....pet paintings redefined by kellie oliphant-burns, b.f.a. .... ...her Italian Greyhounds, Rupert and Leeroy, reporting... and Maybel too!!!!!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Trick or Treat!...but make it treats please!

Leeroy: "Oh, Gahwwwwww.....it's costume time again..."
Rupert: "This is the time of year that we work our hardest for treats, right?"
Leeroy: "Yup - wearing these outfits is even harder than obedience class!"
Rupert: "Does this bunny make my butt look big?"
Leeroy: "No bigger than usual..."
Rupert: "Ok, Chicken Little - go suck an egg."
Leeroy: "If you paid attention, I am a rooster so I don't have any eggs! So there! Maybe you should eat some more carrots to see better!"
Rupert: "Whatever, you still look silly."
Leeroy: "We better get some major treats for this!"
Rupert: "This week's painting is called "Will You, Wiggle?!" and it is of the biggest and bestest chocolate lab Kellie has ever met!"
Leeroy: "Will he what?"
Rupert: "That's the title because it was painted as a surprise wedding gift from a bride to her groom! It was presented to him at the reception! Isn't it neat?!"
Leeroy: "Yeah - did everyone dress up for the wedding?"
Rupert: "Well, sure they did, it's a fancy occassion!"
Leeroy: "Did they dress as chickens or as rabbits?"
Rupert: "Oh, boy, not that kind of dress up.....but let me tell you, if YOU ever get married I will wear the chicken costume....that's a promise!"
Leeroy: "Deal. See everyone next time - kiddies are at the door!!!"

Friday, October 16, 2009

Sun, Sand and Sighthounds!


Leeroy:  "We got back this week from an awesome trip at Greyhounds Reach the Beach in Dewey Beach, Delaware!"
Rupert:  "It was our first time in the United States AND at the ocean!  We had such a blast!"
Leeroy:  "Everyday we hit the beach, dined at dog friendly restaurants, popped into the Greyhounds in Art show, and checked out all the fabulous vendors!"
Rupert:  "We made lots of new friends and want to go back right away..."
Leeroy:  "Two of Kellie's Chakra Hound paintings found new homes.  Watch the SHOP page of the website for prints of the collection available for sale in the next couple of weeks!"
Rupert:  "Here is one of the Chakra Hounds called "Devoted Love".  There were 7 BIG pieces in the collection and hours and hours went into creating them."


Leeroy:  "We can't wait to go back next year and see all our new friends again."
Rupert:  "Thank you all for having us, and for giving us the time of our lives.  Hugs and licks to everyone!"

Monday, October 5, 2009

YO! Dogs!

Leeroy:  "I am very excited to tell you about some things you CAN'T miss!!!  First, Rupert and I are travelling to Greyhounds Reach the Beach from October 7th to the 12th...Kellie has put together a Chakra Hound collection special for the event.  There are 7 huge paintings in the series and you MUST see them at the Greyhounds in Art show!"
Rupert:  "If you are in Dewey Beach for the weekend PLEASE come to the open house where we are staying.  Designer extraordinaire, Char, is having a Dewey Preview party where you can get a first hand look to purchase amazing creations.  It is going to be mind blowing!"
Leeroy:  "Kellie has one of Charly Blair's gorgeous bracelets but I am borrowing it and using it as neckware..."
Rupert:  "Yeah, Kellie wants that back, you know....."
Leeroy:  "I know, maybe tomorrow."
Rupert:  "The other big event is DOGtoberFEST!  Save the date on Sunday, October 25th to bring your dog to this fabulous open house!  Urban Dog Photog, Chilly Dogs and Doodle Dog Paintings have joined forces to bring together an eyeful of inspiration.  Contact Kellie for more information if you would like to attend and there will be more details posted soon!"
Leeroy:  "Rup and I need to get packing, we have never been to the ocean before..."
Rupert:  "I hear we will be seeing hundreds of other sighthounds this weekend!  How exciting!"
Leeroy:  "We love roadtrips!  We will see you all soon!"

