Monday, August 11, 2014

Show Dogs Escape to the Seashore Book Signing Party

We had our first party at Marsha Hall Brown's home a few weeks ago.   It was so much fun.  Hard to believe our book is out and people are enjoying it.

More photos are on the book's Facebook at at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Show-Dogs-Escape/635951903145270

Take a peek at the photos if you have time.

Autographed copies of the book are available on the website at http://www.showdogsescape.com

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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Irish Setter Painting - Suzanna

This is a painting (soft pastels) recently completed of a beautiful dog named Suzanna.  She lives in another state so the painting was created by using photos supplied by Suzanna's owner.

The primary reference photo is shown below.   It was not necessary to show all of what was in the photo.   Sometimes less is more.   My goal was for the viewer to rest their focus on Suzanna's face.  There were other photos considered, but we collectively kept coming back to this one.    I understand she is the family clown.    One thing is for sure, she a beautiful girl.

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Thank you to Suzanna's family for trusting me with creating this special painting for them. 

Friday, July 18, 2014

The "Treasure" litter is 18 months old

Time flies by so quickly.   Our pups are now 18+ months old.  The owners have been kind enough to keep us in their lives and send us photos regularly.

The dogs' website has updated photos of each pup.

Click on the photo of Hannah below if you'd like to see the pups at this point in their lives.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Commissions of litter mates

I've been working on a few commissions at the same time (those of you who know me well are laughing).   Doing so allows me to keep a fresh eye on the bigger pieces due to the hours involved in completing them.  I switch back and forth between the paintings.   That way, my eye is fresh and the little things that could have been overlooked are not.
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It has been fun to see the dogs and get to know all four of them.   Tragically, one of the dogs passed just a few weeks before the painting was completed.  He was a senior dog - but had been quite healthy.   His illness came on quickly and there was nothing his owner could do but say goodbye.   I was going to be working on his painting at the Irish Setter National.   It was heartbreaking to show his painting to his owner.   She was prepared for it and handled it better than expected.   She said the painting has kept her boy, Romance, close to her and is thankful she had it done.  

The above photos are the finished paintings and the reference photos supplied for the paintings.   The first pair of litter mates is Magic and Lincoln.   The second pair is Shevy and Romance.

Thank you to the owners of these dogs for entrusting me with such special projects.  

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Bling at the Irish Setter Club of America National Specialty

Here is Bling's "Rendition Treasure Every Minute CGC", photo from the National - 20 months old.

Sometimes I see her father, Drew, CH Willowbrook Artists Rendition JH, in her and sometimes I see her mother. Right now she is looking like momma Monet "CH Rusticwood Spellbound CGC".

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Saturday, June 28, 2014

Our first home bred champion - Treacy "CH Rendition Treasure of the Sierras".

Rich and I are excited to share we have our first bred champion - green boy from our litter - aka Treacy "CH Rendition Treasure of the Sierras" (pending AKC verification). Treacy finished today at 20 months of age. He is owned by Barrey & Liaf Robles - piloted to his championship by Kathy Grayson and Roger Kibbee. Bling is very proud of her brother. Treacy is out of CH Willowbrook Artists Rendition JH x CH Rusticwood Spellbound CGC.
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Friday, June 20, 2014

Longhorn Calf at Sunset is on exhibit at The Bennington

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One of my western oil paintings, Longhorn Calf at Sunset, is on exhibit at The Bennington. If you live in the Vermont area and have some extra time - the show has some wonderful art on exhibit!  This painting is for sale.
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Art of the Animal Kingdom XIX
DATES: June 14 - August 24, 2014

Saturday, May 31, 2014

Painting of Kelly & Mick

I've know Kelly and Mick for a number of years now.   When Mick was  young, Kelly had him in a crate in her vehicle.   They were in a terrible traffic accident.   Mick's crate was sheared in half and he was running lose on the freeway.  Kelly was airlifted to the hospital.  Someone caught Mick, who had some lacerations, and took him to a veterinarian.   The vet scanned him for a microchip and called his owner, Kelly's husband.   He told the vet, his dog was with his wife.   The vet said no, your dog is here.   That is how he found out his wife and dog and been in terrible accident.

