Monthly Archives: April 2012

First Felony


Naw, I didn’t Commit a Felony!  I painted a felon in the class I took in San Francisco.  I am very happy with him.  Do you like his face?  Think it’s a good painting?  He can be YOURS!  Check it out……….he is such a deal!  A “Steal,” you might say.  Hey, that’s a felony!

Meaty in His Green Coat


This is a little 4 x 4″ painting of Meaty, modelling a green coat for Etsy.  Sweet boy.  The painting is doing pretty well on Ebay, but it’s not over yet!  Check it out now!  

I am taking orders for these little 4 x 4″ original oil paintings now!  Only $25 plus $5 shipping at actual cost.  Please see my web site for prices and larger sizes. 

Cute Frenchie Girl

This just goes to show you what can happen.  There was a photo posted on facebook just a few days ago that I found really appealing.   I wrote to ask permission to paint it.   This girls owner said, “Yes.”   I told her it would probably be a while, then kept thinking of this already square composition, and wanted to paint it.  Less than a week later, here we are!  Below you will see the stages in my painting process;



Above you can see our girl sketched in with a big brush.  You will also see that I am now working on either a pure black ground, as recommended by my teacher, Karen Jurick, or, as above, what she suggested, a warm wash over the black.  I have always understood the wisdom of, “Killing the white,”  before you start, so you don’t have to fight it as you paint.  As I go along, I am liking the pure  soft black grounds more and more.   Below is the next stage of the painting; advanced but not yet finished.



Not finished, above, but I was liking it.  If YOU like my work it is so so easy to order a portrait.  It takes just $25 to get me started.  Actually, this lady just posted a super cute photo to facebook!  Want to hear the really good news?  She is going to purchase the painting, and send me photos of her other dog,  to order a companion portrait.  What are you waiting for?




Two Friends

Like so many of my paintings, this was a commission, and a surprise gift.  I have to keep those under wraps until the date of the occasion passes.   To order your own portrait please go to my web site.  Check out the page, “Order a Portrait for all the juicy details.  Thanks!  Remember, it only takes a $25 deposit to get me started!

You Ain’t Nothin’ But a Hound Dog

I had a lot of fun painting these guys yesterday.  The auction on Ebay starts tonight at 6 pm.  Don’t miss it!

A Larger Grunt


This is the larger portrait of Grunt.  Her Mom, who commissioned it is thrilled, so I’m happy too.   Order your portrait today!  A deposit of $25 is all that’s needed to get me started! 

A Sweet Girl called Grunt

This little painting is only 4 x 4″ but I think Grunt looks adorable here in her Hawaiian shirt.  What do you think? 

I’ve Created a MONSTER

oK, It’s a good monster.   I am running a free painting contest on facebook.  The response has been overwhelming.  Here is a link to the album.  Please vote for your favorites.


Above is Bull Bull.  This little painting was shown in the album as an example of what one could win.  I have now said I will make the winning painting larger than 4 x 4″.   Heck, if I am going to spend 7 + hours a day running the dang contest I can spend that much time painting what I am giving as a prize!  Please Vote for your favorites now!

Win a FREE Painting Contest

The idea for the small paintings comes from something we did in Karen Juricks’ class last week.  She had done a project in the past where she painted 100 mug shots.  She got the photos off the internet and an I Phone app called, “Busted.”   She gave us each a photo of a felon to paint and a small panel, 4 x 4″.   Here is mine;


The contest is for a free painting, 4 x 4 inches.  The idea of these small paintings is to do them often, fairly quickly and as a warm up for me.  The idea for YOU is to win a painting!  Here is how to do it;  Go to my page on facebook;   Simply post of photo of your dog (or your favorite felon).   Strong hint;  Dogs will get more likes than nasty looking criminals.  The guy above is just an example!  We will put them all in an album on that page.   The photo with the most, “LIKES”  by Sunday, May 6th at midnight Mountain time, will be the winner.  Here are some sample photos.  The photos do NOT have to be square, I can crop them.  Just post a cute one, and get your friends to vote for it!  They have to “Like” the page to be able to like the photo or comment.    Here are some examples;






















Now, so you can see how the little paintings come out, here is a photo of the Meatball and the resulting painting.



And the painting;


Depending on your monitor, that image should be about actual size;  4 x 4 inches.  I like to frame these small square paintings mounted flush on a big board covered with fabric.  I learned the term for that!  It’s called, “Floating,” them and it looks really good.  You don’t loose one bit of the panel painting that way. 

Here’s a little one I did of Bull Bull.  I have an order for a painting, 8 x 10 of her now and did this smaller one too. I show it so you can see another one this size;



Bull Bull is a senior girl and much loved.  You don’t have to have a bulldog to enter!  Ok, so, just post your photos to my facebook Art page.     By doing that, you are giving me permission to paint the image.  Get your friends to “Like” your photo.  The photo with the most likes by May 6th gets a free 4 x 4″ painting!  Good luck to all!

Karen Jurick Class

I’m back.  It was wonderful!  The first day, Karen had us all do a painting from the same photo, one she provided.  Here is mine; 


One thing Karen really stressed was to get on EBAY.  So back to ebay I go.  The auction for this painting starts at 6pm Eastern time tonight.  Just get on ebay and search Susan Tantlinger.  I will link to the auction once the listing is live.  The bidding starts at………………$20, yes,…………….Twenty Dollars!  Why am I, “Giving this painting away” ??????  Because Karen Jurick said it took her two years of listing on ebay, every day, to get noticed.  I have made a commitment to myself to do the same.  In the meantime, you can build up your collection of my work at very reasonable prices.  Please help this artist to make it………….again.
I thank you.  Meaty thanks you.