Thursday, December 10, 2009

Caroling Dachshunds is Done!

Here it is - the finished commission of the three caroling Dachshunds. My wonderful client is printing them up for her yearly greeting, and I have got them listed for sale on Cafe Press and Zazzle - available singly or get as many as you need - this is, IMHO, one of my best. In addition, I wrote some new lyrics to "We Wish You a Merry Christmas" with a Doxie flair, and it appears inside the cards. See below for the words.

"We Wish You a Dachsie Christmas"
by Terry Pond, sung to the tune of "We Wish You a Meerry Christmas"

We wish you a Dachsie Christmas
We wish you a Dachsie Christmas
We wish you a Dachsie Christmas and a Yappy New Year
Glad bitings we bring to you and your kin
Glad bitings for Christmas and a Yappy New Year


Oh, bring us some doggy pudding
Oh, bring us some doggy pudding
Oh, bring us some doggy pudding and a chewy pig’s ear
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some;
We won’t go until we get some, so bring some out here


We wish you a Dachsie Christmas
We wish you a Dachsie Christmas
We wish you a Dachsie Christmas and a Yappy New Year

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

Three 'coon night

Just put some warm water out for a mama racoon and her two adolescent kits. Imagine the looks on their faces - not only water to wash down the cat kibble, but it was warm on their little hands in this arctic cold. Their regular water bowl was frozen solid.

I think of all the little domestic animals out in this cold tonight and wish I could give them all a warm drink and invite them inside. At least the male cat we've seen for the last few years out in all weather is safely cuddled in a warm comforter at my mom's house; she took in both of the cats from down the street that needed homes after their owner was evicted. In trade I took Gromit, the Pixiebob we rescued from King County Animal Control last year. Grommy was declawed when we got her so she is expecially sensitive to aggression in other cats, and the new boy, Slim, was quite the Alpha. Gromit does love Wally Weiner, though. :-)
Here is the painting, about 99% done. I want to add some other little bare trees to the scene and maybe some frost in the corners of the window. This will also be available at Cafe Press and Zazzle on Christmas cards - I'll post the link as soon as I have it listed.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Baby, it's cold outside!

Sitting here in my studio - a daylight basement - wearing two sweaters and watching the squirrels come to the window in search of a treat. The raccoons got a couple of leftover hard-boiled eggs last night; this morning there are frozen hard-boiled egg parts on the front step. Yuckers. The 'coonies really looked like they wanted to come in and sleep on the bed last night. It is a brisk 17 degrees this morning with not a cloud in the sky. I really need to go buy Kelly some new boots today as her favorite recess activity is cracking ice puddles with her feet.
I have been working on a commission that I do every year - a lovely history of Christmas cards featuring a family of beloved weiner dogs has been the result. It feels good to be working in watercolors again (last year I did a digital illustration of the crew), and the work is coming along well. I hope to finish it today and then I will post it. In the meantime I thought my readers might enjoy this sketch of one of the dogs caroling.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

New on Zazzle

This is my latest flash panel on Zazzle. I've been adding a lot of Christmas cards there. The neat thing with Zazzle is that you can order as many or as few cards as you need and you can customize them - have your own greeting printed inside or use my graphics. They also offer bulk discounts - making them more user friendly if don't just want 1, 10 or 20.

buy unique gifts at Zazzle

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Tyrannosaurus Dox

More definitive proof that Dachshunds are descended from the Tyrannosaurus Rex. As you can see from this photo of Wally Weiner showing his ferocious expression, razor sharp teeth, ridiculously short forearms and upright stance the T-Dox evolved from a prehistoric carnivore that was no doubt feared and respected by all. A few years ago I explored this theory in art with this illustration:
It was very gratifying to catch Wally letting his true Dino-nature show through.

2010 Dachshundicity Calender #2

There are now three 2010 Dachshundicity Calendars to choose from! The latest is my traditional Cafe Press Dachshundicity Calendar, which I believe is in its 8th year (I'll have to research that). I love the cover for this one - also seen for August - of 4 Dachshunds enjoying a weenie roast and camping out.


I also completed my very first Zazzle Dachshundicity calendar which won a "Today's Best Award" on the site, an unexpected but wholely appreciated honor! Be sure to visit my Zazzle store to see the new items going up there. I am slowly adding all of my designs so if you don't see it be sure to ask for it!


Even more exciting, for me, I have my site redesign up! Be sure to check out http://www.wiener-dog.com and send me your feedback. Not all of the pages within are made over yet, but I'm getting more done every day.

In other news, Pixel, my adored 13.5 year old PixieBob, is recovering splendidly from his stroke. I can't begin to express how thankful I am to have him with me still.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Dachshundicity Calendar is Here!



