Lexi and Gunner

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Is there anything sweeter than a girl and her dog? No? That’s what I thought.

I remember my first dog. Her name was Mitzy and she was a chubby blonde 7 year old cocker spaniel. We adopted her and she truly did not like us when we first brought her home. I’m pretty sure the first time I tried to pet her she tried to bite me.

Once, my brothers were home alone during the day, when a man broke into our house. My brother had to hold Mitzy back from attacking until the man left. She was so grumpy, but she really was a good dog and I’m pretty sure she grew to love us as much as we loved her.

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Wedding Gift

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I was recently commissioned to paint a triple portrait for a couple due to be married in September. They have a yellow lab that needed to be added since he was not in the reference photo. I thought he should be the center of attention ( as all dogs should), so I used some ***ART MAGIC!*** to make it happen. I wish them all the best in their future together, and I hope their dog likes this painting.

Flo

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“Flo” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas


Painting brings people together! My 3rd grade teacher contacted me recently to commission a portrait of her grand puppy, Flo. She sent me more reference photos than anyone ever has, and it was very difficult to choose one because this dog is adorable. I chose the reference photo with the best shot of Flo’s eyes because she has really cool eyes that are different colors!

Now to address the elephant sized dog in the room. . . This blog is called pet painting a day, but I obviously haven’t been delivering. I’m trying, though, so be patient with me, and if you have any reference photos you would like to see painted on my blog, feel free to send ’em my way!

Roscoe

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“Roscoe” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

Let’s pretend the last month didn’t happen, shall we?

Here is Roscoe.  He’s a senior long haired dachsund that lives with some dear friends of ours in Georgia.  Roscoe has kept up with two active kids for the past 8 years and has been loved by his family for over 10 years!  I’ve met him a few times, and he is full of personality and spunk!  His parents have been great friends to my husband for over 20 years, and are wonderful and caring people. Roscoe is a very fortunate dog to be a part of their family.

Happy Father’s Day to all of you doggy dads and people dads out there!

Joni and Catherine- an oldie

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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.

Pet Paintings #56 and #57 – Sisters

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“Okema and Lilu” Acrylic on 11×14 Canvas
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“Sireta  and Snowball” Acrylic on 11×14 Canvas

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.

Dodge Completed

dodgedone 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.

Pet Painting #53 – Macpie and Boskie

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“Macpie and Boskie” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

This is another memorial painting of two super cute dogs.  Mac and Bo were loved dearly by their mom, and this was a surprise gift to her from her daughter.  This was also another meshed painting brought to you by ***ART MAGIC***!

I’m starting to really like these.  I still worry that I’m going to get the proportions off and make one dog look completely the wrong size.  People seem to like them, though, especially when it’s an instance such as this one where both dogs are gone, and the owner just wants a picture of the two of them together for a sweet memory.  That’s what it’s all about.

The first 50

Here are the first 50 paintings all together. (I’ve actually done 52, but 2 of them are surprises for the people receiving them, so I’ll post them later.)

I just want to thank everyone who has supported me so far in this painting challenge. It is a joy to paint all of these wonderful people and pets. The background stories really do help me bring out their personalities, so keep ’em coming!
I’m so lucky to be part of such a large and supportive family, and it’s been great getting to know all of the people I’ve met through this project.

My Etsy shop will be up soon with detailed pricing info and tips on how to choose a good reference photo!
Stay tuned for more!