Drawing Sleeping Dogs – What Great Reference!

Posted by on Mar 2, 2015 in Just For Fun | 0 comments

Drawing Sleeping Dogs – What Great Reference!

There’s nothing better than sketching a sleeping dog! Aside from the fact that Maddie and Milo are adorable in their slumber, they don’t move! This is one of the best aspects of drawing sleeping dogs. I recently found a great post by illustrator James Gurney about an artist who created tons of drawings of dogs sleeping in his studio. Apparently, the British artist, Cecil Aldin (1870-1935), would let his dogs and his friends’ dogs run around until they fell asleep. Then he would create observational sketches while the dogs napped....

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Sculpting Maddie and Milo

Posted by on Jan 12, 2015 in Behind the Scenes, What's Coming Next | 0 comments

Sculpting Maddie and Milo

Part of the fun of having two Labs is watching the unique relationship that develops between them. Maddie and Milo are 9 ½ years apart, so their relationship swings from playmates to roommates to “big sibling, little sibling” and all that each of those roles entail. Their antics and attitudes make me laugh, make my heart melt and sometimes make me roll my eyes. And I am always envisioning stories inspired by their relationship. So, recently I decided to explore the possibility of developing a children’s book inspired by the relationship that...

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Life Is Better When It Snows – Labrador Retriever Posters

Posted by on Dec 4, 2014 in Company News | 0 comments

Life Is Better When It Snows – Labrador Retriever Posters

We’ve noticed a trend with our Life Is Better Posters: They involve a lot of snow! We have three posters with the phrase “Life Is Better When It Snows”, and we’re pretty sure that’s because it’s true. Sure, we all love to complain about snow. What would the winter be without some griping about the frozen, fluffy, white stuff falling from the sky? But we know that deep down inside your inner child is rejoicing every time the ground is covered in white. If you live somewhere that it snows, you might as well...

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Cyber Monday Sale: Free Shipping On Posters!

Posted by on Nov 25, 2014 in Company News | 0 comments

Cyber Monday Sale: Free Shipping On Posters!

We’re having a Cyber Monday Sale! And there’s other great stuff in the pipeline too! From now through Cyber Monday, we’re offering FREE shipping on all of our posters (when bought through our Etsy store). So whether you’re picking up an 11×14 poster as a main gift for someone, or you want a 5×7 print in an 8×10 mat for a hostess gift or some other small gift you need, we’ve got you covered. We also have a new image available: “On The Slopes!” Whether your loved ones like to ski or...

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Perfect Small Holiday Gift Ideas

Posted by on Nov 18, 2014 in Company News | 0 comments

Perfect Small Holiday Gift Ideas

So many times we find ourselves in the position of wanting to give someone a “little something” but its hard to know what to get. Maybe it is a gift for a hostess, or a thank you to a teacher or mentor, or a small item for a gift exchange. It’s fun to find something small that reflects our appreciation of the unique qualities of the recipient. I am fortunate to have received many such gifts over the years, and most of them live up in my studio. There is the set of oversized colored pencils made to look like branches, the Santa ornament that...

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Studio Sketches: Through the Sketchbook and What Kathleen Found There

Posted by on Nov 11, 2014 in Behind the Scenes | 0 comments

Studio Sketches: Through the Sketchbook and What Kathleen Found There

Studio Sketches – A Way to Continue Learning and Growing My studio is a wonderful part of my life that I truly cherish. When I walk up the stairs I always feel that I’ve entered a magical place where all things are possible. It is also a place that serves as inspiration when I’m drawing in my sketchbook. I’ve recently challenge myself to create 100 pages of sketches between now and March 31st. I’m going to be writing a longer post about that later, explaining what I’m doing and why, but for now, here are some of the...

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Excuse Me Officer, But Is That A New Image I See There?

Posted by on Nov 4, 2014 in Behind the Scenes | 0 comments

Excuse Me Officer, But Is That A New Image I See There?

Since we began selling prints through Maddie Lab Studio, my firefighter illustration has been one of the most popular prints. Customers often order customization to include changing the number on the helmet to match their firefighter’s actual number or changing the text to a specific town name. I love hearing from customers regarding the recipient of the image and I always feel great to know that my print will reflect their bravery as well as their love of Labs. As I move forward with my new illustrations, it only makes sense to think about...

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Lemonade Stand for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Posted by on Oct 29, 2014 in Behind the Scenes | 0 comments

Lemonade Stand for Guiding Eyes for the Blind

Is October too late to have a lemonade stand to raise money for Guiding Eyes for the Blind? Not according to Maddie and Milo! First they asked me to make some cookies and mix up a few pitchers of lemonade (and buy a jug of apple cider for good measure). Then, they called upon their favorite neighborhood boys, Andy and Arthur for some help. The stand was set up on the corner in front of the boys’ house. Maddie and Milo even asked their other Guiding Eyes friend, Val, to stop by for a photo shoot.  The boys did a great job of yelling...

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DIY Dog Bed for Two Big Dogs

Posted by on Oct 21, 2014 in Labs In Our Lives | 0 comments

DIY Dog Bed for Two Big Dogs

Repurposing our old couch to make a bed for our two Labs. Being an artist means always looking for the creative potential in things. So, when it came time to finally take our old green sleeper sofa to the dump, I began to consider how I could salvage parts of the couch to use for other things. The fabric was shot (gee…could that be because we’ve let both dogs on it since Milo came along?), but the foam mattress still had great potential. As we pulled the mattress out of the coach, the two Labs eyed it with curiosity. As soon as I placed...

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There’s Nothing Like a Dog Art Show for Inspiration

Posted by on Oct 9, 2014 in Behind the Scenes, Labs In Our Lives | 0 comments

There’s Nothing Like a Dog Art Show for Inspiration

It’s no secret that I love creating artwork of dogs. So it was a natural decision to attend The Dog Show: The Art of Our Canine Companions which is currently on view at the Morris Museum through December 12, 2014. The exhibit is housed in a small room in the older part of the museum, which feels very appropriate for the show as it seems to echo the home environment in which the beloved dog finds it’s place with the family. Directly next to the front door of the original mansion you find a stack of old wooden dog crates that have been used at...

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