Thursday, October 25, 2012


I'm sure you're all dimly aware that eventually, maybe after Thanksgiving, you will have to come up with holiday gift ideas for the special people in your lives. I'm here to remind you that although Halloween hasn't even arrived yet, for makers of unique, handmade items like pet portraits (me!), the holiday season is right around the corner.

So I came up with a little incentive to inspire you to consider commissioning that holiday portrait NOW, while I still have time to paint like a sane person:

Book a Rainbowdog portrait for the holidays by the end of October and receive a 20 percent discount.

I've never offered a discount this huge before, but last December was so crazy, I thought, what the heck? So please, if you would like to treat yourself or someone close to you with a special, hand-made-in-America gift this year, shoot me an email  to start the process by October 31 - that's Halloween folks! - and save big bucks.

We will all have a more peaceful, stress-free holiday. Plus, you'll be able to relax and put your feet up, knowing you will NOT be rushing to the mall this December, frantically searching for a special gift. (Let's face it. Much of the stuff at the mall is really not that special.)

THANK YOU for supporting Rainbowdog. Let's keep life colorful!

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Leonberger Love

Don't you just love the colors in this portrait?  I think the joyful hues perfectly capture the happy-go-lucky personality of my subject Rudy, our regular companion on morning walks in the park near my house.  

The finished portrait is 18 x 24 inches, but Rudy is so big I think the portrait is only slightly larger-than-life.  Rudy is a Leonberger (not a Newfie), and I can't say whether it's a trait of the breed or not, but he occasionally makes a sound -- a bark? a cough? -- that sounds like he is channelling the big, hairy Wookiee from Star Wars

Here's the photo I worked from (already cropped to suit my purposes).

There's still time for me to recreate your favorite dog or cat on canvas before the holidays.  Just shoot me an email and we can work out the details.

Rainbowdog. Because life's more fun when it's colorful!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Mutts Take Center Stage

Here is a new portrait of my darling rescue dog Sylvie, an Australian Shepherd/Sheltie-ish mix of some kind.  I can tell you that she is definitely a herder, but further genetic info I can't provide.

Obviously, I was experimenting with the colorful patterned background, and I'm thrilled with the result. I think it adds a lot of visual pop.  Originally, I had stripes painted behind the dog's head, but Sylvie's personality is really more about flowers, shyness, and general all-around sweetness.  Flowers seemed much more fitting.

I also whipped up a portrait of my other dog Stella, another pet with a mysterious genetic history.  We think perhaps Border Collie/Greyhound/???  She herds, she chases EVERYTHING, and she is lightning fast.

This portrait isn't done to my satisfaction right now.  Her nose is a little off, not to mention the fact that this photograph had to be taken indoors on a rainy day, so the resolution really isn't what it should be. Stay tuned for the fully-finished product later today (weather permitting!)

Would you like to brighten your home with a Rainbowdog? You know where to find me.

Rainbowdog. Life is colorful here.