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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Cherie Stannard

September 30th, Cherie Stannard was in an awful car crash which has l;eft her paralyzed from her shoulders down. To read this story please go to her web site.
http://www.nelsoncreative.com/cherie/

Her best friend since childhood Elizabeth St Helaire Nelson, a fantastic collage artist, gathered a group of artists and we made a book.  All proceeds from the sale will go to Cherie.  With no health insurance, her family have moved to be with her to care for her night and day. I have a photo of her taken just this weekend and she has an incredible smile.! I'll post it as soon as I resize it.  Talk about positive energy!!!

Thanks for listening .Be safe this holiday season!

Labrador Retriever Art My New Childrens Book About Sammy The Lab

I am so excited to have finally accomplished this book.  Sammy gets into so much "trouble" and I keep saying, "Oh what a book that would make".  Well, this is number 1 in the series. It might be a long series of books!!! enjoy! 

http://www.blurb.com/bookstore/detail/1876663

It didn't want to open here so hop over to Blurb and see!!

Thursday, December 2, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS


I've been painting black Labs all last week and thought...Hmmm..I may not have a yellow but someone else may!
So today I found a couple of fun frames that were nice and painted this Yellow Lab and Black Lab having fun in their element!!

The frame is a silver frame, hard to tell with this image and a grey mat that really enhances the painting.  It measures 13.5" x 7.5" all over with the image being 9.5" x 3.5"

Thinking a sweet gift for your Lab friend!!
Thanks for looking and supporting!!
 $150.00 plus S&H


Monday, November 29, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS


#2  in the Series of the 20" x 5" Lab Searching for his Tennis Ball.

I love this series. One to go.
I hope you enjoy seeing these Labrador Retriever watercolor paintings.

$225.00 plus S&H



Sunday, November 28, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

(Colors may vary on each persons monitor.)

Oh you know who this is, but does this Lab resemble your loved one?  This watercolor, gouache and watercolor pencil, oh so much fun to do, is painted on 300lb Fabriano watercolor paper. Matted and framed to 16" x 20". Ready to hang!!

It could be in your home hanging in time for the Holidays!! Thanks for stopping by!

Sheila Wedegis, Palm Bay, Florida

$450.00 plus S&H




LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

(color may vary on other moniters)
The Black Lab swimming towards his prized possession. In this family it is the ,(Angelic choir starts), tennis ball!!!

This piece will be matted and framed in a 20 x 16 frame.  A complete gift, ready to hang on your wall or a friends!

Watercolor and goauche, swimming black Labrador Retriever. Thanks for stopping by!

$425.00 plus S&H



LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS


I found some great fun 10" x 10" laminate wood frames yesterday with mats to frame a 5" x 5" painting.  Oh yes, swimming Labs!

This is the first of the three Lab Series.   Each 5x5 painting will be te Lab turning as he looked for the tennisball. (Yes, It's Sammy again in search of. He doesn't know it yet but we bought him a whole bag of new balls yesterday!!)

If you are interested in the entire three, in progress, please purchase below at the second buy it now button. They will make a lovely display.

$125.00 plus S&H



$325.00 all three framed 5x5 watercolor Labs plus S&H




LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS


This was my other small fun piece I did Thanksgiving day.  Is he a Chocolate or a Black Lab swimming?  Could be either. The colors in the reflections brought out both. When I looked at my reference photo I wasn't sure which of my Labbie subjects it was. LOL

A great small gift for a Lab lover for the Holidays!  6" x 4" with the image being 5.5" x 3.5"

 $100.00 Free Shipping



Friday, November 26, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS


Well my knee surgery went well.  It was a week ago today and I've spent the week in pain, icing, feeling better, painting, physical therapy, painting, less pain, and today , feeling so much better and on the way to walking without a limp.  I'm finding my legs and thighs are getting into shape throughout all this so it's a positive experience.  (if one has to have this experience)

I did two small watercolors yesterday. Turkey, Patriots football and painting..what more could I ask for. 

