Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Rhyme Tyme fun on

As promised yesterday, today’s entry is about the latest development on – the beginning of good old fashioned rhyming fun on the Rufus Blog. Each Wednesday there will be a new topic for people to contribute their own rhymes to. The premiere topic is something very close to my heart, wagging tails! Go to the blog at

And my contribution is simple...

Furry, straight, or nubs, tail wags are fine by me

With treats in hand, wagging tails are all I see

Join the fun and add yours today!

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Facebook... But More to Come!

Ok, I've been a little absent lately on the blog side of things. With all the Rufus Rhymes craziness, commissions, painting my annual holiday piece, and still trying to paint other originals for people, I've been a little busy! But here are my latest brilliant Facebook friends and the little blurbs they have for my paintings. Then, I hope to be able to introduce you all later this week to the Rufus Rhymes blog... but more on that later... I'll leave you all drooling to hear more!

Because I'm a little behind, today you get two bests... The first is from a summertime painting of two dogs enjoying a pool called "Make'n a Splash." It was originally done at a commission, but soon after made into a limited edition as well. The winning entry comes from Gerry B. from right here in HOT, HOT Phoenix. She has a couple of cats and a dog, and a whole photo album dedicated to them, which makes her a-okay in my book! If you can't read the words, the top dog is saying, "Look out below!" while the bottom dog is saying, "La, La, La, La, La....Oooh Noooo!"

Then, the next image comes from Rufus Rhymes and although more than one person said this response ("My future's so bright, I gotta wear shades"), I thought it was great and have to give credit to the first person who said it, which was Christine R. from New Boston, Michigan. Besides 80's music references, Christine also enjoys Harleys and art.

Thanks so all my Facebook friends who continue to make my day with all these great entries. Keep 'em coming!

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

My Latest Genius Facebook Friend

For Take Your Dog to Work Day, I put up a very executive level painting (see below) and asked my Facebook friends what this tie-clad dog might be thinking if his people took him to work that Friday. There was a LOT of humorous competition for this one, so the person that won must REALLY be brilliant! She Melissa F., a pre-school teacher who yesterday was having a very up and down day. Hopefully, this will make today an "up" day for her!

If you can't read the type, her winning response was, "You're probably wondering why I called this meeting..."

My next bubble contest focuses on Rufus Rhymes, which is now available for purchase for only $8.99 at This is the first painting from the dog-centric lullaby,
"Twinkle, Twinkle I'm a Star." To post your comments, become my friend or fan on Facebook!

Thursday, July 2, 2009

Fourth of July

Life is still busy, busy, busy here at Burns' Studio. I'm working on a couple of commissions and trying to work in painting this year's holiday piece. I'm excited that in just a week and a half Rufus Rhymes starts the pre-order and even happier that people will start to get them in their hands soon after! This project has been a labor of love for me for years and I'm so excited to see it finally in the end stages. But, that also just means I have to start work on the second Rufus Rhymes installment! Oh brother!

Well, that's it for your old pal Ron for today. I am wishing everyone a SAFE and happy Fourth of July. Here's an article about keeping your pets safe too!