My Muse

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Wednesday, December 30, 2009

The Girls

Sometimes I drive to the airport in Orlando and on the way pass fields of cows. Early morning a mist rises . Such beauty. This is my interpretation.
24" x 18" on stretched canvas. With the new year coming I have decided to paint and offer a few back on ebay.
http://www.tinyurl.com/y8ms6ub

Thanks for looking and have a HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!

Monday, December 21, 2009

Merry Christmas To All!!!!

We wish you all a very Merry , Happy and safe Holiday!!!!
Sheila, Roger, Sophie, Fergus, Sammy and Blue (The cat)

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Commission Painting


A friend asked me to do a commission of her friends dog. She had just found out that the dog had cancer and not long to be with us. Just look at that face. How could you not love him.

It definetly was a joy to paint and I believe you can feel his spirit coming through.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Wouldn't You Just Know It!!! (6 Bags ordered and will be shipped tommorrow!! )

Just when I found some fun bags, I couldn't get any more so scurried and found these through a manufacturer. I am ordering 6 to start "DoodleBags" so I am taking orders. They may be ready for Christmas. They will still be $30.00 plus shipping. They can be anything you wish. Doodle Cats...doodle trees, and of course..doodle Labs!!!
I am doodling an older verison and will have it on for purchase later today!! I LOVE this job!!!!
Thanks , Sheila For ordering email me at sophie@palm-spirit.com

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Did I Ever Mention I Love To Doodle?




SOLD...more in the making
I went to Michaels yesterday to pick up a broad brush for working larger paintings and of course you have to wander around and look at all the "stuff" . Stuff to do books with, cook with, make beads and...bags! I LOVE bags. So there hanging on the wall were three canvas bags. I picked up two! Hmm..what will I do with these? Oh Look....Fabric markers...two packages I put in the cart with my two bags and one brush. Today after picking up the bag and putting it back down a bunch of times I thought...why not make a Doodle Lab Bag!!! And so it was made. For the first Doodle Lab Bag I was excited at the whole concept. The size is 12 3/4" x 12" x 7 1/4" . Front and back have doodles and I'm thinking of doodling also on the sides.
If you are interested in having your very own Doodle Lab carry all...I will be taking orders. Basset hound Doodle Carryall?? Can do that too.
To get this one :
Doodle Lab Carry-All Heavy duty canvas This one sold..order yours now. sophie@palm-spirit.com
$30.00






Black Lab With His BFF..I'm Baaaack!!!

Wow it's been a long November. Roger's emergency heart issues, my running back and forth to the Drs and hospital, and my total in ability to paint something of substance. I'm back. I worked slow and deliberate and had a blast!! This Lab painting is oil on Archival RayMar canvas board. Im so pleased how this turned out, and yes it is my Sammy, with his "best friend forever"!!
You'll find this piece on Etsy today! It's 6" x 6" and just a lovely painting.
Til tommorrow!!! Sheila
http://www.etsy.com/shop/sophie316

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Tropical Work..Well Who Knew?

There I was painting scenes from my trips to the Islands, loving and reliving every moment. The all of sudden Labs enetered my life. I did outdoor shows then and heard, "She does dogs and Caribbean scenes??????" The expression on the faces told the story. LOL. I have as some know, put Labs in the Caribbean.
Today I recieved my copy of Art Business News and a friend of mine had her tropical turle painting in it as an example. I am thrilled for her. Her work is bright, colorful and fun.
http://www.reneedecator.com/

The article was.."Tropical Art..A Consistant Seller in the Art World." After doing a little dance...I REALLY love painting the tropics..I decided to put this piece on today. Oh yes, I really LOVE painting Labs so that continues but you will also be seeing Caribbean Art too. Let me know what you think..put a Lab in every so often???
This oil is available as a Giclee now. 24" x 24" on Gallerywrap Canvas. $270.00 enhanced with paint and signed. Limited Edition of 50.







Monday, November 16, 2009

#1 of My New Series "Summer Lab"

Put this on for my newsletter readers to see. If you are interested in finding out more please email me at sophie@palm-spirit.com
Thanks, Sheila

Friday, November 13, 2009

Dancing Like Tina Turner...

It's a little after noon here. Roger got me a small cd player with speakers before he went for his stents so I'd have some louder music in the studio. The speaker I had whispered. It's wonderful having music and I've been getting out my old CD's and putting them on. Try listening to Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal" and not trying to lean like he did in the music video. Yes my two kids were teens then and it was the time we connected so I watched all the MTV videos with them.
Then I just had Tina Turner on. Try not to jiggle and move like she does when you hear her. Throw your hands in the air and really move..however..even though 62 is the new 42, be sure you've been excersizing all along and not just getting back into it. I felt the twinge..now the pain in my lower back..LOL..3 Advils down and hopefully it stops so I can get back to painting.
Check back later to see if I post new work or Im laying on a slab icing my muscles.
Sigh, I better find Beethoven for this afternoon!

