Shawna with a Smile

"Shawna with a Smile"
6x8 Oil on Linen Panel
Carol Horzempa

These last three paintings seems to have turned into a series of my dog. My husband suggested I paint Shawna with a smile this time. For reference I used a photo taken of her three years ago while hiking up a steep hill. She beat me to the top and proudly stood there enjoying the view while waiting for me. I was able to capture that moment with my camera. Unfortunately Shawna is in the midst of her senior years and can only take short walks on level ground now.

I discovered a linen canvas in a Sampler Pad from Jerry's Artarama that I love painting on. I used it for this painting. It is called Senso Heavyweight Premium Linen Canvas which comes in rolls and  pads.

By the way, I used my right hand for Shawna's face and the rest with my lefty. I really enjoy painting this way.


  1. This series is just wonderful. The painting is beautiful and your subject matter is charming.

  2. Hi Carole. I am going to have to get me a dog, your love for her is so clear in these paintings!

  3. This a really wonderful painting to cap off your Shawna series. You've really captured her perfectly in this one.

  4. Such a happy painting. I want to smile in return.
    It is a really good painting and the way you handled the open mouth is amazing.

  5. She is so gorgeous, what a happy and playful expression !

  6. Shawna is masterfully painted such a sweet face!