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Sunday, December 18, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER COLLAGE OUTDOOR ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS

   It's what?  Outdoor art???  Can also be indoor art too.  I took a 22" x 22" x 2" piece of plywood, gessoed it and painted the Chocolate Lab swimming. I then took my painted papers and collaged the Lab and different areas of the water. Finishing up the painting process I used Fabric Gel and Golden Open acrylic paints to work the waters and spray.  This week I will resin the front and back of the piece to seal and protect it from the elements.

  When I slit out back, even though the scenery is beautiful, I still think some hanging art adds to the whole picture. The house has blank walls so it will be perfect to hang there.!

   Since this is a new venture for me I'm starting out with a lower price point then if it would be on canvas. Each painting will come ready to hang.  Not only will I be creating Lab art on the Outdoor Art paintings but also landscapes and seascapes.  I will also be taking orders with your ideas for your personal painting.

The starting price is $495.00 plus S&H      Thanks for stopping by!  Warmly, Sheila




Thursday, December 15, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR SKETCH SHEILA WEDEGIS


       Sketch #3. On the 8" x10" painting I used ink,watercolor and colored pencil. I am having so much fun doing these. I'm planning a book on our new Pup Ozzie's shenanigans.  He,like Fergus, loves running through our purple flowers, flattening them to the ground.
      It's painted on a  Arches watercolor board.

      Wonderfully priced at 45.00. Plus S&H




Tuesday, December 13, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR SKETCH SHEILA WEDEGIS


    Right after high school I begged my parents to let me go to art school.  Being ADHD I had a difficult time at academic studies but was great as a visual learner. I wanted to illustrate books. So art school it was. It was a three year school and at the end I received a Certificate of Commercial Art. 

    This piece is 12" x 12" watercolor and ink on 300lb watercolor paper.  It's  heading to be an illustration in a book I'm planning on our new Lab puppy Ozzie. Sammy and Ozzie play non stop so I have allot of  reference material.

     An original Illustration , now $75.00 plus S&H     Thanks for stopping by.  Sheila






   

Monday, December 12, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR SKETCH SHEILA WEDEGIS


    I must have chatted with my friend Miriam Hughes 100 times today. She is also an artist and at times we bounce ideas off each other. On the last call she mentioned she was going to start doing small paintings for Christmas gifts and a light bulb went off.  I have three 8" x 10" Arches watercolor panels.  Hmm, and a bottle of gold ink I long forgot. So, draw with pencil? No, I always do that. Pen? No, it may smudge. Paint? All the time.
   We had Chinese food last night and on the table, the end chewed by Ozzie, was a chopstick. Hmmm. Hey, if I chisel the end and use that as a pen, that could be fun. So begins the first of at least three drawings in gold ink using a chopstick and laying in a quick wash.

   So I present #1.  The ink blobbed in places, sometimes I had to resharpen the point or use the chewed end.  It's an original!!! Maybe someone you know my like a small gift for Christmas.

           $35.00   plus S&H



A GREAT DEAL ON A PORTRAIT

     Stuck for the perfect gift for your doggie friend??  I paint all dogs and this would be completed and to you for Christmas.

    I am offering a 6" x 6" watercolor of your pet this week only for $50.00. Free shipping. Yes..really!!!!

It says Donate but is set up for your payment of $50.00    I will stop offering this at the end of the week since Christmas is right around the corner.!! ;-) Thanks, Sheila





Saturday, December 10, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

                                                               "SAFE ON FIRST!"

     Puppies just seem to be all legs. They run too fast and play hard. Our little guy went sliding under the bush and all I could do was yell.."SAFE!!"

     8" x 6" Golden Open Acrylics on RayMar canvas panel.  I am on my Fine Art America site offering prints and cards of this image as well as my other images

                                                                                                                           $125.00 plus S&H     



Thanks for looking in on my artwork. Tell you friends, new pieces almost daily.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

                                                             "THE MUSE MUSING"

     My Muse Sophie checking out my little garden.  A fun piece.  I planned on using a painting knife but I got the wrong one. No bend. Haha. Off to the art store tomorrow.