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

I'm Back..We're Home!!! New Holiday Idea

Thank you our dear friend Ray for doing the daily update on Roger. We really appreciated it. I'm slowly getting back to speed and gradually giving up my nursing duties. Bless Nurses, a tough job. I was going really strong last week but this week I find myself growling a bit. Roger can"t lift anything that weighs more than a gallon of milk. That means cleaning the filter for the pool, buying the 5 gallon chlorine jugs, grocery bags, or even pushing the grocery cart. He tires easily so it's can you get me water? Would you get me this or that? Shame on me..it could have been worse and I'd be missing the lugging and the waiting on, I am grateful he's home and fine...just hug a Nurse when you see her..they do alot!!!!

Ok..thinking Holidays and I'm starting to work on a Zazzle store!! Here's the first offering for the holidays.


http://www.zazzle.com/swedegisart

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Friday Roger still in Hospital Prayers needed

Hi,
Ray here posting for Sheila.

Roger came home today after having two stints placed in his arteries on Tuesday. At first all was good, then all of a sudden he started getting very cold and sweaty.

Sheila quickly took him back to the ER where they are doing a EKG right now (5:30 EST). His blood preasure was fine but his heart rate is all over the place.

Sheila asks for Prayers. She has given so much to so many that please say some extra special prayers for our Roger.

Thursday Morning update:
Team, spoke with Sheila late last night. Roger is being kept in the Hospital over night. Signs point to some type of infection, though we will know more when a good doctor sees him on Thursday. Sheila was not impressed with the ER doctor in the least bit.

Thursday evening update:
Team, Spoke with Sheila at around 7pm EST Thursday. Roger had what is essentially an infection, so he is spending one more night at the Hospital just to be safe. But heart rate was good and blood pressure was fine. Sheila is understandably exhausted.

Friday 1:pm EST
Just got call from Sheila. They are still trying to figure out what the infection is. He is feeling better, but the little bugger won't break. They are in Radiology taking pictures to see if they can better isolate it. Sheila was on her way to get Coffee, I talked her into juice and a bran muffing ;)

As I hear from her I'll be updating this page.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

The Story of the Flying Painting


Well if you have been on my web site you know I have this as SOLD but offer Giclee's. It's Comfortable Love. The center painting for alot of my shows.
About a year ago maybe I did an outdoor dog show where other vendors/artists were showing their work. Friends that I went with were also showing in this event.
The day was so slow it was almost unbearable but we smiled and had fun amoung ourselves. Then the wind came. Out of no where, ah Florida, it hit the 40 x40 painting and the whole display started to fall. My friends say I went into slow motion leaping for the painting, I tripped over something and now was airborne. Comfortable Love and me!! The canvas hit the corner of my painting box and put a "T" shapped cut in the canvas, I landed on top of the whole display with knees and arms scrapped... Needless to say we packed up the truck and headed home, only to find I had Red oil paint on my hand and it got on my firends seats. (He did get it off) They also re-enacted the slow-mo event quite often after that since they never saw anyone and a huge painting in air before!! LOL.
I couldn't even look at the painting til a few days ago. My husband Roger has found he has serious heart damage plus blockage and will be having stints put in. I know he will be fine but if by any chance he has to leave his job I'm the breadwinner. I'm trained in Art so I need to be more business like. (Oh no I have to get organized..LOL..a Pisces with ADHD..LOL..)
I'm listing this piece, 40 " X 40" for $1200.00 or best offer on Ebay. If you are intersted in this painting please email me or search for sophie316 on ebay. It is oil on Gallerywrap and offered way below the original price. I will concider any offer. Free shipping for anything over $600.00.
Thank you...and Prayers will be accepted also. Warmly, Sheila sophie@palm-spirit.com

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Best Blurb Book

Very excited, The winner gets 3000.00..oh I see my scooter appearing....freedom. Vote for me, send me your info and WHEN I win you all will get a free 6" x 6" oil portrait of your pet.!!! Now thats a deal. Vote daily. Than you! Sheila PS, for Chocolate Lab lovers that book is also entered!


Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Ray and Mr. Shaq


This is our dear friend Ray and his beloved Shaq. Mr. Shaq as we refered to him. He was a regular visitor and Sophie's boyfriend, and she doesn't take to male Labs. Her eyes sparkled when he came through the door. The largest, tallest Lab I ever met, gentle, sweet, a champion field trial dog and now 16 years old. Shaq went to the Rainbow Brige this morning.
Shaq was the subject of many of my Lab paintings. His face was beautiful. I'm attaching Ray's Obituary that he posted on HotLab Rescue awhile ago. He will be in our hearts also. Our sweet Shaq.

