Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Pure Bliss

Weee...Car Ride © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
5 x 7  oil on board
$100.00 + shipping
I don't know about you, but I absolutely love when I see a dog in a car with his head out the windowEven when I have know idea who they belong to or what their name is, it just makes me happy inside.They just look so incredibly happy and excited and happy, oops did I say happy all ready. I would really love to know the thoughts that are running through their mindsOkay all you people out there who want to tell me dogs don't think, hush up! Yep, you know who I'm talking to. I bet he's thinking "it just doesn't get any better than this" or maybe "freedom, I love freedom" or maybe "oh oh, was that I cat I see" or maybe "oh oh there's another bumper for me to chase".  

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Eye Candy

Dabbled Light © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 10  oil on board
This is a beautiful little storefront on Boston's famous Newbury Steet.  I love window shopping not so much for the stuff inside, but the curb appeal and this shop has that in spades. Something about it was just so charming, the colors, the awnings, the topiaries, the glowing lamp inviting you in. Then on top of that, the sun was dabbling through the trees on this gorgeous blue awning creating a fun play of light and shadows. Do you ever find yourself staring at pretty houses or pretty storefronts just drinking it in? For me it feels like eye candy and I need to get my fix every now and then. Almost as good as chocolate, I said almost!
 It was quite a stretch for me to tackle this subject (far cry from shoes and critters) but hopefully is strengthened my painting muscles.  I would love to hear your comments


Monday, March 5, 2012

Angel or Demon

Purr-fect Pose © 2012 Amy Hillenbrand
8 x 10  oil on board
Once again my sweet little Sophie supplied me with subject material for a painting. She was nice enough to keep posing while I went to hunt down my camera, what a gal. Not only can she pose like a supermodel, she can also keep our castle free of villains. She looks so sweet and innocent in this pose, like she wouldn't hurt a flea, right? That is why it is so incredibly funny when a neighborhood dog finds it's way into our backyard and into her territory.  My mild-mannered, adorable, 7lb feline turns into the big ferocious protector of the deck. As her head turns around on her neck just like Linda Blair in the Exorcist, she fights to save the homeland from invasion. She has even chased off a 100-120lb Rottweiler, that was a sight to see. What would I do without her? 
Just a reminder, if you have a purr-fect picture of your fury friend and would love a painting to treasure, please click on the picture of Puddles on the upper right hand of my blog for more information.