Merry Old Basset Hound – November 3, 2009

“Can anything be sadder than work unfinished? Yes, work never begun.”

– Christina Rossetti

Merry Old Basset Hound

4″ x 4″ Watercolor

I’m kinda proud of this little fellow. I am still learning, so when I have this kind of success I get a little giddy. I found this dog (without the hat, of course) in WetCanvas‘ Reference Image Library (RIL).

The RIL is created entirely by member submissions. Images that are uploaded are available to paint from. I logged out, to see what you would get if you are not a member. You don’t get to the actual photo. If you are logged in as a member, you will get a small resolution photo and most of the time (depending on the photographer’s upload) a large res version. Today, there are 8,119,407 images to choose from. WOW!

I have never had a single art class. I have learned everything I can do at present, from hanging out with other artists. There are some very willing teachers at WetCanvas. Of course, next weekend, Nov 13-14, I am going to have my first class. I am so excited to be taking an acrylic workshop from Don Tiller, in Port Townsend, WA. I have been a fan of his since I saw his work in Artist’s Magazine.

I think it’s going to be fun to see what happens to my creativity, when it is fueled by such an inspiring teacher. I am thrilled to have this opportunity.

About Christina Rossetti

Christina Rossetti, the Victorian era English poet, is known for the melancholy themes in such poems as “Goblin Market” and “When I Am Dead.” She was born in 1830 in London to Italian-born parents. Her father was poet Gabriele Rossetti and her brother was the painter/poet Dante Gabriel Rossetti. She rejected two marriage proposals because, although she loved both men, neither shared her religious devotion. According to her brother, she wrote effortlessly and rapidly. She died in 1894.


4 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. lesliepaints
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 12:30:23

    Ha! It truly is a small world. I almost used this basset for that distorted grid before deciding on the bloodhound.


  2. lesliepaints
    Nov 03, 2009 @ 11:23:42

    OMG. This is one of my favorites of yours ! I also selected this dog off of wet canvas to paint someday.I just love her. The purple for the black on her back demands that I look at her.Love the addition of the santa hat. The quote is also one of my favorites because just getting started is the biggest hurdle for some people.


    • Beth Parker
      Nov 03, 2009 @ 11:52:03

      Thanks, Leslie! When I saw the dog you painted with the distorted graph, I went looking for a blood hound or a basset hound to paint. They are wonderful critters. I’m so glad you like her. I felt especially good when I finished this painting.


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