This painting is 6" x 4" on 300lb Fabriano watercolor paper with the image size being 5.5" x 3.5"   It will come unmatted. It would be lovely floated in a glass only frame.

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Wednesday, November 17, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

"Gonna Find You!"

The day Sammy's tennis ball sank in the pool I was lucky enough to have my camera and kept clicking away capturing his frustration but incredible determination. 

This the first long piece dipicting part of his search.

It's 19.5" x 4.5 mixed media on 300lb Fabriano watercolor paper. I used not only watercolor, but gouache washes and watercolor pencil.  The mat I will use will be off white with a 6.75" border all around. The entire piece will be 32" x 17".   It will make an impressive piece!

This painting of the Black Lab swimming is #1 of 3 in a Series.
Colors may vary on different screens.

$225.00 plus S&H




Monday, November 15, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS


13" x 9" watercolor and gouache on 300lb Fabriano watercolor paper.  I took many reference photos of Sammy the day he was searching for his sunken tennis ball.  This was just a really fun painting to do. 

I laid a dark wash before I started so it was a challenge but fun and a learning experience.

I'll be doing more Lab's swimming in the coming days/weeks. Please stop by again. Thanks, Sheila

$160.00 Plus S&H / Matted



Sunday, November 14, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

"Victory Shake"

Well who knew I could do watercolors. This is so much fun for me. I have always had a strong drawing sense and that's half the battle right there.  With my background in illustration and design, and knowing how to glaze in oil painting, it just took a small amount of time tilI got the feeling.

This is the first piece I have done for a Lab Rescue. Heart of Texas Lab Rescue in Austin.
The painting of this soaking wet shaking Labrador is 10" x 8", matted and framed.

You will find it on my Saving A Lab A Day blog.

Thankyou for looking. I am grateful for you all.


Sheila Wedegis, Palm Bay, Florida

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS


This a 7" x 5" watercolor and gouache painting on 72lb watercolor paper.  I found this really fun easel frame and put it in the mat and it makes a really great presentation.

The painting was taken from a picture I have of a little yellow Lab pup that was in  training to be a guide dog for the blind.  We would take our Labs there to swim where they were trained and there were wooden ducks in the pond.  This liitle guy found the mud and made a friend of the duck decoy.  "A Perfect Friend".  
Thanks for stopping by!

$130.00 plusS&H



Tuesday, November 9, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

Not For Sale

A long time friend, patron sent me a few photos of her Labs playing in the water.  I was to do a graphite drawing for her but as I was looking at it and my journey into watercolors, I decided to surprise her with a watercolor instead.

I love how the piece came out and tommorrow when my watercolor paper is delivered I'm sure she wouldn't mind if I recreate the scene in some form. I believe it's a tad lighter but on my screen it seems dark.

More Labs in water, their home away from home, tomorrow. Please come back and check them out. 

Monday, November 8, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

Yes, I know this isn't a painting of a Labrador. But you know I love cows too.  A few months ago I went on a cow search to take photos of a few in a field and this is one of them.
This is a 4.5" x 3.5" watercolor and gouache painting of a sweet cow in a field on 300lb Fabriano watercolor paper.   I have mounted it on a green suede mat and it's framed in this dark brown frame. It would make a lovely gift or just so ready to hang on your wall.  Opening size is 7" x 5".

$175.00 plus shipping




Saturday, November 6, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

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My new watercolor and gouache painting from one of the reference images I took the day Sammy was in search of his sunken tennisball.  I found some of my bottles of Dr. Ph.Martins watercolor that I used for illustration work.  I found the color perfect for my underpainting washes enhancing the highlights on the Labs head and body.

The image size is 13" x 6 3/4"  on 300lb Fabriano watercolor paper. I ordered standard size paper the other day which makes it more economical for framing, but I do love odd sizes.  I will mat this as all my watercolors, with acid free off white matboard.