     This piece is on a 6" x 8" RayMar canvas panel and painted with Golden Open Acrylics. I'm excited since this is #2 of 2 paintings I did today. Haven't done that in a while and it felt good.

     The other painting is on my BLOG for Saving Labs.

     Special price on this painting...$75.00 plus S&H




Wednesday, December 7, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS


                                                               "TUG O WAR"
 
  It's been awhile. Loosing Fergus took the wind out of our sails, but his gift of Ozzie has given us new life and new images to paint.  We just know Ozzie was hand picked by Fergus spirit. We see so much of him in Ozzie, of course, Ozzie's own sweet personality.
  Right now we seem to be in the terrible two's. Ozzie is 4 months and has suddenly become very independent. He tries often to demand his way only to find himself in his crate only to fall sound asleep when he gets there.  Who knew pups get over tired and cranky.

  This painting is Golden Open Acrylic 6" x 9" RayMar acid free board.  This tug o war games goes on every day between Sammy and Ozzie.  The poor sheep toy was torn to bits. It's un-stuffed now and just a shadow of it's former self. hahaha.


               $125.00



Sunday, October 9, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER PAPER COLLAGE LAB SERIES SHEILA WEDEGIS


     Since Fergus went to the Bridge I seem to be working with his face more than ever.  I have always loved this image of him swimming, never leaving a ball behind. 
      We are going today to visit his parents. His Mum is 15 years old and Dad is 13. Their human said Fergus looked just like his Mum.  Not sure how I will be emotionally, but to touch that hair, see that face old, will be very special.  So I'll have swollen eyes at the Sports Bah watching the Patriots,. haha, It will be so worth it.

   This piece is torn paper on the face and part of the water then I have used acrylic paint and Fabric gel medium along with it.  I fell in love with this technique after taking a worksop with .Elizabeth St. Hilaire
but I needed to find my own voice rather than be a copy of hers. I think I may have accomplished this.

    The artwork is 20" x 16" on board using painted papers and Golden Acrylics.  Collectors will have a 20% discount so please contact ME
 
        $625.00 plus S&H

Thanks for visiting!! Please tell your Lab friends!

Sheila Wedegis, Palm Bay, Florida 32907
http://www.labradorretrieverart.com

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

 "FOREVER FRIENDS""
Golden Open Acrylics on 12" square stretched canvas

I have finally returned to the studio after loosing my studio assistant, Fergus.  No paper towels went out the door today and no Lab hairs from a tail slapping the canvas got onto the painting. 
Sammy and Sophie are still grieving their loss of their dear pack member.

Today's painting is from a photo I took of Sammy and Fergus at the dog park. They were always together. Playing or sleeping.  They are Forever Friends!

Currently at the Brightwater Stduo and Gallery, Hendersonville, NC


Sheila M. Wedegis Palm Bay, Florida
sophie@palm-spirit.com
http://www.labradorretrieverart.com

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

Fergus
September 22,2000 - September 6,2011 
  What can we say. Excelled in agility, mighty defender and protector.He frightened many people who came to our door.  A healer. No bruises or cuts went unlicked with great care. Once he learned to dive would be our Greg Louganis doing perfect into the pool.  My beloved studio assistant usually leaving covered with paint and my shadow outside the studio. Sophie's little boy and Sammy's best friend. Telepathic. Obeying Sophie's orders to tell me when she wanted her dinner.  When I was tired or sad he would lay his entire body along mine in bed to keep me safe. He loved our nightly game of keep a way in the pool but most of all he loved his best friend Roger as they walked nightly for 2 miles.  Fergus is Roger's Heart dog. 

   Fergus passed yesterday with us by his side as he has been beside us for these short years. The diagnosis was a brain tumor. He had  short remission as we did water exercises with him and brain stimulation by throwing the ball to him so he would catch it or chase it. Letting him figure out how to get out of the pool. One day we waited twenty minutes but he got it. Great cheers were heard!!

