Another Unguarded Picture Falls Victim

Remember, staging is very important when pretending that you’ve done a painting. Note how I’ve covered the work surface with newspapers to imply that I am trying to protect it. Another touch might to have a palette or brushes next to the picture. Done correctly, the ruse can be quite convincing.

In the meantime, my picture needs a name. Any suggestions? Pixie? Pugsly? Cujo?

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To see more like this little pug, visit my website L Bowman Studios.

Insanity Squirrel #1

Drawing of squirrel

I was going to do another Insanity Avoidance Kitty, but something in my head whispered, “Do a squirrel”, so I drew an Insanity Avoidance Squirrel.  How is it working?  Meh.

Photo of dog's chin.

Did somebody say “squirrel”???

I have to keep Toby away from both real squirrels and the picture.  He will happily chew both.

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Handmade afghan with roses and bows.

Do you have a dear friend or family member for whom you need a gift? (Perhaps a belated, blame-it-on-the-Post-Office Mothers’ Day gift?)  If so, consider giving  your beloved this rose afghan!  It was cross stitched and “bowed” by hand.  Mine!

Your gift will help to support small business and keep Toby in the finery to which he has become accustomed.

Toby on a stack of cushions

Whoopie!

Finished dimensions of the afghan (including fringe): 58″ x 47″ / 147.5 cm x 119.5 cm.
Material: 100% cotton
To clean: Wash in cold or warm water, delicate cycle. Tumble dry low. No bleach.

The cost would be $65.00 + Shipping.  If you are interested, you can contact me here or at my website L Bowman Studios.

 

Perfect Lady

Lady Chihuahua sits on Daddy's chair next to the window. Oil on canvas.

Perfect Lady, oil on canvas

Today my heart goes out to all those unlucky pups and peeps who will have a Pandemic Birthday this year.  With a Pandemic Birthday, there are no surprise parties, no regular parties, no cake at the office nor nice dinner at a fancy restaurant with close friends.  By the time all of this is over, if you say, “Hey, it was my birthday six weeks ago!”, everyone will think you are lame.

If you know someone having a birthday during confinement, consider celebrating their special day by having a pet portrait made for them!   Portraits can be done in a variety of mediums (even crayon, if you want) to fit a variety of budgets.

You can contact me here or through my website L Bowman Studios.  Help keep the economy moving and small business alive!

Bored terrier lies next to his tennis ball.

(And Toby full of biscuits.  He insists that is a very important point.)

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Prefer binge gift shopping?  Then order a bunch of copies of Dream Our World!  Bored friends and family will be grateful for the fun diversion where they can visit the only museum in the world still open.

Cover of the book Dream Our World

 At the Museum of the Imagination, Bitey and Toby view the world of art from a canine perspective all while enjoying a day of unsupervised fun.

Dream Our World is available from Amazon.

The Carousel

What do you do when the router is working?  The same thing as when it’s out!

Patrons ride a coorful merry go round at an amusement park.

The theme of my last painting was Emotion.  This one is Happy Memory.  Originally I had wanted to create this painting using impasto and a knife, but the picture kept fighting back until it turned out this way.

Bored terrier lies next to his tennis ball.

Are you done now?  It’s soooo boring when you work.

Toby really, really, really didn’t like me working on this picture.  He positively exhausted himself with all of the stuff he shredded in disapproval.

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Cover of the book Dream Our World

If you’d like to see even more of our artwork, join Bitey and Toby in Dream Our World.  Inside, the two pups visit the museum of their dreams.

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What To Do When The Router’s Out?

Oil painting of Mom trying to embarrass teen boy by kissing him in front of his girlfriend.

I decided to do a painting!

I haven’t been able to paint since Toby was a puppy.  Shortly after he came here he developed a UTI which led to potty training issues which were replaced by him turning into a naughty dog who loves to play chase more than he likes being good.

This time, though, Toby surprised me by being a little sweetie and lying on the floor beside me while I worked.  Like his brother, though, he likes to be where I put the lid to my Masterson.  I guess it is inevitable that I will have puppies with colorful fur.

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Welcome Spring!

After the Storm

Me:  Welcome Spring!

Spring: Hello!  Here, I’ve brought you a present.

Me:  Gee, thanks.

Geordie & Toby:  Yippee!!  Yippee!!

My boys are pretty excited about this recent snow.  Toby loves snow and would live outside in it if he could.  Geordie is thrilled because he was supposed to go to the vet this morning, but they cancelled because the staff could not get to the office.

I have a sneaking suspicion that March was weighing her options for “In like a lion, out like a lamb” and decided that lamby meant “white and fluffy”.  She is just keeping her promise to us.

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Or, learn what life was like before Toby’s arrival in A Tired Mommy Is a Good Mommy.

Cover 8 (800x778)

Available from Amazon.

Westies are Besties!

Well, so say the Westies, anyhow!

Oil Painting of Westie lad.

Here a handsome Westie lad sits on the groomer’s table, waiting for some to notice his pretty red bow tie.  It won’t take long.  Who could resist looking at that furry face?

This little guy will be shipping to his forever home later this week, and I am going to miss him.  While I work on these pictures, I feel like I get to know the mischievous natures of the pets I am painting.  My consolation is that I can soon start another picture and get to meet another happy little fuzzball!

Good boy!