Shaq Obituary


Dear Friends of Shaq,

It is with a heavy heart that I have to announce that Shaq, my best friend over the last 16 years, has crossed over the Rainbow Bridge. He joins my beloved Shasta, Zoe and Nanda waiting for me to join them.

Over the past few days Shaq had trouble lying down and it was clearly painful for him to get down. He had more trouble with his balance and would run into things. Rather then prolong the agony I decided to do what I hope others will do for me one day and help him over the rainbow bridge.

Shaq was born in Montana, He lived an amazing life having been a champion field trial and big air dog. He traveled everywhere with me, including each time I went home to Montana. He loved going to Montana, when we would go over Bozeman Pass he would perk up and get excited. He also loved visiting the cabin in Polaris. Here is a link to his stories. www.shaqtails.blogspot.com

I have known that this day was coming. I had hoped that he could last until after the upcoming Heart of Texas Lab Rescue Fundraiser at The Fairmount Hotel on Nov 7th and make an appearance. But it was not to be. So many were looking forward to seeing him.

I have many wonderful paintings and pictures of my dear Shaq to remember him by. He will live forever in my heart. I will always remember the days he and Shasta would spend swimming at Red Bud Isle.

If you could make a donation to Heart of Texas Lab Rescue in his name he would appreciate it. www.hotlabrescue.org.

Goodbye Dear Friend



Thursday, October 15, 2009

Twitter Dog #12 Go Magic!!!!


Yes..a Florida dog!!! Ready for the game! Go Magic!
This oil painting is on Archival RayMar canvas board and is 6" x 6" Working with a white dog is exciting since there are so many colors to work with. Straight white from the tube was a highlight here and there. A great excersize!

$110.00





Wednesday, October 14, 2009

The Chocolate Lab Book

You just have to see "Chocolate Labs" the book of my Chocolate Lab art. I'm so excited about it and Blurb even lets you see the whole book! Please peek at it. It would make a lovely gift for the Chocolate Lab love in your life.
Thanks, Sheila ahhhhh, marketing

Lazy Pool Dog

Sammy Sam!! He lies by the side of the pool relaxing..waiting so patiently for someone to say B-A-L-L!! Actually, he knows how to spell!! I'm thinking of doing a much larger painting of this. There was a lot of interesting colors and shadows. I haven't painted large in awhile so I feel it's time.
I'm also excited my husband is revamping my Lab website. I'll let you know when it's finished.

Tahnks for stopping by. Sheila
This painting is an 8" x 6" oil on Archival RayMar canvas panel.

$145.00




Sunday, October 11, 2009

Chance

I have to say I was very pleased how this came out. I'd like to do more landscape work with of course, Labs, in them. I found a great book on Amazon that gives me color and design, tree renderings, so on and so forth. My goal is to get a red Vespa, put my painting box on it and off I go to paint on location.
Read about Chance on my http://savingalabaday.blogspot.com blog.
Thanks for your support, without it I couldn't keep doing what I love!

Saturday, October 10, 2009

TwitterDog #11

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I loved doing this painting. I know this Lab is waiting for a great ride. Even practicing the head hanging out move. Perfect!!
. This Lab art painting is oil on gessoed masointe. 20" x 8"
Thanks for you support!! Sheila
$350.00 remember I do visa, M/C/Amex and payment plans




Thursday, October 8, 2009

Twitter Dog (Pups) #10

Shhhhhhhhh........!

This oil painting is on 8" x 6" RayMar canvas panel. Cant you just smell the puppy nreath? .


$140.00 plus S&H Thanks for supporting a full time working artist. We appreciate you all.! Sheila





Saturday, October 3, 2009

Natural Habitat

Total natural habitat. A body of water and a tennis ball?? What could be better.!
Yes the model for this is my Sophie. She had been loosing weight rapidly, her enzymes were off the roof and her thyroid levels almost non-existent. I asked for prayers, thoughts from every list, Twitter, Facebook you name it. The Power of Intent! God figured Sophie had more things to teach me and she is now impy, playful and healthy. The Vet thinks it was the Prednisone she was on for a flea allergy. Oil on Archival RayMar Canvas Panel. 8" x 6"
$145.00 Thanks for looking! sheila




Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Chocolate Garden


SOLD
Oh-Oh..who got into the garden??? This painting is oil on Archival RayMar canvas panel 8" x 6" . It's on eBay so head on over and see . A great deal as a gift or for yourself.
Today was the first day our weather was..cool. 69 in the morning working up to 85. Just glorious!!



http://www.tinyurl.com/y893mky

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Hills Are Aliiiiive.........

