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A Painting a Day #86 - Bijou

Updated: Aug 30, 2020

Bijou – 12"X12" acrylics on canvas.

This commission of Bijou, a pet Havanese, was completed on July 27, but It was a surprise birthday gift for my niece, so I couldn't post it till now. It is a larger piece which was a nice change. I am very gestural so having the space to do that was nice.

I love to suggest the shape of things, letting the play of light and shadow define the hair. It would be easy to get too detailed and then I would lose the freshness of the brushstrokes.

I worked off a photo that was sent to me and was able to fill in the missing details - as I knew the dog beforehand.

I started painting one 4"X4" miniature daily on May 1st 2015. After a near fatal drowning experience in 2013, I realized just how precious life is and I wondered why I was waiting to do what I loved most. I just wasn't finding the time.

It took a while to commit to it, but a year later, I decided I just had to make the time and I enrolled in some fine art acrylic painting classes. Under my teacher, Sharon Moore-Foster, I gained confidence and found my soul's voice through my paintings.

Now I am fully committed to expressing myself through my fine art by creating one miniature painting to mark each passing day – to leave my mark in this world.

These little miniature gems are for sale through this website where I started an online store.

Just click to the link "Store" in the menu above to view my works and/or purchase.

I also do larger works and portrait commissions. Just email me or follow my page on Facebook and message me.

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