then, what to do with it to get the paint on the canvas.  There is a happy medium where you don't apply too much or too little. Unless of course you have that in your plan.

I had everyone paint the foreground with a brush so it would give a quiet smooth appearance. One student did paint the man in and the reflection of him walking was wonderful, however, my man and another students man looked like a scene from Dante's Inferno. Man was removed!!! hahaha.

The reference image was from a photo taken by my husband Roger while we were staying at a beach front hotel during my exhibit at the Ormond Memorial Museum this past summer. So much fun!

$425.00 S&H included plus framed with lovely frame to enhance the image.

framed in a black floater frame!

Sunday, February 17, 2013

Still In Search Of The Perfect RV

 So we still are in search of.. Last weekend we had an RV weekend at our local Mall here in Melbourne.  After teaching my morning Saturday class, Roger and I went to see about 50 odd Class A , Class B and 5th wheels.

Our thought on exploring a Class A, the large bus type all encompassed RV, would be we would all be in one vehicle and possibly tow a smaller car.  In my research I read that people preferred side entry to the RV, but these had front entry right into the driving area.  So our search began.

All on one level. As soon as I saw wall to wall carpeting it was a definite no. Dark cabinetry and small windows or dimly lit vehicles were also out.  We squished ourselves through the back hallway to the bedroom which also seemed cramped. I did find some nice showers that had high placed shower heads for us so we wouldn't have to do yoga moves to get clean.  Ok, the Class A with wall to wall shiny marble floors???... Leather seats??? Beautiful but needless to say beyond our price line and white leather and Labs..ah..not so much.

My knees were achy at this point. Haha..up and down in and out. Florida homes usually do not have stairs. So, on to the Class B section.

They are more condensed, driving like a regular small SUV or truck. On entering our first one we found we were just standing with very little room. It was lovely and perfect for two people but not two people who were artists and had two large Labradors.  On to the 5th wheels.

Oh I so love the split level of these towable vehicles.  Larger windows, comfy living room feel with a large kitchen and stairs to the bedroom. I was wary of the plastic type shower door on some. I heard rattling. Similar feeling in the larger Class A's. The RV's we went into now had larger living space and more room actually in the bedroom.  Headroom in shower perfect with plenty of room to move my arms around. The beds were long enough and comfy. One bathroom had a garden tub. In didn't try that one, I'd still be there. Haha...great though for my grandchildren! Well the younger two!

A few had light woodwork...loved it. Overhead fans. Rolling island in the kitchen. (yes, you are hearing which way we are leaning)

They didn't have an Open Range 5th wheel there and that's one that we would like to see. The 34' one had an optional patio. How perfect that would be. I could have my morning coffee, watching the sun rise over the desert with the Labs and think of what I'd like to paint that day...with Lab. Paintings always look better with a Lab in it!!  (thank you to my friend Ray)

So, there you have our latest research!  We saw a man entering to look over the RV's as we were leaving and he had his yellow Lab in tow. Great idea! It will be his home too.

Saturday, February 16, 2013


"Lost In A Day Dream"
8 x 8 x1 oil on stretched canvas

Back to my water dog series!  A black Lab ,(yes it's my Spirit Muse), walking slowly along the shore. I'm sure in a wonderful dream of a world of non stop cookie treats, snoozing in the sun on a perfect cloud bed surrounded by purple flowers waving by a gentle breeze.  Oh, was that my dream??? 

$275.00  S&H included

Wednesday, February 13, 2013


Please meet Coccolino the Mini Pig
Well at least his snout!!

I loved the shape and all the wonderful colors I found in painting this sweet guy. Who knew? 

Cocco"s snout is oil on 4" x 4" x 1" cradle board

$75.00 S&H included 

    Do you have a nose you would like painted?? Never too late!!! I can get another print going!! 

Saturday, February 9, 2013


Well here they are! Even though I paint every day ,I have never assembled the group to look at what I have accomplished so this has been extremely powerful. A huge WOW!!

So, if you are interested, (and why wouldn't you be??), the prints come in two different ways. The first is on Fine Art America on my NOSE SIGHT.

The other is from me personally . I am printing them on acid free paper with archival inks and spraying it with a UV spray. The image size is 14.5" x 12" on 19" x 13" paper. Plenty of room to mat and frame.  Each print with be signed . (By me) :-)  Shipped lovingly in a tube.

                                                                            $40.00 S&H included
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