Here is a custom portrait that I did a few years ago for my brother and sister-in-law of their dear English Setter, Lilly. The portrait is done with a watercolor underpainting and pigment pencil on top for all the detail. In the private collection of Peter and Ann Mathewson.
Below is a portrait done in 2014 of Jack, a black Field Spaniel. This was a custom pet portrait done on commission, with water color under-painting and pigment pencil for all the detail. It is in the private collection of Sally Stebbins and David Blitz.
My latest custom dog portrait was of two American Cocker Spaniels. The black and tan cocker spaniel is Groucho, and the black cocker spaniel is Buckwheat. The client wanted them sitting together with their paws hanging over the edge of the ottoman, and I think it made for an engaging portrait. This portrait was done with a watercolor underpainting, with pigment pencils for all the detail. In the private collection of Debbie Gagliardi.
In October 2014, the Field Spaniel National was held in West Springfield, Mass. I was honored to do some trophies for the show, for Best of Breed, Best of Opposite, Best of Winners, and some of the others. I chose to do my painted china plates, and a few canisters. Below you will see most of what was offered for prizes. I used the four main colors of Field Spaniels for subjects on my painted china. The subject on the Back To The Future Sweepstakes prize was the scene of the two dogs from the logo. Where I could, I added a little touch of gold paint for accents to make the painted china pieces a little more special.
The Newfoundland Club of New England has hired me to do a number of items for fund raisers. Here are four vases, 3 x 6 inches tall, with the four different colors of Newfoundlands painted on. As with every piece I do, each one is a one-of-a-kind work, no two are alike, even if I use the same model dog. Each piece is a mini portrait of a Newfoundland.
This custom painted china canister with an Icelandic Sheepdog was done for a client who was giving it to a friend in Iceland. The canister is roughly 9 1/2 inches tall. The top has three painted chickens on it. The design on the canister covers about half the circumference of the piece, showing the portrait of the dog with a background of Icelandic landscape.
Here is a shot of the top of the canister with the three painted chickens.
This custom stained glass panel was done for a couple in North Carolina who breed Sussex Spaniels. The panel was made to fit into a gate that they made for their front yard. I used different textured clear glass to create an interesting effect, and amber granite glass for their kennel name, Island Sussex. I only asked that they bring in the panel when the hurricanes were coming!
This is the first of many plates that I’ve painted with a Pointer theme. It was the beginning of my new venture into painting on china, for dog show trophies or for gifts. The painted china plate below, and the dog shown, belongs to Laura Salvatore.
Here are some stained glass 4 x 6 photo frames with dog breeds, done for trophies. Below you will see a number of different breeds. Each stained glass dog head is appliqued onto the corner of the frame. There is a backer on each frame with a stand. These are available in any breed, and can be made to sit horizontally as shown, or vertically.
This pair of stained glass bookends were commissioned by the colleagues of a librarian who was retiring from his post. The wooden bases are cherry and were custom made for this project. I used a copper patina on the finished solder to match the wood.
This is an all-time favorite of mine. This is a stained glass panel, framed for hanging in a window, with five dogs who belong to the owners. You’ll see two Golden Retrievers and three Pointers in the panel, in a scene on the water, a duck flying away into the sky. This panel is approximately 26 inches wide, plus the frame. In the private collection of Laura Salvatore.
This custom stained glass wall clock was fashioned after the Hummingbird Mantel Clock that you will find under “Clocks” on the main menu under “Stained Glass.” The client wanted a wall clock instead, so I made the pattern fit a round design, with the fuchsia flowers flowing around the face. The Hummingbird is done in iridescent glass, as are the bottom petals of the fuchsia flowers. This stained glass wall clock is roughly 12 inches across.
I was commissioned last year to do 7 clocks that would be suitable for a Group One Dog Show Trophy at an all breed dog show. I came up with this design using the Group One ribbon colors, blue and white, using the rosette for the face and the tails of the ribbon for the bottom and stand, with a paw print in the design. These would be available in any of the ribbon color combinations.
Another breed for the painted china plates, here is a Kerry Blue Terrier in a coastal Ireland scene, with sheep in the background. I will be doing some more painted china for a Kerry Blue Terrier club next spring for their national. The china that was supplied to me is Royal Doulton. This plate is a salad size piece.
These two Hummingbird mirrors were commissioned by friends of mine for their home in Northwest Connecticut. Avid gardeners and bird lovers, they were looking for a natural design showing flowers growing in their gardens, with a Hummingbird pair. The mirrors are 24 inches across, not including the frames, which add another two inches or so. Each mirror has around 600 pieces. The stained glass overlays the 24 inch mirror, so when light hits it, the glass seems to glow with color. These two stained glass mirrors hang in the private home of Wendy and Darrell Decker.
Another breed in my series of painted china plates is this English Springer Spaniel. This was donated to the Eastern English Springer Spaniel club for their raffle/auction at their specialty show in June of 2013.
It’s been a busy few years, and one of the things new here at Mungo Works is my line of painted plates. In upcoming posts, look for a line of plates featuring Pointers, from the American Pointer Club’s 75th anniversary national show in Bethlehem, PA. Below, I have a long serving style plate featuring a Field Spaniel in a hunting theme. The plates are painted with a glass and ceramic paint, and then “fired” in the oven to set the paint. They are not to be used with food, they are for decoration only. I’m looking forward to adding more breeds to my repertoire soon, along with some wildlife done on vintage china. I hope you enjoy the new pieces!
This stained glass mantel clock with two Norwich Terriers in two of the main colors they come in was commissioned for the Best of Breed prize for a Norwich Terrier dog show specialty. The club wanted me to use the ribbon colors of Best of Breed, which are purple and gold, for the background design.
This is one of my favorite pieces, a stained glass Kerry Blue Terrier Wall Clock. It measures 12 inches across and features two Kerry Blue Terriers with a leaf motif in the background with a little bit of amber iridescent glass for interest.
This custom portrait of an English Toy Spaniel was done for a client who loves his small spaniel breeds.
In the private collection of Tom Britt.