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.
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.
This painting was a special request from the author of the blog Hamster Patrol! . He, like I, is a big fan of orange tabbies, so I told him I would do a painting of one of his orange cats, Baters. You can go to his blog to see the reference photo that I used for this painting as well as many other adorable photos of his pumpkin colored kitties.
Hello, everyone! I haven’t posted in a few days, but I HAVE been painting! I had a group that just all happened to be surprises, so I have to post them all later.
Today’s painting completes a matching pair with a previous painting. The two cats look very fluffy, very pretty, and super serious. I love this in contrast with their very happy and friendly looking parents.
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!
I wanted my 50th painting to be special, so I used a photo taken by my cousin Jenny of my grandfather as a reference.
Before he passed away several years ago, my grandfather adopted two small lap dogs and it was the sweetest thing to see how much he loved those two dogs. I never remembered my grandparents having a dog, even though there were several occasions when family brought a pet or two by for the day. I never really knew if my PaPa even liked dogs. He sure did like these two, though.
I think that sometimes pets come into our lives at the perfect moment, and that is what happened here. He needed their love, and they needed his, and they were brought together at the exact right moment in life.
I never do self portraits, so I decided to do one tonight.
My 8 year old son took a reference photo for me, and this was the end result. The cat I’m holding is Freddie Mercury. We found him as a stray kitten in a parking lot near my work. We had an eye infection, so we took him home and nursed him back to health. He always tries to get outside, and, if he succeeds, he will usually get stuck in a tree. We always joke that he is the worst feral cat ever. We have found that if you have a cat that likes to climb trees, but doesn’t know how to come down, it is definitely worth it to have a local tree trimming service that likes animals and a sheet to catch the falling kitty in when the tree trimmer tosses him down.