Friday, September 11, 2009

Please Don't Leave Us, Summer.......


Rupert:  "Hey all!  Life has been busy lately in a good and exciting way!"
Leeroy:  "First, let's congratulate Margot from Australia on winning the Doodle Dog commission that was in Storm's auction.  We are happy to report that the auction for this special 3 legged Iggy helped to raise lots of money for his vet bills.  We also wish Storm the best life ever and send him lots of licks!"
Rupert:  "There is also another event happening tonight that is raising money for farm animals!"
Leeroy:  "Yeah, like pigs and chickens and cows and donkeys and goats and stuff."
Rupert:  "Thank you for clarifying that for everyone, Leeroy.....It's the Animal Acres Gala taking place in California.  This is the second year that Kellie is donating artwork.  The event was supposed to happen last weekend but due to the devastating fires the entire sanctuary had to be evacuated!  Everyone is safe and a new location is hosting the benefit.  This year's honourary chair is Ellen Degeneres!"
Leeroy:  "Oh!  I like to see Ellen on TV and I dance along with her from the living room."
Rupert:  "Yeesh...no one needs to see that!"
Leeroy:  "Sounds like the event is going to be a blast!  Someday we will have to go."
Rupert:  "Kellie promised us the next time she goes to California we can go with her so we have to hold her to it!"
Leeroy:  "YES!"
Rupert:  "Here is a painting called "Hunky Harlem and Jiggy Jango", they are Rhodesian Ridgebacks and are big, big boys!"

Leeroy:  "They are huge and handsome for sure!  These big boys needed a big canvas...almost 4 feet wide by 2 feet high!"
Rupert:  "The complex background took a long time, free hand painting the stripes and circles was a real challenge."
Leeroy:  "How would you know?  You didn't do it!"
Rupert:  "Well, I mean....Kellie told me and I spent a lot of time watching her work on this one, so I sort of supervised."
Leeroy:  "You are so deluded....supervised.....sure...."
Rupert:  "Watch yourself little man."
Leeroy:  "Ok, tough guy, let's go get breakie, I'm hungry."
Rupert:  "Food?  Outta here!  Bye all."

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Our Mama's Home and Back in the Studio!

Leeroy:  "We are SO relieved to have our Mama, Kellie, home safe and sound from her California adventure!  She brought us home some treats and some wine with my face on it!"
Rupert:  "I didn't get any wine with my face on it....but I did get first kisses when she came through the door."
Leeroy:  "Only 'cause you're taller than me....."
Rupert:  "Kellie hasn't even had a chance yet to show us her pictures from the Mutt Lynch event but she is happy she made the trip and can't believe she was really there."
Leeroy:  "Thank you everyone for sending in your SUPERB greyhound photos....Kellie is going to have a hard time choosing poses for her Dewey Beach collection...more info on that to come."
Rupert:  "Today we have a REALLY IMPORTANT story for you.  Not often are there Italian Greyhounds in rescue in Canada but right now Doodle Dog is trying to help to raise money for a special 3-legged boy named Storm....PLEASE read his story!"


Leeroy:  "The auction for a Doodle Dog 16" x 20" commission ends this Friday, August 21 and all the money is going to pay for Storm's medical needs.  He is such a brave boy...I would LOVE to meet him someday!"
Rupert:  "So come on, everyone, let's help this special wee man out!  There are lots of other GREAT auction items to bid on too!"
Leeroy:  "I know that his new life has just started and it is a sunshiney future ahead of him!"
Rupert:  "This week's painting is called "Tribute To Tod" and is for a really nice gal in California.  Tod passed away and then the family computer was stolen with most of Tod's photos on it....."


Leeroy:  "I hope this artwork brings them some comfort and reminds them of all the special times they had with Tod.  They miss him so much and it is so hard to lose a loved one."
Rupert:  "We need to remember to live each day to it's fullest and appreciate every moment we have with each other."
Leeroy:  "I hear you, Rup.....Now I am gonna go appreciate me some "Leeroy's Treats" that Kellie brought back....I will share with you."
Rupert:  "You bet your butt, you're sharing!  Let's go!"


