Preppy is not just for humans any more! Check out these needlepoint dog collars - brand new at Tucker Blair. Spiff up your furry little friends and make them the best-dressed on the block! Have a beautiful weekend and I will see you here on Monday with a new give-away!


Silhouette of Bernie, a Chicago dweller


Henry's handsome profile

If dogs are a man's best friend, then why aren't there more dog portraits hanging on our walls? Here are a couple of commissions finished recently for my client, Michelle, in Chicago. They are custom silhouettes of her adorable canine friends, Bernie and Henry. They were done on 12 x 12 x 2 inch aquabord in complimentary colors to hang as a pair. Besides silhouettes, I also paint dog portraits. If you are interested in immortalizing one of your furry friends, or giving a unique, un-boring kind of gift, please don't hesitate to contact me!



I just wanted to let you know that I have now ventured into the world of pet portraiture. I know you've all been waiting on pins and needles to hear this. Not!! (did I really just use that beyond stale term?) Yes, I know. I, too, have heard the proverbial jokes and defamatory jibes applied to the "desperate" artists who resort to painting pets. Truth is, pets are a big part of people's lives and sometimes loved even more than humans (especially here in Florida). The illustrious artist George Stubbs certainly didn't think animals too lowly a subject!

I'll be honest with you, I don't have any pets. My olfactory is far too sensitive and I have allergies to pet hair and dander. I am the type of person who sneezes, on average, about 5- 7 times in a row (yeah, I know - fun!). Now, I have known some people with such dirty and vile smelling animals that keeping my food down when I was around them posed quite a challenge (the animals, not the people -well, mostly the animals). I can tell you that experiences like that are not ones your senses quickly forget and furthermore don't help any to get me on the pet bandwagon with the majority. However, I do have my moments when I see people like Patricia Gray and her adorable little Yorkie, Nicole, and a wave of pet-envy sweeps over me. Then there is my fellow blogger and friend, Joni Webb of Cote de Texas, who has two dogs, Sammie and Georgie, that are adored by her family. I can't imagine that she lets them get gross. I can see it.... a furry, loyal and adoring creature who guilelessly looks forward to nothing more than waiting for you to come home (besides being fed, maybe). I recently had the honor of immortalizing Joni's dogs in gouache from photos. I am now looking for some new subjects, so please don't be shy and feel free to contact me about painting your favorite little (or big) furry friend or giving a pet portrait for a special occasion.