Sunday, 30 August 2009

Beagle Reflections by Anne Zoutsos

Beagle Reflections by Anne Zoutsos - 7" x 6" oil on hardboard/masonite

This painting follows on my theme of shadows and reflections both in the material and in the emotional sense.

A donation of 10% will be made to Bones Beagle Rescue once this painting is sold


Thank you for looking

This painting is straight off the easel and will need to dry for several days before it can be shipped

Inspiration taken from a photograph by newandrew at Flikr

Sunday, 23 August 2009

Hey!! by Anne Zoutsos

Hey!! by Anne Zoutsos - 7.25" x 7.25" (approx) oil on hardboard/masonite

I had decided not to paint any more Dalmatian pictures until my "Dalmatian week" which I am planning to hold shortly. This plan was changed when I read that Save The Dalmatians are in real need of donations as theirs have been considerably reduced lately. Hopefully this painting and the following one will help in a tiny way with their resources.

The Dalmatian in this painting is my Angel with her octopus toy; however, she has 'spotted' something!

A note - this toy was put away for some time as both Angel and her mother Hazel were very unhappy when it was first given to them. It is one of those toys which when pressed make a noise which continues for some time. Normally, both Angel and Hazel adore these toys, but this one had a human voice and this totally worried them! However, with much persuasion that it was okay to play and bite it, it has now been adopted with much enthusiasm - maybe too much..........

10% donation to Save The Dalmatians when sold - if you don't want to purchase a painting, please visit their website and if you can possibly spare it, make a donation to help them save members of this sweet breed of dog.


Wednesday, 19 August 2009

A Quiet Place by Anne Zoutsos

A Quiet Place - 7" x 5" (approx) oil on hardboard/masonite

There is no doubt that I do enjoy 'messing around' with light and shade in my paintings and it's something I am going to try and explore in different ways. I also very often enjoy portraying a sense of calm and peace in my paintings. I once read that fulfilment isn't brought about by being 'happy' but by being contented and I think that maybe when this is related to dogs, it is very true indeed. Although of course we want dogs to be happy, this can be very transitory - when for instance a visitor arrives at a rescue centre. Security and contentedness is what we should be striving for, for them - dogs in need of rescue and our own beloved pets.

Once sold a donation of 10% will be made to TBAR - True Blue Animal Rescue


This painting is straight off the easel and will need to dry for several days before it can be shipped

Based on a reference photograph made available at Wet Canvas

Monday, 17 August 2009

In The Purple by Anne Zoutsos

In The Purple - 10" x 8" oil on hardboard/masonite

The model for this painting is a royally bred champion owned by a fellow artist who has very generously made photos of her available as a basis for reference. I think it is fitting that this much loved girl will be able to help raise funds for salukis in need.

10% donation to STOLA - saluki rescue


This painting is straight off the easel and will need to dry for several days before it can be shipped

Thursday, 13 August 2009

Toy Poodle portrait in watercolour

Toy Poodle - Kimalia Midnight Merriment at Carihuela (watercolour)

I thought it might be of interest to show a very recently completed commission of a toy poodle. Her name was Jasmine and she sadly passed away a few months ago and although her owners have Jasmine's descendants, nothing can replace the little girl herself.

I don't often post commissions on my blog as many owners like to keep their paintings private but Jasmine's owners have very kindly allowed me to show her portrait.

I think it may be of interest to any budding artists out there to note that despite this dog being totally black, I have taken great care to show a wide variety of tones in the painting to give it form and texture.

Tuesday, 11 August 2009

My son's wedding

Alex and Jess - 8 March 2009

For those who have noticed that I have been even more distracted than usual, the reason for this is shown above. My son Alexander was married to his fiancee Jess on Saturday. I am very grateful that my beloved son has found such a lovely girl as his bride and we wish them much happiness for their future.

Monday, 10 August 2009

Whippet In Black by Anne Zoutsos

Whippet In Black by Anne Zoutsos - 8" x 10" oil on hardboard/masonite

I'm still having fun with light and shade and I really like the atmosphere created with the 'lost and found' edges on this whippet. The whippet whose official title is Champion Pipers Will Power, is one of Anne Stark's of the Pipers whippets and dachshunds and this painting is based on a photograph she sent to me.

Not for sale

Wednesday, 5 August 2009

Reservoir Dog by Anne Zoutsos

Reservoir Dog by Anne Zoutsos - 10" x 8" oil on hardboard/masonite

More fun with lighting - this time shadows - and with the name of the painting!

10% donation to Old Dog Haven (I'm hoping to be able to make another donation to this charity helping senior dogs in need). These dogs are so often overlooked in favour of young, lively, attractive dogs and yet some of these oldies can still give their younger cousins a run for their money. Those of us who own dogs know that as they age, they become more and more attuned to humans and it must be almost unbearable for some of these oldies when they find themselves homeless, sometimes through illhealth or death or just as often it seems, callousness. If you don't wish to buy a painting, could you consider making a direct donation? If so, click here and you will be taken to their website where you will see how you can make a donation.


This painting is straight off the easel and will need to dry for several days before it can be shipped

Partly based on a photograph by paulaloe at Flickr

Monday, 3 August 2009

Reflections by Anne Zoutsos

Reflections - 5" x 7" (approx) oil on hardboard/masonite

I thought I would have fun with this painting by adding lots of reflections in the floor. I hope you enjoy it as much as I enjoyed painting it (which was a lot!)

10% donation to Old Dog Haven once sold. Those who read my blog regularly will know that this is a charity I often support as I feel that homeless old dogs in particular have a tough time finding a forever home.


This painting is straight off the easel and will need to dry for several days before it can be shipped

Broadly based on a photograph by MandCo at Flickr