I finally have a Dachshundicity Calendar for 2010 up on Cafe Press. The format is slightly different than in past years - this one is 11x17 rather than 9x11. I may still do some in the old style and for separate coats, but for now this one is available. I'm hoping to get calendars up on Zazzle as well, but of their sizes are different as well so I'll be needing to tweak some art for it.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Doxie Doodle to return soon!

Sorry for the prolonged absence from my blog and the Doxie Doodle. My cat Pixel recently had a stroke and I was terrified I was going to lose him. Not to jinx it, but he seems to be responding well to treatment and I am hopeful that he is going to fully recover.
Meanwhile I am working on getting this years' 2010 Dachshundicity calendar up, and I am working on the new Wiener-dog.com. See the prototype here. Comments eagerly sought! Also, if you have something you're hoping to see in the calendar this year be sure to email me at terry@wiener-dog.com. My Zazzle store is just getting started, but you can see it here: http://www.zazzle.com/terrypond. The neat thing here is that you will be able to customize shirts and cards with my art and buy as many or as few greetings cards as you need. I will be adding customizable stationary and business cards soon. Have a wienerful day!

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 23

Today's Doodle is also up for auction on eBay at this link. I am starting the bidding on this one at $5.99 - testing the waters with different start prices. I hope the color of this watercolor is showing up well on this blog - it is very rich in person, but shows darker on my Cintiq and lighter on my Viewsonic, so I can guess it won't be the same on everyone's monitor. This miniature black and tan Dachshund posing in a freshly carved pumpkin would be a fun thing to gift in a Halloween card for a friend - and costs about the same as a card! A good way to get started with original art. A lot of my day has been devoted to making arrangements to rescue some kitties down the street from me. Their owner was evicted and I think I can help them get new homes, but first they need to be tested for contagious diseases. I think one of them is our cat Pingu's Uncle - he looks just like her sister from our rescued litter last year.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 22 - Up for Bids!

Another Vampire Dachshund - this one hand-painted with watercolors in Art Trading Card/ACEO size (2.5"x3.5") and Now Up for Bids on Ebay with the auction ending Sunday October 11. By day this little wiener dog is a mild-mannered, if stubborn Dachshund. But when the sun goes down and his fangs and claws come out he becomes the mysterious and feared Count Doxula; if you are not careful of this wily weenie he will bite your ankles. Not to worry, though, as he rarely draws blood and prefers to slay squeaky toys. In the works for today I am nearly finished with a black and tan Dachshund in a pumpkin, also for listing on eBay.

Sunday, October 4, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 21

Now up for Auction on eBay - this Art Trading Card/ACEO (2.5"x3.5") watercolor freshly painted! A weiner dog costumed in a witch hat and cape waits at the door on Halloween night for treats, looking up hopefully... hopefully it won't have to do any tricks! Auction starts at 9.99 and runs 7 days - ending next Sunday, October 11. I'm also painting a small Doxula today. I hope to do several little paintings this week, so if you want to see anything specific just leave a comment for me!

Thursday, October 1, 2009

Count Doxula

As seen in Doxie Doodle of the Day 11 here is the finished art of Count Doxula, the renowned Dachshund Vampire, just in time for Halloweeeeeeenie. His speciality is sinking those fantastic long fangs into an unsuspecting ankle. You can find Doxula on shirts, cards and tiles in his own Doxula Cafe Press Store.
I've been spending a lot of time this week working on my Cafe Press store - renaming and moving sections, organizing the Halloween stores - one just for Dachshund Halloween shirts, cards and gifts, and one for my other Cute Halloween Designs featuring bats, spiders, rats and more on cards and clothes. I hope to do another couple of halloween designs and then it is full speed ahead on Chistmas and Hanukkah.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 20

Another new icon for the site re-design. This one will link from http://www.wiener-dog.com to this very site.

Friday, September 25, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 19

I am finally making progress on my website over-haul! The image below is for the home page and will link to the section where I list eBay auctions and original art that I will be selling direct. The painting these two Dachshunds are examining will be for sale at that time. It has been in my collection since I painted it for use on cards from DogSpeak cards a couple years ago. Those cards were never produced, but once I find a reasonable means of producing cards myself I will be launching my own line on my website, including several images captured from this 16x20 watercolor painting. More new icons to come!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 18

Another oldie from the archives. Kelly is doing better in school (bribery helps). Now maybe I can concentrate on drawing again.

