This is one of my first pet portraits ever. A friend asked if I would paint his two beautiful golden retrievers, so I broke out the oil paints and painted this small 8×10 for him. I think I also made the canvas out of a piece of wood! I love this painting. You can see that my style has changed a bit since then, so I’m hoping he sends me some more reference photos soon so I can do something for him again.
I’ve been in an art funk lately, and decided that I needed to step away from the photos and get in some quality life drawing time. That’s why I love the zoo! There are so many different living things to draw, and they don’t usually stay still for very long, so its really good practice in quick gesture drawings. I mean, you could draw the sloth and take your time, but that’s cheating (plus, she was in the nocturnal house so it was too dark.) You will notice that some of the animals I sketched are sleeping, though, so. . .
Also, there were tons of little kids around who acted super impressed by my drawing skills, and that gave me a huge boost in confidence. It was a nice day at the zoo.
A friend of my sister commissioned this piece of her younger sister, Kimari, who passed away at the young age of 16 this past year. She wanted the painting to be influenced by Jimi Hendrix, so I did my best to give it a psychedelic feel and still keep the sweetness of this 16 year old girl.
I’m always honored when someone asks me to paint a loved one, but it means even more when someone trusts me to capture a family member or friend that has passed away. I hope that this painting brings her some comfort and memories every time she looks at it.
Wow! It’s been almost a week since I’ve posted! I feel super guilty about taking such a long break from the blog, but I have been painting, so that makes me feel a little bit better.
My good friend Franny sent me the reference photos for these two paintings. They are her older and younger sister, who recently each lost a pet. I really enjoyed painting these two, and it was nice to switch up the size as well.
I completed this one tonight. This is my sister’s dog, Dodge. He’s a big black Great Dane, and was still a puppy in this picture. Dodge is a giant sweety pie, who has had an interesting life thus far. He was found abandoned as a small(ish) puppy by the police after someone left him behind after being evicted. My sister was told there was an 8 week old puppy that needed a home, and went to get him, thinking he would be a tiny helpless baby. She came home with a lanky puppy that was the size of many full grown dogs already. He ended up being a great dog, who loved kids and was a sweet as could be.
While we were getting ready to go on a camping trip one day, Dodge trotted into the street and was hit by a truck. His paw looked so bad, I was convinced he would have to have his leg amputated. My sister cared for him and changed the dressing on his wound daily until he miraculously recovered, able to run and play within a month of the accident. He’s definitely a survivor, and has made me appreciate this large lovable breed of dog.
Is it a pet? Nope. Is is really finished? Not really. I kind of like it, though, so I thought I’d add it to the blog since I feel guilty about not posting in a few days. This was just a fun acrylic sketch of an itty bitty fawn that I gave to my son. His brother just had a birthday, and got a bunch of cool new gadgets and toys, so he got this painting to tide him over until his big day in May.