Thursday, April 4, 2013

Finally an update!

It has been about a year since I have posted on my blog. After a few art fairs with one being an epic failure, I decided to take some time off and just work on my art. So that is what I have been doing. I have expanded what I do making more styles of dogs.
 This is my bulldog complete with an underbite.

Walk Me! He is begging for a walk with a leash in his mouth.

I have also created other animals. I did a commission piece for friends of their two cats.

One of my favorite pieces is this, which I titled Seafood Dinner. Even after death the cat still has hopes high for getting the catch of the day.

After creating a parrot for a gift I decided to make a cockatoo complete with feathers. 

My wife found this tiny birdcage at a thrift store. I decorated it and made the tiny birds inside. 

I also made smaller versions of favorite dawgs. They take up less shelf space and they have sold better at fairs. I am hoping to sell a lot more.

 Vet Visit

I came up with idea to make Calaveras, Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls. They are make out of the same material as the dawgs. Hand painted and bejeweled. To be honest, my wife is helping me with these since the animals take up so much of my time. Good thing she can do more than cook!

I am in a gallery show this Saturday. The theme is bully breed dogs so I will only be showing a few pieces. I hope you can attend.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Getting ready for Highland Fest.

A big thank you to Joel Schnell ( for taking photographs of my work in progress. I printed several as posters to display in the Bad Dawg Art tent.
Using wire to create the frame.

 Getting a coat of lacquer to seal it before the paint job.

The bulldog is waiting for his turn.

Wednesday, June 29, 2011


I am almost done with a new breed of dog. This is my bulldog and I have yet to name it. He is 90% finished.

Just a few touch ups and then the paint.

In the works

Been a while since I updated my blog. Mary got me into a couple of art shows this summer. While it is very exciing it has also made me realize I don't have nearly enough pieces for a booth. I have been creating, creating, creating every night. The work is getting easier and coming along a lot faster. First show is in 2 1/2 weeks so I better hurry!

Takes time and layers to get the newspaper mixture to stick.
Lots to do!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

T-shirts ordered and other updates

I ordered 25 t-shirts this week. They are due to arrive on Tuesday. I will get an order form up on my website soon but until then, if you want to purchase one just shoot me an email at  They are $24.99 each. Remember I designed and drew the logo so you will be getting an original Tino piece of art.

Filled out my first Zapplication today. It is for Art in Bayfront Park in Duluth. I hope I get in! Now on the the Zapplication for Wells Street Fall Art Fair. They require a booth shot but guess what? My new booth is due to arrive via UPS tomorrow. The deadline for the zapplication guess it, tomorrow. Luckily Mary put a call in to the powers that be and they are willing to accept a drawing. Getting in this show is a double bonus. Get to take my art to Chicago and I get to visit my favorite Northwestern student, my daughter Jessica.

Working on new dogs. Right now I have a bulldog in the works. Thanks for all your suggestions for future dogs. I will definitly be making some. Keep them coming!

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Ordering t-shirts

I am going this weekend to Twin City Tees. Since the T-shirts were such a big hit I have decided to sell them. I will be ordering a couple dozen to start, in various colors and styles. Regular t-shirts in Large and X-large for men, v-neck and scoop neck in Small, Med and Large for women.

I will add an order form on my website as soon as the t-shirts are ordered. If you want a specific size/color before the order goes in please let me know asap.