Irish Anticipating

Now that Christmas gifting is behind us, I am able to post "Irish Anticipating" 

Irish is my daughter and her husband's much loved doggie.  She has been hinting at me painting him for awhile now. So I thought I would surprise her. Not an easy task as she has eagle eyes!

Irish Anticipating by Helen Shideler

Eagle eyes and a super sleuth

I had to be really careful not to leave the painting or the photos lying around.  This was not easy for me to do as I had to grab time when she was not here - and I tend to leave my current work out for easy access and review.  Katie is super observant and would notice the tiniest hint of all things Irish.

Irish was adopted from a shelter that uses monthly themes as a naming convention.  Irish was picked up in March hence his name.  And he looks really good in green, just saying.

Irish Anticipating by Helen Shideler
I think it went over well - don't you?

I think it went over well - don't you?

Here is a tiny preview of a Christmas commission.  Will post more soon

Partridge Island by Helen Shideler

WIP - Longing For Spring

And so I recently started this painting - had it sketched out for quite awhile.  But finally decided to jump and start painting.  My family is making fun of me for painting snow in the spring.  Two things, first I should really be motivated to finish it in record time and second - this spring has been so gosh darn cold - I feel like painting snow.

These are the Adirondack chairs under our side verandah.  I love these chairs and the verandah.  There is a swing off closer to the concrete retaining wall.  This area is our southern exposure - we spend a lot of time there in the spring and fall and on windy days.

When I was painting our clapbords, I realized that our whole house needs to be painting - unfortunately, I do not mean on canvas!  As I started adding in details like the knots and the greenish ting to the gray I realized that while these details may make for a good painting - they do not say this is a well kept house.   Painting the house will have to be a project for next spring.

I started to block in the second window - and have the perspective off - will correct that in the next session. The deck is covered with snow, as are the arms, seats adn the backs of teh chairs.  Once I have the background right - I will start into the snow.

This is a large acrylic painting 36 x 42.