My first human portrait.
The skin has always been a little scary to me, I guess that's why I have always been comfortable painting my furry friends. A friend saw this photograph on my facebook page and encouraged me to paint it. So I played with a quick doodle and decided to give it a try. My model is a little girl who I adore and I was very familiar with her beautiful little face. Surprisingly... I actually had fun painting her! Now I love the challenge of painting people!
Angus might be small... but his personality is huge!
This is a small 8x10 watercolor painted on Arches 140lb cold press paper. This photo has so much personality that I actually felt I knew this little guy. I love the slight tilt of his head and direct eye contact. Because of the small size I eliminated the drawing and went straight to color. I wanted to convey the feel that Angus is actually looking and listening to you at the same time you are looking at his painting.
Cabo is a Colorado dog and was commissioned for a surprise birthday gift. Painting light colored dogs are always challenging, I have to use a darker background to make the light fur stand out.
I LOVE the demeanor of Goldendoodles so before I start a painting I like to read up on a breed to understand their nature a little better. Here are a few fun facts I found:
Black lab are always challenging because I do not use black paint. Betty was a Holiday Gift Certificate which was the perfect present. I was able to work directly with her owners to customize the color palette and mat choice to complement their home decor.
This was the first time I’ve met, let alone painted an Afghan Hound. I was struck by the magnificent beauty of this breed, so I did a little reach-search and thought I would share.
The Afghan Hound is thought to be one of the oldest of all domestic Dog breeds, with the first records of the Afghan Hound dating back to 4,000 BC.
Their gentle nature also made this elegant sighthound a doting shepherd, fearlessly protecting livestock from hungry predators. This beautiful but gently natured watchdog was brought to Britain in the early 1920s and it's entry to the USA followed in 1926. The elegance of the Afghan Hound meant that they quickly became highly desirable Dogs, both as pets and for show.
The most characteristic feature of this breed is the long, silky fur that covers the Afghan Hound's body, most notably on the top of it's head.
The temperament of the typical Afghan Hound tends to be aloof and dignified, but happy and intelligent and generally relatively playful.
Here is the Challenge...
Paint Izzie's face from the car using the plane photograph. I used a little photoshop to help me envision this.
I had so much fun painting this little guy...I did another painting of the original photograph. Asking Izzie's owner which one she liked? To my surprise she wanted both!
Which one do you like?
THE RAINBOW BRIDGEJust this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge. When an animal dies
that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm
and comfortable. All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health
and vigour; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again,
just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.
The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.
They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and
looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; His eager body quivers.
Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs
carrying him faster and faster. You have been spotted, and when you and your
special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again.
The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head,
and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your
life but never absent from your heart.
Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together
I enjoy painting unique and lively paintings, inspired from photos sent by the people who treasure them.