To Germany With Love

Once again a client in Bavaria asked if I could paint on a couple of buckets for her to give this Christmas as gifts for their children.  I said of course, and the hunt began for a couple of older buckets that were in decent shape.  Some of the old buckets are in bad shape and actually need to be reshaped, but these were pretty good.  They sent me some photos for reference, and I set to work prepping, painting and sealing.  I finished them in time to ship out (international shipping takes a very long time during the month of December, so when the post office says to get your item in the mail by December 1, they mean it!) and received notification that they had arrived in Germany.

Daughter’s Bucket



Son’s Bucket


The insides of the buckets are painted to have an antique metal appearance.  They are both coated in spar urethane.  I thoroughly enjoyed working on these pieces, and I just love the dress of the children and the flowers in their horse’s manes.  As always I was happy to hear they arrived and everyone loved them.  Thank you for looking and have a blessed day!


Portrait of Ruby

This is one of the commissions I had to finish for Christmas.  It is a pet portrait of Ruby, a King Charles Spaniel.  Her owners are avid readers, so the client wanted her on the Kindle as if to say, “Hey, put your book down and let’s play!”  Ruby is a beautiful dog!  Enjoy the pictures of the portrait from almost start to finished, matted and placed in the beautiful frame the client had just for this project!

King Charles Spaniel, pet portrait, pastel
Ruby in progress- drawing and started adding color
King Charles Spaniel, Denny Martindale, pastel pet portrait
Next phase
Pastel pet portrait, Denny Martindale, King Charles Spaniel
Getting there…
Dog art, Denny Martindale, pet portrait
Almost complete!
Dog art, Denny Martindale, King Charles Spaniel, pastel pet portrait
Denny Martindale, pet portraits, King Charles Spaniel, Dog Art
Ruby in frame. The recipients loved it!


Consumer alert

I just heard this from the Better Business Bureau:  there is a product called ‘Real Ham Bone’ for dogs.  It has made a number of dogs extremely sick this past week and they are looking into a possible recall.

   The problem is the bone (it is a real bone) slivers after it is ingested and it lacerates the stomach and intestines.  Please don’t give a dog any kind of real bone.  They can also create a major blockage of the digestive tract and often times surgery is the only option.  Just letting you know what is out there, and we all love safe and happy pets!

Interesting Painting

As an artist, I am asked to paint all kinds of things, on all kinds of things.  One of my most recent paintings had to do with a portrait.  It is not your average portrait, however.  A client asked if I could do a painting of their pond, or small lake, if you will.  I snapped a few photos and she selected the view from their kitchen window.  She wanted it exactly as they see it every morning.  I painted the picture, in pastels, and she said she couldn’t be more thrilled.  Most folks would call this a landscape.  Since I usually do portraits of pets and/or their people, I decided to create a new category.  Pond Portraits. 

copyright2008 Denny Martindale
copyright2008 Denny Martindale


      It was a nice project to do, and I look forward to doing more.  The client gave it to her husband for an anniversary gift.  They are planning on having me paint a series of “Lake Vernon” in the four seasons.  Should be interesting!  Does anyone else have any interesting paintings they have done?  Would love to hear from you.