Thanks for stopping by.
Sheila
$175.00 plus 6.00 shipping




Sheila M.Wedegis Palm Bay, Florida

Friday, November 5, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS


Oh those Black Lab eyes.  Now that I have been working in watercolors my Sophie, my Muse, sits with me on the couch.  I get these soulful looks from her when she's not "resting her eyes".

This is painted on 300lb Fabriano watercolor paper, image size 6.5" x 5.75" and the mat is an off white with backing and total size is 11.5" x 10.75".
This would make a lovely gift for your Lab loving friend.

$130.00 plus 5.00 S&H




LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

"There You Are!!!!!"

Mixed media of watercolor and gouache. Sammy was in the pool when I originally took the reference photo for this painting and his chewed beyond repair tennis ball had just sank.  He swam and swam for a good half hour looking for that ball. I added the tennis ball to the piece .  I just loved the expression on his face!

I have matted and framed this painting. Total  overall size is 20" x 16"

Right now it is not for sale. I want to enter it into the Art Show at the Dog Show.  I will let you know when it will be available if anyone is interested.

Thanks for looking. I have been doing a 30 day daily gratitude with other artists for the month of November. Today I am grateful for all of you follow my progress and support me . Thank you.
Sheila

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

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When someone heard the other day I was doing watercolors they said, "Wow, you do it all!"
I thought about the statement.  While attending art school in Boston I studied watercolors as a tool for eventually going into the illustration field.  As a class we would parade around Boston Gardens painting the Swan boats, the bridge, the sky line.  People would stop to see what we were painting looking and squinting, asking.."where is that???"   That usually had us now parading to Filene's basement for the sales or over to Charles Street to get donuts.  

Oils I learned from doing.

The key to be a well rounded artist is drawing skills. The bones of all artwork.  Drawing was an every day event at school.  For the first year we did line and shading, ceramic casts, light and shadows.  That was then added to all day figure drawing.  I remember thinking we'd never learn color or painting but now I see the importance of "seeing" with the strength of knowing how to get a strong base drawing.

This watercolor with goauche is 8 3/8" x 8 3/8"  on 300lb Fabriano watercolor paper.
I will be double matting it.  There is such a light and liquid feeling to this painting. 

$230.00 with double Mat plus H&S



Sunday, October 31, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

So...the results of the MRI are...torn Meniscus and a tear in my ACL.  I had been playing tooss with a football with my grandson so I guess you could say "football injury".

I have been doing alot of sitting with my leg up and watercolors have been a wonderful way to continue my artwork.  I call it backwards thinking from oils.  In painting with oil paint, you put your highlights on last.  Not so with watercolor. You need to plan almost every move.

This piece is image size 14 1/2" x 7 1/2" on 300lb cold press watercolor paper by Fabriano.  I will be matting it, maybe a double mat.  It just brings the piece out so nicely. The finished size will be 20 x 13.  If you would like me to frame it also I would be happy to do that just adding a bit extra for that.

I hope you enjoy my journey into watercolor. I'd love to hear from you!
PS, wanted to add the origianl has warmer tones. It's so difficult some times to get the correct color in photography. At least mine. :-) when I'm the photographer!

$275.00




Tuesday, October 26, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER ARTIST SHEILA WEDEGIS ACEO BLACK LAB WATERCOLOR



Some may already know this but a few months ago I did an amazing acrobat on my treadmill that has now shown itself again as a possible torn Meniscus.  I have found it difficult to stand for periods of time and frustrated with not being able to create I started going back to watercolor for awhile til I find what's what.  Tomorrow is the MRI reveal, so it will be surgery or sitting more til it heals. 

This black Lab is watercolor with white acrylic highlights.  Forgot to use that mastic!!
It's an ACEO trading card size, 3.5" x 2.5"on 140lb watercolor paper. It's #1 in the Series.

