Saturday, January 27, 2007

Running with the big dogs!


Wow, this past month we have seen quite a few big dogs come through the studio. We have worked on portraits for all types of retrievers including golden's, black labs, white labs, and yellow labs. I also finished up the artwork for a boxer and a little boston terrier that probably thinks he is a big dog. Today I met with a lovely lady that wants me to work on her akita. I have only created artwork of one other akita in 8 years so this should be a real treat.

I have not been blogging very much lately because I feel a little bit behind on my projects however I should be caught up by the end of the month with most of my portrait work. I have some non-pet related art projects spinning around in my head and I hope to be able to jump on those very soon.

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Photoshop workshop

I am heading home today after a terrific day long workshop in Photoshop. Yesterday I had the pleasure to learn from one of the best known experts in the Photoshop design community, Bert Monroy. This guy is totally amazing. This Photoshop hall of famer creates all of his digital "paintings" from scratch without the use of any photos. He is the author of several books on Photoshop and is a very fun speaker. I learned a lot and can't wait to get home to share my new knowledge with the girls on Friday. If you want to study from this guru check out his calendar and sign up for a seminar.

Sharing is Learning:
I find that when you return from a workshop and show off the things you learned it really sinks into your brain. Diane went to a 3-day photographer's seminar last month in San Antonio so she has been sharing her new tips with us all week. I think Friday may be an entire day devoted to tip sharing. Yea, life is pretty good. Having other artists in the studio has really made my life better in so many ways.

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Wednesday, January 10, 2007

Cool Bulldogs


During the last holiday season I got to play with a few really cool bulldogs. We immortalized Olivia, Kate, Ole, Suga, Capone, and Gordo. You can check out a wide assortment of our bulldog art we have created over the years by clicking here.

Speaking of cool bulldogs you should check out Tyson's new website. Many of you may have heard about the skateboarding bulldog as he has a huge web following. Now he has his own fantastic site with plenty of video samples of Tyson doing his thing.

Thursday, January 04, 2007

More Balls to enjoy

For me there is often no better way to have a ball than enjoying eye candy on the web. Last year I ran across a video by Sony where they released 250,000 balls over the streets of San Francisco. Every time I see this fun commercial I think about how this must be the way my boy Tommy dreams ... in color with thousands of bouncing balls. Check out the site and read the behind the scene info ... the entire piece was done without computer graphics.

Watch The Movie at YouTube or
Visit Bravia

Monday, January 01, 2007

Have a Ball in 07!

Happy New Year to all! We had a great holiday season in 06 and we all worked our little behinds off ...yay. Now we look ahead and my only New Years resolution is to somehow manage to play as hard as I work in 07. I watch my dog Tommy with his focused and intense attitude towards his ball, and I know I can do this ... yes I can play as hard as I work ... and work needs to become play more and more each day.

We have plans to have even more fun on the website in 07 and we hope you guys will play along. To start the new year off right I will be posting a new art piece on the homepage every day in January that celebrates dogs & cats at play with their favorite toys. I ask everyone ordering this month to consider letting us add your pet's favorite toy to their portrait and to nudge you I am offering a free 8 x 10 print of your second favorite proof when you order any size or style in January... the only catch is you have to let us include your pal's favorite plaything!

Now ... get off your behinds and go to the park with your dog! Have a ball in 07!