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Wednesday, 15 May 2013

Dogs, birds and a marathon!


I've recently done another pet portrait for a family friend of Gary's - the owners have the painting and I've heard that they love it so all's good!  I enjoyed painting this one as it reminded me very much of my old dog Honey who was a real character.  My mum found some old photos of her which I'll try to use to make a painting - I did try painting her back then when I must have been around 15 and still have the painting now - I took a photo so you can see - you see I've never been one for detail - always a slapdash painter! This was done in gouache which is what we used in school for painting.


Honey
painted in my teenage years

And as always I've been painting birds - this was last week's challenge on Paint Colorful Birds for Fun - a bird I would love to see in real life, the fork tailed woodnymph hummingbird - quite a mouthful - the name, not the bird!



This weekend Gary and I are taking part in the Excalibur Marathon which was cancelled because of heavy snow back in March but rescheduled for this weekend - it's in aid of Claire House Children's Hospice.  26.2 miles over the Clwydian range and around 5500 ft of ascent - it's going to be a killer!  Wish me luck cos I'm going to need it eeeeeeekkkkk!


12 comments:

  1. Best of luck on the marathon!! And great paintings - even when you were 15!! I did nothing even half as good at that age. Lovely colors in that hummer, too. Wishing you easy paths and warm sunny weather for the weekend.

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  2. Excellent paintings as always Sharon. I bet your early painting of Honey brought back some memories?
    Good luck on your marathon..I hope the weather improves for you by the weekend!...[;o)

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  3. Brilliant paintings Sharon, and have a good marathon.

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  4. beautiful portraits, i wish you luck in the Marathon!

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  5. Ooh, that is a mile of uphill! Good luck to you both!

    You were (and still are) a superb artist even as a teenager. I love both pieces you've shared of the dogs. And the hummingbird is beautiful too.

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  6. Sharon, the dog portraits are wonderful. Good luck in the marathon (as an old former runner I will be with you in spirit). :)

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  7. Hope your marathon goes well. As for the dog portraits - they are wonderful. I too would love to see that particular hummingbird. Take care and have a great day.

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  8. Love the doggie! Reminds me of a dog I had when I was young, as well - his name was Grizzly!
    Good luck with the marathon - you are an adventurous lady! ~ Paula

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  9. Very impressed with your 'teenage' dog and your other painting but even more impressed by what you about to undertake. Hope the weather is kinder than the forecast.

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  10. More fine pictures. I particularly love the middle one and am deeply impressed that it was work from your youth.

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  11. Fabulous paintings and I love your 'slapdash' style. I hope the marathon went well.

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  12. Love all of these Sharon, especially the eyes in the first.

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