Larger pieces will soon be painted. Just getting my feet wet again. Feels like an old friend already!

$20.00 S&H 1.00




Monday, October 11, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER ARTIST SHEILA WEDEGIS PORTRAIT OF KODI

My client won a free portrait at a Lab auction. Instead of having something painted for herself she is having her friends dog, Kodi, forever captured.  Kodi is getting on in years and his owner adores him.  I hope he will love this piece. I do.

Not only Labs! I paint all dogs so if you are thinking holidays give me a jingle. Or email me at sophie@palm-spirit.com

Saturday, October 9, 2010

BLACK LABRADOR RETRIEVER OIL PAINTING BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

This is Dixie.  The first rescue and kept forever Lab of my client.  The scar acros Dixie's face was from abuse from her former humans.  Having three Labs I cannot imagine even in my wildest dreams and their worst naughtys doing any abuse to a Labrador. Or any animal for that matter.

This painting is oil on stretched canvas 20" x 16" x 1" .  I am taking commissions now for the Holidays. Email me and hear about the deals I am having.

Thanks for stopping by and enjoying Lab art. Please share with your friends! Thanks, Sheila

PS  wanted to add that my client Margaret runs Heart of Texas Lab Rescue. They are having their 2nd Annual Night Of Giving Texas Style next weekend.  Please check out their site.

Friday, October 8, 2010

YELLOW LABRADOR RETRIEVER OIL PAINTING BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

A year ago almost to the day, we had plans to go to Heart of Texas Labrador Retriever Rescue's Night of Giving in San Antonio, Tx.    Tickets in hand, rooms ready.  I started to paint the Luke, The Fairmount Hotels Matre' D.

Roger became ill and had stents implanted so all trips were off.  The half painted image was shown and the owner of the hotel bid and won.  Well life takes hold and the poor painting was put aside.  Do I do this often?  No I do not.  Not really good for business.

The origianl image was obviously the yellow Lab and the background was roughly painted in with reds, and greens. There was a large barrel behind the head which I had planned to use as the dark against light area. Those are the rules.   

Well, next weekend is the 2nd Annual Hot Lab Rescue Night of Giving in San Antonio.  I picked up the paiece and started.  The feeling had changed and what flowed onto the canvas amazed me. 
I started to paint Luke laying in that texas heat.  Light to dark, I could do that with the limited color I chose.  In yellow Labs I use oranges, yellows, golds, and pinks with violet shadows.  I just continued with these colors in the background and when I was finished I knew why the year was needed. A whole new style had emerged and  I caught Luke laying in the heat perfectly! 

I actually love this oil painting.  I think the Fairmount Hotel will be too!!!

Friday, October 1, 2010

CHOCOLATE LAB OIL PAINTING by SHEILA WEDEGIS "THE PERFECT POSITION"

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This is a sleepy Chocolate Lab!  Afternoons are such a great time to use for naptime.

I absolutely love how this painting came out. Alot of love in it. Our Fergus is the model but the position was so typical of Labs. Legs drapping, arms and huge paws just near the edge.  I just purchased 10, 9 x12 masonite boards and found them to be so fun to paint on.  When the paint was semi-dry I used a "no see" color glaze over the entire piece. I chose a Cadmium orange and light yellow mixture to add highlights all over the painting. 

To explain "no-see" color, I take the mixture of oil paint and alot of painting medium.  I use Gamblins Neo-Meglip. I barely touch the brush to the paint then brush it lightly all over the piece.  Sometimes  an artist will do an entire painting in glazes as the old Masters did.  It gives such illumination to the painting with the underpainting shining through.

I am offering this fantastic oil painting in two options.  A buy it now , no frame or an installment plan with the painting beautifully framed. It will be framed by professional framers so it will be perfect for your home or a gift.