Friday, July 10, 2009

We are on the lookout...for Greyhound models!!!

Rupert: "Kellie is searching for incredible photos to take inspiration from for her latest works. She is putting together a collection of Greyhound paintings special for Dewey Beach, Greyhounds in Art 2009. The pieces will focus on head and shoulder shots in a big scale!"

Leeroy: "If you have photos you can share with her that would be super! The best photos would be taken at eye level and with clear detail! The Greyhounds can be smiling, panting, alert and ready, or even calm magestic faces. The more the better!"
Rupert: "You can email them to Kellie and title it GREYHOUND PHOTOS! She will notify those that are being used to inspire her pieces!"
Leeroy: "This is going to be a really fun collection. A celebration of the strong, silent strength these gorgeous sighthounds have mixed in with their quirky, lovable personalities!"
Rupert: "Please submit your favorite photos by August 14th, 2009. Kellie will be working on this collection from that date until the end of September!"

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Me SO Happy!!! I Woof You!

Leeroy!!!
Leeroy:  "Let me tell you from the bottom of my biggest wag - THANK YOU to everyone that took the time to vote for Kellie's painting of me for the Mutt Lynch Winery label contest!  WE WON!!!   I am so excited about this!  I can't wait to see the finished bottles!  Kellie says I can't taste the wine but I would be more than happy to pawtograph your limited edition bottles for you!  The new wine and label will be unveiled in early August, and I think Kellie is going to be there.  I am now begging her to sneak me into her carry on bag.....Again, THANK YOU EVERYONE!  Rupert and I will be back soon to tell you more!  Big licks!"

Monday, June 15, 2009

Vote for me PRETTY PLEASE! With a cherry on top!

Leeroy:  "I am begging you all to take a minute and vote for Kellie's artwork to win in the Mutt Lynch Winery label contest! PLEASE VOTE, PLEASE VOTE, PLEASE VOTE!!!  It's so much fun!"

Rupert:  "How cool would that be to have your face on some bottles, Leeroy?!"
Leeroy:  "I would LOVE it!  It's a great contest, there is no money for the winner but the winning artwork will be made into a label for Mutt Lynch Winery's limited edition wine that will debut at the winery's Dog Days of Summer on August 8, 2009.  This annual event includes wine tasting, dog themed art, and vendor booths to benefit the Healdsburg Animal Shelter."  
Rupert:  "There will only be 500 bottles of this exclusive wine produced and 10% of sales go to the shelter.  Also 15 limited edition prints of the winning entry will be sold to benefit the animals too!"
Leeroy:  "Kellie' submission is from her painting of me called "Leeroy Out Loud!" #19 on the survey.  She formatted the piece so that there would be room to add the name of the wine and Mutt Lynch's name.  It looks like a splash of the most colourful wine you ever tasted behind me and it tastes so good that I am singing in the most opera diva voice ever!"
Rupert:  "PLEASE vote for my little brother's artwork.  We will be forever grateful and love you long times!"

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Bed Heads....

Leeroy:  "With all this rain, the whole day turns into naptime for us."Rupert:  "I can't wait to get back to the park.  I am just waiting for Kellie to say the word!"
Leeroy:  "I know, it's tough being us."
Rupert:  "All this sleeping and eating is really draining.  I don't know what to do with myself."
Leeroy:  "Maybe we should go bug Tadder cat."
Rupert:  "Hmmmm....sounds good to me."
Leeroy:  "Wish we could go bug the two kitties in this week's painting "Winston & Emma".  They are brother and sister and were born on Halloween!"
Rupert:  "Maybe we shouldn't mess with them....two against two doesn't give us as much of a chance....."
Leeroy:  "Well, Emma is pretty shy.  That's why she is painted peeking around the corner of the canvas!"
Rupert:  "I think I'll stick with Tadd.  Plus, he secretly likes wrestling with us, right?"
Leeroy:  "Sure....I bet he likes it as much as I like you picking on me!"
Rupert:  "I knew it!"
Leeroy:  "Let's go!  Then there's more sleeping and eating to do after that.  See you all next time!"

