I painted this sweet portrait of a Maltese on a 20″ X 24″ canvas in Acrylics. He was commissioned as a surprise gift for a soldier for when she returns from deployment this spring. I can tell Toby is a sweet dog and much loved by his family. The leash extending off the canvas gives the viewer the illusion of holding the leash, strengthening the connection between the viewer and this charming animal. It was a pleasure to paint him! Do you have a special animal in your family that you would like me to paint as a canvas??
I am not sure what this vintage bucket on three legs was originally meant to store, but I can picture it it holding anything from magazines to umbrellas to knitting supplies to hats and mittens to a large potted plant! I had fun painting the ocean scene with a lighthouse, beach, island village and seven hot air balloons. The views are loosely based on southern New England locales. I photographed every one of the balloons in the sky at festivals in Connecticut. The bucket is all wood with the exception of the two metal bands. The divider inside is easily removed. It weighs 7 pounds and stands 20″ tall (not counting the handle). The bucket is 10.5″ deep and tapers from 12.5″ in diameter at the bottom to 11″ diameter at the top. It is currently available for sale at $125 plus shipping and handling.