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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Personalized artwork

I recently made these these pieces for some boater friends that I wanted to share. I love making artwork personalized like this because it’s not just the “same old” anyone can pick up in a retail store but specific to the tastes and interests of the one it was made for.

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Birthday painting

It’s Charlie’s birthday today! While we are in mid-reno of his house, he had casually mentioned that perhaps I would paint a mural of some sort on one of the walls, nothing in particular. I thought about it and decided on the perfect subject: his boat. Not wanting to put anything permanent on the walls, however, I – in my waste not, want not, reuse-recycle-repurpose way – went to my garage to check my available stock.

“Charlie’s Boat”  is the result. 48″x62″ on quarter-inch plywood. Our first summer together, we spent several nights anchored out in the Gulf of Mexico on beautiful still waters staring up at all the stars.

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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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Storefront window: shore birds

My theme for the window was shore birds. Dunedin, Florida has State Park beaches kept in their naturalized state and are just gorgeous. Here on Second Time Treasures‘ storefront are some of the critters we did for this season.

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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 😀

Red Dachshund

I had started working on a Dachshund over the summer, then set him aside since he wasn’t a commissioned piece. I primed him and then thought perhaps I should post his “ready-to-be-personalized” photo in case someone would like him personalized to their own Doxie’s colouring. Of course, once I get started on painting, I just can’t seem to stop, so he wound up as a Little Red Doxie!

20″ nose to tip of tail and 13″ high. This guy is in the miniature category. Unless sold before then, he will be part of Viv Reugger’s special exhibition in March 2014 at Stirling Art Studios on Broadway in Dunedin.

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Daisy and Dub finished

The pair of Cocker Spaniels is finished! Thank you to Pat for allowing me to create these memorial pieces of her beloved fur family ♥

Pat’s husband’s little Buddy (a/k/a Dub) measures 15″ high by 11″ wide and Pat’s girl Daisy measures 21″ long by 12″ high.

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Cocker Spaniel – Daisy

Daisy was a friend’s beloved Buff Cocker Spaniel who was her sidekick everywhere. Still some more work to go, but here are some progress shots:

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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.

Boxers – in progress

A pair of life-sized Boxers is in the works – blast this infuriating humidity, though! Here the boys are coming along as their ears dry in the breeze of my fan. 😀

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Mural

It’s wisteria in the dressing room/guest bath at Renee’s SecondTimeTreasures.com now. Her dad is 80 years old and he requested a monkey be included, sooooooo……… there’s a monkey!

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Chicko de Mayo

Inspired by my bantam hen, Pearl, and her outrageously wild personality, this little chicken is a Rainbow Cochin.* Featuring lots of colour and sparkles, if you met her, you’d agree that, yeah, this is definitely Pearl 2!

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* I made that up – there is no breed of chicken actually called Rainbow Cochin! but if there were ……