Thursday, April 30, 2009

Rupert:  "Hey, hey, hey!  Make sure to book your spot to have your fur family photo taken!  Bark & Fitz Westboro and Kanata have teamed up with Suzanne Bird for a "Fur in the Family" event.  Proceeds are going to Ottawa Therapy Dogs."
Leeroy:  "There are two dates for this, so if this Saturday doesn't work for you then you can book time for the next one!  Or even drop in to see what it is all about!"
Rupert:  "The goodie bags for those who book a session are great!  There is the chance at winning a $575 original painting of your pet by Doodle Dog Paintings!"
Leeroy:  "Kellie is also giving discount cards for her original artwork...."
Rupert:  "Sounds like a really fun time for a super cause!  Hope you can make it!"

Leeroy:  "Last year Kellie donated artwork at a Montreal art auction.  This week's painting is of the winner's Rhodesian Ridgeback, Riley."
Rupert:  "Say that three times fast..."
Leeroy:  "Rhodesian Ridgeback Riley, Rhodesian Ridgeback Riley, Rhodesian Ridgeback Riley."
Rupert:  "Ok, smarty pant....too bad that's not the title of the artwork, it's actually called "Riley Roo"."
Leeroy:  "Me likey....looks like he is coming right at ya."
Rupert:  "Also coming right at ya is the new Doodle Dog website!  It will be launched on Thursday, May 7th so make sure to check it out then!"
Leeroy:  "Yippee!  The sun is out, the grass is greening, the trees are budding and things are so fresh and new!"
Rupert:  "Woohoo!  Let's go enjoy that sunshine now!  'Til next time all!  Woohoo!"

Friday, April 10, 2009

Hoppy Bunny Day To You All!

Rupert:  "Hoppy Easter everyone!  Hope the Easter Bunny is good to you!"

Leeroy:  "Yay!  A long weekend AND treats - how can we go wrong?"
Rupert:  "That's right, but remember NO CHOCOLATE for us...it is toxic to our systems!"
Leeroy:  "Oh, well...there's LOTS of other treats that we can have and I can't wait."
Rupert:  "Speaking of chocolate, look at this painting...it's "Classic Cocoa" the dachshund!  She is a wee girl with gorgeous colouring."
Leeroy:  "Now that's a kind of chocolate we can enjoy!"

Rupert:  "Good one, bro.....the background coordinates with her owner's decor!"
Leeroy:  "Cool!  Hey, know what else is cool.  Kellie is on Twitter now - does anyone want to follow?  There are so many talented and unique people to find and meet and chat with."
Rupert:  "So much to do this weekend!  Bunnies and treats and tweets and walks and naps and car rides and visiting and licking and...."
Leeroy:  "Whoa, boy!  Calm down, one thing at a time!"
Rupert:  "Hey, I can multi-task!"
Leeroy:  "Well, I have see you eat more than one thing at a time...so I guess you can."
Rupert:  "You got it.  Have a great long weekend everyone!"
Leeroy:  "Tweet, tweet, tweet!"

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Spring It ON!!!



