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February Ruminations

by Buddy on February 17, 2017

Anne asked me to get back to the blog. I’m her blogger and I’m also lazy so we can run into issues. But I’m here and I’m ready to blab.

We’re heading to Florida in a week so I have to do a newsletter and maybe have some kind of cool sale before we go. Anne thinks I should cool it with the ‘cool’ sale stuff. She’s ready to go on vacation now. I say… ‘the show must go on!’ Decided… we’ll do a sale.

Today we are loving all the sunshine on the white snow. This shot shows you Anne’s commute to work every day. Awesome commute.


Meanwhile inside the studio there’s a big drawing of Sofie and a painting of a moment in time at the beach. The painting is a work in progress but the drawing stays the same. Anne likes it just the way it is and thinks she’d ruin it if she did any more to it.


Moving right along on our studio tour… here we have a slightly out of focus view of the current book project. It’s about dachshunds and a guy named Dave.


Another table shot… on the right is a piece of Anne’s graphic opus. Anne needs to get back to her opus.

Anne’s opus is all tied up with whats going on in these books.



And here’s Benny. Yes… he is terrifically handsome, I’ll give you that. His Doc just told him he needs to loose weight. It’s all about portion control now. I guess Anne was feeding him too much. Joe suspects Benny bulked up from going into the basement after midnight and eating mice.



And here’s the quaint entrance to the world of Anne and company. See all that snow? It’s gorgeous and we love it but we also like getting out of town for a few days in the dead of winter. And we’re going to!!!! Can’t wait. Just like last year. Anne said she intends to do some great art work and/or some bad art work while she’s on vacay.


In closing:

I don’t know… how was this for an update?
Big Waste of Time?

Until next time dear reader… Ciao baby.


Calendar 2017

by Buddy on October 27, 2016

New Calendar Alert
Good news.
Anne finished the 2017 Anne Made Calendar.
To order one you do have to go to the Zazzle website which can be a  pain in the butt…
BUT it’s the way we do our calendars now.

I thought I’d show you some of my fav paintings from the calendar.
(Never before seen by the general public)

Here’s Beth and her two cats…
Harry and Clara.
Our neighbors.
When Beth is out of town I go down and check up on these two hairy beasts.
I make sure they’re getting enough to eat.


Another painting from the new calendar.
It’s Cuthbert.
He loves a good box as you can see here.

Cuthbert is Pete’s cat.
I might have talked about Cuthbert before.
He’s the blind master of the Young Domain.
Anne wants to write a story about Cuthbert.

Speaking of stories…

Anne’s working on a story she’s calling ‘Dave and the Boys’.

Here they are. A man and his dachshunds…


They go everywhere together…


It’s a new thing she’s trying out.
She’s changing her definition of what a portrait can be.
It can be a little story that Anne illustrates.
With paintings and drawings.
She’s grooving on this new concept.

So that’s all for now.

Glad to touch base with you from time to time.
Anne is the reluctant social net-worker so here I am writing the blog.
Just me- blabblin’ on the blog
It is my blog after all- HAH!


cartoon school

by Buddy on September 8, 2016

holy smokes… it’s been way too long since I’ve blogged (how many blog posts have I opened with that thought?… tons!!!)

So here’s what’s been happening… Anne went to cartoon school…


Here it is…. the classroom at the Center for Cartoon Studies


Some of Anne’s fellow cartoonists… yes, that’s a dog


Anne had a stomach ache all week… she thinks it was stress. This is what she ate…


At night she spread out in her room at the Coolidge Hotel. She loved the Coolidge.


This is Anne’s work table when she was in school… she loved being here with all of her pens and pencils and markers and paints…


I have lots more to share but right now I have to tear myself away and get ready for my yoga class.

Hello there… some new cards

by Buddy on May 17, 2016

Hey, can you believe it… we have a few new cards. Anne has been working her butt off and I think she has a few winners.

I am particularly fond of this one…

cat w candy and flowers

Speaks for itself. A good pal is about to get her ‘hips removed’ and this card is just the ticket. So all-purpose, can cover a whole list of ailments.

Finally another Hannukah card…

rabbi as dog w fam

There’s a story here. The rabbi and his little family and all that goes on in their household.  Anne is not Jewish but keen to learn more of all their traditions. Sofie is posing as the rabbi. Is that wrong?

This is where they live…

brownstone w windows


And then there is the Graduation card.
Sofie posed for this one too…

dog w mortarboard

Yes, schooling, so important and then if you graduate you get to wear a mortarboard and a robe and I hear it really doesn’t matter what you wear underneath . Anne is all finished with her formal schooling but likes to learn new things on her own. She’s teaching herself how to play the ukelele. More about that later.


And though I am loathe to be talking about the winter holiday in this the month of May, I will share this baby…

car w christmas tree driven by hound dog

Homeward bound they are. There is a story here too. This is a single mom with her kids. When they get home they’ll have some soup and saltines. Then they’ll decorate the tree. There’s more to this story too.

And here we have ‘Four Sad Paws’…

flowers and dog & cat paws

For the saddest of times. Yes, those are Sofie’s paws. Notice how long her finger nails are. Anne must get them trimmed soon.

But on the bright side…

gay wedding cake topper w dogs

Anne needed an update on the wedding card. This happy couple could be two guys, two gals or two trans-gender folks. It’s all good. Love is love is love. And that’s a fact. Sofie is posing here again.

These cards will be on sale soon but first  we must send the art off to the printer and get the website updated and all that baloney. So I say to Anne… put your work hat on now girl, take off the beret of the artiste and put on the shaded visor of the chief exec and knuckle down. We have a business to run here.


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.



Here’s a beach pig that we met.


Biking on the beach is the best says Anne.

lady w bike helmet by the sea

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



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


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.


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


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



Sofie always gets a sofa…


ear drape

Except at the Quality Inn where she made due on the floor.


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.


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!

grumpy cat, happy dog

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!!!

dog and malamute

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


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!

lady paints cat

Anne gets all jammed up

by Buddy on July 16, 2015

Here’s Anne looking pensive in the studio…

studio in the

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).

cartoon w lady and dog

Sometimes she gets stuck…
convo/cat and lady
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…

blind cat

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…






more to come, stay tuned.