I find it heartwarming to give something to someone who has lost their best friend forever. Owning dogs is a joy and when they pass it’s so hard to deal with. My latest work goes to one such person that spent a short 7 years with this dog. I felt the need to paint this magnificent Alaskan Malamute for them.
It looks like I’m headed to Alaska in March to see the Iditarod. That may not mean much to some but to me, it’s a dream come true. I’m also attending a private fundraising banquet with 4 times Iditarod champion Lance Mackey.
This is Mr. Amadeus with his new frame, and I’ve added him to my wall of fame, or shame depending on your point of view. I don’t know anything about his life. I’m sure he’s long since crossed over the rainbow bridge. I found his photograph in a shoebox full of photos belonging to Douglas Willett last time I visited him. But to me, he has the “Look” of a fierce sled dog. A dog anyone would be proud to have on their team.
His gaze says it all to me and is why I wanted to paint him.
ENDURANCE, FIDELITY, INTELLIGENCE
I thought I would try this and see what happens. There is a juried art show in Bethesda, MD. coming up in Feb. I submitted these paintings to see if I get in. 1st place pays $10k, 2nd $2K, and 3rd $1K. Considering I only started painting 2 years ago I won’t be crushed if I don’t get in, or place. I paint them because I love these sled dogs with a passion.
Paintings are 8×10 done in acrylic and sometimes spray paint for the background. I built the frames which are scorched oak, stained and clear coated.
All the dogs are from Shaytann Siberian Kennels in the Yukon, Canada. Except for Cooper who is one of my dogs. Two of them are 2-time finishers of the 1000 miles… Yukon Quest, and Iditarod (Bering & Max).
You can learn more about Shaatann Siberians here https://www.shaytaansiberians.com/
May the New Year bless us all.
Painting number 7 in a series of I don’t know how many yet. They have a lot of dogs for me to paint.
It seems like I don’t have enough time to keep up with everything these days. Mainly because I’m always doing some kind of project. Writing books, painting, running dogs, keeps me very busy. I just wanted to show you my latest art projects. I’m painting a series of dogs from Shaytann Siberian Kennels. They run the Yukon Quest and sometimes the Iditarod. When I found their photos I just had to paint them. This is dogs 4 and 5 in the series so far.