On the scent of something interesting. Is it moving?? Or is it a hole! Sophie stopped dead in the middle of doing weaves at an agility trial to check out a hole in the ground. Sigh.
This painting of a Black Lab is oil on Archival RayMar canvas panel. You will be able to find his painting on eBay also. Bid starting at $99.00
http://www.tinyurl.com/y9wj9su

Flower Boy

SOLD
Who's This Peeking???
Oil painting on Archival RayMar Canvas Board. I love paintin on this surface, strong and solid. Takes the oil paint beautifully.
Something different this week...you may get a great deal. This piece is on eBay.


http://www.tinyurl.com/yckz2fs 8"x 6" starting bid at $99.00

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Spirit of The Lab In Motion2

SOLD
Dancing in a field of daisys. A least a field of daisys for a short time. Our back yard, once lush green grass is now patches of dirt with spurts of weed. I don't mind, I love watching them play, dodging back and forth. A silent football game. This Lab Painting is oil on RayMar Archival canvas board. It will last a lifetime.
$60.00 PlusS&H



Thursday, September 17, 2009

The Spirit of the Lab in Motion


I recently just self published a small 30 page book of Spirit Lab paintings as I cll them . The Lab in motion. I loved doing the series and they were popular so here is #1 of Series 2 of the The Spirit of the Lab In Motion.

http://tinyurl.com/lfg73p TheBook

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Twitter Dog #9 Gabe

This painting is special for two reasons. First, Gabe is a Therapy dog. Weimeramers are beautful and loving. I know this because when I still lived at home, my Dad got a Weimer Puppy. Misty. She was gangly as a pup but grew into one gorgeous girl. She and my Dad went everywhere together. Long walks, ball playing, he adored her. They would drive to the store in his huge Caddy. Misty would lean over on Dad and it always looked like she was driving as they went down the road. I'm sure he and Misty are together now beyond the Bridge having a great time.
This painting is oil on Archival RayMar canvas panel 6" x 6" $110.00




Tuesday, September 8, 2009

TwitterDog #8

Now this great face was a challenge today. I decided since Roger I taking a staycation this week to paint out back with him by the pool. The Labs were sleeping and I went in the house for water. Coming back out I was met by three Labbies with ball in mouth. So we played in the pool for awhile then I got out to finish my work. The nose and eyes were done one handed while the other arm and hand threw a tennis ball into the water to keep them occupied. Mutli- tasking!!! Not bad.
This painting is on Archival Canvas board 6" square painted wih professional oils.
$110.00 plusS&H



Sunday, September 6, 2009

TwitterDog #7

I loved painting his beautiful Golden. Our friends have 4 Goldens and when meeting them they are "soft". They will jump up when asked and feel like clouds. This is of course in comparison to 3 Labs that can send you flying in any direction.as
This twitterdog #7 and painted in oil on Archival 6" square RayMar canvas panel.
$110.00




Thursday, September 3, 2009

TwitterDog #6

Twitter Dog #6. Oh when I saw this photo I knew I would love painting this Lab! What a face!! Someday I my do a larger version..it's just a fantastic pose.

This painting is on archival RayMar canvas panel, they are so sturdy and beautifully made. They cost more but you really get a fine piece of art.
$140.00 8" x 6"



Wednesday, September 2, 2009

Twitterdog #5

SOLD
Ok I have to say this one was really fun to do!! The personality was just jumping out at me. Fun color in tha background. Twitter Dog #5. Enjoy!

This painting is oil on Archival RayMar canvas panel. It will last a lifetime.
110.00



Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Zoo Painting #1 Cow


SOLD
I loved painting this cow. It from the group of photos I took this summer when we went to visit relatives in Myrtle Beach, SC.
If you are interested in having this piece for your very own...how could you not...He's a cutie...please go to
http://tinyurl.com/nmxgdh
I'll be painting more fun zoo paintings as time goes on..Oh-Oh..Tha Labs are here giving me the LOOK!!!

Twitterdog#4

Oh TwitterDog#4 I love you. What a beautiful face. I just purchased new paints, some new colors and got a group called Radiants. The blue and red look like yummy pastel color and I love what they are doing with my palette. Radiant Red and Blue used straight from the tube make such wonderful highlights.
This painting is oil on archival RayMar canvas panel.
$140.00




Friday, August 28, 2009

New fun Print

So the latest thing is to make prints using foam trays. Yes, the kind you get when you get fruit, or meat. Who knew?? You use a pencil, seems the best, the other sharp instruments ripped the foam. Then using a water based ink, I used acrylic paint on this one, you make your image. Since I do Labs that is what I tried. Marking your paper helps you do multiple colors on your print.

So..this is my first foam print!! More to come, a little larger when I get larger trays. The image is floated on a 7" x 5" dark blue suede mat and can be easily framed.
$25.00