  $350.00  Not Framed  plusS&H





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Thursday, September 23, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS CHOCOLATE LAB

I'm really pleased how this oil painting of a chocolate Lab sleeping came out today!  It's our Fergus who turned 10 yesterday.  Oh he still has oodles of energy in him, too much some days. He likes to take naps during the day so he can really go crazy diving into the pool when Dad comes home.  Non-stop!

Proceeds from the sale of this piece will be going to help the Labs at Lab rescue of Cincinnati.
To purchase and help save a Lab, please go to http://savingalabaday.blogspot.com/

Thanks for your friendship..I am grateful for all of you! Sheila

Friday, September 17, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER ART by SHEILA WEDEGIS "PAYING IT FORWARD"

I think you all know the story of our Sammy eating a corn cob.  If I hadn't been an artist and wasn't able to offer an incredible deal for a portrait to people, Sammy would have died.
So many people are in this financial positon that an emergency with their pet would just put them over the edge. So many have had to choose to give their pets to a rescue for treatment.

So. I thought, what if a vets office had some sort of fund to help those pets.  With that in mind I'm starting the Sammy's Helping Emegency Fund and starting at our own Animal Medical Clinic here in Palm Bay, Fl!

This oil painting of a Lab having the time of his life jumping the waves is 10" x 8" on masonite panel.
30% of the proceeds will go to this fund.  As time goes on we'll be doing 50% to 100% of the proceeds. Dr. Thompson at the clinic, and savior of Sammy, knows of this.

At some point I'd like to extend this to other Clinics and maybe recruit other artists to join in this venture.
Thanks for helping to Save someones pet today!!

$280.00 plusS&H



Saturday, September 11, 2010

LABRADOR RETRIEVER ART NEW WEBSITE

I designed and Roger coded and together we got my Lab art web site up and running today!! So please take a peek and let me know what you think!
Thanks, Sheila

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"THE WATCHER" from LABRADOR RETRIEVER ARTIST SHEILA WEDEGIS

He sits on top of the screened in pool enclosure and watchers the Labs swim.  He's our cat, Blue Kitty Kitty.  Blue likes Sophie but just tolerates Fergus and Sammy. Fergus more. Sammy is a prey driven, ball driven boy so Blue has learned finally not to scurry like a rodent.  We have a had a few close calls but still at night, Fergus, Sammy and Blue are all in our bed together.

This is oil on stretched canvas 10" x 8" x 1".  Proceeds from the sale of this oil painting will be going to Lab Rescue, Oklahoma. To see this piece and take it home please go to:

Blue thinks it's a good thing to help Save Labs!!

Monday, September 6, 2010

Celebrating Mercury In Retrograde During the Month of September


Mercury in Retrograde! Roger had been an astrology buff when we met so I learned alittle about the planets.  This past month of August my studio computer died, my phone was shut off, the tv shut off, Missed communication and computer failures.  I laughingly said."oh Mercury must be in retrograde" . Looking it up sure enough it was.  Electronics, communications,  all off. 

The planet doesn't go backwards but appears to do that. It's an illusion.  It's forever traveling forward. At one point it appears to even stand still.   I immediately connected with this feeling and decided to Celebrate Mercury for the month of September!!

You will find daily, paintings on my ebay site once again, with the starting bid of 49.00.  They are painted quickly, with freedom and alot of fun.  I guess I was being told to stop being so serious with every stroke, every choice of color. Have fun Sheila. !!!

So with that, please go to:    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=160477759171


Thanks, Sheila

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

"Places To Go" original oil Labrador Retriever Art by Sheila Wedegis


I loved painbting this piece. Places to go..don't all Labs? Always looking, sniffing, barking at that unseen or seen intruder.

Thanks to Ted Hoff for allowing me to use his yellow Lab, Drakes image for this painting.  Ted trains Labs and other dogs in Colorado and has some wonderful photos of them all.  Drake here was clearly on a mission!!

This is an original oil on stretched  6" square canvas.
$125.00 plus S&H
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