Rupert:  "Spring is here and the warm weather is finally on it's way!!!  I can feel it, I can feel it!"
Leeroy:  "Spring is the bestest time of year!!!  'Cause we gots more sun and for another very important reason...."
Rupert:  "Yah, 'cause we will go back to the dog park soon!"
Leeroy:  "Yes, but I was thinking of something else..."
Rupert:  ""Cause our walks are longer!"
Leeroy:  "Um, yes, but still not the VERY IMPORTANT time of year....FOR ME...a SPECIAL day....FOR ME!!"
Rupert:  "What...are you starting your heartworm meds early?"
Leeroy:  "COME ON!!! NOOOOOOO....."
Rupert:  "Hmmm, well, I can't think of a single other thing..."
Leeroy:  "IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!!!  ON APRIL 5TH IT'S MY BIRTHDAY!!! I AM GOING TO BE 2 YEARS OLD!!!!"
Rupert:  "I know, I know...I was just pulling your leg....it's so funny watching you squirm!  Hahahaha!"
Leeroy:  "That's not nice.  You have to promise to be nice to me on my birthday or I won't share any treats with you!"
Rupert:  "Who says you are getting any treats?!"
Leeroy:  "Listen, big meanie, I saw Kellie getting some stuff ready this week.  Plus, she already told me I had to be patient and wait for my special day for my special stuff."
Rupert:  "Heehee....ok, squirmie!"
Leeroy:  "Hey, did you see the new stuff Kellie has posted on ETSY?"
Rupert:  "Duh...I posed with the paintings, so yes I did."
Leeroy:  "Well, some people are going to get great deals on some original artwork!"
Rupert:  "Kellie is also redesigning her website this month and is excited to get it up and running by the end of April."
Leeroy:  "Ok, peeps, the artwork featured this week is the adorable "Molly Mae I?!" and is of a fawn pug gal that makes my heart go pitter-pat!"
Rupert:  "She is stunning!  And look at her tongue!  I'd give her a kiss anyday!"
Leeroy:  "I love this blingin' little lady.  Since it's my birthday I think I should get the kiss!"
Rupert:  "Sure...make sure to wish for that when you blow out your candle."
Leeroy:  "I will for sure!  And I'll wish for sunshine, and treats, and toys, and fun!"
Rupert:  "You know what, some say you only get one wish but I say go for them all, little bro!  I can't wait to spend the day with you."
Leeroy:  "Now this is the Rupert I love!"
Rupert:  "Love you too little man, see you all again soon!"
Leeroy:  "Bye for now from the birthday boy!"

Tuesday, March 10, 2009

In Like a Leeroy...Out Like a Lamb?


Rupert: " Ah, March....a month of unpredictable weather and we sit here hoping for the best..."
Leeroy: "Hoping? Heck, I am protesting any negative weather."
Rupert: "Well, I think you will be protesting alot for the next few days. Be careful too, all that screaming can give you some pretty hefty wrinkles."
Leeroy: "Ha.....you should know, old man!"
Rupert: "Old man??? Who peed on your kibble today?"
Leeroy: "Probrably YOU..."
Rupert: "Ahem, let's move onward and upward now. A couple of really great events took place over the weekend that Kellie donated some original artwork to. On Friday night in LA, there was a fundraiser for Ashley Paige's pet project Ruff Houzen. The soiree took place at the Luxury Pet Pavillion and there were celebrities! Kellie was honoured to paint an original just for the event!!!"
Leeroy: "Ashley Paige's pet project....you are beyond witty, Rup.."

Rupert: "I know....anyhoo.....The big painting measures 2 feet by 3 feet and is called "California Crested". With a canary yellow tone on tone zebra background and even a blinged out collar charm it is definitely eye catching! We are so excited to hear who went home with it!!!"
Leeroy: "What a great charity, you should all check out the websites. Saturday night was the 6th annual "Weim & Cheese" fundraising auction for Weimaraner Rescue of the South. Kellie donated a blank canvas to the auction and will be painting the winner's pet!"
Rupert: "What a busy weekend, wish we lived closer so we could be at these events..."
Leeroy: "Hey! If we lived closer, then we would be in much warmer weather!!! Let's go tell Kellie we need to move to California....or Georgia...or Alabama!"
Rupert: "Sounds like a plan to me, I'm in!"
Leeroy: "I'm in too.....like a LION!!!"

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

We Loves You!