   We had expected a miracle and we got it. Maybe not how we wanted, but we got to spend every moment with him. He showed me how to be calm and patient even when my back was in pain from getting him in and out or up or down.  Once he shook himself I knew he was awake and he took off on his own.  He was able to run after Sammy or follow Sam out the door at night to use  the facilities.  Needless to say, Sammy is grieving.

   Brain tumors...silent till they are not but by then it's probably too late.  The first sign was a limp that suddenly went to weakness and a paralysis. Remissions and recurrences.   We chose to do Chinese Medicine rather than MRI's and surgery.    

   Before we went to the vets yesterday I did a print of Fergus paw on a canvas for Roger.  As we drove to the office the sun caught his paw it it was glowing. I used Pthalo blue to do the print and I thought I washed it all off forgetting it's one of the strongest staining colors I could have used.  They'll be no hide and seek games for Fergus on the other side of the Bridge. Sorry buddy, but I'll know when you are here for sure!!!

   We love and miss you good boy!!!  
  

Thursday, July 28, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER PAPER COLLAGE LAB SERIES SHEILA WEDEGIS

                                                               "Oh Divine Balls" #1
    Our chocolate Lab Fergus recently became ill . He's been back and forth to deaths door and I sit with him even as he sleeps.
      In September Roger and I are taking a workshop with Elizabeth St Hilaire Nelson who totally rocks doing this torn paper collage technique.  To make it fun and mine, I glu
ed watercolor paper painted tennis balls.    It's on an 8" square raised art board. The sides are painted so you can hang it right away. Every piece of paper is hand torn by me as I create my Labs. This is #1 in my new series.  $125.00 plus Shipping
SOLD


Get Lucky Today!!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

EQUINE ART BY SHEILA WEDEGIS ACRYLIC ON MASONITE

                                                     "OH IT'S YOU AGAIN"

   Golden Open Acrylis on gessoed Masonite. 12" x 9"   While we were in Scotland we would drive by these gorgeous animals daily. It got to be they would just come to the fence to say hello as we stopped.

    I have always loved horses. When I was very young, Boston had farmland and we lived next door to a farm with a huge horse.  (huge to me)  I remember holding up an apple to him as his enormous head started to come down. My mother grabbed me quickly thinking the horse was ready to eat me. LOL

   If you are interested in this beauty you may find him on Sheila Wedegis Fine Art America
 You will be able to purchase cards and prints on canvas and paper. For the original please contact ME
$235.00 . For previous collectors you will be getting a discount.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS Scotland Labraventure

  During our recent trip to the Scottish Highlands we visited Castle Mey, in Mey.  The Castle was the summer home of the Queen Mum and now Charles visits during The summer months for a couple of weeks.  After a fantastic tour we had the choice of going through the gardens or going to the animal area. Guess what I chose.!!
  This is a watercolor of that back pasture with one of the Royal Angus Coos.  Magnificent animals.  I have it matted right now in a grey 16 x 20 mat and will be redoing it in the exact matting to make a better fit.
 Ready to frame. !!!


          $225.00 with Free Shipping 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER ARTIST SHEILA WEDEGIS ACRYLIC

In Process...Horses  of Scotland
I've been so busy doing commission work, not a bad thing, I got lost. Today I just knew I needed to paint just for me.
This is gessoed Masonite I think 12" x 9". I just grabbed and didn't even measure.  Every day in Scotland we'd pass by the horses on our way to a new adventure. Of course we'd stop and once again I would take more photos. Just beauties! I'm doing it in Golden Open and heavy body acrylics.

I'll be giving you updates as the progress continues.
Thanks for stopping by and also you can catch more daily updates at
http://www.swedegis.wordpress.com

Why?  Because I also posted it on Amazon from there. It was a fun thing.:0)

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

                                                 "STAYING CLOSE TO MUM #2"
SOLD
    I just fell in love with the Scottish sheep that cover the Highlands. The babies surrounding the mums were just totally endearing to me.
This watercolor is on an 8" x 8" 140lb paper and painted with professional paints. I will mat it to go for at 12 x 12 and ready to pop into a frame.

