Finished Orange Grove mural

Finished up the Orange Grove storefront mural at SJ’s International Food Market at 1108 Overcash Drive in Dunedin, Florida over Thanksgiving weekend.This area of town used to be part of a large orange grove back in the day. Dunedin is known as a very walkable and bike-able town, hence the nod to the  antique bike with market baskets. The town is also the spring training base for the Toronto Blue Jays. Since SJ’s IFM is family owned and operated, the Blue Jay are represented as a family of birds. The faux wood signs pointing around the corner to the patio with picnic benches and herb garden tie in to the recycled pallets used for the fresh herbs the store’s owner, Som, uses in her fresh Thai cuisine made to order and available for dining in or taking out. Find them on Facebook or @SJSINTERNATIONALMARKET.

65 painting hours went into laying down multiple primer layers for a thick, almost vinyl-like base, followed by the actual mural painting, then finished up with multiple layers of clear polyacrylic to protect the design from scratches and curious fingernails. Here are some highlights of the design, including the antique bicycle, faux wood signs and a Blue Jay family.

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Cherry Blossoms window

I painted the storefront windows at SomSom’s handmade boutique here in town. We did a pair of Sakura, or Japanese Cherry Blossom, trees and butterflies.

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My Other Dog

Since I miss him so much when I don’t have him with me (since he’s not actually my dog), I decided my next piece was going to be one of Rico. This is a sneak peek at how he’s coming along. 🙂

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Turkey on the window

Updated my neighbor’s storefront window by changing out the hobgoblin in the far corner to a turkey:

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Being a country girl, yes, I do know what a real wild turkey looks like! But for a storefront window, greyish-black is really kind of boring 😀

Dances with Dogs

So, I just wanted to get a shot of my “tank top of the day” to share on our studio’s Facebook page and, of course, the boys were right there with me. My little bud Rico is jealous of Nemo, so whenever Nemo comes over and leans on me, Rico has to one-up him and take the high road to get to me! LOL

So I let the camera click away and herewith present to you ……. Dances with Dogs!

(I know I am a dog dork and my biggest fans are furry!!!)

Rico gets a promotion

Rico is a super cuddly pup who, whenever he is here, is most often glued to my side or under my feet chewing on toys, sticks, recyclables or whatever I’m eating, climbing up onto his chair beside my desk to either rest his head on my foot or leg or continue climbing up onto my lap because he wants something or to give me dog kisses, or he’s curled up next to me in bed at night. When he’s not in my sight, he can be found poking around the back yard eating the flower buds off the hibiscus plants, flushing the hens out from under a bush, or trying to tackle Nemo (that is, if Nemo has come out of the air conditioning long enough to do more than just tinkle). He’s a charming little fellow about whom I am as gaga over as I am over my own dog and not embarrassed to admit it.

Since Rico, a/k/a My Other Dog, has been the inspiration for several of our studio hashtag designs, it only seems fair to him that for his birthday, he receive a well-deserved promotion here at BigBlackDogStudio.

Presenting the new VP of our Graphic Design department …….. Rico.

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St. Rico – patron saint of Dogtober

I was playing around with the artistic effects on this picture. A friend on Facebook had commented that it looked like a stained glass window in a dog church! LOL I love that! So, I’m sharing it here, too.

Dogtober

Newest designs now available

Been working hard in the studio on various graphic designs for our clothing and home decor lines. If you haven’t yet visited our online store, by all means do pop by and nose around!

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Sneak peek

A sneak peek at what we’ve been working on …….. a line of 100% cotton shirts, many of which are organic – something that’s important to us – bearing several of our favourite BigBlackDogStudio hashtags!

CafePress launch

Monthly union meeting

So, we had our monthly union meeting this afternoon to discuss our newest project to launch…….. will be announcing it soon!

the pack

Etsy store now open

Very exciting – we now have a presence on Etsy! Please stop by and visit us at http://www.etsy.com/shop/BigBlackDogStudio

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The boys are excited!

Valentine’s Day every day

I love how Nemo has been acting, and even more so lately. The more I work from home, the more adoring he is getting – not just those super happy moments when I come home at the end of a day or after going outside to get the mail out of the box, but on and off all day. He is such a huggy dog, it can’t help but make a girl feel good that she’s so loved by her faithful dog.

Back when I worked in mega-offices for twenty years, I always hated that poor Philphil (may he rest in peace) spent so much time at home alone waiting for me; now, I’m at a point in my life where I can spend nearly all day working here at home with Nemo nearby and be available to hug him whenever he wants – which is often.

Nemo Valentine

Bonnie ♥ – August tour dates

Those of you who already know me know that long before I began my art studio, I was and shall always be a musician. It’s been a long time since I had found a kindred creative spirit, last time being my good friend Robbie back in 2007, but when I moved to my new Florida ‘hood a year ago, I was blessed again – this time to meet Bonnie.

My dogs, especially Nemo and Sparky, and my loaner pup, Rico, all absolutely adore Bonnie. They would leave me for her. But that’s okay, because I always believed in the adage to trust the instincts of animals and small children when it comes to people. Bonnie passes with flying colours on that test.

Our BFF Bonnie is a musician (singer, songwriter, guitarist, composer & more) who performs in a wide variety of venues playing many different styles of music. She is getting ready to start her August tour dates in NYC and we put together this video for her Kickstarter.com page:

http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/910367868/bonnie-bowersso-very-off-broadway

Bonnie Tiny Tour

BBDS YouTube page

Uploaded a few videos to the BigBlackDogStudio YouTube page, plus added some info for visitors as to what they should hope to find there:

Our BigBlackDogStudio YT channel features videos about our Big and Little Black Dogs, Nemo and Rico, respectively. Okay, so we only borrow Rico, but Nemo is very attached to the little guy, so we consider the baby as part of the fam.

BigBlackDogStudio itself is our art studio specializing in custom pet sculpture, whether of a living pet or of one who has passed away. Working from photographs, we match the beloved pet’s colour and markings to the sculpture as a lasting remembrance of those hairy family members who bless our lives. Both miniature versions and full life-sized versions can be created. For pricing and photographs of pets already memorialized, please visit our website, BigBlackDogStudio.com.

Blessings and Dogspeed, dear friend.