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We went to the beach

by Buddy on April 4, 2016

Hey,  we’re back from vacation. Want to see some photos?

First day at the beach and look at this… no boots, no socks just cute little red shoes.

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Here’s a beach pig that we met.

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Biking on the beach is the best says Anne.

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Dig this crazy tree. It’s a live oak. It’s a damn big tree. See Anne for scale.

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Here’s the gorgeous nature shot- a beauteous morn down by the pier.

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Anne did lots of drawings. My next blog post I’ll show you that stuff.
Here she is drawing and this time she’s not even wearing shoes… and no jacket or sweater. Love the warm breezy air.

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night time by the light of the little lamp, things cool off a bit and Anne wears a sweater. Brrrr.

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Sofie had a good time too. She likes traveling with her peeps and is always up for a roadtrip.

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Sofie always gets a sofa…
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Except at the Quality Inn where she made due on the floor.

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This was our last night coming home. The Quality Inn. It was late and Sofie couldn’t sleep so she went out looking for the ice machine. She loves ice.

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Yay, I finally blogged. I’m so proud of myself. I hope you enjoy the photos.

 

 

grouchy and cheerful

by Buddy on January 12, 2016

Hey… We’re back. Happy New Year.

It’s been a while. I want you to know that Anne has been busy.  She’s drawing all the time. Here’s some of the stuff that is going on in her sketchbook. I hope you like it. I’m totally digging it.

These drawings really don’t call for much explanation. They speak for themselves. Enjoy!

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dog talk

I swear I’m going to be blogging more. I just have to get the hang of this again.

portrait info…

by Buddy on September 30, 2015

Want Anne to paint a picture of you and your dog??  Or cat!!!

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Well, here’s the scoop.

Commissioned paintings
Anne likes to paint on wood panels and paper.
A painting on a panel is nice because it’s ready to hang-
you don’t necessarily have to frame it.
A painting on paper you might prefer framing. 
Anne works from photos and any misc anecdotal info you would like to share about your friend. We’ll discuss what you have in mind and  then she’ll do some preliminary sketches for your approval.

Anne really enjoys including people in the composition and putting you in a familiar setting. A favorite chair for example. Anne loves chairs. Or an outdoor scenario.

Prices would may vary with the addition of multiple subjects.

Size options:
8 x 10”
10 x 10”
11 x 15”
12 x 12”
12 x 16”

On Paper (150# Arches Paper)… $250 -$350

On Wood panel… $375 – $425

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If you’re interested in a larger format… Let’s talk.

A 50% payment is due to get started and the rest is due upon completion.

That’s it.

Ta Da!

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Anne gets all jammed up

by Buddy on July 16, 2015

Here’s Anne looking pensive in the studio…

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she got a new phone/camera/device and is having adjustment problems. Gone is the iphone and say hello to an LG. Why did she do it. Seemed like a good idea. She’ll get used to it.

Here is some more stuff from the sketch/journal/idea book…

a tiny drawing…
(looks like she’s not getting much done).

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Sometimes she gets stuck…
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I’ve been counseling Anne…
bud gives anne some good advice

I think I’m helping .

more portraits?

by Buddy on July 2, 2015

lady holding her petsAnne’s self-portrait with pets.

I sat down with Anne the other day to ask her some questions about her deal with portraiture. Seems she got a bit burned out on it a while ago but now she’s back. Over a cup of coffee we talked about her process and some of her new work.

Bud: So tell me, why does the portrait painting get you all jammed up? I don’t get it. You do such a very nice job.

Anne: Well, Buddy, when I take on a commission to paint the most beloved creature in someone’s life it carries a bit of weight. I want to truly immortalize this dog or cat who is so beloved. I want to capture the essence without going overboard trying to make a spitting image.

Bud: Which let’s face it, spitting images aren’t in your skill set, if you don’t mind my saying so.

Anne: No, it’s fine. it’s a fact. I render with license.

Bud: Yes, you do ‘render with license’. An apt turn of phrase I would say.

Anne: Yeah, right.

Bud: So what got you going again?

Anne: Well it started with Cuthbert… the great and revered blind as a bat cat…

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Anne: I liked the way it turned out and the recipient of said portrait was very happy with the results.

Bud: Well of course they were, why wouldn’t they be?

Anne: In the past when I’ve done portraits I get all bogged down trying too hard to please, to capture, to do a fabulous painting and I loose my spontaneity which is key to my process.

Bud: Fascinating… sort of… anyway… will you do more?

Anne: Yes, with conditions. Here’s my plan. Take on a commission asking for a 50% deposit and on completion if the customer is not happy with the painting and doesn’t want it then they don’t have to pay the rest. But this way they have to commit.

Bud: And do they get the deposit back if they don’t like it?

Anne: Hmmm. I’m thinking I’ll give them half of their deposit back. What do you think?

Bud: Nah, I say keep the whole thing. But you’re the boss. So what are you going to charge?

Anne: I’m working on a price sheet and a simple contract which I’ll post in the next few weeks.

Bud: Good, that gives you plenty of time to procrastinate. But I’m looking forward to what you come up with. It’s been grand chatting. Now, let’s get back to work.

 skinny lady with big catSam and Louise, one of Anne’s first commissioned portraits

 

 

cocker spaniel week

by Buddy on April 17, 2015

Did you know it was cocker spaniel week?

Here’s a true story for you…

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thundering

 

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more to come, stay tuned.

road trip etc

by Buddy on April 7, 2015

Thought I’d show you some photos from the road trip.

Sofie loved the motel experience…

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she loved her staircase…

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It didn’t take her long to get the hang of it…

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The gang went to the DALI Museum in St Petersburg…

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more from Anne’s sketchbook…

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sketch book

by Buddy on February 5, 2015

Anne really digs having sketchbooks. They come in all shapes and sizes. She’s also into the wonderful world of pens, markers, brush pens, nibs… don’t get her started on nibs.

I personally think it’s fun to look at other people’s
sketchbooks/journals/diaries/personal notation documents…
or whatever you want to call them.

So here’s a selection of pages for your entertainment…

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And here’s another shot of my new roomie, Ben/Benny/Benjamin/Mr.Benny.
Freakin’ adorable I must say.

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oh the cold…

by Buddy on November 28, 2014

Not my favorite time of year… a little dark for my tastes. But don’t get me wrong. I love it here. LOVE IT. We have a pellet stove for warmth and I practically live inside of it all winter. And this place has plenty of couches. Anne likes a good couch, or sofa, if you prefer. Sofie has her own sofa of course. Made from cushions from the old sofa and covered with a nice fleece. Benny is alive and well and still does not trust Sofie. Benny is a hybrid of some sort. He’s very well mannered. I’ve been showing him some moves on how to punch Sofie in the nose if she’s bothering him. He says, he’s not a fighter, doesn’t have that ‘pissed off cat persona’ that I have mastered.

This is Benny

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what a relief

by Buddy on May 23, 2014

PHEW. Okay, so we’re done with the move and all settled in.

We’re all greatly relieved.

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Yes, the basement has been magically transformed into greeting card central.

No more long commutes in the winter. What a relief. And Anne has always loved the basement. She’s ridiculously enthusiastic about the new space.

And the new space is just a stairway away.

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