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.

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!

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 #45 – Kinsley

 

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“Kinsley” Acrylic on 12×12 canvas

Kinsley is a two year old Blue Merle Pomeranian.  Her mom says that she is her little shadow, following her everywhere.

I wasn’t sure what “merle” meant,

so I looked it up and found a good explanation here.  If you were wondering, merle is a coat pattern that occurs in dogs with a certain genetic code, and it causes more white hairs in certain spots, making the dog look mottled.  Blue Merle is basically  when this happens to a dog with a lot of black fur, and Red Merle is when this happens with a mostly brown dog.

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