    I hope you enjoy the Scotland series...and Labs coming back soon. :-)  I will say we had a lot of  Lab sightings while we were there!!

    Thanks for looking and supporting my work as an artist.  Warmly, Sheila
                                           $130.00 Free Shipping



Thursday, June 2, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS Scotland Labraventure

"STAYING CLOSE TO MUM"
The hills are covered with sheep or cattle all through the Highlands in Scotland.  I fell in love with all of them and probably took each ones photo.  This 8" square is one of many I will be painting for our Labraventure Trip to Scotland book.

"Staying Close To Mum" is painted with professional watercolors and highlighted with gouache on 140lb watercolor paper.
$130.00 Free Shipping...New Price!!!



Monday, May 30, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

video 
How not to sit in a Kayak...... 
2 days later now and I have it mastered!!! Going out today with my watercolors to sketch!!!

Friday, May 27, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER ACRYLIC ART by SHEILA WEDEGIS

"SNOW BOY"
Painting of black Labrador in the snow. I painted one just like it before but had to redo for resolution sake on FAA. (Fine Art America)
I now have this original on Saving A Lab A Day

It's a 16" x 20" painted with Golden Open Acrylics and is now offered for half the normal price with half of that going to Lab Rescue Oklahoma.

Take a moment and see!! and Maybe help to save a Lab today and get a great painting.
Thanks, Sheila

sophie@palm-spirit.com

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS Scotland Labraventure

"SHOWING THEIR GOOD SIDE"
Oh the girls all line up for this one didn't they!!  
Cow painting #2 ..I should have a contest for people to guess how many I will actually paint.  This is watercolor and gouache on 300lb watercolor paper.  I loved how they were all lined up for their dinner. Not a care in the world.
Image size 5" x 10" and will be matted to fit an 11" x 14" frame.
$225.00 Free Shipping
Thanks for stopping by to see my Scotland Series,

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS Scotland Labraventure

"BLUE COO"
Oh what a week we had in Scotland. The joke among us was that I chronicled every cow and sheep in the Country.  I just felt they were so beautiful in the fields.  Even driving I was hanging out the window with my camera. 
So now I am starting to paint, oh yes..every last one. LOL...
So many sights. 
Landscapes, seascapes. and of course Labradors!!!

The week was successful raising money for Labrador Retriever Rescue Scotland which was so very exciting,
So come back, I'm going to have new work for you daily from our  trip.
This is watercolor with Gouache highlights on 300lb watercolor paper. Image 10.5" x 10" 
matted to 17" x 16"


                                                               $325.00 Free Shipping


                 Thanks for stopping by, Warmly, Sheila 

Monday, May 2, 2011

A NEW FUN BLOG BY SHEILA WEDEGIS


Two of the paintings coming with me to Scotland. Oh yes, this is the crazy week. Making lists, trying to keep to them..LOL...

For fun I started a blog that you can read for free or actually get on your Kindle. $1.99 now but wait...LOL. it will be .99 soon.  I love reading on my Kindle, though I wish it were in color.

I wanted to just talk about my life with Labs, being an artist, trying to market, new ideas, etc.  Try it out...

                                                Daily Painitngs, Rumenations and Labradors

Let me know what you think!!! :-)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER ACRYLIC ART by SHEILA WEDEGIS WEEKEND SPECIAL

 
                                         EXTENDED
Tax weekend over celebration. Acrylic Golden Open portrait. Vibrant color, alive and dries quickly. I'm loving them. I keep my style of painting and produce a long lasting memory!!! $100.00 this weekend til Monday at midnight.   Send photos to me at sophie@palm-spirit.com. You won't be disappointed!!! :-)
$100 free shipping



Sunday, April 3, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER ACRYLIC ART by SHEILA WEDEGIS

DARCY THE FACE OF LABRADOR RETRIEVER RESCUE SCOTLAND
from the photo by Martina Cross Photographs

I did this painting with Golden Open Acrylics and will be a gift for Carolyne L.Poulton in Caithness, Scotland. We are arriving there May 9th after spending a night in Loch Ness. 