Rupert: "We are hoping all of you have a LOVEly Valentine's Day!"
Leeroy: "My witty brother is correct....since it is the month of love you should check out Kellie's February DEAL OF THE MONTH! You will LOVE it!"
Rupert: "There is only ONE of these availble and it's a unique 12" x 24" size. You can fit alot of love on that canvas!"
Leeroy: "I can feel the love..."
Rupert: "You can feel the love?"
Leeroy: "Yup....even this week's artwork is all about the love!"

Rupert: "Oh! Yes, it's "Maggie's Dave" and Dave's Maggie". These two sweethearts love each other to no end! Their owners wanted to celebrate them each on their own canvas but mix up the colours for the backgrounds."
Leeroy: "I hear that they are inseperable. You can tell by the way they look at each other how much they love each other."
Rupert: "I wish Maggie would look at me like that!"
Leeroy: "One time I tried to look at you like that....I didn't feel the big love..."
Rupert: "Well....you caught me off guard....I panicked...."
Leeroy: "Maybe I'll try again someday...."
Rupert: "Maybe on Valentine's Day?"
Leeroy: "Maybe....."

Friday, January 23, 2009

Patiently Waiting........


Rupert: "It's official...we are fighting the winter blues and patiently waiting for spring to appear."
Leeroy: "When was the last time we went outside for a walk, Rup?"
Rupert: "Gosh, almost a month ago, I guess. This cold weather is causing problems with me maintaining my boyish figure."
Leeroy: "I see that..."
Rupert: "HEY! Kellie tries to play indoor fetch with us as much as she can but it's just not the same as racing around at the dog park."
Leeroy: "When will it be spring?"
Rupert: "I think we still have a bit of a wait but we can always daydream!"
Leeory: "For those of you that daydream of having a Doodle Dog Painting make sure to cast your vote for what size canvas Kellie should have as her deal of the month for February....you will see the poll on the left hand column!"
Rupert: "I wonder what size will be chosen for next month!"

Leeroy: "This week's painting is "Eternally Emma", it is a memorial of a Yorkshire Terrier from friends to her owners. Emma is muchly missed."
Rupert: "What a beautiful girl, a special girl. I will daydream about her for awhile."
Leeroy: "Me too, Rupert, me too."
Rupert: "Take care everybody, see you again soon!"

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

January, Schmamuary...


Rupert: "Hey, hey, hey...Happiest New Year to all! Leeroy and I are back in da House!"
Leeroy: "Oh, Rup, You are SO ghetto!"
Rupert: "Foshizzle, wee zizzle!"
Leeroy: "Whaaaaaaa?"
Rupert: "It's something new I am trying for the new year...not sure if I can work it..."
Leeroy: "Maybe you should try something different, I think an italian accent would be appropriate."
Rupert: "Oooo yeees, da pasta, da pasta, da pasta!"
Leeroy: "Or maybe you should just stick to being yourself....nice try though."
Rupert: "Ok, let's move on...January's special DEAL OF THE MONTH was listed today! Don't miss your chance, there is only one of these available for the month."
Leeroy: "It's a BIG special this time, it's a 24" x 24" headshot of your pet! That will make a statement!"
Rupert: "This week's painting also makes a statement. It's "Timeless Tonka" a memorial of gorgeous Tonka and a gift from a daughter to her mother."

Leeroy: "What a great gift! So personal and special. Hey, just like "Fun with Finnley", Tonka has one brown eye and one blue!"
Rupert: "Oh, Yeah! Hey maybe instead of an accent I could get two different coloured eyes...."
Leeroy: "Good luck with that one!"

Thursday, January 1, 2009

HapPEE POO Year!


Kellie: "I would like to take this opportunity to say a couple of things to all of you wonderful Doodle Dog fans.....First, I apologize for Rupert and Leeroy getting a little carried away in this week's photo...hope it does not offend! Second, I truly thank each and everyone of you for making 2008 a great year for me. The requests have been overwhelming, heart melting and miraculous. I am so grateful that my studio is always bustling with work, pets and people. I promise that 2009 will be a very exciting year for Doodle Dog Paintings. Sending hugs to all my furry fans! Wishing all of you the best year ever!"