4.13.2014

After The Beach


After The Beach
8"x 10"
acrylic
SOLD

A recent commission painting I did for a client and quote from her:

           "Julep is my brown-eyed rescue, age 1-ish. Julep's little bestie and partner in naughtiness is Chance Jones, whose guardian is my best friend Suzy Jones. He is 2-ish.
Both dogs are the happiest dogs in the world. They love playing in all the beautiful trails and beaches of the San Francisco and Marin County and their very favorite is wrestling 'til someone yelps. Julep has brought me more joy than I can measure. I'm looking for a new house with a big fat yard so I can go back to SPCA and get her a friend to play with every day!"

Listening to while I paint:

Audio Books: "Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy" , by John Le Carre', narrated by                                  Michael Jayston
Podcasts: The Alton Browncast hosted by Alton Brown 
                 Social Media Marketing hosted by Michael Stelzner
                 Off Camera With Sam Jones , hosted by Sam Jones
Music: my iPod

4.05.2014

Paris - 17 years ago....



Paris
8"x 10"
acrylic on gessoboard
SOLD

My client is going this weekend to her sister's house to wish her happy birthday and I got the privilege of doing a painting of her seventeen years ago....


       "Geez 17 yrs ago I barely remember 17 mins ago haha!! It was actually my sister, my mom, my aunt and myself in Paris for her 35 bday. When I took that pic it was just the 2 of us walking around the city taking pics and I just had her sit down at a outdoor cafe with a vogue magazine   I think we were in Paris for a few weeks on that trip. We stayed at this great lil hotel that was so charming and had wonderful art and every morning the butler brought us this beautiful silver platter with coffees, the best hot chocolate EVER and lil French croissants and baguettes with homemade jellies. It was fabulous! 
We spent the days walking around the city taking pics, going to these great flea markets and antique stores, boutiques and art museums. The had wonderful flower markets where I bought her 35 of the biggest most fragrant pink roses on her bday. My aunt could not eat enough French cheese, onion soup or French chocolates! We went in the Spring and even though it was chilly it never rained the whole time we where there. It was a wonderful trip!!"

It sounds wonderful!!!!!


Listening to while I paint:

Podcasts: The Alton Browncast hosted by Alton Brown 
          The Nerdist, by Chris Hardwick
                    The Splendid Table by Lynne Rosetto Kasper

Audio Books: Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy , by John Le Carre' , narrated by Michael Jayston
                                                                              (recommended by my mom :) )                                                                                                    
Music: New find! Daryl's House on YouTube.






2.25.2014

Almost Spring....


Clouds
6"x 6"
acrylic on gessoboard
$100
Click on here to purchase

It's almost spring here in Portland, OR., and the clouds are gorgeous! 

Listening to while I paint:

Audiobooks: Harry Potter Book #5, AGAIN! Read by Jim Dale. He is one of my very                                          FAVORITE narrators! This is a Youtube video of him reading .

Podcasts: The Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown 
                     Oh So Pinteresting, hosted by Cynthia Sanchez  

Music: my iPod


2.18.2014

Beijing Hutong


Beijing Hutong
8"x 10"
acrylic on gessoboard
SOLD
Buy a print here

My friend and her family moved to China due to a job transfer. Out of the many pictures she took, there was one of a Beijing alley, or hutong, that I wanted to paint.

Wikipedia:
"In Beijing, hutongs are alleys formed by lines of siheyuan, traditional courtyard residences.[1] Many neighbourhoods were formed by joining one siheyuan to another to form a hutong, and then joining one hutong to another. The word hutong is also used to refer to such neighbourhoods.
Since the mid-20th century, the number of Beijing hutongs has dropped dramatically as they are demolished to make way for new roads and buildings. More recently, some hutongs have been designated as protected areas in an attempt to preserve this aspect of Chinese cultural history."
There are many images available on hutongs through Google

Listening to while I paint:
Podcasts: Here's The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin
                  The Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown
                  Oh So Pinteresting, hosted by Cynthia Sanchez

Music: my iPod

2.10.2014

Daffodil


Daffodil 
7"x 5"
acrylic on gessoboard
SOLD
Buy a print here!

A little painting of springtime as we are snowed in here in Portland, OR!

Listening to while I paint:

Podcast: Off Camera With Sam Jones , hosted by Sam Jones
                 Alton Browncast, hosted by Alton Brown

Music: my iPod

2.07.2014

Miles


Miles
10"x 8"
acrylic on gessoboard

This was a commissioned Christmas present. 