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 17

Pretty terrible school day with Kelly today - she refused to go in her 1st grade classroom and eventually her meltdown caused me to have one and then we both came home and took long naps. I always knew I would have a spirited daughter, but yipes! She makes Dachshunds look compliant and easy to control.
Anyhow, here is a painting I sold back in 2006. At the YMCA tonight Kell and I looked in at the gymnastics class and seeing all of those little girls in leotards made me think of this painting. I am thinking that I may start doing a small painting-a-day to sell on eBay or my website, to get me back into selling originals, and to get geared up for Christmas commissions.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 16

I just didn't find the time to draw today so I am cheating by using a sketch from 2005 for the Dachsie Doodle. This one was drawn in watercolor pencil on hand made cotton paper from India. I used to offer these on eBay back in the day. The rough texture of the paper is a pleasure to work on, and of course the subject matter is the best. Later in the week I hope to post some initial sketches for a children's book I am writing tentatively titled "Wally Wanted Wings" and starring resident Dachshund Wally, our smooth red dapple.

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 15

Here are the cleaned up
and colored sketches from yesterday.
A longhaired black and tan Dachshund with
a bone and a long, low red weiner dog looking like
someone tried to feed it tofu.

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 14

A recent speed sketch/watercolor from my book - this little guy just appeared at the bottom of the page, looking up at the rest of the sketches (all of hoomans).
To either side here are two rough sketches from this evening - I am planning to clean up and color them tomorrow, so watch for them as DDoftheD 14.



Doxie Doodle of the Day 13

Today's illustration comes from 2006, an ATC sold on eBay a few years ago, this one is a little watercolor of a Dachshund Witch flying in the light of the moon. I'm trying to get inspired to prepare more Halloween Art for 2009. I've already donated prints or designs to several rescues for their annual Halloweenie events this year, but have yet to finish anything new for this All Howls Eve.

Sunday, September 6, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 12

A sudden change in the weather here in the Pacific Northwest prompts this quick illustration of a weiner dog hiding under the covers while the rain pours down outside the window. A good day to stay in bed!

Monday, August 31, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 11

Very rough pen sketch of a Halloween Dachshund idea - I owe my husband for the inspiration on this one - he suggested "Doxula" a vampire weiner dog. In this drawing I have him holding a steak (not stake), but I think it would be more appropriate if he were holding a limp squeaky toy with two prominent toothmarks in it. Hope to develop this one into a card ASAP to offer on Cafe Press in my Halloweenie store.

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 10

Today's dachsie doodle is a recently painted Art Trading Card, a small 2.5"x3.5" watercolor of a cart Dachshund. I'm not sure what to do with this one, but I might donate the original to one of the weenie dog rescues I work with to sell or auction for their cause. There are often cart doxies in rescues because sometimes when a Dachshund's back goes out their family can't or isn't willing to take on the challenge of having a partially paralyzed dog. Sometimes you also see bigger dogs like German Shepherds with a cart, since their hips develop problems and they need a big of help getting around. From all I've heard and seen a weenie on wheels is a happy dog indeed, as is most any animal who is loved and cared for despite their disabilities.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 9

Today's Doxie Doodle of the day is from a couple of studies I developed for a 5x7 watercolor I did a few years ago. I felt this was apropo to post for today because yesterday I was at the Tulalip Casino with my husband, playing a really neat fortune-teller themed slot machine called Clara T. I was impressed by the fun, creative graphics and game play.
I seem to remember that the original painting (shown below) didn't generate a ton of bids; it is rather a narrow niche - tarot reading Dachshunds. Still, it might make a fun greeting card to re-create with a lab or some generic dog, or maybe a cat or llama? While browsing in my old files for the scanned, finished painting I was amazed at the hundreds of paintings I've sold on eBay over the years. Considering that my take-home on Cafe press is now under $50 month since their commission re-structure (yes - ouch) I might be doing a lot more originals to sell in the near future. I imagine that after 6 years of being self-employed the time to work for someone else again may be here. Maybe a fortune telling weiner dog could look in a crystal ball and see where my art is going to lead me next.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 8

Today's doodle comes from one of my older sketch books. The writing on this little watercolor study of a longhaired Dachshund says "I'm sorry" and there are other notes outside of the scan. The notes pertain to possible greeting card scenarios suggested by the look on this weiner dog's face. I know I've seen that hangdog look on Wally's face when he poops in my office - not that he's sorry enough not to do it again. I wish his gifts were a little less...organic.

It's time to start thinking about new products and art for the holidays. I already feel behind with Christmas and Hanukkah coming in a few months. I'll be concentrating on expanding to some other dog breeds this year, so if you have an idea of what you'd like to see be sure to drop me a line.

I also hope to put more originals up on eBay soon as well. I think I smell a new poll for what folks would like to see.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 7

I'll be developing this one for products pretty soon - comments encouraged! Think this would be great on shirts.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 6

Quick Dachshund illo done in Photoshop today. I imagine this weiner dog is pointing something out - probably an empty food bowl - to a clueless hooman. I also picture this one getting a dog treat out of a vending machine. Maybe I'll develop the idea later:Meanwhile, won't someone please answer my survey? I know you're out there.

