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Wednesday, February 26, 2014


Approximately 6x8 inches, Oil on Canvas pad

This is to all of YOU who keep me buoyed and up no matter what!  I've been down with the usual winter health issues, but this week in class we had a 'Cocktail Party'.  I encouraged zooming and cropping, enhancing the background and love, love, loving the glass.  We all were interested in the way the 'gin' magnified the olives, reflected them upside down and just did crazy things!  And the glasses grabbed color from as far away as the painter next door, with their bright blue trash bags, or the blue of the sky.  Anyway, cheers!
Here's some of our work:

Sunday, February 16, 2014

You Are My Special Angel, 6x6 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Some people need more than one Angel, so you get a team. :)  They are like perfect partners.  They can finish each other's sentences, interpret for each other, 2-heads-are-better-than-one type of scenario.  This duo actually has silver paint in two colors for their 'robes'.

For me?  I'll take two any day.  I probably am the high maintenance type. :D

Friday, February 14, 2014

Is That A Wookie?, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

What a mischievous, inviting face!  I've got some real charmers to work on!  Please continue to send me inspirations… although I won't ONLY do pets, I find them fun and refreshing. I think I saw some pups like this at Westminster Dog Show last week.  A real little imp, I think.  What was so great about the show (and as I get my photographs, 80% of which were blurry - time for a camera evaluation) is when the owners were also the handlers.  LOVED seeing the dogs get a little kiss or hug as they waited for their turn.  Those dogs were so much more relaxed, and CONFIDENT.  

I know not everyone can show their dog.  And I also know that AKC dogs are definitely not the only dogs that are amazing. (Hello…Paco????)  But it certainly was fun to see the competition and to see if I could pick the winners.  Breed by breed, I do OK.  But the evening competition where the best of the breeds competed?  Bet against ME!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Party Girl!, 6x6 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Finished this late in the day, and could not get a good light to photograph it.  So this image will be updated by noon on *Valentine's Day* :)
Freshly back from a WONDERFUL time at the Westminster Dog Show, I'm beyond high on dogs.  But having posted a couple of dog paintings, I wanted to start up with something different.

I had asked for photos of some of your amazing pets.. and THANK you!  I have a wonderful assortment to choose from, and am always looking for more.  Please just email them to me at!

This girl is a Princess.  I can just tell.  I felt like her coat was very festive!  A glorious, luxurious Calico… she has, as well, an all - knowing look.  She's got your number!

When my oldest son was very young (a week after turning 2) our cat had kittens, 2 orange and 1 calico.  We told him he could keep his favorite.  He chose the calico.  For some reason he decided to call my Mom 'Calico' at this time (no, she had highlighted hair, but it was not tricolor).  All I can say is the name stuck, and for the rest of her life all the family kids called her Calico.  It's even on her headstone.  Truth is stranger than fiction, I think.

Monday, February 10, 2014

Pretty Girl, 6x8 Inch Oil Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I'm having dog-gone FUN at the dog show!  This is the other painting I did of Molly the Springer.  Her master chose the verticals.  I think she has that soulful, Springer look.

I am totally enjoying the whole doggie world.  I only have a pug to use for a model, though.  So if you have a cute head shot or photo of your dog that you wouldn't mind me using to paint, just send it to me at  Not for purchasing purposes, I just love dogs.  And cats.  Did I mention I love cats, too?  I'd better not get to know any goats or horses, or I'll be lost!

Sunday, February 9, 2014

Unsinkable Molly, 6x8 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

I recently completed a commission of a beautiful Springer Spaniel named Molly.  I did a vertical and horizontal for the owner to choose.  I will definitely be at the Springer Ring at the Westminster show this week, but I think I won't see any I like better than this pup.. she is adorable!

Pretty Girl, 6x8 inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

Saturday, February 8, 2014

I *Heart* You! 10x10 Inch Acrylic Painting by Kelley MacDonald

This special valentine comes wired and ready to hang. It's 10x10 inches and just $200... Email me if you would like it by Valentine's Day!

I have some VERY exciting news! I'm lucky enough to be attending the Dog Show in NYC next week! If you're interested in a painting of a particular breed, let me know via email before Sunday, and I will be sure to get some good shots to paint from!

For now... Just so you know... I do *heart* you .... And SO appreciate your comments, notes and emails!

Saturday, February 1, 2014

This Little Piggy…, 6x6 InchOil Painting by Kelley MacDonald


Last Fall I went to a Harvest celebration at a local farm with a dear friend who has a Farm Share there.  Not a big, industrial farm, but a very intimate farm (with an ocean view, I might add) , where the animals are handled with care and the vegetables grown without chemicals.  Two huge black sows had just had babies - and were they CUTE!  This white & gray one reminded me a bit of my pug, Paco.  When they were nursing, he was sure there was a 'better' spot constantly, and kept jumping up out of his spot and running right over all the other piggies, back and forth, from mother to mother…. to get the most interesting food.  I'm sure he'll grow up to be the plumpest.  He certainly was the funniest!

One winning aspect of this farm is that they are compassionate and give the animals a good life before they have to 'take' them.  I'm conflicted about eating meat generally, but if they animals have a good life, I feel much easier about it. (TMI, I know.  Sorry)

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