         "When Miles, a majestic dachshund-beagle mix, was first adopted in January of 2006, he had no idea he would grow to love playing ball so much. In fact, he didn’t even know how to play! Thankfully for Miles, that didn’t last long. His human got down on all fours and played with dog toys to show him how it’s done, and in no time playing became Miles’s favorite activity. Miles loves all toys, especially those that squeak, have stuffing to pull out, or resemble small creatures. Out of all of the choices, however, the ball is his favorite and, to this day, Miles and the ball are inseparable. Miles is well-loved and lives comfortably in Portland, Oregon, where his human pays his rent, takes him on long walks, and throws the ball for him tirelessly!"

Listening to while I paint:

Podcast: Oh, So Pinteresting, hosted by Cynthia Sanchez
                   American's Test Kitchen, hosted by Christopher Kimball 
                  Here's The Thing, hosted by Alec Baldwin
Music: my iPod

2.03.2014

25 in 30


25 paintings in 30 days

Here is my "collage" of the 25 paintings I did during the month of January. 

About midway through the month, I decided to work in mostly black and white, doing value studies. An art friend told me, it doesn't matter which color you choose, just as long as it is the right value. 

Thank you so much for all the pictures you sent me! 
I am still working on some of them. 
Please continue to send me  pictures. For those I choose to paint, I will be sending my note cards and the first chance to buy the painting.
If you would like to send me a picture, email it to:   annie@anniesalness.com , and please include your address. 
Thank you!!!!

Listening to while I paint:

     Podcast: The Alton Browncast hosted by Alton Brown
                         Medieval Archives
                         The Lede from Copyblogger
                         Sherlock Holmes     Music: Spotify

1.19.2014

Akira




"Akira"
6"x 9"
acrylic on wrapped canvas
Not For Sale

I have been wanting to do this painting for a long time as a gift to Mark.
I had my stroke in Oct, 2010,  when my good friend, Mark Heimann,owner of the Lost Mountain Clayworks, sent me a Kanji (oriental calligraphy) lantern that says "Perseverance" and a little shot glass that says "Courage" that he made.
 "Everyone needs a little shot of courage," says Mark.



Here is Mark's story about Akira:

           "7 & ½ years ago, Becki decided she wanted a dog. Since we had about ten goats then, she wanted a livestock guarding or a herding dog. I was watching the litter and Becki’s decision-making, a long-haired puppy trundled over to me, sat down, and looked me right in the eye. Well, I was completely done in, captured, no doubt chosen by her, and she was coming home with us. 





She had to grow into her ears….

Her name morphed from Keira (from the beautiful Keira Knightley) to Akira (Kurosawa?) somehow – but we do call her Kira (“Keera”) for short.


Anyway Akira has been my constant companion ever since July of 2006. From art festival to pirate festival, beach to river to forest.
She is a natural born guard dog, perhaps prone to bark a little too much…..
And a total love."

Thank you so much Mark! :)

Listening to while I paint:

Podcast: "Wait, Wait.... Don't Tell Me!" hosted by Peter Sagal
                   America's Test Kitchen hosted by Christopher Kimball
Music: my iPod




1.09.2014

Green Mums


Green Mums
7"x 5"
acrylic on gessoboard

Click here to purchase.


I have six 6 of these glasses. They're originally shot glasses, but I like to use them as vases!

Listening to while I paint:

Audio book: Centennial, by James A. Michener
    Podcast: Oh, So Pinteresting, hosted by, Cynthia Sanchez
    Music: Spotify

1.08.2014

Fred



"Fred"
8"x 8"
acrylic on gessoboard
SOLD

My friend, Barbara, emailed me this picture to paint:

" My dog, Pebbles, passed away at 15. I was super lonely so I decided to get another dog. I adopted Fred when he was 7 weeks old from the German Shepherd Rescue Foundation. He was the runt of the litter and is now over 60 lbs. You will find him waiting for me when I come home from work. He follows me everywhere and sleeps next to my side of the bed each night. I love my Freddie!" 
Barbara

It's not too late to send in pictures!  The people who pictures I choose to paint will be getting
my note cards and first chance to buy the painting!
If you would like to send me a picture that I can paint email it to:   annie@anniesalness.com . 
And please include you address. 
Thank you!!!!


Listening to while I paint:

Audio book: South of Broad, by Pat Conroy. Narrated by Mark Deakins
     Podcast: The Alton Browncast hosted by Alton Brown
     Music: Spotify
Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...