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 5


Quick sketch/watercolor of a Dachshund looking interested - probably sees a squeaky toy that needs disemboweling.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 4

Study today is of a little black and tan Dachsund lying down. Watercolor and ink.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Doxie Doodle of the Day 3

Here's my sketch of the day - two Dachshunds skiing down a hill, pursuing a rabbit. I painted this in my sketchbook a few years ago, plannng to do a larger watercolor of it, but I never did get around to it. If you like this doodle, please be sure to leave me a comment!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Sketchbook Selection of the Day 2

Two recent ink and watercolor doodles from my sketchbook:weiner dog sketch by Terry Pond
weiner dog contemplates its tail

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Sketchbook Selection of the Day 1

Ballpoint Pen sketch of a Dachshund.

Monday, August 3, 2009

IF: Modify

This is my entry for Illustration Friday: Modify. To avoid extinction this Velociraptor's parents sent it for the first day of school following the motto: "Modify...or die." Any other motives for a dinosaur to go to elementary school are open to interpretation. This was also inspired by my 6 year old daughter, who enters first grade soon and wishes all of her classmates (and teachers) were dinos.

Saturday, August 1, 2009

American Gothic - American Doxic


Several years ago I created an illustration which I named American Doxic, a Dachshund parody of American Gothic, the classic painting by Grant Wood. I didn't like how my weiner dogs turned out (see below), so after about 6 months I discontinued the design, intending to someday re-do the dachsies.


I recently completed the new version, using the original background I had created in 2002 with its weenie dog whirligig and bone-pattern curtains but with all new doxies. The farmer's wife also has a dashund cameo and rabbit patterned dress for extra weiner dog fun. This fresh version with either two red Dachshunds or one red and one black and tan and are now available on a bunch of products in my Cafe Press shop.
I framed a print of the new version for myself and it always makes people laugh. I think it is one of my favorites.
The original Grant Wood image and my old version with its weird dogs are also shown here. You can see why I retired the first version so quickly! My mother has an old t-shirt of the original design and gets comments whenever she wears it while I stand by and cringe as she directs them to "the artist".

Friday, July 31, 2009

New on eBay

The previous year or so has been difficult in a lot of respects, and my lack of blogging certainly shows that my mind has been...elsewhere. Kelly's first year of Kindergarten was dreadful. With First Grade coming up in about a month I am very hopeful that it will be a better year for her. She has qualified for special education services at the school, mainly due to her behavioral difficulties. She is too full of energy and too strong-willed and willful for the structure of school. I think she may have sent her Kindergarten teacher into early retirement.

I am beginning to find my artistic footing and passion again following months of distraction. I have begun using watercolors again for the first time in at least a year. For the first time in over two years I am offering original art on eBay; I have two auctions going on right now and ending Sunday, Aug. 2.

The first is this Lederhosen clad Dachshund hoisting a beer and a Bavarian Pretzel:
The auction for this little ATC starts at just $9.99 and can be seen here: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=330348770967

The 2nd Art Trading Card up for sale is a Jack Russell Terrier starting its day with a cup of strong coffee. I love how the expression turned out on this one:
I know it will take folks a while to find my art again after my long silence. I pray they will.
Cafe Press, which was my main source of income until this June, has been where most of my art energies have been channeled the last couple of years. In June they changed their commission policy so that unless customers find and purchase my art directly from one of my links I receive only a 10% commission of their stated price - this is a 75%-80% percent pay cut, the equivalent of being laid-off. I am still selling on Cafe Press but for my loyal customers please remember that unless you come directly to my store at http://www.cafepress.com/terrypond I will not receive a full commission for products you buy with my designs. Cafe Press has in good faith tried to keep my work out there in the public eye by honoring me with a Featured Designer Banner in a pilot program they've begun for Top Shopkeepers. This has been better for my ego than my pocket book, but sometimes knowing your work is valued and noticed can mean more than money. Our utility company disagrees, but I'm working on 'em.



Monday, March 16, 2009

IF: Legendary

Created for Illustration Friday: Legendary. I came up with this idea in a roundabout way - I had been thinking about a Legend Dairy, where legends like Paul Bunyan and Big Foot could go to get their milk and cheese, but whilst thinking of cow logos for that establishment thoughts of Sea Cows came into my head, and then I thought of how some folks believe the legendary Mermaids or Sirens that sailors from long ago reported seeing were actually Manatees or Dugongs...hence this picture of the Legendary Siren singing sailors to her in the night. The background and pose were inspired by one of my favorite paintings, Maxfield Parrish's "Stars".

Monday, March 2, 2009

Illustration Friday


I have been meaning to participate in Illustration Friday (http://illustrationfriday.com/index.php) for about two years now - I have finally taken that first step! This is my illustration for "Breezy" created in Illustrator CS3.