Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Swimming Upstream

Hi everyone, sorry for my long absence...the passing of our friend, Steve hit us all very hard. It's time to get back to things now though...and I know he would wants us to. I have to remember what he used to say...even on his hardest days..."It's all good".

Thanks to all of you for your kind and comforting words while we've been going through this. I apologize for not getting back to each of you personally. Please know though that I do cherish you...and feel so lucky to have met so many wonderful people through this blog. What a gift.

Now...let's talk about some art! Nothing like shoving me back to work!...I had to get three paintings up to Loveland, Colorado for a show last weekend. It was a juried canine art exhibit at the American Buckhorn Valley Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show. The paintings below were the ones accepted. It was a small show...but there was some exceptional dog art. The sculptural work blew me away...I wish I had pictures to show you.

Hope you all are doing well...I can't wait to catch up on your blogs this week. In the meantime...help me with one big collective sigh...and let's get that creative juju flowing again!

"Theo"
13" x 16" acrylic on canvas
2005

"Two Greyhounds"
20" x 22" acrylic on canvas
2005

"Guide Dogs"
20" x 24" acrylic on canvas
2006

25 comments:

Manon Doyle said...

Welcome back Linda! It's good to here from you.
Congrats on the dog show your paintings are beautiful. I love the boston...... of course!
Glad to have you posting again!

Rebecca said...

Good to see you back in the cyber world. Love that Boston. Hope the break has been one of healing and support. Sometimes you have to unplug. We missed you.

AJ said...

Yes.. missed you and your posts. Welcome back and sorry to hear of your loss again. :-( Love those paintings!

Karine said...

Congratulations - THREE pieces in the show! And look how wonderful they are. That Boston is particularly wonderful. I am glad you took your time a little after your loss. That's important. Missed you...

CHRISTINE HUMPHRIES said...

So glad to see a new post from you! I've been thinking about you daily. (Something is traveling via snail mail across the country to you, as well.) Congratulations on the three pieces in the show. I'm partial to the Greyhounds, as I will someday adopt one (or more)!

Welcome back. Ease back into the saddle. We definitely missed you!

xoxo,
Christine

Tara Ross Studios said...

I missed your posts!

Your paintings are wonderful!

Melissa & Emmitt said...

Hi Linda!
Oh! I love your entries! They are wonderful!
Emmitt sends his love!
xo
m & e

keeper of the chocolates said...

linda, so sorry to hear about your friend steve...he looked like he was quite wonderful, and will be very much missed.

have a beautiful summer and i miss you too hon!
hugs
shelbi

Shari said...

Love these paintings, Linda! I'm sure they must have been a hit at the show. xoxo, Shari

Moira said...

Hi Linda -

Glad you were able to take some time for yourself and find a way to be creative too. I'm glad you're back and I'm sending healing thoughts as you move through the process of saying good bye to Steve.

xo

Moira

Donna said...

Happy to have you back, Linda! Love the paintings ~ Theo especially, love his eyes!
Hugs,
Donna

Sandy said...

Glad to see you are painting again and these are all great!!! I wouldn't even be able to pick a favorite because they all would be.

Hope things are getting better for you Linda.

Many good wishes for Steve's family and prayers for you all as you grieve.

Trijnie said...

good to see you Linda. Again I wish you strengh with the loss of you friend. I know it takes a lot of time.
You show great paintings

Neda said...

Nice to see you back. You are such a good friend to all :)

kate smudges said...

Love the two greyhounds. The expressions on their faces is so cool.

Keep on painting!

NeereAnDear said...

Hi Linda...

PJ and I missed you ... and she told me to send you great big hugs and lots of sloppy kisses...
and sends some for Maise too

I must say I am amazed at the paintings that were admitted to the show.... for you to get three is a major coo .... juried submissions are hard so congratulations for such a fantabulous feat!!

HUGS
JO AND PJ

Amy C Evans said...

welcome back, linda xo

Jill Beninato said...

You were missed! Welcome back and I LOVE those new paintings! Great work as usual....

Sandy Mastroni said...

The Boston is amazing Linda. love all three
thank you for visiting me and for your comments . YOU are the wonderful painter !

Peggi Habets Studio said...

Linda,
So sorry for your loss. Steve sounds like a wonderful and inspirational guy. You were so lucky to have him in your life, and him to have you. Your art is wonderful, especially those greyhounds. Love 'em.

Joy Logan said...

BIG HUGS welcome home...hey I love "theo"s eyes,that demon dog look...I see it many times in my pupperrrrrrrrrroni. It's the can't decide if I wuv you or wanna be mean.

Ruth Welter said...

Hey Linda, nice to see you getting back to the swing of things. I hope your art will cheer you up and motivate you.

Not surprising these 3 beauties were accepted into that show, they are stunning. Nobody in my book, does animal art/portraits as well as you. You capture a certain light, spark of life and such personality in each one. Someday I'm going to have you paint my guys.

BeverlyKayeGallery said...

Theo's little soul searching eyes are fantastic! You've really captured his spirit. Brilliant painting!

Kathy Weller said...

Fantastic paintings, Linda! Big congratulations on the show!!

Welcome welcome back.

Leslie Moore said...

Welcome back, Linda. I've missed your blogs and your paintings. All wonderful! Congratulations on getting THREE into the juried show. Can't wait to see your next one!