Life is so fragile and sometimes it can be taken so quickly.   Kelly is one of those people who make an impact on your life, and her dog Mick is the same.   Those who know her are so very thankful she was not taken from us at that time.  You will never see her without a smile on her face and Mick will always be wagging his tail.

Mick is a very important part of her life and the background for this painting is one of their very special places to visit.

Here is what Kelly posted on her Facebook page:
Celebrating 10.5 years with my boy Mick - American Canadian Champion Westeirann Estrella Magic with a beautiful pastel painting by Dawn Secord . Thank you Dawn! I will cherish this forever can't wait to get it in a frame on the wall.

Thank you Kelly for having me paint you and your special boy - it was an honor!



Photo: Celebrating 10.5 years with my boy Mick - American Canadian Champion Westeirann Estrella Magic with a beautiful pastel painting by Dawn Secord . Thank you Dawn! I will cherish this forever can't wait to get it in a frame on the wall.
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Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Commission of Emma

This is a recently finished commission of Emma.   When her family approached me to paint her I was thrilled.  Another art collector had suggested to them that I paint Emma as I had painted their senior dog, Ruby.   As an artist, nothing is more heartwarming than to know someone is asking me to paint their dog because someone else is so pleased with their painting.  

When they brought Emma to me to take the photos, my heart melted.   She is a veteran girl with the softest eyes and the most amazing ears.   We took a ton of photos of her and it really was a hard decision to determine which photo best represented Emma.

The painting was done a few months ago, but the family allowed me to hang on to it until the ISCA National Specialty so I could have it there on display.

If you'll be at the National - and want to see the painting in person - please come by my art booth!

Thank you to Emma's family for choosing me to paint her portrait and thank you to Ruby's family for suggesting it to them!!

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Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Poster "Celebrate Seagoing Show Dogs" is now for sale!

When the book came out, the author, Marsha Hall Brown, and I were trying to decide which illustrations to put into print and which ones to feature on a poster.   At one of our meetings we had a brainstorm, why not have a commemorative poster that includes a number of the illustrations rather than focusing on the cover of the book.

The commemorative poster is titled, "Celebrate Seagoing Show Dogs" and is for sale on the book's website.  This poster features a number of my illustrations from the book Show Dogs Escape to the Seashore.

The poster is 18" x 24" and retails for $12.00 plus tax.   Close to my heart and included in the poster (as well as the book) is an Irish Setter and English Setter.   The author is offering free shipping for any orders that are made before July 1, 2014.   If you are interested in taking a purchasing the poster - go to the book's website at http://www.showdogsescape.com

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To see more of my work - go to my website at http://www.dawnsecord.com

Friday, May 9, 2014

Irish Setter Puppy Painting Number 2

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Here is puppy painting number two.   The first painting can be seen on my facebook page at:  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Art-by-Dawn-Secord/120610651282807?ref=br_rs

To push the emotion in the painting a bit further than that of the photo, I rolled this pup's ears back a tad more than what her ears were doing in the actual photo.   That is the fun with painting - no rules - no being limited with a photo.   Following is the story about this painting.   If you want to participate in the voting on which painting I should put into print, please go to my facebook art page and share your comments!



Here is a second puppy painting that was done for a show.   When the first puppy painting was completed, I was asked if it was going to be put into print.   Originally, that had not been the intention.   The two paintings were simply for a show. 


When going through all the different reference puppy photos in my library, the reference photo for this second puppy painting kept talking to me.   There was something about the eyes that drew me in and kept me there.  At first, it seemed the pup was longing for something.  After looking at the photo numerous times it no longer had that look, but rather a thoughtful look.  The emotion the pup was displaying was very thought provoking - what the heck was that pup thinking?  I figured, if I kept going back to that photo, well, I better paint it.


So, my question to you is (now that I've decided to put one of the two into a limited edition print) which of the two should it be?   Would love to hear your votes - is it puppy painting number one or puppy painting number two?  In puppy number one, I used some fun fruitful colors that were used in a painting of my dog Jewel,  years ago (you can see a snippet of Jewel's painting on the top of my blog) that were more of a fun cheery approach.   Puppy painting number two has more bold colors.    

