Playing Dirty Ball, oil on Gessobord, 8x8 in

Playing Dirty Ball, oil on Gessobord, 8×8 in

I had so much fun painting these dirty old baseballs my dog found at the dog park next to the batting cage at Albany High School. It felt like fun and play, not work while I was painting it and I’m really happy with the results. I’d been struggling to find my way with oil painting the past couple months, so it feels good to get my confidence back. Playing Dirty Ball is available on my DailyPaintworks site here.

The first baseball Millie found and tore apart had a computer chip, wires and a tag with different speeds on it deep inside. Is that normal for baseballs? She loved shredding that ball, gradually tearing off the leather,  then unwinding the yards of tightly wrapped black twine until she finally got down to the wonderfully bouncy little black ball inside that she played with for weeks. At one point it rolled under the gate so she started digging a hold trying to get to it. I was surprised by the hole, worried she was trying to escape, until I found the ball on the other side of the gate.

Now that I’ve painted these dirty balls I can give them to Miss Millie for her shredding pleasure.

Oil Painting, Still Life
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  1. These are great, Jana! Love the title, too.


  2. My sports fan husband was surprised to hear about the internal chip. Would love to find out why it was there. Beautiful painting!


    • Thanks Marian, I was curious too and found the answer here on Amazon where they sell them. It’s called a Speed Sensor Baseball and it actually records the speed on a little screen on the ball. Weird! The one we found was already so deteriorated there was no screen on it. Jana

      On Mon, Oct 6, 2014 at 11:31 AM, Jana Bouc, Artist wrote:


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      • Fascinating information, Jana. But not surprising given how high tech everything is these days. Thanks to Millie’s dirty baseball discovery and your investigation we learned something new! 🙂



  3. Wonderful painting!


  4. Lovely painting Jana. We don’t have baseballs here but they sound great fun for dogs (minus the chip).


    • Thanks Sue. Sorry to hear of Degas’ injury. Our pups sure are Calamity Janes. They’re so eager to run and play but both have those long skinny legs that are so delicate. Jana

      On Thu, Oct 9, 2014 at 5:54 AM, Jana Bouc, Artist wrote:



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