Monday, June 23, 2008

Rainy Weekend


I finished this piece this weekend, and the weather really was perfect for it... intermittent thunder storms. The picture was inspired by my neighbor's granddaughter who has a sixty pound Blue Healer puppy. That's right, Puppy! He developed a bad habit of running up on the girl and either knocking her down or sending her flying. Usually because he was unable to stop. Of course his activities have since been checked, but when I think about it, I'm reminded of zany scenes from The Little Rascals.

This piece is for a contest so I have to get a hard copy in the mail quick. Have a great week!

18 comments:

gail said...

Wonderful! I love their expressions. Not sure which I like more, the girl's or the dog's. gGood luck on the contest!

gail

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hello Gail! Thank you so much... I'm nervous about this one as you can imagine :) I began to pick it apart this morning but ran out of time to do anything about it (laughing)

Kelly Light said...

Finger's crossed- I've got a good feeling-you're gonna win the contest!- I can't even think of a good enough adjective for it!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hey Kelly...(you so crazy!) Thanks!!! One always hopes for the best, but I'll settle for a little exposure :)

Phyllis Harris said...

Fantastic piece! You really captured her "being really ticked off" but yet still feeling a sense of love for the big blue pup!

Good luck on the contest!! Although, the way I see it, you don't need much luck. ;o)

Can you share what contest, btw?

Davidlburk@sbcglobal.net said...

Hey Anthony. Wonderful painting! I love the expressions – Rockwell-esque. Did you use digital magic for the vignetting or did you mask that? Good luck on the contest, brother!

Jess said...

Great expressions and lovely colour!

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Phyllis... thank you so much! can't you tell I had fun with this one... splattering mud all over everything :) The contest is for the Southern Breeze SCBWI conference this fall... they said I could post it and show it, just don't have it around anything affiliated with SCBWI until after the contest

Hey David! thanks! I did use a little photoshop for the background splatter... I made the shape with India ink to form a template, than created a mask in the computer... I also used a rougher textured paper for the background to give it a rainy smeary look

Hello Jess! Thanks!!!

Manelle said...

I like the expression on the Dog's face.
Nice work!

Amy Sullivan said...

Good Fun, This One ! Love the loose color in the background. You sure did catch the perfect expression for both of them.
Good luck with this contest. How long do you have to wait till you find out you won? : D Amy

Roberta said...

They make quite a pair,I'm sure they'll be friends again after a hot bath!
The expression on their faces are incredible.

Good luck on the contest Anthony. You're going to blow them away!

Josh (musarter) said...

Wow, you have such a great style. Almost like a comic book flavored Rockwell. I really like this piece and the mermaid piece. Great colors, compositions, expressions, and textures. Top notch work, really.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thank you so much Manelle! The neighbor's dog is silly... I saw him drink from a puddle then sit in it only to be surprised that his tail got wet! crazy!

Hi Amy, Thanks! The contest is in October so I can stop worrying about it for a while :)

Thank you so much Roberta! Ha, Ha, I'm sure they'll make up

Thanks Josh! I went to your blog... Great work there!!!

Eric Orchard said...

Wow! Great expression! You really get better with every picture. I love the colour choices here.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Thanks Eric!

Kristi Valiant said...

Oh Anthony, this is just so adorable. The expressions are perfect. I love your cartoons too.

I went to the Southern Breeze conference last fall and it was wonderful. Were you there by chance? I don't remember seeing your portfolio there? Your work is always so eye-catching.

Anthony VanArsdale said...

Hi Kristi! Thank you so much...it's great to hear from you!

This will be my first conference and I'm very excited. I'm trying to get all my "ducks in a row." I hope to learn a lot there... I have a lot to learn :)

Thanks again for the compliment!!! Will you make it to the conference this fall?

Angie said...

Love the color in this piece! Nice work!