The emphasis was not color harmony in the painting but to direct the viewer to the eyes of the pup.

If you want to see the original reference photo for puppy painting number 2 - go to my blog at http://www.artofthedog.blogspot.com 



Don't forget to send me a comment and let me know which of the two you prefer!   Thanks so much!



Thursday, May 8, 2014

Show Dogs Escape to the Seashore Illustrated by Dawn Secord, Artist

Those who know me well know I've been illustrating a children's book for the past three years.   The author of the book is AKC judge and dog writer, Marsha Hall Brown.   It is exciting to be able to say....the book is finished and published.  It has been a wonderful journey working with Mrs. Brown.  

Show Dogs Escape to the Seashore is a great story of learning that the grass is not always greener on the other side of the fence, that competitors can be friends and teamwork accomplishes more than going solo. 

The website is under construction and will sell a collector's issue of the book (autographed by author and illustrator
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along with a dust jacket and book mark), the original illustrations, prints and posters.  http://www.showdogsescape.

For now, the book is available from Barnes & Noble  and at Amazon. com 

Follow the book on Facebook  https://www.facebook.com/pages/Show-Dogs-Escape/635951903145270 and Twitter  https://twitter.com/ShowDogsEscape

Monday, April 28, 2014

Hereford Calf painting in pastel

My art was in the 38th annual Western Art Show in San Dimas, California this past weekend.   A number of artists took part in an event called the quick draw.

A "quick draw" is when a group of artists sit down and create a piece of art in an hour or less.   The work created during this "timing" is done in front of a live audience.   After the work is created, the art is then auctioned off to the crowd.

It is a fun event for all.   An artist is concerned about the outcome of the work.  There is very little time to create a painting or sketch.  If the piece of art created is not what the artist usually produces, then the public sees an artist with a piece that is not a reflection of their normal work.   (Folks that have seen a quick draw before do understand that the paintings created are not the same work an artist would produce in their normal time frame of days or weeks for a painting.)  Then the artists walk around with the piece displayed for the auction.   VERY stressful but exciting too!  

I painted a Hereford calf.   It was a bit of an experiment for me.   I chose to work on a sanded board using bold strokes.  Usually, my work is soft and more blended.

The painting was well received and went for a price much higher than expected (to my thrill and relief!)

The auctioneer was the celebrity auctioneer from the TV show "Storage Wars", Sean Kelly.  He is amazing at what he does.  



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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Johnny RIngo - A Roping Horse

This is a painting of Johnny Ringo.  The painting was a surprise Christmas gift from two loving daughters to their father.  

The daughters had Johnny Ringo bathed and groomed and met me at the stable.   We took a number of photos of him - inside the barn - outside the barn - in a halter - bridled up.   After reviewing the photos we all agreed on a photo of him in full tack. 

He was such a trooper during our photo shoot. 

Thank you girls for having my art be part of a special gift to a wonderful man whom we affectionately
Tacking up Johnny Ringo

Johnny Ringo ready for photos
Did he just give me the raspberry???

Portrait of Johnny Ringo
refer to as Cowboy Ed.

Friday, April 4, 2014

Tucker - An Irish Setter - Pastel Paintings

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Just finished a double commission of an Irish Setter named Tucker.

The owner had me photograph her dog, Tucker, for a painting for her.  She had a brainstorm and decided to have me paint a mini painting of the same reference photo for Tucker's breeder as a gift.   It was very sunny out on the day we took photos and, as a result, the photos were not the correct color of Tucker.  So, to make his paintings accurate, the color of the paintings needed to be much darker than the reference photos.

We were all at the same dog show and the breeder had been chatting with me not knowing a gift was forthcoming.   It was killing me not to tell her I had a painting for her - but it was not my gift to give!   Later, after Tucker's owner had picked up both paintings from me, I saw the breeder headed my way with a smile on her face.   What a fun day for all three of us!

Thank you to Bonnie for allowing me to be part of your "family" and for choosing me to paint your boy....twice!!