Carolyne, along with Cathy Mathews runs this Rescue.  Carolyne , pretty much on her own, with the help of fantastic fosters in her area. She re-homes Labs through Scotland.  Recently we became sponsors for two Chocolate Labs that were mother and daughter and needed surgery and medical care. they were in terrible shape. Carolyne used her own money from her birthday to care for these sweet dogs.
My hope is to raise money to help these and others in Carolyne's care.
If you care to help please go toSheila Wedegis Fine Art America
where you will find cards, prints on canvas and on paper of this image. 

100% of all purchases will go to Carolyne's Lab Rescue.

And thank you from the bottom of my Labby heart for helping to save a Lab today!
Sheila

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

THE LAIRDS OF D'ARDMORE
The new 5" x 5" watercolor sketch with the Scottish feel.  

To find this go again to The Great Labraventure
I'll add your name on the list for a fun postcard from John o Groats, Scotland.

Be sure and google that so you can see where it will be mailed from. 

Thanks, Sheila

Saturday, April 2, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

So what have a I been doing you ask?? LOL..Hoping that you did ask. Always trying to think up something new and different I started offering small 5" x 5" watercolor sketches on 300lb watercolor paper. Each painting is $30.00 with free shipping. 
Also, the lucky buyer gets on our list for a fun post card sent from Scotland. My plan is to post them from John o Groats at the very tip of Scotland. 

Where can you find these??  

I'll be posting one a day sometimes more depending how many times I get to sit. LOL.

Thanks for looking and supporting my passion for painting your passion..LABS!!!

Monday, March 28, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

AFTER THE SWIMMING EVENT
It's a big event here when the weather and the pool are in synch.  Fergus, our chocolate Lab , thinks he is Greg Louganis. He stretches out, paws forward, head bent just so and in he goes. A true beauty.  This can go on for hours, til he is actually perspiring.  Finally, he rests.

This is watercolor and Gouache on 300lb Arches watercolor paper and will be matted. The image it self is 7.5" x 7.5" and matted it will be 12" x 12"

$175.00 plus S&H



Sunday, March 27, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER GICLEES by SHEILA WEDEGIS

A few more Giclees! Read post below.        I LOVE MY LIFE

image size is 11.75" x 9"  matted size is 19.75" x 17"


     $125.00 plus S&H

SYNCHRONICITY
image size is 11.75" x 9"  matted size is 20" x 17.5"

$125.00 plus S&H



LABRADOR RETRIEVER GICLEES by SHEILA WEDEGIS

Recently I emptied out my storage unit and brought home my portfolio of Professionally made Giclees. They are all matted and backed with acid free board and encased in a plastic sleeve.

If the one you want should be taken please contact ME and I can order you another.

PASSION
Image size is 9.75 x 4.75 and matted is 17.75 x 12.75


      $65.00 plus S&H

PRACTICE
image 9.75 x 9.75 matted 18" x 18"

$75.00 plus S&H

Monday, March 7, 2011

LABRADOR RETRIEVER WATERCOLOR PAINTINGS SHEILA WEDEGIS

"The Three Chocolatiers"
What a beautiful line up.! When I saw this original photo I knew I had to paint them.  Each one with there  own look and personality, as well as chocolate color.

Yes this piece is going to their humans, Thank you, but you can get a lovely reproduction on canvas or paper at Fine Art America

If you have Chocolate Labs you will love this painting!
Thanks for looking!

SHEILA WEDEGIS PALM BAY, FLORIDA
sophie@palm-spirit.com

http://www.labradorretrieverart.com for Commission information