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"Chris Chantland is an extraordinary realist, but his work captures much more than an image, an animal or individual.  He brings the very essence, the soul of his subjects onto canvas.   His work rivals the very best in portrait painting today."

- Catherine Crier

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Between other work, I am doing a painting for me mostly - to have fun with it. It might take awhile, because I am going to build it up with a lot of glazing - meaning the thing has to dry before I can put the next layer on. It by no means is close to finish. These two portions of the overall bigger painting will make sense eventually. These are quick shots and neither is close yet.

August 30th 2014, 20:13

Another portrait from the Nationals. Dave Rorem's daughter was very helpful in getting some great pictures for more than just this portrait of Dave.

August 29th 2014, 13:28

A past portrait for the Nationals. Paul Sletton is a great guy and I remember him when he was just a kid starting out. We all figured he'd do well. A great reward for doing this was his call thanking me for the portrait - a classy guy. Thanks to Molly Schlachter for the reference so I could do this oil.

August 28th 2014, 14:39

Finally got my leaping lab tiles on my web site so they are easier to find and order. Been a bugger of a time trying to do this. The design is from artwork I did 30 years ago. https://www.sportingartisans.com/sculptures-ceramics/ceramic-tiles/sporting-art-6-x-6-leaping-black-lab-ceramic-tile-wildlife-art.php#sthash.CvTOVmJG.dpbs

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August 28th 2014, 14:15

It is close to fall so I move my chair to an area where the only house I can see is my own. This is the highlight of the day for me.

August 28th 2014, 13:42

I tried to grow a bunch of sunflowers and had no luck. 2 years ago a bumper crop but the last two years not one seed sprouted. So I left this patch near the driveway alone because of wildflowers and came back from Iowa and this little guy came up on his own.

August 28th 2014, 13:41

I hate to say I gave up the portraits at the Nationals. It was a good run, so all the best to the competitors in the future. I remember sending Rex Specials out to California in the early 80's and portraits 30 years later. This was the first one of the many given to the clubs - my friend Jim Powers and his friend Ram.

August 28th 2014, 00:47

OK - question - do I leave the watercolor as is or fill in the water? Just curious what y'all think.

August 27th 2014, 00:54

I got sidetracked when getting reference for another painting and I saw this from my friend Ellie and I had to do it in watercolor. She takes the greatest shots of her dogs and I've used them elsewhere. I am thinking about leaving it just like this instead of filling in the water. I might even leave white the water closest to the dog. Not sure. I like to go by what Fred Astaire once said, "Make it as perfect as you can, then cut ten minutes."

August 26th 2014, 22:55

This is a photo of a friend published in Vanity Fair in the early 80's. Always loved this shot. Suitable for a painting even.

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Remember the Vanity Fair issue that had this photo? So many people mentioned in this article who are no longer with us. http://www.vanityfair.com/society/features/2003/03/wealthy-aspen-legends
August 23rd 2014, 13:38

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